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10 Lake Monsters That Arenít Just Nessie Rip-Offs

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« on: March 05, 2016, 05:54:07 pm »

1 Beast Of Busco

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Oscar—the beast of Churubusco, Indiana—was supposedly a snapping turtle that weighed 225 kilograms (500 lb) and was the size of a dinner table. From 1898 to 1949, this creature allegedly inhabited a lake on a farm. Oscar gained brief but widespread attention when the farmer drained the lake to capture the huge turtle and make some big money from it.

Although Oscar isn’t a hard-to-imagine monster, there’s something captivating about a normal animal that is 10 times the size of an average specimen. Of course, there are factual examples of oversize man-eaters in the world. A notorious one was Gustave, the 6-meter (20 ft) Nile crocodile who supposedly killed more than 300 people in Burundi. Other animals, like lobsters, will continue to grow indefinitely if they aren’t killed.

But Oscar was never found, so it might have been some kind of light trickery. Although the original “discoverer” claimed to get close enough to carve Oscar’s name into his shell, no shell or turtle was ever recovered. This makes it seem like a bit of fun local folklore and little more.
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