Expert on legendary creatures speaks in Quincy
Save this word for your next game of Scrabble: cryptozoology.
That’s the field of study David George Gordon has devoted years of his life to, the study of the unknown animal: Sasquatch, Ogopogo, the whole gang.
Gordon’s passion brought him to the Columbia Basin, with lectures in Quincy on March 15 and in Moses Lake on March 16.
“I have always been interested in nature, and as I have gotten older I have become interested in the things we don’t know about nature,” says Gordon, the author of titles such as “The Sasquatch Seekers’ Field Manual,” and “The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook.”
The Sasquatch book, published about three years ago, sought to discover if conventional wisdom on Sasquatch held up when confronted with science.
“There’s a lot of stuff out there, but whether it’s true, we can’t really say,” he said.
Since then, he has expanded his investigations to areas like the Oregon Coast, “where they have a lot of sea serpents,” he said, and to creatures like Ogopogo, an underwater monster living in the depths of Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada.
After years of research, the existence of these creatures is an open question, Gordon said. Even if someone can document a bona fide sighting, the investigations would likely continue, he added, including his own.
“We don’t really know what these things are,” he said. “A mammal? A reptile?” In addition, learning more about these creatures might take the fear out of an encounter, he said.
In addition to the Basin, he has taken his lectures to Oroville, Republic, Omak, Astoria and Coos Bay. Along the way, he discovered one plus of putting on a speaking tour.
“Part of the reason I got interested in this topic was, I figured I would get to go to some really beautiful places,” he said. “It’s a great excuse to travel.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org