“Okay, but this doesn’t pertain to lake monsters,” said Garry.
“Fair enough, let’s talk about lake monsters starting with the granddaddy of them all, the Loch Ness Monster,” said Wally. “Have you ever heard of the famous Surgeon’s Photograph?”
“Of course. The picture was featured on the cover of Tim Dinsdale’s books on the Loch Ness Monster,” Garry replied.
“ Very good. Did you know that it was faked?”
“No, I had no idea. It looks so real.”
“Indeed it does but it was revealed in the 1990’s that what is really pictured in the photo is a toy model submarine adapted to look like a sea monster,” said Wally.
“Then there’s Manipogo, the supposed lake monster in Lake Manitoba. Some farmer claimed that he shot Manipogo when he spotted it resting where the shore met his land. He said that he was able to drag the dead creature into his barn for safe keeping. There was a rumour that the RCMP were called to investigate. The story went on to say that the farmer offered the RCMP officers a deal. He would allow the RCMP to take the carcass of the dead lake monster with them and he would swear never to tell anyone what happened. The farmer asked the RCMP officers for two hundred thousand dollars to close the deal. As the rumour spread the media contacted the RCMP and the RCMP press agent told them that the story was preposterous.”