Monster hunt yields clues
By Neil Horner - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: September 15, 2010
Published: September 15, 2010
The wind was calm and the water was smooth as John Kirk and Adam McGirr left the beach and headed out onto Cameron Lake Tuesday.The pair, members of the Scientific Cryptozoology Club, were on a return visit to the lake to search for clues into the nature of a mysterious creature sighted there over the past few years.While the pair found no smoking gun to prove there is a large, mysterious creature — called a cryptid — living in the lake, they were able to glean some valuable clues.“We had two contacts on the sonar within the first hour,” Kirk said. “We had two in the first contact and one in the second, so there were likely either two or three creatures. Whatever is down there, whether it is a fish or an unknown animal, we know there are at least two of them.The first on the fish finder, he said, was just off Angel Rock, where many of the sightings have been recorded, in one of the deeper parts of the lake.“This time the two of them were going after a school of fish,” Kirk said. “You could see the fish moving on the fish finder and these two things following behind. Then, a bit later, we saw a cylindrical object in the middle of the water column, by itself. We didn’t expect that at all.”Although Kirk said he is now convinced there is some sort of creature in the lake, he doubts it’s anything like Ogopogo.“I’m leaning towards a fish,” he said. “I have got to see it on the surface before I can make a real determination, but something like an Ogopogo living in this lake is really unlikely. It’s just too small. We’re thinking that maybe as a prank a while ago someone may have introduced some immature sturgeon and they have grown up in this area.”Whatever it is, McGirr added, is nothing like the reputed size of the Okanagan Lake creature.“We’re estimating it was about six or seven feet long,” he said. “We’re not talking about a huge sea serpent creature here. The lake couldn’t sustain something like that, which would have to eat all the time.”During a final tour of the lake, the fish finder recorded another large anomaly in the water column, this time not by Angel Rock. However, visual sightings, despite the smooth surface of the lake, continued to elude the pair.“It’s so disappointing to see nothing on the surface,” Kirk said. “That strikes me as odd. Why do other people see it and not us? Are we making too much of a racket in the water? I don’t know. Maybe it just doesn’t like us.”Overall however, he said the expedition was a success and provided enough clues to make a third trip worthwhile.“We feel like it has been a very positive event,” he said. “To be honest, we didn’t expect to get a single hit and that last year was an anomaly. When we had the luck first thing in the morning, that augured well. Two subsequent hits take us beyond the realm of joy. It’s an absolute delight.”Kirk said he would like to use some form of submersible to probe the lake in future, or failing that, an underwater robot camera with a long tether or a side-scan sonar.“For now, Cameron Lake’s mystery continues,” he said.
Rock Ness Monster! By Jenna MacCulloch Published: 16 September, 2010
THE high priest of UK white witches plans to high-jack the radio air waves and blast out monster music songs on the banks of Loch Ness in a bizarre bid to summon Nessie. Paranormal researcher Kevin Carlyon, who is the self-styled protector of the Loch Ness Monster, will be creating his own "pirate radio" to transmit 10 music hits which he believes will get the spirit of the monster "in the mood" to make an appearance.It has been a quiet year so far for sightings for the elusive Nessie, but the white witch's stunt could cause a ripple at the end of the tourist season.He plans to play the hits to the monster in an illegal FM broadcast and also strategically place half a dozen radios around the banks of Loch Ness which he believes the spirit of the monster will hear.The date - probably within the next few weeks - is being kept secret because of the illegal nature of the broadcast. The songs haven't yet been chosen but will all have a monster theme tune - and he wants suggestions.Mr Carylon has been involved in a series of strange events on the loch over the years.He told the Highland News: "I believe the monster is a spirit that lives in the loch. By transmitting the songs via the pirate radio transmission, the spirit, which I believe is telepathic, will pick up on it and hopefully stir him into life."Mr Carlyon hopes to broadcast the pirate radio with help from Loch Ness webcam operator Mikko Takala at the end of the month.He said: "It will be broadcast on 106.8FM and the range of the broadcast will be 20 miles in each direction. We won't be asking people to come along to the broadcast, for obvious reasons, but we also hope to broadcast it over the internet."I've got over 30 years experience in pirate radio, and I'm confident we'll be able to do this without many problems."Mr Carlyon explained a ritual to actually summon the spirit of the Loch Ness Monster to the surface will be carried out after the broadcast.He said: "The radio broadcast will hopefully stir the monster into awakening but the ritual will be done on the beach later that evening, or the next morning."He said he had lots of interest from people who would like to come along to the ritual."Don't worry, when I put an actual date in place, I will inform the HN readers so they can come along and see the ritual for themselves, but I'm hoping it will be some time at the end of this month."And the white witch acknowledged there had been no stir from the monster throughout the summer months, which are traditionally jam-packed with tourists from all over the world hoping for a glimpse of the elusive monster. He said: "Hopefully with the pirate radio broadcast and the ritual to summon up the spirit, she'll be awakened back to life."
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