The wasgo (Haida: "sea wolf") is a sea serpent and lake monster in the belief of the Haida people of the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. Commonly depicted in Haida artwork as a combination of whale and wolf, it has been seen by some cryptozoologists as an ancient Haida expression of encounters with Cadborosaurus willsi, and has sometimes been synonymised with other Pacific Northwest sea serpents, such as the sisiutl, haietlik, palraiyuk, and tizheruk. A wasgo was also said to live in Spirit Lake on Graham Island.
Notes and references
- Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, ABC-CLIO, Inc., ISBN 1576072835
- Swords, Michael D. "The Wasgo or Sisiutl: A Cryptozoological Sea-Animal of the Pacific Northwest Coast of the Americas," Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1991)
- Woodley, Michael & Naish, Darren & Shanahan, Hugh P. "How Many Extant Pinniped Species Remain to be Described?," Historical Biology, Vol. 20, No. 4 (December 2008)