Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 13th, 2010
There are new twists and turns in the details about the bizarre “swamp monster” photo allegedly taken in southern Louisiana.
First of all, it may have actually been taken in northeastern Louisiana.
The eerie picture was reported first to have been taken from a deer stand in Berwick, Louisiana. However, a man from Union Parish told NBC 10 News that he is the one who took this picture on November 30, 2010, in a different part of the state.
As proof, the man sent NBC 10 News an image of himself standing at the same spot, where the deer-cam picture was taken. He said his camera was strapped to a tree on his property in the Antioch Community, and he has no idea what the creature is or where it came from. The Antioch individual said he posted the strange photograph on a hunting forum, and someone copied it from the site with a different date.
See video here.
Elsewhere, others are seeing this as a hunter’s prank, as noted in this one thread:
“LOL…you guys are funny! look at the little tree (Bush) to the left…the image with the deer is supposed to be 9 days diff than that of the boogyman…yes in both images all the leaves are exactly the same…wind has not moved them at all or even ruffled them. case close…you can all put away your security blankets.”
Some are still finding clues to Photoshopping in the mix. See here and his photo analysis.
Thanks to Heather and Jov for news tips.
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.