Chena River “monster” is no mystery: Video shows icy objects moving in the current

Remember the Lagarfljótsormurinn – the Icelandic “wurm” or serpent that was a viral story from 2012? Another example of the same phenomenon has appeared in an Alaskan river.

Here is the Iceland worm to jog your memory. Note that the object does not move through the river – it stays in the same place.

The apparent “serpent” undulating (horizontally) in an icy river turned out to clearly be iced-up fish netting, cloth, or vegetation that was moved by the current.

The exact same features can be seen in this latest “mystery” video taken in the Chena River by the Bureau of Land Management Fairbanks District Office staff.

No mystery here. You can see pieces are iced over. No reptile can live in these icy conditions. It’s not supernatural. It’s a string of fabric or netting coated with ice moving in the current. Of course, by zooming in on the object, you can’t tell it’s not moving relative to shore. Only when the frame of reference is large enough that you can see it’s stationary. Watch for this video to be used, cropped, to promote the existence of a river monster. That’s deceptive.


  9 comments for “Chena River “monster” is no mystery: Video shows icy objects moving in the current

  1. Bob Jase
    October 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Rather disappointing when the BLM has no wildlife experts to review these.

  2. James Wright
    November 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    I don’t see how it could be a living creature at all with ICE ON ITS BACK! I don’t know of any aquatic or semi aquatic animal that allows ice to grow on it for camouflage. The thing would have to give off no body heat.

  3. Lory
    November 2, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    It is a Zeuglodon… a mammal…a primitive whale. There have been reports of them in the Pacific Northwest (Ogopogo and others) up to Alaska for decades.

  4. November 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Zeuglodons are long extinct. There is ZERO evidence for that. Speculation of that is totally unsupported. It’s an icy covered netting or fabric. That’s all.

  5. Neil I
    November 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    I do believe this piece of fabric is swimming upstream as in the wider shot water can be seen breaking around other pieces of ice and rock…..I wouldn’t be as quick to dismiss this until certain aspects of the video are verified. Truth is best found out when all opinion is put to the side, it’s a difficult thing to do however. West is Best !!!! 🙂

  6. November 3, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    ? There is a point where you consider the evidence, make a reasonable decision and move on. It’s time to move on since there is more than ample evidence this is NOT living and NOT swimming. Until additional substantial evidence is verified that this is something other than what it obviously appears to be, let’s move on.

  7. November 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    By the way — I don’t understand the “dismiss” comment. There is no reason to assume it was an animal at all. It was an anomaly, we assessed it and made a sound conclusion as to what the anomaly would be. It’s interesting that many skip that “what is is?” step. One must evaluate the problem first.

  8. david fullam
    November 8, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Turns out it was a piece of rope that slushy ice had formed on. As you point out, it is only moving due to the current.

  9. Ryan T
    November 10, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Meh… it moves similar to a living creature in some aspects, and I think a lot of people want to believe that there are mysterious creatures lurking around us. It’s exciting to imagine a world full of unknowns. I think people crave a fantasy escape in this day, and age, and are quick to jump to conclusions. I feel that’s why everyone has a ghost, and ufo story. Logical problem solving isn’t as fun! Haha. Thanks for the article.

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