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" Pressie (named for the Presque Isle River where one of the best sightings occurred) is one of the world's most seldom seen lake monsters. This is likely due to the sheer vastness of Lake Superior. Known as Mishipishu (and variations thereof) to the area's native people, the animal is depic..."

Pressie (named for the Presque Isle River where one of the best sightings occurred) is one of the world's most seldom seen lake monsters. This is likely due to the sheer vastness of Lake Superior. Known as Mishipishu (and variations thereof) to the area's native people, the animal is depicted in pictographs at various shoreline sites, either as a spiky cat-like creature (its Ojibway name means "great lynx") or as a serpent (sometimes called by other names). Modern sightings indicate a serpentine species up to at least 75 feet in length with a horse-like head on a longish neck and a bilobate (whale-type) tail. They swim in a vertically undulating fashion and are said to be dark green to black in color.

Sightings:In September 1894, about halfway between Whitefish Point and Copper Harbor, Michigan, the crews of two steamers observed one of these creatures undulating along in the twilight, its back protruding 6 to 8 feet out of the water. In July 1895, three members of a steamer crew observed a "hideous creature" off Whitefish Point (MI) which seemed at times to be deliberately pacing their ship. They claimed it had a 15 foot neck and at least a foot wide jaw. In 1897 near Duluth (MN), a Detroit man fell overboard when his yacht struck a rock. He was then attacked by a huge serpent which alledgedly tried to constrict him in the manner of a large Boid snake. Apparently his 3 shipmates also saw the beast. In the middle 1930's, a serpent, cruising along at 8.5 to 9 miles per hour, was observed by two fisherman at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by Munising, Michigan. The animal created a strong wake as it swam along the rocky shore. On a summer day in the early 1960's, an entire family watched a huge animal, alternately showing humps and stretching out straight, swim upriver past the North coast of Sugar Island (MI). No head or tail was observed and it resembled a log when stretched out straight. Sometime during Memorial Day weekend in 1977, North of Ironwood (MI), hiker Randy Braun was menaced by a huge serpent with a horse-like head and two catfish-type whiskers. As he hid behind a boulder, he managed to snap one photograph of the animal.


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