Wasgo

Sea Monster of the British Columbia coast, Canada.

Etymology: Haida (Na-Dene), "sea wolf." Variant name: Wasco.

Physical description: Serpentine. Wide black eyes. Prominent teeth. Finned forelegs. Wolflike tail.

Behavior: Feeds on trout. Can shift shapes between a wolf and a killer whale.

Significant sighting: Wasgo was a popular subject for argillite carvings by Haida Indians in the nineteenth century.

Distribution: Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. Also said to live in Spirit Lake near Skidegate.

Sources: Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst, The Raven Steals the Light (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1984); Michael D. Swords, "The Wasgo or Sisiutl: A Cryptozoological Sea-Animal of the Pacific Northwest Coast of the Americas," Journal of Scientific Exploration 5, no. 1 (1991): 85-101; Virtual Museum of Canada, Haida Art, http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/ Haida/nojava/english/art/art3e.html.

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