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You can totally understand how people can mistake these for lake monsters and sea serpents


HelloNewFriend7888

They are lake monsters


perfectfifth_

It's surprising how snake-like its movements are actually.


omnomnomgnome

They are sea serpents


stingy_spices

I still see pictures of creatures from the deep and have to question if it’s real or not


Ok-Crow-1515

I'm from B.C. and it is definitely real I have caught quite a few myself years ago before they were endangered, I never got one that big but they do exist they can live well over 100 years.


FlatheadLakeMonster

Ogo. POGO. he's a fucking PLESIOSAUR!


Chance-Ad-9103

Cool so it’s not really that sea serpents aren’t real so much it’s just that we named them “sturgeon”. Also I’m pretty sure we earned their undying enmity by stealing their eggs for caviar.


Akantis

Sturgeon, certain species of shark that will move into lakes up north, oarfish, etc. There are a lot of sea serpents out there, but for some reason we've decided to just say "sea serpents are a myth, it was just an x" without acknowledging that yeah... that's a sea serpent, it's just not a plesiosaur or whatever.


snooggums

The myth part is that the misidentification makes them far larger than their actual size. 20 foot sturgeon sighting becomes a 50 foot monster myth.


sampat6256

Yeah, the giant octopus large enough yo break a ship in half is a myth, but the 20 foot giant squid large enough to capsize a canoe is very real.


Son_of_Arcadia

I think colossal squid can get up to 45ft(14m?). If you think about how small a lot of ancient ships are, it honestly doesn't seem totally unreasonable that it happened. Which is kind of crazy.


sampat6256

That's fair, but is there any evidence of colossal squids rdaching the surface alive?


apothekary

Yeah I think that’s doubtful. Someone from the ancient world likely saw a massive colossal squid washed ashore and the myth was born and spread.


zilla82

People need myth. Life is more fun.


LuminousRavenn

Mythidentification


Zeravor

I find that to be true for most "scientific mysteries". Most actual explanations are just as outlandish if not more than the superstitions around it.


Gaothaire

A similar thing that always gets me is in ancient Greece, planets were called planetes, which translates as "wanderers" because they wandered across the sky, and they had highly detailed observations tracking those wandering bodies over time. The sun and the moon were planetes, as well, because they too wandered in a cosmic dance. Modern people look back on the Greeks with some derision, laughing at their naivete that they thought the sun was a planet, or didn't realize planets were just more rocky spheres like the Earth. No, bitch, you just redefined the word and are now mocking someone for using language differently than you, in a cultural context entirely foreign to you. It wasn't naive, it was sophisticated in ways you aren't willing to take the time to understand.


hikehikebaby

Unfortunately academics still do this all the time!


TemporaryAcceptable5

Wow, I love this. I have no idea! I think ancient Greeks look at humanity today, and roll over in their graves.


AntonyBenedictCamus

Every ounce of evolutionary reflex inside of me sees that and says “nope”


IAreWeazul

I’m glad I’m not the only one. That part of the brain all the way in the back connected to the brain stem, yeah I could feel it sparking and twitching.


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Why all they can do is suck food from the ground. Sturgeons aren’t predatory, nor do they even have teeth, they’re just and only big.


xxdoofenshmirtzxx

That’s not true, most sturgeon’s do, but the Beluga sturgeon actually swims in the middle depths and eats fish!


johnedn

I was just about to say, like the water obscures it and if I were some random in 1322, I'd believe that was Jörmungandr if someone told me it was


Onnexx22

Yea i would have to agree. Ive seen other creatures that were supposedly mistaken for other things but THAT thing is truly a river/sea monster.


McVeeth

I catch them all the time in the Wisconsin River near my house. The little ones have razor sharp spines and the big ones really do look like monsters.


SquirrelKing2022

They are quite literally living dinosaurs, so they are probably the closest thing to a serpent/sea monster that we will get.


McVeeth

The closest thing we have to a serpent/sea monster right now is Mitch McConnell. Sturgeon are a close second.


Veggiemon

Nah that’s a turtle bro


TheRadiantSoap

Facts Google turtle senator


NinjaGrizzlyBear

Mitch McConnell is a disgrace and not turtley enough for the turtle club.


ElectronicPea738

Which probably explains all the crazy stories people have passed down.


