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Bessie or South Bay Bessie is an alleged water serpent or a reptile that allegedly lives in Lake Erie in United States. First sighting of this creature date back to 1793. This strange creature is described by eye witnesses as a long snake like beast with gray scales measuring 1 foot in diameter and 30- 40 feet (9- 12 meters) in length.












History of Sightings of Bessie

1817 Captain of the sloop Felicity reports seeing  a large serpent with a snake like body while hunting ducks north of Sandusky, Ohio. He approximated the size of the creature to be "more than a rod (16.5 feet) in length".


1817 Boat on the Lake Erie saw a strange creature in water. They described it as being 60 feet (18 meters) in length and covered in copper scales. The boat crew shot their muskets at the creature. They assumed to have missed it.


1817 This sightings of Bessie occurred near Toledo. Two French Dusseau brother saw Bessie writhing on the beach. The brothers assumed the creature was in agony in last hours of its life. They ran away in terror, but when they returned the creature was gone. It was presumed the carcass was simply washed away by the waves. Only strange marks on the beach sand remained from an unknown creature. Later Dusseau brothers describes this creature 20- 30 feet (6- 9 meters) in length. Its body was fat and  bulky like that of a sturgeon, but it had small arms. Its body was covered by silver scales the size of an American dollar. Some of them were left on the shores.


It would be logical to assume that Bessie must have been some type of a sturgeon, salmon or some other type of unknown fish with rare mutations. Difference in size approximation and color might have been minor mistakes given that most eyewitnesses had only brief look at the creature. It would also be logical to assume that after the creature was shot by a boat crew it was wounded. Brothers Dusseau might have seen that dying creature on the shore. But the sightings didn't stop here. They continued in the 19th, 20th and 21st century.











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