On December 11, 2010 my friend Kim shared a link with me on HJ’s Facebook page to a story about an unknown creature photographed in Louisiana. I expected blogs to blow up in the following days with speculations and conjecture of the creature caught on the trap camera.
It probably blew up more than I realized. I got distracted doing holiday stuff and have once again fallen behind on my blog reading. But I made it a point to search out posts by bloggers I trust to have some interesting things to say on topics like these.
Monster Hunter extraordinnaire Gummerfan covered it on his blog. (See, “One Freaky Piccy!” and “Freaky Piccy Pt 2“.) He conjectured this could be what he calls a “one-timer pop up.” (A creature that causes a stir once, but then you never see it again.)
He found an account of something called a Dover Demon that popped up once and never was heard about again –until perhaps now. Accounts of what it looked like fit the Louisiana Swamp Monster’s details.
Javier Ortega of course had a post about the Louisiana Swamp Monster Photo. I suspected Javier would be skeptical about this pic. He felt it was digitally manipulated for reasons only the geek in him (or others who are on his geek level) can understand.
I am a geek, but I don’t speak fluent geek. But the skeptic in me felt that photo, while creepy and nice for a horror movie, looked too staged to be real. The thing that struck me as most wrong was, what are the chances something would look straight into a camera like that?
Anyway, now it seems Javier’s uncovered more info that may solve the Louisiana Swamp Monster mystery. (And likely points to it being what most suspected, a hoax.)
What do you think? Do you think it could be a Dover Demon, or could it be someone else was as well read as Gummerfan and digitally created it using the DD as a model?
I’m hoping it’s fake, because I’d hate to be wrong in this case and there’s actually a freaky looking creature like that roaming around in any woods anywhere. (We have a lot of woods by our house. Wouldn’t want to meet one of its cousins on one of my walks with Murph!)
Now I’m just curious if we’ll ever see this photo turn up on a Fact or Faked episode? Maybe not for them to investigate, but to make it to the stage where they’re considering cases. (I have a feeling they could debunk this one from their couches.)