Tourists detail a petrifying encounter with a rippling serpent known by local residents in England as Bownessie. This is believed to be the eighth sighting in the past last five years of a long humpbacked creature (Tom Pickles).
Brett Michael Dykes (The Upshot, Feb. 18, 2011)
BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE, England - Nothing puts a damper on a serene afternoon's kayaking like the sight of a primeval sea monster [Buddhist naga or reptilian, snake, sea serpent]. That was the rude lesson for Tom Pickles and Sarah Harrington, who'd taken their watercraft out on the foggy waters of Lake Windermere, only to encounter what appeared to be "an enormous snake" swimming by.
"It was petrifying and we paddled back to the shore straight away. At first I thought it was a dog and then saw it was much bigger and moving really quickly at about 10 mph," the 24-year-old Pickles told The Telegraph. "Each hump was moving in a rippling motion and it was swimming fast. Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was completely abnormal -- it's not like any animal I've ever seen before." More>>
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