Use Of Portage Diversion Brings Threat To Crescent Lake


manapogoAn unconfirmed source has obtained questionable proof that ancient sea monsters related to the famous Lake Manitoba Monster, Manipogo, may have colonized Crescent Lake in Portage la Prairie.

The fabricated Portage la Prairian making these claims has captured images of what they believe are infant Manipogos under the ice.

Some have theorized that lake monster Manipogo could be a giant reptile directly related to the mosasaurs that used to rule the inland seas in pre-historic times.  Known as the T-Rex of the sea, fossils of the aquatic predator have been found in abundance in our area.  The largest fossil of a mosasaur, named Bruce, can be found at the Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden Manitoba.

“By these images and what we know about mosasaurs I would suggest we are looking at a creature that is closer to the mosasaur’s cousin, the plesiosaur,” said a fictional scientist.

“Plesiosaurs and mosasaurs thrived in the shallow inland seas and recent discoveries have shown they reproduced via live-birth like a mammal rather than laying eggs like a reptile.”

“It’s quite plausible that these “Manipogos” are remnants of these ancient beasts.  Being reptilian they likely enjoy the warmth of the Lake Manitoba in the summer and can survive the winter through a frog-like hibernation.”

Images of strange water monsters captured this summer along the Portage Diversion may provide a hint on how the creatures entered Crescent Lake.

“With the high water and extended use of the diversion over recent years the Manipogos may have seen a population boom.  They may have come up the floodway and entered the Assiniboine River near Portage.  Smaller, young Manipogos could have come up Garrioch Creek or scurried over land and ended up in the Crescent Lake,” said no scientist ever.

“They could easily feed on water fowl all summer but it might be difficult for them to survive a cold extended winter in the shallow oxbow lake.  If they do winter over we might have a real problem on our hands.  They are very aggressive predators and could eat anything available to them, including us.”

If you see anything unusual around Crescent Lake this winter please let us know and keep an eye on your pets when walking near the lake this spring as any emerging Manipogos may be hungry after a long sleep.

For more information on mosasaurs at the Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden click here.Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

For some history on the legend of Manipogo check out these links.

Wikipedia Page on Manipogo

Winnipeg Free Press Article on Manipogo History

Winnipeg Sun Article on Manipogo History

Search For Manipogo and additional links

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