Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures
By Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell. University of Kentucky Press: 2006, 184 pages. Illustrations and photos, Notes, Index. Hardback, $22.45. ISBN: 0-8131-2394-1
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For centuries, eyewitnesses around the world–from America to Africa, Argentina to Scotland–have reported sightings of dark, mysterious creatures in area lakes that surface briefly, only to quickly disappear. While the most famous lake monsters, those living in Loch Ness and Lake Champlain, have gained international notoriety, hundreds of lakes around the world are said to shelter these shadowy creatures.
Lake Monster Mysteries is the first book to collectively approach these widespread mysteries from a scientific perspective. By using exhaustive research and results from first-hand investigations to help separate truth from myth, the authors foster our understanding of what really lurks in the cold, murky depths.
Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell are considered to be among the top lake monster authorities in the world. Here they share unique insights into many of the world’s best-known lake monsters. They interview dozens of people and discuss the different types of lake monster sightings, delve into possible explanations for those sightings, and examine hoaxes, evidence claims, and legends surrounding the monsters. The authors have conducted groundbreaking fieldwork and experiments at lakes, examined photographic evidence, and analyzed the most current sonar readings.
Incorporating newly-revealed information and up-to-date developments, the cases in Lake Monster Mysteries are in-depth, first-hand investigations that will inform and entertain both avid lake monster researchers and lovers of unexplained mysteries.
“The most up-to-date, definitive, scientific assessment of the evidence for and against the existence of lake monsters.”
— Robert E. Bartholomew, coauthor of Panic Attacks: Media Manipulation and Mass Delusion
“Investigating some of the most complex lake monster mysteries in the world, Radford and Nickell closely examine these enigmatic creatures and come up with some surprises. They have produced a compact review of the most impressive cases, including an excellent account of the diminishing case for a monster in Loch Ness… Their approach is respectful of the believers, [and] attention to detail is evident throughout. I was particularly impressed with Appendix 3, which shows one possible (and plausible) explanation for the famous Mansi photo of Champ. ”
— Michael R. Dennett, paranormal expert
“In this interesting book, Ben Radford and Joe Nickell describe their careful and thorough field investigations of famous lake monsters such as Champ and Ogopogo as well as a host of lesser-known but equally fascinating unknown creatures reputed to exist in lakes around the world. The authors present fresh perspectives in their consideration of the evidence for and against these mysterious animals, and in doing so they have produced an important scholarly contribution to the controversial field of cryptozoology.”
— Ben Roesch, marine biologist and former editor of The Cryptozoology Review
“Radford and Nickell have done more fieldwork than many cryptozoological enthusiasts and …. have exhaustively carried out their own experiments and data collection that is of the highest scientific order. I wish all cryptozoologically inclined researchers would be as thorough and objective about their work…. I would recommend this tome to those who wish to learn to apply critical thinking to the mysteries surrounding these aquatic cryptids. Lake Monster Mysteries is a most enjoyable read and I guarantee you will learn much from these intelligent researchers.”
— John Kirk, author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters and president of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club
Table of Contents
Foreword by Loren Coleman
Chapter 1: Loch Ness
Chapter 2: Lake Champlain
Chapter 3: Lake Memphremagog
Chapter 4: Silver Lake
Chapter 5: Lake Crescent
Chapter 6: Lake George
Chapter 7: Lake Okanagan
Chapter 8: Other Notable Lake Monsters
1) Mysteries and Misinformation: How Cryptozoologists Created a Lake Monster
2) Eyewitness (Un)Reliability
3) Animating the Champ Photograph
4) Ogopogo film and video analysis