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article imageNorthern Ontario's lake monster, the Ugly One, found dead

By Stephanie Dearing     May 21, 2010 in Science
Two nurses out for a walk alongside a lake in Northern Ontario at the beginning of May found a creature that is being called 'the Ugly One.'
Legends of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) have it that the lakes are home to a giant water snake as well as mermaids. Trout Lake First Nation reports the story sparingly: "A weird looking foot long animal ( a cross breed of an otter & muskrat) with a rat tail & a white almost a human face was found in the shore of KI drowned. No one knows what it is but our ancestors used to call it the Ugly One. Rarely seen but when seen, it's bad omen,something bad will happen according to our ancestors. The animal was photographed by local non native Male Nurse on the first weekend of May, 2010."
A photograph of  The Ugly One   as the creature is called by the Kitchenuhmay Koosib.  Found at the ...
A photograph of 'The Ugly One,' as the creature is called by the Kitchenuhmay Koosib. Found at the beginning of May 2010, no-one knows what the animal might be.
Originally posted by Kitchenuhmay Koosib
The Toronto Star reported that an unnamed New Zealand zoologist thinks the animal is most likely an opossum, rendered unrecognizable through decomposition. The idea of the creature being an opossum, while plausible, raise questions as to how the animal ended up just south of Hudson Bay.
An Oppossum playing dead.
An Oppossum playing dead.
The First Nation community had originally posted the photographs of the "monster" on its website, but has since removed that page. However, the Globe & Mail has published five photographs of the unknown animal. The Globe also reports on how the story has become an internet sensation, ironically illustrating how the story has become a main-stream item, widely reported around the world.
Internet cryptozoology websites liken The Ugly One to New York's 'Montauk Monster,' an animal that washed ashore in 2008 and while looks remarkably like the Trout Lake monster. From all reports, the Montauk Monster has never been identified.
2008 File photo: A photograph of what has been called the  Montauk Monster   an unknown animal that ...
2008 File photo: A photograph of what has been called the 'Montauk Monster,' an unknown animal that washed up on the shores of Montauk, Long Island in New York, years ago
In 2006, Big Trout Lake became known as the community facing a monster $10 million lawsuit launched by Platinex, a mining company. At the time, word was Platinex was trying to oust the community from its land to gain control of the mineral resources. Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug launched a countersuit against both Platinex and the Government of Ontario. Platinex then filed a lawsuit against the Province of Ontario over the disputed land. In the process of fighting Platinex, six of the community's leaders ended up spending time in jail for disobeying an order from Ontario and blockading Platinex, preventing the company from conducting exploratory drilling, reported Wawatay News.
In 2009, Platinex announced "On Dec.13, 2009 Ontario entered an agreement with Platinex to purchase the Big Trout Lake property. The property has been surrendered to the province as part of the agreement and the company was granted $5,000,000 plus mediation costs and a 2.5% Net Smelter Royalty on the former property. Access to a presentation on the former Big Trout Lake property may be obtained through the company." Wild Lands League has a web page dedicated to the history of the dispute.
Digital Journal writer, Paul Wallis, has speculated on the identity of the mysterious creature found at Big Trout Lake. You can read his razor-sharp work here.
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