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Witnesses have described the Flathead Lake Monster as being more than ten feet long, and some have reported as many as three humps on its back while swimming along the surface of the water. Flathead Lake is the largest lake west of the Mississippi River if you consider Red Lake and Lake of the Woods to be north of the Mississippi rather than west of it. With a surface area of nearly two hundred square miles, Flathead Lake has a surface area slightly larger than Lake Tahoe. Its maximum depth is 370 feet, deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf. Located in northwestern Montana, the lake includes several islands. The first reported sighting of the lake monster was in 1889. Since then, several reports have been made to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Eleven sightings were reported in 1993, and in 1998 a fisherman reporting seeing an unusually large animal in the water, which he estimated to be several feet long. His description of the creature's shape and tail fin might have fit that of a sturgeon, as have some of the other reports that have made. However, most of the reports describe a creature larger than ten feet, and up to sixty feet in length, and characterized by humps and smoot skin, which would not fit that of a sturgeon. The majority of the reports received described a creature more akin to that of the Loch Ness Monster. Millions of years ago, the area was covered by an inland sea that was inhabited by sharks and other very large fish, as well as by swimming reptiles. Might some of these creatures survived, evolving to become a freshwater creature? Is it a sturgeon? Or a figment of the imagination?



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