The following was reported by Laurence Timms using the Fortean Times - On line reporting service

Seen in Daily Telegraph on 2/11/95

Ankara hunts the 'Lake Van monster'

Turkish authorities are sending investigators to the country's largest lake to look for what witnesses describe as a monster like a dinosaur. A parlimentary commission agreed to a search for Turkey's version of the Loch Ness monster, said to dwell in Lake Van, eastern Turkey, after the provincial deputy governer claimed to have seen it. "The monster was just like in cartoons. It was black and had triangular spikes on its back. It looked like a dinosaur," he said. But Orhan Erman, a biology professor at Ataturk University in Erzurum, said: "It is not possible for a creature of the size claimed by witnesses to live in a closed lake like Van."


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