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The Montauk Monster: Our Take

The badly damaged carcass of a creature that appears to have a toothed beak has washed up at Montauk, across from the US Government's Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

There has been speculation that the animal is a decomposed sea turtle, but their beaks do not have teeth, and the turtle's shell is attached along the spine, and this creature shows no damage to the spine.

There are said to be photographs suggesting that the animalis a decomposed pit bull, and that the distortions in the jaw are the result of water action, and only appear to be a beak.

There has been speculation, also, that it's a raccoon, and famed cryptozoologist Loren Coleman believes that this may be the case. Coleman says, "The "Montauk Monster" appears to be a normal decomposing carcass, denuded by the elements, the ocean, and storms, of raccoon, or perhaps a dog."

The animal also has strangely structured front paws, that seem to be designed, but poorly, for swimming, but once again, they could be deteriorated due to water action. However, it isn't clear that any known animal's paws would deteriorate in this manner, nor is it clear that
the beak structure is the result of water action.

The carcass itself has deteriorated and no particular effort appears to have been made to gather the remains as evidence, meaning that the public will never gain proper information about this case.

In August of 2004, Unknowncountry.com covered an unknown animal that was appearing in Texas which local media called the Elmendorf Beast. The first carcass was found in Elmendorf Texas in August of 2004. We had the remains studied by a biologist, John Gramieri, who stated that the skull was not a coyote or a dog, but possibly a mix known a a coydog that either had a disease or was the result of breeding, either intentional or in the wild.

Numerous other carcasses turned up in east Texas over the next few years.

There was some speculation that genetic manipulation could be involved, and there is indeed an extensive facility at the Texas A&M University Department of  Animal Science, but our calls to the department resulted in comment that they were not working on any projects involving mange, and not doing any genetic work that could result in animals such as those we were finding.

Again, the Plum Island facility has denied carrying out any research that could have resulted in the deformities and distortions in a carcass. Its mission includes diagnosing and detecting foreign animal disease agents that are accidentally or "deliberately" introduced into the United States. It has also been pointed out by some observers that Lyme Disease was first seen in Lyme,Connecticut, immediately across the sound from Plum Island,at a time when such disease vectors were allegedly understudy on the island.

The Elmendorf animals were either genetic alterations or victims of profound disease, and it seems also that this animal may have had some illness. If so, it could have escaped from Plum Island, where animal experiments using various disease vectors are carried out.The presence of an identifying tag on the animal suggests that it may have been in captivity.

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