So, another Montauk Monster? Giant Rat, Pig or just an unfortunate dog who fell in to the river before washing ashore under the Brooklyn Bridge all bloated and starting to decay?

The East River Monster

Denise Ginley shot pics of the East River Monsater on Sunday while strolling with her boyfriend along the Manhattan side of the East River.

Dubbed the “East River Monster”, it was found by photographer Denise Ginley while strolling with her boyfriend along the Manhattan side of the East River.

The East River Monster

The mystery creature was found beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. (Denise Ginley)

Photos of a bloated, hairless animal washed up on by a New York river have sparked debate over what the creature could be and whether it is related to the “Montauk Monster”.

The creature was spotted under the Brooklyn Bridge by Denise Ginley, who sent photos of it to New York-based news website Gothamist on July 22.

Ms Ginley said the animal was about 60cm long from head to tail and asked: “Is this another incarnation of the Montauk Monster, or just the biggest rat in the city?”

The East River Monster

Some say the creature’s lack of cloven hooves is evidence it is not a pig. (Denise Ginley)

Photos of the carcass, which Ms Ginley dubbed the “East River Monster”, quickly spread throughout US media, with people suggesting it was a washed up rat until the New York City Parks Department claimed it was a pig.

But this was quickly disputed, with people pointing out the photos showed the creature had claws and not trotters like a pig.

The East River Monster

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Written by CW Staff

In the late 80s I started investigating UFOs and crop circles and joined the CCCS (Centre for Crop Circle Studies) and a local group researching strange sightings and reports along the south coast of Dorset (UK). In the early ’90s I started my own research group called SPS (Strange Phenomena Studies), this was renamed in 2004 to Cryptoworld.