Neighter the fisherman, nor the locals of the village next to the Prespa lake on Macedonian side, nor the Greeks or Albanians, were lucky enough to see the monster at least once which is allegedly hiding in its waters. A claim of fishermen caused a great sensation five years ago in the Greek part of the Prespa lake in the village Nivica when they supposedly saw the monster.
And when this was already forgotten, a video of the strange creature in Prespa lake appeared on Youtube, but on the Albanian side. And so the story that unknown beast hides in the waters of Prespa lake was started again. It was named after the famous Nessie which was "seen" in the Loch Ness in Scotland.
Reporters of the Skopje internet television A10N started going after the story that there is a monster in Prespa lake, but besides the laugh of the locals, they found nothing.
With their guide, a retired geography professor, Sima Jonoski, journalists went around a good deal of Prespa Lake, from the tourist village Pretor, all the way to the border with Greece.
The locals of Pretor said that no one ever saw anything like a monster. People of Prespa are sure that the photo which appeared on BBS, published by A10N TV, was a giant catfish living in the lake, which can reach up to 200 or 300 kilograms.
- I remember when a ship sank in Albania, near Mali grad, a lot of children drowned in Prespa lake. Then I found out that the divers who searched for them saw great catfish. They were so scared that they stopped the further search. I think that it was one of those catfish in the case of Greek fishermen - said Simo Jonoski.
He was the first man from Prespa who swam across the entire lake in 1970, and that is why he adds that it hides a lot of secrets.
- Sometimes things happen in Prespa lake that doesn't happen in other lakes. I worked in Ljubojnoo in 1976 as a teacher. I noticed a large water pillar rising near the border with Greece, shaped like a mushroom. It came down only after 10 - 15 minutes. That is a so-called standing wave - said Jonoski.
Fishermen on the Macedonian side say that Prespa lake is the deepest near Nivica, on the Greek side, where a photo of the famous monster was taken. The depth reaches 100 meters, so they don't exclude the possibility that there are some giant fish in there, but there is no Nessie.
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(Telegraf.co.uk / D.J.)