World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Mussie

Mussie
A claimed sighting of Mussie from 2010
Grouping Lake monster
Sub grouping Local legend
Country Canada
Region Muskrat Lake, Ontario
Habitat Water

Mussie, also known as Hapyxelor or Hapaxelor, is a cryptid, an animal whose existence is the subject of folklore but has not been proven, that is rumored to live in Muskrat Lake in the Canadian province of Ontario. The creature's age, gender, and physical appearance are not agreed upon; it is variously described, for example, as a walrus or as a three-eyed Loch Ness Monster-like creature. It is also not agreed upon whether Mussie is a single creature or a species.

The legend of Mussie likely began around 1916, though folk tales claim that Canadian pioneer Samuel de Champlain wrote about it in the early seventeenth century. Despite the futility of numerous attempts to locate or capture Mussie, it has become a part of the local culture and a fixture in the local tourism industry.

Contents

  • Characteristics 1
  • History 2
  • In culture 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Characteristics

A depiction of the Loch Ness Monster, to which Mussie has been compared

Mussie's name is a diminutive form of the name of its reported location: Muskrat Lake, a large, deep lake near the village of Cobden, Ontario, and about 75 miles northwest of Ottawa.[1] Muskrat Lake is home to another paranormal phenomenon: local legends state that an Atomic Energy of Canada bus driver saw an extraterrestrial spacecraft landing on a spot atop a hill and leaving. There is indeed a dark-colored, circular outline on this hill where grass does not grow, with no widely accepted cause.[2]

There is no single accepted portrayal of Mussie's age, its gender, or even whether it is a single, long-lived creature or a species. Some residents claim that a single, very old Mussie—or a member of its species—first arrived in the area, then covered by the ocean, about 10,000 years ago. In this tale, glaciers and, later, solid landmasses built up around it, forming the lake, and Mussie was trapped. Mussie's diet, according to self-proclaimed observer Donnie Humphries, consists at least partially of cattails found near the edge of the lake.[1]

Descriptions of Mussie's physical appearance are inconsistent. In local folklore, it has variously been portrayed as akin to a walrus;[3] a sturgeon or other fish; or a Loch Ness Monster with three eyes and sharper teeth.[1] Another oft-cited description from local historian James F. Robison is as follows:

History

Cobden, Ontario during the winter

The presence of a large, unusual creature in Muskrat Lake has been the subject of anecdotes since 1916. The creature's name was originally cited as Hapyxelor, alternately spelled Hapaxelor, but changed simply to Mussie,[2] short for The Monster of Muskrat Lake,[1] sometime later.[2] Humphries, a man from Cobden, was a well-known proponent of Mussie's existence. Around the area, many people's knowledge of the creature come from his vehement, albeit inconsistent, tales of observing it once.[1]

Some residents claim that, independent of the truth of the Mussie legend, the legend's origins are older: supposedly, early settler Samuel de Champlain wrote of the creature's existence in the early seventeenth century. However, no concrete evidence of such writings has been uncovered, even though Champlain did write of loud screams from sea monsters living in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.[1]

Author Michael Bradley and friend Deanna Theilmann-Beann searched for Mussie in the Nepenthe, a boat with sonar technology. With their sonar, they found two creatures they hypothesized could be two marine mammals, three metres long. Bradley concluded that at least one creature compatible with Mussie's description lived in the lake, though he did not investigate the creatures further.[2] Scientists have also surveyed the area and found nothing, though the definitive nonexistence of a Mussie-like creature is difficult to establish because some of the trenches in Muskrat Lake extend to over 60 metres.[1]

In culture

Mussie has become a cultural mascot of the area, appearing on signs welcoming visitors to Cobden and in front of the Home Hardware store in the village. It is not usually portrayed as fearsome; it is given seasonal accessories to mark holidays, like a Santa Claus hat for Christmas.[1] The creature's economic value through the tourism industry has caused it to be described as "recession-fighting" in local folk songs.[4]

Every year, visitors in the Muskrat Lake area search for Mussie in the lake; none have yet captured evidence of its existence.[1] In the 1990s, a tourism marketing campaign for the area offered CAN$1 million to anyone who could capture a live specimen, but no one did.[3] Mussie is referenced in travel pamphlets for the Whitewater Region area; one suggests that it can be caught by a fishing rod.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Corbett, Ron (July 27, 2014). "The story of Muskrat Lake monster".  
  2. ^ a b c d e  
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Rupert (2010). The Little Book of the Paranormal. The History Press. p. 64.  
  4. ^ Bulletin de Musique Folklorique Canadienne (in French) 33: 47. 1999. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Whitewater Region" (PDF). WhitewaterRegion.ca. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.