Ok, I really need to post about something that’s been plaguing me for the past two days. First, Gawker posted this fucking insane story and picture about an alleged monster that washed up onto the shore of Montauk recently. Some people thought it was a dog, others hypothesized that it was a shell-less sea turtle and still others thought it was a viral-marketing stunt. Then Gawker published this follow-up article and NY Mag jumped on the bandwagon with an article of its own, ruling out the possibility of a Cartoon Network marketing stunt, and in fact scrounging up eyewitnesses of the “monster”:
” A number of eyewitnesses say they saw the monster with their own eyes. “I saw the monster,” says Michael Meehan, a 22-year-old waiter at the Surfside Inn, which sits above the beach where the monster washed up. “I just came walking down the beach and everyone was looking at it. No one knew what it was. It kind of looked like a dog, but it had this crazy-looking beak. I mean, I would freak out if something like that popped up next to me in the water….”This woman kept calling animal control,” said Meehan. “She wanted to name it after herself. I think they came and got it. The carcass. Whatever it was.”” – Nymag.com
Even Plum TV has gotten involved (ah Plum tv, I tried to get myself filmed by your camera man at a party last weekend, and you ignored me), publishing this article, which doesn’t really say anything we don’t already know. Thought they did contact “four government biologists” who “unable to identify the species of the animal from its photo and came to the conclusion that ‘no such creature exists'”. Marci Caplis of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service noted that rare and unknown sea animals did surface after the Asian tsunami, and although the recent East Coast storms are not of comparable magnitude, the animal did wash up on a particularly stormy day in the Hamptons. Others have speculated that the animal escaped from Plum Island Animal Disease Center. The photographer, Jenna Hewitt of Montauk, and two companions who also saw the animal, will appear this Friday on “The Juice” on Plum TV.
Now even Fox News – sigh – has jumped on board, having its oh-so-knowledgeable Jeff Corwin weigh in on the controversy. I just wish the Fox News people would go back to reading Highlights magazine and stop trying to comment on important issues.
Anyway, enough about their opinions. What do you think? I think:
- It’s not a dead dog (sad)
- It’s not a shell-less turtle
- It’s not a viral marketing stunt
- I’m not going to go swimming at the beach this weekend
Paging Darwin <Plum TV>
Investigating the Montauk Monster <NyMag>
Dead Monster Washes Ashore in Montauk <Gawker>
Montauk Monster Madness Spreads <Gawker>