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The following edited report is from Haden Blackman's article on The creature that has been seen in Thetis Lake, in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
For centuries, Native Americans have reported encounters with various races of cannibalistic humanoids inhabiting lakes, rivers, and oceans. Such monsters have reappeared in modern times; one such beast is the Thetis Lake Monster, which was first reported in the 1970s.
The Thetis monster is similar in appearance to the gilled, manlike creatures reported in South America, made famous by such films as The Creature from the Black Lagoon or The Swamp Thing. These creatures generally have bodies entirely protected by tough, silvery scales, and sometimes have a razor-sharp fin, or crest, projecting from the top of its skull. They have large, webbed ears, and webbed, clawed hands and feet that allow it to move through the water at amazing speeds. Their eyes are dark, fish-like, bulbous orbs, capable of penetrating the depths of even the murkiest lakes.
The Thetis Lake Monster appears to be able to extract oxygen from both air and water, allowing it to live on both land and in the water and, although it appears to be mute, the monster does make harsh, gurgling noises, presumably as a result of forcing air through its waterlogged lungs.
The first recorded Thetis Lake Monster sighting occurred on August 19, 1972, when two teenagers on the shores of the lake observed a scaly, humanoid form suddenly rise from the water. The terrified teens fled the lake, but the beast pursued the pair and lacerated one boy's hand with the vicious, barbed fin on its skull. The boys immediately took their harrowing tale to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who were so impressed with the sincerity of the witnesses that they launched a complete investigation into the attack. They found little evidence to corroborate the boys' story but, just four days later, two more witnesses were also frightened by the monster, and the RCMP were forced to increase their efforts. After weeks of vainly searching the lake and the surrounding environs, the RCMP quietly halted the investigation.
Although the creature has not been seen in the area for some time, any research into this particular beast should begin at Thetis Lake. Researchers should look for evidence of the creature's existence in the form of footprints or discarded scales and, if you do come across it, remember these kind of creatures are all considered extremely dangerous.
In the event that the creature attacks, one method of dissuading it might be the use of fire. No water or semi-aquatic creature likes naked flame so the interested monster hunter should perhaps carry a flaming torch when looking for the Thetis Lake monster.