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From a giant octopus to an eel pig – here are America’s weirdest lake monster myths

The Loch Ness Monster isn’t the only mythical lake creature that has terrified humans for decades.

There have been numerous sightings of lake monsters across the US, and they range from claims of a giant octopus to a creature that’s part eel, part pig.

Rumors of the Lake Worth Monster caused hysteria in the 1960s

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Rumors of the Lake Worth Monster caused hysteria in the 1960sCredits: Courtesy of Allen Plaster
This is the artist's impression of the Lake Alkali

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This is the artist’s impression of the Lake AlkaliCredit: Nebraska State Historical Association

Atlas Obscura created a map of all the ‘lake monsters’ in America.

Here are four of the scariest-sounding creatures that might make you rethink going swimming.

Thunderbird Lake’s Giant Octopus

Although technically an octopus wouldn’t be able to survive in a freshwater lake, there are rumors that there is an octopus in Oklahoma.

The myth of the giant octopus that surrounds Lake Thunderbird.

Myths and rumors claim that a horse-sized octopus with long tentacles can drag swimmers to their death.

Lake Worth Monster

You might be able to avoid a giant octopus if you’re out in the water, but you’ll have to face Texas’ Lake Worth Monster on land.

The Monster of Lake Worth caused mass hysteria in 1969.

According to Texas folklore, it is a mythical creature that lives in Lake Worth at the Fort Worth Refuge and Nature Center.

It is said to be part human, part goat and live on land and in water.

In the late 1960s, the press reported on sightings of the monster.

It is thought to have jumped from a tree to a man’s car and left traces of dead sheep with broken necks around the lake.

Some blamed high school students in a costume but no perpetrators were caught.

Eel in Lake Herrington

Kentucky has its own lake monster legend.

Folklore says that an eel-like pig creature with a long curly tail lived in Lake Herrington.

One theory for the story is that the sightings were actually those of a giant crocodile.

Lake Alkali . Monster

The monster of Lake Alkali in Nebraska had an eyewitness report in 1923.

Shocked eyewitness said it looked like a crocodile with a rhinoceros-like horn.

It is also said to roar from the water and smell terrible.

The number of sightings peaked in the 1920s, and no plausible explanation for the monster sightings was agreed upon.

Atlas Obscura thinks Kentucky's eel monster might look like this

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Atlas Obscura thinks Kentucky’s eel monster might look like thisCredit: Illustration by Dylan Thuras. Used with permission of Atlas Obscura
Legend of the giant octopus around Lake Thunderbird in Oklahoma

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Legend of the giant octopus around Lake Thunderbird in OklahomaCredit: Getty
Alkali lake monster is said to have rhinoceros horns

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Alkali lake monster is said to have rhinoceros hornsCredit: Illustration by Dylan Thuras. Used with permission of Atlas Obscura

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