Posted by Steven on 6/15/2014
It seems that, ever since the legend-turned-hoax of the Loch Ness Monster in Ireland, major bodies of water seem to lay claim to their own mysterious sea creature. the Loch Ness had Nessie, Lake Champlain in New York state had Champ, and yes, Chesapeake Bay has Chessie.
Whether Chessie is real or fake is still not known, unlike the Loch Ness Monster, which was admitted to be a hoax by the grandson of the man who took the famous Nessie photo.
Now Chessie has been an interesting story. There has been no confirmed sightings of this serpent-like creature since the mid-1990's, but recently there were a couple of unconfirmed sightings around the bay in 2010 and 2011.
The beast, which has been described as a serpent or snake-like creature with fins and moves through the water with an undulating side-to-side motion, was allegedly first spotted by two perch fishermen in 1943, and they documented the sighting in their journals.
Since then, there were several photographs and even videos taken of Chessie, but very few have actually been confirmed as the actual water-snake. One photograph taken in 1980 was of a manatee from Florida that was spotted in the Bay - apparently it got lost in a time before GPS. The manatee was returned to Florida, but "Chessie" has been seen in the Bay several times over the last 20 years since.
Does Chessie really exist? No one really knows ... and that is actually the beauty of her. Would we tell you if we knew? Maybe.