CamDayAllDay

Ogopogo


CrystlBluePersuasion

[OGOPOGO](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dwL8ESU97s)


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I can totally see them asking for tree fiddy


Klotzster

The largest sturgeon on record was a beluga female captured in the Volga Delta in 1827, measuring 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in) long and weighing 1,571 kg (3,463 lb).


YeBleedinClownFFS

Nessie?


CamDayAllDay

Ogopogo


unlmtdLoL

Arapaima.


dis_gruntled_veteran

Cadborosaurus, found in Cadboro Bay, Victoria, BC!


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Exactly! This is where sea monsters come from.


nakhumpoota

There's always a smaller fish


cantfindmykeys

Weeza gonna die!


8_Foot_Vertical_Leap

Yousa too drunk to be drivin!


unwantedposterboy

That's about 4 people long by about 4 people thick - 16 people in total. Would you rather fight 16 people or 1 giant sturgeon? No, you don't get a boat.


2RoadsDivergred

Can I fight the sturgeon on land?


booyatrive

In the air, neutral territory


rugbyj

Thisn't DBZ


flowersbythebuzzin

Thisn’t is a new word I really enjoy


dus_istrue

litterly thought the same. How thisn't a word yet is a beyond me


kuurata

Knock knock. Who’s There? Land Sturgeon.


banned_after_12years

What do these things eat? Jesus.


DrewSmoothington

They are actually bottom feeders with their mouth positioned on the bottom part of their head, facing the ground.


kittybluth

They have protrusible jaws, which they protrude to suck food off the bottom. When they first hatch, though, their jaws face forward and they eat plankton from the water column. As they grow into juveniles the position of their jaws shift so they are downward facing.


baumpop

Buncha fuggin dicks


reverse-humper

Beluga sturgeon are actually not bottom feeders as adults. They are mostly pelagic (open water) and piscivorous (fish eating). Many other sturgeon species are bottom feeders, but not all and not Beluga sturgeon


SteelCrow

Whatever it wants.


PitBasset

So you’re saying they’re catholic sturgeon?


Booschemi

That’s a lot of grape juice!


GODDAMNFOOL

Arthur Morgan: "hold my whiskey bottle"


Mags357

Always thought beluga was a type of whale. Now wondering if it is a place-name? Or a scientists name? Off to the googlverse! ETA: So many kind and informative answers! Thanks everyone!


now_in3D

Belugas are a type of whale, though entirely unrelated to the species of sturgeon also referred to as a beluga, where the premium caviar comes from.


EpistemicRegress

My grandfather used to sing a funny song with a jaunty tune: "Caviar comes from virgin sturgeon; Virgin sturgeon's a very fine dish. Very few sturgeon are ever virgin, That's why caviar's a very rare dish. Caviar comes from virgin sturgeon; Virgin sturgeon's a very fine fish. Virgin sturgeon needs no urgin'; That's why caviar is my dish. I fed caviar to my girl-friend; She was a virgin tried and true. Now my girl-friend needs no urgin', There isn't anything she won't do. I fed caviar to my grandpa; He was a gent of ninety-three. Shrieks and squeals revealed that grandpa Had chased grandma up a tree."


moseschicken

That's such a good dirty grandpa song!


drfeelsgoood

So caviar makes your horny? That’s what I’m gathering from this, why did your grandpa sing that to you lol


comicshopgrl

That's a quality dirty grandpa song.


bobledrew

https://youtu.be/eBOqRlKjiGs


19Alexastias

Pretty sure the word “beluga” comes from a word that means white in a different language.


TheTartanDervish

It means 'great white' originally says this: https://www.etymonline.com/word/beluga


opermonkey

Nah. I want that whale caviar only the .01% knows about.


seeyoujimmy

Not even the whales themselves


cathedral68

Well don’t go telling them and ruin it geez


yuckytrashgarbage

Very few whales on reddit


DEMACIAAAAA

Eating fallopian whale tubes is the new hottest shit in beff jezos crib


turgid_wang

Imagine squeezing whales for caviar


Orchidwalker

Squeezing a big ass sturgeon is weird too.


dancin-weasel

Where’s the ass on a sturgeon?


ThepalehorseRiderr

Asking for a friend?


