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MonsterQuest: Florida's Cold Weather Reveals Manatee With Strange Tail

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PALM BEACH, Florida -- Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists believe that the cold weather has helped to uncover a local mystery; the identity of the mysterious sea monster featured on the TV show MonsterQuest which airs on the History Channel.

As hundreds of manatees huddled to stay warm inside the channel of the Florida Power and Light Riviera Beach Power Plant, one of the gentle sea cows stood out due to a distinct feature of its anatomy.

Thought to have been injured by a boat propeller at some point in its life, the manatee's tail grew back into three separate prongs.

Due to the unusual shape, the manatee leaves three separate wakes on the water's surface while swimming just below.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believes that this is the source of the sea creature shown during a segment last year on Monsterquest.

The origin of last year's other sensational underwater story remains a mystery.

A strange creature dubbed the 'Muck Monster' created strange wake patterns on the surface of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

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I Move to nickname this manatee 3 Fingered Freddie
   comment# 1   - lobster · new youk · Jan 12, 2010 @ 3:51am

   comment# 2   - Mike · Columbia,USA · Jan 17, 2010 @ 1:28pm

The poor creature needs medical help and perhaps to be studied to see if what is supposed to have happen in reality actually did. I feel sorry for the manatee.
   comment# 3   - Daenna Harris · Houston, Texas, USA · Jan 18, 2010 @ 1:52pm

There are 3 sorts of manatee; they primarily distinguished as a result of where they survive. One population of manatee ranges by the side of the eastern coast of North American as of Florida up to Brazil. The various other kinds occupy the Amazon River as well as the western coastline and rivers in the continent of Africa.
   comment# 4   - Jehnavi · Lake City, FL · May 27, 2010 @ 8:26pm

The cryptid is not a manatee. If you watch the video, you can see the creature moving very quickly in the water, as if it is chasing bait fish. Manatees are slow moving creatures and they are vegetarian.
   comment# 5   - Chris · USA · Jul 16, 2010 @ 4:21am

Its just a mutation people come on!
   comment# 6   - dino135 · neton falls · Sep 16, 2010 @ 11:07am

Manatees may be vegetarian, but that doesn't mean they can't move quickly. They are surprisingly agile and can swim very quickly when motivated. Also, it's not actually a mutation, it's an injury. Nearly every adult manatee in florida bears the scars of an encounter with a boat propellar. Researchers will sometimes document the pattern of scars and use them to identify individual animals.
   comment# 7   - ryan · gainesville, fl · Oct 10, 2010 @ 9:03pm

That tail looks very little like the animal's tail on the show and the head was the most impressive part, which looked nothing like a manatee.
   comment# 8   - Chris · Detroit · Nov 15, 2010 @ 11:28pm

This animal can easily be filmed (since there is so much footage of it already) and it is ridiculous that people like myself who want to learn more about new species WASTE and hour of my time watching an episode with no conclusion. If I were being paid via a grant to discover what animal, known or unknown, this was I would have had a definitive answer...not some drama episode reminding me of the Kardashions or however you spell it. For this reason I am boycotting all monsterquest episode from this point on.
   comment# 9   - Brady · Chicago · Feb 7, 2012 @ 5:10pm

The Findings of this creature don't make sense. It can't be a Manatee. Firstly, Manatees absolutely do not, move swiftly through water. Secondly this creatures head looks like that of a Large seal. The tail of the creature on the video, appeared to move each prong independently. Not as a whole tail that had sustained an injury. I believe what was captured on video, could in fact be a sea mammal, long thought to be extinct.
   comment# 10   - Michael · Los Angeles, United States · Sep 19, 2012 @ 6:10pm

I'm sorry, but have people become so ignorant in their mental miasma of arrogant scepticism, that they seriously come to conclusions that, like the explanation described for this creature here, are downright idiotic? That injury looks NOTHING like the three-pronged tail of the creature Sowerwine filmed. HELLO?- Anyone with good vision & a lick of common sense can see that the tail of the mystery creature is not only different than the injured manatee's tail, but we can also discern that it is a natural form. We CAN zoom in on film like this, although that isn't even necessary for anyone with a halfway objective and intelligent brain.. but doing so IS one way that a person can see the reality of the creature's features, including the tail. I mean, come on? This is like those people out there who actually believe the creature seen in the Patterson Footage is anything other than a genuine unknown animal- a person REALLY has to work hard to practice such blindness to reality. Sometimes it is truly embarrassing to be a human being. Oh, & Donald Trump is ACTUALLY president!?!? Really? No, REALLY?? Can this be reality, or is it just some warped nightmare I'm having? I hope its the latter, my goodness I do...? And please don't classify the truth I've stated here as "abusive"..this stuff is IN-SANE, and somebody needs to say so out loud..our over sensitivity to legitimate criticism & simple reality, is a large part of the reason collective stupidity has gotten so out of control.
   comment# 11   - CD Karacter · Portland, OR USA · Nov 19, 2016 @ 2:55am
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