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The Van Lake Monster was not reported until 1995 in a large alkaline lake in Eastern Turkey. There are now more than 1,000 people claiming to have witnessed the beast which is reported to measure around fifteen meters long with spikes on its back. It is similar in appearance to the ancient Ichthyosaurus. Following waves of reports the Turkish government sent an official scientific survey group to the lake who failed to spot the creature. In 1997 a local man, Unal Kozak, a teaching assistant at Van University, captured the creature on video which has been widely analyzed, appearing even on CNN around the world. He has since written a book about the monster and a 4-meter high statue of the beast has subsequently been erected in its honor in the town square.

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