Posted by: John Kirk on March 9th, 2007
Following hot on the heels of the sighting of the so-called Bowness monster by Linden Adams last month, a canoeist who was on the lake has come forward with his story:
For full story see this week’s Westmorland Gazette.
New sighting of lake ‘monster’
ANOTHER sighting of a strange creature in Windermere has added weight to the theory that something unexplained is lurking beneath the surface of the lake.
Michael Bentley, from Ambleside, was the canoeist who was spotted by photographer Linden Adams paddling close to the scene of where he took a picture of what he claims to be a four-metre long beast in Windermere, as reported in The Westmorland Gazette last week.
Mr Bentley, who was unaware of the presence of the animal as he enjoyed a morning canoeing at the south end of Windermere, said. “I did not see anything that day but I remember the conditions on the lake were absolutely flat and calm. When I saw the report I contacted Linden Adams and he showed me the pictures he took and I was paddling right towards where the thing was feeding but I was going quite fast and did not see anything.”
A self-confessed sceptic, Mr Bentley has backed up Mr Adams’s dramatic pictures with his own shots taken while paddling in the same area of the lake, with his partner, last weekend.Paul Duncan
I am somewhat confused by Bentley’s comments that he took photographs as well. Does this mean that he took pictures of the lake in general or did he also claim to take pictures of the monster? If he did photograph the beast where are the pictures? It is also rather hard to fathom how he did not see the creature despite the flat-calm lake conditions and the fact that he was heading straight towards it.
One of the most promising things about this animal is its reappearance just six months after the initial sighting. When I was at Lake Windermere in August, I saw no trace of the beast myself, but I must say it was in my consciousness that it was odd that Windermere was at that time devoid of any sort of lake legend. Now we have heard of two sightings in six months.
As Loch Ness is a bit of a dead end for me these days, I can tell Cryptomundo readers that I will be revisiting Windermere again on my future trips back to the United Kingdom. It appears to hold more promise with the recent spate of sightings.