Ogua

Freshwater Monster of West Virginia.

Etymology: Possibly an Unami (Algonquian) word.

Variant names: Agou, Agua.

Physical description: Length, 20 feet. Weight, 500 pounds. Reddish-brown color. Snake- or turtlelike head. Sharp teeth. Long, flat tail.

Behavior: Amphibious. Churns the water into foam. Comes out on land at night. Lies motionless along deer trails. Drags deer into the water with its long tail and eats them.

Habitat: Underwater caverns.

Distribution: Monongahela River, near Rivesville, West Virginia.

Significant sighting: In the summer of 1983, John Edward White saw a fish with a fin 6-8 feet tall and a long serpentine tail in the Mo-nongahela River near Paw Paw Creek.

Source: David Cain, "Ogua: The Rivesville River Monster," Wonderful West Virginia 63 (September 1999): 26-28.

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