Tuesday, 16 August 2022
The Beast of Barrisdale is said to have been seen in the area around Loch Hourn in Scotland.It is classed as a lake monster by some but it can fly. The description is that it has three legs, two in front and one in back and huge wings . It is said to have a home/nest in the Knoydart Hills, near Ladhar Bheinn. It has a very loud roar often heard at night.
In the late 1800’s a crofter from Barrisdale said he often saw it flying over the Knoydart hills. Once it chased him but he made it home to safety. An old man by the name of Ranald MacMaster also claimed to have found the tracks of the monster in the hills .
In 1845 a wild roaring was heard Alasdair Macdonald said that he was there near Arnisdale, on the north side of Loch Hourn. A few local men had got together to push a boat out to go fishing. As they were pushing the boat out a wild roaring was heard. The boat was dropped and they ran into the house scared.
In 1903, two men, gamekeepers,John MacMaster and John MacGillvary, were up on a mountain on the east end of Loch Hourn. There were six small dogs with them. The roaring started coming across the valley. The dogs tried to get under the legs of the two gamekeepers, hiding with their hair standing on end, frightened out of their wits.
In 1866 it was seen by another gamekeeper. Described as the size of a donkey but with a mane and a tail like a horse. The head was broad at the top like that of a wild boar but there was no snout. It was a heavy over-hanging jaw and terribly, terribly ugly.It left tracks in the snow, almost round, and about 4 inches(10 cms) in diameter, and gave the impression of a very heavy animal.Behind the impression of the paw there was the mark of a long powerful claw.
No other sightings have been recorded .What was it? Some say it was a dragon,some a wild hybrid,a cross between a boar and something else.
It however is not the only monster in the area.
Loch Hourn runs inland from the sea opposite the island of Skye. Sometimes described as the most fjord-like of the sea lochs of Scotland. It is open to the sea which is important to remember when looking at explanations for sightings in the Loch. Hourn is Gaelic for Hell, and the Loch is so named because of the spin drifts which capsized many sailing boats. Quite a few lives have been lost on the Loch . Around a hundred years ago Loch Hourn was busy with small boats fishing for herrings.
Most people will have heard of the famous sea serpent sighting in the Loch that was reported in The Zoologist . According to R T Gould in August 20 and 21 of 1872 6 people on board the cutter Leda saw the creature described as a line of black humps with a head and neck occasionally seen above the surface on the Loch. In the 1950’s Willie MacKenzie was 9 years of age when he was sitting on a small knoll, near the sea, waiting for his father, to return from delivering the mail, by boat. The head of a creature, that could only be described as a big eel or a serpent emerged, ten feet out of the water, moving its head from side to side, about 250 yards in front of him. Willie had to be forced back in the boat to go home, and to this day, his heart still races when he crosses that part of the Loch. It was suspected that Rob Foster, a fisherman from Corran also saw the monster, around this time
Once again a place that seems to have much strangeness going back years.
More reports of Vampires in Yorkshire than in Transylvania
I came across this article from 2014.Being from Yorkshire myself,Whitby area I was intrigued,
A new study shows that there are more reports of paranormal activity in Yorkshire than anywhere else in the UK.
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As Bram Stoker set his novel Dracula in Whitby I am not really surprised.Looking up towards the ruined Abbey at dusk and seeing the seagulls flying about it looking like large bats,you can see how he got some of his ideas.Yorkshire is steeped in folklore and legend and I am not surprised people believe in the paranormal.
Japanese researchers said they have taken images of a 2.5-meter-long yokozuna slickhead, possibly the world’s largest known deep-sea bony fish.
The scientists, primarily from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), captured the fish on video more than 2 kilometers deep off Suruga Bay in Shizuoka Prefecture in October 2021.
JAMSTEC reported the yokozuna slickhead as a new species only in January last year. It is believed to be an apex predator in deep waters off Suruga Bay.
Six yokozuna slickheads have been caught, but the largest one measures 1.4 meters long.
