When I was putting my inktober list together I think I was starting to write Loch Ness Monster but decided to go with something a bit more general and went with Lake Monster.

Which was just as well because it started me wondering about all of the assorted lake monsters scattered across North America, stories that i’ve always loved from the latest tabloid to gems from Native American mythology.

Of course being the son of a biologist I have a bad tendency to ruin these stories with questions like “just how much is there to eat in those lakes?” and “If it’s a serpent how does it handle these very cold lakes?”

I entertained myself by hypothesizing something that had the same common ancestor as an otter.