Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 19th, 2010
Manipogo is the name given to the Lake Monster reported to live in Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada.
Sightings of this cryptid have been known from at least 1908.
Other incidents include, in:
1948: Reported that some sort of creature rose six feet out of the lake and gave a “prehistoric type of dinosaur cry.”
1957: Visitors saw a “giant serpent like creature in the lake.”
(The creature was dubbed Manipogo in 1957, the name echoing British Columbia’s Ogopogo.)
Sketch by Louis Bretecher, who saw the creature in the 1950s when he was about 18.
1962: Two fishermen saw a large creature like a serpent or giant snake 70 yards away from their boat. A claimed “photo” was taken this year, also (see above and below).
According to an August 18th Winnipeg Free Press column by Neil Babaluk, the Manitoba government decided to name the Toutes Aides area park, the Manipogo Provincial Park, after the Lake Monster.
Babaluk writes, about his recent trip to the park:
Not surprisingly, we didn’t spot Manipogo while staring out from the beach, but there have been roughly a dozen documented sightings of the lake monster since the late 1950s. Of course, like the Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo, and Sasquatch, no one has been able to conclusively capture Manipogo on film.
The two most intriguing sightings occurred in 1962 and 1997. The first sighting was during a fishing trip. Dick Vincent of KCND Television (later CKND, now Global) and his television colleague, John Konefell, spotted a serpent-like creature and chased after it in their boat.
They were unable track down the mysterious animal, but were able to take a blurred photograph. The photograph showed a large, dark object rising two feet out of the water. In subsequent years, Vincent denied that it was Manipogo, claiming he wasn’t sure what it was.
The 1997 sighting attracted national media attention. The Globe and Mail reported, on June 12 of that year, “People in communities around Lake Manitoba are buzzing about a 15-metre snake-like creature, with a head like a horse, that was supposedly shot and spirited away under cover of darkness recently.”
The story goes something like this: A man from the Sandy Bay First Nation, north of Portage La Prairie, had claimed to come across Manipogo, while harvesting hay from his lakeshore property. He said that he grabbed a rifle, shot and killed the creature, and then dragged it to a nearby barn. The RCMP was called and they loaded Manipogo on to a flatbed truck, covered it with a tarp, and drove off towards Winnipeg.
The story quickly unravelled though, when the RCMP denied any knowledge of the incident. Stories told by alledged witnesses contradicted each other and some denied the killing occurred. In the end, the story was deemed a hoax, the result of stories told at a party that were spread around the community. This event was the last supposed sighting of Manipogo.