Posted by: Ken Hulsey on July 12th, 2010
Russia’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster, ‘Nesski’, seems to have one habit that it’s Scottish cousin doesn’t.
Yes, the monster has now been blamed for 19 deaths in Chany lake over the past three years, a number, which, according to Russian experts, may actually be higher in their estimates.
Officially, each of these deaths has been listed on the books as a drowning, yet of all the people who have gone missing in or around Chany, only a few have ever been recovered, and those that have were reportedly half eaten. This, of course, has lead to speculation by the locals that Nesski has a hunger for human flesh.
The latest victim, a 59-year-0ld man who was pulled into the lake while fishing last week. According to the man’s close friend, 60-year-old Vladimir Golishev, the unlucky angler hooked ‘the big one’ and it lead to his demise.
‘I was with my friend… some 300 yards from the shore,’ Golishev explained. ”He hooked something huge on his bait, and he stood up in the boat to reel it in.
‘But it pulled with such force that he overturned the boat. I was in shock – I had never seen anything like it in my life.
‘I pulled off my clothes and swam for the shore, not daring hope I would make it.’
Golishev did make it back to shore without incident, but his long-time vanished without a trace.
Such was the case when Vladimir and Nina Doronin lost their 32-year-old grandson three years ago. Mikhail, a Russian soldier, fell into the lake after something large capsized his boat in calm water.
‘The lake was calm, but suddenly the boat was rocking, and it capsized,’ recalled the elderly grandmother.
Though the couple, who have lived on the shores of Chany their entire lives, firmly believe that Nesski is real, and probably caused the death of their grandson, they admit that they have never seen the monster.
Nesski, like Nessie, is believed to be a plesiosaur, an aquatic dinosaur with a long neck, small head, large body, relatively short tail and flippers, that, according to science, went extinct, like most dinosaurs, at the end of the Cretaceous Period.
Reports of Nesski in Lake Chany have been around for decades, though finding such a monster wouldn’t seem all that difficult. You see, the lake, though some 57 x 55 miles across, is only 23ft deep at it’s deepest point and much shallower in most areas. A fact that should make the monster easy to spot, and also makes one wonder why so many people would disappear in a body of water so shallow?