New video claimed to be evidence of Norway’s Lake Seljord serpent

Legendary sea monster filmed in Norway?*

For over 250 years there has been stories about a mythical sea monster which lives in Seljordsvannet in Telemark, Norway.

In the meantime there has been published images of the “monster”, commonly referred to as “Selma”.

Now a 17 year old girl on family vacation has managed to film some of the best images of the creature, which nobody exactly knows what is.

The video shows a very long object in the water with approximately 40-50 humps on it.

Tip: Monster Talk Facebook group

*Quotes on this site are translated. Original article in Danish.

Here is the video:

I’m not convinced this is a living creature as much as just waves. I can’t see evidence of anything under the water. There is a boat that may have gone past, you can see this just at the beginning before she zooms in. It may just be a strange effect from the wake of a boat passing by interacting with the wind-created waves on the surface. Subsequently, this is not great evidence. It’s doesn’t answer any questions and doesn’t give us any new information.

The lake was studied by a crew headed by journalist Jan Sundberg and a team of scientists from the Oceanographic Institute of Bergen. They didn’t find anything promising. Here is an interview with Sundberg (who died last year). Also, a Discovery channel crew was there in 1998 and failed to find anything either. The odds are, there really IS not a giant eel-like creature there but other phenomena account for what LOOKS like a serpent in the water.

More: Serpent’s Tale (Strange Magazine)

The Seljord watchtower where the above video was filmed.

  11 comments for “New video claimed to be evidence of Norway’s Lake Seljord serpent

  1. Massachusetts
    July 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Looking at the ‘humps”, there’s a bright side illuminated by the sun, and a darker side on the opposite side, which I interpret as shadow. This could be, and I believe is, a wave, with one side in light and the other side in shadow, and therefore it looks dark and can be interpreted as a solid creature’s flesh.

  2. idoubtit
    July 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I agree. Of course, the people in cryptozoological circles are laughing that we skeptics call it waves. If they want “giant eel”, they simply HAVE to do better than this quality video. There is no means to jump to an extraordinary conclusion.

  3. July 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Forty to fifty humps. Wow! That one is surely the envy of all lake monsters.

    Natural water movement. Tell those young ladies to go back to science class.

  4. idoubtit
    July 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    This seems to be the trend…

    TetZoo: […] Is standing wave from a boat: that’s what they look like

    Original Tweet:

  5. Massachusetts
    July 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Yes, this is such a recurrent trend, from lake monsters to Bigfoot, to rely on these very inconclusive images to support cryptozoological positions.

  6. Massachusetts
    July 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I didn’t even consider the standing wave aspect. I just assumed it was an ordinary wave or boat’s wake. So, presumably these would be the combination of two boat wakes that add together?

  7. Massachusetts
    July 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    OK, here’s what Wikipedia says re: standing waves:

    “This phenomenon can occur because the medium is moving in the opposite direction to the wave, or it can arise in a stationary medium as a result of interference between two waves traveling in opposite directions. In the second case, for waves of equal amplitude traveling in opposing directions, there is on average no net propagation of energy.”

    So if a wave was traveling one direction but the current was moving the water in the opposite direction, that could presumably cause these waves without a second wave source.

  8. Thorfin
    July 30, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Don’t know the correct term for it, but I’ve seen that kind of disturbance plenty of times while fishing on lakes. When wind-blown ripples intersect with boat wakes, that same kind of motion can occur. Sometimes if there is a small canyon or gulch leading toward the lake, wind from the gulch will come from a different direction than the prevailing wind on the lake surface. Those intersecting ripples can also look like that.

  9. Thorfin
    July 30, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Oh, and if they want real proof, I’d recommend using a fairly stiff 8’rod; a heavy duty saltwater type reel with a smooth drag system; 150lb test braided line; 130lb test for the leaders. Hooks should be strong–8/0 to 12/0 size. It works on 100 lb sturgeon–it should work on a giant eel–or whatever its supposed to be.

  10. Verklagekasper
    July 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Looks like waves simply hitting a stationary underwater obstacle to me. The effect is illustrated in these videos:

  11. LREKing
    July 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Waves. What appears to be dark humps are actually shadows under the “curl.”

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