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Baikal, The Ravenous Lake

Updated on October 30, 2011

Lake Baikal

The Lake

Lake Baikal, situated in the region of Siberia in the south of Russia, is considered to be the oldest and deepest lake in the World.

The lake is thought to be 30 million years old and has an average depth of 744.4 meters.

Lake Baikal is one of the clearest lakes in the World and contains 20% of all the Worlds unfrozen surface fresh water.

For years the lake has been the source of many reported sightings of trains, castles or ships. This is hardly surprising as the combination of warm air passing above the chilled waters, makes it the perfect setting for mirages.

However, what is unusual though, is that these ”visions” are usually accompanied by fluctuations in the magnetic field, that lead to the malfunctioning of ships navigational equipment.

Several leading scientists have researched the area and all, are left in disbelief as to the number of unexplained phenomena that occur in just one place.

The Devil's Crater

Sinners Souls

Where the lake is at its deepest, there is a place referred to by the locals as “The Devil’s Crater” which they claim is a chasm that opens and takes the souls of dead sinners.

At this location, about once or twice a year, although all around the whether and the waters are calm, about a 2 kilometer square of water becomes unruly. A crater emerges in the center and this; they claim is where ships and sailors disappear.

On June 16th 2011, a small vessel “Yamaha” crewed by four experienced men disappeared in this area. They were only to test a new engine, which did not require them to go far from the shore.

Each man had a cell phone, reception is usually good through out the area of the lake, yet theirs registered as out of network.

For two days seven boats searched for signs of the men and an extensive search of the coastline for wreckage was carried out, all to no avail. Then a Mi-8 Helicopter joined the search, still to no avail.

Has the Devil’s Crater in this ravenous lake, taken more souls or will, as has regularly happened in the past, the men mysteriously return several days later convinced that they had only been on the waters for a few hours?

Whether the men return or not, it is clear that this old lake holds secrets that our scientists cannot yet solve. Will we one day solve the mystery or will the Devil always continue to claim the souls of the sinners?


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    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very interesting mystery in this well written hub !

    • scarytaff profile image

      Derek James 6 years ago from South Wales

      Is this another Bermuda Triangle?

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Mysteries to contemplate.