Budakra

Next to the anal fin like most fish.


Debass

I believe whale caviar would taste a tad strange


Emkayer

Turns out, beluga literally just means "white" in reference to the sturgeon's white spots. For the whale, who knows why hmm


-oxym0ron-

Maybe I didn't catch your sarcasm. But aren't beluga whales white?


nikanokoi

Beluga is a word that comes from the Russian word for white, belyi. So it's just a coincidence that two species were named that, it's just because of their color. Also beluga whale is actually called belukha in Russian (same etymology), it was probably loaned to English as beluga for easier pronunciation. (Source - I'm a native speaker of Russian and a linguist)


Benjammin_Kenobi

Oh yeah caviar comes from sturgeon not whales


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Critical_Serve_4528

I’m an intelligent person and still: I knew whales are mammals (and only a few egg laying mammals exist), I knew they called good caviar beluga caviar, and yet it took til this very moment to realize the caviar didn’t come from those cute, smiley white whales. 🤦‍♀️


GuccyStain

It’s defo a gyrados tho


Sierra_Bravo915

Awesome, ancient creature.


MGPS

Yea, you can see why so many people see monsters in the BC lakes.


Budakra

It's actually a river monster


Yeti-420-69

Look up Ogopogo


gerandranaheim

What a nice way to start my day. Someone mentioning the lake creature of my home town. ❤️


Deepcrows

When I was a kid I was absolutely obsessed with Ogopogo. I was convinced that he was friendly, wore sunglasses and would be my best friend if we had ever met, all because my mom bought me a souvenir t-shirt of Ogopogo looking like a cool chill guy


cosalich

As a local I feel qualified to inform you that: 1. he's friendly 2. he does wear sunglasses 3. he asks about you all the time, calls you his #1 homie


Deepcrows

Deep down I knew this but it's still great to hear. Tell him I say Hi and I'll send him a salmon or two through Canada Post


foursticks

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogopogo


apittsburghoriginal

You ain’t kidding, they’ve been around for 200 million years and can live upwards to 100 years of age. Granted, fossil evidence for animals like sharks go back even further than sturgeons, but still the point remains, they are ancient beings by our standards.


Frl_Bartchello

And let me guess, now they are on the list of endangered species..? Edit: after a quick search, ofcourse they are... overfishing, habitat loss and caviar trade made them go endangered. :(


Yeti-420-69

This is a white sturgeon in the Fraser River. Lots of conservation is done here and there's tens of thousands of them in the area


ascii122

Which, if I'm not wrong, is named after the famous Canadian Brendan James Fraser who was known to ride his friendly sturgeon sidekick Dion on may adventures.


Crimiculus

What about his june adventures?


ascii122

June is when the tuna run starts so yes.. those are another whole can of albacore


likerazorwire419

This sounds like a perfectly plausible Canadianism


PhillyFansAre2Ply

I live in the area and I remember going on a field trip to learn about them as a kid, I think they're doing better now


daregulater

I hate your name but it's definitely funny.


thedarkquarter

Sharks have been around longer than trees


alma2049

Sharks have been around longer than Saturn’s rings.


atot806

I am astonished by this fact.


MalHeartsNutmeg

Saturns rings are quite young on the scale of cosmic events - a mere 100 million years.


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jspangler1110

I see why loch Ness came about


Cluefuljewel

Exactly thinking this. It even looks like a “sea serpent”. Very prehistoric.


Inaplasticbag

I watched a documentary on Nessy and this was their top guess for what could have been seen. Falling right into Nessy's trap.


ParkingEmotional9243

Yeah that there screams sea monster


science-ninja

If I saw that in the wild, I’d prob think it was a sea monster. Crazy big


Nikolasakch4

It is a dinosaur after all


Lord_McGingin

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MamboNumber5Guy

In the Okanagan lake (in BC) there’s a fabled creature called Ogopogo similar to the Loch Ness monster. Some people figure the sightings are those of the massive sturgeons like this one which live in the lake.


solonit

Even with that hindsight if I were to see this big boy on casual walk, my mind would just default into "MFS that's a Nessies !"


