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Old 06-29-2011, 10:59 PM
 
Location: East Bay Area
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“It’s black, it’s big, it has spikes on its head and its tongue sticks out,” says Dr. Richard Bailey, local expert on the rumored Lake Merritt monster and executive director of the Lake Merritt Institute, a non-profit dedicated to cleaning the lake. “It’s got typical round monster humps.”
According to Dr. Bailey, who has a masters degree in zoology and a doctorate in natural resources, sightings of this Lake Merritt monster, which he fondly refers to as the “Oak-ness monster,” have become more frequent in the past five years.

Various recent reports from people who insist they have seen the beast say that sightings begin with a slow roiling bubble on the surface of the lake. Then what appears to be a dragon’s head attached to an eel-like body with undulating humps emerges. It may stay aloft for several seconds and then will bubble back down, vanishing into the inky water.

Alvarado described the monster as about 8 feet long and said that it doesn’t surface often; it’s something you’d be lucky to see

Cryptozoology is a touchy field of study, and scientists like Dr. Bailey have their work cut out for them in attempting to not only prove to a skeptical public that the monster actually exists, but in explaining how it got into the lake. Dr. Bailey says he’s consulted with experts, including someone he claims is a retired UC Berkeley geologist named Dr. Kenneth Spelunker who believes the monster could be an abominable reptile that crawled through an open fissure at the bottom of the lake.
“He thinks that climate change may have opened a crevice under the lake,” says Dr. Bailey, “and this thing may have swum in after that.” (For the record, there is no account of Dr. Spelunker outside of the Lake Merritt Institute’s own newsletters, which only adds to his mystery.)

IS THERE A MONSTER IN LAKE MERRITT? SCIENTIST SAYS YES! – Oakland North : North Oakland News, Food, Art and Events

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Old 06-29-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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A geologist named Spelunker! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I'm not going to look it up, but I don't thing Merritt is a natural lake.... and I don't think anything natural feeds it, so there is no way in or out for a creature. So what the Oakness monster is -- I have no idea, but I do like the idea of it....
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:47 PM
 
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It's possible.


1. The depth of Lake Merritt varies upon how much water is allowed to filter in from the Estuary.
On average, the depth is 8 -10 ft.

2. There's an abundance of food sources: fish, bat rays, crabs,turtles, birds, shrimp etc.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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Its not a lake really. Its a tidal lagoon. Its fed by a number of creeks running down from the hills and salt water entering from the bay through the Merrit channel.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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If it's there, it better stay underwater until they clean up that massive deisel fuel spill on the surface.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:55 AM
 
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It rarely surfaces, according to observations
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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It rarely surfaces, according to observations
And only when viewer is alone, and phone batteries mysterious run out before shooting film or snapping photos, but swears up and down it's real.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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And only when viewer is alone, and phone batteries mysterious run out before shooting film or snapping photos, but swears up and down it's real.
Facts leave no room for possibilities.
It's not a fact that the creature rarely surfaces, but that leaves the possibility.

It is possible that the creature rarely surfaces. Thus, it is possible that in those rare moments, only those that observe, perceive the creature.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: East Bay
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From looking at the photo? I got the impression that it is just a piece of wood. (Making up the "head") That somebody once had tied a rope too. Maybe to secure a boat to the shore. And that various moss and pond weed had then attached to the rope. (Forming the "body") But then I found the video from which this still shot was taken from. Else where on the web. And can say from that. Its definitely man made. And probability attached to some kind of device to make it rise and lower into the water. My own conclusion? Probability some kind of advertizing gimmick or a hoax. Am leaning towards the former. Since what I saw in the video would have taken some mechanical know how to accomplish.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA/São Paulo, Brazil
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If this creates a buzz that will attract tourists who will spend money on lunch, souveniers and leave with a better impression of Oakland than they had before, than I believe. LOL.
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