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YouTube plays host to Canadian Loch Ness Monster

We here at CNET love a good monster sighting almost as much as we love a good iPhone 5 rumor. And a video recently posted to YouTube doesn't disappoint.

Ogopogo leaves a YouTube video in its wake. Or, rather, its wake in a YouTube video. Richard Huls video posted on YouTube by CHBC News. Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET

We here at CNET love a good monster sighting almost as much as we love a good iPhone 5 rumor.

Earlier this year, a 24-year-old kayaker by the name of Tom Pickles used his cell phone cam to snap what he claimed was a picture of "Bownessie," the lesser-known, English cousin of Scotland's headline-hogging Loch Ness Monster.

Now a Canadian man has video that he says could prove the existence of "Ogopogo," another member of (Loch) Nessie's ever-larger extended family of marine mischief makers.

The video, posted to YouTube by Canada's CHBC News (and embedded below), was shot from a winery above Okanagan Lake in British Columbia. (Yes, yes, a winery--the thought had occurred to us as well [how could it not?] but one mustn't make assumptions.) The footage shows what looks like two large and oddly formed ripples on the lake's surface.

We hear this number is almost as snappy as the Si-Ri. Wikimedia Commons

"It was not going with the waves," impromptu monster maven Richard Huls told The Vancouver Sun earlier this week. "It was not a wave obviously, just a darker color. The size and the fact that they were not parallel with the waves made me think it had to be something else."

Huls is not alone in thinking that a serpentine creature of some sort calls Okanagan Lake its home. The beast has apparently been spied in the lake's waters since at least the 19th century, and has been known by native peoples as "Naitaka," or the lake demon.

The equally rhythmic moniker of "Ogopogo" was applied to the monster after the 1924 appearance of an English dancehall song called the Ogo-Pogo fox-trot--the sheet music for which featured an illustration of a scaly, banjo-playing creature.

According to Huls, the new video "proves something is down there. Whether it's Ogopogo or not, it's a different story, but there is something at least down there."

We do like to think it's Ogopogo (or perhaps maybe Bownessie on a Canadian holiday). Then again, that second missing iPhone hasn't shown up just yet. And we know such errant prototypes seem to like bars. Maybe they like wineries too.

Quick: Stop the presses--change that headline! "Source: Scuttled iPhone 5 featured sonar, multiple propellers."

Here's the vid: