The Oklahoma Octopus

okaNearly 200 years ago, before the man-made lakes of Lake Thunderbird, Lake Oolagah and Lake Tenkiller were formed, Native Americans told tales of a water demon in the rivers of Oklahoma. Between 1962 and 1965, Lake Thunderbird was made, and not long after tales of what is now known as the Oklahoma Octopus began to be reported.

The Oklahoma Octopus Is said to have reddish-brown, leathery skin and is roughly the size of a horse. Skeptics raise a couple points to ponder. Lake Thunderbird is a freshwater lake, but to date, there is no known species of octopus that can live in fresh water. Did the octopus learn to adapt? Also, the lake didn’t exist before 1962, so where did the octopus come from? Nay-sayers suspect the lake has giant catfish in them, up to 6 feet long, with large whiskers that could be mistaken for tentacles. The giant catfish is carnivorous, so could that be the beast in the lake that drags swimmers down to their deaths?

Lake Thunderbird, Lake Oolagah and Lake Tenkiller all have higher mortality rates reported and have larger numbers of unexplained drownings than other lakes report. Could there be an octopus that came in through the streams, has settled in the lakes, and has adapted itself to fresh water?

This clip is from the TV show “Lost Tapes” on Animal Planet. While “Lost Tapes” is a fictitious show, it explores criptids in a mockumentary setting.

Conspiracy Weekly, an Oklahoma college radio show, also covered the Oklahoma Octopus.


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