Russ Sittloh of Florida has reported a Loch Ness-type of creature in a local canal that is being referred to as “Normandy Nessie”. But is it a huge snake or misplaced manatee? Read more and see video on Normandy Nessie below.
The retired engineer in Florida, Russ Sittloh said he first thought the creature was a large snake until he saw it’s caudal fin.
Sittloh has taken photos of the Normandy Nessie but they are from a distance and not that easy to view. But Russ insists the creature is huge and possibly dangerous. He is worried about small children and kayakers in the area.
Sittloh says the last time he saw the creature it did a double roll and came back toward Sittloh with a “mouthful of fish.”
Some people seem to think the creature could be a large python.
“I don’t know if we have a mutated species here or what,” Sittloh said. “Whatever he is, my God, is he big. He is some kind of big.”
Sittloh said he has already warned his neighbors and called the city, but did not report the creature to the Sheriff’s Office.
“From the video, it appears most likely it is a manatee,” said Carli Segelson, media relations coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said no one else in Madeira Beach has reported seeing the creature yet.
“It sounds like there is something out there, but we don’t know what it is,” she said.
Sittloh knows he has seen something very strange and has invested nearly $400 in equipment to record the elusive creature in the hope of capturing better photos of Normandy Nessie.
Sittloh lives on the canal and has shot video of the mysterious water creature. Russell says he first saw it in April, then again in September and this month. At 78, Sittloh’s seen a lot of things, but never this.
He said his camera recorded “Nessie” three times since September, the latest Saturday.
The video shows a dark form swimming along the surface of the water. It appears to be about 30 feet long. Another clip shows the creature splashing.
“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “It’s something different, it’s something strange, it’s something I’ve never seen in saltwater.”
Sittlow’s account of what he viewed is backed up by neighbor Maria VanAiken, 47, who said she saw the “monster” this summer.
“I looked up and I saw this like huge-looking creature,” she said.
He’s afraid for people to swim in the canal.
“A snake that size, he would leave no remains, absolutely no remains. He would eat you, swallow you, digest you, and there would be nothing left,” he said.
Sittloh thinks there’s more than one lurking in the water. He describes the biggest at 15 inches thick, and at least 20 feet long. “He was that big around. He come up out of the water and back in,” Sittloh said.
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