Lariosauro

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Lariosauro
Lariosaurus BW.jpg
Grouping Legendary creature
Sub grouping Lake monster
Country Italy
Region Lake Como
Habitat Water

Lariosauro is a lake monster reported to live in Lake Como in Italy, about 30 miles north of Milan. Como is one of the deepest European lakes, at about 410 m (1200 feet) at the deepest location.

In 1946, eyewitnesses allegedly reported seeing a reptile-like animal swimming in the waters of the lake. It was called lariosauro, the same name used a century before to name a prehistoric reptile whose fossilized remains were found by the lake (Lariosaurus balsami). A weekly of Como, a week after the first article, wrote it was a sturgeon, but the sturgeon as well as the monster appear to be more simply a hoax invented by the press.

There were other sightings, or alleged sightings, in Lake Como.

  • In 1954 in Argegno a creature with round muzzle and back and webbed paws.
  • In August 1957 an enormous monster in the waters between Dongo and Musso.
  • In September 1957 a strange animal whose head was described as similar to a crocodile head.
  • In 2003 a giant eel, 10–12 m long, in Lecco.

Skeptic researcher Giorgio Castiglioni, who studied these cases, thinks that the animal of 1954 was an otter, the monster of August 1957 a hoax, the beast of September 1957 possibly a pike, and the 2003 eel was a group of fish swimming together.

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