New book out on Lake Champlain monster

There is a new book out on Champ, the monster of Lake Champlain. And the author has concluded there really is something fishy in there, a monster even, but not what people love to think it is.

Champ: Hook, line and sinker – Times Union.

Bartholomew’s long investigation and endless fascination has resulted in a book, “The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster,” published in December by SUNY Press.

It’s a full-fledged biography of perhaps the second-most famous sea monster in the world after Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.

“I really want to believe and I can’t completely discount it. Lacking any concrete evidence like a serpent’s body or bones, though, science has to err on the side of caution. I consider it a fascinating mystery.”

Bartholomew looks into the “best” evidence for Champ – the photo by Sandra Mansi. He concludes her case has big holes. He also discounts the “research” by another. What’s there? There are some sightings of animals but he believes people see a giant sturgeon instead – an actual big fish that looks very weird and would be a surprising sight for most people.

You can find a thorough investigation of the Mansi case in Radford and Nickell’s Lake Monster Mysteries. See Ben Radford’s piece about it in Skeptical Inquirer.

Here is link to the new book. The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster

 

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  5 comments for “New book out on Lake Champlain monster

  1. D. Walker
    December 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    A group of otters might look like an enormous snake from a distance, particularly with the sun reflecting off the water and bouncing into your eyes.

  2. spookyparadigm
    December 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I got a copy of this for Christmas, haven’t looked at it yet. I have to admit the sturgeon idea doesn’t thrill me, but then while I am willing to listen to materialist “it’s actually this” answers to “mysteries,” my default is that until someone makes a good case otherwise, the best place to look is culture and lore (folklore or literary turned mystery mongering as in the case of the UFO).

  3. December 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I’m about half way through the book. Bartholomew goes all out. I don’t want to give away any of the revelations I’ve read so far, but I’m impressed with what I’ve read up till now. Well written, and holds your attention.

  4. December 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I haven’t seen it yet (I was supposed to get a review copy weeks ago), but Bartholomew is usually very thorough and solid. I look forward to it!

  5. December 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I have a personal interest in this because my family has a long history with the lake here in Northern Vermont. My boyfriend grew up on the New York side. None of us have ever seen Champ, or anything vaguely suspicious!

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