Posted by: John Kirk on August 25th, 2010
Search for lake monster resumes
Sonar blips puzzle B.C. club
A team of monster hunters will return to Cameron Lake next month to search for a creature that locals have swapped stories about for years.
The B.C. Scientific Cryptozoology Club first visited the area last September after an invitation from Oceanside Tourism to probe for evidence of the Cameron Lake monster.
They weren’t able to shed much light on the mystery, but two large strikes on a fish finder prompted the team to return to the lake. Last year, poor weather and equipment troubles bogged down the expedition.
“What we did not establish is: What were those big readings that we obtained on the sonar? We’ve got to find out what that is,” said John Kirk, the club co-founder.
But Kirk is not optimistic that an Ogopogo-like creature lurks at the bottom of Cameron Lake — given the relatively small size of the popular recreational lake about 20 kilometres west of Parksville.
“If you had an apex predator that was seriously big, that food source could diminish pretty quickly,” he said.
A sturgeon someone dumped in the lake as a prank, for example, could be behind large blips on the fish finder.
“As long as it remains a mystery, it’s incumbent upon us to come back,” Kirk said.
The team will be at Cameron Lake Sept. 13-15.
The club says it has received reports about a creature in Cameron Lake since 2004.Dustin Walker
Source: Times Colonist