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The quiet, shallow waters of Lake Windermere unexpectedly became the focus of monster hunters in 2006, with the first recorded report of a water beast. The tabloid press rapidly coined the name 'Bownessie' and since then there have been a steady stream of sporadic reports of a classic, hump-backed beast in the Loch Ness vein.

The lake itself is 219ft at its deepest, but for the most part is a shallow body. In addition, it is incredibly popular with tourists, who ply the surface in a huge number of leisure craft.

In the not-so-distant past, the lake was fished commercially with nets for trout, which were caught in respectable numbers.

Given all this, it seems to stretch credulity to believe that the waters play host to any relict plesiosaurids!

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