IRMO, SOUTH CAROLINA
[September 15, 2002 - The Latest Sighting,
In 2002 and 2003, the
owners of the lake, SCE&G, will reduce the level of
Lake Murray by more than
15 feet. This could endanger Messie!
Add you name to the petition
to Save Messie From A Sure Death!
The Lake Murray Monster Booklet!
Every now and then, Irmo has a sighting of
some kind of water monster that inhabits Lake Murray. The monster [Messie]
first 'surfaced' in 1933 when residents of Irmo and Ballentine (the famous
Gilbert Little sighting) saw a cousin of the Loch
Ness Monster. Sightings have continued almost every year since then.
It was described in The Independent
News in 1980 as "a cross between a snake and something prehistoric."
Many folks around Lake Murray claimed to have seen it and, to make matters
worse, the Loch Murray Monster was said to be very aggressive.
Buddy Browning, his wife Shirley and their
friend Kord Brazell were enjoying themselves fishing on the lake back in
one of the coves when the monster charged them. They denied a South Carolina
Wildlife Department claim that it could have been an alligator or a large
fish, like a sturgeon. (Alligators are not native to the lake.)
Buddy Browning: "We noticed something
coming out of the water at us. It attacked our boat! It wasn't an illusion,
it wasn't an eel or sturgeon. It was unlike anything I ever saw before,
and I have been fishing Lake Murray for over 20 years. We never did ever
figure out what it was. It was not an alligator. . No!
I know alligator when I see it!
And an unidentified caller to radio station
FM 104.7 in October 1996 reported: "I was fishing on Shell Island,
off of a friends cove, and I saw a fin that was about two feet long come
up. I thought it was a big bass, but I didn't know what it was, so I threw
my line right out in front of it. It broke my rod in half and took it with
it! All I had left was just the handle grip! That's all that was left.
didn't know what it was. . . all I know was it broke my rod in half!
Just after that, I saw it roll, but that was it." Thus, the legendary birth
of the Lake Murray Monster. Sightings of super-sized fish or unexplainable
creatures continue today.
"It was very aggressive. It came towards
the boat like it wanted us to leave. Whenever we came up to near where
it was nesting or doing whatever it was doing, it just came up to us. It
could've been mating. It was basically on top of the water where you could
see it quite well. And leave is exactly what we did.
"I'm not sure if it was a sturgeon, though.
I've never seen it since. I did come back that day. Kord
and I came on back over here to the house and got the shotgun. We was going
to go back after it and claim it! But we never did see it again."
Shirley Browning: "It tried to climb into
the boat. Buddy beat it off with a paddle."
So much so, that in 1990, a file was opened
by South Carolina's Fish Wildlife and Parks Department. Lake Murray Biologist
Lance Harper was in charge of keeping track of incoming reports. "I've
talked to ten or twelve people that have seen it. They were reputable,
not on drugs or drinking," Harper said. During his 20-plus years working
on Lake Murray, Harper said he never saw "the monster" but admits that
he did find unexplainable large holes in nets he had set around the lake
while studying habitat.
Over the years people from all walks of
life, military personnel, doctors, police, lawyers and regular folk have
reported seeing something out there. The sightings appear to fall into
two categories, large fish and serpent like creatures. In the large fish
category, some believe it could be a sturgeon. According to Harper, the
41 mile long and 14 mile wide lake is large enough and deep enough, more
than 380 feet, to sustain a supersized creature. "There's alot of bio-mass
in the lake as far as being able to maintain something," Harper said. But
what exactly, is the lake home to? According to Fort Jackson U.S. Army
General (retired) Marvin B. Corder, it's home to something far more sinister
than a big fish. In a 1990 letter to the South Carolina Department of Fish,
Wildlife & Parks, Corder said he and his son have seen something in
the waters not once, but twice. "This serpent-like creature is 40-60 feet
long with the head and body resembling a snake, with a tail of an eel."
Sightings similar to this have been reported
in every decade since the original report in 1933.
These and many other cases are documented
in a booklet
about the "Loch Murray Monster." This booklet (3rd edition now available
for purchase) contains almost 50 pages of detailed sightings over the years.
While it is not unusual to go several years without a sighting of the creature,
they do come in periodically. The last documented sighting occurred in
September, 2002. Over the years it seems the monster has been spotted in
all parts of the lake, during all seasons. You can even see people wearing
T-shirts and Hats and other merchandise
having the Loch Murray Monster displayed.
While locals and experts disagree over
whether the Lake Murray Monster is a serpent like creature or a supersized
fish of some sort, Harper offers these words "There are people whose words
I don't doubt. They've been startled by something. What it is, I don't
The Loch Murray Monster, "Messie", has
been sighted recently. Maybe she'll just pop up in the right place. Maybe
you'll be the next one to sight her.
|September 15, 2002
Respectfully submitted and feeling a bit
"stupid", I am, Mrs. Sandie Hurst, a new resident of Lexington:
I have lived in Columbia for most of my
46 years, and not being a water buff, I stayed away from Lake Murray.
But recently we have moved to Lexington near the dam. I really enjoy
viewing the lake and pay special attention (while trying NOT to wreck into
another car) every time I cross the dam.
Earlier this week I was with a friend of
mine, and as I looked at the lake I saw "exactly" the SAME picture
that is shown on your web page, I told my friend, "Look at that!
WHAT IS THAT!!" As the water was calm, "this wavy curvy
long thingy" was oddly placed in the serene water. My friend told
me, "Oh, that's the Loch Murray Monster."
I began to laugh, and he told me
"Seriously, you haven't heard about that before?" I was hysterically
laughing at this point because he is ALWAYS pulling jokes on me,
I told him "No, I haven't, but what in world is making that HUGE ripple
in the water". He began to tell me abit about the "so called "Loch Murray
Monster". He told me he would find the site on the internet and send
it to me.
WELL, HE DID, AND THAT RIPPLE OF WATER
on your web page is the SAME ripple I saw this past week.!!
was nothing else around this "area" to cause or create this "ripple".
Again, the water was calm and I was sober, so "I saw what I saw"!
So, now I sit, STILL wondering about that
"ripple" and have to tell my friend, "Well, you convinced me!"
I was never a "water bug", I NEVER like swimming in something I couldn't
see the bottom of, and NOW, I know why! I will remain on the shores,
admiring the beautiful sunsets, and be on the look out for the all
so famous "Loch Murray Monster"... And then go swimming in
friend's pool, where the only floating monsters are the ones I blow up
Take Care, and perhaps, with the lake being
lowered, this "wavy ripply thingy" can be seen again. And
you can bet, I'll be on the shore looking through binoculars!!
|September 24, 2002
My name is David Stuckey,I operate a Marine
repair service and have been an avid boater on Lake Murray for 40 years.
I have seen countless wakes made by the so called monster, My wife
also has been with me almost every time I have seen this. It has
my boat on occasions.I have kept this to myself all these years but
know there is something very big in this lake.
Lexington side of Lake Murray
The Lake Murray Monster Booklet!
|February 1, 2003
My name is Dakota, by the way I'm not
a lunatic and I'm not on drugs. About 2 years ago I was swimming in the
water and I stood up. The texture was very bumpy and sort of scaley feeling.
I found that to be strange and then about two minutes later I stood up
again in the same spot and what ever I had stood on was gone. Could this
had been Messie???
The Lake Murray Monster Booklet!
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