New Jersey monster eel photo goes viral in Reddit; some observers call it a huge sea lamprey (Photo)

By on Feb 27, 2013 in Animals, United States, Weird Comments

A so-called New Jersey monster eel photo, as shown below, is now going viral at social networking site Reddit. The said photo was uploaded by Reddit user jlitch on Friday, February 15, 2013, and now has over 1,250,000 views and more than 2,000 comments.

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Alleged monster eel found in New Jersey
Image Credit: Doug Cutler Facebook

“Friend also caught this fishing in NJ.” Reddit user jlitch wrote on his thread, along with a photo of the monster eel, showing its jagged teeth. An arrow can be seen on its body, which apparently killed the monstrous sea creature. Some Reddit commentators suggested that it is a sea lamprey.

“I want to thank everyone on the feed back of the first picture. It was quite a shock to me and my friends to wake up to the picture on the front page of yahoo news and many other websites.” Jlitch wrote on a separate thread the next day, attaching a photo of the monster eel on a different angle.

Apparently, there were those who do not believe that the photo was authentic, noting that it was only a photoshopped photo. But three days later, Jlitch posted a photo of a man holding the arrow stuck in the monster eel’s body and a bow on other hand, with a caption, “NJ fish not photoshopped, Proof.”

According to New York Daily News this Monday, the man who took the photos identified the fisherman who captured the strange eel-like animal as Doug Cutler. Cutler, who did not make a return call to the paper, posted the photos on his official Facebook page on June 6, 2011, and called the animal as lamprey.

Meanwhile, scientists at Outdoor magazine also suggested the mutant sea creature appeared to look like a huge sea lamprey, which was described at Wikipedia as “native to the inland Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain in New York and Vermont; and are considered a pest in the Great Lakes region.”

“The photo doesn’t allow counting of gill openings (seven per side for sea lampreys), but based on size alone, this does appear to be a sea lamprey.” A New York Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman was quoted telling to the magazine.

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Alleged monster eel found in New Jersey
Image Credit: Doug Cutler Facebook

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Alleged monster eel found in New Jersey, with Doug Cutler
Image Credit: Doug Cutler Facebook

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