Just some family History {Beware Here Be Dragons}  

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Just some family History {Beware Here Be Dragons}

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Around 1990 strict creationist Carl Baugh began to promote an alleged baby "lake monster" as anti-evolutionary evidence. Sometimes called the "Erie Baby," the approximately 3 feet long carcass had reportedly washed up on the shore of Lake Erie around 1992, at which time it was found and then stuffed by taxademinst Larry "Pete" Petersen, who displayed it in his "Bait and Tackle" shop near Cleveland, Ohio.

Somehow Carl Baugh of Texas got word of the creature, and traveled from Texas to Petersen's shop to examine the specimen. During his visit Baugh purchased the specimen from Petersen and subsequently displayed it in his Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas, evidently accepting the oddity as a real, plesiosaur-like lake monster.

Around the same time strict creationist Kent Hovind began to promote the object in a similar manner in his seminars. A photograph of the stuffed creature appears on his website, where he states the following:


In 1998, I talked to Pete Peterson who lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
He said he was walking on the beach about six years earlier and
found a dead baby creature three feet long. The seagulls had been
pecking at it. Pete took it home with him and mounted it. He’s a
taxidermist. He said this creature was lying on the beach of Lake
Erie. Strange looking little fellow. Four flippers and has a tail
sort of like a fish. He said it had something like pouches on the
side of its cheeks. Carl Baugh bought it and it’s in the museum in
Glen Rose, Texas now. They’ve done a DNA analysis and a CAT scan
x-ray. It had a fish hook stuck up in its head. Apparently somebody
caught it sometime in the past and broke the line. The fish hook is
still in there, it shows up on the CAT scan. Strange little critter.
(Hovind, 2002-2006)

19th CENTURY SIGHTINGS
On page 484 of the "Museum of Natural Sciences", under October 1817 we find the following references:

4. Lake Erie Serpent. It appears that even large lakes have huge serpents or fishes, as well as the sea. On the 7th July, 1817, one was seen in lake Erie, 5 miles from land, by the crew of a schooner, which was 30 or 40 feet long and one fourth in diameter; its colour was a dark mahogany, nearly black. This account is very imperfect, and does not even notice if it had scales; therefore it must remain doubtful whether it was a snake or a fish. I am inclined to believe it was a fish, until otherwise convinced; it might be a gigantic species of eel, or a species of the above gnus Octijvos. Until seen again, and better described, it may be recorded as a gigantic eel.

5. The Water-Snake of Lake Erie has been seen again, and described to be of a copper colour; with bright eyes, and sixty feet long. It is added, that at a short distance (musket) balls had no effect on him, but it is omitted to mention whether it was owing to having lizard scales (in which case it might be a real snake of the genial Enhydris or Pelamis) or to the poor aim of the marksman.

On page first page of the Burlington Free Press and Times, May 16, 1887 we find the following article.
Lake Erie throws our Lake Champlain sea serpent into the shade with this monster, alleged to have been seen one day last week near Toledo, by two French fishermen. Their serpent had arms width it flourished in the air. It emitted a phosphorescent light from its whole body, and left signs of its presence on the shore, in the shape of scales as big as a silver dollar. The Ottawa county whiskey seems to be a pretty poor article.

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 14 - A special from Locust Point on the shore of Lake Erie, near here, says:
The French settlers along the lake shore, in Erie township, Ottawa county, a few miles east of here, were surprised and amazed last night over the appearance of an unknown fish of mammal size. Two brothers named Dusseau, both fishermen, were returning from these fishing grounds, when they discovered a phosphorescent mass upon the beach. It was late in the evening, but they succeeded in making their boat fast to the shore, and upon examination discovered a lake monster writhing in agony. The brothers say that was like a large sturgeon in shape, but that it had long arms, which it threw wildly in the air. While they were watching it the great fish apparently died, and the Dusseau boys, badly frightened, hurried away for aid. When they returned with ropes the fish had disappeared. In its dying efforts, it had succeeded in tumbling into the lake and had been carried away by the waves. The marks on the beach indicate that the serpent was between twenty and thirty feet in length. Several scales as large as silver dollars, which were believed to be the monsters, were picked up.
On page first page of the Burlington Free Press and Times, May 16, 1887 we find the following article.
Lake Erie throws our Lake Champlain sea serpent into the shade with this monster, alleged to have been seen one day last week near Toledo, by two French fishermen. Their serpent had arms width it flourished in the air. It emitted a phosphorescent light from its whole body, and left signs of its presence on the shore, in the shape of scales as big as a silver dollar. The Ottawa county whiskey seems to be a pretty poor article.

About dear old Mom

Bessie is a name given to a sea monster in Lake Erie by the locals. It has been spotted since 1927, but many sightings have been occurring in the past thirty years. Bessie is reported to be snake-like and 9-12 m (30-40 ft) long with a grayish color. The creature is blamed for an attack in 1992 that killed three people. The survivors of the attack say the creature's head is as large as a car. There is a reward for humane capture of a living Bessie and sightings of the creature still occur.

The existence of Bessie (as most creatures in cryptozoology) has been accepted as a possibility by the majority of mainstream scientists.


I will be posting updates as there is much more proof that exsists, including photos,keep watching, the lake,and the skies

and,they tought me a myth?
Your loyal Lake Erie Dragon.




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3/14/2006 9:43 pm

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