“Cressie” Crescent Lake, NewFoundland
Native Indians described a mysterious eel like creature they called the Woodum Haoot (Pond Devil) or Twedyee (Swimming Demon). The creatures were purported to live in Crescent Lake in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Most witnesses have described the creature as closely resembling the famous Scottish plesiosaur, 10-20 ft in length and about as thick as a mans thigh. Once Europeans settled in the region, they too began reporting sights of the feared creature by the early 20thcentury. In the 1950s two men saw what they thought was a flipped boat until it dove under the water. In the 1980s a pilot crashed into Crescent Lake and unfortunately drowned, but when two scuba divers tried to recover his body ‘strangely big eels’ attacked them.
Around 12 pm on July 9, 1991 an enormous, eel-like animal was seen by a school teacher and local newspaper correspondent, Fred Parsons. Parsons said he had seen a shadowy creature slithering near the surface of the lake. Then again, in the summer of 2003 a woman witnessed the creature swimming. What I find the most compelling in this case is the span of historical sightings. I find it very convincing that unconnected native tribes had different names for the creature, and similar descriptions, as well as future settlers. The most recent sights suggest a long lineage for the mysterious monster, and with such a long line of descent it would make sense for many of the creatures to still exist even now. Such a lengthy historical record certainly makes me wonder about what other creatures evade human discovery. Would you go swimming in Crescent Lake? If, in fact, the creature isn’t real where did the confusion come from?
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