Michigan is famous for its various sightings of UFO’s, Bigfoot, and other cryptozoological creatures. One of the most unusual creatures spotted in Michigan is “Pressie,” Lake Superior’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster. Pressie is most often spotted in the waters off the Isles of Presques.
Lake Superior certainly is large enough to be home to a large undiscovered creature. Containing 10% of all of the Earth’s surface fresh water, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It has more water than the other four Great Lakes combined. The lake is about 350 miles long and 160 miles wide. It is up to 1,300 feet deep. Because of its size, Lake Superior rarely freezes completely. If it does, it only stays frozen for a few hours at a time. There is an abundance of fish in the lake, as well as birds.
Description of Pressie
Pressie is described as a serpent about 75 feet in length with a horse shaped head, a longish neck and bilobate (whale-like) tail. Pressie is often described as dark green, grey, or black in color.
Sightings of Pressie
Most of the Pressie sightings are undocumented with just a scattering of photographs. The last photograph of Pressie was published in 2004. In September of 1894, about halfway between Whitefish Bay and Copper Harbor, crews of two steamers caught sight of the creature, its back protruding six to eight feet out of the water. In July 1895, three members of a crew of a steamer caught sight of a “hideous creature” keeping pace with their boat. They claim it had a fifteen foot long neck and a jaw at least a foot wide. In 1897 a Detroit man fell overboard when his yacht struck a rock near Duluth, Minnesota. He was attacked by a large serpent who tried to constrict him in the manner of a large Boid snake. Three shipmates also saw the creature. In the mid-1930’s two fishermen spotted the serpent speeding along at 8.5 to 8 miles an hour near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The animal created a wake as it swam along. In May 1977, hiker Randy Braun was menaced by a large serpent with a horse-like head and catfish whiskers north of Ironwood. He hid behind boulders and managed to snap on picture of the beast.
Explanations for Pressie
There are several everyday explanations for Pressie. There has been giant sturgeon reported in Lake Superior since the 1600’s. Sturgeon have been recorded at lengths of nine feet and weights of over 300 pounds. Pike have been reported at seven feet in length.
Is Pressie a new creature hiding in the depths of a massive lake just waiting to be discovered? Or is Pressie a giant sturgeon? No matter what it is, it continues to capture the imagination of the people who live near Lake Superior.