Gassyendientha, the Seneca lake monster. Illustration by Megan Callon.
In 1805, four fishermen were casting their lines into Lake Ontario near Kingston, Ontario. It was a beautiful day. The sunlight glimmered on the surface of the water as the fishermen talked and laughed.
Suddenly, a strange shape resembling an overturned rowboat emerged from the water.
Concerned for the safety of the rowboat’s passengers, the fishermen immediately began making their way over to the shape. Imagine their surprise when the shape began making its way over to them! The object, they realized, was not a rowboat at all.
Instead, the men were greeted by an enormous, serpentine creature with huge eyes and a mouth to match. Reflecting on the terrifying experience, they recalled that the creature had to be more than 45 metres long and as wide as a barrel.
As one might expect, the fishermen panicked. They frantically rowed back to the shore, fleeing for their lives. The monster skimmed atop the surface of the water, close behind.
Once the men were safely back on dry land, they said the creature taunted them from the lake.