Every few years, stories of Organism 46-B rise up again, and of course, I’m starting to see it again in 2020. Organism 46-B is a mythical creature of extreme inaccessibility — it lives in Lake Vostok, the freshwater lake buried 2 miles beneath Antarctic ice. You’d think that would hamper the spreading of the tall tale, since you’re not going to have drunk tourists stumbling around the edge of the lake snapping blurry photos of phenomena they call the Lake Vostok Monster, but it also prevents skeptics from dissecting the claims. They think. Except this story has Russian scientists building an elevator and sending scuba divers down to visit. Not true and not possible! A couple of holes have been bored down to the surface, but no one is going for a swim.
The scary story claims that the Russians found a giant monster down there.
Organism 46b is a species of giant octopus, but with 14 arms rather than eight.
It also spits poison and can mimic human form. I think I see a bad B movie developing here.
I’m disappointed. It’s so implausible on every level, yet I think 2020 really needs a tentacled man-eating sea monster.
By the way, one truly cool story: the existence of deep Antarctic lakes was predicted by the great Peter Kropotkin.