Freshwater Monster of Japan.

Etymology: Japanese, after Lake Kussharo. Variant name: Kussie. Physical description: Eel-like. Dark color. Distribution: Kussharo-ko, Hokkaido Territory, Japan.

Significant sightings: Toshio Komama took a distant photo of two animals in the lake on September 2, 1973.

On September 18, 1973, Yoshinori Kataoka saw a 50-foot animal with ridges along its back. It was moving very swiftly in the lake and creating a wake.

Sources: Ronald Yates, "Old Nessie Makes Room for Kussie," Chicago Tribune, June 17, 1976, p. 1; Simon Welfare and John Fairley, Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World (London: Collins, 1980), pp. 107-108; "Japan's Own Sea Serpent," Newsweek, August 11, 1997, p. 8.

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