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September 21, 2010

The Claims:

Ogopogo is the name given to a lake serpent said to live in Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, akin to Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. Many sightings have been reported, dating back to the 19th century.

The Evidence:

The first public sighting occurred in 1926, when a large group of beach goers saw “something”.  Since then, there have been many sightings, as well as a handful of photos and videos. However, the photographs are grainy, the videos are blurry and shaky, and none of them are credible.

Since the physical evidence is limited to unclear photos and film, it has been suggested that the sightings are misidentifications of common animals, such as otters or lake sturgeon, or of inanimate objects, such as floating logs. It has also been suggested that the phenomenon is a seiche (a standing wave in a lake that travels below the surface in a long serpentine motion).

The Ogopogo mystery has been a blessing for the tourism industry in the Okanagan. For that reason, some have questioned the motivation behind some of those who have reported sightings.


There is no evidence to support the existence of a lake monster in the Okanagan.


Wikipedia Page on Ogopogo


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