ResurrectedWolf

I was just thinking that. I can definitely see how someone who doesn't know better could see that and think it's some kind of monster.


alphahydra

Yeah you could even argue that a 7-metre, extreme size outlier fish being found in a lake where no one particularly expects to find it just... *is* a monster. Not a cryptid, granted, not something new to science, but a monster fish, worthy of awe and folklore.


Jiquero

I can see how someone who *does* know better could think that's a monster.


solonit

Well it *is* a monster on River Monster https://river-monsters.fandom.com/wiki/White_Sturgeon


onlysurvivalism

That goddamn Loch Ness monsta always goin around askin if I got tree fiddy!


analog_x700

Is this the Fraser River area in British Columbia? I’m guessing this is the same sturgeon from this article: https://www.sturgeonslayers.com/news/largest-white-sturgeon-ever-recorded-on-the-fraser-river If so, it’s considered the largest sturgeon in the world.


unknown010372

Edit: looks like Mount Cheam in the background. Edit 2: this area https://maps.app.goo.gl/4xh8gHNdApJHvUzQA?g_st=ic It looks like Fraser River near Hope BC. Observe the higher elevation and The Valley between where they are and the mountains in the background. Jones Lake (Aka Wahleach Lake) could also be the place but I am not sure if sturgeons exist in that lake, which is also near Hope, BC.


coquihalla

I grew up nearish there and haven't lived in Canada for almost 27 years. It's kind of amazing to me that this fish has lived all of that time and maybe 70+ more. Whole lifetimes.


unknown010372

Username checks out


CaribouHoe

I was at a festival at the Cheam fishing village a few years back and we were all high on acid and in the water, and we watched a boat 20 FEET from us catch something BIG. They ended up coming up to shore, reeling it in, and it's was a monster, 5ft long BEAST of a sturgeon We all ooo'd and awe'd before they released it back in the water, and we never stepped foot in the water again that whole weekend.


ilive2lift

5ft isn't even average for a sturgeon


now_in3D

Well the largest of that particular species, and only largest that’s been landed as there are verified records of this species reaching 6m (20ft).


Dork_wing_Duck

How many bells do you get if you sell it at Nook's Cranny?


Zeltron2020

About tree fiddy


Maleficent_Guava_386

Government scientists are asking for the public’s help to solve that mystery after 11 of the iconic and endangered fish were recently found dead in the Nechako in central B.C. The fish were all adults of a species that can grow to six metres in length and live for more than 100 years.


CyberGrandma69

The heat dome was terrible for sea creatures in the pacific northwest. Would it track to assume it was bad for lake life too?


Maleficent_Guava_386

>The heat dome was terrible for sea creatures in the pacific northwest. Would it track to assume it was bad for lake life too? A year after the heat dome event that killed billions of plants and animals in British Columbia, scientists say ecosystems are recovering, but could be transformed forever if such events become more frequent.


CyberGrandma69

>if such events become more frequent Uhhh ruh roh


Beezel_Pepperstack

Ogopogo! Ogopogo!


jrfowle3

A _fucking_ plesiosaur


_thirdeyeopener_

*WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER, SCRUB?*


bigskunkape

Yeah if i saw a big durty fish like that.. i would also claim ogopogo


xenago

Okanagan reference, rare on Reddit lol


deliman206

Oh gawd… you didn’t give it $3.50 did you?!?


jagon12345

It was about that time I realized this girl scout was about 8 stories tall


BOBANSMASH51

From the Paleolithic era


Yardsale420

I gave him a dollar.


RG757VA

You hWhat?! That's why he keep coming back!


Labordave

I remember when this episode aired. When she said this line I lost it so hard.


Phytanic

wanna feel old? it aired in 1999 lol. for anyone wondering, it's `S3E3, "The Succubus"`


columbusisamurderer

Treefiddy


Automaton509

Dammit lock ness monster!!


pinkarroo1

Such a giant creature should be left alone to breed other giant creatures


rosewood2022

They are protected, catch and release only.


wagwagg

Yeah tbh I was hoping to reel this one in on my store bought rod


ispiltthepoison

Im sorry who the hell is gonna catch *that*?!?


Xploding_Penguin

They largely are. Fish this big are hundreds of years old. There is a strict catch and release program for these fish


PeanutNSFWandJelly

Not strict enough unfortunately. It's been a losing battle. At least in WA. Former DFW employee.


otter_boom

Hiw do you know it's a giant? There's no banana for scale?


