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Has the Loch Ness Monster moved to North Carolina? Giant snake-like creature is spotted surfacing and slithering around Atlantic Beach port

  • Bizarre footage showed the huge beast pop its head out water off Atlantic Beach
  • Witnesses left horrified by the animal, with some asking if it’s Loch Ness Monster
  • But others claimed that it could have been a baby whale, an eel or an alligator

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This is the ominous moment a giant snake-like creature surfaced in a North Carolina port – with some claiming it looks like the Loch Ness Monster.

Bizarre footage showed the huge beast pop its head out the water off Atlantic Beach before its body breached and it dipped back underwater.

Witnesses were left horrified what the animal was, with some questioning if it was the mythical Scottish monster and others claiming it was a baby whale or a gator.

Chasin Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle store, which posted to clip, said: ‘Something you don’t see everyday.

‘Whales or the Loch News Monster in the port this morning. Never seen one inside the inlet like this.’

A mysterious creature has been captured on video off the waters off southeastern North Carolina has been described as part alligator, fish and eel and has sparked an online debate

A mysterious creature has been captured on video off the waters off southeastern North Carolina has been described as part alligator, fish and eel and has sparked an online debate

Said to be a picture of the the head and neck of Nessie. This famous photo was taken in 1934 by a vacationing London surgeon, Robert K. Wilson, in Loch Ness, Scotland.

Said to be a picture of the the head and neck of Nessie. This famous photo was taken in 1934 by a vacationing London surgeon, Robert K. Wilson, in Loch Ness, Scotland. 

Hundreds of thousands watched the footage and thousands took to the comments to post their theories online.

‘Now that is strange. Odd looking head for sure,’ wrote one person. Another replied: ‘That’s a gator. You can see the eyes are on top of its head.’

‘Baby Whale,’ said a witness. ‘It was under the port wall yesterday afternoon.’ Others were stumped and did not agree.

‘No way it is any of the animals mentioned, including a ‘baby whale’ or alligator. Its motion is too graceful, it has protrusions on head and a long feather-like flipper in the rear.

‘I honestly don’t know of any sea creature that fits that description,’ the person wrote.

Meanwhile others pointed to the mythical Loch Ness Monster, known as ‘Nessy’, which many believe lives in Scotland.

‘Definitely a Loch Ness monster. I saw 2 the same day i saw Bigfoot walking a black panther on a leash,’ they wrote.

Another quipped: ‘I can see that some people need to watch more Animal Planet and less TikTok.’

'Something you don't see everyday. Whales or the Loch News Monster in the port this morning. Never seen one inside the inlet like this! wrote Chasin Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle store who posted the video

‘Something you don’t see everyday. Whales or the Loch News Monster in the port this morning. Never seen one inside the inlet like this! wrote Chasin Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle store who posted the video

 

The Loch Ness monster, also referred to as Nessie, is a large marine creature believed by some to inhabit Loch Ness, Scotland, a lake located in the High council area of Scotland, known for having the great volume of fresh water in Britain.

But, much of the alleged evidence supporting the creature’s existence has been discredited, and it is widely thought the monster is a myth, according to Britannica. 

The legend of the sea creature goes back to ancient times, specifically local stone carvings that show the mysterious beast with flippers.

The sighting was first document in a a biography of St. Columba going back to 565 AD.

The monster apparently bit a swimmer and was preparing to strike again biting someone else, but St. Columba came to the rescue and ordered the beast to ‘go back.’

A Daily Mail article that dates back to April 1934 that shows an alleged photo of the Loch Ness monster

A Daily Mail article that dates back to April 1934 that shows an alleged photo of the Loch Ness monster 

The beast obeyed, and over the centuries there were other sightings reported. Many of these alleged encounters seemed inspired by Scottish folklore, which abounds with mythical water creatures.

The Loch Ness monster legend began to gain momentum around 1933 where a road near Loch Ness, was completed and gave visitors an unobstructed view of the lake.

In April the same year, a couple reported a sighting of an enormous animal—which they compared to a ‘dragon or prehistoric monster’—and after it crossed their car’s path and disappeared into the water – to a Scottish newspaper.

Numerous sightings followed.

What is the Loch Ness Monster? 

Rumours of a strange creature living in the waters of Loch Ness have abounded over the decades, yet scant evidence has been found to back up these claims.

One of the first sightings, believed to have fuelled modern Nessie fever, came in May 2, 1933.  

On this date the Inverness Courier carried a story about a local couple who claim to have seen ‘an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface’.

Another famous claimed sighting is a photograph taken in 1934 by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson.

It was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who, on his deathbed, revealed that the pictures were staged.

In December 1933 the Daily Mail commissioned Marmaduke Wetherell, a big-game hunter, to locate the sea serpent. Wetherell discovered large footprints along the shore, that he believed belonged to 'a very powerful soft-footed animal about 20 feet long'

In December 1933 the Daily Mail commissioned Marmaduke Wetherell, a big-game hunter, to locate the sea serpent. Wetherell discovered large footprints along the shore, that he believed belonged to ‘a very powerful soft-footed animal about 20 feet long’

Other sightings include James Gray’s picture from 2001 when he and friend Peter Levings were out fishing on the Loch, while namesake Hugh Gray’s blurred photo of what appears to be a large sea creature was published in the Daily Express in 1933.

The first reported sighting of the monster is said to have been made in AD565 by the Irish missionary St Columba when he came across a giant beast in the River Ness.

But no one has ever come up with a satisfactory explanation for the sightings – although in 2019, ‘Nessie expert’ Steve Feltham, who has spent 24 years watching the Loch, said he thought it was actually a giant Wels Catfish, native to waters near the Baltic and Caspian seas in Europe.

An online register lists more than 1,000 total Nessie sightings, created by Mr Campbell, the man behind the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club and is available at www.lochnesssightings.com. 

So what could explain these mysterious sightings? 

Many Nessie witnesses have mentioned large, crocodile-like scutes sitting atop the spine of the creature, leading some to believe an escaped amphibian may be to blame.

Native fish sturgeons can also weigh several hundred pounds and have ridged backs, which make them look almost reptilian.

Some believe Nessie is a long-necked plesiosaur – like an elasmosaurus – that survived somehow when all the other dinosaurs were wiped out.

Others say the sightings are down to Scottish pines dying and flopping into the loch, before quickly becoming water-logged and sinking.

While submerged, botanical chemicals start trapping tiny bubbles of air.

Eventually, enough of these are gathered to propel the log upward as deep pressures begin altering its shape, giving the appearance of an animal coming up for air.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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