Jim La Rocque is convinced that he’s captured the most conclusive piece of evidence yet of the legendary and elusive lake monster in the Okanagan known as the Ogopogo. The South Okanagan man was on the shore of Skaha Lake with his kids in Kaleden, BC when he says he noticed something unusual on the water, reports Global News.
“All I heard was like a swooshing sound, swoosh, swoosh,” he told Global News. “Eventually he turns and I see a flipper come out of the water and hit the water”
The longtime Okanagan resident said he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He believes he saw a giant, serpentine monster swimming across the lake with at least seven fins paddling in sync. He estimates it was at least 120 feet long.
“I’d describe it as like a dragon boat race, like with oars, so if you flipped the dragon boat upside down, you would see all those oars coming out of the water,” he said.
Rumors of a snake-like creature, similar to Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, have been circulating in the Okanagan for hundreds of years. According to Bill Steciuk, who runs a website documenting Ogopogo sightings, the legend dates back as early as the 1700s, when First Nations knew of a water beast in Lake Okanagan.