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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Kipsy, The Hudson River Monster

"Kipsy" is the name given to an aquatic cryptid that was first sighted in the year 1610. The creature is also called the Hudson River Monster because it is seen in the river of the same name, which runs through New York.

The New York Times has printed several articles about the monster, or a strange creature at least, over the years. In 1899, an article appeared titled "SHARK OR SEA SERPENT?; Bathers in the Hudson River Startled by a Monster That Chased Them from the Water," and which said:

"… a fish story, and what is more, a true one. It concerns what by some is described as a shark, and by others as a sea serpent, which in some way or other and for reasons best known to itself made is appearance in the Hudson River yesterday morning about 7 o'clock at a point just off Weehawken, N.J."

 In 2006, the Times reported sightings of another odd creature in the river. This time it was a manatee.

"Added to the chronicles of great beasts that have descended upon New York City in the year 2006 is one that is arguably the greatest of them all. A beast, upwards of 1,000 pounds and a cousin to the elephant, which dwarfs the coyote, the deer and the dolphin that preceded it. A beast that, at hundreds of miles north of its natural habitat, has most likely made the longest and most arduous journey among them. A beast, with a pudgy-nosed face and sweet-potato-shaped body, that could even be considered cute: a manatee.
"Over the past week, boaters and bloggers have been energetically tracking a manatee in its lumbering expedition along the Atlantic Coast and up the Hudson River.
"John H. Vargo, the publisher of Boating on the Hudson magazine, put out an alert last week, much to the incredulity of some boaters.
"'Some were laughing about it, because it couldn't possibly be true,' Mr. Vargo said.
"The manatee has been spotted at 23rd Street near Chelsea Piers, West 125th Street, and later in Westchester County. It appeared to be healthy.
"Randy Shull, a boater from Ossining, spotted the manatee about 4:30 p.m. yesterday while his 21-foot boat was floating at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow.
"'It was gigantic,' Mr. Shull said. 'When we saw it surface, its back was just mammoth.'
"It is unusual, but not unprecedented for manatees to travel this far north - the seaweed-munching sea creatures are commonly associated with the warm waters of Florida.
"Manatees have been reported along the shores of Long Island and even as far north as Rhode Island. It is unusual, however, for a manatee to be spotted inland in a ever this far north.
"'I'm 70 years old, and I've been on the river my entire life,' Mr. Vargo said. 'I've seen dolphins and everything else, but never a manatee."

 Some other sightings were reported in 2008.

So, what is Kipsy?

Most likely, it is a variety of things. The 1899 report says that witnesses described the creature as "a shark" or "a sea serpent." It would not be impossible for the creature to be a shark, and we know that the animal spotted in 2006 was a manatee. Not cryptids, but interesting anyway.
Not a monster...

Now, do I think Kipsy is a real monster like a "sea serpent?" This time, I have to say that no, I don't.

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