"Loch Ness Monster" In Manitoba Lake

From our Correspondent.
WINNIPEG, Man., July 29

The professor of zoology at the University of Manitoba, Dr. J. A. McLeod, is leaving for Lake Winnipegosis, in northern Manitoba, to investigate the appearance there of Manitoba's own version of the Loch Ness monster. Last weekend some 20 persons reported sighting a strange animal swimming in the lake. It was described as being about 10ft. long with humps on its back every two or three feet, black on top with white underside, and moving at a speed of about 15 miles an hour.

Dr. McLeod, although sceptical about the reports, did not rule out the possibility of a prehistoric animal surviving in Manitoba's north. He recalled that the Coelacanth and other animals considered long extinct had been caught in recent years.

Residents living around Lake Winnipegosis have claimed for many years that a strange animal which they call the "Manipogo" was living in the lake. The story first cropped up in the thirties, but various attempts at capturing or at least photographing the "Manipogo" have hitherto proved fruitless.

From The Times, July 30th, 1960.

From our correspondent

The Winnipeg Free Press today published on its front page a photograph of an object which looks like the Manipogo monster, a creature believed to have haunted Lake Manitoba for half a century. The picture was taken by two men on a fishing trip at a spot about 180 miles north of Winnipeg. It shows an elongated, snake-like object with a hump in the middle which, the fishermen said, moved through the water like an eel for 15 minutes before submerging. The photograph was taken from a distance of between 50 and 75 yards.

One of the men said it was black in colour, and no head was visible. Although the boat was equipped equipped with a 10 h.p. motor the men were unable to overtake the object before it vanished beneath the surface.

The two men said they first saw the object when it was about 300 yards away. They swung the boat in its direction and observed that it was swimming with a rippling action. It swam steadily forward as the boat approached and crossed in front of the bow.

In 1960 Professor James McLeod, head of the Zoology department at the University of Manitoba, carried out an unsuccessful search for the lake monster.

From The Times, August 16th, 1962.