Is Ogopogo, the oldest resident of Okanagan Lake, a real live BC lake monster? Could he be one of those prehistoric types?
Scientists believe he could be a giant sea serpent, some sort of aquatic dinosaur left over from the Ice Age, thousands of years ago!
Since there is evidence of dinosaurs in the interior British Columbia, is it possible that Okanagan Lake, which is a post glacier lake formed about 10,000 years ago with the melting of a massive ice mass, could be, or could have been, home to our very own lake monster?
There have been many sightings of the Okanagan lake monster, which date back as far as the late 1800's! If you've not heard of our Lake Okanagan legend, they say that he lives somewhere near Squally Point and Rattlesnake Island near Peachland BC, but has been seen in many different areas of the lake.
About The Ogopogo Legend
"N'ha-A-Itk", the 'sacred creature of the water', or 'lake demon', was originally a demon possessed man who had committed murder. At the mercy of Aboriginal gods, he was sentenced to eternal fate in Okanagan Lake. Punishment for his crime.
It is still believed by some, that this lake monster, of giant proportions, lives in an underwater cave off Squally Point, a rough stretch of water near Rattlesnake Island, across from Peachland BC.
Prehistoric Sea Monsters - Plesiosaur's (ple-zee-o-soars)
Well, modern legends of aquatic monsters, like the Loch Ness Monster and Ogo Pogo, are at times described as surviving populations of plesiosaurs sightings.Pleseiosaurs, a meat eating marine reptile, existed millions of years ago during the Jurrasic Period, and lived until the K-T extinction period where mass destruction of animal and plant species occurred.
Plesiosaurs were said to have either long or short neck bodies, short tails, and flipper like limbs. They are said to have ranged in size from 3 to 20 meters. The Okanagan Lake monster is believed to be one of more than 30 other marine type creatures that live on earth.
There have been hundreds, or even thousands, more sightings of the Okanagan lake monster and you can read about some of them here.
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