A peculiar sight was recently caught on camera by a national park worker at Heaven Lake (Tianchi) in China's Jilin province, which may or may not be the elusive “Chinese equivalent to the Loch Ness Monster”, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the newspaper, the lake in question is rumored to be harbouring some kind of enigmatic beast that has allegedly been seen by dozens of people since 1962.
And now, Xiao Yu, who has "worked at the Changbai Mountain National Park as a souvenir shop assistant for the past decade", and who has also been "documenting the area's weather" with videos which he shares daily on Douyin - as TikTok is known in China - apparently spotted the creature on 20 October.
Is this China's Loch Ness Monster? Mountain caretaker is shocked to spot 'mysterious beast' lurking under lakehttps://t.co/xIp5kiuClV— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) October 21, 2020
"Yesterday, I went to Heaven Lake to film footage as usual," he told the newspaper. "I didn't notice it at first, but I suddenly saw a black dot."
The "black circular object" spotted by Xiao Yu appeared "fairly big" and remained visible for at least several minutes.
"I'd had similar sightings before but they were clearly fishing boats", Xiao Yu added. "But this time, I could not tell what it was. It definitely wasn't a boat."
He also insisted that "the area by the lake is completely closed to the public" and thus "there would be absolutely no one there", though the newspaper noted that the North Korean military would occasionally fish on the lake which is located on the border between China and North Korea.