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Bessie, the Lake Erie Monster, is sometimes called South Bay Bessie by the locals of Ohio. This cryptid, although now as well known, rivals Nessie of Loc Ness in Scotland.
Reports indicate Bessie is a snake-like creature measuring thirty to forty feet in length. The body is estimated to be a foot in diameter, and the skin is a grayish color. When
going though the various reports through the years from 1793 to present, the descriptions vary somewhat. Some reports are much like a serpent, while others describe the cryptid as being a Brontosaurus or Plesiosaurus. Then there is the possibility these numerous sightings are not of the same cryptid but the reports are automatically grouped together as being the same creature.
In 1793, the report described the creature much like our description in the paragraph above. The event took place just north of Sandusky, Ohio. The Captain of the Felicity stated they were shooting at ducks when they startled the creature.
July 1817, a large serpent of dark color was spotted by the crew measuring nearly forty feet in length, then later in year another crew spotted the animal. It was estimated to be sixty feet in length and the skin was copper colored. The crew fired at the creature with their muskets, but was ineffective in causing any damage. A third incident happened that year near Toledo, Ohio by the two French brothers named Dusseau. They reported a huge monster on the beach thrashing around as if it was dying. It looked like a sturgeon about 30 feet in length and it had arms. The bothers ran for help, but when they returned the only thing left was some silver scales about the size of silver dollars. Numerous other events and sightings occurred during throughout the years to present day.
Harold Bricker and family spotted the creature as it swam by their boot about one thousand feet away on 4 September, 1990. On 11 September, 1990 Jim Johnson and Steve Dircks reported seeing the cryptid from a third story building while it laid motionless in the water for about six minutes.
Along with numerous reports, there have been attacks attributed to this creature. An article published by the Ottawa Citizen, 13 August, 2001, reported a creature attacking swimmers near the Port Dover pump house. The bites were ruled out as being round gobies, lamprey eels, snapping turtles, walleye, piranhas or muskellunge-type fish. However, the bites may have been by a primitive type fish known as a bowfin.