Note: CHBC News regrets the attribution to Richard Huls that he saw the Ogopogo, rather Huls claims to have seen an object in the water and does not know what it was.
The video of a possible Ogopogo sighting in Okanagan Lake has caught the eye of international media.
Two weeks ago, West Kelowna resident Richard Huls said he captured video of something in the water.
“It proves something is down there. Whether it’s Ogopogo or not, it is a different story but there is something at least down there,” Huls said.
“It was not a wave, just a darker colour. The size and the fact that they were not parallel with the waves made me think it had to be something else,” he said.
And many other people seemed to think the same thing.
Comments flooded our CHBC News Facebook page and the possible sighting of the mythical creature became the most watched video on our website.
It turns out Okanagan residents were not the only ones curious about the Ogopogo.
The video soon spread to Calgary, Vancouver and Global News stations across Canada.
The video now has almost 200,000 views on our YouTube page and on Thursday, it will be featured in the top rated morning show, Good Morning America.
“People are connected to this sort of thing across the United States and across the world because they do not understand it,” said UBC-Okanagan sociology professor Chris Schneider.
“By the very virtue of them not understanding it, it makes them want to try to understand it even more,” Schneider said.
The professor, who says he does not believe in the Ogopogo, says emotion tends to overpower logic in these sorts of situations, especially when something near and dear to the hearts of Okanagan residents has its own statue downtown and even a book collection.
“They tie into identity, place, culture, context about Kelowna,” Schenider said about the lake creature. “It is about British Columbia. It’s about Lake Okanagan. It ties into First Nations.”
And while mythology may trump intellect for some people, it has not for one UBC-Okanagan scientist.
“I think I’m looking at a standing wave,” said Rob Young, an environmental sciences professor.
While other people tend to fall back on mythology, Young says, as a scientist, he only looks at the facts and principles.
“As the lake is warming and cooling, the temperature variations will be causing different layers and the layers as I say, with some minor disturbance will start flowing past each other. You’ll get that sort of rolling action where the two layers pass each other.”
The debate will undoubtedly continue for years to come but there is no denying the lake monster has caught our eye and soon will be centre stage for everyone to form an opinion about.