A British Columbia man says he has video evidence that a mythical lake monster called Ogopogo exists.
Jim La Rocque told Global News that he was at his mother-in-law’s property on Skaha Lake in the Okanagan region of B.C. when he saw ripples in the water.
“All I heard was like a swooshing sound, swoosh, swoosh,” he said.
He got his cellphone out and recorded the mysterious wake in the water as his son was on a paddle board nearby. La Rocque said his son saw a flipper come out of the water.
La Rocque described what he saw as a creature with at least seven fins that was at least 36 metres long.
“I’d describe it as like a dragon boat race, like with oars, so if you flipped the dragon boat upside down, you would see all those oars coming out of the water,” he said.
He said he believes what he saw was Ogopogo. According to Canadian folklore, Ogopogo is a lake monster that lives in Okanagan Lake that has been commonly described as a large sea serpent.
Like the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, there have been a number of alleged sightings of Ogopogo throughout the years.
Robert Young, an environmental scientist at the University of British Columbia, who has studied the myth of Ogopogo, told Global News that there could be an explanation for what La Rocque saw.
“I think it’s a product of overturn that happens seasonally where lake layers of different temperatures and depths will pass each other,” he said.
“Where the layers pass each other, they form a wake, these waves only form when there is no other waves to mix it.”
Young said when it comes to Ogopogo, peoples’ emotions tend to trump reason.
“People don’t like not knowing, they have to have an explanation… they come up with myths and legends… it’s not surprising to me that people would want to hang onto the idea of a mythical lake monster,” he said.