The Charlotte Observer has picked up (and other sources have syndicated) a story about sightings of a lake monster on Lake Norman in North Carolina. It’s named ‘Normie’. Of course, it is.

The latest in a sporadic series of monster sightings on Lake Norman has appeared on a web site called

A 35-year-old Mecklenburg County man told CryptoZoology he spotted the “dinosaur-like creature” Saturday morning, while traveling on a boat with friends.

The man described the creature as “splashing around in the water,” 10-feet-long and reminiscent of the mythical Loch Ness monster. It was visible for about a minute before dropping below the surface, he told the website.

Source: A ‘dinosaur-like-creature’ is reported on Lake Norman over weekend | Charlotte Observer

Red flags:

  • No photos
  • Lake Norman is a man-made lake. How would a “dinosaur-like creature” get in there?
  • It’s (not as printed). This is an extremely dubious site that is not ‘news’ but self-reporting by anonymous witnesses.
  • The site is primarily a merchandise site with an add-on to “report your sightings”. This not a legitimate research effort to find the source of any anomalous reports.
Normie depicted as a cartoon creature appears in a children’s book sold on the site along with other merch.