Freshwater Monster of California.
Physical description: Length, 12—25 feet. Brown. Humped.
Behavior: Swims swiftly. Causes odd-looking waves.
Distribution: Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada.
Significant sightings: In June 1982, police officers Kris Beebe and Jerry Jones were water-skiing when they saw a huge, dark animal swimming 25 feet away.
Patsy McKay and Diane Stavarakas saw a 17-foot animal with a hump surface several times on June 17, 1984.
Mike Conway and Virgil Anderson filmed a finned animal creating a 20—25-foot wake at Zephyr Cove in April 1985.
Possible explanation: A large White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus), suggested by John
Roush. The closest sturgeon are found in the Sacramento and Feather Rivers, 75 miles to the west.
Sources: Charles M. Skinner, American Myths and Legends (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1903), vol. 2, pp. 283-284; John H. Roush Jr., Successfully Fishing Lake Fahoe (Chicago: Adams Press, 1976); "Monster Pops Up at Lake Tahoe," San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, 1984, p. 3; "Lake Tahoe Monster Filmed," Fortean Times, no. 46 (Spring 1986): 25; Michael Dougan, "The Tahoe Monster and Other Legends of the Lake," Image, June 12, 1988, pp. 2-6; Bob McCormick, The Story of Tahoe Tessie: The Original Lake Tahoe Monster (Sparks, Nev.: Tahoe Tourist Promotions, 1991); John Kirk, In the Domain ofLake Monsters (Toronto, Canada: Key Porter Books, 1998), pp. 153-156.
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