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Is the Iliamna lake monster just a shark?

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Taylor Reints: The Iliamna Lake Monster is just one of the hundreds of lake monsters and sea serpents reported all over the world. Or is it? A new theory by cryptozoologist Bruce S. Wright writing at the Alaska Dispatch suggests that a sleeper shark may be responsible for sightings of this monster, along with other sea serpents.

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Taylor Reints: The Iliamna Lake Monster is just one of the hundreds of lake monsters and sea serpents reported all over the world. Or is it? A new theory by cryptozoologist Bruce S. Wright writing at the Alaska Dispatch suggests that a sleeper shark may be responsible for sightings of this monster, along with other sea serpents.

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It's very possible that it is a Sleeper Shark. Most sightings happen so fast that no one really knows what was seen at the time.

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Whatever it is a shark is still scary.

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Few sharks other than the Bull Shark are known to enter fresh water. The Bull Shark even has a landlocked permanent freshwater form in Central America. Most of the cartilaginous fishes found in fresh water are Rays and on occasion the Sawfish. Bull Sharks (even fresh water ones) can and are caught on hook and line and therefore it would seem that a Sleeper Shark would also be caught on occasion. As for "lake monsters" one would expect them to be also caught, by hook or by net, and the occasional carcass to float up or wash in, but then that assumes they exist.

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The whole shark concept is a little ridiculous. Not that it couldn't be a shark, but that some egghead says it might be and now everyone's running around saying it's a shark. Same thing happened when River Monsters visited the lake, then caught a sturgeon in the columbia river - all of a sudden the mystery was solved ! Except for the not part.......The witnesses in Iliamna are more familiar with their environment than any other cryptid witness in North America and possibly the western world. Having personally known one witness and family members of another I honestly believe they would A. recognize it as a shark and B. have a high enough IQ to google shark pics and identify what they saw.

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