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Coordinates: 49°32′50″N 119°35′44″W / 49.54722°N 119.59556°W / 49.54722; -119.59556

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Ogopogo statue in Kelowna, British Columbia
Sub groupingLake monster
Other name(s)N'ha·a·itk, Naitaka
RegionOkanagan Lake, British Columbia

In Canadian folklore, Ogopogo or Naitaka (Salish: n'ha-a-itk, "spirit of the lake") is a lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 40 to 50-foot-long (12 to 15 m) sea serpent resembling an extinct Basilosaurus or Mosasaurus. Skeptic Benjamin Radford notes that “these First Nations stories were not referring to a literal lake monster like Ogopogo, but instead to a legendary water spirit.”[1]

Alleged sightings[edit]

In 1946, a sighting is claimed to have occurred at an Okanagan Mission beach. This event was supposedly witnessed by about thirty cars of people who all claimed to have seen the same thing.[citation needed] In 1968, Art Folden filmed what is claimed to be footage of the alleged creature, showing a large wake moving across the water. A computer analysis of the footage concluded it was a solid, three-dimensional object.[2] Folden noticed "something large and lifelike"; in the distance out on the calm water and pulled out his home movie camera to capture the object. A subjective investigation conducted by Benjamin Radford with Joe Nickell and John Kirk for the National Geographic Channel TV show Is It Real?, in 2005 revealed that the object Folden filmed was indeed a real animal but its size had been greatly overestimated. It was probably a water fowl or beaver too far away to be identified.[3]

In 2011, a cell phone video captured two dark shapes in the water. A suggested explanation is that the video shows two logs. Radford analyzed the video for Discovery News and concluded that “The video quality is poor and the camera is shaky, but a closer look at the 30-second video reveals that, instead of one long object, there are actually two shorter ones, and they seem to be floating next to each other at slightly different angles. There are no humps, nor head, nor form; only two long, darkish, more or less straight forms that appear to be a few dozen feet long. In short, they look a lot like floating logs, which would not be surprising since Lake Okanagan has tens of thousands of logs harvested by the timber industry floating just under the lake's surface." [4]

In September 2018, there were reportedly three sightings, one of which was described as a giant snake that was about 15 m (49 ft) long.[5]


According to zoologist and cryptozoologist Karl Shuker, the name "ogopogo" originates from a 1924 English music hall song called "The Ogo-Pogo: The Funny Fox-Trot", by Cumberland Clark and Mark Strong.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Sheet music cover
  • 1972: The Supreme Court of Canada considered the case Horsley v. MacLaren which involved a boat called the Ogopogo. The case itself is also known as "the Ogopogo case". In Canada, "Ogopogo" has also been a name given to items such as boats and canoes.[7]
  • 1990: A Canadian postage stamp with an artist's conception of the Ogopogo was issued.[8]
  • 2005: A film inspired by the Ogopogo and made in New Zealand was released. The filmmakers were about to name the creature in the film after the Ogopogo until an Aboriginal protested that use of the name compromised Aboriginal religion, although other Aboriginals encouraged the use of the name "Ogopogo." Thus, the creature became "Mee-Shee" and the film was called Mee-Shee: The Water Giant. Jim Henson's Creature Shop modelled Mee-Shee after the late actor Walter Matthau.[9]
  • 2011: Ogopogo was one of the mythical Canadian creatures referred to in James Alan Gardner's short story "All The Cool Monsters At Once" which was podcast on the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine.[10]
  • 2018: The Ogopogo was included as a vinyl figure variant in Cryptozoic Entertainment's Cryptkins blind box toy line.[11][12]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Radford, Benjamin. "Ogopogo the Chameleon". The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Center for Inquiry. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Gaal, Arlene (2001). In Search of Ogopogo: Sacred Creature of the Okanagan. Hancock House. ISBN 0-88839-482-9.
  3. ^ Radford, Benjamin. "Ogopogo: Canada's Loch Ness Monster". Live Science. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "Canada's Loch Ness Monster Captured on Video?". Discovery News. November 14, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  5. ^ O’Neill, Marnie (October 5, 2018). "Canada's Loch Ness Monster, the legendary Ogopogo lake monster, caught on video". Fox News. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Shuker, Karl (December 9, 2010). "When Ogopogo was going for a song!". karlshuker.blogspot.ca. Archived from the original on 17 March 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  7. ^ E. R. Alexander, "One Rescuer's Obligation to Another: The 'Ogopogo' Lands in the Supreme Court of Canada," The University of Toronto Law Journal, vol. 22, no. 2. (Spring, 1972), p. 110.
  8. ^ "Ogopogo Stamps". Pibburns.com. 2003-07-06. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  9. ^ Johnson, Brian D. "Ogopogo gets drawn Down Under," Maclean's, July 31, 2006, vol. 119, issue 29, page 56.
  10. ^ "Episode 111: All The Cool Monsters At Once by James Alan Gardner". dunesteef.com. 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  11. ^ "Cryptozoic Announces Release of Cryptkins Vinyl figures and Launch of Cryptkins Channel on Quidd". Cryptozoic.com. Cryptozoic Entertainment. February 12, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  12. ^ John Squires (February 13, 2018). "New Vinyl Toy Line 'Cryptkins' Will Feature Blind Box Monsters of Myth". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Caribou Lodge YoyoWorks Bear Vs Man yo-yo – Ogopogo Edition – YoYo Nation Store". Yoyonation.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  14. ^ "Google Map Street view of Ogopogo statue seen from Abbott St". maps.google.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21.


  • Gaal, Arlene (2001) In Search of Ogopogo. Hancock House, Surrey, British Columbia
  • Gaal, Arlene (1986) Ogopogo: The True Story of The Okanagan Lake Million Dollar Monster. Hancock House, Surrey, BC.
  • Moon, Mary (1977) Ogopogo. Douglas Ltd., North Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Nickell, Joe (2006) "Ogopogo: The Lake Okangan Monster". Skeptical Inquirer, 30(1): 16–19.
  • Radford, Benjamin (2006) "Ogopogo the Chameleon". Skeptical Inquirer, 30(1): 41–46.
  • Radford, Benjamin and Nickell, Joe (2006) Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Salmonson, Jessica Amanda (1992) The Mysterious Doom and Other Ghostly Tales of the Pacific Northwest: 149. Sasquatch Books, Seattle, Washington.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ogopogo at Wikimedia Commons