Memphré is often described as much like the Loch Ness Monster with an American twist. While Memphré and most other lake monsters are disputed by scientists and much of the general public, many sightings persist and Memphré was last reported seen in 2005.
Memphré has been described as a whale or a sauropterygian-like animal, a description commonly brought up for other lake monsters.
Lake Memphremagog is often the site of quarterly and annual meetings of the International Society of Cryptozoological Researchers.
In August 2011, an artistic impression of Memphré was featured on a colored Canadian quarter.
In Search of Memphré
Loch Ness Monster and Memphre
Open water swimmers are known as the coal mine canaries of the open water swimming world. This analogy between canaries and swimmers is known to be true because ocean swimmers bear the brunt of the global jellyfish explosion, a growing marine menace that the open water swimmers have encountered long before the general public has. But this ability and opportunity to see the future is much less renowned among open water swimmers in fresh water venues than in the ocean.
But it is true that open water swimmers also serve as canaries in lakes around the world. The open water swimmers are exposing first-hand how the Loch Ness Monster and Memphre may be, in fact, holders of common DNA.
If further investigation by the open water swimming prove to be true, then the open water world will have formally share its findings with the International Society of Cryptozoological Researchers and The Science of Cryptids.
The first hint of the possible relationship between the Loch Ness Monster and Memphre was when Ted Denison completed a late fall workout on the Canadian side of Lake Memphremagog. "I was coming back in from a comfortable 5 km workout as the sun was about to set. I was swimming along the shore along the border when the shade of the hills created a grayness in the water. So I moved on the sunny side of the line and the rays of the sun streaked down from the surface to the depths below. Then I saw it (Memphre). It was big and moved slowly with the grace of a large whale shark. That was my first impression, but I knew that was only a fleeting thought. I had just finished doing the Maui Channel so I had sharks on my mind. But I knew that a shark couldn't be true in a lake in the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. So I deleted that thought from my mind, but the large silhouette moved with me. Gracefully moving along but down pretty deep. Then I thought why didn't I bring my camera! But just as soon as it appeared, Memphre disappeared.
I went back to the lake every day that week until I had to travel home. Always at the same time, but I never saw Memphre again. Over the years, this imagery receded to the back of my mind. But then I had the opportunity to do a few swims in Ireland. I figured that I had come this far, so I might as well as visit Loch Ness. Same time, same situation, same animal. I was swimming along the shore in that part of the lake where the shadows created a border with the sunnier side of the lake. Similar sighting, similar size, similar movement. Here I was in Loch Ness and I was seeing Memphre all over again. But it couldn't be Memphre, it could only be the Loch Ness Monster. But I tell you; these two creatures are the same size, they move the same way underwater, and they are as close as a porpoise is to a dolphin from what I saw."
The second hint of the possible commonality in the DNA of the Loch Ness Monster and Memphre was when Liz Grille was training for her two-way channel crossing. She did some training in Lake Memphremagog and then headed to Scotland to train in Loch Ness. "I have swum all over the world and I ALWAYS see Wave Sharks, even in lakes. And Wave Sharks always scare me. I have an active imagination, but I know it when I see a real animal. I had heard about Memphre before, and then when I saw it underwater, I wasn't really scared. I was prepared and it was impressive to see. I know Ted Denison; we had met at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference. Ted told me about his sightings of the Loch Ness Monster and Memphre, but I never followed his advice for taking a waterproof camera with me. I regretted that decision. Then just a few weeks ago, just like Ted has experienced, I got to see the Loch Ness Monster in Loch Ness. About the same time, about the same coloration, about the same size, although it seemed like Nessie could swim faster than Memphre. I'd like to see them side-by-side, that's for sure."