Thursday, February 9, 2012

Iceland’s Loch Ness Monster?

We have all heard tales about the Loch Ness Monster: what it looks like, where it lives and of its enormous size. But is sea-serpent actually real? New footage of the sea-serpent has surfaced so you can decide for yourself. Don’t get too excited just yet though, there is something fishy about the video of the mythical creature that is shown gliding through the waters of an Icelandic river. The Daily Mail reported that the video was shot last week by Hjörtur Kjerúlf which shows an anaconda-like creature slithering through the icy water of the glacial river Jökulsá í Fljótsdal, in east Iceland. Though the video has only been on the internet just over a week, it has become a major hit on the internet. Some Icelanders are claiming this footage is proves the existence of the legendary beast Lagarfljótsormurinn, Iceland’s version of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, according to The Daily Mail. The mythical creature is said to live in the Lagarfljót lake, which is 367 feet deep and 25 miles long. Ever since Lagarfljótsormurinn first “emerged” in 1345 it has been the one who has been subjected to supposed sightings over the past centuries. Unfortunately for believers in Lagarfljótsormurinn, experts are doubting the validity of the footage.
Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, thinks the video is an elaborate hoax. He wrote, “Frankly, this video shows something that looks like a constructed snake-like object, with rigid sections, being propelled through the water. From the movement on the water’s surface, it would have to be something other than a mammal, like a giant worm, a reptile or a fish. The head appears to have been made to look like it belongs to a giant anaconda. The sections do not gracefully flow, but are sectionally moving from side-to-side. Mammals move up and down. It seems someone attempting this fakery, perhaps by using a robot with tarps, fish nets, or trash bags – a favorite for watery hoaxers – has decided to take the phrase ‘sea serpent’ and/or ‘worm’ too literally.’” He added, “The traditional sightings of this lake’s ‘monster’ – going back to 1345 – are not ‘snake-like’… Instead, they describe Lagarfljótsormurinn as having a hump, a long neck, and whiskers, more like a long-necked Waterhorse than a giant snake.” Coleman explains that because of the mythical monster’s misinterpreted adopted name, hoaxers may have fabricated the fake monster in the shape of a snake, which goes against all other eye witness accounts. So what do you think? Do you believe this is it the Loch Ness Monster?