Norway – Selma

Close to Telemark, Norway, is a Lake called Seljordsvatnet. It is twelve miles long and one and a half miles wide. Like Loch Ness is was formed by glaciers during the last ice age. There have been reports of a large creature living in the lake since the 1750’s. Eyewitness reports, generally describe the creature, dubbed Selma by the locals, as a 30 to 45 foot serpent like creature.

A documented account of an encounter with the creature dates back to 1880 when Bjorn Bjorge, and his mother Gunhild, were said to have cut a creature that attacked them in half. According to the document the lower portion of the creature squirmed back into the lake while the front half was left to rot on the shore.

In the summer of 1918, Karl Karlsson walked down to the bridge at Sandnes to fish. Suddenly he saw an animal in the water. It came very close, moving very fast and Karl Karlsson became frightened and ran away, leaving his fishing rod. He described the head of the animal as being like a horse. It held it’s head about three feet out of the water and then it stopped, sank straight down and disappeared.

Two years later, Eivind Fjodstuft went out to fish. When he came to the point he saw an animal on its way out of the lake. It turned back when Eivind came towards it and slipped down into the water.He described the animal as 15-20 meters long, with a head resembling the head of a crocodile. The animal was black in color and had finlike feet at the front part, right below its neck. He saw no eyes or mouth, but the animal turned its head from side to side and seemed to scout and listen. It quickly went back into the water again. In 1996, two men were fishing around dusk on Lake Seljordsvatnet when there was a sudden commotion in the water. A horse like head attached to a ten foot long neck rose from the water, the creature starred at the two fisherman from about 8 inches away before slowly submerging .In in July, 2001, an unnamed father and son from Oslo,were taking a walk down to the lake to go swimming. They were about 100 yards away when they noticed something strange on the beach. The two stopped about 30 feet from the beach as they witnessed what they could only describe as a giant snake just at the waters edge. The animal held its head towards the water unaware of their presence but as they watched the son stumbled, making a noise, and the beast turned its long neck around and stared at directly at them They described the creature’s head as like a calf. The beast swung its head back towards the lake and glided into the lake. The two described it as having an enormous body, which was at least 30 feet long, and was as thick as a car tyre.