Grainy footage of something moving in China’s Yangtze River has been tagged as evidence of that nation's “Loch Ness Monster,” sending ripples through Chinese social media.
But where some see proof of something fantastical patrolling the river, others were searching for more rational explanations. One expert described the animal as a “water snake,” and it has also been suggested that the mysterious creature is a Chinese giant salamander. Classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List, the salamander can grow larger than 5.9 feet in length.
The explanation for the “sighting” may be even more mundane than those. Citing Chinese news website The Paper, Forbes reports that the “monster” may have been a long piece of black material caught in rocks.
Pear Video showed footage of workers removing what looked like a large piece of black rubber.
The “Loch Ness monster” continues to be a source of fascination. A newly surfaced video in Scotland, home of the enigmatic beastie, supports the theory that the fabled monster may be a giant eel. The Ness Fishery Board recently tweeted a video of a large eel-shaped object swimming in the River Ness.
As for eels, they are themselves offering fascinating research opportunities. Scientists recently discovered a species of electric eel lurking in the waters of the Amazon that can generate a greater electrical discharge than any other known animal
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this article.
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