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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Iceland Loch Ness monster

Iceland Loch Ness monster

Iceland Loch Ness monster New Loch Ness Monster found? Video footage showing what looks like a long, snake-like creature slithering through a river has some people proclaiming that a new Loch Ness Monster has been found While the footage has convinced some that the "creature" is real, others aren't so sure

celand is buzzing after footage surfaced showing that country's version of the Loch Ness monster, the Lagarfljot river worm.

The video was taken by a local resident and caused a stir when it appeared on the national broadcaster's website.

The river worm is the most famous monster in Icelandic folklore, first mentioned in 1345.

But skeptics argue that the video shows an ordinary fishing net moving in the water after ice melted.

One thing is certain: it's doubtful the truth will be uncovered any time soon.
Many people believe that Iceland's Loch Ness Monster, the Lagarfljot river worm, has been captured on camera.

The video, taken by a local resident, seems to show the most well known monster in the country's folklore.

Apparently, legend has it that the snake-like creature started off as a small heather worm that was put onto a golden ring.

The ring apparently caused it to grow and grow, so it was thrown into the Lagarfljot river.

Those who do not believe that this is the monster think the pictures show a bit of net.

They say the net blew into the river and froze and when the ice cleared, the so called worm started to slither around in the river.
However, an expert on the legendary Lagarfljótsormurinn lake beast believes this footage is fake.
Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, has researched the Icelandic creature and wrote about it in his book Field Guide to Lake Monsters and Sea Serpents.
He said he was concerned about the ‘robotic’ look of the creature featured in the video and believes it is an elaborate hoax.
On his website Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman wrote: “Frankly, this video shows something that looks like a constructed snake-like object, with rigid sections, being propelled through the water.
“From the movement on the water’s surface, it would have to be something other than a mammal, like a giant worm, a reptile or a fish.
“The head appears to have been made to look like it belongs to a giant anaconda. The sections do not gracefully flow, but are sectionally moving from side-to-side. Mammals move up and down.
“It seems someone attempting this fakery, perhaps by using a robot with tarps, fish nets, or trash bags – a favorite for watery hoaxers – has decided to take the phrase <> and/or <> too literally.”
According to Coleman, the most recent sighting of a strange creature in Lake Lagarfljót was in 1998, when a teacher and their class of pupils said they saw something close to the shore.
However, they did not describe it as having a “worm-like” appearance.
Another reason why Loren Coleman believes the footage to be a hoax, is because of the creature’s appearance. He said the phrase “Icelandic Worm Monster” was coined in the 21st Century and comes from a misunderstanding and mistranslation of Lagarfljótsormurinn simply as Lagarfljót worm.
This is instead of the more correct Lagarfljót Würm or Wurm – a phrase which harks back to dragon folklore.
Loren Coleman added: “The traditional sightings of this lake’s <> – going back to 1345 – are not <>… Instead, they describe Lagarfljótsormurinn as having a hump, a long neck, and whiskers, more like a long-necked Waterhorse than a giant snake.”
He said because of the creature’s misinterpreted adopted name, hoaxers may mistakenly create it in the shape of a snake which contradicts all other eye witness accounts.

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