The Flathead Lake Monster

Flathead– – The Monsters and Mysteries in America series on the Destination America channel has proven to be a substitute for those of us who miss such shows as MonsterQuest, and featured a segment on the Flathead Lake Monster, a cryptic creature reported to be living deep within Flathead Lake in the state of Montana in the United States.  The life form is said to resemble the Loch Ness Monster, with reported sightings dating back to at least 1889.  At that time, a steamboat operating on the lake spotted a “log” which later turned out to be a “whale-like” creature as they approached it.  With a mentality common then as now, a passenger fired at the creature which wisely disappeared.

There have been 97 sightings of the creature reported since the late 1800’s, with eyewitnesses including reliable and reputable people such as doctors and lawyers.  Many report seeing a dark, eel-like creature with black eyes that some equate to the Loch Ness Monster and others describe as resembling a giant sturgeon.  At 27.3 miles long and 15.5 miles wide, Flathead Lake is actually a remnant of a massive inland sea which covered much of the  region during the last interglacial, some 13,000 years ago…

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2 Comments on “The Flathead Lake Monster”

  1. carycomic Says:

    I finally got to see that recent episode of RIVER MONSTERS: UNHOOKED, with globe-trotting catch-and-release angler Jeremy Wade, that featured his search for the most likely true identity of the Loch Ness Monster. After eliminating giant sturgeons, overgrown trout, and stray gray seals (as likelier misidentified suspects), he hit the on the possibility that Nessie and her kin might be equally errant specimens of Greenland shark!* Which makes a kind of sense. As an episode of the aforementioned MONSTER QUEST did prove they can survive in pretty brackish water.

    *For there to be only one Nessie, since the time of St. Columba, “she” would have to have _ten_ times the longevity of a Galapagos giant tortoise! Hence, there must be (or, more pessimistically, used to be till quite recently) a reproducing population of Nessies. The same goes for Champs…and Ogopogos…and Flatties.

    • carycomic Says:

      Oh, I know that Greenland sharks aren’t supposed to be able to osmo-regulate in 100% freshwater like a bull shark! But, then again: Mr. Wade mentioned that he discounted bull sharks, as the true identity of Nessie, as the former are warm water-dwellers. And, that’s true as a rule. Yet, most rules have exceptions.

      And, certain exceptional specimens of bull shark have been fished out of the Mississippi River as far north as Alton, Illinois!

      So, who’s say there is absolutely no such thing as a freshwater-tolerant mutation of Greenland shark? The usual zoology books? Well, as the old saying goes: “sharks can’t read!”


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