Monster definitely not racoon or opossum, writes expert

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.

6 Responses to “Monster definitely not racoon or opossum, writes expert”

  1. posmlady says:

    I’m also a former rehabber of wildife, and before I saw the episode in stranger than nature, I thought maybe the raccoon theory was right. But looking at all the different angles, I to must say this is NOT a raccoon or oppossom body. matter if fact, if you look up some pictures on The net, there is a huge differance in the skulls. and, why would the upper teeth be missing, when lowers are fully intake, and much longer than uppers? however, a couple of the pictures here do look like. seals, otters, and a badger? hmmmm possible attempts at making new monsters? who knows? I cant wait until someone is bold enough to snag some DNA off of one of these beaked looking creatures like the original montauk monster instead of just photos. until then, we wait.

  2. Joseph Soto says:

    My name is Joseph Soto I live in P.R. Aguadilla I have looked closely at the picture and lets go back to greek mythology we have a 4 legged animal with a beak in the front its very close to a description of a Gryphon an animal considered to be a myth may very well prove to be real. Now im not a scientist im just giving my opinion. If you do try to find one of these creatures dont go empty handed we dont know how they will react in contact with humans be very careful. maybe they will run from you or try and kill you. Im not trying to scare you just be careful.

  3. Not Araccoon says:

    I’m not a wildlife rehabber, but I,ve trapped dozens of raccoons, and the original Montauk monster is not a raccoon. It’s way too big (though bloated) but the head shape is all wrong. Raccoon are built almost like a cat/small dog. Their faces and jaws are small. This looks more like a dog to me, but for sure not a raccoon or possum.

  4. Nikki says:

    I’m not a scientist but the structure does seem to resemble a taper/pig with claws. I must also say that the jaws are sharp and point to more of a predator than prey. just a thought.

  5. Tamara says:

    I agree with Nikki, I am not qualified to say what it is but it does look like a tapir skeleton.