October 4, 2008

Clapsadle Carcass: Another Mysterious Bloated Beach Body

Let me just call this one the “Clapsadle Carcass.”

Literally, in the wake of last summer’s Montauk Monster media circus, it was bound to happen again. Another carcass of an animal has been found on a sandy beach, and a local news outlet has attempted to turn it into a mysterious event.

Animals die and wash ashore all the time. Before the summer of 2008, there wasn’t really any news value to such stories.

But we report on the media, as well as the events, so here goes:

West Hartford, Connecticut’s NBC News 30 broadcast the news last week (see their video here) that an odd dead “mystery beast” had been discovered ashore in New London.

Bobbette Clapsadle was walking along the beach the last weekend in September with her family when she made what the news station called “the gross discovery.”

Her daughter snapped pictures (see one above and others in their slide show here).

“We weren’t sure at first. It was kind of covered in grass (and) was in the weed line. My son saw it first and was like, ‘Look at that!’ My husband walked over and said, ‘Oh my God,'” Clapsadle said.

Visitors to Ocean Beach were equally perplexed.

The news station noted some people think the carcass is of a pig, some believe thought it is a sea turtle, while others suspect it to be a raccoon. (I’m sorry, but I must wryly observe that these alleged folks who think these beached animals are turtles appear to not know the most elementary biology, namely that turtles don’t have teeth or mammalian skulls.)

By Monday, September 29th, the creature’s body was nowhere to be found.

It is highly doubtful the “Clapsadle Carcass” (above) will dethrone the Montauk Monster (shown below).


First widely seen image of the Montauk Monster.


One of the second series of photos of the Montauk Monster to surface.

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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.

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