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Man set to solve Iliamna Lake Monster mystery

May 17, 2019 | Comment icon 10 comments



What lies within the depths of Lake Iliamna ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 AlaskaTrekker
A former marine ecologist is aiming to use underwater cameras to spot an elusive lake beast in Alaska.
Nestled at the north end of the Alaska Peninsula, Lake Iliamna is 77 miles long and as much as 22 miles wide, making it one of the largest lakes in the United States.

Like many large lakes, Iliamna is also home to its very own monster legend - a mysterious aquatic denizen of the deep that has been at the center of local folklore in the region for years.

Many fisherman swear by the creature's existence and even claim to have encountered it first-hand.

So great is the mystery that in 1980 the Anchorage Daily News offered a $100,000 reward for tangible evidence or scientific verification of a previously undiscovered species in the lake.
Now in a renewed bid to find out what lurks in Iliamna's depths, former marine ecologist Bruce Wright will be visiting the region this summer armed with a special underwater camera.

He will also take samples of the water so that it can be DNA tested.

His personal theory is that the sightings can be attributed to the presence of large sleeper sharks in the lake - a species that can grow to enormous sizes and live for hundreds of years.

"If we see a new species, that would be pretty fascinating," he said. "And if I find a sleeper shark, that's worth the effort too."

"There will be plenty of questions about why they're there and how do they make a living."

Source: ADN.com | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam 3 years ago
Jereny Wade has already been there. So if this guy can find anything else, tell usthen.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
In big northern lake it could be a sturgeon... and some are huge and they look strange for a fish. In the BC you can go catch these monster ! https://www.rivermonsterfishing.ca/
Comment icon #3 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
about 25 years back to relax i went fishing daily in the late afternoon until after dark when it was cooler, and i thought i knew most of the fish in these waters, in central Florida there are so many non native species from people dumping their fish tanks into a lake, so one day it was sprinkling on and off very humind and i was wading in about foot deep, i knew there were gators in this lake but i was in the open, my mind drifted, just dreamy enjoying myself. then a get bumped on the leg hard by a huge nasty looking prehistoric monster, it basically looked like a cross between a sturgeon and... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by justin3651 3 years ago
As did the hillstrand brothers from the time bandit formerly on the show "deadliest catch", https://bigfootevidence.blogspot.com/2011/07/first-review-of-alaskan-monster-hunt.html "Then they spot something big and white (15' long?) in the water; so they fish for it, apparently hook it, and... the line breaks. Just another one that got away. What's left to do but throw a tantrum, toss dynamite in the water, and shoot the lake with automatic weapons" Apparently it's dynamite proof so I'd be careful....
Comment icon #5 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
dynamite fishing....i saw a fellow using those sinking m80 looking firecrackers trying to stun nile perch, it wasnt working but the way you felt the muffled boom through the ground and the flash underwater was way cool.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Torviking 3 years ago
Can you people stop using fire arms to catch fish? This is ridiculous. Get a grip!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
Loggers I used to knowcalled those "DuPont Spinners" Quarter sticks used for stump blowing sometimes helped a hungry logger out to feed his family. Not sportsmanlike, but effective on trout.
Comment icon #8 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
i fished only for fun, catch and release and would get many catfish in the 5lbs - 10lbs range and there were guys at the lake who would be casting nets ( no license required ) to as you say feed the family and they would ask if they could have fish i caught i never turned them down.
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam 3 years ago
? Nahhhh, surely i have mistaken this. They did not toss dynamite in and shiot the lake? Please tell me this is not true. Surely this was purely for 'entertainment' purposes and they did not intend to do any of the above?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Podo 3 years ago
Good for him. If it's some kind of huge sleeper shark, that'd be really interesting. It'd be interesting if it was a sturgeon, as well, because sturgeon don't live that far north. If it was a sturgeon, it'd be the most northern population ever.


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