New Montauk sea creature Monster photos here! A freaky unidentified sea creature was supposedly washed ashore on a Long Island beach. Montauk monster photos have everyone curious, no one seems to know what the creature is? UPDATE!! See new Montauk monster pictures and video below. Now another new creature, view post here!
The internet is abuzz with photos of the monster that washed ashore Montauk. People are even viewing the Montauk Monster on wikipedia. This strange creature being called the Montauk Monster or monster of montauk, that washed up on the Long Island shore, is somewhat puzzling. See the new photos of the montauk monster just released at the end of this post!
Nobody knows whether it’s a hoax, mad science from a nearby government laboratory, or some kind of publicity stunt.
Tons of theories are swirling about the monster on the beach, one source says possibly a turtle that lost its shell.
Gawker first reported the story and said, “A tipster says there is a government animal testing facility very close by in Long Island, but unless the government is trying to design horrible Montauk monsters that will eat IED’s and fart fire at bad Iraqis, we’re not sure why they would create such an unthinkable beast. Our guess is that it’s viral marketing for something.”
Some people suggested it was a promotion tied to Cartoon Network, though this sight would surely scare the crap out of children.
Reports are coming in stating that several witnesses actually saw the dead creature, montauk monster, on the beach. Four government scientists stated it was nothing they had ever seen before.
Alanna Navitski, who claimed to be responsible for the tip, swore it was not a viral-marketing campaign. “This is what happened,” she said. “I got this e-mail and opened it from my girlfriend who works at Harris Publications, which has nothing to do with anything.
Anyway, my girlfriend’s sister was there with her friends and one of them took the picture. And we were like, ‘This is the scariest s*** we’ve ever seen.’ And so “” I’m in marketing “” were like, ‘Maybe we should send it to a few blogs and see if anyone else is as freaked out as we are.’ We had no idea that it would turn into this. Now it’s literally a beast of its own. But it has nothing to do with any kind of campaign.”
In fact, this turned out to be true. A number of eyewitnesses say they saw the monster with their own eyes. “I saw the monster,” says Michael Meehan, a 22-year-old waiter at the Surfside Inn, which sits above the beach where the monster washed up. “I just came walking down the beach and everyone was looking at it. No one knew what it was. It kind of looked like a dog, but it had this crazy-looking beak. I mean, I would freak out if something like that popped up next to me in the water.”
So did anyone there, you know, do anything about it? “This woman kept calling animal control,” said Meehan. “She wanted to name it after herself. I think they came and got it. The carcass. Whatever it was.”
Two locals swear the montauk monster creature is real! And swear that they saw, and photographed, the beast sometime after rough surf pitched it up to Ditch Plains beach on July 12. “We were looking for a place to sit when we saw some people looking at something,” Jenna Hewitt, 26, of Montauk, said Wednesday.
She and three friends, including Rachel Goldberg, 29, also of Montauk, walked over to see what was going on. “We were kind of amazed,” Hewitt said, “shocked and amazed.” She said she borrowed Goldberg’s digital camera, aimed and fired off two shots. “We didn’t know what it was,” she said. “We joked that maybe it was something from Plum Island.”
Ryan O’Shea of Brooklyn claims he saw the Montauk Monster and lived to tell about it.
“Everybody I showed her pictures to said it looks like a dead dog,” he said.
“But looking at the claws, and at the teeth in the front, it looked like it could be something else, something vicious.”
“I kept thinking, ‘Boy, I hope its mother isn’t around.”
Whatever this thing is, it’s certainly one of a kind. Right now, the original “discoverers” of the carcass say it’s in safe keeping and they’re in touch with scientists to learn more about its’ nature.
It didn’t take long for people to hear about the creature, and offer up their own theories. “We kept hearing it from everywhere,” said Rick Murphy, editor of The Independent, an East Hampton newspaper. “I’d pick up the phone and somebody would say, “It’s a sea turtle without its shell,” he said. “It’s a dog; it’s Satan; people can’t stop talking about it.”
On July 23, The Independent published a story by Kitty Merrill under the headline, “The Hound of Bonacville.” And a photograph, that editors decided to run in black and white, because the one in color is — well, you look and decide. “Flies cavorted upon the naked corpse,” Merrill wrote. “The once-robust figure, covered with soft and pettable fur, was, witnesses noted with dread, utterly absent its coat, save the occasional individual strand sticking out, as if it had been skinned by an evil tormentor.” By Tuesday, the beast — now morphed into to full-fledged Internet monster!
The close proximity of the Plum Island facility and the site of the Montauk Monster’s discovery had fueled speculation that the Monster of Montauk is property of the USDA and may have been an experiment gone wrong.
Dr. Larry Barrett, Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) Director, responded to a flood of media inquiries on the Montauk Monster by issuing the following statement:
“It is impossible to accurately identify the species of animal from the photo. There is no scale from which to judge its size. Additionally, when a body has had prolonged exposure to water and predators, it can be altered or appear different from its normal form. If we had the actual body, we could tell you what it is; however, from viewing a canine tooth in the picture, we could guess it may be a cat or raccoon. I can state categorically that it is not associated with the work performed at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC). PIADC serves as the nation’s first line of defense against foreign animal diseases of livestock by identifying such diseases through diagnostic testing and by developing vaccines to protect livestock from those diseases.”
“Animal Planet” wildlife expert Jeff Corwin is saying that we’re all suckers.
“What you think is a beak is actually the canine teeth,” Corwin told Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly. “What we have is an incredibly rare” “” dramatic pause “” “raccoon.”
Newsday.com found other eyewitnesses who said they had seen a similar creature alive, including a description of a “longer snout or beak.”
August 1, 2008, Newsday, New York: “Elizabeth Barbeiri said her family saw it about a mile east of Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, July 14, 2008. And Ryan Kelso, via iPhone, said he spotted it — alive! — in the Montauk dunes. “˜It looked about the size of an average fox, gray in color, eyes like a mole, hairless and was breathing quite heavily,’ he wrote. “˜Needless to say we were freaked out by this discovery and fled the area quickly.’
Lavey Fater saw a surfer bring one to shore, near Ditch Plains. “˜It was hairless and gross. The surfer said he had no idea what it was, but that he threw it in the dunes because he didn’t want to be surfing next to it.’
Keith found something last week in Greenport; Chris found one a month ago at Jones Beach east of Field 6. (“˜The one I saw had a longer snout or beak or whatever you want to call it.’) Sean said he buried one, 3 feet deep, in South Jamesport.”
Another group of eyewitnesses included Ryan O’Shea of Brooklyn, New York, and Christina Pampalone, of East Northport. Christina used Ryan’s camera to take several photographs of the dead animal from different belly angles than Jenna Hewitt’s which was from the back and emphasized the “beak” mouth that in Christina’s photographs looks more like a dog’s teeth.
Ryan O’Shea told Newsday, “Everybody I showed our pictures to said it looks like a dead dog. But looking at the claws, and at the teeth in the front, it looked like it could be something else, something vicious. I kept thinking, “˜Boy, I hope its mother isn’t around.'” O’Shea said the body was small, about 2.5 to 3 feet long.
Whatever the creature is… it is getting lots of press and we will update you with details. So what do you guys think it could be a monster or just a hoax?