The research team surveyed ecosystems in four sea areas, including the one off Suruga Bay, that were designated as environmental preservation zones under the Nature Conservation Law in 2020.
DNA was collected from seawater in the zones and analyzed in the study, including samples later confirmed as that of yokozuna slickhead, according to the scientists
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Sunday, 17 July 2022
Lake Michigan and Monsters
Lake Michigan and the area around it are known for strangeness and cryptid sightings.
In 1955 a swimmer , George Lawson, was apparently attacked by a shark in Lake Michigan. The story goes that Lawson lost his leg to the “infamous Carcharhinus Springer.” There was a shark found in Lake Michigan., The attack however is not proven.. The shark caught by two fishermen in 1969 was 29 inches long . The shark was dead, but for several days fishermen in the area were uneasy.
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There have also been reports of sea serpents in Lake Michigan with sightings reported between 1867 and 1890 in the local newspapers. Numerous sightings of a sea serpent were seen just off the shore in Lake Michigan and further reports from Evanston down to Hyde Park.The creature was described as bluish black with a greyish white underbelly and a long neck.
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Then a film appeared on the internet:
Whatever it is, it appears to poke its head out of the water before slinking its way toward the pier. After stopping underneath it for a few seconds, it jumps back into the water quickly. The object appears to have a large tail and a dorsal fin and forked tail. A hoax? Possibly. So many stories about the area are bound to produce some.However there is often some truth in legends and oral history.
There are also reports of bigfoot and a dogman .
And a report of the Michigan dogman:
In 1986, a man was driving home from the army recruiting station to Ludington late at night. He saw a reflection of his headlights off to the left in a darkened field. They appeared to be eyes. They were too high to be deer.It ran across the two lane road in three leaps. It was over 6 feet ( 2metres)tall.
There are also wild cats :According to the Michigan Citizens for Cougar Recognition Web site, there have been 74 sightings of cougars in Emmet County from 1990-2009.
And then there are were-cats:
In 1969 a Chicago man driving at night down a road in Niels Michigan claimed to have seen a strange cat like creature standing on two feet on the side of the road. He slowed down to get a better look but the creature ran at his car and began attacking it, punching his windshield .It had large clawed fists which broke the glass so he quickly drove away.He said the cat like creature made a strange squealing sound .
There are often areas where more than one type of cryptid is sighted.There are also stories of UFOs in those areas and I am sure there will be some in Michigan.Do particular areas attract cryptids or is it the area attracts those more likely to see them? .Maybe someone can answer that because I don’t know.
Wednesday, 6 July 2022
Nessie and the Weather
About twenty years ago I got hold of the weather records for the Loch Ness area going back to before the 1940s. Where or how I got them I can't remember or what happened to them .
As it was often said that Nessie sightings took place on warm still days so I thought I would see if it was true. It could be useful to know when monster hunting.What I did find was that whenever there had been a bad winter there were more sightings at Loch Ness in the following spring and summer.
(Recent freaky weather caused by Global Warming means this is probably no longer relevant but I did come to some conclusions. )
1) The simplest conclusion was that after being stuck indoors all winter,more people were out and about so more sightings happened.
2) After a hard winter most animals would be a bit lean and need to start storing fat for next winter so would be out foraging more for food and be seen.
3) If cold blooded the warmth of the sun would attract a creature to the surface like the lizards I find sunbathing on my wall in the summer.
4) The affect of warmer conditions on the Loch after a very cold winter caused apparitions to appear there and they were being seen .
So it would be normal animal behaviour that brought a creature to the surface and more visitors to the Loch would mean more sightings .
So what do you think ? Is Nessie a creature with normal behaviour patterns or an apparition caused by warm weather conditions at the Loch? (As some Nessie sightings have taken place in winter months number 4 may be seen as rubbish by some but there could be a creature and apparitions caused by weather conditions so it cannot be ruled out) .
Thursday, 23 June 2022
Drekavac,literally "the screamer" or "the screecher " is a creature in South Slavic mythology. In Eastern Serbia it has been described as a dog like creature that walks on its back legs.
