|The Plesioturtle by Thomas Finley|
When the first images from the Kelly Nash "Cadbourosaurus" video were released to the public a few years back there was a keen interest by aquatic cryptid fans and researchers in the clips and story that went with the video.
|Nash series I - Caddy|
|NASH series I - Triangular head breaks the surface|
The first snippets of footage released publicly consisted of about 7 seconds of lower resolution footage of what appeared to be several low lying, surface swimming animals moving along as a group. In this first series of clips, no whales are visible.
|Classic Caddy profile|
In both series of the now public Nash clips there are no long-necks or coils or "horsey" looking heads that visibly break the surface shown at any time.
Most researchers disagree on what the animals possibly are, with nominations made of various ancient reptiles - now thought to be extinct, mis- identified elephant seals, long necked pinnipeds not in the fossil record and the thought to be extinct "Super Otter."
Ogopogo has often been described to posses a "Horse-like head" too.
Whatever Ogopogo is, it lives inland from Caddy, in the 100 mile long Lake Okanagan, which was connected to the
British Columbian sea 8,000 years ago.
|Supposed Caddy anatomy derived from picture of "Naden carcass."|
|The late Kelly Nash in center|
As in the original clips, the animals can be seen to cluster with one another. Kelly's son, Kyle Nash remarked that you can see "a bunch of them swimming very close together," so he realized that this was not some giant singular hump connected beast. Instead there seems to be several of these wake producing animals cruising along at a good speed, and apparent square-ish shaped heads and eyes are visible in the cluster, most prominent on the lead animal.
|CADDY cluster of humps and heads ?|
What may be a series of undulating humps are seen- sometimes swimming in a row, and sometimes swimming side by side while clustering together to create at times a single almost unidentifiable writhing mass.
|3 in a row - eye visible on center animal ?|
|A youngster ?|
|CADDY as a giant, long necked, leatherback style turtle by Chris Smith|
An idea postulated by Prof. Roy Mackal while researching on Loch Ness 40 years ago was that some humps could also be the result of youngsters hitching a ride on the back of an adult animal. Such behavior would explain how it's possible that eyewitnesses have reported seeing a row of humps where one of the humps in the middle would suddenly disappear. As to the possible identity of what we are seeing in the Nash footage, fully aquatic turtles should be considered as a prospect.
|Nash series II still|
Cold water tolerant Leatherback turtle pods are sometimes seen to swim in a similar fashion to what is observed on the Nash footage. Turtles don't always need to have rigid, cumbersome shells. The Leatherback turtle has a very flexible carapace, as do the worldwide Trionychids or softshell turtles.
|Indian Soft Shell Turtle showing the shell flexibility|
Turtle's shells can sometimes take on the color and pattern of the skin of the animal thus giving the illusion that there is no shell at all, an idea that may have been suggested by one aquatic cryptid researcher who once described Lake Champlain's "Champ," after witnessing it close up, as
" a Snapping Turtle without a shell." Such a creature as a "shell-less turtle" has not existed zoologically since the order of the Placodonts, some quarter of a BILLION years ago. (250 million). Could it just be that the shell was not noticed ?
|Indictra - Softshelled Trionychid showing continuous shell / body integration of |
shape and disruptive camouflage colors patterns.
|Continuous membrane around the entire turtle make this Indian Trionychid |
look like it's been tool dipped in plastic. That hidden neck can extend the length of the shell.
|Champlain mystery animal left & known species giant Hoan Kiem Turtle on right|
| left - Nash Cadborosaurus head. Right - 18 inch wide LC Champ head above water|
- same triangular snouts
|A square head looks into the camera|
What kind of animal can have both a short or long neck ? Only a turtle.
Nash series II - Head above water - eye visible - fins out to the sides
- is this a huge unknown aquatic turtle ?
|Leatherback Turtle in similar pose with head held higher|
|Nash series II - swimming from right to left.|
Is that a head and reptilian brow-ridge up front ?
Joe Nickel and Ben Radford have pointed out in their book "Lake Monster Mysteries" the wide variety of conflicting lake monster reports from Lake Champlain alone. The endless variations of manes, back structures, humps and head neck configurations, although believed seen and reported, may not be what they really look like. They are not always described in a consistent manner.
Could it be that the pandemonium of the animals swimming around and over each other at an Olympic speed be responsible for the humps and bumps ? Considering the apparent behavior on the video taped by the Nash videographers, it may be worth considering.