Canadian Man Claims He's Caught 'Definitive' Evidence of Ogopogo on Film
Canadian Jim La Rocque of south Okanaga recently captured what he's claiming is "definitive" evidence of the lake monster known as Ogopogo, reported Global News.
La Rocque said he was at his mother-in-law's lakefront property in Kaleden, British Columbia, Canada on June 1st with his two children when he noticed an anomalous wake on Skaha Lake.
“And all I heard was like a swooshing sound,” he said. “Swoosh, swoosh.”
La Rocque recorded the disturbance with his cellphone as his son drifted nearby on a paddle board. He believes the weird wave was caused by seven fins paddling in sync.
“He turns and sees a flipper come up out of the water, and hit the water,” he said. “So if you flip the dragon boat upside down, you would see all those oars kind of coming out of the water.”
“This is, in my opinion, a definitive Ogopogo sighting,” added La Rocque.
Reactions from customers and colleagues to whom he’s shown the video at the liquor store he owns have been largely supportive.
“At first I was thinking maybe just waves, but there’s obviously something more there,” said one man.
Cryptozoologist Bill Steciuk—who has been hunting Ogopogo for over 20 years and runs the Ogopogo Quest website—was skeptical of the video, mostly due to the phenomenon’s estimated length of over 120 feet.
“Well, it’s certainly an interesting video,” he said. “There’s never been any reports really of anything that big.”
University of British Columbia-Okanaga environmental scientist Dr. Robert Young thinks there may be a mundane explanation for the sighting.
“I believe it’s something that I’ll call an Ogopogo wave.” he said. “I think it’s a product of overturn that happens seasonally, where lake layers of different temperatures and depths will pass each other.”
But La Rocque is insistent that what he captured is the real deal.
“I can’t wait until everyone sees the video,” he said. “It will make you a believer. It is 100% definitive.”
Legends of a serpentine lake monster in the Okanagan Valley date back centuries, with countless witnesses reporting sightings—including the area’s indigenous people, who called the creature N'ha-a-itk. While no definitive proof of its existence has yet surfaced—despite numerous modern sightings, sometimes including video footage and photographs—some have speculated that Ogopogo might be a surviving member of a primitive species of whale from the Late Eocene period, which existed approximately 40 to 33.9 million years ago.
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