BLM Films Alaskan River Monster?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 28th, 2016

That’s Bureau of Land Management folks, not #BlackLivesMatter.


FAIRBANKS, Alaska — An Alaska Bureau of Land Management employee in Fairbanks was checking out ice on the Chena River Wednesday when he saw and recorded this “strange thing” that was moving up the river.

The video, titled Chena River Ice Monster, was later posted on the BLM Facebook page.

“Our employees did not investigate,” the BLM wrote on its Facebook page. “It’s kind of far out in the middle of the river. Video was taken right by our BLM Fairbanks District Office facing downstream. We’re not sure what it is. We’re letting you all be the judge.”

Here are some of the guesses by the Facebook commenters:

— Can’t flow with the current if it’s going the opposite way and waving like a fish
— Yah thats what i though it look like it was moving more then what the current would be making it do
— maybe a large pike..
— That would have to be some pike!!
— Giant sturgeon that shouldn’t be here??!!??
— Much closer I’m thinking
— well if you guys see it again..try to get a closer look. Catch and release?


About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

9 Responses to “BLM Films Alaskan River Monster?”

  1. Insanity responds:

    The large section in the front looks fairly irregular in shape. To my eyes, it looks like a large piece of ice/snow rolling around. The water appears to ‘soak’ into it as it rolls, which would happen with a porous material. It really did not appear to be moving against the current, but more like an anchored, floating object.
    Unless there’s more information, I am guessing chunks of ice/snow on a length of cord just be rolled in the current.

  2. Wee Falorie Man responds:

    Whatever it is, it’s moving TOWARDS the camera.

    So why would the person stop filming when the object is actually moving closer to the camera? Obviously, the last part of the film was deliberately edited out so that you wouldn’t be able to get a clearer view of the object. Shame on you, Bureau of Land Management hoaxer!

  3. Insanity responds:

    Once the video is zoomed in a bit, there is no frame of reference to determine if it is actually moving. The other smaller objects that drift by could and likely are being carried by the current.

  4. cryptokellie responds:

    Insanity is right about this being a line of debris made of ice and other stuff strung together by a line, rope or more debris. If you look closely when the camera zooms in, you can see where the separate segments are rolling side to side not in unison with the rest as a whole. There is also the suggestion that there is space between the separate parts as they rock and roll in current. I doubt very much that this video represents a living animal. The abrupt ending of the footage just as it’s getting close enough to perhaps determine what this might actually be also bodes ill for the possibility of this being a live entity. Finally, the TV news casters once again prove that they are adept at reading lines and parroting talking points for when they start speculating as to what this video might represent they offer the most inane comments indicative of their true level of thought. Cold water alligator…yeah.

  5. Wee Falorie Man responds:

    er… The object is clearly moving in the direction of the camera, Insanity. But you and CryptoKellie are right about it not being a living thing.

    By the way, the person who was filming knows that it is not a living thing; that’s why the video cuts off before you can actually see what it is.

  6. Insanity responds:

    There is frame of reference to determine if it is an animate object moving against the current or an inanimate object on a tether moving in response to the current.

    Other visual evidence suggest that it is chunks of ice frozen to some tether.

  7. Insanity responds:

    The only opportunity to determine if it is actually moving towards the camera is the initial view, but during that duration it doesn’t appear to move in relation to the larger ice sheet in any appreciable amount.

  8. marksquatch responds:

    It’s very strongly reminiscent of this video from Iceland:

  9. Interested responds:

    its not moving towards the camera or upstream. Its stationary in the river and only being moved by the current. Not sure why the person who took the video didn’t speak up.

    Insanity is probably dead on.

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