Selma (lake monster)

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Selma depicted in the coat of arms of Seljord municipality in Telemark county, Norway

Selma is a large snake-like lake monster according to folklore alleged to be a sea serpent or lindworm, said to live in the 13 km long Lake Seljord in Seljord, Telemark, Norway.

According to most who have seen the supposed creature, Selma closely resembles other reported lake monsters, such as Nessie, Champ, and Ogopogo. The first eyewitness accounts date back to the 18th century. Selma was possibly recorded in video by a Norwegian girl, who was visiting the lake with her parents. Locals think the video looks reliable, and the phenomenon is real.

Various expeditions have repeatedly visited Seljord in a vain attempt to prove that Selma exist. Swedish cryptozoologist, Jan Ove Sundberg, has been trying to capture Selma for a number of years, but has not succeeded. [1]

Telemark is known for stories about Seljord Serpent.

The sea serpent Selma has been depicted in the coat of arms of Seljord since 1989. Designed by local artist, Halvor Holtskog, the arms show Selma in a gold-color on a red background.[2]

The animal has been discussed for a long time and there is a plethora of witness descriptions of encounters with Seljordsdormen, especially from hot, quiet summer. The oldest written account of creation is from 1750, when it should have rounded a rowboat with a move lass who belonged to a man from , but also in our time alleges certain that they have observed worm or lakeside Skien river. Various expeditions have repeatedly vain visited Seljord in an attempt to prove that Seljord Serpent exists.

Some believe that Seljord Serpent is the same art as the Scottish Nessie, the sea serpent in Loch Ness. Also the vast kraken can be interpreted as an aquatic linnorm of this type. Others have interpreted Seljord Serpent as a seahorse.


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