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(Nahuel Huapi Lake Monster)
Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Lake monster
First reported 19th century
Country Argentina
Region Nahuel Huapi Lake, Patagonia,
Habitat Water

Nahuelito is a lake monster reported to live in Nahuel Huapi Lake, Patagonia, Argentina. Like Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, the Argentine creature is named after the lake she resides in and has been described as a giant serpent or a huge hump, as well as a plesiosaur.[1] Press coverage for the creature began in 1922, but reports of Nahuelito extend well into the nineteenth century. The Buenos Aires Zoo has been attempting to collect evidence on the cryptid since 1922, but no consequential evidence was found.

The Nahuelito has received much attention as of late due to Sci Fi Channel's investigative TV show Destination Truth airing a show about the creature during its first season. The show is hosted by a cryptozoologist named Josh Gates who investigates mysterious creatures using high tech gear in order to find evidence of the creature's existence or to disprove it entirely. According to the Sci Fi Channel's website one theory about the existence of the Nahuelito is that it "is the product of a nuclear experiment gone wrong."[2]

On April 17, 2006 the local newspaper El Cordillerano[3] reported that an anonymous photographer dropped off two pictures of what he said is Nahuelito with a note that read "It is not a twisted tree trunk. It is not a wave. Nahuelito has shown his face. Lake Nahuel Huapi, Saturday April 15, 9 o'clock. I’m not giving out my personal information in order to avoid future headaches".[4]




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  1. (Argentina, cryptozoology) A large aquatic creature, similar to the Loch Ness monster, which supposedly lives in Nahuel Huapi Lake, Argentina.


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