Russian scientists claimed to have found remains of the notorious creature in Siberia, plunging into icy waters to investigate claims surrounding the mythical monster that many believe lives at the bottom of the remote Lake Labynkyr. The lake is located 4,500 miles east of Moscow in the Siberian wilderness, where researchers said their underwater scanner found the remains of a jaw and skeleton which could belong to the beast known as “the Devil”.
Viktor Tverdokhlebov, one of the researchers, said in 2013: “There have been all sorts of hypotheses about what kind of creature it could be: a giant pike, a relic reptile or an amphibian.
“We didn’t manage to prove or disprove these versions. We managed to find the remains of the jaws and skeleton of some animal.”
Academics in Russia claimed that the stories surrounding the monster in the Lake of Labynkyr pre-date those of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.
Professor Lyudmila Emeliyanova, of Moscow State University, claimed she may have once had a close encounter with the creature.
She said: “It was our fourth or fifth day at the lake when our echo sounding device registered a huge object in the water under our boat.
“The object was very dense, of homogeneous structure, surely not a fish nor a shoal of fish, and it was above the bottom.
“I was very surprised but not scared nor shocked, after all we did not see this animal, we only registered a strange object in the water.
Volcanic rock makes up the lake bed, leading some to believe that an underground hot spring prevents the lake from freezing over.
A 2006 scientific trip to the lake saw the visitors return with images of strange objects – one of which was 21ft 4in (6.5 metres) in length.
They were recorded on a portable fish-finder at a depth of 138 to 197 feet.