‘Bownessie’ – The Search for The Windermere Monster


After many years of searching for the Loch Ness Monster without success, attention has been directed to what has been called a “distant relative” to Nessie, perhaps aptly named “Bownessie” because of the bow wave it produces and the similarity to the mysterious sightings in Loch Ness.

The first public sighting of “Bownessie” in Lake Windermere was in 2006, and the number of people who claim to have seen something continues to grow.

A recent video certainly seems to support the possibility of some kind of creature in the lake, which created a bow wave of around 20 meters in length.

Other sightings have estimated the size of the creature at anything from 20 to 50 feet long. One witness, who claimed the “creature” passed below him, said the movement in the water was so powerful he thought it was a submarine.


Bownessie has been described as a giant eel or sturgeon, but others claim they have seen a creature with humps (much like some of the reports on the Loch Ness Monster).

The most recent sighting of the creature was in July of this year, when a local hotelier was hit by a three foot wave while swimming.

This weekend saw the launch of a new investigation on the lake, using state of the art equipment and a specially chartered yacht. The team includes Linden Adams, a photographer who gave the creature its name and psychic Dean Maynard.

The odds of finding something in the lake seems reasonably good, but what remains to be seen.

It could of course be a hoax, a giant eel or sturgeon, or even some alien creature (many people have reported seeing UFO’s entering lakes in the past). Maybe this is one mystery that might be solved shortly, we shall have to wait and see.