Case File: Ogopgo
Location: Lake Okanagan near Kelowna, British Columbia
Date: 1937 to present
CaseEditHistory: Ogopogo is the name of a mysterious creature of large size said to live in Canada's Lake Okanagan in the province of British Columbia. The local Indians called the beast Naitaka, or "lake demon" and often sacrificed small animals to appease the creature. Today, three hundred years later, many locals still believe that the sea monster is real. The creature has been seen or reported several times by locals Horace Simpson, Beverly Harder and Ernest Girou. In fact, hundreds of sightings of Ogopogo are reported every year, but no film footage was captured until 1968 when Art Folden and his wife were driving next to the lake and they noticed something strange on the lake. Their film shows a dark object diving, and reappearing from shallow water into deeper water. The dark mass in Art's film is estimated to be forty feet long.
In 1980, a group of vacationers also observed something they saw was Ogopogo. One of them, Larry Thal, had a home movie camera and filmed what he saw; his footage later examined by Arlene Gaal, an Ogo Pogo author and researcher. To her, Larry's footage revealed intriguing details:
Ken's video images made headlines in Time Magazine and many newspapers. Experts were called in to analyze the video. One of them was regional wildlife biologist Robert Lincoln who believed the footage was not a hoax. His impression was that tape showed a live, living animal, likely, a river otter or a beaver. He compared a video frame from Ken's footage with a photograph of a beaver about to slap its tail on the surface of the water; the two are mirror images of each other. Ken Chaplin, however, believed the creature he saw was too large to be a beaver. Gaal speculates it could have been a miniature Ogopogo.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the February 7, 1990 episode.
Ogopogo has also been featured on "Destination Truth," "Monster Quest," and "Sightings."