The Loch Ness Monster may be the most famous lake monster in the world, but it isn’t the only one. Canada’s Lake Okanagan in British Columbia is home to its own monster, the Ogopogo.
Lake Okanagan is certainly large enough for a large marine animal to live. It is about 84 miles long and approximately 3 miles wide. The lake is over 1,200 feet deep and could possibly be much deeper under the shelves. The lake has an abundance of fish, krill, and shrimp.
Like other famous lake monster, the Ogopogo is described as looking like a snake. The creature has been described as one to two feet in diameter, with a length of 15 to 20 feet. It has a swan-like neck with a head that looks like alternately a goat’s or a horse’s. It has a barrel-like body, two pairs of flippers, and a heavy tail.
Sightings of the Ogopogo actually date further back than sightings of Nessie. While records of Nessie before 1930 are being seriously questioned, there are written accounts of the Ogopogo dating back to 1872. Sightings are reported with regularity to the present. The Ogopogo came to public attention in 1926, seven years before Nessie.
This creature has been seen by several eyewitnesses at the same time. On September 16, 1926 it was spotted by 30 cars of people on Okanagan Mission beach. On July 2, 1947 a number of boaters saw the monster. All in all, there have been over 1,170 sightings of the Ogopogo including a sea captain, police offers, and other credible sources.
In 1914, a group of Nicola Valley and Westbank Indians found carcass on Rattlesnake Island in Lake Okanagan. With an estimated weight of 400 pounds, it was blue-grey in color with tail and flippers. One naturalist claimed it was a manatee, but had no idea how one could have gotten into the lake. Others felt the creature was a badly mangled Ogopogo with the neck gone.
Ogopogo footprints have also been found on Rattlesnake Island. Some are irregularly shaped, some cup like, and some look like dinosaur prints with three toes, and others had a pad and eight toes.
Despite the number of eyewitnesses, photographs, videos, and other evidence of the creature, it is not accepted in mainstream science. Until a piece of undisputable proof is uncovered, the Ogopogo will remain one of Canada’s great mysteries.