Amateur zoologists in Vermont claim they have new proof of Champ, a distant cousin of the Loch Ness Monster said to inhabit the waters of Lake Champlain.
As the Daily Mail notes, the researchers used a DolphinEar hydrophone system to record loud clicking noises that they assert are the echolocation of the monster. Cryptozoologists Katy Elizabeth and Dennis Hall made the recording in July, near a section of the lake known as Scotch Bonnet. Elizabeth captured a second sound in October, which she believes may belong to a large animal, possibly a Beluga whale. She cites differences between the two recordings, however, in asserting that the sounds captured in July belong to the monster.
“It was wild. I had seen Champ before, but getting that communication from this animal made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” she said. “That feeling you get when you know a sound is made by a biological thing, that it’s not a man made sound—that really fascinated me.”
Elizabeth believes that the monster is actually a dinosaur, Tanystropheus, which lived 232 million years ago, in the mid Triassic. As Motherboard notes, she claims that the monster uses echolocation in order to find food in the murky waters of Lake Champlain. She recorded the sounds around dusk, a time when the fish that the monster presumably feeds upon are most active.
“We don’t know if these reptiles could echolocate, it’s one of those things that no one really knows, but something [in the lake] is echolocating,” she said.
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Earlier this month, several new pieces of footage depicting the Loch Ness Monster came to light. As the Inquisitr reported, paranormal investigator Jonathan Bright captured an image in November of 2011 that he claims shows the monster’s head breaking the surface of the lake. Displayed for the first time at a paranormal festival in Scotland, the image was revealed just days before a video of the monster was recorded by a man using his iPhone. The video depicts a snake like creature moving through the waters of the lake, repeatedly breaking the surface.
Elizabeth plans to send her recordings to an expert in cetacean echolocation, in order to determine if they are indeed evidence of Vermont’s own lake monster.
[Image via Motherboard]