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
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".
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.
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.