Monday, 27 April 2020
Lagarfljótsormurinn Serpent Icelands equivalent to Loch Ness
River monsters are part of many countries legends, they vary in form but often share common features.
We can break this down into animals that fit with the the appearance of a plesiosaur type animal others more like giant seals some are more serpentine, snake-like animals that are very large and inhabit waters where reptiles are rarely found.
I want to look at one of these creatures and the idea that a familiar aquatic animal- all be it giant in size – may provide us with an answer for this snake-like lake and river monster that has been seen from China to Europe.
Let’s take look.
Let’s travel to the Nordic island nation of Iceland and take a look at its equivalent to Loch Ness
One of the most well-known of these lake serpents is the Lagarfljótsormurinn Serpent or as it is also known the Lagarfljót worm of Lagarfljót Lake in East-Iceland.
Lagarfljót Lake is Iceland's 3rd largest lake, found in the east of Iceland near Egilsstaðir. Its surface measures 53 square kilometers and it is 25 kilometers long; its greatest width is 2.5 km and its greatest depth 112 m. This easily providing a large enough environment for the mystery animal to hide.
The glacial river "Jökulsá í Fljótsdal" begins at the Vatnajökull glacier and flows into the lake, a source of fresh melt water providing the lake with its milky white colour.
It is these icy waters that the Lagarfljót worm lives, just like other lake cryptids it has been seen by many witnesses through the ages. The first recorded reports of the water dwelling worm are from around 1345. Spotted over the decades it became a creature of legend in 1589 the serpent monster is said to have raised its body so high out of the water that a boat could have passed under the beast with ease.
Legend tells that when the beasts body crashes back into the water the impact was so huge that the earth trembled. This obviously being a hyperbole, designed to emphasize the animal’s large size.
Sightings of the serpent raising its humps out of the lake continued, in the 17th century there were 14 sightings of the serpent!
It was considered to be a bad omen if the serpent showed itself.
Maybe there is some truth to this, from 2012 the world has seen increasingly more and more disastrous events could this be because the beast was spotted and recorded back in February of that year?
February 2012, Mr Hjörtur a local farmer captured a video in which there appears to be a long mysterious object moving in a snake-like motion across the current of the river feeding into the lake.
The video was uploaded to YouTube where it triggered speculation that this was indeed the famed Worm of Lagarfljót.
RÚV the Icelandic news agency reported that the farmer who recorded the original video of the creature, stood to receive a payment of 500,000 ISK by the Fljótsdal Shire. This payment is to be made “when the occasion arises” that the creature is proved real.
The world was swept up in lake serpent fever, in May 2012 the NBC show “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” went in search of the Worm, as did ABC News the following June. Shortly thereafter, the 13-person truth committee was established to verify or dismiss, once and for all, the existence of the Worm.
The committee concluded that the worm is a real animal, this as they saw no reason to doubt that there was some kind of creature in the water. So that opens things up for us to speculate on what the identity of the worm could be.
This creature’s mystery identity may have been found with sightings of Giant Eels or possibly Massive Snakes in the UK.
Nick Redfern penned an article on Mysterious Universe that fits nicely with the story of the Icelandic cryptid.
In an older post on the site titled “monsters in our cities,” Nick wrote about sighting of massive eels spotted swimming in the Birmingham canals. This website entry told of how a retired British policeman gave Nick an interview a number of years back.
This officer, was a serving Policeman from 1977 to 1988, he described hearing his fellow officers tell that they had seen giant eels in the water ways that run through the city of Birmingham and by extension connect most parts of the British isles.
The witnesses reported seeing extremely large animals, the initial sighting saw the police officers spotting a beast that was said to be around twenty feet in length, and was ‘very dark’ in color.
This being a truly a huge animal that could only really be described as a monster.
Birmingham in the latter part of the 1980s saw a number of sighting of giant eel like creatures.
Nick says that he was working as both a fork-lift and a van-driver for a company in the town of Walsall. He heard a number of stories about sightings of huge and dangerous eels, the vicious fish roamed the dark water, of the winding canals.
Nick says one of the best sighting came from a truck driver who had a sighting somewhere in Birmingham. This happened on a summer’s day late in the 1980s.
What the man saw was to have him and others scared rigid. At a shop which overlooked a stretch of the canal a 15 foot dark brown animal was seen swimming.
Supposedly, it had briefly been seen by an employee who, was completely mesmerized by aquatic anomaly, watching it “circling” one area of the canal.
This section being home to a large number of semi-tame ducks, the staff at the store regularly fed these birds with bread during break times.
They feared this massive eel was there to feed on these ducks something an animal of that size could easily do.
Eels eat a wide range of foods including mosquito larvae and worms. While eels prefer to eat live prey, spiny and freshwater eels will eat carrion and will accept frozen bloodworms and tubifex worms as food.
It is easy to think that as opportunist feeders a giant eel would be looking for larger snacks.
Eels have recently been in the news and were linked to the most famous UK monster, Nessie.
Could they be answer for not only the Scottish cryptid but also the Icelandic lake serpent too?
The question is then asked, what if all of these cases of giant eels are also a case of mistaken identity?
It is suggested that witnesses could possibly mistaking the fish for a massive snake!
The dead body of a huge, eighteen-foot-long python was discovered in the U.K.’s Grand Union Canal. It just so happens that the Grand Union Canal links to the many and varied canals that wind their way through the city of Birmingham.
Witness, Sebastian Bishop told of finding the large reptile he said
“As I passed under a bridge on the stretch at Aylestone I saw a long slim shape just under the water. I went to investigate and prodded it with my paddle. I lifted part of it up and was shocked to see it was a snake. I dragged it towards the bank with my paddle. When I got out and dragged it on to the grass, it just kept coming and coming. I could not believe how long it was. I reckon it was about 18ft long.” Sebastian added: “I have been kayaking along the canal for about three years now and it is the most unusual thing I have found.”
One mysterious snake being found could indicate an escaped pet rather than snakes living in a part of the world ill-suited their needs. But in the early part of 2003, a story emerged from Birmingham.
The story told of the finding of remains from a large, dead python at the same section of canal where
The journalist who broke the story, wrote: “Walkers, joggers and cyclists have been pounding a towpath in Edgbaston oblivious to a near-15ft Burmese Python lurking just feet away below the water. The giant reptile, capable of killing a child, was fished out of the canal near Rotten Park Road, Edgbaston by the RSPCA yesterday. It had been spotted by a terrified passer-by.”
The report goes on to say that the snake had not been dead for long and when its remains were measured they were nearly 15 feet in length and 14 inches in width a size almost identical to that reported in the sightings of the giant eels.
It seems to me that it would be almost an impossibility for Birmingham’s canals to have both giant eels and huge pythons living in their waters?
If the snakes had made the canal home certainly, the cold weather would quickly kill them especially when the waters become freezing during the winter. This would also mean that Icelandic monster worm would likely not be reptile as the waters there are barely above freezing.
There is the slim possibility that reptiles could have adapted to a colder environment but when eels are far more suited to cold water the later would seem the most plausible.
So what do you think could eels or snakes be the true identity of the Lagarfljótsormurinn Serpent? What other river and Lake Cryptids would you like me to take a look?
Let me now in the comments below.
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