The Loch Ness Monster went down to Georgia.
A man was recently boating near Wolf Island when he spotted what he thought was a dead seal.
“This isn’t a joke,” Jeff Warren, of Waycross, Georgia, told Savannah Now. “There was a heron and some seagulls pulling its guts out and eating them but they flew away when I got close.”
Warren snapped a photo and video of the creature, which bears a surprising similarity to Scotland’s infamous Nessie. He later passed around the images at a local fish restaurant where locals said the area had their own version of the Scottish beast named “Alty,” or Altahama. “Alty” is often used in advertisements around Darien, Georgia, as a tourist attraction.
“It looks like a deep sea shark, like a frilled shark. Although I don’t see gill slits,” Chantal Audran, of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, told the paper. Her colleague Mark Dodd, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, agreed that the lack of gills was suspicious but it’s difficult to determine without an autopsy.
Unfortunately, the body wasn’t recovered, leading many in the area to believe the monster is just a hoax. But wildlife experts are standing by the shark theory — stating that many ocean species can wash up in mythical creature-like shapes after decomposing.
“After taking a look at the photo the tail looks pretty sharky, so my guess (if it’s real and not a Photoshop job) is that it’s some kind of badly decomposed shark,” Chunk Bangley, of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, told the paper. “Basking sharks do tend to flatten out like that when they wash up.”
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