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Did This Alaska Man Find a New Sea Monster? Video of ‘Strange Thing’ in the Water Causes a Commotion

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Is there a new Nessie roaming around Alaskan waters?

A man working for the Bureau of Land Management captured a curious and now-viral video of something moving in the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska. To date, the video has garnered nearly 300,000 views, with many comparing the mysterious “creature” to the legendary Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

In the video, Craig McCaa captures what he calls a “strange thing” appearing to slither┬ábeneath┬áthe murky river water. McCaa told the Alaska Dispatch News he saw a 12-to-15-foot-long object moving back and forth for several minutes when he was down by the river on Oct. 18. And while the only visible thing in the video are a few pieces of moving ice, Twitter users were quick to provide their own theories.

And while some were amazed, others guessed it might be garbage or some other form of aquatic life. McCaa told ADN, “It never fully revealed itself,” and admitted he sped up the video and added minor sound effects.

“I initially thought, and several people thought, it could be some rope that snagged on the bottom of the river with chunks of ice,” McCaa said. “Other people have mentioned everything from sea monster to giant sturgeon.”