In Arilje it is depicted in form of a long-necked ,long-legged creature with a cat-like head.
In Sredačka župa it is said to appear in the form of a one-legged humanoid creature with glowing eyes that wanders around during night time and scares people.
In Gruža it has been described as a creature having an elongated , spindle-thin body with a large head.
Between 1956-58 it was resported frequently as being heard and seen.Described as a cross between a dog and a kangaroo.
In the 1990s appeared at Bashaid and people left the area because of the noise it produced.
It was reported again in 2001 .There have been no other recent reports.
Could it be an unknown species of animal? It is certainly a strange one.
The Waa Wee Bunyip
The bunyip is a creature from Australia. It is said to live in watery places like swamps and rivers. . The bunyip is part of the Indigenous peoples stories but it is called by several different names by different tribes. One of these is WaaWee. The name bunyip comes from the Wemba-Wemba tribe and translates as devil.
The word bunyip first appeared in the Sydney Gazette in 1812 James Ives described it as "a large black animal like a seal, with a terrible voice which creates terror “
In July 1845 a newspaper reported the finding of fossils that the local people said belonged to a buntyip.It was described it as having a head like an emu and the body and legs of an alligator. It was both water dwelling and land dwelling and standing on its hind legs about 12 feet tall (4 metres )
In January of 1846 a skull was found in the Murrumbidgee River near Balranald. The skull was put on display in the Australian Museum in Sydney.
In 1851, a newspaper called The Australasian published a report about a Bunyip being speared after killing a man. The creature was eleven paces long and four paces in width. The Indigenous people used to visit the site where the creature was slain,every year and outline its form, but those outlines have been lost over time.
The Waa Wee bunyip appeared in Midgeon Lagoon NSW in April 1872.Three witnesses heard a rushing sound of something swimming fast through the water.They watched for 30 minutes whilst a creature about 7 feet ( 2 metres) long with glossy black hair disported itself in the water before submerging.
Some believe the Bunyip is a prehistoric marsupial, the Diprotodon australis, which was thought to be extinct 46,000 years ago. Others think it is a seal or a southern cassowary bird. Hopefully more recent sightings may be reported.
Saturday, 18 June 2022
Siberia's Lake Baikal is 49 miles (78.8 kilometers) wide and 395 miles (635 kilometers) long, it's the world's largest freshwater lake.It dates back 25 million years. Lake Baikal is home to more than 3,700 different species, many of the which are only found in the Baikal region. Its unique biodiversity and its array of hydrothermal vents are normally only found in oceans. Gigantism( larger than normal lake creatures) in the lake is thought to be due to high levels of dissolved oxygen in the water.
If you have ever wanted to know what its like see this video:
However there is said to be a large creature living in the lake. What will it make of the telescope?The local Buryats call the monster “Lusud Khan” - “The Master Water Dragon” Fishermen state that they have seen a huge, black creature visible through the clear water of the lake.The creature looks like a giant sturgeon with a huge snout and an armored fin along its entire giant back.There is a large stone located on the bank of Yenisei, it has an image of a huge lizard with a forked tongue, big claws and plate armour along its back. Some say it resembles an ancient crocodile or ichthyosaur.
In the early 1900s a merchant bringing cattle to the Olkhon Island across the Mukhorsky Bay by boat ,lost a horse as it fell overboard into the water. All attempts to save it failed. A few minutes later people saw blood-stains in the water and its head floated to the surface.
People have been said to have disappeared .The Local residents have always considered the territory of the Mukhorsky Bay to be sacred land .An annual ceremony of offering sacrifices has been held there since ancient times: meat and fish were placed rafts and released into the water.One presumes for the monster. They say the monster swims to the surface at night, and makes a kind of “gurgling” harsh sound.Cattle going down to drink often disappear.
A ship’s crew was said to have heard hissing and gurgling.. The lake was calm, but the ship suddenly began to sway back and forth. There was an impression that something had swum under the bottom of the vessel and scratched its back on it.
