As we have come to learn over the past few years, the Loch Ness Monster isn’t the only mysterious creature possibly lurking in a body of water.
Back in March, Mexican police investigated numerous reports of a mysterious “lake monster” in Atizapan de Zaragoza.
In April, a mysterious “serpent-like creature” spotted in a New Orleans lagoon baffled locals and park officials.
Now, another “lake monster” is making waves (pun intended) near the town of McCall, Idaho.
This particular creature is nothing new, however. Sharlie the Lake Monster, as it is called, has been hanging around Payette Lake since the 1920s.
According to the Barbara Nokes Kwader of the Nelle Tobias Research Center, via Visit McCall website, “The first documented sighting of something out of the ordinary was by a railroad logging crew. In 1920, while cutting railroad ties near the upper end of the lake, workers thought they saw a huge log floating in the frigid water. The log began to move forward. Then the log began to undulate. Then the ‘log’ created its own wake as it rapidly left the area.”
Since then there have been numerous sightings of the Payette Lake monster, including a group of 20 people in 1946 who reported it appeared to be 40 feet long.
Fast forward to 2023, and the latest sighting of Sharlie the Lake Monster once again has locals (and the internet) talking.
“A few seconds in, at 0:19, when the bubbles were first coming up, like whales and dolphins do, you could see a white outline looking like a small Beluga whale or dolphin?. At 0:39 someone says, ‘You can see all the white.’ 1:28, ‘It’s as big as a person.’ (Freeze it there) Has anyone else seen that?” one person commented on the video.
One theory that has been put forth recently is that creatures like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot live in a parallel universe and travel through portals, thus making them very hard to track and capture. Perhaps another one of these portals exist in Payette Lake, in addition to Loch Ness, New Orleans and Atizapan de Zaragoza.