Located in Southern Siberia, Russia, Lake Baikal, with a maximum depth of over 5,300 feet and an age of roughly 25 to 30 million years, is the deepest and one of the oldest lakes in the world. Lake Baikal is the world’s largest lake by volume and holds 20% of the world’s fresh surface water as well as reports of a mysterious Lake Monster. The Lake Baikal Monster is described by some as being a sturgeon like creature while others have likened it to a giant Pinniped, or large marine mammal.
These descriptions could very well hold the key to the identity of the Lake Baikal Monster as the largest sturgeon ever recorded was caught in Russian and measured 27 feet in length, Lake Baikal also supports a huge seal population, even though it is located more than 1,000 miles from the nearest marine coast. Some investigators have suggested that the creature may be a prehistoric relic, using the lakes age as support to this theory. Others feel that the monster may be more man made, stating the tremendous amount of pollution that has spewed into the lake, The Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill alone is reported to have dump approximately 210,000 cubic meters of untreated waste into Lake Baikal every day since 1966.
With Lake Baikal playing host to over 1095 plant species and 1550 varieties of animal, including some found no where else in the world, it is not hard to imagine a form of large marine animal going undetected in its deep waters. As to the Lake Baikal Monsters true identity, be it a giant sturgeon, a giant seal like animal or a form of prehistoric relic, we can only wait for the day that Lake Baikal’s murky depths reveals its secret to the world.
No physical evidence currently exists to support the existence of the Lake Baikal Monster
No documented sightings of the Lake Baikal Monster could be found at this time.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Lake Monster
• Size: Unknown
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Unknown
• Location: Lake Baikal, Russia
• Movement: Swimming
• Environment: Lake