Freshwater Monster of New York. Etymology: Oneida (Iroquoian) word. Distribution: Lake Onondaga, New York. Significant sighting: The Oneidas had a legend that a great animal came from the lake and killed many Indians.
Possible explanation: Seals apparently visit this lake from time to time. A 6-foot, 100-pound seal was shot in the lake by George F. Kennedy on April 28, 1882.
Sources: David Cusick, Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations (Lewiston, N.Y.: David Cusick, 1827); New York Times, May 2, 1882, p. 2.
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