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Man keeps vigil for Siberia's Labynkyr Devil

By T.K. Randall
November 5, 2016 · Comment icon 9 comments

Does a creature lurk within Labynkyr Lake ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Marko hadzidjokic
Andrey Solovyev has braved freezing temperatures in his quest to locate Siberia's own Loch Ness Monster.
One of Russia's most remote and mysterious bodies of water, Labynkyr Lake has long been associated with sightings of a strange creature which is said to lurk in its freezing depths.

Solovyev, who had to walk 10 days straight just to reach the lake, has been keeping watch over its murky waters through Siberia's bitter winter weather in the hope of catching a glimpse of what has become known in the region as the Labynkyr Devil.

"Two weeks ago when the ice was still not completely frozen some dark creature swam out of the lake - but I couldn't identify it," he told a visiting Russian Geographical Society team.
"Some strange things were happening here, like in September when I set very robust nets and they were torn to shreds, like I could never imagine. I saw huge - meters in diameter - holes on these nets. It definitely wasn't done by a fish, even a pike couldn't bite through this net."

Stories of the Labynkyr Devil first emerged from the region back in the 19th century, prompting several investigations and numerous reports of a mysterious denizen in the lake.

To date however no conclusive evidence of the creature has ever been found.

Source: Siberian Times | Comments (9)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by MissJatti 7 years ago
Seems like every continent has it own loch Nessy
Comment icon #2 Posted by oldrover 7 years ago
Well, whatever it is it's obviously not an air breather. Dog fish in the lake? I think they mean catfish. You won't get salt water species in a lake at an elevation of over a KM and about 300 KM inland. Nor relict populations of marine mammals. Plus, it's a big lake, but not huge. Siberia land of tall tales. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mark56 7 years ago
Some Russians sit around and drink Vodka all day. Others search for Mythical beasts. He's on a mission. I admire his tenacity. I envy him.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
The guy is crazy for staying all winter.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Eldorado 7 years ago
He could be hiding from himself, same as the vodka drinkers and prozac swallowers.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mr.United_Nations 7 years ago
Not so sure about tales, there was a population of pgymy mammoths on remote island near the artic. So maybe theres a frozen whale up thier,;who knows
Comment icon #7 Posted by oldrover 7 years ago
Wrangel Island is the one I think you mean, and yes it's amazing to think just how recent they were.  But if there was a whale a whale in Lake Labynkyr, which isn't likely as it's about 300KM inland at an elevation of around a KM, then, as the lake's surface entirely freezes it's not going to be able to breathe. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 7 years ago
By the immutable laws of 'believer' science, that's proof of the existence of the Siberian gilled whale.
Comment icon #9 Posted by oldrover 7 years ago
I'm sure that doesn't apply here. But that is funny, all the more so because it's so bloody true. 

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