|Illustration of a Lake Champlain mystery animal, by Thomas Finley.|
A few weeks ago, Scott Mardis sent me an article on a photograph which he and several other researchers think may show a long-necked unknown aquatic animal caught in the act of surfacing. The image which I am referring to is none other than the well-known and oft-scrutinized Mansi photograph taken at Lake Champlain in 1977. The picture was obtained when Sandra Mansi and her family took a stop by Lake Champlain during a trip. Her children were playing in the water when, suddenly, an animal with a long neck and head atop a rather large body surfaced about fifty yards away from them. For several years after this event, Sandra Mansi kept the photograph hidden from others due to fear of ridicule or harassment. Regardless of the animal-like features described by Sandra Mansi, there has been some recent suggestion that the object may simply be driftwood which burst to the surface and startled her. I once agreed with this line of thinking, but Scott's article and my research into worldwide longneck reports have made me start to think otherwise. While I am still open-minded towards the driftwood hypothesis, the details of what Mansi reported the object was doing (i.e. moving its head around and submerging in a vertical manner) and similarities with other promising reports and photographs make me think that the animal hypothesis is quite plausible as well. Although the probable length of the object (as mentioned in Scott's article) may seem small for an animal which is behind reports of "lake monsters", it is worth noting that some plesiosaurs such as Umoonsasurus only grew to around eight feet long and the "animal" in the photograph may very well be a juvenile. It is also worth noting that some known species of animals, such as turtles and crocodiles, can exhibit a wood-like appearance. But enough of my introductory rambling; please enjoy this excellent guest post by Scott Mardis.
Blog On A "Log" (?) by Scott Mardis