Mosqueto : Freshwater Monster of New York.


Oneida (Iroquoian) word.


Lake Onondaga, New York.

Significant sighting:

The Oneidas had a legend that a great animal came from the lake and killed many Indians.

Possible explanation:

Seals apparently visit this lake from time to time. A 6-foot, 100-pound seal was shot in the lake by George F. Kennedy on April 28, 1882.


  • David Cusick, Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations (Lewiston, N.Y.: David Cusick, 1827);
  • New York Times, May 2, 1882, p. 2.



Mysterious Creatures – A Guide to Cryptozoology written by George M. Eberhart – Copyright © 2002 by George M. Eberhart

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