Ocean of Pseudoscience Shorty – The Montauk Monster

The headlines read: “Dead Monster Washes Ashore in Montauk”

So what exactly was this crazy dead thing? Some call it a marketing scheme and no one can deny that it brought attention to the town of Montauk.

Others say it might have been a prank by a local filmmaker to bring attention to his movie. There’s a pretty good understanding of how the story unfolded but no conclusion on how the story started and whether it’s a normal hoax or a hoax of a hoax.

In the end, the actual carcass appears to be a dead, waterlogged raccoon.

~Bluegrass Blue Crab


  1. Patric Douglas · September 9, 2010

    No so fast there, this story had legs and WILL WALK. In fact a similar critter washed up on California’s Ocean Beach that same summer:


    Yes, the Mother of Montauk, believe it, there’s a picture!

  2. John Carroll · September 9, 2010

    I live on the east end of Long Island. You couldn’t imagine the theories and hysteria when this happened. Many locals thought for sure it was some creature created at the Plum Island Animal Research Facility which is located just off the coast of the North Fork. Another “Montauk monster” washed up somewhere else on the east coast this past summer, but I can’t remember where.

  3. Patric Douglas · September 9, 2010

    Back to our theory. An alien circus ship with all manner of off-planety critters crashed in the Pacific and these monsters are washing up all over.

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