Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 18th, 2008
Chad Arment has passed along updates on a 2 to 3 ft long crocodilian being sighted and photographed in Hickory Lake, North Carolina. Seen for a week now (since Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008), it remains uncaught.
Eyewitnesses thought it was an alligator, but official speculation, at first, said it was a caiman.
N.C. Department of Wildlife Agent Michael Juhan was quoted by the media saying as much.
“It may have been a caiman, which is not unusual for people to have as an exotic pet before releasing it into the wild,” Juhan said.
While caimans are not native to this area, they have been captured in North Carolina.
In July 2006, when a creature appearing to be a small alligator was spotted in the French Broad River in Brevard in Transylvania County, biologists at Brevard College said the animal was a caiman.
Here’s a photo capture from a news video; as Arment says, “It’s a gator.”
Appreciation to Chad Arment, author of Boss Snakes: Stories and Sightings of Giant Snakes in North America, for these reports and links.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.