Eyewitness account debunks Loch Ness, Tahoe Tessie
August 12, 2004
Have the waters of Lake Tahoe solved the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster? You are about to read a true eyewitness account of an extraordinary sighting on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe on Taylor Creek.
For years my wife, daughter, son and I have spent our summer vacation on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe enjoying the many amenities it provides. The Stateline Casinos and wonderful food provided at the top of the casinos, with a panoramic view of the beautiful lake and surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks are a very enjoyable, breathtaking view. We have especially enjoyed the beach’s picnic areas the beautiful sandy beaches. The Tahoe Park Department did a wonderful job of making trails and posted signs at intervals to explain what you were seeing.
One of the trails leads to Taylor Creek, which has been our favorite fishing spot. There was a wider area with a deeper pool which we liked to fish trying to catch the little native trout.
It was on one of these occasions that we saw the most amazing sight we had ever beheld. The stream was flowing at about three miles per hour when we saw in the middle of the stream coming upstream at approximately three miles per hour, with much splashing, a large green water snake with a head and neck about three feet above water. The back portion of the snake was making that portion go up and down in a humping type motion propelling itself by the action. Having reached a point directly in front of us, it seemed to turn itself toward us and then dropped and disappeared in the deeper water. We had seen many smaller ones in the area, but never one performing like this one.
I often wondered about the method of propelling itself upstream by this humping action of the lower part of the body which appeared to be on the surface of the water.
Having seen pictures and articles describing the Loch Ness Monster with a long neck and head reaching up out of the water and the remainder of the body with many humps, it too appeared to be on the surface of the water.
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Having seen the Lake Tahoe green water snake coming so close to us there was no mistaking it and its action as I have described it.
I believe that this has solved the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, a giant snake trapped in those waters. The large snake with its head and neck stretching up out of the water was supported and moved by the humping action on the surface of the water to keep afloat. As soon as this action stops it slithers away into the deeper water. The neck and head appear to be a giant snake, the portion of the snake being the tail supports the head and long neck by making a rapid humping action which propels it and keeps it afloat on the surface of the water. As soon as the propelling humping action stops, the snake is just one giant snake and disappears into the deep water of Loch Ness.
The action of the propelling humps give an illusion of a large reptile with many humps on its back.
I believe this to be the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.
After having witnessed the Taylor Creek snake perform in the water that flows into Lake Tahoe, I am inclined to think that Lake Tahoe’s Tessie is nothing more than a large snake performing in the same manner as the Taylor Creek snake.
– Lawrence G. Seegers, a frequent visitor to South Lake Tahoe, lives in Stockton, Calif.
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