The Singular Fortean Society was not too long ago put in touch with John Giancola, who claimed to have as soon as seen a horrific, childlike head with giant, black eyes poking out of the water of Lake Erie throughout a household trip.
Giancola first despatched the report of his sighting to Paul Bestall of the Mysteries & Monsters podcast after listening to an look by researcher Travis Watson. Bestall handed the report alongside to Watson, who despatched it to the Singular Fortean Society.
Listened to the present and could not discover a option to inform this to Watson so I am emailing you. Again within the ’80s, my household would go to Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio (Lake Erie) to remain at a cabin each summer season. One time, I used to be out previous the rock pier issues enjoying on an innertube, and I noticed what regarded like a head from the mouth up about 20 yards farther out.
I knew I used to be the one child on the market on the time, so I used to be actually confused who it may have been. I watched it for perhaps half a minute, then regarded again on the seashore to see who it is perhaps, however everybody was nonetheless on the seashore. After I circled it was gone. Thought perhaps it was a log, however I spent the remainder of the day watching as a result of it scared me allot however nothing else surfaced.
It is a type of childhood reminiscences that was so profound that once I give it some thought, I really feel like I am again in that second. If you happen to can ahead this to him that may be nice. I’ve solely instructed one different individual about this as a result of who would consider such a factor?
In a sequence of correspondence offered to the Society by Watson, Giancola described the pinnacle as darkish, hairless, and human-sized.
“I wish to say merpeople, however is that actually a factor?” he requested Watson.
Watson responded, “Merpeople truly are a factor. I’ve a chapter on them in Canadian Monsters and Mysteries. I discovered a number of Canadian tales associated to them in my analysis, each at sea and within the lakes of Canada. First Nations folks in some areas appear to check with them because the ‘gods’ of our bodies of water and they’re related to storms and different tough water occasions if antagonized.”
Tales of aquatic humanoids exist in lots of cultures internationally.
The Greeks had Nereids, for instance, which have been water nymphs sometimes related to small our bodies of water, whereas in Scandinavian folklore exists the Nøkken, a supernatural shapeshifter that usually seems in human type.
Watson additionally inquired if maybe Giancola may need seen a diver in a wetsuit, however that concept was finally dismissed.
“I do not know what the realm seems to be like now, however again within the ’80s there weren’t any docks close by and also you’d see tankers going by extra typically than private watercraft,” Giancola mentioned. “There have been no boats close by.”
After receiving permission to contact the witness, investigator Tobias Wayland despatched Giancola a listing of questions in an try to garner extra particulars in regards to the sighting; together with inquiries into the approximate date of the sighting, its location, and any further info that Giancola may bear in mind about what he’d seen.
“I used to be most likely 11 or 12 [years old], so summer season of ’85 or ’86 [is when the incident took place], I’d say. […] On the time I used to be the one one within the water,” Giancola replied to Wayland. “On the finish of the pier the water was too deep for an grownup to face, and I used to be one other 20 yards or so previous that, so [the creature] needed to be floating. I couldn’t make out any particulars aside from it seemed to be child-sized and it was darkish. It regarded to have bigger eyes that have been black. Each every now and then, you’d see a department or one thing float by however once I regarded up and noticed this, I felt prefer it was wanting again at me, and it scared me. It solely lasted perhaps 10 seconds, and once I turned to take a look at the seashore and regarded again it was gone.”
“I don’t bear in mind something [else paranormal] occurring round that point however I all the time bought bizarre vibes within the cottage and really in regards to the water there,” he added.
Wayland requested Giancola if he had thought-about whether or not or not it may have been a prosaic animal, reminiscent of an otter, however the man replied that he didn’t suppose it was.
“I simply checked out a bunch of images of otters and no it didn’t seem like that,” he mentioned. “One factor that actually stands proud aside from the form of the pinnacle is the otter’s ears. What I noticed regarded like it could haven’t even had ears, or they have been tremendous flush with its head.”
Though what precisely Giancola noticed stays a thriller, the eye witness encounter has had an impact on him—one famous by each Watson and Wayland and expressed within the man’s willingness to talk brazenly about his sighting.
Like many witnesses to the unexplained, what Giancola finally hopes for is that he’s not alone in his expertise.
“It is a bizarre eye witness encounter, however I noticed what I noticed and I am not ashamed of it,” he mentioned. “I actually hope another person has had the same eye witness encounter.”
An actual location given by Giancola for the eye witness encounter has been despatched to Ohio-based investigator Ashley Hilt. Any new info offered by her investigation will likely be printed as it’s acquired.