- A moving shadow and waves appeared in Kanas Lake in Xinjiang, north China
- Shocked tourists compared it to the famous Loch Ness monster in Scotland
- The first sighting was reported in 1980 but the creature was never caught
Tourists were shocked seeing a moving shadow in the middle of Kanas Lake in northwest China.
Footage shows a dark object moving slowly under the deep waters and raising waves as tourists shouted.
The sightings raised discussions among web users and experts on the ‘Kanas Lake monster’, which often billed as the Chinese equivalent of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.
Footage emerged showing a dark shadow moving in the middle of Kanas Lake in north China
Tourists shouted as they believed they have seen the famous Kanas Lake monster
A group of Chinese tourists visited the famous Kanas Lake at Altay Prefecture in Xinjiang on May 15 and filmed the moment gentle waves appeared in the middle of the lake.
‘Really! There it (Kanas Lake monster) is! There it is!’ shouted a woman.
Yang Weiqiang, a worker at the Kanas Lake scenic spot told Pear Video that this is first ‘sighting’ of the monster in 2018.
The rumour started in 1980 and the lake was flooded with tourists every year in a bid to see the legendary monster.
Previous sightings showed the monster moved in the waters and raised waves along
Experts believed the shadow was a Siberian giant trout that was hunting for smaller fish
Tourists were curious to see waves hitting the shores of the lake when the waters were quiet
In 2012, a worker also filmed similar footage showing big waves emerged on the lake surface.
‘I compared to the size of a speed boat and a wild duck, the mysterious object is in between the two sizes,’ Wang Hongqiao to China Central Television.
Yuan Guoying, researcher of Xinjiang Environment Protection Centre believed the Kanas monster is Siberian giant trout.
‘I am certain that this is a Siberian giant trout. Given the habitat and the waves, there is only one kind of fish lives in the lake and that’s Siberian giant trout,’ said Mr Yuan.
‘What actually happened under the water is the Siberian giant trout hunting for small fish and the small fish swim close to the water surface to avoid the trout,’ he added.
There are no confirmation of the species yet as no one has ever caught any ‘monster’ from the lake.
As people guessed the shadow stretched about 10 metres (33ft) long, whereas a Siberian giant trout can grow up to two metres (6.6ft).
A Siberian giant trout can grow up to two metres (6.6ft) long in deep waters (file photo)
Kanas Lake becomes a famous tourist attraction since the first sightings reported in 1980
Kanas Lake is located in the valley of Altai mountain in Xinjiang autonomous region in China
WHAT IS CHINA’S KANAS LAKE MONSTER?
The first ‘monster’ sighting was reportedly appeared in the freshwater Kanas Lake in a valley of Altai mountain in Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region in north-west China in 1980.
The mysterious shadow and waves appeared in the middle of the lake has brought the public’s attention, luring thousands of visitors to visit the scenic spot.
Environmental protection expert, Yuan Guoying, firmly believed the monster is Siberian giant trout, a species in the salmon family, as he said the waters are habitable for the species.
He explained the waves were the moments when the trouts hunt and chase after small fish in the lake.
Several sightings of the Kanas Lake monster were reported in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016 and last year.
The recent footage was captured on May 15 and said to be the first sighting in this year.