Bear Lake Monster is reported to inhabit the waters of Bear Lake which is on the Utah and Idaho border. Indian legend and lore say the creature was created by the Great Spirit eons ago when two Indian lovers were being pursued by warriors from their tribe. The two had no choice but to throw themselves into the waters of the lake hoping to die together. However, the Great Spirit had compassion on the two so deeply in love that they would prefer to die together than to be forced to live apart. The Great Sprit changed the two into great water serpents which now live in the lake. The tribes of that area are fearful of the lake waters and do not let their tribe members swim or bathe in the lake.
The lake monster was brought to light in the late 1800s when a Mormon journalist Joseph C. Rich wrote a series of articles in the Deseret Evening News expounding on the reports of local settlers who have claimed to have seen the creature. However, in 1888, he recanted his stories for some unknown reason. This is unusual because sightings of the monster have been reported by very respectable and renowned people such as the President of the Mormon Church, John Taylor. Sightings have continued to be reported all the way to present day.
The creature has been described as being serpent like with a walrus head without the tusks similar to a crocodile. It is reported to be as approximately forty feet in length with brown skin. It is big enough to eat a man, and can swim very fast (up to a mile a minute). Confrontations with the beast either end up with someone being eaten or, it will swim up and blow water in the face of the victim.
Some believe the Bear Lake Monster to be a Basilosaurus Cetoides that has evolved to be able to live in fresh water or possibility a Mosasaurus. In prehistoric days, the entire area was part of a vast inner sea which eventually condensed down into what is now the Great Salt Lake. When this happen, fresh water lakes were also created which could have trapped the water bound dinosaurs and they adapted to the fresh water lakes.