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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CRYPTOLINK: Issie - The Japanese Sea Serpent

A statue of Issie located in the shore of Lake Ikeda, Kyushu Japan

Pictured above is a little known creature called Issie. This sea serpent is named after the famous Loch Ness monster, nick named Nessie, found in Loch Ness in Scotland. Issie, on the other hand is found in a caldera lake (a lake fed by rain water that develops in the crater of an extinct volcano)named Lake Ikeda located in Kyushu, Japan. This creature is estimated to be 30 meter long with two humps on its back measuring 5 meters, or 16 feet high. There is no agreement on the origination of Issie but a popular mythological story says Issie was a mare who lived happily on the shore of the lake with her foal. When her foal was kidnapped by a samurai, Issie went crazy looking for her. In her despair she jumped into the lake and transformed into a sea serpent and lived there ever since. She occasionally surfaces from the depths in the incessant search for her lost foal. 


Dale Drinnon said...

For 30 Meter length, read 30 feet (Total) length, which would be typical. 16 feet of that is the estimated length of that or "Height", although the usual "Periscope" is more usually about 5 feet. The overall reported shape and dimensions are a good match for the more Plesiosaurian run of Loch Ness Monster reports, and a couple of other lakes in Japan have similar monster reports of a similar size and shape. Traditionally they seem to be called "River Dragons" and are more commoly reported in rivers than in lakes. They also appear to be temporary or miagratory in most plavces they are reported.

Dale Drinnon said...

"16 feet of that is the estimated length of the neck" was garbled in the transmission. If there is an additional length to be allowe for the tail (besides the length of the neck and "body", ie, snout-to-vent length) it is not given, but about 10 feet (or about 40 feet total) would be typical and agrees with Dinsdale's reconstruction of the LoCh Ness Monster