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HINTERLAND WHO’s WHO: THE OGOPOGO

Being a fairly large waterborne creature in what is a deep, cold lake suggests that this creature is cold blooded in order to minimize it’s energy and food requirements. Lake Ogopogo is not particularly rich in vertebrates or invertebrates so Ogopogo is primarily herbivorous but will eat carrion or other animal/insect foods opportunistically. To maintain its body size, Ogopogo eats a large amount of plant based material. The mountain lake has many steep walled shorelines. Abundant plant material is to be found along shallow, reedy shorelines but because Ogopogo is rarely seen , it is a nocturnal creature when it comes time for feeding. Ogopogo may actually spend its summer days in reedy shallow waters where it is warm, allowing its cold blooded body to warm up and again, avoid the sightings and hazards presented by boaters in the open water. Few people venture into shallow, reedy areas during the day and Ogopogo will not be picked up by sonar scanners here.

During winter, Ogopogo likely hibernates in the lake bottom. It is likely preparing for this event right about now as lake water temperatures begin to drop and seasonal aquatic plant life is now dying off.

Ogopogos are oviviporous (live births like guppies or seahorses) hence the lack of discovery of egg shells or nests. The most recent sighting suggests that they are under parental care for at least the first year prior to hibernation.

Hibernation presents a bit of mystery. If they are reptilian, they need to breath air which suggests that they may have a den along steep walled inaccessible shorelines where they can breath and maintain a temperature above freezing similar to snakes. If they are gilled creatures they can remain in a state of torpor at the lake bottom with fish or amphibians. With winter water temperatures of 2 or 3 degrees C, it would be impossible for a large warm blooded creature to maintain homeostasis in the absence of a meaningful food supply. A cold blooded creature would not be able to maintain a significant energy level to do much more than loaf around the lake bottom.

Ogopogos are instinctively very shy and wary though their natural predators died out millions of years ago.

Kevin the Frustrated Cryptozoologist

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ogopogo surfaces 263 marduk 25-Oct-04 16:33
Re: ogopogo surfaces 87 Raja 25-Oct-04 20:31
Re: ogopogo surfaces 67 Mercury Rapids 25-Oct-04 21:08
Re: ogopogo surfaces 125 Joyeuse 25-Oct-04 21:10
Re: ogopogo surfaces 88 Raja 25-Oct-04 21:25
Re: ogopogo surfaces 99 Joyeuse 26-Oct-04 10:36
Re: ogopogo surfaces 102 marduk 26-Oct-04 11:39
What's in a name: ogopogo 108 Citizen Attorney 27-Oct-04 04:26
Re: ogopogo surfaces 127 Joyeuse 25-Oct-04 21:16
Re: ogopogo surfaces 92 marduk 25-Oct-04 21:26
HINTERLAND WHO’s WHO: THE OGOPOGO 102 Kevin Kanada 26-Oct-04 20:42
Re: HINTERLAND WHO’s WHO: THE OGOPOGO 115 Raja 26-Oct-04 22:13
Re: HINTERLAND WHO’s WHO: THE OGOPOGO 110 Kevin Kanada 26-Oct-04 22:58
Re: HINTERLAND WHO’s WHO: THE OGOPOGO 143 Raja 26-Oct-04 23:18
Intentional infliction of emotional distress 128 Citizen Attorney 27-Oct-04 04:27
Did you sleep well last night CA? 99 Kevin Kanada 27-Oct-04 16:09
Re: Did you sleep well last night CA? 155 Citizen Attorney 28-Oct-04 04:10
Re: ogopogo surfaces 106 Rex Everything 27-Oct-04 06:03
OGOPOGO STORIES (yep, they've eaten people!) 101 Kevin Kanada 27-Oct-04 16:02


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