“So what about your grandpa? Do you think he really saw Ogopogo?” Garry asked.
“Do you believe in Ogopogo?” Wally said answering a question with a question.
Garry laughed. “You’re talking to a guy who sees reptilian creatures practically every day.”
“I’ll take that as a ‘yes’,” Wally said.
“What about you Wally? Do you believe that your uncle actually had an encounter with Ogopogo?”
“I believe that he saw something that he couldn’t explain,” Wally replied cautiously. “On the subject of the paranormal I must admit that I’m somewhat of a skeptic.”
“Why’s that?” Garry asked.
“There’s just been so much fakery over the years,” Wally responded. “Let’s take Bigfoot as an example. Have you ever seen the so called video that was supposed to be Bigfoot in the early sixties?”
“No, but I saw some still photos taken from the film. My dad showed them to me in a copy of Argosy magazine,” Garry answered.
“So what did you think?” Wally asked. “Did you think the pictures were real or not?”
“They looked pretty real to me,” Garry answered. “Especially the photo where the creature appeared to be running away after spotting the hunters.”
“Have you ever thought how easy it would be to have a big man dress up in a black bear or gorilla costume? When I study the photos closely I swear I can see a silver zipper running up the creature’s back.”
“Okay, that’s just Bigfoot,” Garry said.
“All right. Let’s take ufos as another example. A couple of decades ago there was all this excitement about these super clear, close up pictures of alien spacecraft. The guy who claimed to have taken these pictures was a one armed farmer from the Netherlands. I believe that his name was Billy Miere or something similar to that.
Anyway, years later after he and his wife had split up she told the press that her ex- husband had faked all his pictures using models of ufos that he had made in his woodshop.”
“Okay, but this doesn’t pertain to lake monsters,” Garry said.
“Fair enough, let’s talk about lake monsters starting with the granddaddy of them all, the Loch Ness Monster,” Wally said. “Have you ever heard of the famous Surgeon’s Photograph?”
“Of course. The picture was featured on the cover of the first Tim Dinsdale 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,” Wally said.
“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 in 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.”