There’s a monster in Okanagan Lake, or so they say.
Ogopogo — a long, snakelike creature, sometimes called Naitaka, or “spirit of the lake.” You’ll find the lake in the Okanagan valley in British Columbia, Canada, and its strange alleged inhabitant has been witnessed many times over the past couple hundred years.
Now, we can add a new potential sighting, which comes in the form of a video.
Blake Neudorf shared his strange footage on YouTube earlier this month. It was taken nearly two years ago in Kelowna, BC, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. He and his father had been fishing on a dock there, when they saw something in the water. “Something massive,” as Neudorf puts it in the video’s description.
“It was huge,” he writes, “I would say at least 60 feet long….you could visually see it rolling in the water.”
He claims other people witnessed the unidentified object, as well, and also recorded it (though it’s unclear if that video ever made it online). As the large object passed by, it appeared to move over “into a small bay.”
Neudorf and his father tried to chase after it in their truck, but they never saw it again. Was it Ogopogo?
In the video itself, we see a large, winding object just on the surface of the water, which one might describe as serpentine.
“What the heck!” Neudorf can be heard saying as he and his father ponder the strange sight.
Neudorf claims the lake was calm at the time, and that there were no boats in the water (though, near the end of the video, a boat can be seen farther off in the distance). To those questioning if it may be a log or two bobbing in the waves, Neudorf has his doubts. However, he ultimately remains skeptical. “In the moment, I was completely convinced it was alive,” he wrote in the video’s comments.
Footage of alleged lake monsters is always tricky, to be sure. You may remember what happened with the Lagarfljót Worm sighting of 2012. Turned out to be a fishing net. In September 2019, we also saw an alleged “monster snake” floating around in the Yangtze River in China, and that one ended up likely being a large rubber band.
So it goes!
Well, genuine footage or not, Ogopogo has quite the following. There have been other filmed sightings, as well. One happened in 1968, which according to Wikipedia was followed up with a computer analysis that determined the sighting was indeed of a “solid, three-dimensional object.” A later investigation by the television show Is It Real? in 2005 found that, while it was likely an animal, possibly a beaver, its size was perhaps “overestimated.”
Another recorded sighting in 2011, which involved blurry cell phone footage, showed a serpentine-like shape bouncing in the waters of Okanagan Lake. “It was not a wave obviously, just a darker color,” said the witness at the time, “Whether it’s Ogopogo or not, it’s a different story, but there is something at least down there.”
However, in that case, the sighting may have indeed been of two logs bobbing in the waves next to each other.