We all know that Florida is home to a large diversity of animals, but is it home to lake monsters?
I recently got a report in, which is an older sighting, of what the witness describes as a lake monster. So, I got to looking at possible lake monsters in Florida and there is a few of them. You have the Lake Clinch monster, that some say is 30 foot long and has a humped back. Then there is Muck monster that has been seen in Lake Worth Lagoon. Plus there is St. Augustine monster and a few others as well. Florida has numerous lakes, lagoons, rivers and streams that some say are all interconnected thanks to underground tunnels. So there is a history of sightings in the state.
Here is the recent report that I received.
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Email Address: On file
County: Saint Johns
Date of Sighting: 1978 or 1979
Time of Day: 11 am
Nearest Town: ? North part of the bay
Length of Sighting: 15 seconds
How many Witnesses: Just me
Any Photos/Videos: No
Describe sighting in detail:
A friend and I took his father's boat out to drink beer and water ski. He was driving, I was in the back looking back. We were fairly close to some shoreline to the east moving at near top speed. I was looking at the shoreline and within I would say 50 feet I saw a serpent with two humps swimming north.
It was, I would guess, 20 to 25 feet long and 1+ foot diameter. The thing that was very identifiable was the color. It was dark brown with mustard yellow spots that were pretty big. I watched it as we went south and it went north, at first it was like wtf, then I closed my eyes and opened them again and of course it was still there.
It all happened so fast that I was afraid if I told my friend that by the time he heard me and turned around to look (he was being very careful concentrating on driving so close to the shore) it would be gone. So I just kept my mouth shut and hadn't told anyone until years later. I'm just relating this now because I was doing some research on other sightings to see if any matched up. I saw your sight and am reporting this to someone who may find the data interesting. Sorry I don't have a lot of facts like date/year, exact location or image but I tell you it's true.
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Thanks goes to Mark for the report. In my limited research of lake monsters in Florida, it seem there was a lot of reported sightings in the late 70's. So, Mark's sighting seems to fall right in a peak time with other sightings. It should be noted that Mark was from another state and had drove into Florida for a visit, and that is probably why he was unfamiliar with names and exact locations.
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
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