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days saw something large emerge from the lake, according to radio station KDLG in nearby Dillingham. “There was more than one, at least three,” local resident Gary Nielson told the station. “The first was the biggest, maybe double the size of a thirty-two-foot gillnetter. The animal either blew like a whale, or spit water from his mouth or something. The smaller animals behind him did the same but not as dramatic. They were black or very dark gray … I am at a total loss as to what they could be.” Experts have claimed the Iliamna Lake Monster is everything from a white sturgeon, to a sleeper shark, to a beluga whale, all of which can reach a length of about twenty feet and have access to the lake, but the locals know better. Iliamna Lake is home to a monster.

Kodiak Dinosaur Kodiak Island lies just 176 miles from Iliamna Lake, and is the scene of another sighting of a water monster. The shrimp boat Mylark, equipped with state-of-the-art sonar equipment, spotted something in the waters off Kodiak that the people aboard could only describe as a dinosaur. The boat coasted past the island in 1969 attempting to map the sea floor when the equipment detected an object swimming about 330 feet below the Mylark—the object was two hundred feet long. The largest living sea creature, the blue whale, only reaches one hundred feet in length, and doesn’t fit the description of what the crew of the Mylark saw that day—a creature with two pairs of flippers, a long, slender tail, and a long, thin neck topped with a small square head. The crew told the Kodiak Mirror they thought they’d seen a dinosaur.

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