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Briton snaps pic of 'Bownessie'
upi ^ | Feb. 18, 2011

Posted on 02/19/2011 8:56:35 AM PST by JoeProBono

WINDERMERE, England - A British man said he used his cellphone to snap a picture of what he said is "Bownessie," a legendary creature in England's Lake Windermere.

Tom Pickles, 24, said he snapped the picture of the creature, known as the English counterpart to Scotland's Loch Ness monster, Feb. 11 while on a kayaking exercise with his company, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

Pickles said the creature was the size of three cars and was visible for about 20 seconds.

"Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was completely abnormal -- it's not like any animal I've ever seen before," Pickles said.

Locals said the picture represented the eighth Bownessie sighting in five years.

David Farnell of Farnell's Photographic Laboratory in Lancaster, England, said the picture appears real but is difficult to verify due to its small file size from being taken on a phone.

Ian Winfield, a lake ecologist at the University of Lancaster, said the sightings may have been large catfish and the viewers are "misjudging" the size. He said there are no known creatures in the lake matching the reported size.

"We run echo sounding surveys every month and have never found anything," he said.


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KEYWORDS: bownessie; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; godsgravesglyphs; horseeels
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The image of 'Bownessie' taken by IT worker Tom Pickles on Lake Windermere

The northern basin of Windermere


1 posted on 02/19/2011 8:56:43 AM PST by JoeProBono
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It is hard to get a sense of size from that image. It could simply be an otter.


2 posted on 02/19/2011 8:58:33 AM PST by mnehring
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To: JoeProBono
It looks like a stegosaurus doing the breaststroke.

So it HAS TO BE!!!!!!

3 posted on 02/19/2011 9:03:07 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m convinced.


4 posted on 02/19/2011 9:04:43 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'd get it myself but I don't have any thumbs.)
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To: mnehring


5 posted on 02/19/2011 9:05:17 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

I am afraid to look. It doesn’t have anything to do with a pleasure seeking MP hanging himself by his braces does it?


6 posted on 02/19/2011 9:05:52 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: JoeProBono

100 lb test ?


7 posted on 02/19/2011 9:06:04 AM PST by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: JoeProBono

Nice beaver!


8 posted on 02/19/2011 9:08:01 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Flycatcher


9 posted on 02/19/2011 9:08:19 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

It looks like several other photos I’ve seen of it. It does not look like it was taken by someone sitting in a kayak. It looks like it’s from a more elevated position than that.


10 posted on 02/19/2011 9:08:19 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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11 posted on 02/19/2011 9:11:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
Maybe it escaped from Beatrix Potter's cottage:


12 posted on 02/19/2011 9:13:56 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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How did I know what this picture was going to look like...typical BS picture and story!!


13 posted on 02/19/2011 9:18:07 AM PST by ontap
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To: JoeProBono

Looks like muskrat love...


14 posted on 02/19/2011 9:19:31 AM PST by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: JoeProBono

Whats in the background? Are those Islands? That is your perspective.


15 posted on 02/19/2011 9:19:57 AM PST by Concho (-)
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16 posted on 02/19/2011 9:23:44 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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17 posted on 02/19/2011 9:25:20 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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18 posted on 02/19/2011 9:28:55 AM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Concho

Lake Windermere


19 posted on 02/19/2011 9:30:15 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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I think there’s supposed to be one of these creatures in Lake Erie as well. I keep watching for it, but nothing so far.


20 posted on 02/19/2011 9:31:31 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: JoeProBono
looter guy loch ness Pictures, Images and Photos
21 posted on 02/19/2011 9:31:50 AM PST by mnehring
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To: choctaw man

Muskrat


22 posted on 02/19/2011 9:32:33 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
Maybe it is just one of these.


23 posted on 02/19/2011 9:34:12 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring


24 posted on 02/19/2011 9:35:21 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: mnehring
Ah, The Chocolate Nessi from Norleans.
25 posted on 02/19/2011 9:37:32 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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26 posted on 02/19/2011 9:38:17 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
Looks like a string of fishing net buoys to me.
27 posted on 02/19/2011 9:38:24 AM PST by DejaJude
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Hubby and I didn’t see anything like that in Lake Windermere when we stopped there. We hiked all the way up to Alcock Tarn, too. Plenty of view from up there.

