In the same category as Nessie is Ogopogo, which sounds like what you'd shout to signify winning a game called "OGOPOGO." In terms of media exposure, Ogopogo is the O.G. of water serpents, as it appeared in 1926, and Nessie made his first photographic appearance in 1933. When I die, inevitably eaten just as I yell to my departing friends, "I think there's something in the pond, guys!" that last sentence will be the "aha!" moment for my grieving family. Ogopogo also outdoes Nessie in the Amazing Statues department, because the main statue used to represent it is a marvel in itself.
Abandoned Pokemon fan art?
Animated sea creature in the background of a cartoon about pirates? Dragon that lets kids know that bullies are scared too? It could be one or all of these things, as this statue has forcibly pulled all of the mystery out of the beast that it's supposed to look like. Peter Soelin designed it, and he clearly decided that audiences want a monster that they can beat up if they confront it in the wild. This differs wildly from a sunken statue of Ogopogo, which was carved to look like it was in a constant state of realizing that it couldn't swim.