Chaousarou

Freshwater Monster of Lake Champlain in Vermont, New York, and Québec. Etymology: Huron (Iroquoian) word. Significant sighting: Samuel de Champlain saw a creature in the lake in July 1609. It was only 5 feet long and had a double row of sharp

Chaousarou
The CHAOUSAROU, described by Samuel de Champlain in 1609. From François Du Creux, Historiae canadensis (Paris: Cramoisy andMabre-Cramoisy, 1664). (Fortean Picture Library)

teeth and silvery-gray scales. Possible explanations:

(1) The Longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus) has a long, narrow snout but only one row of

98 chan teeth on its upper jaw. It grows to 6 feet in length and is olive-brown above and white below. It is currently found in Lake Champlain.

(2) The Alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) has a double row of teeth, but it is currently found no farther north than the Ohio River.

(3) The Lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) is olive-gray above and white below, with scutes along the back and the sides. Source: Samuel de Champlain, Les voyages faits au GrandFleuve Sainct Laurens [1613], in The Works of Samuel de Champlain, Henry Percival Biggar, ed. (Toronto, Canada: Champlain Society, 1925), vol. 2, p. 91.

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