A mysterious creature that looks a lot like the Loch Ness monster recently washed up on the shores of Waycross, Georgia. Jeff Warren and his son had been boating when they found the carcass on a Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge beach near Darien. He initially thought it was a dead seal but once they got closer he realized identifying it wouldn’t be that easy. He made sure to take a picture and record a video, which can be seen below. It actually looks so much like Scotland’s Nessie that locals at Skipper’s Fish Camp have nicknamed it Alty after Altamaha-ha, which is their version of the Loch Ness monster.
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The legendary creature is a part of Georgia folklore, with roots in Muskogee tradition, that is alleged to inhabit the streams and abandoned rice fields by the Altamaha River, from which the mythological being gets its name. Scientists weighed in on the newly found sea monster and think it’s more than likely a badly decomposed deep sea shark, possibly a frilled shark or a basking shark. They also pointed out that there are no visible gill slits, which is odd, but that it would be difficult to ultimately determine its identity without an autopsy. Unfortunately, the body wasn’t actually recovered, so we might never know.
The lack of recovery also suggests that this could be a hoax, just like the Loch Ness monster. Some think the object in the picture might be a clay model or even a photoshopped image. If that is the case, they definitely did a good job.