Two alleged Jersey Devil sightings last week resulted in a photo by one man and a video from another woman going viral online and sparking debate between both proponents and opponents of the local myth.
Dave Black, of Little Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey, told NJ.com
in an email that he was driving past a golf course on his way home from work when he caught sight of a winged creature soaring over the trees.
“I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama. If that wasn't enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course,” Black wrote. “Either my mind is playing tricks on me or I just saw the Jersey Devil.”
Black’s photo soon took off online and caused an uproar, but he insists he did not use Photoshop or pre-planned staging in any way.
“People have said it's fake, but it's not. I'm honestly just looking for an explanation for what I saw,” Black said. “I'm not looking for anything in return, just thought someone else could maybe explain this in a more rational way.”
Black’s photo phenomenon was quickly followed with a video posted by a Weird NJ reader known as Emily who uploaded the video onto the site’s Facebook page.
“I realize this sounds crazy but I saw a red animal with a long neck and horns. I swear on my mother’s grave, this is not a joke. I pulled over to take a video and as I started filming it got on its hind legs and flew away,” Emily said, according to Weird NJ. “Was driving home from an appointment on Old Port Republic Rd in Leeds Point when I took this video. So excited, had to share with someone. I searched online and a few others have similar stories. Channel 12 posted a photo online of it.”
Social media users took to Twitter to voice their praise and criticism of the latest footage featuring the elusive Jersey Devil:
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