Tourists hanging out at China’s Three Gorges Dam Scenic Area last week got to see what many are now describing as a “river monster” swimming in the Yangtze River.
The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, and the third-longest in the world, measuring roughly 3,900 miles (6,300 km). The alleged creature happened to be at Yichang City in China’s Hubei province when it decided to surface and give everyone a quick show.
Looking at the video, the creature appears dark in color, long and serpentine. News stories about the incident (such as at Lad Bible and Daily Star), point out what looks like a hump on the creature’s back. Witnesses claimed it likely measured 10 feet long.
Speculation has ranged from a new cryptid similar to the Loch Ness Monster, to a perfectly ordinary, though still impressive, Burmese python.
Some have even suggested that this isn’t an animal or cryptid at all, but rather floating trash (or “rubbish”). In which case, our river monster here might have more in common with Iceland’s Lagarfljót Worm (or at least the fishing net that particular sighting turned out to involve).
Update: According to Coast to Coast AM, the unidentified “river monster” might have actually just been a giant rubber band.