Monday, September 01, 2008

Sea Monsters in Sweden

Sweden has an answer to the Loch Ness Monster. And now there’s proof. Or “proof.” Filmmaker’s have managed to get a picture of the monster, known as Storsjöodjuret. The Local even tells us that in 1986 laws were passed to protect the creature and prohibiting people from “‘killing, injuring, or trapping a live animal such as the Great Lake Sea Monster’ or from ‘removing or injuring the Great Lake Sea Monster’s eggs, roe, or dwelling.’”

So obviously when proof was found of this fantastic creature the world just had to know. Because this is international news. The monster was first sighted in 1635 in Storsjön according to this Yahoo article.

Honestly, the only reason I’m writing about this is because I found it on Yahoo as well as The Local. Sweden struggles to get into the news in the US. But find a sea monster and you’re good to go.

The glorious thing about all of this is that the municipality of Jämtland is actually helping fund the project. The money they are putting in is going to install various underwater cameras. Right now there are six. There are plans to install another 20 or so.

There’s even a website. Storsjöodjurets Webbplats. Or for the English speakers: The Great Lake Monster Website. Silly Nessie. She thought she would always be the famous one. But Sweden couldn’t stand for that. And now there’s proof. And a website.

And this quote from Gunnar Nilsson, who is apparently head of some sort of commerce committee, is quoted in the Yahoo article as saying that all of this work is “aimed at improving business around the lake," and that "The monster has helped us.”

Welcome to Sweden.

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  1. It's a shame that the person who took the picture had a SonyEricsson mobile in his hands, LOL!!!!

  2. @smek - product placement obviously. I think sonyericsson is behind it all.