In the late 1980s a survey of the lake bottom involving echolocation equipment was carried out. The devices recorded a moving object with a length more than 30 metres (90 feet), but the research was not continued.
Monday, 6 June 2022
Loch Assynt is a few miles inland from the west coast of the Scottish Highlands in Sutherland. The loch is 9.65 kilometres (6 miles) long and has a maximum depth of 82 metres (280 feet approx). It is surrounded by mountains and is a freshwater loch. It receives the outflow from Loch Awe,
In 1837 two fishermen claimed to see a strange creature ,not once but twice, once in the water and once on small island in the loch. They reported it as being about 3 feet tall( 1 metre approx)), with a broad back, bull-dog type head, grey coloured and hairy .
It sounds like a seal but unusual in an inland loch.
There is also the legend surrounding the ruins of a castle on the shore of the loch. The story tells of the laird MacLeod's lost daughter, Eimhir. She flung herself from the castle walls on hearing her father had promised her to the devil as his bride. Instead of jumping to her death, it is believed Eimhir plunged into the caverns of the loch and became the mermaid of Assynt .Some claim to have sighted her weeping on the rocks, her body now transformed into half woman, half sea creature.
Lochan Feith an Leothaid
Lochan Feith an Leothaid is a small loch in the Scottish Highlands, which is only a few thousand feet south of Loch Assynt.It takes about an hour and a half to walk from one loch to the other
In 1930, Kenneth MacKenzie described seeing a strange creature with a deer-like head surface close to his boat on Lochan Feith an Leothaid, before diving back under water.People remembered the creature seen many years before in Loch Assynt and wondered if it was the same creature.
Loch Awe is a large fresh water loch in Western Scotland with a length of 35km and total surface area of 14.9 miles .It is known for being a good fishing loch, with large trout being caught regularly. There is a legend about its creation which concerns the holy well on Ben Cruachan. The well had to be capped by a large stone every day after use. . One day the attendant was too tired to replace the stone and fell asleep. When she woke up (apparently three days later )she found that the well had flooded the valley below and created Loch Awe.
There have been stories of a creature in the Loch going back hundreds of years. The creature is said to come ashore during winter and can be heard growling and panting.
One of the few written accounts of this creature was written by Timothy Pont, who chronicled what he called “gigantic eels” in the Loch. He said he himself was frightened to fish in the Loch because of the large eels and they also frightened fishermen away from the loch. They were described these eels as being the girth of a horse and reaching huge lengths, such as 33 feet (11metres). The description sounds very much like the horse eels of Ireland.
Further up the Western coast on the Islands this report was printed in The London Times March 6, 1856:
The Sea Serpent in the Highlands
The village of Leurbost, Parish of Lochs, Lewis, is at present the scene of an unusual occurrence. This is no less than the appearance in one of the inland fresh-water lakes of an animal which from its great size and dimensions has not a little puzzled our island naturalists. Some suppose him to be a description of the hitherto mythological water-kelpie; while others refer it to the minute descriptions of the "sea-serpent," which are revived from time to time in the newspaper columns. It has been repeatedly seen within the last fortnight by crowds of people, many of whom have come from the remotest parts of the parish to witness the uncommon spectacle. The animal is described by some as being in appearance and size like "a large peat stack," while others affirm that a "six-oared boat" could pass between the huge fins, which are occasionally visible. All, however, agree in describing its form as that of an eel; and we have heard one, whose evidence we can rely upon, state that in length he supposed it to be about 40 feet. It is probable that it is no more than a conger eel after all, animals of this description having been caught in the Highland lakes which have attained huge size. He is currently reported to have swallowed a blanket inadvertently left on the bank by a girl herding cattle. A sportsman ensconced himself with a rifle in the vicinity of the loch during a whole day, hoping to get a shot, but did no execution.
Could one creature,a large eel ,or its descendants be responsible for the sightings? Loach Awe runs in to Loch Assynt and Loch Assynt is within walking or slithering distance of Lochan Feith an Leothaid.What do you think?
