Loch Ness Monster May Have a Cousin...
Kayaker on UK's Lake Windemere snaps photo of 'Bownessie'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2011 10:28 AM CST
A file photo of Lake Windermere. To see the photo of the maybe-monster, you'll have to go to the Daily Mail.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The British press has been having some fun with this one: A kayaker on England's Lake Windemere snapped a photo with his phone of what he thinks is "Bownessie," a creature along the lines of the more famous Loch Ness monster alleged to be lurking in the 11-mile-long lake. To see the photo of the four-humped whatever, hoax or no, see the Daily Mail.

"Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was abnormal," says the kayaker. "It's not like any animal I've ever seen before. We saw it for about 20 seconds. It was petrifying." This is at least the eighth reported sighting in five years, notes the Westmorland Gazette, but the first purported photo. Click for more.

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Feb 19, 2011 2:58 PM CST
There's been rumors/reportings of a Nessie type critter in Lake Champlain NY for decades. They talked about it when I was up there at Plattsburgh Air Force base on the shore of the lake 25+ years ago. They call/ed it Champy. http://plattsburghpipeline.com/sfSimpleForum/forumLatestPosts/forum_name/outdoors/page/9 Scan down to "Lake City Paranormal Society".
Feb 19, 2011 1:01 PM CST
See kids? This is why you shouldn't smoke dope. :P
Feb 19, 2011 11:01 AM CST
Perhaps it was a Wisconsin legislator?