Is this an Iceland river monster? (video now included)

Video: Iceland ‘Lake Monster’ Captured on Film?.

Footage was captured of an obscure phenomenon yesterday which appeared to be swimming in the glacial river Jökulsá í Fljótsdal, east Iceland.

People speculate whether this may be the notorious snake-like monster Lagarfljótsormurinn, which is said to reside in the lake Lagarfljót.


We can’t embed the video but go to this link to see. Curious phenomena. It looks like an ice worm in the close up. There looks to be a head. Is it a phenomena from the ice or some critter swimming along?

  7 comments for “Is this an Iceland river monster? (video now included)

  1. February 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    It looks good, but I think it’s something stationary snagged in the water; reeds or something. The water looks to be just flowing past and moving the object rather than as if the “creature” is actively swimming along – it doesn’t get anywhere.

  2. February 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I don’t know what that is, but is it worth noting the rhythmic disturbance in front of the “snout” that seems to be the true source of the wake?

  3. Fastmover01
    February 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I was just about to say the same thing…me smells tomfoolery, shenannigans even! Unless the creature is motor-boating while swimming.

  4. February 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    That could be turbulence caused by whatever it is that the object has got snagged on.

  5. idoubtit
    February 4, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Just to state, a reptile in an ice-filled stream is absurd.

    Could it be a net or fabric creating an effect like a living thing? This has been suggested by a few.

  6. scott mardis
    February 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    With all the volcanic activity in Iceland ,it would be nice to know how deep the water in this video is and if what we are looking at could possibly be lava flows flush with the water.If such was the case, this could be debris or magma of coincidentally relevant shape following the flow of lava.There are large, free swimming marine worms of this size ( as well as pogonophoran tube worms ) associated with deep sea volcanic heat vent communities, but they are normally in deep marine waters.Living leatherback turtles, plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs were and are apparantly able to function in cold waters with ice, but those animals all have or had large body shapes to conserve heat retention.One of those deep sea worms would probably have this lumped up appearance if it was at the water surface.

  7. David
    February 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Obviously it is something snagged . Water flows around it . If it WERE a creature one would continue filming or attempt to capture it throw something at it , etc

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