Thursday, July 31, 2008
New York’s celebrity-obsessed Hamptons summer season got even sillier this week when a strange-looking, very dead creature washed up on a beach in Montauk at the far eastern end of New York’s Long Island.
On Tuesday afternoon, a photo was posted on Gawker, the Big Apple’s reigning gossip blog, which treated the Montauk monster with characteristic respect: “Good Luck With Your Hell Demons.”
The animal looks like a bloated, hairless dog, except that it’s got an eagle-like beak, a prominent brow ridge and a curiously elongated front paw.
Speculation immediately arose that it might be a hitherto unknown marine mammal, a sea turtle without its shell, an artful Photoshop creation or — cue the ” X-Files” theme — an escaped experiment from the government animal-disease research facility on Plum Island, just offshore from Montauk.
The animal’s resting on sand in the photo, with no other indication of location or scale except for what appears to be a large fly on its back.
Gawker itself thought it had broken the case late on Tuesday, when it noted that the woman who’d e-mailed in the photo………..For full story and related links click [ HERE ]