Yep, it’s summer. You know it’s hot when bloated dead carcasses start to appear labeled “monster”.
Yesterday we received three graphic photos of this above creature on the shore of the East River. Our tipster wrote, “Is this another incarnation of the Montauk Monster, or just the biggest rat in the city?” The animal was under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side, and was “maybe two feet, a bit more perhaps, head to tail.”
Source: The Gothamist
Is this another Montauk Monster? (dead raccoon) It’s hard to tell from this picture but it looks pretty disgusting. I’m still searching for the other photos that may actually show more detail. It’s hairless and bloated – indicative of being dead and in the water for a spell. Actually identifying the creatures is fairly easy if you can view the feet, skull and determine the size. It’s obviously some mammal (cat, rat, groundhog, dog?) but with no close up, it’s very difficult to determine. Regardless, there is no sense in jumping to monstrous conclusions. It’s not a mutant, it’s just a dead thing we aren’t used to seeing so dead.
UPDATE: Big thanks to the photographer, Denise Ginley for commenting and pointing us to more picts. I’m posting these additional ones to help with identification. You can see more by logging into flickr here.
UPDATE(26-Jul-2012): Tetrapod Zoology’s Dr. Darren Naish has commented that pictures of the open mouth/lower jaw and considering the feet, this is another raccoon just like the Montauk Monster. The link to Dr. Naish’s analysis of the Montauk carcass is here. This does not look exactly like the Montauk carcass but the key is the feet and teeth. If you every find a strange carcass, get a complete round of pictures, with something IN the picture for size scale. And always photograph the teeth and feet.
Check out this great link : Actually, Lots Of Monstrous Creatures Have Been Found On Beaches It’s rather normal for carcasses to wash ashore. In 8 of those pictured in this gallery, 4 look like raccoons. One is a dog, one an otter/muskrat thing and 2 are unidentifiable. But, it’s not hard to imagine that some of these animals died or were dumped dead into the local creek/river where the body, in the process of losing it’s hair and bloating, lasted long enough in the cold water to be washed into the ocean and up onto the shore. The lucky photographers came across the mystery.
For more on freaky hairless things, check out my article here: Hairless Freaks! Casting A Critical Eye Toward “Mystery Animals”