Are These Mysterious Lake Creatures Proof That Dinosaurs still exist?
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The term “lake monster” is most often associated with Nessie, the famous Loch-Ness monster in Scotland. What most people don’t know is that Nessie isn’t the last of its kind. These mysterious serpent-like creatures have been sighted in a plethora of locations around the world including the United States leading some to speculate that marine-based dinosaurs still exist.
The most famous of these American lake monsters is Champy who has racked up more than 300 sightings in its home of Lake Champlain. The fresh-water lake, which stretches 125-miles into both New York and Vermont, has enticed rumors of a mysterious beast for centuries. Both local tribes, the Iroquois and the Abenaki, spoke of a mysterious underwater horned-serpent which would lurk in the lake and eat humans. But it wasn’t until 1609 that Champy first received noted attention. Attributed to French explorer Samuel de Champlain, the diary entry was actually that of an unnamed crew member. Sightings have continued to this day.
Could theorists be right? Could Champy and other elusive sea-serpents actually be living plesiosaurs? Some certainly think so. The 10-66 ft marine-reptiles first appeared during the Jurassic period and are thought to have been at the top of the food chain. These predatory marine animals were known to thrive in both salt and freshwater environments. Many enthusiasts have suggested that pictures, videos, and sightings of alleged lake monsters bare a striking resemblance to the species thought to have been obliterated 65-million years ago.
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