Aidakhar

Freshwater Monster of Central Asia.

Etymology: Possibly Kazakh (Turkic) word, said to mean "huge snake."

Physical description: Length, 45-50 feet. Head, 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. Long neck. One hump.

Behavior: Said to have a trumpeting call. Distribution: Lake Kök-köl, Zhambyl Region, Kazakhstan.

Significant sighting: Anatolii and Volodya Pecherskii saw the animal in 1975 from about 25 feet away.

Possible explanation: Lake water being sucked into underground caverns is said to create noisy, monsterlike whirlpools.

Sources: Denver Post, January 31, 1977; "Muddying the Waters," ISC Newsletter 5, no. 4 (Winter 1986): 10.

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