The New Montauk Monster?

You may recall the pictures that were floating around the Internet in 2008 of an unidentified animal that washed ashore in Montauk, New York.  The cryptic creature was dubbed the Montauk Monster, and has yet to be identified. If you need a refresher, take a look here:

Now, there is buzz that a new type of “monster” has surfaced.  This time it came from a lake in the delightfully named Kitchenuhmaykoosib, Ontario, Canada.

More about the author“Kitchenuhmaykoosib Monster” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

The creature was spotted by two women who were out on a walk with their dog, Sam.  Sam apparently began sniffing at the lake nearby and eventually pulled the weird beast ashore.  The women snapped some pictures of the oddity and then went on their way.

When word spread about the anomalous animal, people went back to the place of discovery, only to find that it was no longer there.

The photos were printed in a local paper with an explanation reading:

‘This creature was first discovered by Sam the Dog, a local dog.  It was discovered first week of May in the creek section of town, hikers noticed Sam sniffing something in the water and they approached to see in what the Sam had detected and they noticed the creature in the water face down.  The dog jumped in the lake and pulled the creature to the rocks and dragged it out for the hikers to see and these are the photos they took.  The creature’s tail is like a rat’s tail and it is a foot long.”

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Since the photos were published, bloggers have been speculating as to the identity of this bald headed beauty.  It has long hair on its body and a hairless face and head.  Ideas as to the creature’s origin have ranged from the completely unknown to El Chupacabra.  Some are even guessing that it is a more evolved version of the “Montauk Monster”.

My take? I feel quite strongly that it is a North American River Otter. Let’s compare with this handy little graphic that I made:

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As we can see, the snout, ears and eyes line up.  The head shape is pretty much the same as well.  The sleek fur and long body are also very similar.  Many are remarking about the unidentified creature’s teeth, but as you can see from the otter skull above, the everyday, ordinary, mundane, cute as a button otter has some rather big toothies as well.

Of course, this still leaves the question about the hairless head.  I admit I have no answer for that.  I speculate that perhaps it is due to nothing more than the natural decomposition process, during which the hair naturally falls away from the body.  And maybe since the unfortunate fellow was being smashed about on what appears to be some rugged and rocky shoreline, the fur on the sensitive facial skin was the first to get rubbed off.  With all of that said, I’m no scientist, so I could be full of baloney.

What do you think? Am I on the money or is there more to this story?  I’m always a sucker for a new cryptid, so if you think I’m wrong in my otter analysis, please share your thoughts!

Creature photos courtesy of  No copyright infringement intended with the otter photos. Used strictly for educational purposes.