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Florida Muck Monster Filmed

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 21st, 2009

This is breaking news out of Florida:

Partial transcript:

There’s something lurking just under the surface of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Greg Reynolds of LagoonKeepers.org recalls, “Channel marker ten is the first time we saw the unknown creature.” “I hollered out…and said what is that? We followed it, started taking video.”

This mysterious creature was caught on tape by the LagoonKeepers.

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Reynolds calls it, “The elusive muck monster!”

Thomas Reinert a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Biologist studied the video and said: “This appears to be one animal moving in this direction…nothing’s breaking the surface. Typically dolphins break the surface, sea turtles, manatee, a large school of fish, if it were a shark at that level you would see a fin.”

“I can’t definitely say what it is.” “I can speculate but we need more evidence to determine the identity of the Lake Worth muck monster,” said Reinert.

“We spend a lot of time out here on the water and seen a lot of different creatures out here and this is the first time in three and half years that I’ve ever seen anything out here that didn’t know what it was,” Reynolds said.

“We see dolphins out there, sharks, we always see a fin.”

Whatever it is, it certainly has people talking, and watching.

Reynolds jokes “Maybe Nessie’s vacationing in South Florida!”

The source of the above story, with the complete transcript, is here.

Thanks to Cryptomundo News Spotters Thomas Burke (3:00 PM E) and Mark Seymour (3:05 PM E) for sending this alert our way! And colpittsdragon2 for the video link right before 4 PM E.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.


13 Responses to “Florida Muck Monster Filmed”

  1. cryptidsrus responds:

    With nothing being visible above the surface of the water, it is pretty much impossible to determine what this is.
    Manattee? Don’t think so personally.
    Otter? Nope.
    I’m still open to the possibility this is an “unknown,” though. :)

  2. Ferret responds:

    Wow, cool footage, no idea what it is. I don’t think it’s a manatee as that we’d probably see part of it if it was.
    And a second “Lake Worth Monster”…oh the confusion that shall ensue! :)

  3. FunkyBunky responds:

    My gut tells me some type of ray just below the surface.

  4. geekomancer responds:

    I dunno. It’s weird. My first thought would be that it’s just a wake, but you’d think someone called “Lagoon Keepers” would be able to tell if it’s a boat wake.

    I hope it turn out to be something new!

  5. Breck responds:

    Wow, what a non-story. All we see are some wakes in the water. There’s any number of known animals it could be. This is like the story not too long ago with police videoing a mangy dog running down the road and calling it a Chupacabra. Moving on.

  6. Fhqwhgads responds:

    My guess is that it’s not one fish, it’s a school of fish.

  7. MattBille responds:

    A commenter on this website suggested a large ray, and that might be right. Anything that gets people looking at the seas and wondering, though, has a good side. And we don’t KNOW it’s a ray….

  8. Richard888 responds:

    I agree with the ‘ray’ interpretation. To me it appears like it could be a “flock” of 3 – 4 rays “flying” in a triangular pattern. Whatever it is it is insensitive to boat engine noise.

  9. Lee Murphy responds:

    I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned gators.

  10. J-Monkey responds:

    Having lived most of my life near the sea my first interpretation was rays. Take a good look at 1:50 in the video is that not a ray “flying” out of the water?

  11. Alligator responds:

    I’ve seen smaller rays swimming in the Gulf and the wakes seem similar. I think these gentleman were excepting to see a fin or back and when they didn’t it was perplexing to them. And maybe it is unusual for really big rays to come in that close, adding to the mystery. I didn’t see the wildlife guy leaning so much to “its an unknown animal” explanation as much as saying it was hard to tell from this photo evidence. I wonder if he even said “its probably a ray” and that got clipped from the newscast. The press is prone to do that on filler pieces to add to the mystery and excitement.

  12. whiteriverfisherman responds:

    To be honest, I do not see how this is even news worthy. There are literally hundreds of known species that display that type of behavior and the majority of those are fish. When I viewed the video I not in impressed. It’s a fish. Of course that is based upon my experiences and is simply my opinion.

  13. dawgvet responds:

    Isn’t this the same area the Monster Quest episode with the possible mutilated manatee and/or cryptid seals? The background looked very similar to me, and when I googled “Lake Worth Lagoon Monster Quest,” the first result is from a local paper’s story on that episode.

    I think on that episode, they said the exact location was being kept secret to protect the creatures.



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