|Habitat||Lake Okanagan, British Columbia|
The origins of the Ogopogo's name are unknown, but local lore claims it received the name "on a night in 1924 when the strains of an English music-hall song were first heard in the city of Vernon". The song referred to is The Ogo-Pogo: the Funny Foxtrot. However, the name Ogopogo was used over 10 years before this alleged beginning, leading many to believe the song actually got it's name from the monster, rather than the other way around.
Tissue Samples and CorpseKelowna, British Columbia’s Daily Courier is reporting two scientists have agreed to analyze the remains of a mysterious-looking specimen found along the shore of Okanagan Lake.
A tissue sample of the creature will be sent to a researcher in Ontario for DNA testing, and the carcass itself will be examined by a scientist in Alberta.
The remains were found two weeks ago by Kelowna resident Dan Poppoff as he paddled his kayak near the far end of Lakeshore Road. For now, he’s still got the carcass, which measures more than a meter-long in his freezer at home.
Poppoff is reluctant to suggest the strange-looking carcass might be an example of an Ogopogo, the legendary inhabitants of Okanagan Lake.
But he is interested in finding out just what it is. He contacted Arlene Gaal, a Kelowna woman who was written extensively on Ogopogo sightings over the years.
Gaal is making arrangements to send the tissue sample and carcass to the two researchers, who she declines to identify.
“If I name them, people will be calling them left and right, and they won’t be able to get on with the business of determining just what this creature is,” Gaal said late in June.
In Popular Culture
- The History Channel's MonsterQuest featured Ogopogo in the Series 3 episode "Lake Demons."
- the Evaporators released a song titled Ogopogo Punk in 2016.
The name "Ogopogo" is a palindrome, meaning it is spelt the same both backwards and forwards.