Has the Loch Ness monster been spotted in Alaska? A new video has sparked rumors about the mythological aquatic creature, and some believe it has finally been captured on film.
The video was shot by the Bureau of Land Management Fairbanks District Office Public Affairs Specialist Craig McCaa and Ryan Delaney on October 18. On this particular day, McCaa decided to head down to the Chena River to film the changing weather, as he does several times throughout the year. While there, Craig walked to the University Avenue bridge that crosses the river to snap some video footage of the icy waters. However, he saw much more than just snow and ice.
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The video footage, which was uploaded to the Bureau of Land Management’s Facebook page, showed something swimming in the water, moving back and forth through the river.
“It never fully revealed itself,” McCaa told the Alaska Dispatch News in a phone interview last week.
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“I initially thought, and several people thought, it could be some rope that snagged on the bottom of the river with chunks of ice,” he said. “Other people have mentioned everything from sea monster to giant sturgeon.”
One popular idea is that the thing swimming in the water is the Loch Ness monster, also known as “Nessie,” who has been a legend in Scotland for hundreds of years. Others are questioning whether it’s debris floating through the river or a shark or alligator that somehow ended up in the Chena.
“If you look closely; you can kind of see what appears to be a mouth. then it disappears back into the water. What ever it is; i hope it doesn’t have teeth. In reality, who truely knows what lerks in our Oceans Lakes Rivers and Streams,” one Facebook user wrote, while another added, “There needs to be a expedition to that river. It could not have gotten far. In the event of locating it it needs be photographed again.”
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Although Craig admits the video was sped up and that music was added, he insists the movement from the thing in the water hasn’t been enhanced in any way. He also admits that he has no idea what it is. Craig said he watched the 12- to 15-foot-long object move back and forth for several minutes, noting that it remained stationary in the water.
“It’s strange thing. I don’t know what I would have done if I had come by in a canoe or something,” he said. “But looking from it above on the University Avenue bridge I didn’t feel too threatened.”
On Monday, the BLM posted another message on Facebook, providing a possible explanation from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Tanana River Management Biologist Klaus Wuttig. According to Wittig, the video simply shows “frazil ice stuck to a rope that is probably caught on a bridge pier.”
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“It’s a quiet #Halloween morning in front of the BLM office on the Chena River in Fairbanks. We’ve been excited about the number and variety of explanations offered for our recent video of the strange river object — your responses show how captivating the mysteries of the natural world can be!” the post read. “So far the most compelling explanation, one shared by experts at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game – Official and others, is that the video shows ‘frazil ice stuck to a rope that is probably caught on a bridge pier.'”
What do you think the mysterious object in the Chena River is? Do you think it’s the Loch Ness monster or an icy rope? Leave your comments below.
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