1872 – The first recorded sighting by a European was by Mrs. Susan Allison, a B.C. pioneer and author.

1926– Occupants of about 30 cars along an Okanagan Mission beach reported seeing “Ogopogo”.

1947 -A number of boaters all saw the creature at the same time. One of the witnesses, a Mr. Kray, described it as having “a long sinuous body, 30 feet in length, consisting of about five undulations, apparently separated from each other by about a two-foot space, in which that part of the undulations would have been underwater.There appeared to be a forked tail, of which only one-half came above the water. From time to time the whole thing submerged and came up again.”.

1959– Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Marten reported seeing a “tremendous creature with a snake-like head and a blunt nose swimming some 250 feet behind their motor boat”. The group watched the unknown animal for over three minutes, after which it submerged.

1964– Photo taken by a Parmenter family member.

Year unknown – Geoffrey Tozer, the son-in-law of British Columbia Premier W.A.C. Bennett (B.C. Premier from 1953 to 1972).

1976– Photo taken by Ed Fletcher of North Vancouver

1978Bill Steciuk was crossing the bridge from the west side of Okanagan Lake in October of 1978 towards Kelowna. He caught a movement in the lake and immediately stopped his car. All the traffic behind him also stopped and he was soon joined at the rail by about 20 other onlookers. All 20 or so people saw what appeared to be a head with three black humps behind it perhaps 60 metres away protruding out of the water. Bill and the onlookers watched the creature ‘swimming’ for nearly a minute, after which time it disappeared beneath the water’s surface, leaving a substantial wake. This sighting made a believer out of Bill and he vowed to try to one day search for Ogopogo.

1978, 1979, 1981 – Photos taken by author Arlene Gaal.

1981– Photo taken by a Wachlin family member. (Ogopogo Quest, N.d.)

Monster hunters, called cryptozoologists, have various theories as to the origins of Ogopogo.

Karl Shuker a British cryptozoologist has suggested Ogopogo may be a kind of primitive serpentine whale such as Basilosaurus.

Other theories suggest that Ogopogo is a plesiosaur, a sea going reptile.

Basilosaurus
Basilosaurus:Early form of whale that lived 40 to 34 million years ago.
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Plesiosaur: Sea reptile lived 203 million years ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

(n.d.). Ogopogo Quest, The Search for the elusive lake monster known as Ogopogo continues – Have you seen him in Lake Okanagan in British Columbia Canada? Retrieved April 11, 2017, from http://www.ogopogoquest.com/old/sightings.html

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