Strange 'Monster' Species Photographed in Canada
Every now and then there are reported sightings of ‘monsters’, with people around the world claiming to encounter aquatic behemoths, like ‘The Lochness Monster’, sasquatches like ‘Bigfoot’ and ‘Yeti’, as well as ‘Big Cats’ in areas that have no such species, or the vampiric reptilian demon ‘El Chupacabra’.
But occasionally other reported sightings of totally new animal species receive worldwide attention. Due to their odd features and unrecognizable appearance they are usually labelled as ‘monsters’ or ‘cryptids’ which are species that have no scientific consensus of their existence.
The Big Trout Lake Monster
The latest report of a sighting was by two nurses in Ontario, Canada earlier this month, when their dog dragged a 30 centimetre creature out from the causeway of a reserve located in the First Nation’s (indigenous) community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug or Big Trout Lake.
The nurses took photos of the creature but as they were not local to the area, they left it behind believing that it was native to the regional area that they weren’t familiar with.
When they realized the scientific importance of their discovery they returned to the location but the animals’ corpse had vanished.
Currently fisherman are dragging the lake trying to find the creature, which is a snaggle-toothed
animal, with matted fur, a bald face and rat like tail. Some speculations suggest that is an otter-beaver hybrid or simply an ordinary creature that has been sculpted into its strange appearance by decomposition in the water.
Natives to the area however have a name and history for the creature, with one local business owner telling The Ontario Star that the creature had not been seen for over 40 years and that the elders referred to it as omajinaakoos, which translates into English as ‘The Ugly One’ and is allegedly an omen of bad news.
The Montauk Monster
The discovery of the Big Trout Lake Monster has drawn comparisons to the Montauk Monster that washed up on a beach in New York, USA on the 12th of July, 2008.
The creature was photographed by three friends Jenna Hewitt, Rachel Goldberg and Courtney Fruin who were on Ditch Plains Beach when they saw a crowd of people gathered around the creature and approached them.
The creature itself was a hairless rodent-like mammal, the size of a small stocky dog with slender limbs, claws and tails and with what many described as a hooked, bony “dinosaur beak”.
The carcass once again vanished so that it could not be studied, but speculations as to the animal’s identity include a turtle with its shell removed, a dog, pig or a raccoon. Other theories involve the carcass being a mutant from a nearby Animal Disease Centre or as the result of animal testing, while others suggest that it was viral marketing ploy for indie movie Splinterheads or for television show Cryptids are Real.
The three women responsible for the photos have denied that the pictures were edited with Photoshop.
In May 2009 there were further reports of the Montauk monster returning to New York by Nicky Papers, who later went on to create the site Montauk-Monster.com
The Panamanian Gollum
In September 2009 another strange creature was seen in Cero Azul, Panama by a group of teenagers who, fearing for their safety, attacked the animal after it crawled out of a cave and approached them.
After they beat it to death, the teens tossed the carcass into a lake.
Photos of the animal show it to be about 150cm in height, hairless and with rubbery skin and bearing a resemblance to the character ‘Gollum’ from The Lord of the Rings. It’s hooked claws have raised the popular theory that it is hairless sloth. Other speculations are that it could be a pit bull terrier.
Though as the carcass of the animal was reportedly torn apart by buzzards and no carcass remained to study, nobody knows for certainty what exactly this animal or the Montauk and Big Trout Lake monsters truly are.