The Ogopogo

Mel Ayers, digital artist
by Mel Ayers
The Ogopogo, Mel Ayers, Digital Artist, Creature Designer

Deep in the underwater tunnels and underground lakes of the Okanagan valley in British Columbia survives a beast called the Ogopogo. Many eye witnesses report seeing this creature in the attached Okanagan Lake. The Ogopogo is consistently described as 40-50 feet long (12-15 meters), has a narrow build, and is dark in color with varying shades of green, brown, and black. Witnesses describe serrations running down its back. Some have reported seeing a mane on its neck.

Sightings began with the Okanakane people, who called the beast Naitakas, which means “great beast of the lake”. They documented their sightings by painting on rocks before the mid-1800s. When the white settlers came to the area and witnessed the monster, they coined the term Ogopogo. In 1926, the Ogopogo sightings found their way into the papers. This was seven years before The Loch Ness Monster—Nessie—made her debut.

Mel Ayers…

…is a digital artist, creature designer, and author. You can read more about her here and view some of her work on Instagram @Melcabre2. You can also receive a free ezine with six exclusive images of American Cryptids (two of which will come out in our book, Sky Monsters, next year). To receive these just sign up for our newsletter by filling out the form below. You’ll receive instructions on how to download.

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If you’d like to read more on the Ogopogo, check out Arlene Gaal’s books. There is also an excellent article at Genesis Park, giving a more historical details. You can find more of Mel’s monthly creature designs here. One of my favorites is the Pixie. Not a cryptid but I like Mel’s concept. It’s similar to the fairy in my novella No Longer Alone. This story is also free when you sign up for our newsletter and updates. There are no other obligations and you can unsubscribe at anytime. But there is some fun stuff in there about cryptids, creatures, and creation that we don’t post anywhere else.

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