Picture of the Oklahoma Octopus (Artist's Impression)

Oklahoma Octopus – Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Octopus is a big octopus-like cryptid that is said to live in the freshwater lakes of Oklahoma. Stories and legends about the Oklahoma Octopus have been circulating in the local stories for years with many claiming that it is responsible for mysterious disappearances and drownings in the lakes where it lives.

Cryptid Name:Oklahoma Octopus
Location:Lakes in Oklahoma, primarily Lake Thunderbird, Lake Tenkiller, Lake Oolagah
Map of where the Oklahoma Octopus is found (Lake Thunderbird, Lake Oolagah, and Lake Tenkiller)
Category:Aquatic Cryptid
Description:Large, octopus-like creature with long tentacles.
Size:Reported to be of considerable size, but specifics vary in different accounts.
Behavior/Characteristics:Dangerous; often associated with mysterious disappearances in the lakes.
Habitat/Environment:Freshwater lakes, particularly in Oklahoma.
Evidence:Lacks concrete scientific evidence; primarily based on anecdotal accounts and stories.
Sightings and Encounters:Numerous reported sightings, but they are largely anecdotal and unverified.
Skepticism/Explanations:Many scientists and experts consider it a local legend or urban myth with no credible evidence; explanations often point to misidentifications, natural phenomena, or hoaxes.

What Does The Oklahoma Octopus Look Like?

Picture of the Oklahoma Octopus (Artist's Impression)
Artist’s Impression of the Oklahoma Octopus

The Oklahoma Octopus is described as having long, thin tentacles which are very similar to a typical octopus. And just like a normal octopus, it uses these tentacles to move around and ensnare objects (including people if you are unlucky enough to swim near it).

It is said that it is quite a large creature with some comparing it to the size of a horse or in some cases even bigger. It has a reddish-brown skin that appears tough and leathery.

Possible Theories And Explanations For The Oklahoma Octopus

The most obvious explanation for the Oklahoma Octopus is that it is a regular octopus that has evolved to live in fresh water and has evolved to become a lot larger than a typical octopus.

However, what makes this theory interesting is that Lake Thunderbird, Lake Tenkiller, and Lake Oolagah where it is said to live are not connected in any way. They are actually quite far apart so there is no way that a water creature could move between them.

Another fact to consider is that all three of these lakes are in fact manmade with each of them being built in the mid-1900s. So where would an octopus come from?

Many people speculate that stories about the Oklahoma Octopus are used to explain the many mysterious disappearances and drownings that have occurred in these lakes however there is no evidence to back these claims.

In 2009, Animal Planet released a documentary-style show that speculates about the theories surrounding the Oklahoma Octopus and the high number of drownings around these lakes.

The Oklahoma Octopus – Animal Planet

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