Post by Graveyardbride on Mar 20, 2018 21:34:31 GMT -5
Loch Ness-Type Creature Washes up in Georgia
When he found the carcass on the shore of Georgia’s Wolf Island National Refuge last week, Jeff Warren initially thought it was a dead seal. But after photographing the remains of the sea creature that washed up on the beach, he sent a photo to The Savannah Morning News and described the animal as a “Loch Ness-type thing.” Indeed, the body’s long neck and small head reminded locals of the Altamaha-ha – Georgia’s own version of the aquatic monster steeped in Southern lore.
Warren spotted the creature during a boat ride with his son near Georgia’s Barrier Islands, according to First Coast News. A large heron was pecking at its carcass, he said.
Marine experts don’t know what to make of the photos and video produced by Warren, expressing skepticism alongs with awe. Chantal Audran of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center told The Morning News it looked “like a frilled shark.” Tara Cox, an associate professor of marine sciences at Savannah State University told the newspaper it could be a decomposing basking shark, which takes on a prehistoric shape as it rots.
Dwight and George Gale, two seasoned shrimp boat captains, said it could be a fish caught on a piece of wood, or perhaps a sturgeon shark. “We see sturgeon sharks all the time that swim in groups along the top of the water that many people think is the Altamaha-ha,” Dwight Gale told the station.
Without further examination of the actual carcass, however, all who expressed an opinion about the creature admitted they couldn’t be certain.