Story here. I’m not sure if it should go under “In The News” or “Hoaxes. Although I suppose technically it is a news story.
Is Siberia’s Lake Labynkyr really home to a monster?
- Scientist finds strange object in lake
- Calls for expedition to confirm monster
LOCALS call it the Devil. They say it lifts up boats and wails when it attacks. Now underwater sonar shows they might be telling the truth.
Associate Professor of Biogeography Lyudmila Emeliyanova told The Siberian Times that on her mission to Lake Labynkyr in remote Siberia she recorded ‘several seriously big underwater objects’ with sonar readings.
So convinced is she that there is something down there that she has called for a new scientific mission to solve the mystery of the monster.
“It was our fourth or fifth day at the lake when our echo sounding device registered a huge object in the water under our boat,” Ms Emeliyanova told The Times.
“The object was very dense, of homogeneous structure, surely not a fish nor a shoal of fish, and it was above the bottom. I was very surprised but not scared and not shocked, after all we did not see this animal, we only registered a strange object in the water. But I can clearly say - at the moment, as a scientist, I cannot offer you any explanation of what this object might be.”
“I can’t say we literally found and touched something unusual there but we did register with our echo sounding device several seriously big underwater objects, bigger than a fish, bigger than even a group of fish.
“This mysterious and very deep lake still has some secret to tell us.”
Lake Labynkyr is located 5000 kilometres east of Moscow. It is 60 kilometres away from town of Oymyakon – the coldest place on earth. But while every other lake in the area becomes an ice-skating rink in winter - this lake does not freeze over. Ever.
It also has no plant life.
The native Evenk and Yakut people have always claimed an underwater creature lurks in their lake. It has become known as “Russia’s Loch Ness Monster”. But talk of this creature actually started before anyone spoke of Nessie in Scotland.