Sunday, 15 May 2022
New Hampshire Lake Monsters
Spofford Lake is a 732-acre lake in the town of Chesterfield in southwestern New Hampshire, United States. In the 1980s a diver exploring the lake stopped to rest on a log . The log was however alive and was a 22 foot long( 7 metres) eel or snake which swam off. It was a grey colour.So just a story?
Dublin Lake is a 241 acre lake also in Cheshire County in southwestern New Hampshire. It is one of the clearest bodies of water and is cold with depths reaching 100 ft (33 metres).In the late 1970's or early 1980's, a diver was exploring the bottom of Dublin Lake when he encountered some caves on the shelf floor. Going to investigate the diver saw horrible monsters that lived in the oxygen rich pockets in the caves. He was found shocked and wandering by some youngsters near the lake. There is no description of the monsters.
So another story? It seems strange that lakes within a few miles of each other should both contain some sort of large marine life .Could there be connecting caverns/tunnels ? Until someone else is brave enough to investigate it will remain a story .
The Nguoi Rung is a sort of Bigfoot that lives in Vietnam, Laos and Borneo. It is 6 - 7 feet tall (approx 2 metres) and covered in black or dark red fur. The knees, feet, and hands and face are all bare. It walks like a human and the face is human -like with a snub nose.
Along the Loatian border this bigfoot is called Khi-Trau, meaning "big monkey."
It is said they break into houses to steal food.During the Vietnam War, soldiers believed they saw, and shot at a Nguoi Rung. The injured creature escaped, leaving footprints and a trail of blood. Unfortunately, no samples of the blood were recovered for further analysis.
American veteran Thomas M. Jenkins , a former scout in Vietnam in 1969 , said that he once saw a large group of apes that looked like people throwing stones at his platoon. That's why American soldiers called these creatures Rock Apes .
Mr. A Pho, 60 years old, from Le village, said:
“ I have never seen it, but when my father was alive, every time there was a festival in the village, drinking wine, my father would tell a story about meeting the Forest Man. Father said that the Forest Man has a body like an ape, wears no clothes, because of his hair, dark gray like the skin of a buffalo, howls longer than an ape .”
Talking about the legend of the Jungle, Mr. HRach Lao , Chairman of the People's Committee of Mo Rai commune said:
“ The Story of the Forest Man has existed in the minds of the Ro Ma for decades. Until now, they still believe, deep in the old forests on top of Chu Mom Raythere, the Woodman still exists. Many seniors in Le village have claimed to have seen the Forest Man… And the truth is that many years ago until now, scientists are still learning and researching. As for the fact that the Forest Man entered the village to catch people to eat meat, it was just speculation and had no basis. Two men in the village are missing, possibly because they were attacked by wild animals and venomous snakes while in the forest. Or due to illness, not getting out of the forest in time. Because the forest is too dense, it cannot be found. After all, the stories involving the Woodman have been around for a long time. But in the minds of the Ro Ma, the Forest Man still haunts them. Now, every festival, people gather to drink wine, bring old stories, including the story of the Forest Man, to tell their children and grandchildren all night long .Pausing for a moment, he affirmed: " But I'm sure of one thing, people never lie... ".
So old men’s tales after a drink or does a small bigfoot live in Vietnam? There have been lots of new discoveries of new species since the war ended and so it is quite possible a human like ape creature lives in the forests.
The Hollow Block Lake Creature
A fishing trip to Portland, Indiana’s Hollow Block Lake was cut short when five young men encountered a strange creature.They claimed a square-shaped monster emerged screeching from the water. It rose like a submarine and was about 8 feet long. This was the third sighting in two years and taken seriously by the local police.
Source : The Indianapolis Star, Indiana, 05 Aug 1960,
Earlier that year another water monster caused a stir .It was called the monster of Craig’s Well.About 30 miles south of Portland is Lynn where the monster appeared in a well.
