Thursday, February 9, 2012

Was Iceland's "Loch Ness Monster" Caught on Video?

Video of Iceland's supposed answer to Scotland's Nessie-the Loch Ness Monster- has gone viral, prompting speculation about just what sort of mythical creature is swimming around in those frigid, glacial lakes.

The creature, known to locals for centuries as Lagarfljotsormurinn, was allegedly photographed slithering and swimming its way through the frozen waters of 25-mile long Lake Lagarfljot. The thirty second video captured an eerie image of a large, unknown snake-like creature swimming around the icy flotsam of the enormous fresh water lake.

The legend of the Lagarfljotsormurinn creature goes back many centuries, with written reports of sightings of the beast going as far back in history as 1345. Witnesses over the years have described the "monster" as a pale, humped animal, around 50 feet long, sprouting whiskers on the head at the end of a 6-foot-long, craning neck,

Given the volcanic nature of Iceland, can anyone be sure exactly what lies beneath the deep ocean and lake beds of the frozen terrain, especially at a time when the island nation has been experiencing a disturbing uptick in activity in the Katla, Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanoes over the past two years?

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