Feb 23, 2011 I Micah Hanks

Lake Windermere’s Nessie Spotted?

Scotland's famous lake monster, whose eponymous nickname "Nessie" stems from it's home within the depths of Loch Ness, may in truth be considered the world's most famous cryptozoological monstrosity. However, there are sightings of similar creatures seen in bodies of water all around the globe (as well as the seven seas), and if events being reported by the English press over the weekend hold any water, we may very well have been afforded a glimpse of one of Nessie's nearby cousins.

"Bownessie," the name given to a creature alleged to live in Lake Windermere, England's largest natural lake, allegedly made a surprise appearance over the weekend, before a pair of surprised "computer specialists" kayaking on the lake in the early morning. They managed to capture a photograph which appeared at the British Daily Mail website, depicting four odd humps protruding off something submerged just beneath the surface of the lake nearby, along with a wake trail suggesting that the creature had been moving through the water, as described by the witnesses.

This appearance marks the eighth alleged sighting of Bownessie in Windermere's waters since the 1950s. As reported by the Daily Mail, however, "no incident has produced a photo and testimony as intriguing as this one," though journalist Paul Harris quips about the "Pity Tom and Sarah couldn’t find the video button though."

Questions obviously have risen due to the fact that the witnesses, Tom Pickles and Sarah Harrington, happen to be computer specialists. The size of the file, having been taken from a cell phone camera, has been said to be too small to be determinant in terms of a possible digital manipulation. So is the creature in question an actual representation of a real life "Bownessie?" What about other possible water creatures? Though it seem unlikely that the object in the photo is a duck or long-necked water bird, there certainly could still be something "foul" at play.

Micah Hanks
Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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