Thursday 30 September 2021

The North Saskatchewan River Monster

Pink Eyed River Monster.

 The North Saskatchewan River runs through the Canadian Rockies and ends at Hudson Bay. It has a legendary monster called Pink Eye.

The first report dates back to  April  1939 .A Cree chief was crossing the river  on a horse drawn wagon when a large creature appeared in the water. He described it as having    horns  and huge eyes.The chief headed quickly to dry land as the creature got closer. It submerged when the chief reached the river bank.

In July  1942, some boys were swimming in the river The boys started throwing stones at the log . On being hit by a stone the log began to move .It turned around and swam towards them.The boys left the water and ran up the river bank.The creature tried to follow them .They described it as being large and grey with huge eyes and sharp teeth.It sank back into the water when it couldn’t reach them.

The monster nicknamed  Pink Eye was spotted again and chased two young men. One named Jimmy Richardson said how they ran from the water when a large creature appeared. It was described as having  grey skin, a large bony head, and huge pink eyes.

Some farmers claimed sheep had gone missing  and blamed the pink eyed monster.

In 1947, a visiting pilot from the Scottish Royal Air Force was out walking along the river. He poked a log he saw in the water.The log turned out to be pink eye but it did not attack.Instead it went further out into the river and was followed by a smaller creature like itself.The pilot said  the two creatures were grey skinned with large eyes that were reddish-pink.

Since then I could find no other reports. My first thought is that the creatures were albinos which would explain the pink eyes. I wondered if it was some sort of large freshwater seal or walrus.The smaller one could be female or offspring. As there have been no other sightings or photos it is difficult to make any identification or even to decide if it was a hoax or not.

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