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Mysterious '4-Metre Long Sea Creature' Washes Ashore

A "shocking" and "mysterious" massive "sea creature" is yet another beast from the island of Photoshop.

Published Jun 2, 2016

Photograph depicts a mysterious and large sea creature that washed ashore in Mexico in June 2016.

On 1 June 2016, the web site NetLiveMedia published an article that a "mysterious 4-metre long sea monster" washed ashore in Mexico:

The odd-looking beast was found by sun-worshippers on Bonfil Beach, in the city of Acapulco

This is the horrifying sea-creature washed up on a beach which has been baffling oceanic experts.The odd-looking beast, a huge four metres long, was found by sun worshippers on Bonfil Beach, in the city of Acapulco, in the south-west Mexican state of Guerrero.

The photograph bore a strong resemblance to the "Montauk Monster" of 2008, down to the distinctive facial feature and creases in the creature's flesh:

montauk monster

As it turned out, the primary image in this digital manipulation was used in several older marine anomaly hoaxes:

The photo was a fabrication that melded a picture depicting a dead whale found in Chile back in 2011 with a picture of a giant squid that washed up on a Spanish beach in 2013:

mysterious sea creature mexico

mysterious mexico sea creature

This photograph has been repurposed several times for "sea creature" hoaxes:

mexico sea creature

A second image originated with a March 2016 beaching in Mexico involving what was initially an unidentified animal carcass, but the remains were later thought to be the decomposed head of a sperm whale. As is often the case, tabloids widely covered the initial discovery and failed to follow up when the "mysterious" find was explained just days later.

The "mysterious 4-metre long sea creature" from Mexico was a fabrication, created by splicing a photograph of the 2008 "Montauk Monster" into a 2011 image of a beached whale.


Dolasia, Meera.   "Expert Says Beached 'Sea Monster' In Mexico Is Just The Head Of A Sperm Whale."     DOGO News.   14 March 2016.

Daily Mail.   "Creature From The Deep Blue Sea!"     10 March 2016.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.