First posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 11:25 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 11:34 AM EDT
A video that appears to show an “ice monster” swimming in the waters of Alaska’s Chena River has sparked interest from around the world.
When Fairbanks Bureau of Land Management public affairs specialist Craig McCaa made one of his many trips to the banks of the river to photograph the changing seasons in October, he was shocked to see a long creature — experts estimate 12-15 feet — snaking through the top of the water.
He captured the thing on video and posted it on the bureau’s Facebook page (external - login to view). Since then, the Internet has blown up with theories about what it might be — from an unusual sturgeon or some kind of cold-water shark to a Loch Ness-type monster.
“It never fully revealed itself,” McCaa said in an interview with the Alaska Dispatch News (external - login to view). “I initially thought, and several people thought, it could be some rope that snagged on the bottom of the river with chunks of ice. Other people have mentioned everything from sea monster to giant sturgeon.”
The original video (external - login to view) has been viewed more than 850,000 times on Facebook alone.
An 'ice monster' appears to be swimming in the waters of the Chena River in Alaska. (Screen Capture)
facebook.com/BLMAlaska/videos/1198625086863631 (external - login to view)
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