- PORTLAND, Maine (Wireless
Flash) -- You've heard of the "Summer of Love" but this summer
was the "Summer Of The Lake Monsters."
- That's how cryptozoologists are referring to the Summer
of 2003 thanks to the large number of lake monster sightings in places
like Loch Ness in Scotland, Lake Champlain in Vermont and also China and
- Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman says there were about three
times the usual number of sightings and figures that warmer, drier conditions
made the lake monsters more active and easier to see.
- None of the creatures were captured, but Coleman says
scientists still learned some important details. For instance, he says
while most folks call them "sea serpents," lake monsters are
actually mammals and "closer to seals than eels."
- No one knows if next summer will have a bumper crop of
Nessie sightings but Coleman says there was enough information gleaned
this year to keep cryptozoologists busy for a long time.
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