Video of Iceland's lake monster

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  1. I sooooooooo desperately want this to be a “real” lake monster, but I dunno. Does anyone else ever recall seeing a video, similar to this, aired back in the 90′s on one of those “unsolved mystery” type shows that showed a LARGE sea snake type beastie, swimming towards the camera through a mangrove swamp? It had a rather large head with a frill around the neck, like those lizards. I only saw it once, but it stuck with me.

    • Mister44 says:

      The head looks like a viper type snake – triangular, with a pit. But jesus – it would be too cold for a snake. Robo-snake for a hoax? That is my money. If I saw a real monster  I wouldn’t stop taping until it was completely out of sight – especially if it is swimming towards land.

      It looks like it is swimming against the flow or at least perpendicular to it. So I don’t think it is a net or other inanimate object.

      ETA – this wasn’t meant as a reply to you – oops

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      The obvious first step in identification is to see if a dozen coos have been mysteriously milked in the neighborhood.

  2. trippcook says:

    Why is it quirky and fun and counterculture to “choose to believe” in a legend like this one (or, at least, to  not mock it outright), but it’s totally ridiculous and a sign of willful ignorance to believe in something like Creationism?  I ask because, as far as I can tell, both have the same amount of proof backing them up.

    • Mister44 says:

      True – but one has a much greater amount of plausibility, as well as not having a mountain of evidence against it.

      • trippcook says:

        There is a lot of evidence against Young Earth Creationism, but that’s my point — we have evidence of the Earth’s age!  Show me a lake monster body, or a living one, or a bone … this footage isn’t evidence, since it could be caused by 100 different things.  One thing can be more plausible than the other, but the evidence for either is the same.   See what I mean?

        • Artor says:

          I’m not sure, but I think Mister44′s point was that the beastie is the more plausible one, without the mountains of evidence against it. YEC is pretty damned absurd, and there is so much evidence against it that continuing to believe is a clear mental defect.

    • Not saying I believe it, but this *DOES* have a video. I can’t think of any videos of Adam and Eve (lol pretty sure I would call “hoax” if I did ;) ).

      • trippcook says:

         Hahahah — I’ve got some pretty rad video evidence of David Copperfield making the Statue of Liberty disappear!  It’s indisputable!

    • marilove says:

      One is thought of as pretty silly and frivolous, and doesn’t really have much of an affect on the real world (though I would argue that people who believe in such monsters might be more likely to believe in other insane things, which might have more of an affect).

      Creationism, however, is quite at odds with how the world actually works, and many people want to bring it into the classroom, at the expense of actual science.

    • SumAnon says:

      Noone ever blew up a building full of people over Nessie or Bigfoot.

    • ChicagoD says:

      Because there are no broader educational consequences to chuckling about Nessie. Nobody is going to claim that only Nessie can be taught in schools.

    • Woo-Boy, are you ever in the wrong place to try and have an argument about creationism. This is BoingBoing, cousin.

    • Culturedropout says:

      Maybe because there aren’t millions of poor deluded bastards threatening our freedoms, and in some cases our very lives, because we don’t accept their “lake monster” on faith…?  I tend to resist believing in anything I’m told at gun-point.

  3. SumAnon says:

    It’s not actually moving forward in the water, just writhing in place. It looks like it is swimming , but the cuts in video hide that the ‘monster’ isnt going anywhere. Like the article linked above says, its just a stuck fishing net crusted with ice.

  4. Summer Seale says:

    It’s Eyjafjallajökull’s cousin coming to cause trouble….

  5. shawndoc says:

    Whatever it is, you can tell its being pulled through the water, not being propelled by the body.

  6. Palomino says:

    What may be considered a “monster” in one area, may be common in another, like this anaconda with a hippo in its belly. 

    http://youtu.be/mhhhh1QiT-U

  7. SedanChair says:

    For God’s sake people, take the ring off of the magic worm before you throw it in the lake

  8. GrumpySteen says:

     I think we’re all missing the most important part here.  Apparently there’s a magic ring that will make things grow larger if you put it over them.  There are a lot of men out there who would pay dearly for this! 

  9. wysinwyg says:

    This BB post from last year gives another reason to be skeptical of paranormal claims coming out of Iceland:
    http://boingboing.net/2011/09/18/survey-many-icelanders-believe-in-elves-and-ghosts.html

    And this is fun too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_Elf_School

  10. artao says:

    I see no video. I followed the linkys. wtf?

  11. ferd says:

    Okay, now I’ve got it.  The whole, “my precious” thing wasn’t about the ring at all.
    Sméagol just figured that with the correct placement, he could be the hobbit, “Love Machine”.

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