There are at least three state laws directed at protecting local sea monsters. Does this mean they exist? It may mean there is enough evidence to suggest they do — or at least not enough evidence to prove they do not. So these statutes are meant to protect them and their habitats….just in case.Critics say that cryptid protection statutes are just a way to draw tourist dollars. Yet, these places also have long histories of repeated sightings. What do you think?
Arkansas – White River Monster Protection
In 1973 state Senator Robert Harvey introduced a bill to help protect “Whitey” the White River Monster, whose initial sightings date back to the early twentieth century. Arkansas passed a resolution creating the White River Monster Refuge and making it illegal to “molest, kill, trample, or harm the White River Monster while he is in the retreat.”
Vermont and New York – Champ
Champ sightings started in the Lake Champlain region in the early nineteenth century and have continued to the present day. Some eyewitnesses have reported baby Champs over the past couple decades, suggesting there may even be a breeding population of sea monsters.
More on Cryptid Protection:
Mental Floss Blog: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/11018
More on the White River Monster
The Ghosts of Arkansas: http://littlerock.about.com/cs/urbanlegends/a/aaghosts.htm
The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture: White River Monster: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2790
More on Champ
The Lake Champlain Land Trust: http://www.lclt.org/Champ.htm