This monster described as "an eerie beast with a dome-shaped head, two bulbous eyes and eight flailing tenacles as long as a man's arm," was found in a cistern on Dan Craig's farm. Craig eventually pumped the 12-foot-deep well dry. At the bottom an the octopus-like monster could be seen crawling among the debris left there. Craig described the monster as "mushroom coloured" and said the tentacles had grey lobster-type claws on the ends.
Source: Logansport Press June 9, 1960
The creature disappeared leaving some to speculate it had made a new home in Hollow Block Lake.
The two creatures did not have the same description so unlikely but what was at the bottom of Craig’s well? .In the gloom it could have been an ordinary animal that looked like a monster or it could have been some new species.What do you think?
Thursday, 5 May 2022
All over the internet there are stories of strange creatures seen sitting on a roof-here are two examples:
Phantom Roof Creature
BY MAGI B.
By Stephen Wagner,
This happened about 2007 in the summer. I am 54 years old and live in a very small town in southeastern
Strange Flying Creature
by Mr. Izu
This actually happened to my older brother and my grandma in
Are these creatures some sort of chupacabra or a mothman type creature? It is very curious that they are reported all over the world. Giant bats could be one explanation but these creatures are seen in parts of the world where native bats are only small, such as the UK. Anyone care to post a comment to speculate what these roof sitters might be?
Sunday, 24 April 2022
Ootsa Lake is part of the Nechako Reservoir system in British Columbia Canada.It is the largest of the original lakes to be part of the reservoir and sometimes it is referred to as the Ootsa Reservoir. In the Pleistocene Era, ice movement left grooves and ridges in the landscape forming lakes when the ice melted. Ootsa lake is one of these lakes and is popular for fishing having stocks of large rainbow trout and char. The waters of the lake are said to be cold and deep, some say up to 1000 feet deep(approx 333 metres) .There is a local legend/ story of a monster in
Published: August 17, 2010 11:00 PM
When the lake was flooded lots of trees were covered by water. There is, according to the internet ,some sort of logging operation under way to retrieve the trees for commercial use. So could it just have been a log that surfaced? A dark grey head makes me think seal but I have no idea if seals would be found in those lakes. Perhaps some one else knows and can leave a comment. Again it is noted it is a glacial lake ,similar to many other lakes that have sightings. If they are not unknown creatures then something similar must happen at all these lakes to produce the effect of a monster in the water. Intriguing isn’t it?
Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Report of sea serpent Sighting FEBRUARY 11, 1877
. The back page has an article headed: "The Latest Sea-Serpent" "A Story Which Comes From Honolulu" "A Monster Which Attacks a Brig and Is Shot At"
I am not sure how long this link will be around so read it fast!
Sunday, 10 April 2022
who are the monsters?
Cryptids are often referred to as monsters, as in The Loch Ness Monster , The Fouke Monster and so on.
I for one would love to see that Nessie has been found. But then would I? What would happen if Nessie or any other creature were found?
Well it could be kept secret I suppose (conspiracy theorists in the past have claimed that governments know the creatures exist but it has been covered up).
More likely though a media circus would ensue. The poor creature would be placed on display in some special zoo or facility . Any of it's fellows would no doubt similarly be hunted ,captured and displayed. It would make a great deal of money for the owner of the facility.
(My first thought would be 'Has no one seen King Kong?' Large creatures are notoriously difficult to keep contained.)This to me would make us ,the humans, the monsters. To degrade a creature in this manner ,make it a show or a display, takes away its freedom and its rights.
The answer would be to see it is protected by law and its habitat is kept from development. A camera feed could be set up so people could catch glimpses of it as it went about it's daily life but visitors would be banned.
A cryptid is a wonder, not a monster and it deserves to be treated with respect. Should any be found I hope it is remembered that it is a living thing not an exhibit .
If someone does manage to clone a mammoth or any other extinct species, it should also be entitled to the same. A woolly mammoth does not belong in this era of time and should be placed in a habitat as near to its original as possible and allowed to live out it's allotted span in peace.
