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So what is Chessie? Some believe it is a prehistoric creature, however, this is unlikely. If it were a prehistoric reptilian creature, the Bay would not be an ideal habitat. The
Others have leaned towards the idea that Chessie isn't an unknown animal at all. In 1994, a manatee was captured and tagged in the
For several years reported sightings of the alleged animal remained unsubstantiated until
Frew, and his wife, spotted the creature in shallow, clear water about 200 feet from their house. Frey videotaped the monster as it moved towards a group of swimmers. It dove beneath the swimmers and reappeared on the other side of them. The creature the Frew's saw was about 30-35 feet long, 1 foot in diameter, and dark brown with a humped back.
As a result of the publicity concerning the Smithsonian's viewing, researchers at the Applied Physics Laboratory at
Wild hun? No one knows what Chessie is. Nevertheless, compelling detailed reports from credible, reliable witnesses suggest the possibility of an unknown animal. Although the number of Chessie reports varies from year to year, they persist all the same. Chessie is still seen in the Bay. Most sightings occur in May through September most likely because that is when the Bay is overrun with boaters and swimmers. The areas where Chessie has been sighted most often are Love Point at
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