Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 18th, 2009
There seems to be an attempt to breathe new life into yet another dead, not-too-mysterious carcass that has floated ashore recently.
I must say, at least, Fox News is honest. As you will note, they regard their findings of what the latest “Montauk Monster” clone is as their “unscientific preliminary conclusion, reached without even seeing the remains”!!
I reported on this almost a week ago, on May 12th, and said I thought it was just a non-story, more sensationalism than substance. But, of course, it seems to be a story that doesn’t want to go away. The media must be bored.
This is the first widely seen image of the Montauk Monster, 2008.
One of the second series of photos to surface, Montauk Monster, 2008.
Here’s most of the latest, after a weekend in which the story was kept alive by Yahoo News and Geraldo Rivera, from Fox News.
It’s hard to dispute some family resemblances, even after death.
The new Montauk Monster, found on a Southold, N.Y., beach earlier this month, probably is closely related to last year’s edition, and was likely a stealthy, intelligent, night-ranging creature that may roam alarmingly close to human settlements.
The flesh of the new monster’s skull has mostly rotted off, but the beak-like snout, wide back teeth and large eye sockets indicate that it may be of the same species as the original monster, which startled beachgoers in the chic resort town of Montauk, N.Y., last summer.
Then, as now, speculation was rampant that the strange beast was a the product of genetic experimenting on Plum Island, a government biological-research facility located off Long Island’s North Fork, where this year’s animal was found.
The still photo of the new creature released by Montauk-Monster.com shows a strange aquiline double-rowed skull, almost like that of a rodent. But the accompanying video footage features definite canine features, even if the larger cutting teeth appear to have fallen out.
FoxNews.com’s unscientific preliminary conclusion, reached without even seening [sic] the remains, which Montauk-Monster.com says are “currently located in Southold in a cooler full of ice,” is that both the original and new Montauk Monster are one and the same species.
Both seem to belong to Procyon lotor — otherwise known as the common North American raccoon….
Source: “New ‘Montauk Monster’ Likely Same Species as Old One,” Fox News, Monday , May 18, 2009.
Remember, dead bodies wash ashore all the time, and it appears that people unfamiliar with what the ocean does to carcasses are making more monsters for the media. But these “Montauk Monsters” are no mysteries.
Other Montauk Monster Wanabees:
The Montauk Monster Replica, 2008.
Qaqrat Carcass, Alaska, July 2008.
Two photographs of the Exmoor Beach Beast, the Croyde Beach Carcass, the Beast of the Bay, or the Cadaver of Croyde, United Kingdom, January 2009.
Chilean Carcass, February 2009.
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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.