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Another clue emerges on Lake Norman ‘monster’ with report of ‘enormous fish’

Some wonder if the Lake Norman monster is just a giant catfish. (Credit: The Charlotte Observer) Some wonder if the Lake Norman monster is just a giant catfish. (Credit: The Charlotte Observer)
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A report this month that yet another person saw a “dinosaur” in the murky waters of man-made Lake Norman has prompted someone else to step forward with a clue about what the creature might be.

In a July 14 posting on the official website, a diver from Clemmons claims to have seen an “enormous” fish in the lake 20 years ago. The diver, who didn’t give a name, said he was looking for old bottles among the buildings that were submerged when the lake was first created.

Adding to the creepiness factor: His light found the fish in the black waters inside one of those submerged buildings, he wrote.

“It least 8 feet long and 3 feet across the mouth,” posted the diver. “We hovered in the water for a good 5 minutes with our lights on it, not believing what we were seeing. I’ve never seen a freshwater fish that big...The only thing it did was to pump it’s gills and open and shut it’s mouth slowly, like it didn’t even see us.”

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He guesses it may have been a cat fish “a damn big, scary one too.” It could be the monster, he suggested.

“That fish might be a lot bigger in the 20 odd years since,” the diver wrote.

Speculation of the possible origin of the fabled “monster” has increased in the past week, after a web site called reported a 35-year-old Mecklenburg County man claimed he saw a “dinosaur-like creature” two weeks ago while traveling on a boat with friends.

The man described the creature as “splashing around in the water,” 10-feet-long and reminiscent of the mythical Loch Ness monster. It was visible for about a minute before dropping below the surface, he told the website.

Doubters believe the creature – if there is one at all – is a giant catfish or even an alligator, a species that is rare in local waters.

“Couldn’t this be a sturgeon?” asked one skeptic on “They get MASSIVE and do closely resemble that of a croc with the spines on their back and large bumpy scales.”

The Observer has covered the ongoing Lake Norman sightings, which date back nearly 50 years.

A few dozen witnesses have posted sightings on Descriptions range from a dinosaur-like monster to a giant snake with fins... and thick whiskers.

Most describe the creature, called Normie, as looking like the famed Loch Ness monster that allegedly inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

A page is devoted to The Lake Norman Monster on the web site, and it notes there is no physical evidence to support the existence of a monster living in Lake Norman. The site speculates the sightings could involve a giant catfish or alligator gar.

“Descriptions of Normie vary from sighting to sighting, and range from a crocodilian like creature to the more classic three humped serpent,” says “Most that have seen the Lake Norman Monster seem to agree that the beast is more fish like, with a slender body, thick whisker like appendages, flippers and a ragged looking dorsal fin.”

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