17 Real-Life Monsters And The Truth Behind Each

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Indonesian Hairy Blob

This giant, almost impossible to identify blob washed up on a beach in Indonesia in early 2017, and baffled thousands of people on Twitter…Twitter

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Hairy Blob

…finally, experts concluded that it was nothing more than a waterlogged dugong, which had washed up after decomposing in the sea. Wikimedia Commons

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Indonesian Sea Creature

This kraken-like creature washed up on the shores of the island of Seram in Indonesia last year, sending the locals into a tizzy. The creature had smooth, mottled skin, tusk-like protrusions, and turned all of the water around it an eerie red color…YouTube

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Indonesian Sea Creature

… though scientists have suggested that the creature is most likely a whale, the creatures true identity still remains a mystery. Locals claim it couldn’t possibly be a whale, as it definitely had tentacles, and possibly tusks. Youtube

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Panama Creature

This freakish creature, dubbed the “Panama Creature” was found in a river near Cerro Azul in Panama. A group of teenagers claimed that the alien like creature attacked them from under the water, and they were forced to kill it…YouTube

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Panama Creature

…their story was eventually debunked when scientists revealed that the monster was actually the decomposing corpse of a brown-throated sloth. The loss of hair was due to the corpse being stuck underwater for an extended period of time. Wikimedia Commons

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Elemendorf Beast

The Elmendorf Beast was a dog-sized monster that terrorized the small town of Elemendorf Texas for months until it was finally caught. Rumors that it was the dreaded chupacabra swirled until zoologists revealed the creature’s real nature…YouTube

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Elemendorf Beast

… which was nothing more than a coyote. Experts determined that it a coyote likely contracted mange, or another neurodegenerative disorder, which caused it’s erratic behavior and bloodlust for farm animals. Wikimedia Commons

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Omajinaakoos

In 2010, a snaggle-toothed creature washed up on the banks of an Ontario creek, only to be identified by native elders as “omajinaakoos,” or, “the ugly one,” a mythical creature that feeds on beavers. However multiple zoologists refuted the story, claiming it was something else entirely…YouTube

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Omajinaakoos

…most likely an otter. The claws and facial structure most closely resembled that of a common river otter, and the hair loss was most likely due to being left in the water to decompose. Wikimedia Commons

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Atacama Skeleton

The six-inch Atacama skeleton was discovered in northern Chile in 2003. Upon inspection, the remains contained high-quality DNA, suitable for testing…

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Atacama Skeleton

…however, the truth is that scientists still don’t know what the skeleton is. Is it a premature infant born with a severe form of oxycephaly or dwarfism? Or, was it something much more mysterious, and possibly extraterrestrial?

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Montauk Monster

The Montauk Monster is perhaps the most famous on this list. After washing up on the northern-most beach of Long Island in 2008, photos of the monster made the rounds on the internet, causing much speculation as to what it could possibly be…Wikimedia Commons

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Montauk Monster

…which turned out to be a raccoon. The skull and paw shape was what gave it away to zoologists, who explained just how important flesh and fur are in making a difference between cute and creepy. Public Domain

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Folly Beach Beast

In 2012, a giant scaly sea creature washed up on Folly Beach in South Carolina. The giant scales covering it’s massive body inspired visions of sea monsters or prehistoric beasts…YouTube

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Folly Beach Beast

…but in reality, experts believe that it was the remains of the Atlantic Sturgeon, a fish that can grow to enormous lengths, and has been known to show off some pretty prehistoric-looking scales. Wikimedia Commons

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Tenby Beast

A woman walking her dog on a Welsh beach came across a horrifying site when her pup sniffed something near the water’s edge. Dubbed the “Tenby beast,” the creature seemed to be a mix of a horse, a bear, and a pig… YouTube

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Tenby Beast

…however, experts claim it was nothing more than a badger, left to rot, swell, and decompose in the salty sea water. Wikimedia Commons

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Roch Ness Monster

The Roch Ness Monster was another creature found during an unsuspecting early morning dog walk, along a lake in Rochdale, England. The creepy, flat head with its gaping jaws immediately sparked visions of sinister sea serpents…YouTube

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Rock Ness Monster

…but, like the Folly Beach monster, the Roch Ness beast turned out to be a sturgeon, which are known to inhabit the lake. Wikimedia Commons

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East River Monster

A couple was hoping for a lovely, riverside walk to the farmers market when they stumbled upon what has been dubbed the “East River Monster” lying in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. The bloated, rotting corpse originally looked pig like, but upon closer inspection had a long tail and paws…YouTube

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East River Monster

… but, experts eventually deduced that the corpse was likely a cooked pig that had been discarded in the river or a small dog that had become overly bloated after being dropped in the river. Wikimedia Commons

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Zuiyo Maru Carcass

When fishermen pulled the mangled carcass out of the water, they immediately assumed that the creature was some sort of prehistoric sea serpent, or the remains of a plesiosaur…Wikimedia Commons

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Zuiyo Maru Carcass

…however, eventually, scientists deduced that it was the carcass of a basking shark. Though, admittedly, the basking shark looks pretty prehistoric even when it’s alive. Wikimedia Commons

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Houston Sea Monster

A Texas resident posted a photo asking the science-side of Twitter for help after noticing a creature that was washed ashore after Hurricane Harvey. The creature seemed like something out of a deep-sea nightmare until the science side of Twitter finally came through… Twitter

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Houston Sea Monster

…explaining that it was the bloated carcass of a tusky eel, which lives in the warm waters off the coast of Texas, and likely got caught in infested floodwaters during the storm. Wikimedia Commons

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Moscow Monster

Looking like a prop from a retro monster movie, the Moscow Monster washed up on shore in 2008. The long, stringy hair covering its skeleton lead many to believe that it was a prehistoric lake monster of some kind, surfacing after a storm… YouTube

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Moscow Monster

…but in reality, it was just a beluga whale carcass. The stringy, hairy mess that covered it was likely seaweed and other debris that the carcass picked up on its way to shore. Public Domain

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Texas Chupacabra

This little fella, rumored to be the elusive and deadly Chupacabra (a baby, of course) was found by a family in Texas in 2014. Experts were called in after the family boasted that they had finally captured the legendary creature…YouTube

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Texas Chupacabra

…and, actually, no official decision was made. Most experts agree that it’s most likely a mangy raccoon, though certain characteristics such as its eating habits and growl suggest otherwise. YouTube

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Philippine Sea Serpent

The Philippine Sea Serpent washed up on the shores of a beach in Agusan del Norte, terrifying beachgoers. The large eye, seemingly gaping mouth, and long serpentine body looked an awful lot like something from the deep, dark ocean…YouTube

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Philippine Sea Serpent

…and in reality, it was, though it was much less sinister than anyone thought. The sea monster was simply an oarfish, partially decomposed, that washed up after a natural death. Wikimedia Commons

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Tasmanian Globster

The Tasmanian globster was, perhaps, the first sea monster to captivate the nation. After washing up in 1962 on the beaches of western Tasmania, the 20-foot carcass baffled scientists for years…Wikimedia Commons

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Tasmanian Globster

…until it was finally deduced that the hairy mass was likely a baleen whale, almost entirely decomposed. Wikimedia Commons

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