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Champ
Creature
Name: Champ
AKA: Lake Champlain Monster
Classification
Grouping: Cryptid
Sub grouping: Lake Monster / Sea Serpent
Data
First reported: 1609
Last sighted: 2005
Country: United States
Region: Lake Champlain
Habitat: Water
Status: Unconfirmed
Map of Lake Champlain
Map of Lake Champlain

Champ is the name given to a reputed lake monster supposedly living in Lake Champlain. [1] While authorities typically regard Champ as legend, some believe it is possible such a big creature does live deep in the lake. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Cryptids are creatures presumed extinct, hypothetical species, or creatures known from anecdotal evidence and/or other evidence insufficient to prove their existence with scientific certainty. ... Lake monster or loch monster is the name given to large unknown animals which have purportedly been sighted in, and/or are believed to dwell in freshwaters, although their existence has never been confirmed scientifically. ... This article is about sea serpents in mythology and cryptozoology. ... // Events April 4 – King of Spain signs an edit of expulsion of all moriscos from Spain April 9 – Spain recognizes Dutch independence May 23 - Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Landsat photo Lake Champlain (French: lac Champlain) is a large lake in North America, mostly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) but partially situated across the US-Canada border in the province of Quebec. ... Image File history File links Champlainmap. ... Image File history File links Champlainmap. ... Lake monster or loch monster is the name given to large unknown animals which have purportedly been sighted in, and/or are believed to dwell in freshwaters, although their existence has never been confirmed scientifically. ... Landsat photo Lake Champlain (French: lac Champlain) is a large lake in North America, mostly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) but partially situated across the US-Canada border in the province of Quebec. ...


Like the Loch Ness Monster, believers in Champ generally think it as a plesiosaur, an extinct group of aquatic reptiles. A few people believe that the animal is a Tanystropheus, leading to Champ being given an unofficial scientific name, Champtanystropheus, although this theory has received little attention by the mainstream scientific community. A recent sound recording of Champ, consisting of numerous echolocation clicks, suggests that Champ may be a freshwater whale or dolphin. However, sightings of Champ do not describe a dorsal fin. Some think it looks like a llama drowning. notice the multi colors, not dolphin like and the way its head is bent towards body. also the size of the torso seen in this photo resembles that of a llama. For other uses, see Loch Ness Monster (disambiguation). ... Families Cimoliasauridae Cryptoclididae Elasmosauridae Plesiosauridae Polycotylidae Plesiosaurs (pronounced ) (Greek: plesios meaning near or close to and sauros meaning lizard) were carnivorous aquatic (mostly marine) reptiles. ... Tanystropheus was a 6 metre (20 foot) long reptile that dated from the middle Triassic period. ... See: Animal echolocation: animals emitting sound waves and listening to the echo in order to locate objects or navigate. ... This article is about the animal. ... For other uses, see Dolphin (disambiguation). ... Dorsal fin of an orca A dorsal fin is a fin located on the backs of fishes, whales, dolphins, and porpoises, as well as the (extinct) ichthyosaurs. ...

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Lake monster

According to legend and eye witness accounts, a monster dwells in Lake Champlain, a 125-mile-long body of fresh water that is shared by New York and Vermont and just a few miles into Quebec, Canada. Landsat photo Lake Champlain (French: lac Champlain) is a large lake in North America, mostly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) but partially situated across the US-Canada border in the province of Quebec. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ...


Champ is highly revered by many in the area and has become a revenue-generating attraction.[2] For example, the village of Port Henry, New York, has erected a giant model of Champ and holds "Champ Day" on the first Saturday of every August. Port Henry is a village located in Essex County, New York. ...


As the mascot of Vermont's lone Minor League Baseball affiliate, the Vermont Lake Monsters, Champ became even more of a star of the team after the team was renamed from the Vermont Expos to the Vermont Lake Monsters after the end of the Montreal Expos. Champ has been the primary attraction of the New York - Penn League affiliate since their inception. Several nearby establishments, including a car wash, use "Champ" as a logo. There is also a town that has a tracking board that records every Champ sighting for the last 100 years; the latest was in 2005.[citation needed] The logo of the Vermont Lake Monsters is Champ, the legendary sea monster of Vermonts Lake Champlain. ... The New York - Penn League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. ...


