|East River Monster|
The only known photograph
|Theories|| · Cryptid|
The East River Monster was the name given to a strange animal carcass that was discovered underneath the famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The strange 7-foot long beast was found at the foot of the Manhattan side of the bridge on May 21st, 2011, by a Manhattan cyclist who was on his evening commute.
Maureen O’Connor, a blogger on the Gawker website, which broke the story, described the critter: “It had the scales of a fish, body of a serpent, head of a pit bull and was the size of a large alligator.”
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- Theories as to this unclassified creature’s origins have run the gamut from sea monster to a kelpie-like creature to a lake monster that got washed out to sea.
- Julika Wocial, rescue program supervisor for the Riverhead Foundation, said that the curious carcass was difficult to classify: “Those scaly things? The body itself looks like a sturgeon, the skull looks kind of weird … but maybe it’s the view… it doesn’t really look like a sturgeon.”