|Habitat||Raystown Lake, PA|
“We’ve known it’s been in there a while now,” admitted Managing Director of Raystown Lake Dwight Beall when he was asked his thoughts on this astonishing discovery.
The first known photograph of Raystown Ray. Photographed by a local fisherman looking over the lake from the Huntingdon Co.
“It’s a private creature, but it comes out around this time of year (April). Call it Raystown’s own Punxatawny Phil.” In 2006, when asked his professional opinion, Jeff Krause, Wildlife Biologist at Raystown Lake submitted the following statement in writing: “I believe it must be a vegetarian. We have not seen any evidence of this animal taking fish, geese, otters, or ducks. So I would suggest that our swimmers and boaters are very safe. It appears this animal’s habits are similar to Manatees, which are completely herbivorous and gentle. The increase of weed beds around the lake is probably providing more food in the shallows for herbivores and that would increase sightings.”
Krause concluded Sources: Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Cryptomundo
Central Pennsylvania is all excited about Raystown Ray. Not only are testimonies being recorded from eye witness's but as you can see some of these witness's have actually caught this strange creature on photos, the first known photo taken was in 2006. The photo's make this creature look small but it's said that it's actually 50 to 60 feet long. It's gotten so popular that a California-based production company has heard about the sea creature and is coming to Raystown Lake with a crew of 10 on April 27th and 28th, 2010, to send deep sea divers into the lake to find evidence of Raystown Ray. They also plan on interviewing eye witnesses that believe they have seen the creature and gather any photos and videos that will help the investigation.
"It was back in early May, around 2005 or 2006. I was camping at the Susquehannock camp grounds at
Raystown Lake. Having camped there many years in the past with my family,this time I was alone,I had never heard about Ray. As had been my normal routine, first thing in the morning, around 7 AM, I would go for a swim, on the south side of the camp area called the bow. This was the first time there was no one else in the area, house boats like to come there because of the no wake zone. As I was swimming I looked up and saw something swimming ahead. It was coming from the larger part of that area, from my left, into the smaller cove area. When I saw it I stopped and tread water watching. I couldn't figure out what it was. I first thought it was a deer or a bear, because of the wake following after it seemed big. Then it did something I've never heard about a deer or bear doing, it dived down and then came up again while swimming straight. When it came up it noticed me treading water and turned towards me and started coming my way. I stayed treading water until it got about half way to me and then it dived under again while coming towards me, that's when I took off swimming back towards the camp ground area. Because I thought whatever it was could out swim me I decided to go to the shore, but could not get totally out of the water , due to the high bank along the water. After standing, with a thirty pound rock in my hands, what seemed forever, I noticed the thing swam back up to where I first saw it. I waited thinking it would come up to the shore and climb out, but it never did. I swam back to camp area and never went back in, until the next year when my son and I went camping. I don't scare easily, but this got my attention."