Memphr

Freshwater Monster of Québec, Canada.

Etymology: After Lake Memphrémagog. Coined in 1987 by Jacques Boisvert, an insurance broker of Magog, Québec.

Physical description: Serpentine. Length, 25—50 feet. Dark color. Smooth skin. Cow- or horselike head. Horns. Oval, red eyes, set 14 inches apart. Long neck. Has one to four humps.

Behavior: Swims in vertical undulations. Sometimes ventures on land.

Distribution: Lake Memphrémagog, Québec and Vermont.

Significant sightings: The first report of a monster in the lake appears to be in an 1816 journal entry of pioneer Ralph Merry, who mentioned having met several persons who saw a great serpent there.

In 1854, Henry Wadleigh saw an animal as large as a log that held its head 2 feet above the water.

In the summer of 1976, a black, seallike animal with a long neck was seen near Fitchbay.

On August 12, 1983, Barbara Malloy snapped a photo of a huge, black hump as she was boating on the lake with her family.

Mayor Denis Lacasse, of Magog, Québec, was skeptical until he saw Memphré on June 19, 1996, near Cummins Bay.

Patricia de Broin Fournier shot a video of an elongated, 16-foot animal creating a wave on August 12, 1997, near Les Trois Soeurs Island.

On June 4, 2000, Bruno, Johanne, and Serge Nadeau saw a 75-foot animal with a head like a horse's from their boat in Sergeant's Bay.

Sources: John Ross Dix, A Hand Book for Lake Memphremagog (Boston: Evans, 1860), p. 48; George C. Merrill, Uriah Jewett and the Sea Serpent of Lake Memphremagog (Newport, Vt.: George C. Merrill, 1917); William Bryant Bullock, Beautiful Waters (Newport, Vt.: Memphremagog Press, 1926); "Memphré Christened, Given Dual Citizenship," ISC Newsletter 6, no. 2 (Summer 1987): 7-8; Michel Meurger and Claude Gagnon, Lake Monster Traditions: A Cross-Cultural Analysis (London: Fortean Tomes, 1988), pp. 84-93, 270-272; John Kirk, In Search ofLake memphre 325

Monsters (Toronto, Canada: Key Porter Books, 1998), pp. 136-143; Jacques Boisvert, "The Sea Serpent of Lake Memphrémagog," Crypto Dracontology Special, no. 1 (November 2001): 70-74; International Dracontology Society, Memphré, http://www.interlinx.qc.ca/ memphre/ang.html.

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