Over last weekend, the discovery of the “Montauk Monster” on a beach near the Hamptons on Long Island created quite a stir. A significant difference between the case of the Montauk Monster and other cryptids is the existence of rather clear photographic evidence. Just look at this photograph, the one most commonly sent around the news wires regarding the dead mystery animal:
What could this beast be? How did it meet its fate? It is difficult to tell for sure, because the photograph is so close to the cryptid as to eliminate almost all of the wide frame of the environment in which it was found. What is the context within which the “Montauk Monster” is located? What was the milieu of its death?
Fortunately, a less well-circulated photograph placing the corpse of this intriguing creature in context exists:
Clearly, the creature died of thirst.