Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The best "Lake monster" photo?

In another great contribution from Dr. Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology, he looks at one of the most intensely studied "cryptid" photographs of all time: a single image caught by Sandra Mansi that resembles a long-necked aquatic animal in a place no such animal should be (Lake Champlain). (Actually, such an animal does not exist anywhere, as far as we know, but this picture made a lot of people think hard about that.) Naish agrees with investigator Benjamin Radford the photo probably shows a drifting log, caught at just the right moment and the right angle to make people think, "Plesiosaur? Maybe?" Answer: probably not.

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