Friday, 1 February 2013

Strange Skeleton in Lake Labynkyr?

Something is afoot in the remote Siberian lake called Labynkyr as a diver has claimed to have found the skeletal remains of a large creature. We covered this monster lake back in September and so await with interest any further developments.

From the original article:

A Russian scientist has made the first deep plunge in the waters of Yakutia’s Lake Labynkyr which claims to be home to a 'Siberian Loch Ness monster'. The fact has a real chance to be registered in the Guinness Book of Records, a statement of the Russian Geografical Society (RGO) has said.

Head of the RGO underwater research team Dmitry Shiller went down to the bottom of one of the world’s coldest lakes located in the remote Yakutia region of Russia’s Siberia. This was the first time a man plunged to the depths of the lake.

In winter the air temperature here drops down to minus 89 degree Celsius.

According to members of the team, the expedition’s aim was to take video footage of the lakes’ bottom and collect samples of water, flora and fauna.

Moreover, according to the scientists, with the help of an underwater scanner they discovered jaws and skeletal remains of a large animal.

Lake Labynkyr is known for its geographical characteristics, the depth of its cracks reaches 80 meters. Evenk and Yakut people, Yakutia natives, claim an underwater creature, a "Siberian Loch Ness monster", lurks in there.

UPDATE: Another article came out from a Russian news outlet, but it makes no mention of any bones!


  1. On the subject of extreme cold, I've often thought that a possible "missing link" between several of the Scottish monster lochs would have been the former glacial Loch Roy. Does anyone have any thoughts on the types of creatures which might have been able to live there?


    1. Do you mean the very small loch betwixt Loch Lochy and Laggan?

      I presume you give it a much bigger size in former times as its current size suggests nothing of importance?

    2. I meant the former ice-trapped loch. Forgot that there actually is a small modern-day Loch Roy.


    3. On this theme here's an link which I came across while browsing:

      And if I can quote a paragraph:

      "The field evidence in the Fort Augustus area therefore suggests a sequence of events which
      spans the period of the Loch Lomond Stadial (Firth, 1984, 1986). During the early part of the
      stadial, loch level stood at 29 m OD and the erosional benches were formed. The Loch Lomond
      Readvance then reached its maximum extent; during the initial retreat, loch level stood at 32
      m OD. After the ice-front had retreated 4 km, the ice-dammed lake in Glen Spean drained
      catastrophically to produce a large outwash spread related to a temporarily high loch level at
      36 m OD. Subsequently, the level of the loch fell to 22.5 m OD in response to erosion of the
      outlet of Loch Ness produced by the floodwaters."

      [OD being Ordnane Datum / height above average sea level]

      Quite confusing to try to picture the different processes going on [glacial rebound &c] but it would seem that Loch Ness might once have extended quite a bit further south. Even today Loch Oich and Loch Lochy are only 32m and 29m above sea level and if we strip away tens of metres of deposit in the Fort Augustus area...


    4. Thanks for that link, I did muse in the past whether the creature(s) had entered in the past via the south and this article would seem to offer some support for that alternative theory.