Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
Origins: The so-called "Montauk Monster" was a carcass supposedly found and photographed by three women on
For example, Newsday reported the opinion of William Wise, director of Stony Brook University's Living Marine Resources Institute:
He knows what it isn't.
A raccoon. ("The legs appear to be too long in proportion to the
A sea turtle. ("Sea turtles do not have teeth.")
A rodent. ("Rodents have two huge, curved incisor teeth in front of their mouths.")
He said the general body shape looks like a dog or other canine ("Coyote?"). But that the "prominent eye ridge and the feet" don't match.
He said the feet and face look "somewhat ovine" — that would be like a sheep — but sheep don't have sharp teeth.
Wise's best, educated guess: "A talented someone who got very creative with latex."
But Wise also offered what he called a next-best guess: "A dog or coyote that was diseased and has been in the sea for a while."
Larry Penny, East Hampton's director of natural resources, agreed and added that when raccoons get old they wander off to marshes to die. High tide might have floated one out of a marsh and into the sea."
"No other animal has a body like that,"
In September 2009, a photograph of another "Montauk Monster" — this one commonly known as the "Panama Creature" — was circulated with the claim that teenagers in Panama had spotted it crawling out of a cave and beat it to death with sticks:
An autopsy of the remains revealed that "Panama Creature" was a hairless sloth that had reached the "bloated" stage of decomposition.
Last updated: 18 May 2010
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