The Monster of Montauk

July 31, 2008 at 11:50 am 6 comments

A few days ago this terrifying image started appearing all over the news and gossip blogs, amidst wild speculation. It apparently washed up on the beach in Montauk, and its beak-like face combined with a generally mammalian body inspired all sorts of crazy conspiracies.

More than one source attempted to claim it was a turtle without its shell, which is obviously just a cartoon idea- its spine is a part of its shell. Cynics guessed it was some kind of viral marketing, possibly for a new Cartoon Network show about mythical creatures in the real world. Seems kind of grisly for a network targeting 8 year olds though, no?

Today, however, Jezebel put up a video clip with animal expert Jeff Corwin, who dispels all the myths. He says its likely a racoon or dog whose snout has decayed, the curve of the revealed canine teeth giving the appearance of a beak. The female newscaster clearly didn’t pay attention to his explanation, though, and continues to be mystified. Check it out.

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