Hamlet

Freshwater Monster of California.

Etymology: From Shakespeare's Hamlet, the chief resident of Elsinore Castle in Denmark. Variant name: Elsie.

Physical description: Serpentine. Length, 12 feet. Diameter, 3 feet.

Behavior: Swims by vertical undulations. Distribution: Lake Elsinore, California. Significant sightings: First reported in 1884. The lake dried up in both 1951 and 1955, but sightings persisted. Bonnie Pray saw the monster twice in the winter of 1970.

Sources: Los Angeles Daily Illustrated News, May 6, 1942; "The Endless Search," Fate 23

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(November 1970): 32-36; John Kirk, In the Domain of Lake Monsters (Toronto, Canada: Key Porter Books, 1998), pp. 171-172.

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