Monday, 23 April 2012

The Lea River Crocodile

 First of all, a bit of background info:

The River Lea (or Lee) in England originates in Marsh Farm 51.910338°N 0.461233°W, Leagrave, Luton in the Chiltern Hills and flows generally southeast, east, and then south to London where it meets the River Thames 51.507113°N 0.009184°E, the last section being known as Bow Creek.

The River Lea was first recorded in the 9th century, although its name is believed to be much older. Spellings from the Anglo-Saxon period include Lig(e)an in 880 and Lygan in 895, and in the early medieval period it is usually Luye or Leye. It seems to be derived from a Celtic root lug-meaning 'bright or light' which is also the derivation of a name for a deity, so the meaning may be 'bright river' or 'river dedicated to the god Lugus'.

 In the Roman era (...) the Lea was a wide, fast flowing river, and the tidal estuary stretched as far as Hackney Wick.

Now, for the URBAN LEGEND!

On 5 August 2005, a Canada Goose was pulled underwater very quickly, as observed by some boat trippers. Several cygnets have also mysteriously disappeared and it was suggested that the creature responsible was a large fish or Caiman. The goose's attacker was speculated to have been a crocodile as a pike would probably not have been able to take such large prey; authorities however strenuously denied that there might be a crocodile in the river.[8]
On 13 December 2011, a similar attack occurred when another Canada Goose went "vertically down". Observed by two boat trippers on a section of the Old River Lea close to the 2012 Olympic Stadium, the 7 kilograms (15 lb) goose vanished "in the space of half a second". The observers did not see any sign of the creature. Again a pike or mink was suggested, in view of their predation upon ducks, although it was still argued that a goose would be much too large for such a fish. Yet again, British Waterways stressed the absence of a crocodile. It was presumed that the creature was still at large, if it existed at all.

(Thanks wikipedia !)

Anyway if you happen to stroll by the upper part of the Lea River... stop here for a pint! You don't want to miss the company of the Pirates of the Canal. Just follow the treasure map through the link below.

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