We walk here almost every day, but we have never seen anything like this,” says Ms. Wilson. “We could smell the stench from almost a mile away, and we knew that there was something wrong. When we finally found the corpse, we couldn’t believe our eyes. It’s really huge and it almost looks like a rotting dinosaur. That’s not a kind of creature that I ever expected to find in Utah!”
The mysterious creature’s remains were a bit damaged by scavengers and the weather elements but they still weighed over two tons, which means the creature must have been huge.
After the news broke out, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sent a team of experts led by Dr.Brian Upton to the site to examine the remains. The team noticed that the remains are very similar to a crocodile or a mosasaur, an extinct group of large marine reptiles but they said in a statement for the press that they need to conduct more tests and analysis in order to conclude what kind of animal it is.
Dr. Upton told the media:
“It seems obvious that this creature was some kind of large marine predator, but the exact nature of the animal as yet to be determined. It definitely looks like a lot like a crocodile, but as few distinct features which suggest that it could be another type of aquatic reptile. The creature’s jaw seems very similar to various types of mosasaur, some aquatic reptiles which used to live in many American lakes.”
He added that the remains reminded him to a type of Aigialosaurus, a subtype of the mesosaur family which lived in the Cretaceous period.
This could finally resolve the 150 years old mystery surrounding Bear Lake and the countless unexplained attacks and monster sightings. It may unlock the mystery that’s been haunting the local residents for over a century.
Anyone who’s ever been to Bear Lake must have hear the myth about the “Bear Lake Monster” which was first mentioned in articles from the 19th century written by Joseph C. Rich, a Mormon colonizer in the area, who wrote numerous sightings of the creature.
Back in 1868 in his article from the Deseret News, he wrote that, “The Indians have a tradition concerning a strange, serpent-like creature inhabiting the waters of Bear Lake…. Now, it seems this water devil, as the Indians called it, has again made an appearance. A number of our white settlers declare they have seen it with their own eyes. This Bear Lake Monster, they now call it, is causing a great deal of excitement up here” before going on to relate several sightings of the creature in recent times.
His article caused a real turmoil in the Salt Lake City area and within a month “a news staff member… quizzed many Bear Lake people and found hardly a person who doubted it.”
But there have been many other writings since. For example, in 1907 a letter was published in a Utah newspaper which wrote about two men who claimed they had seen the Bear Lake monster attack their camp and kill one of their horses. Another story wrote about a 4-year-old boy who said he’d seen it in 1937 and again in 1946 a Boy Scout leader claimed he had seen it too.
In more recent times many people considered the monster to be just a myth, a tourist attraction which was transferred from generation to generation, with the last reported sighting in 2002 by a Bear Lake business owner, Brian Hirsch.