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Oklahoma Octopus
Oklahoma Octopus
Artistic portrayal of the creature from Lost Tapes
Oklahoma octopus map 1
Counties where present
Background
Type Octopoda
First Sighting Unknown
Last Sighting Unknown
Country United States
Habitat Lake Thunderbird, Lake Oolagah, and Lake Tenkiller, OK
Possible Population Unknown
The Oklahoma octopus is a cryptid generally said to inhabit some freshwater, man-made lakes of Oklahoma, including Lake Thunderbird, Oolagah Lake Oolagah, and Lake Tenkiller, where it attacks and kills unsuspecting swimmers. There is no existing footage of it.

Evidence

Although no physical evidence exists in the case of the Oklahoma Octopus, many point to the high mortality rate and large number of unexplained drownings in the Oklahoma lakes as a clear sign of its presence. There have also been numerous reported sightings.

Evolution and Taxonomy

The Oklahoma Octopus is most likely a cephalopod, more specifically an octopus according to the description of the creature. This would make the Oklahoma Octopus the only freshwater dwelling cephalopod species. This would not make this animal entirely unique as numerous member of the typically marine requiem sharks live in freshwater enivronments exclusively, including the Ganges River shark. Some skeptics doubt the existence of such an oddity. However, octopi have been recorded, at least for brief periods of time, living in freshwater environments. One such case involves a common octopus being caught at Lake Conway in Faulkner County, Arkansas [1] The animal was most likely a released pet that survived long enough to cling onto the gates of the lake's dam [2].

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John Mazurek with his catch, a common octopus found in Lake Conway

Description

According to the rumor, this freshwater cephalopod is about the size of a horse and resembles an octopus, with long tentacles and leathery, reddish-brown skin.

Distribution and Habitat

The Oklahoma octopus is reported to live in Lake Thunderbird, Lake Oolagah, and Lake Tenkiller, which are all in Oklahoma. These lakes are all freshwater, man-made bodies.

Dietary Habits

The species most likely has a similar diet to a marinel octopus with it eating freshwater species similar to its marine counterpart's prey. However, the drowings in lakes where it is reported to live could be caused by the octopus. An octupus of this size can have up to eight strong tentacles to pull an unwilling human underwater.

Controversy

Including the lack of any precedent for a freshwater octopus species, all of this cryptids reported lake environments were created in the mid-20th century by the United States government. Meaning that this species would have lived in the surrounding rivers. If so, why does the octopus not inhabit these same rivers and only the lakes.

Cryptid sketch oklahoma octopus by strikerprime-d82fc9l

Drawing of the cryptid

Media

In Lost Tapes It attacks and drowns 3 people who are celebrating in a lake In Oklahoma.


Sources

[1] USGS.gov

[2] kait8.com

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