Selma (lake monster)

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Selma depicted in the coat of arms of Seljord in Telemark

In Norwegian folklore, Selma is a legendary sea serpent said to live in the 13 km long Lake Seljord (Seljordsvatnet) in Seljord, Telemark, Norway.[1] [2]

Seljord lake in Telemark

The sea serpent Selma has been depicted in the coat of arms of Seljord since 1989. Designed by sculpturer, Trygve Magnus Barstad, the arms show Selma in a gold-color on a red background.[3] [4]

Various expeditions have repeatedly visited Seljord in a vain attempt to prove that Selma exist. In 1997, Swedish cryptozoologist, Jan Ove Sundberg (1947-2011) founded GUST (Global Underwater Search Team) and began to search for unknown aquatic animals throughout Europe. He tried to capture Selma for a number of years without success. [5]

The sea serpent has been discussed for a long time and there have been witness descriptions of encounters, especially from hot, quiet summer. The oldest written account of the creature dates from 1750, when it was said to have rounded a rowboat belonging to a man from rowing across from Ulvenes to Nes.[6] [7]


  1. ^ "Secret life of the Norwegian Nessie". Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Lars Mæhlum. "Seljordsvatnet". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Kommunevåpenet (Seljord kommune)
  4. ^ "Trygve Magnus Barstad". OceanWP. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Bio: Jan-Ove Sundberg". American Monsters. March 17, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  6. ^ M Dee Dubroff (September 15, 2016). "Is Selma the sea serpent alive and well in the lakes of Norway?". Blasting News. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Peter Fjågesund. "Seljord og sjøormen". Retrieved June 1, 2019.

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