History

According to legend, the first European account of Champ was made in 1609 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain — the founder of Québec and the lake's namesake — who spotted the creature as he was fighting the Iroquois on the bank of the lake.[1] However, in actuality no such sighting was recorded, and it has since been traced back to a 1970 article.[2] Statue symbolizing Samuel de Champlain in Ottawa. ...


Long before that, however, two Native American tribes, the Iroquois and the Abenaki, are alleged to have talked of such a creature and celebrated its existence. The Abenaki gave it the name "Tatoskok."[3]


Sightings varied over the years, but the next important sighting came in 1883 when Sheriff Nathan H. Mooney claimed that he had seen a “…gigantic water serpent about 50 yards away” [4] from where he was on the shore. He claimed that he was so close that he could see “round white spots inside its mouth” and that “the creature appeared to be about 25 to 30 feet in length”. Mooney’s sighting led to many eyewitnesses coming forward with their own accounts of Champ sightings. Mooney’s story predated the public Loch Ness controversy by 50 years. Since that report, there have been more than 240 recorded sightings.


The reason some believe that Champ may be a plesiosaur like “Old Nessie” is because the two lakes have much in common. For example, like Loch Ness, Lake Champlain is over 400 feet deep. Also both lakes were formed following the Ice Age about 10,000 years ago and both lakes support fish populations large enough to feed a supposed sea or lake monster (Krystek 1). Families Cimoliasauridae Cryptoclididae Elasmosauridae Plesiosauridae Polycotylidae Plesiosaurs (pronounced ) (Greek: plesios meaning near or close to and sauros meaning lizard) were carnivorous aquatic (mostly marine) reptiles. ...


Champ became so popular that the late P. T. Barnum, in the early 19th century, put a reward of $50,000 up for a carcass of Champ. Barnum wanted the carcass of Champ so that he could include it in his epic World’s Fair Show (Krystek 3). Sightings continued through the 19th and 20th centuries, but no remains or any other physical evidence has ever been recovered. Phineas Taylor Barnum Phineas Taylor Barnum by Mathew Brady 1856 newspaper advertisement for Barnums American Museum Parody of Jenny Linds first American tour for P.T. Barnum, New York City, October 1850 Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: P. T. Barnum Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5...


The most remarkable photo of a Champ appearance was taken in 1977, by amateur photographer Sandra Mansi. [1] The photo appears to show what is said to be a plesiosaur-like neck and body sticking out of the lake.


According to Mansi, she heard her children screaming and turned toward the shallow water by the shore where they were playing. Seeing the creature, she took the photo as her fiancée, Anthony, grabbed her children. Mansi had several photo experts examine the picture and they concluded that the picture has not been tampered with in any way. Those experts also stated that they believe it to be a living creature (Champ 2). Mansi later showed the photo, which is similar to the famous "Surgeon's photo" of the Loch Ness Monster, to Joseph W. Zarzynski. For other uses, see Loch Ness Monster (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Loch Ness Monster (disambiguation). ...


Zarzynski—founder of the Lake Champlain Phenomena Investigation and a Wilton, New York Social Studies teacher—took the photo to Gorge Zug of the Smithsonian Institute’s Department of Vertebrate Zoology. Zug states that the creature in the photo does not resemble any creature or animal living in Lake Champlain, that he knows of (Hall 1).


The creature has become so famous and so much a part of life in Vermont and New York that both states passed laws to protect the monster. The creature was put on the endangered species list only as a precaution. The law will protect the creature if anyone eventually does come upon a Champ. Quebec has not placed Champ on its list of endangered animals. [5]


Skeptical perspective

While many believe there is a remarkable consistency in reports, skeptics see otherwise. According to Nickell, the Affolter-Bodette account is just the latest in a long list of Champ sightings that describe a "chameleonesque creature that is black, gray, brown, moss green, reddish bronze or other color, and is between 10-187 feet long, with multiple humps or coils as well as horns or a mane or glowing eyes or 'jaws like an alligator'—or none of those features."[6]


The interpretation of Champlain's original account as describing Champ has come under fire, with skeptics saying that it merely describes a large native fish that most likely was a gar, rather than the "20-foot serpent thick as a barrel, and a head like a horse," as described in recently embellished retellings.[2] Species Atractosteus spatula Atractosteus tristoechus Atractosteus tropicus Lepisosteus oculatus Lepisosteus osseus Lepisosteus platostomus Lepisosteus platyrhincus In American English the name gar (or garpike) is strictly applied to members of the Lepisosteidae, a family including seven living species of fish in two genera that inhabit fresh, brackish, and occasionally marine, waters...


