Lake Van  Monster (Van):


Lake Van Monster is Popular

The Lake Monster is loved by the local town bringing good luck and tourist to the local area.  There is local history and drawings of the monster going back over 1000 years on an ancient church ruins on one of the islands.

This image of The Lake Van Monster, from a video shot in 1997 by then 26-year-old Unal Kozak, of Van, Turkey. The image shows the creature's head partly submerged, with a single black eye staring at the camera. Note the upper jaw of the creature's mouth, which appears to be beaklike in nature.

Van Lake seems to be a Dolichorhynchops version of a plesiosaur. details




Lake Van , a salt lake of eastern Turkey. It is the largest lake in the country. ... The original outlet from the basin was blocked by an ancient volcanic eruption.

Some people believe that the photo is a hoax - taken from an elephant with most of it head submerged in the water?  But on a more closer look of the film and the individual shots of the creature it can not be an elephant.

Visitor opinions are divided over whether the Lake Van monster is a clever hoax to attract visitors to a region that could use some tourist revenue or home to a real water monster.

Lake Van is so salty only 1 kind of fish is known to survive in the lake.

So the question is what does it eat - A vegetarian?


Akdamar Kilesi (Akdamar Church) or Church of the Holy Cross) is a ruined Armenian cathedral in Eastern Anatolia. Situated on a small island in the beautiful mountain setting of Lake Van, the Akdamar church dates from the 10th century and is famed for the fascinating reliefs carved on the exterior.


You see the relief of the lake monster in this picture.


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