Video of Mekong River Monster explained

The Mekong river of China, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is an amazing place, one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world with plenty of incredible creatures. However, having a river monster is ONLY in the eye of the beholder.

This video got the attention of a cryptozoological site and then aggregator io9.

This Mekong River Monster footage is pretty weird.

Vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Darren Naish, who makes a career of drawing fish these days, it seems, says this is not a monster, is just a fish.

The Mekong is famous for the legend of the Naga which resembles a huge snake or a dragon with many heads. It is a totally a myth, which may have a basis in sitings of large snakes, but it is not a real animal.

To add to the Naga legend, every year on the night of 15th day of 11th month in the Lao lunar calendar people watch for the Mekong fireballs which appear to rise from the surface of the river. These are fireworks, not any natural phenomenon.

The legend and the festival bring people to the shores of the river. It’s a great story. Anything that adds to the lore of the place, like videos of strange looking animals, are welcomed.

It's a fish in the Mekong, not a naga.

It’s a fish in the Mekong, not a Naga.

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  6 comments for “Video of Mekong River Monster explained

  1. One Eyed Jack
    December 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I really hate these blurry, jittery videos. If you find something you think is amazing, then rest your arms on something solid and get a decent shot!

  2. spookyparadigm
    December 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    io9 has some decent people working for it. But it is still a Gawker site, with all the click-bait strategy that entails. Doesn’t mean DN shouldn’t cover it, but as with the Daily Fail, I won’t help them get clicks anymore.

  3. cwart
    December 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Just knew there was something fishy about that story….

  4. phil
    December 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I heard someone say I don’t know what it is in Thai. I would also point out that this appears to be some sort of festival day and all the people are tourists. It would be akin to tourists going to the ocean to sightsee, they have as much experience identifying river fish as you do. The river is home to giant catfish, rays and other large fishes. What’s the big deal?

    • December 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      It was posted on a cryptozoological website and many in that crowd will assume it is a cryptid, or label it the Naga as described above. I found Darren’s opinion and thought it was a good idea to cut off the speculation at the pass, so to speak. It was also beginning to show up on facebook. You know how that goes…

  5. Ember
    December 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Anyone with a decent knowledge of any living animal should be able to quickly disregard the footage. Whatever it is (Most likely man made) is moving too mechanically in the hind area. The degree in which the mid half bends is like one of those swimming bathtub toys. That and the fact that it doesn’t seem to move much from its station which either can mean its anchored or casted on a line. It seems to have an issue preventing it from submerging aswell, which would mean it is too buoyant-again either because it is manufactured or if it IS a fish (highly doubtful still) it has something wrong with its swim bladder.

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