November 13th, 2012
Ray Martell writes:
Hi my names Ray ..i live on a small peninsula in Warwick, Rhode Island
on Narragansett Bay………..me and my kid were walking down a local
private beach not far from my house a couple months ago around 10
pm….(a spot i fish during the day regularly) ….at first my son and
i both heard swans freaking out about a 100′ away ( we usually have a
large population of swans ) we walked towards the noise ..at about
30′ away i could see what i think was the back shoulders of a very
large version of the montauk creature alive and well and hunting
swans… pinkish skin and large shoulders was all i could make out
…..when we got close enough for my son to hear it clearly …he said
“pop theres a monster” and he started backing up fast…shit we both
did ….the area has many places i think something like this could
hide easily….i went to check for prints the next day but it rained
pretty hard that night and there was nothing…….my son is 7 and
while he does have a vivid imagination im 39 and i dont ……..as
far as im aware we dont have any local predators that fit the
description or stand a chance trying to eat a swan……..if you could
suggest a course of action in collecting some type of evidence im
willing to give it a shot…email me or call my cell if you think this
November 13th, 2012
Rebecca Alexis Turner writes:
I looked though your site and was shocked by the numbero f people saying the creatures were deceased raccoon or opossum.
As a wildlife rehabber with Nuts For Squirrels Wildlife Rehabilitation located in North East Florida (First Coast Region) I have cared for opossum and raccoon on numerous occasions and know for fact that the washed up creatures are NOT former raccoon or opossum.
I was also a three year Environthon Team member in both the Fred B. Miller and Florida State Envirothons. My school’s team always placed first in our county. And scored high in Wildlife Identification. This brings me to the reasons the creatures are not raccoon or opossum.
Raccoon do not take on a beaked appearance when their skulls are bared, contrary to what has been posted in several places. The “slight beak” the skull takes clearly displays the root mount for the teeth. This is not seen in and of the Montauk images or images of similar creatures. Also the orbital ridge of a raccoon skull line up with the lower brain case to form a rounded dinner bell shape not seen in the bird eye view images of the Montauk skull. Lastly, the limbs of the Montauk creatures are too short to be raccoon, raccoon have long limbs that leave them looking like they walk on stilts until the long belly fur of adulthood grows in.
Opossum have to few forward teeth, a shorter second fang behind the long canines on the upper jaw, and narrower orbits.
Otters are ruled out for both as well due to lack of orbital delta wings on the outer forward orbit rim. However, river or sea otters are a possible explaination for the images of the Canadian creature “The Ugly One”. Regarding dentition and skull shape.
Plum Island may hold the key to the Montauk and its kin simply because it is an ISLAND. In the fossil record islands and their limited genetic pool have given rise to rare creature localized to those locations alone. Tasmanian Wolf/Tiger for example. Galapagos finches and tortoises for another. And finally in example, lemurs, foosa cats and several other species from the island of Madagascar.
I hope this helps your readers to educate themselves and cuts down on ignorant posts.
November 7th, 2011
A couple were taking a peaceful walk on the beach at Milford, CT
when they came across this carcass of some sort of animal, which they sent us.
June 9th, 2011
On April 20 this year, Alan Varley From St Helens Merseyside England UK,
reported, “While in Canada visiting relatives we were walking by Lac St
Louis in Beaconsfield on the outskirts of Montreal “We came across this
dead creature – not knowing what it was, I searched the internet and
came upon your website.”
June 9th, 2011
On the morning of January 30th this year, Tricia Mahmias of Locust Valley NY was walking on the beach in Bayville NY, at the Connecticut end of Long Island with her husband and two dogs. She came across and snapped this extraordinary, ugly dead animal. It was her son Michael, an Environmental Scientist, who filled her in later about the Montauk Monster. She checked out the Newsday piece online: “And lo and behold it is the same thing – and in very good condition. There is no way this is a raccoon or any other kind of animal I have ever seen before.”
June 6th, 2011
On Sunday Feb 20 this year David Kuritzky, a Mount Kisco glass specialist visiting from upstate New York, took this picture of a gryphonesque beaked beast at Hither Hills, a beach just south-west of Montauk Point.
June 6th, 2011
On March 20 just past, student Jacob Trevino reported, “Me and a couple of friends traveled to stay on Galveston Island (Crystal Beach to be exact) for Spring Break. We were driving along the beach listening to our friends tell us about this “thing” they saw while running along the beach earlier that morning. So we went to go see it. I saw it, and had no clue what it was. It had a beak, webbed feet, and looked like some sort of “ocean rat.” It was washed up along the beach along with tons of jellyfish. I took photos only to realize that later on that I’ve seen this thing before on a various website post. I wish I got a few better photos.”