Snakes in Florida are a common occurrence, but the Muck Monster is a newbie. Is it a case for the herpetologists or is it time to call in the cryptozoologists?
Muck Monster Unsettles Floridians
Referring to it as the “Muck Monster,” WPTV Channel 5 reports that West Palm Beach is home to an as of yet unidentified newcomer. Sighted in Florida’s Lake Worth Lagoon, a marine biologist, who was consulted after the Muck Monster video aired, was quick to rule out an identification of a shark, manatee, or sea mammal. Lagoon Keepers posted a video of their supposed muck monster, and the rippling of the water is unlike that of any school of fish you might encounter.
Cryptozoologists Hesitant to Claim the Muck Monster
While the mainstream is quick to dub the unknown a monster, cryptozoologists are much slower to claim the Muck Monster as something that would fall under their scope of study. Scientists, who devote themselves to ferret out the Chupacabra and Bigfoot, are hesitant to attach the label of the unknown to the Muck Monster video. Instead, the overall take of Cryptomundo is much more in keeping with the known; suggestions range from a school of fish to a ray.
Is the Muck Monster a Case for the Herpetologists?
While some news outlets are joking about the Loch Ness Monster taking a much needed vacation in Florida, the Christian Science Monitor earlier this year warned Floridians that their state was slowly becoming infested with snakes. Making dire predictions about the fate of tourists, the Christian Science Monitor quotes Florida’s Senator Bill Nelson as warning that – should the danger of snakes in Florida go unheeded – tourists might be endangered.
Is it possible that the Muck Monster is little more than one of the Burmese pythons against which the senator warned?
Is the Muck Monster a Burmese Python?
A Burmese python could be easily mistaken for a black snake, and it might be possible to attribute the wake reported in the Florida Muck Monster video to the ripples made by this semi-aquatic snake. Burmese pythons in Florida are already known for their attacks on alligators, which surprisingly lead to an often deadly stalemate. As long ago as 2005, the Associated Press reported on the famous death photo of an alligator swallowed by a Burmese python, which ultimately led to the demise of both.
Could the rippling in the water warn of a muck monster that is a Burmese python?
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