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Has Lake Champlain's monster 'Champ' been picked up on sonar ?

By T.K. Randall
September 22, 2022 · Comment icon 10 comments

Is there a monster lurking in the depths of Lake Champlain ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Hbbrown18
A research group has posted up footage of what appears to be a sonar hit of a large creature swimming in the lake.
Spanning parts of New York State, Vermont and Quebec - Lake Champlain is home to an elusive cryptozoological enigma not dissimilar to that of Scotland's Loch Ness.

The legend is believed to date back to 1609 when Samuel de Champlain wrote an account of a serpent-like creature measuring 5 ft long with large teeth, a body as thick as a man's thigh and tough silver-grey scales that his blade could not penetrate.

These days, the lake remains a popular tourist destination and stories of the creature - nicknamed 'Champ' - have endured for decades.

Now a group of researchers who have spent years searching for evidence of the creature believe that they may have found some of their strongest evidence to date in the form of a sonar hit showing a large creature swimming beneath the lake's surface on September 10th.
According to the video, the unidentified creature was 20 ft in length.

What's interesting is that the sonar reading appears to exhibit evidence of a flipper-like appendage being used to propel the creature - whatever it is - through the water.

Of course it's impossible to say for sure what the sonar actually picked up, but it's certainly intriguing.

The footage, which was captured by Champ Search researcher Katy Elizabeth, can be viewed below.

Source: ChampSearch | Comments (10)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 4 days ago
A fish swarm?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 days ago
Probably a Sturgeon.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Plan IX 4 days ago
You know Lake Champlain is one of Nessy's holiday home.
Comment icon #4 Posted by MysteryMike 3 days ago
Sturgeon most likely. If such creatures did exist. There'd have to be a breeding population of at least ten. We can find whales no problem in the ocean but not lakes?
Comment icon #5 Posted by NCC1701 3 days ago
I believe this.
Comment icon #6 Posted by the13bats 3 days ago
All they did was perhaps get a sonar hit, they have to prove it was a real hit and that it wasnt one of the far more likely prosaic explanations and prove its unknown and then prove what it is.
Comment icon #7 Posted by qxcontinuum 3 days ago
That's just 6 meters long. It can be a fish.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 3 days ago
Silvery big scales ? Look like sturgeon to me... More/Library/REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS/NONGAME AND NATURAL HERITAGE/RECOVERY PLANS/Lake Champlain Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan.pdf
Comment icon #9 Posted by stereologist 2 days ago
I just want to point out that this is completely false: This story comes from a hoax pulled in a 1960 Vermont magazine. Champlain's log exists and has been inspected. There is no monster entry in the log.
Comment icon #10 Posted by stereologist 2 days ago
This could be a school of perch or smelt. Looks like smelt number are dropping due to the introduction of alewife. I decided to take a look at what sonar reports. Maybe that is why we see this as a group of dots rather than as a solid surface. Here are whales on sonar. They look very different. [More]

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