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November 4, 2013

Woman forms new Champ group

PORT HENRY — Katy Elizabeth Huling is trying to revive the search for Champ.

She has been all over Lake Champlain looking for the legendary lake monster, promoting her book on Champ and trying to stir up interest in a new search organization.

“Since the age of 10, I’ve had a fascination with lake monsters,” she said by email. “It was my dream to travel to Lake Champlain and investigate the illusive creature known as Champ.”

HUMPS ON LAKE

An Exeter, R.I., resident, Huling said she saw Champ in August 2012 while staying at the Button Bay State Park campground in Vergennes, Vt.

“It was my own sighting and experiences of the creature which prompted me to write the book,” she said. “I know that a breeding population of these creatures exists in Lake Champlain. It’s a matter of proving its existence to the scientific community.

“I have seen this creature with my very own eyes, and until you see it for yourself, you probably would not believe it to be true.”

She described the creature she saw as humped and about 15 feet in length.

“I was camping at Button Bay State Park, sitting, eating my breakfast, and all of a sudden out towards the middle of the bay, I saw a disturbance in the water. Suddenly a blackish-colored hump came up to the surface.

“It had no dorsal fin, and it moved with casual speed towards Ship’s Point and Button Island. I did not see a neck or head. The hump was about three feet out of the water.”

She said she ran for her car to get her camera, but it was too late.

“As soon as I grabbed my camera, the hump submerged. It was unlike anything I have ever seen, but it reminded me of a small whale or a porpoise.”

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