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Officials weigh in on Iceland lake monster

By T.K. Randall
September 15, 2014 · Comment icon 14 comments

Iceland is a country steeped in legends and folklore. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Dirk Heldmaier
A government 'truth commission' has declared that a lake monster in Iceland is a real creature.
The decision was based on a viral video from 2012 which many believe shows evidence of a long serpent-like creature said to inhabit Iceland's Lake Lagarfljót.

A long-running legend in a country that is steeped in folklore, the beast known as Lagarfljótsormurinn was said to have entered the lake when a girl, who had been instructed to catch a snake and use it to guard a gold ring in her linen chest, instead threw the chest in to the lake when the snake had grown too large.
Despite widespread skepticism about the video, a majority of the panel of 13 reached the baffling conclusion that the footage is authentic and that Lagarfljótsormurinn is in fact a real creature.

The original video can be viewed as part of the news report below.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (14)

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Mac E 10 years ago
Looks like an ice flow to me.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paranomaly 10 years ago
I'm guessing most water snakes don't wear chunks of ice as the video clearly shows.
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
I'm guessing most water snakes don't wear chunks of ice as the video clearly shows. They do if they're trying to disguise themselves.
Comment icon #8 Posted by theotherguy 10 years ago
My Icelandic is pretty weak. How do you pronounce Lagarfljótsormurinn? LAG-arf-ul-YOT-sore-mur-inn?
Comment icon #9 Posted by davros of skaro 10 years ago
Find someone that makes custom Balsa Wood Fishing Lures and you have your Lake Monster.
Comment icon #10 Posted by MyOtherAccount 10 years ago
So it isn't found guarding the gold in the pots at the end of that huge arch in the sky! Perhaps they wouldn't have that floating problem if people wouldn't empty their RVs into the lake.
Comment icon #11 Posted by seeder 10 years ago
Yes, it really is Iceland's Nessie! Panel votes that grainy footage captured in 2012 is monster first reported in 1345 (but it may just be a frozen fishing net) Panel decided by a seven to six majority that the footage was genuine The decision entitles its author to a small reward But critics accuse the panel of an obvious stunt to draw tourism When strange footage emerged of a snakelike creature gliding beneath a frozen lake in Iceland experts suspected something fishy. But now a panel convened to rule on the authenticity of the film has decided it is indeed a genuine film of Lagarfljótsormu... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by crypto-ufologist 10 years ago
The footage is very unconvincing imo
Comment icon #13 Posted by John Wesley Boyd 10 years ago
Floating debris moved and shaped by the current.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Jacques Terreur 10 years ago
Floating debris moved and shaped by the current. i think that's the conclusion drawn by everyone except those who have a couple of empty Hotel beds near a lake....

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