We didn’t see the Loch Ness Monster either, unless you count the giant plaster statue of it outside the local restaurant and tourist trap at the loch.


28 posted on 02/19/2011 9:42:54 AM PST by TheOldLady ("I am optimistic... [and] greatly heartened by the response of America in 2010..." - Lazamataz)
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29 posted on 02/19/2011 9:47:02 AM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: mnehring

I’m LOLing out loud!


30 posted on 02/19/2011 9:47:58 AM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: JoeProBono
Not to be a kill-joy, but Lake Windemere isn't particularly deep like Ness (Loch Ness being just less than a 1/4 mile deep). Seems like it would be hard for a large creature to hide himself in a couple of hundred feet of water. And a big reptile has to eat an awful lot of food. IIRC, an adult great white (I know...it's a fish) eats 3% of its body weight daily (with a calf eating around 10%).

If a Nessy-like creature weighed a couple of tons and ate only 1% of its body weight daily, that would be 400 lbs a day (or a whopping 144,000 lbs a year).

That's a lot of trout!

31 posted on 02/19/2011 9:54:55 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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32 posted on 02/19/2011 9:55:19 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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It’s a selkie!


33 posted on 02/19/2011 10:00:41 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: JoeProBono
Interesting side note about Beatrix Potter - she was a mycologist and is the first person to have recognized lichens as the symbiotic relationship between fungi and bacteria. A monumental finding, but ignored because of her gender. Also, her scientific illustrations are among the finest...


34 posted on 02/19/2011 10:08:48 AM PST by stormer
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To: TheOldLady

Alcock Tarn in February, one of the many walks from Titteringdales with some spectacular views of the village, Windermere Lake and the surrounding fells.


35 posted on 02/19/2011 10:12:20 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast


36 posted on 02/19/2011 10:15:54 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Tarns look a lot like lakes, it seems.


37 posted on 02/19/2011 10:21:04 AM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: stormer

BEATRIX POTTER 1866-1943 Most know Beatrix Potter as creator of Peter Rabbit; fewer know that for more than three decades she was, as Mrs. Heelis, a sheep farmer in the beautiful Lake District of England. This article is more from the point of veiw as the latter, and hopefully will give a more pastoral view of the artist and her portrayal of the shepherd's dog


38 posted on 02/19/2011 10:21:09 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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39 posted on 02/19/2011 10:23:36 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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It’s a Magic leopleradon!


40 posted on 02/19/2011 10:40:15 AM PST by Ueriah
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To: Jeff Chandler


41 posted on 02/19/2011 10:44:21 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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42 posted on 02/19/2011 11:16:08 AM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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43 posted on 02/19/2011 11:21:14 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Baynative

Windermere, steam ferry, Lake District, England


44 posted on 02/19/2011 11:39:05 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

We ate a brown-bag lunch at the tarn when we got to the top. It is spectacularly beautiful, as your picture shows.

Hubby was born in Barking (suburb of London), and we used to vacation back at his “roots” from time to time.

He’s an American citizen now. I’m so proud of him.


45 posted on 02/19/2011 12:00:44 PM PST by TheOldLady ("I am optimistic... [and] greatly heartened by the response of America in 2010..." - Lazamataz)
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To: Baynative

A tarn is a high-altitude lake, so yes, you’re right. :-)


46 posted on 02/19/2011 12:04:28 PM PST by TheOldLady ("I am optimistic... [and] greatly heartened by the response of America in 2010..." - Lazamataz)
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To: JoeProBono
To be a complete fusspot: "A tarn (or corrie loch) is a mountain lake or pool, formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier." - Wikipedia.

Him feller:


47 posted on 02/19/2011 12:27:41 PM PST by Grut
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To: JoeProBono
Mr. Pickles. The bloke in the lighter uniform.


48 posted on 02/19/2011 12:35:43 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: stormer
Interesting side note about Beatrix Potter - she was a mycologist

So was Hirohito. Just sayin, it takes all kinds.

49 posted on 02/19/2011 12:58:49 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: JoeProBono

“Run for it, lady!”


50 posted on 02/19/2011 1:26:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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