Manipogo—a name inspired by British Columbia’s Ogopogo—is the moniker given to the Lake Monster that allegedly roars and lives in Lake Manitoba. Seen many times during the 1950s, it was described as black-brown and some thirty feet long. In 1957, a group of journalists organized a quasi-official expedition that found a cave full of the remains of small animals and traces left by a heavy serpentine animal.

The chairman of the Department of Zoology at the University of Manitoba, James McLeod (not to be confused with the other Professor James McLeod, who investigates Paddler in Idaho), took the reports of twenty picnickers who all saw Manipogo on July 24, 1960, and he led two expeditions that year. McLeod has collected sightings as well as an intriguing 1962 photograph. The Manipogo photograph, one of the few ever taken of a not-so-famous cryptid, shows a still-unexplained animal, if it is not a hoax. John Kirk points out in his book In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (1998) that routine sightings of Manipogo ceased after 1962.


The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters,Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
Written by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark – Copyright 1999 Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark

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