Raystown’s “Ray” TM, An Aquatic Cryptid?

Posted by Chris Parker
May 23 2006


“We’ve known it’s been in there a while now,” admitted Managing Director of Raystown Lake Dwight Beall when he was asked his thoughts on this astonishing discovery. 

 ”It’s a private creature, but it comes out around this time of year.  Call it Raystown’s own Punxatawny Phil.”  

Call it what you will, but this is no ground hog swimming in the water.  It seems that our favorite Pennsylvania lake may now have a mascot.   

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5 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    I’d recommend withdrawing this as it is probably a hoax. Raystown Lake is a manmade lake created in the 20th Century. It is very large, courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  2. Ron says:

    Thanks Jeff. That might explain why there is no disturbance in the water around the creature such as a wake.

  3. Administrator says:

    Thank you, Jeff. However, we’re satisfied with the context provided by our intro to the article:

    “s8int.com notes that this announcement is put out by the local visitor’s bureau whose express goal is: “to develop and implement strategic marketing initiatives, which will result in increased visitation to the region.”

    Hmmm, sure hope that an announcemt about a local “seamonster” doesn’t hurt tourism.”

    After reading that one is certainly free to form an opinion-and we’re comfortable enough with that.

    I hope you can appreciate that we try to screen this stuff before we post it; urge people to use their own discretion and judgement.


  4. Ron says:

    I have no problem with that. And I’m sure you have quite the asortment of tid-bits to wade through. This is a good forum.

  5. Bev says:

    My husband and I saw something at Raystown lake in the early 1980′s, (1983 or 1984) but it did not look like this! It was a summer day in July, around 6:30 am, near seven points. The water was still – like glass. We had finished fishing, and were leaving the al-cove area, when we spotted what looked like a floating telephone pole. We approached it slowly and noticed it was rolling in the water. Then suddenly it swam away and it acted more like a snake.

    We knew no one would beleive it. No one can change what we saw.

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