A Loch Ness style creature that eyewitnesses say “had flippers” has been captured on camera in an Argentine lake.
The video was captured by two fishermen and has fuelled claims that it was Nahuelito – the Nahuel Huapi Lake’s version of the Loch Ness Monster.
It has never been confirmed but the first alleged spotting of Nahuelito came from 1910, when George Garret, a manager of a sailing company, claimed to have seen the strange creature.
He said the creature’s “visible part was between five and six metres long and came out of the water at a height of around two metres (6.5 feet)”.
In one clip – captured in the foothills of the Andes, Patagonia – the dark shape seems to be causing ripples as it seemingly moves through the water.
The cameraman said: “You can see something black, I don’t know what it is. It looks like something big, as if it had scales.
“I also saw three flippers out of the water, I thought they were waves but you can still see it. Something is going on there, it is scary.”
A second video is shot much more close-up and again appears to show a large underwater shape undulating through the water.
Facundo, one of the fishermen, told local media outlet Noticias Bariloche Opina: “We were with a friend when it was very hot and suddenly we saw something big moving on the water.
“We also saw a boat from Prefectura Naval (Navy) approaching the area”.
Another clip appears to have a black object moving in the lake as onlookers can be heard gasping and asking “what is it?”.
It was reported the footage was shot two days before a British man drowned in the same lake.
Thomas David McKendrick Warden, 34, drowned a few days after the footage was shot when trying to cross Nahuel Huapi Lake, a glacial lake with crystal-clear blue waters in the foothills of the Andes in the Argentine province of northern Patagonia.
Bad weather was blamed on the man’s death with winds gusting up to 50mph.
Thomas had been kayaking with his girlfriend Charlotte Inman, who raised the alarm after they fell into the water in separate kayaks in strong winds and currents.
Inman managed to reach the shore but a search and rescue operation was launched for her boyfriend.
Warden’s body was later found in the water after days of searching.
He was found around six miles east of Bariloche, nearly 20 miles from the spot where he vanished.
After going viral on social media, one person said: “Nahuelito has reappeared in the lake in Bariloche.
“We all believe in the aboriginal myth, dinosaur, dragon or snake.”