Mystery Water Monster Photo?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 10th, 2009

This photo was allegedly taken off of Rte 55 in Virginia two weeks ago, and shows an unknown something in the water. But what?

Should I call it a “blobwatermonster,” or even better, a “blobotter“!!??

Source via SPGass.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

21 Responses to “Mystery Water Monster Photo?”

  1. youcantryreachingme responds:


  2. Samson77 responds:

    Really looks like a Coyote to me.
    Other possibility might me a young bear.

  3. PeterOtoole responds:

    Oh, that’s a scene from the movie where Jerry Lewis plays an inept but lovable Beaver. Either that or a symptom of our embarrassing super-connectivity.

  4. skunkmonkey2002 responds:

    It’s a bad photo, but I’m thinking it looks like a beaver.

  5. LanceFoster responds:

    Good lord, we are really scraping the barrel now. Why on earth did someone send this in? Did they run out of “orbs” to send the ghost blogs? Wow, I wonder what mysterious “cryptids” I can find in that box of old rejected out-of-focus photos I’ve got. Poor Loren.

  6. BelieveInZombies responds:

    think the questio should be “why was this even posted?”

    it looks like it’s either really zoomed in or terribly out of focus. Show the larger picture so we can see that this is just a zoomed in portion, and so we can determine scale.

    Aside from having the full pic this looks to be a terrible attempt. Bottom of barrel indeed

  7. Isaiah responds:

    Looks like a fairly large, and partially submerged turtle, though, the quality’s too low to be certain. Certain pieces of evidence (Various photos and films) are a core item in evidence to support the existence of the cryptid in question…This is not one of them. I say turtle, and, that’s what I’m sticking with (at least for the time being.) 🙂


  8. Alligator responds:

    I concur with Lance, I could dig through my old photos and find similar looking things in crummy pictures I took when on the river. It could be most anything – a log, river flotsam, carcass of a cow or deer, a beaver, a turtle – we’ll never know because it is first and foremost a “blobotter” and a bad one at that.

  9. Isaiah responds:

    Taking a second look at this photo, I’m noticing a few things. First of all, this water looks VERY shallow. It looks almost like a small pond, or swampy area, or something like that. If I’m correct by that, than, I don’t see any possibility that this is a “Monster”. I’m still going to go with turtle, for the time being, but, I don’t see why they couldn’t get a second photo, nor why this one is so blurry, taking all modern technology into account.

    Ah, well, the photo’s good for a laugh at least. 😀


  10. DWA responds:

    Unlike others here, I find this one worthy of serious analysis.

    What I’d like to analyze is why anyone would think to send something like this in. To anyone, for any reason, other than as a show of derision or disrespect. (Or of the sender’s own ignorance.)

    I believe that the steady flow of stuff like this says something about one of the following:

    1. The public’s perception of what works as evidence and proof
    2. The jokers’ perception of cryptos and cryptozoology
    3. The public’s understanding that any photograph can be deciphered conclusively, no matter what

    I could go on. But needless to say, in each of the above cases, the “something” that could be said isn’t good.

  11. cryptocajun responds:

    My money is going on a nutra rat..

  12. springheeledjack responds:

    This is a classic case of someone driving by in a car, snapping a pic and then deciding they have something–photo out of focus, no details other than that it “looks” furry to me, and no size no nothing.

    Unfortunately, these are all too common…which is why Cryptomundo is here…to take apart these photos and footages and dissect them down to what’s plausible and what’s not.

    For me, this looks like some kind of furry critter, and I too think the water is low, so could be bear, beaver, some dog that went for a swim…nothing in that picture to suggest something cryptozoological…other than Bigfoot who was obviously taking the picture (BF’s are notorious for operating cameras out of focus…too big of fingers to properly operate the zoom lens button).

  13. Rogutaan responds:

    What floats on water?

    A duck.

    Looks like we may be getting duckrolled.

  14. cryptidsrus responds:

    DWA (and others):

    Maybe this does have a benefit:

    As our very own Rorscharch-type test!!! We can guess what psychological type each of us is here at Cryptomundo by our reactions to the picture! Weird=how strange we deem THIS as!!!

  15. CryptoInformant 2.0 responds:

    Ummm… Duck. That’s what this looks like. But that’s not all, folks! If you will, turn your heads sideways and squint hard at the picture!

    This blog posting has been brought to you, as you see in the picture, by the letter ‘B’.

  16. apithacus responds:

    Perhaps it is a giant rodent. I have seen those myself swimming in the waters around wheeling west virgina. It looks similar to a capybara

  17. mystery_man responds:

    I’m not really convinced that this is even a living creature at all. It looks an awful lot like an outcropping of rock jutting out of the water to me.

  18. Asherz_Carrion responds:

    The area, to me, looks like either a creek or a pond. And I’d say that’s no animal at all. It looks more like a rock sticking up out of the water. I see no turtle, or a duck. Not even a log. Just a rock.

  19. Zilla responds:

    Hi, I’m new here. I agree with mystery_man, I don’t think its alive. It looks like a deadhead in the water.

  20. Squiver responds:


    Ha, I wonder at what point we crossed such a threshold that we have stopped assuming that animals in ponds in Virginia are anything other than animals local to ponds in Virginia.

    My best guess is a beaver, provided the photo is scaled as I assume it’s scaled.

  21. mothman123 responds:

    it looks like a rock.

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