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Thursday, January 14, 2016

30-Ft "Barmouth Monster" Photograhed - Or the First Fake of 2016

Well, it didn't take long for pictures said to be of cryptids to start appearing in 2016.

This time, the photo is supposedly of the "Barmouth Monster," a creature said to live in the waters in Barmouth, Wales. Recently, the Express published a story called "Is this the Barmouth Monster? Giant creature measuring 30ft spotted in British estuary."

The article reports that sightings of the Barmouth Monster have been reported for decades. The first report was sometime before 1937, when a woman found footprints "as big as a elephant's" on the beach. In '37, someone saw a "crocodile like" animal walking along a river bank. March 1975 saw a sighting by six girls, who said "it had a long neck and a square face and a long tail with a flipper at the back." The skin of the monster was "black and patchy." "It was like a dinosaur… the monster was about 10 feet long, with a long tail, long neck and huge green eyes. It walked towards the sea and entered the water."

And now, someone has a picture of the monster…..

…..Or, maybe not.

Let's check out the photo.

A red circle! Then it must be a real monster!
.. Yeah, right.

Mohammad Tahla says he snapped a picture of a "monster-like shape" he saw in the estuary of the River Aeron, which is located 60 miles from Barmouth. Tahla told the Cambrian News:

"I took one look and thought 'Blimey, that looks just like the Loch Ness Monster."

Tahla says he returned to the spot two days after taking the photo but didn't see the "monster" again.

The Cambrian News says that "stunned residents" have reported the monster, but there aren't any other sightings reported besides Tahla's.

Perhaps the reason there aren't other sightings is because Tahla didn't photograph a monster.

I believe that lake monsters, sea serpents, and Bigfoots exist more than anyone. But that doesn't mean I believe every story I hear. And I definitely don't believe every picture I see, including this one.

What do I think Tahla say and photographed? Easy - a log. And, its pretty obvious that it's a log. First, you can see part of it sticking out in front of the "neck." And, there's no head! So, unless the Barmouth Monster decided to move 60 miles north and doesn't have a head, this is not a picture of it.

Did the other witnesses in earlier years really spot a monster at Barmouth? Possibly. But it has not returned.

It's sad to me that news websites always publish only photos of "lake monsters" and "Bigfoot" that are obviously hoaxes or are obvious misidentifications. And, of course, they can't go and say "This is fake" like I just did, because its a news article. (Trust me, I've written them before.)

Well, so far that's one fake cryptid photo in 2016. There were plenty last year, and there probably will be this year, too, sadly.

Zoomed in… still a log.

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