Lake Van Monster

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Lake Van Monster
Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Lake monster
First reported 1889
Other name(s) Van Gölü Canavarı (Turkish)
Country Turkey
Region Lake Van, Van
Habitat Water

The Lake Van Monster, (Turkish: Van Gölü Canavarı, Armenian: Վանա լիճ Vana lich) is a legendary creature that allegedly lives in Lake Van.


The Lake Van Monster was not reported until 1995 in Lake Van, a large alkaline lake in Eastern Turkey. There are now more than 1,000 people claiming to have witnessed the beast which is reported to measure around fifteen meters long with spikes on its back and appears similar to a Plesiosaur or Ichthyosaurus. Researches showed creature first mentioned on Saadet newspaper's (a newspaper published at Istanbul at the time) 29 April 1889 issue,[1] says that the creature dragged a man into lake while he was doing wudu. Following these reports the Turkish government sent an official scientific survey group to the lake who failed to spot the creature.

Lake Van

In 1997 a local man, Unal Kozak, a teaching assistant at Van University, captured the creature on video which was sent for analysis. He has written a book about the monster. Yet his video is under constant criticism, with questions like why it never pans left, possibly because of a boat that may have carried the creature. Or why the monster only goes straight, instead of curving through the water. Even criticism as to why the breathing is not in and out, but a continuous release, much like the effects of an air hose.

A 4-meter high statue based on reported sightings has been erected to its honor in Van, Turkey.

Skeptics point out that the region would benefit from tourist revenue and a hoax might attract visitors.[2]

Popular culture[edit]

The Lake Van Monster appears in The Secret Saturdays episode "The Unblinking Eye." This version resembles a Mosasaurus-like creature.

Animal X Classic Series (an Australian television show) episode #3 features the Van Lake Monster.

Josh Gates and his team search for the Van Lake monster on Destination Truth. Season 3, episode 305 Alien Mummies/Van Lake Monster.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TRT(Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) News (tr)
  2. ^ RJ (1997). "Sea monster or monster hoax? - June 12, 1997". CNN Interactive - World News. Retrieved 2006-05-01. 

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