July 19, 2007 01:00am-CHINA'S Loch Ness monster has been sighted - or so says state-run television. More than a dozen huge creatures can be seen churning across Lake Kanasi in remote western China.
A video, filmed by a tourist at the lake in the Heavenly Mountains of Xinjiang, has reignited debate over the existence of an underwater creature that can compete with the Loch Ness monster in mass and mystery.
The grainy film shows about 15 objects moving at high speed just beneath the lake's surface.
Chinese Central Television described the footage as the clearest yet seen of a legendary beast that has been rumoured for centuries to live in the lake.
Locals have long claimed the animals have dragged sheep, cows and even horses into the deep to devour them.
Yuan Guoying, of the Xinjiang Institute of Environmental Protection, said the video provided important proof.
"Only fish could make waves in this formation. I think the video is real," Mr Yuan, who has done research at the lake for more than two decades, said.
Chinese researchers in the 1980s said the monster was likely to be a huge member of the salmon family, one of eight fish species in the lake.
Mr Yuan said more research was needed, although it would be impossible to catch a fish that big.
The Times, London, in The Australian
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