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Dragon Sighting in the Lake District, England, February 2011!

This month we've had a few cracking dragon news stories and this dragon sighting looks to have beaten them all! It isn't too often that Dragon Zoo gets any official dragon sightings - with good reason - but this water dragon sighting certainly looks to be the real deal!

Thanks to Edward Valles for bringing this news story from Yahoo and The Telegraph to our attention. The image below was snapped by an English couple kayaking on the famous Lake Windermere in the Lake District.

Dragon Sighting in Lake District - Dragon News

According to the Yahoo news story the couple were kayaking on the misty waters of Lake Windermere when the "giant snake" like creature swam by them; "At first I thought it was a dog and then saw it was much bigger and moving really quickly at about 10 mph" Tom Pickles, one of the people in the kayak reported to the Telegraph that; "Each hump was moving in a rippling motion and it was swimming fast. Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was completely abnormal—it's not like any animal I've ever seen before."

How incredibly cool is that? A well respected English newspaper and photographic evidence combined with the sighting reported by two individuals? There aren't many dragon sightings with such an amazing array of evidence. The report on the dragon sighting continues with the following eerie description; "it had three humps and moved very quickly"

Unbelievably, this is the eighth reported sighting of the creature in Lake Windermere, the locals have nicknamed it "Bownessie" after the famous Scottish based Loch Ness Monster. Here at Dragon News we are inclined to think that rather than Nessie or a dinosaur it is likely to be either a Scottish Sea Dragon:

Scottish Sea Dragon - Dragon Zoo

or a Webbed River Dragon:

Webbed River Dragon - Dragon Zoo

Each have the similar "hump back" fins on their back that could easily be mistaken for a snake like creature or giant eel. You can read the full story on the Telegraph News website here

Before you leave dismissing this dragon sighting as yet another fake, keep in mind a few things. The Telegraph and Yahoo have both reported the story, well respected in the media. The image itself as been thoroughly investigated by a photographic laboratory and technician David Farnell states, "It does look like a real photo but because it’s been taken on a phone the file size is too small to really tell whether it has been altered on Photoshop or not.”

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