The so called monsters created by scientists recently such as goats crossed with spider DNA and huge ants , are not monsters either. The monsters are those that made them. They did not ask to be made freaks of nature but no one treated them with the respect they deserved , and said do not to tamper with them.
I truly hope that if such irrefutable evidence be found of a cryptid, that we have the sense to leave it alone and maybe just set up cameras for those who insist on seeing for themselves. Humans will always be the monsters until they treat creatures with respect.
Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Loch Ness Monster 'evidence' caught on camera but spotters just miss the beast
Warren Speed and Jamie Huntley were making a documentary about Nessie and were amazed when they spotted the beast, but it disappeared again before they could focus their camera
The Loch Ness Monster was spotted by a film crew making a documentary about the beast - but it disappeared before they could focus their camera.
Warren Speed and Jamie Huntley said they saw Nessie with their own eyes and described it as being around five metres in length with having a whale-like hump.
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An earlier claim of the first sighting of the year on webcam turned out to be two paddle boarders. Is this really a monster sighting this time…I hope so.
Monday, 28 March 2022
The Raft Spider is as large as the palm of a human hand:
Almost extinct but now making a comeback.
Friday, 25 March 2022
Lake monster or monstrous fish
An article caught my eye about a very large fish caught in Missouri.
Indeed, the biggest Missouri game fish of any species came out of Table Rock Lake in 2015, when Andy Belobraydic snagged a 140-pound, 9-ounce monster that took him half an hour to reel in.Belobraydic said the record paddlefish was nearly 6 feet long and measured almost 4 feet around its belly.
Despite its size, there are quite possibly are even bigger fish cruising Missouri waters, according to Andrew Branson, Fisheries Program specialist with Missouri Department of Conservation.
He said there are only five species of native Missouri fish that can grow to weigh 100 pounds or more. It's possible any of these species could eclipse Belobraydic's huge paddlefish to become the biggest fish ever caught in Missouri.
· Paddlefish: The largest official record nationwide is a 144-pound fish from Kansas. (There's an anecdotal report of a 198-pound fish in Iowa.)
· Alligator gar: The world record is 279 pounds. (Anecdotal reports suggest they can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh as much as 350 pounds.)
· Lake sturgeon: The largest official record is a 240-pound fish from Wisconsin.
· Flathead catfish: The world record is 123 pounds. (There are reports of another fish weighing 139 pounds, 14 ounces.)
· Blue catfish: The world record is 143 pounds. (There are anecdotal reports of fish up to 150 pounds or more.)
"It’s quite possible that fish larger than state and world records have been caught but just not officially recorded," Branson said.
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There is a legend of a river monster in the Missouri River.
The Dakota nation have a legend about a Missouri River monster of terrifying appearance called Miniwashitu . Melvin Randolph Gilmore wrote about Miniwashitu in 1921.
“It is said that in the long ago there was a mysterious being within the stream of the Missouri River. It was seldom seen by human beings, and was most dreadful to see. It is said that sometimes it was seen within the water in the middle of the stream, causing a redness shining like the redness of fire as it passed up the stream against the current with a terrific roaring sound. And they say that if this dreadful being was seen by anyone in the daytime anyone who thus saw it soon after became crazy and continued restless and writhing as though in pain until he was relieved by death. And it is said that one time not a very great many years ago this frightful being was seen by a man, and he told how it appeared. He said that it was of strange form and covered all over with hair like a buffalo, but red in color; that it had only one eye in the middle of its forehead, and above that a single horn. Its backbone stood out notched and jagged like an enormous saw. As soon as the man beheld the awful sight everything became dark to him, he said. He was just able to reach home, but he lost his reason and soon after that he died.”
The story goes that it is still in the river. Could this monster be in fact one of the large species of fish ?It could be an Alligator Gar or a Sturgeon both rather prehistoric looking and enough to scare anyone not familiar with their appearance .When shocked it is easy to miss attribute aspects to an animal or fish that don’t exist such as a horn .Also eye witness testimony being unreliable it could just be the story got embellished in the telling. There are certainly monsters in the river ,monstrous fish .