Minnesota is the land of 1,000 lakes but most states aren’t so lucky
Kansas- 4 natural lakes
Oklahoma- Despite having the most man-made lakes in the country, only has oxbow or dry lakes. (Oklahoma- Choctaw words Okla-people homa-red)
Oklahoma lakes are among the most deadly in the country.
According to a very reputable website that claims the CDC is suppressing drowning statistics, Oklahoma has the 3rd highest drowning rate per capita with 2 drownings for every 100,000 people.
According to the Army corp of Engineers office in Tulsa, the rate of drownings was higher in 2008 than it had been since……… 2001.
The Oklahoma Lake Patrol reported a 40% increase in drownings from 2007 to 2008 (The source also cited The Lost Tapes)
In 2007 there was a tragic incident in which a 7 year old boy.
Swimming with family
Boy swam out too far
The boy began to panic
Said something was pulling him under
Police said they didn’t know if there was any undercurrent or undertow
No information on if his body was ever found
What pulled this boy under?
A shifting sandbar?
The fact that he was in a river?
No, it was… an octopus.
Yes, according to people, apparently, a man killing octopus is the reason for the increase in drowning in Oklahoma.
Oologah Lake near Tulsa
Lake Tenkiller near the border with Arkansas
Very popular among scuba divers
Lake Thunderbird, “Lake Dirty Bird” near Norman
The octopus is said to have a reddish brown, leathery skin, long tentacles and be about the size of a horse
But why would the drownings be caused by an octopus?
Why wouldn’t they?
No freshwater octopi
Other saltwater sea creatures have been known to survive in freshwater
Octopi are extremely adaptable
Populate every type of environment
Even been known to walk on land
An octopus has been caught in an Oklahoma lake
Fossil records show that Oklahoma was once covered by shallow seas
As the shallow seas receded, could an octopus have been trapped establishing a hidden colony that has gone completely unnoticed by humans for thousands of years?
All of these lakes are man made which means they connect to rivers
Octopi swim up rivers like salmon
Baby octopi get picked up during the water cycle