shores told tales of an unknown beast which they saw
in the lake. A woman fishing near Rouse's Point in
August of 1939 said she had the "fright of her life"
when a large creature rose from the water near her
boat. But it was the July, 1977, sighting of Champ
by Sandra Mansi that was so remarkable. Although
the circumstances were not that different from all of
the other Champ reports, the difference was that Sandra
Mansi had a camera and was able to snap a picture
of the creature before it disappeared beneath the
There are, of course, many persons who do not
believe that there is a Lake Champlain sea monster.
They say that the people who reported sighting Champ
actually were seeing floating logs, schools of large
sturgeons diving in a row, or mocks of black birds flying
close to the water. Others suggested that monster
viewers had just had too much to drink.
Despite the uncertainty of whether or not whatever
it is exists, the Vermont House of Representatives
passed a resolution in April of 1982 which states that
Champ should be protected from wilful acts resulting
in death, injury, or harassment. In June of that same
year the New York Senate passed similar legislation.