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OLD GREENY: (NEW YORK, USA)

Legend has it that upstate New York’s picturesque Cayuga Lake is the home of not one, but two, scaly, 15 to 35-foot long serpentine beasts… one of which has a penchant for attacking humans!

Nestled in the beautiful, rolling hills of upstate New York, the Finger Lakes are a series of long, thin lakes, that early mapmakers thought resembled “fingers” at a distance. This series of glacially formed lakes is located not terribly far from from Lake Champlain, the home of America’s favorite lake beast… CHAMP, but unlike the notoriously monster ridden Champlain, most of the Finger Lakes are not known to harbor any anomalous animals… that is with the notable exception.

Cayuga Lake is over 38-miles long  and runs at at depth of about 435-feet, making it one of the deepest lakes in North America. It is known for its pristine beauty, wonderful fishing, excellent wineries and, according to some, a pair of predatory eel-like monstrosities with a terrifying taste for human flesh.

Although not much is known about these aquatic anomalies, the first widespread report was printed in the January 5, 1897, edition of the Ithaca Journal. According to the account, the year marked what was considered to be the 69th annual confirmed report of the creature, which would mean that the sightings began in 1828. From the original article:

The members of The Journal staff have been living in daily anticipation of the monster’s appearance, and have actually shunned assignments which would take them near the water’s edge for fear of being compelled to shudder and tremble at the sight of him.

While legends of a large, serpent-like creature dwelling in the mud darkened waters of Cayuga Lake actually date back at least to the early 1800s, it wouldn’t be until 1929, that people began reporting not one, but two creatures cavorting simultaneously along the Lake’s Eastern shoreline.

The animals were described by “cottagers” — folks who spent their summers living on the shores of the lake — as being approximately 12 to 15-feet in length, and local journalists speculated that they might be:

…members of the Seneca Lake sea serpent family that found their way into the local waters through a subterranean channel which is believed to exist between the two lakes.

This is a theory to which Loch Ness researchers are no strangers, as if has often be proposed that Loch Ness is not only connected to other lochs, but also the Atlantic Ocean, via a vast network of underground caves. That having been said, there are even less verifiable accounts of anomalous, aquatic animals living in Seneca Lake and no evidence what-so-ever of a channel linking Cayuga to Seneca lake.

Beyond a doubt the most horrifying account ever associated with these animals allegedly occurred in the summer of 1974. In the summer of that year a teenager named Steven Griffen was attacked by what has been described as an “eel-like” creature — perhaps akin to the LAKE ERIE CHOMPER — while swimming in Cayuga Lake.

According to the report, this toothy AQUATIC ENIGMA lunged at Griffen’s arm,  snapping its jaws down with such tremendous force that it actually broke the bone. One can only suspect that this discouraged the young man from anything but pool swimming from that day forth.

The most recent confirmed account of this creature (or creatures) hails from the spring of 1979. It was then that the owner of J.T. Marshall Professional Diving Service, Jack Marshall, claimed to have seen a huge serpentine beast floating on the surface of the lake.

Marshall claims that he was boating with some friends on the lake, when he spied what he believed to be a log in front of the boat.

Marshall shouted for the driver of the boat to stop before he collided with the debris and as the vessel drifted to a halt, they all watched in horror as what they described as a 30 to 35-foot “creature” — which, no doubt unfamiliar with historical accounts of the beast, he dubbed “Cayuga Katie” — submerged before their eyes. According to Marshall:

There really is something there. I never used to believe it, but Cayuga Katie made a believer out of me.

On December 4, 2009, a report was published online regarding the claims of an unnamed resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who asserted that in the early part of the 21st Century he had a run-in with Cayuga Lake’s hometown monstrosity:

I’ve been face to face with Old Greeny; not more than 100-feet away from me as I stood on the northern shore of Lake Cayuga looking south across the lake; eight or nine years ago. It raised it’s triangular-tooth-filled jaws with aquatic plants hanging from it’s half-open mouth to break surface for only about three seconds before once again submerging. I will never forget that large, unblinking eye staring to the west at nothing in particular; never acknowledging my presence. Don’t let anyone tell you I saw a floating log or a beaver! I know I saw an animal that is not supposed to exist! By what I observed I can tell you it was standing on the bottom when it raised it’s head for me to see; not swimming; but stationary!

While there’s no way to confirm the veracity of this anonymous report, there can be little doubt that it adds yet another frightening layer to this intriguing anomaly, second-hand accounts of which have sporadically filtered into American Monsters throughout the 21st Century,

Nevertheless, local skeptics have assured swimmers that the sightings were nothing more than a classic example of misidentified sturgeon, which have been known to frequent Cayuga’s waters.

This is a hypothesis which has also been applied to the MAY’S POINT MYSTERY FISH, which has been reported to dwell in a murky, carp filled body of water connected to Cayuga Lake.That having been stated, to anyone who has actually come into contact with Old Greeny, the sturgeon explanation simply does not hold water.

© Copyright Rob Morphy 2002 — 2011

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8 Responses to OLD GREENY: (NEW YORK, USA)

  1. Gundoor August 21, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    i want to see is this

  2. mal098 November 21, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    me too.

  3. Chase January 6, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    me three…..

  4. slhilllk January 26, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    i think he exists ive seen him

  5. richard fitzgerald March 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Long live the sea monsters!!!!

  6. Kjagger June 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    was about 6, we just moved to Myers in Lansing. As we were driven out on the point in the marina, rest of the family was look down the lake at Ithaca. I was looking in the marina and saw a snake like body break through the ice. It had to be around 10″ in diameter. I screamed and my parents said it was a tire, but it never floated up again

  7. been there done that June 16, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Nice article but must point out that Cayuga Lake IS CONNECTED to Seneca Lake by the Seneca River and the Erie Canal. Grew up in the Finger Lakes and I always watch the water, I have seen things and hope for another look.

  8. stinky April 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    I was in Ithaca college in 1985. During a windy day, and this was from the Towers 7th floor in Ithaca college, I saw three boats sculling from where the Rowing storehouses are. I thought it funny as anyone would take boats out on such a day,
    as it was overcast, drizziling or threatining to , and the waves on the lake were around one foot. I watched the three boats for 5 minutes move up the channel, slowly and surely. I asked a friend for some binoculars. What I saw was three humps, humps, undulating in the waves, and moving into the wind and breakers. I watched for another 5 and handed the glasses off to my friend. We both agreed that we had seen a very large serpentine type creature. My thougths were that it was schooling fish against the bottom as it worked it’s way out of the channel and into the south end of the lake. There is a steep drop off there, where i figured it was corraling fish.
    A friend returned and I told him what we had seen. He said they were in the park at the base of the lake, and had seen it close up. It looked like a giant eel to me. That I could pick it out at around a mile to 2 miles away, not sure of distance from east tower to the lake, but it was indeed visible. yes I’ve seen it!!!

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