I am more skeptical as time goes on, with the number of people out there with cameras but no good pics. I read something in an old WA state guide book that described "large ape like creatures" by Mt St Helens, known to the Indians and settlers. It was not sensational, just a description of supposedly known creatures thought to be related to Neanderthals. A bear in the woods in dim light + imagination = bigfoot. I have been known to make unusual loud shrieking noises in the woods. As a person who has seen a sea monster in Ballard, I am not convinced in Bigfoot. Show me the evidence. Now for the Ballard sea monster story. In the summer of 1972 as a teenager, a friend and I were fishing below the Ballard bridge, on an old dock by a burned out building (Seattle Cedar, possibly). You never knew what was on the end of your line - we caught rainbow and cutthroat, bluegill, bass, and yellow perch. We were sitting on the dock a couple of feet above the water, when an ENORMOUS fish swam beneath us. We looked at each other with mouths agape. DID YOU SEE THAT?!!! The fish was about 8 feet long, and quite thick, probably around 300 pounds. It meandered very slowly below us, about 3 feet under the surface, so we had time to get a good look. You don't forget a sighting like that. Well, of course our dads did not believe us, thinking we saw a big salmon. It was no salmon, as I had caught 40 lb Chinook and know what they look like in the water. We tried to tell a few others, and they just laughed at us, so we kept quiet about it for years. I thought it could have been a big shark that was feeding on salmon at the Ballard locks, and accidentally entered through the locks. It would probably only last a few days in the fresh water, long enough to make it to the Ballard bridge. The "sea monster" was explained in 1987, when a dead 11 foot sturgeon was found floating in the lake. I should have suspected a sturgeon as they are found in the Snohomish, but for some reason did not think of a sturgeon as a possibility. There have been numerous sightings, a five footer caught by UW Fisheries, pictures of a caught 7 foot sturgeon, and other qualified reports. I still am in contact with my friend, and he remembers it vividly. It is not known if they are remnants of when the Black River was sealed off in 1915, or if they entered through the locks. One was also found in Lake Sammamish. I would expect there is a sizable population of white sturgeon in Lake Washington, seldom seen or caught. I now have no qualms about telling the story of the "Ballard Sea Monster", as it can be explained.