Shocking news from Siberia. The woolly mammoth is not extinct. A government engineer captured a massive woolly mammoth taking a stroll through a river in Siberia. Of course, several people are calling the video a hoax.
LiveScience reports that there are two things that are a little fishy about the woolly mammoth video. First, it was posted by paranormal enthusiast Michael Cohen, and the video is only 10 seconds long. According to Live Science, no one would stop filming a woolly mammoth after just 10 seconds.
The video may also be a fake because, you know, the woolly mammoth went extinct thousands of years ago.
So what is the creature in the video? Some speculate that the woolly mammoth may have been digitally inserted. Others believe that the creature may be a large bear holding a big fish in its mouth.
Derek Serra, a Hollywood video-effects artist, believes that the video is a fake because of the out of focus image. Serra said:
“Even low-resolution cameras can focus fairly well on something. But there’s really nothing in this video in focus. The rocks in the foreground have a blur to them that doesn’t seem natural.”
Serra believes that the photographer filmed a large animal in the river and then decided to add some post-production touches to make it look like a blurry mammoth.
Here’s the video of the woolly mammoth.
What do you think? Is this a woolly mammoth? Probably not. But you might be able to see a real life mammoth in the near future. A group of scientists expect to clone a woolly mammoth in the next five years.