A short video of an icy-looking creature swimming in a river in Alaska has many asking if it could be an ice monster similar to Scotland’s Loch Ness monster.
The video taken by Bureau of Land Management employees Craig McCaa and Ryan Delaney went viral and has now been viewed more than 436,000 times on Facebook.
According to the Alaska Dispatch News, McCaa said the object, about 12 to 15 feet long, stayed in place, though it moved back and forth.
Initially, the Bureau said whatever was seen moving through the Chena River in Fairbanks was real but they don’t know exactly what it was. They later posted a Facebook update concluding the surreal scene was probably a frozen piece of rope attached to a pier.
"So far the most compelling explanation, one shared by experts at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game ... is that the video shows 'frazil ice stuck to a rope that is probably caught on a bridge pier,'" the Bureau said. Frazil ice, which forms on water, is characterized as slushy.
Before the ice monster was debunked, viewers didn’t take long to speculate about what they saw. Some thought it could be a sturgeon, a bull shark, or a salmon. Odder guesses included “beavegator” and zombie salmon.
Logic won out for others, who noted an animal or fish wouldn't be covered in ice.
The Bureau of Land Management's update later in the day noted the ice had melted from the Alaskan river and there were no signs of the ice monster.
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