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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2740

Camera ban hinders hunt for Swedish sea monster

Stockholm, 02 February, ( Sweden's legendary Great Lake Sea Monster (Storsjöodjuret) remains the focus of photographers hunting for its image despite a Jämtland county council order banning cameras on the shores of Storsjön in Östersund in northern Sweden.

Svenstavik local business association has continued its surveillance of the lake in the hope of the spotting the famed 'monster' without permission from the Jämtland County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen).

Pictures from cameras set up on the lake's shores have been published on the association's homepage and have raised the interest of the council who has issued fines.

"When we found out about the camera surveillance undertaken without a permit we immediately conducted a review. The association has since been encouraged to apply for a permit," said Åsa Johansson at Jämtland County Administrative Board.

After completing a review of the case the board has agreed to permit four cameras to watch for the legendary beast but they are to be located under the water surface of the lake.

Any camera surveillance above the water's surface has been ruled in breach of regulations.

The Local reported in August that a film crew had made claims to have captured an image of the monster.

Their film clip broadcast on Sveriges Television showed a blurry, long and narrow silhouette moving in the lake's nether regions.

The hunt for the monster dates back to 1635 when the first witnesses testimony emerged. In 1894 a Swedish sea captain named Dedering created a listed company with the express purpose of tracking the animal.

In 1986, Jämtland’s county administrative board banned anyone from “killing, injuring, or trapping a live animal such as the Great Lake Sea Monster” or from “removing or injuring the Great Lake Sea Monster’s eggs, roe, or dwelling”.

Most of the reported sightings of the monster have occurred in the southern areas of the lake.

Courtesy : The Local

Background Information

The story of Storsjöodjuret (the Great Lake Monster) is at least 400 years old. It reigns in lake Storsjön, Swedens fifth largest lake, in the county Jämtland which is right in the middle of Sweden
Lake Storsjön was created some 9000 years ago in the end of the ice age. We don´t know exactly what the bottomstructure of the lake looks like, but what we do know is that the soil and rock forms a good environment for a large fish production in the lake. The lake is also quite resistant to pollutions. This gives the perfect conditions for a possible monster…

Today there are some 200 documented witness reports from 500 people who have seen Storsjöodjuret. Many more have spoken of encounters. There are probably a large number who still don´t dare to speak of what they have seen in the dark waters of lake Storsjön.

There is one thing that all witnesses are stressing: -
It is an empowering experience to meet with the monster, an experience which is hard to forget. Can all these witnesses be wrong?

The legendary creature, Storsjöodjuret, has fascinated people for hundreds of years. The phenomenon has made a deep impression on the people around the lake and there are a number of people who don´t doubt its existence for a minute. Storsjöodjuret has an ancient lineage and there is even an account of its mysterious birth.

The written statements on Storsjöodjuret in lake Storsjön date far back. The first one is from 1635. A person, Mogens Pedersen from Herdal, wrote down a legend. It tells of two trolls who were boiling a mixture in a large kettle on the shore of the lake. When they had boiled the mixture for years and years, the contents of the kettle began to groan and wail and there was a loud bang.

"A strange animal with a black serpentlike body and a cat-like head jumped out of the kettle and disappeared into the lake. The monster enjoyed living in the lake, it grew unbelievably large and terrorised the people living on the shores of the lake. After some time it extended all the way around the island Frösön, and could bite its own tail."

The northernmost runestone in Sweden is on the island Frösön in lake Storsjön, Jämtland. There is a serpent on the stone, a rune scripture and a cross. It is said that under this stone lies a terribly large serpent's head with a body that stretches across the lake Storsjön to the villages Knytta and Hillesand where the tail is buried (a distance of about 2,5 kilometres). According to the ferryman and his wife, as well as many others in the 17th century, the rune stone was knocked down and broken in two because no one could journey across the lake in peace. For as long as the stone lay on the ground many strange things happened on the water. It was obvious that the disturbance originated from the broken rune stone and so it was repaired and raised again.

Storsjöodjuret has continued to appear every now and then. Until today there are hundreds of documented stories of witnesses, hunting expeditions have been made and books have been written.

- Asian Tribune -

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