July 30, 1984. The largest mass Champ sighting in history occurs aboard a sightseeing boat called The Spirit of Ethan Allen. Near Appletree Point, the approximate time was around six o’clock in the evening. Between seventy and eighty-six passengers were aboard. The creature remained for about three minutes. Three to five humps surfaced, each about 12 inches out of the water. They estimated the creature to be about 30 feet long. It was described as green-brown and slimy-looking like a frog. It swam parallel with the boat for 1,000 yards until a speedboat approached. The creature then turned 90 degrees and submerged.
But was this mass sighting really a hoax??? This anonymous email with the alias MR2KSpyder was submitted.
Here is the email..
Ive been sitting on this story long enough. The 1984 Champ sighting from the “Spirit of Ethan Allen” was a hoax.I’m sure that you are already aware that this “sighting” occurred in shallow water in the wrong part of the lake and was quite uncharacteristic of other sightings in many ways.I worked for LCT Co. for many years; during that time, I became well-acquainted with certain contractor.
In 1985, he revealed to me that he, in collaboration with others (Ill leave it to you to guess who), had contrived an apparatus consisting of a length of large-diameter, flexible air blower hose configured in a serpentine fashion and painted and ballasted so that only the “humps” would be visible above the surface. The depth of this hose, and consequently the height of the “humps” was controlled by a buoyancy chamber that the diver (the contractor) was able to fill with air to allow it to rise or with water, so as to sink. And so as the Spirit approached the pre-determined point, the diver surfaced “Champ” and towed him slowly along!
So, there you have it!
What with the hungry attorneys these days, I prefer to remain anonymous.