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The Siberian Lake Monster
Alleged Lake Monster
Published: 6:36 AM 10/1/2012

By Julie Fishman

You don't have to believe in the Loch Ness Monster to believe in the Devil. That's the name locals have given to a mysterious creature wreaking havoc on anyone who dares to enter the water at Lake Labynkyr in remote Siberia.

Associate Professor of Biogeography Lyudmila Emeliyanova told The Siberian Times that on her latest mission to the lake, her boat's sonar picked up huge readings that were too large to be considered a single large fish and too dense to be a school of fish.

Other researchers have used a fish scanner to find a moving object over 21 feet long. It had to be a living being because the scanner registers inanimate objects differently.

Word of mouth tales have also spread about the Devil. Fisherman once got rocked by a flood of waves even though there were no other boats within sight and no wind that day. As the waves got stronger, the front of the boat began to rise, as if a giant creature from below was lifting it up.

Just as the boat was about to tip, it was released and the water eventually settled. There are tales as far back as the 1920's of a five-year-old boy being snatched away from the lip of the lake by a giant, squealing creature with a bird-like beak.

Lake Labynkyr is just over 3,000 miles from Moscow and only 37 miles from the town of Oymyakon, known as the coldest place on earth. Unlike other bodies of water in the area, the lake never freezes over and generates no plant life. Whether or not it houses a giant monster remains to be seen.

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