Lake Monsters Or Lily Pads

cammie sighting at Cameron Lake

‘Cammie’ sighting at Cameron Lake

“Cammie” Lake monster sightings are on the rise as Cameron Lake on Vancouver Island and it started a discussion about the whole lake monster phenomenon.

We here at V.I.P.S. are forming a hypothesis that might explain some sightings.  The wake that is seen as they surface and dive, the bumps that are seen in a row.

Type of root systems that can be rotting in lake beds

Type of root systems that can be rotting in lake beds

Rotting Stumps and/or underwater root systems like lily pads which can become very large and undulating.  See in the image a possible root system.  It appears to have scales like that of a lizard or serpent.  and it branches off,  imagine that rolling on the surface of the water and a part rising out of the water as it does so. What could be a pretty compelling monster sighting.

As the fleshy root rots. It causes gas build up in the root itself that would cause it to rise to the surface.  Gas escaping from the root propels it across the surface. Due to its undulating nature it forms the humps that are synonymous with a lake monster sighting.  Another theory of the propulsion could be fish, a large fish would swim into the root as it tried to bite parts off it,  this could also account for direction changes, splashing and rolling. You can see that happen when you throw bread in a lake with Carp.  They swim at the bread as they try to bite pieces off propelling it across the water.

As gas escapes water enters the spaces and the root sinks.   Movement in a monster sighting could be high pressure gas release causing the same effect you would get with a high pressure hose or a rolling effect of the root system possible causing protrusions from the lake surface,  a head coming up our of the water and then going under again.

V.I.P.S would love ‘Cammie’ to be real and we not discounting it.  We do like to promote ‘open mindedness’ and so are a putting it out there an an alternative idea for discussion,  something to keep in mind when watching a youtube video sighting.  We are interested in your lake monster encounters and thoughts on this topic, keep it constructive.

If you are into the Lake Monster phenomenon check out:

Memphre: the lake monster update – JOHN MAHONEY
On the Vermont/Quebec frontier

 

Great Books on Lake Monsters:

The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep

The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep

Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures

Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures

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