Guide to Patagonia's Monsters & Mysterious beings

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Austin Whittall

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lake Lacar - Lake of the Week


lake of the week

By Lake Lacar, (40°10’ S, 71°25’ W, 50 km2 [19 sq. mi.]), at Quila Quina just 16 km [10 mi] from the city of San Martín de los Andes, Mrs. Teodora del Carmen, saw in 1952 a strange amphibious animal on the beach by her home:

a bull with golden horns appears at night. He goes out and runs in the water. A loud noise can be heard when he is frolicking. He roars and makes a lot of noise […] my husband saw it. He said it was a black animal. It does not have hoofs like cows; it has its feet like those of a goose. It does not leave marks on the beach because it does not leave the water.[1]

At this same place, Mrs. Yolanda Curruhuinca, wife of the Mapuche Tribal leader Abel Curruhuinca, swore that she saw a “fish with the head of a bull with golden horns”; once she witnessed a clash between “a little water bull fighting a land bull”.[2]

Which indicates that these water creatures are not related to bovines, they are some other kind of being.

A “Cuerito” or tiny Cuero is also found in this lake, it is the size of a sheep skin, and, it “Attacks” people.[2]

Lake Lacar. Looking west from the eastern tip of the lake by San Martín de los Andes.
From: [3]

The lake, which is on the eastern side of the Andes mountain range (and should be east of the Continental water dived and thus drain into the Atlantic Ocean), flows west into the Pacific Ocean through Chile. The glaciers that carved the lake, flowed east and piled up their terminal morraines at the eastern tip of the lake thus blocking the lakes drainage towards the Atlantic.

At the western tip, the lake narrows and it continues later as Lake Nonthue, home to other lake creatures (more Here).

See the map of the area and both lakes, Here.


[1] Fernandez, C., (1995). Op. Cit. pp. 74.
[2] Totha, J., (2007). El paraíso queda en Quila Quina. La Nación. B. Aires, Argentina. 18.03.2007.
[3] Photograph from Interlands, Wholesale Tour operator.

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