Freshwater Monster of Alberta, Canada. Etymology: After its red eyes. Physical description: Length, 15-50 feet. Gray color. Horns. Red-rimmed eyes. Wide mouth. Long tail.
Behavior: Churns water with its tail. Distribution: North Saskatchewan River, Alberta, near Rocky Mountain House.
Significant sightings: Chief Walking Eagle was chased by a 50-foot animal as he crossed the North Saskatchewan River in 1939.
Some boys swimming in the river on July 22, 1942, saw a long, loglike object in a pool under the bridge. They began to throw stones at it, whereupon it came to life and moved toward the shore. It stopped halfway on the shore and thrashed its long tail in the water.
Sources: "Water Monster Scares Indians at Rocky Mountain House," Calgary Herald, April 29, 1939; "River 'Monster' Sends Swimmers Scrambling," Calgary Herald, July 24, 1942, p. 1; "Rocky Mountain Terror," Calgary Herald, July 27, 1942, p. 1; W. Ritchie Benedict, "The Unknown Lake Monsters of Alberta," Strange Magazine, no. 5 (1990): 47-49; John Kirk, In the Domain ofLake Monsters (Toronto, Canada: Key Porter Books, 1998), p. 190.
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