With sightings dating back generations, the cryptid roaming the depths of Lake Norman is one of those creatures falling firmly into the category of Loch Ness Monster mysteries. Described as a mixture of alligator, catfish, eel and snakehead fish, there’s still no clear explanation for what this animal is, yet sightings continue.
The most recent sighting occurred this past December when a park ranger witnessed a strange animal eating a duck. The unlucky bird was pulled under the water. A creature rose to the surface that the park ranger described as similar to the famous Loch Ness Monster. Although smaller than the Scottish cryptid, the park ranger estimated it at roughly twelve feet long.
Fortunately, the park ranger wasn’t the only one to see the creature. The following day, another local man was fishing on the lake when the Lake Norman Monster surfaced for a few minutes before vanishing. He said it was a ‘dinosaur-like creature’ at least ten feet long.
Explanations for the sightings often focus on the presence of a nuclear plant near to the lake and the possibility of a mutation due to radiation. Some argue the creature could be an alligator but locals point out these creatures would never survive the cold winters. Others think perhaps the Lake Norman Monster is an overgrown type of snakehead fish that typically reaches two or three feet in length.
Previous sightings include a man being thrown from an inner tube ; two women watching it cross the lake on a snowy day; two girls losing a fish rod when they hooked something too big to contain and even a group in a boat whose friend went missing underwater, resurfacing with reports of something long and slimy with prickly skin touching him.
Whether the Lake Norman Monster is a fish mutated by radiation, a species similar to that of Loch Ness or something entirely different is unknown. Perhaps only time and more witness sightings will tell.
The good news is there’s a website dedicated to good ol’ Normie where you can track and report sightings.