Skeptical authorities like Nickell attribute such varied sightings to imaginative interpretations of real sightings of large fish like garfish or other sturgeon, schools of fish, and other aquatic animals. "For example, otters, swimming in a line, can mimic a single long, serpentine creature moving in an undulating fashion," he writes. "Other Champ suspects include wind slicks, boat wakes, driftwood, long-necked birds, and many other possibilities. A contributing factor is 'expectant attention,' the tendency of people who, expecting to see something, are misled by anything resembling [what they are looking for]."


Not everyone finds the photograph taken by Sandra Mansi or her account credible. Skeptic Joe Nickell reports that the entire bay of the lake where the photograph reportedly was taken is no deeper than 14 feet. It's hard to explain how a giant creature could swim, let alone hide, in such shallow water.[2] Furthermore, some people have suggested that the object in the photograph could possibly be a rising tree trunk or log. Rotting trees often gather volcanic gas in the process of decay, and sometimes rise to the water's surface at considerable speed.


Recent sightings

Champ reportedly can be seen in a video taken by fishermen Dick Affolter and his stepson Pete Bodette in the summer of 2005.[7] Unfortunately, the video has been removed. However, frames can be viewed here. [8] In the video, something appears under the water near the fisherman's boat and some Champ defenders are calling it the best proof the monster truly exists. Close examination of the images may be interpreted either as a head and neck of a plesiosaur-like animal and even an open mouth in one frame and a closed mouth in another; or as a fish or eel (see top link for frames). Although two retired FBI forensic image analysts, who reviewed the tape, said it appears authentic and unmanipulated, one of them added that "there's no place in there that I can actually see an animal or any other object on the surface."[2]. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


One piece of (still inconclusive) evidence, though not a "sighting" per se, is the recording of what seems to be echolocation from within the lake by the Fauna Communications Research Institute in 2003, working as part of a Discovery Channel program. The group has concluded that the sounds they have recorded are similar to that of a Beluga Whale or perhaps an Orca, although no dolphin or whale species is known to live in the lake.[9] Study of the Mansi Photo in this context has led to speculation that rather than a neck and head, the photo shows a flipper of some large animal in the act of rolling.[10] See: Animal echolocation: animals emitting sound waves and listening to the echo in order to locate objects or navigate. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ... This article refers to the whale, beluga. ... Binomial name Orcinus orca Linnaeus, 1758 Orca range (in blue) The Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). ...


See also

Lake monster or loch monster is the name given to large unknown animals which have purportedly been sighted in, and/or are believed to dwell in freshwaters, although their existence has never been confirmed scientifically. ... Cryptozoology (from Greek: κρυπτός, kryptós, hidden; ζῷον, zôon, animal; and λόγος, logos, knowledge or study – zoology) is the search for animals hypothesized to exist, but for which conclusive proof is missing. ... The Lake Tianchi Monster is an alleged lake monster which dwells in Lake Tianchi (Lake Cheonji) located in the peak of Baekdu Mountain within the Changbai Mountains (Changbaek Mountains) encompassing Jilin Province of China and Ryanggang Province of North Korea. ... For other uses, see Loch Ness Monster (disambiguation). ... Ogopogo is the name given a lake monster reported to live in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada. ... Mokèlé-mbèmbé is the name given to a large creature reported to live in the lakes and swamps of the Congo River basin. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Loveland frog. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Govt. of Canada, "Canada's Lake Creature"
  2. ^ a b c d Nickell, J. "Investigative Files: Legend of the Lake Champlain Monster," Skeptical Inquirer, July 2003.
  3. ^ "Champ History". Lake Champlain Region.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-14.
  4. ^ Chorvinsky, M. "Nessie and Other Lake Monsters"
  5. ^ Champ Quest, "Vermont and New York Champ Protection Laws"
  6. ^ Nickell, J "Lake Monster Resurfaces,' Special Articles, CSICOP"
  7. ^ Is Lake Champlain Home to a Sea Serpent?
  8. ^ Cryptomundo.com » What Was In The ABC Champ Video?
  9. ^ lake champlain
  10. ^ Cryptozoology.com

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