The Siberian Times delivers a long, rambling expose on the Labynkyr Devil, a lake monster analogous to Nessie.
A Moscow scientist is calling for a new scientific expedition to solve the mystery of a huge ‘monster’ claimed to be living in remote Lake Labynkyr in Siberia.
Known as ‘Russia’s Loch Ness Monster’, the accounts of the creature in Yakutia predate the Scottish claims yet in many ways are similar.
Intriguingly, too, there are theories that Labynkyr – which has unusual cracks on its 60 to 80 metre deep floor – is connected by underwater channels to another lake, Vorota, where monster sightings have also been recorded, including by respected Soviet geologist Viktor Tverdokhlebov, an academician not given to hyperbole.
Associate Professor of Biogeography Lyudmila Emeliyanova revealed to The Siberian Times that on her own scientific mission to Labynkyr she recorded ‘several seriously big underwater objects’ with sonar readings.
On the basis of ‘sightings’ there has been speculation that Labynkyr and Vorota might be inhabited by a school of ichthyosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles resembling dolphins or sharks, or plesiosaurs, a popular theory concerning ‘Nessie’ in Scotland which is often depicted with a long neck.
Another version has speculated that relic killer whales could have become marooned in Labynkyr. Some accounts even suggest the ‘creature’ makes a hideous primeval cry as it attacks its prey.
‘As a scientist I know this is not enough to locate and study some unknown creature. I can put it like this, however. I believe there is a mystery in this lake because there is no smoke without fire.
‘I am sure that numerous legends which exist and circulate for many years just can’t be groundless. I read many different legends but the account below is what I heard with my own ears.
Source: Siberian Times
This article has much to be doubtful about. The scientist, Emeliyanova, speaks in speculative, breathless and convincing tones. In other words, not like a scientist at all. She says this about a sonar trace:
The next shadow; the width of the object is about 70 cm, and although the screen shows its silhouette differently to how we imagined, my mind vividly paints a picture of a beast, swimming across the echo device scanning ray.
‘Another object was ‘caught’ at the depth of 20 meters. It was definitely a live creature – look at the density! – but of a smaller size, like 2.5 meters.
Perhaps another giant fish. Or a baby of our monster?’
I can’t see what about her first investigation was scientific at all. The fact that “SHE IS A SCIENTIST” is prominently emphasized throughout, it reeks of argument from authority.
The evidence for this monster consists of tall tales that are not easily verified, sonar traces that could be something very normal and perhaps a picture (one is show but it’s worthless). It is a story because a scientist (she stresses this over and over) is weaving a glorious story about a monster, a mystery and a new exciting discovery. The speculation is high-pitched and baseless. The bit about the underground connections in the lake is a commonly used convenience. Such underwater tunnels are present only in unique geological situations. I have NEVER heard of such a formation that connects large bodies of water that allows for animals to travel between them. (If you find such an example, please share.)
The lake was previously basically inaccessible. But today there are travel companies that offer private trips to visit the lake, enabling people to carry out their own monster hunts. It sounds like a fascinating place, for sure. But from the pieces of flimsy evidence available, this monster isn’t making regular appearances.
The professor is seeking funds for an expedition.
Now that I think about this, I have to wonder if it is yet ANOTHER attempt to capitalize on cryptozoological interest to get scientists and tourists to come to Siberia. They’ve tried it repeatedly with the Yeti.
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