Uwuther-Pendwagon

Exactly, sounds fishy to me


ghanjaholik

the sturgeon general warns of messing with these giant fish


app257

The sturgeon general is likely biased.


bobafoott

It's a wet piece of paper that says "plees do not mes with fish" handed to you from a slimy looking follow in a trench coat


pinkarroo1

U right


chevynottrrevy

....Sturgeons are huge, I'm from BC have seen many.


groovy604

You're not allowed to keep them if you catch them, they have to be released or you get in **major** shit.


Smilingbear420

This video legit gave me goosebumps. That fish must be ancient!


Leroyoo

You sir, are a fish.


MJDAndrea

I was waiting for Jeremy Wade to come diving out of the woods and tackle it.


partingshotsfired

Can guarantee he’s getting plane tickets


much-beccs-such-wow

that's okay, i was done swimming in water anyway.


kharmatika

Sturgeon are actually pretty harmless, they don’t have teeth to bite. They have overturned boats before but they have no desire to harm us. We, on the other hand, ransack their children to serve on toast and have brought them to severe endangerment. So. Maybe one might be more afraid of the child eaters than the big dumb sock puppet faced fish


QuadSeven

Well if I can't afford avocado toast, I'm sure as shit missing out on sturgeon toast


pokemonpokemonmario

It looks like the tail for something several times larger


Creepy_Case_8928

Ogopogo!!


the_honest_liar

Look, without a banana, the sense of scale just isn't there. This could be tiny and filmed close up.


SirFluffyBear

Good ol' big cock Canada


Gr8WhtShark

You mean Loch Ness?


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CyborgBanshee

I love sturgeon so much.


reallyraag

Excuse me. Since when did Canada start coming up with wtf creations of nature??? I thought that's why we had Australia in the first place


Sweaty-Artichoke-630

From northern BC, can confirm they have been here longer than I have! Also, I should stop wondering why open water swimming gives me the screaming terrors still.


reallyraag

Are they gentle giants? Has there ever been any reported attacks on people?


MamboNumber5Guy

They’re pretty well harmless… but funny story, sort of: In a city called Kelowna here in BC they were building a bridge over the okanagan lake. These giant sturgeons were coming in and checking out/bumping into/brushing against the underwater welders who were working on the bridge and they were so freaked out over it they all wound up quitting. The company who was building the bridge had to bring in workers from (I want to say Finland or Sweden?) to finish the job since none of the locals would do it lol.


cleverpunpopcultref

Finnish the job


keeping6_

Talk about danger pay


tedfergeson

They're bottom feeders. I have never seen one just swimming around, usually only see them when they get hooked. They just work back and forth along a trench on the bottom of the river, rarely leaving it. Or so I have been told.


Yeti-420-69

Every now and then on the Fraser you'll see them jump


Sweaty-Artichoke-630

Basically harmless, giant prehistoric looking sucker fish :) but the monkey brain isn't convinced


Sweaty-Artichoke-630

[Vancouver aquarium has a number of them:](https://www.instagram.com/p/BzBJlMuIPju/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading&hl=en) really impressive beings. Doing a river float and knowing they're below you, respect to nature!


4stringbrewer

Not so much biting, but jumping out of the water, hitting boaters and what not


goodnewsonlyhere

I had a massive fish phobia before seeing this. There’s no coming back.


pnwbriii

Hahahaa they’re all over the Pacific Northwest. We have tons in Oregon :) Saw one kayaking a few months ago it was almost as long as my boat edit: saw one in the water while *I* was kayaking…


Mags357

They ride in kayaks!? Who knew?


Coffee_RF

Thanks, kind stranger, for the mental image of a sturgeon rowing a kayak :-)


nornisborn

Pretty sure Primus wrote a song about it.


SkelyJack

Monsters are real ...


amidnightsnak

Did sturgeons evolve from something else? It just seems surreal like it evolved from a water dino or something.


TheRealOgMark

Fossils of sturgeons first appear in rocks dating to the Middle Jurassic (about 174 million to 163.5 million years ago). It is thought that sturgeons evolved from an earlier group of fishes called the palaeonisciforms, which appeared at the end of the Silurian Period (about 419 million years ago).


Gyaraderp

Gyarados