YouTube Video Catches Lake Champlain 'Monster'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2009 9:45 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A cell phone video has revived the legend of “Champ,” the monster long rumored to reside in Lake Champlain, ABC News reports. Nessie’s less-famous North American cousin has been spotted 300 times, if you believe the locals, but only photographed once before, in 1977. The new video shows an indistinct black shape swimming across the water, then diving under it.

Cryptozoologists are ecstatic. “If this pans out, this will be the most convincing moving picture of this creature,” said one specializing in lake monsters. But skeptics abound. Local biologists think it’s likely a deer or moose. Even the video’s poster isn’t convinced. He recently disabled comments on YouTube. “I put this up because it was strange,” he wrote, “not because I think it is ‘Champ.’”

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Fondue
Jun 5, 2009 6:06 AM CDT
LOL. Hilarious Reader644. So true.
Jojo
Jun 5, 2009 5:16 AM CDT
I'm all for finding lake monsters and big foot, but it sure looks like whatever it was couldn't swim very well, and also looks like it swam from shore to shore, which makes me think it really was a moose or similar animal :(
DeniseVB
Jun 5, 2009 5:06 AM CDT
Too bad the videographer couldn't have watched it get out of the lake, as it looks like it was headed to shore.