|Hollingworth Lake Monster|
Photograph of the creature
Map of the British Isles
|First Sighting||August 3, 2015|
On August 3, 2015, the corpse of a "terrifying beast," dubbed the Hollingworth Lake Monster, was found washed ashore at the British Hollingworth Lake.
At least 5 feet in length, although probably longer, and with sharp teeth, the creature has been viewed as having serpentine qualities and a slender body.
The sighting was reported as follows:
"This terrifying mystery creature found washed up on the banks of a lake could be an unknown, ancient species from the murky depths.
The corpse of the creature was discovered at Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, yesterday.
Eyewitnesses spotted the creature at the edge of the water and estimated it was almost 5ft in length.
The huge beast still had a mouth full of teeth which one walker said he could fit his entire fist inside.
The photos, posted by multiple shocked walkers, sparked a debate on whether the creature was an ancient beast or just a dead pike.
The shots have since become a hit online and have been shared more than 200 times in a bid to clear up the mystery.
Sales worker Jonny Beckett, 32, said: "I was just on a romantic walk with my partner Suzanne and I was stunned when I saw it.
"I thought it was a crocodile or some ancient creature and I immediately took a photo of it.
"It looked huge - about 5ft in length.
"A group of kids saw me taking the photo and looked horrified."
Myron Szymanskyj, who also shared his photos of the beast, said: "I eyeballed the deceased monster.
"Anyone know what the thing with substantial teeth is and a mouth wide enough to accommodate a human fist?
"I turned it over and boy did it stink."
Pikes are regularly found in the 130-acre reservoir and have been known to grow to more than 4ft.
Some users are adamant that the beast is the corpse of a pike but others are not convinced and have vowed to steer clear of the lake.
"It's bloody horrible I won't paddle in the lake again, that's for sure."
Emma Lorraine Mitchell added: "Some pike that is. That looks lethal, I wonder if that's the only one or if there are more or if its ancient."
Emma Meredith said: "Aww I was going to have a drive up weekend with the kids. I think I'll pass now."