Sweden’s Loch Ness Monster

Storsjöodjuret, a lake monster that inhabits Sweden’s Lake Storsjön, is the Swedish version of the Loch Ness Monster. Like Nessie, reports of Storsjöodjuret go back for centuries and hundreds of sightings have taken place. The creature was allegedly caught on film in 2008. 

Descriptions of Storsjöodjuret match those of “typical” lake monsters—serpentine in appearance, multi-humped, dog-like head, and 20 feet or more in length. The lake it inhabits, Storsjön, shares similarities with other lakes said to hold a lake monster. Storsjön is a remnant of a once mighty ice lake. It is quite deep, reaching a maximum depth of 243 feet. Storsjön covers a surface area of 179 square miles—adequate space for a lake monster. Over and over in my research of the lake monster phenomenon, these remnant lakes are a recurring theme. Why?

I thought I would close out this post with a newspaper clipping from the late 1980s when scientists decided to investigate Storsjöodjuret:

The Galveston Daily News, April 4, 1987.

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