Skip to comments.Briton snaps pic of 'Bownessie'
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.
The image of 'Bownessie' taken by IT worker Tom Pickles on Lake Windermere
The northern basin of Windermere
It is hard to get a sense of size from that image. It could simply be an otter.
So it HAS TO BE!!!!!!
I am afraid to look. It doesn’t have anything to do with a pleasure seeking MP hanging himself by his braces does it?
100 lb test ?
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.
How did I know what this picture was going to look like...typical BS picture and story!!
Looks like muskrat love...
Whats in the background? Are those Islands? That is your perspective.
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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.