- The earliest documentation of Champ is from an entry in Samuel De Champlain’s diary in 1609 where he describes the sea serpent as having large coils and scales.
- Some sources say that Champ has been sighted over 240 times in Lake Champlain.
- Some people say that Champ is similar in physical structure to the plesiosaur, which is an aquatic creature from the dinosaur era that has been extinct for 65 million years.
- Port Henry, a small town located on Lake Champlain, has its own Annual Champ Day celebration, which is on the first Saturday in August.
- Showman P.T. Barnum posted a $50,000 reward for the hide of Champ so he could add it to his World’s Fair Show.
- In June 2009, a man captured a video of a creature swimming along in Lake Champlain. Many believed it was Champ, while scientists said it could have been a distressed moose.
- Following the town of Port Henry’s declaration that their waters were a safe haven for Champ, both New York and Vermont passed legislation protecting the sea serpent in the 1980’s.
- The Native American tribe, Abenaki, have their own stories of a Champ-like creature, which they named Tatoskok.
- The Loch Ness monster from Scotland is the best-known cousin of Champ.
- In 1873, the New York Times reported that a railroad crew had seen the head of a large serpent in Lake Champlain, which possessed scales that shined in the sun.
- Vermont has its own minor league baseball team called the Lake Monsters with Champ as its mascot. An estimated 3,300 fans see Champ for themselves at every game.
- Sandra Mansi snapped a photograph in 1977 that she claims shows Champ. Many experts believe that the photograph shows only driftwood.
- Some experts believe that Champ could simply be a very large sturgeon, an large ancient fish.
September 24, 2013
America's Loch Ness Monster Facts