The Ten Commandments of the internet dictate that anyone who receives images of a “monster” is obligated to disseminate and investigate them, even though incidents like this seem to happen about once a year these days. This one apparently turned up on Pacific Beach in San Diego last week.
The guy who emailed us these photos termed it a “Chupacabra/Montauk Monster-looking creature” in the subject line. Most people I’ve shown it to, including myself, think it’s bullshit.
UPDATE: It’s real.
Tip: @moonspenders on Twitter
It is reminiscent of the Montauk Monster. (For my review of Hairless Freaks, see here.) At first I thought it was plastic-looking…
But, I can’t help but get the stench of bad chupacabra hoax all over this one. And, to do our part, we are gleefully polluting the seeding the internet with these pictures for your enjoyment.
Yet, it took all of a few hours to discover the truth on this one. Darren Naish of Tetrapod Zoology and original figure-outer of the Montauk Monster says that he was contacted by Vice to provide an expert opinion. What is it?
I stand corrected on the “fake”; apparently the sun and surf can give you a bleached mohawk. Party on, dude. Well, maybe not so much now…
Here is the facebook exchange on Monster Talk.
Here is Ben Radford’s view on Discovery News.
And here is Darren’s blog post on Tet Zoo, complete with opossum skull for comparison.