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The Giant Hellbender (ryptobranchus allegeniensis), a possible explanation for the creature

Monongy is a river monster from the West Virginia and Pennsylvania area. It is said to be half-man half-fish, similar to the Thetis Lake Monster. It was named after the Monongahela river, where it was sighted.

In 2010, an annual event called "Search For Monongy" was started for locals and tourists to hunt for the monster.

History[]

There are numerous stories of "Devil Dogs" in the Monongahela River, a local name for the indigenous Hellbender giant salamanders (ryptobranchus allegeniensis). According to Ohio History Central, "There are several myths about the hellbender, also known as the Devil Dog. These include stories of hellbenders 'sliming' fishing lines, driving game fish away, and having a poisonous bite. None of these are true."

According to WVexplorer.com, "According to some sources, the Monongy has been lurking in the river since the French and Indian War. It was postulated to be half man and half fish.

Bill Eggert in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat in 2015 wrote in an article that records from the period chronicle skirmishes between British soldiers and "bizarre creatures from the river." Local tribes had named the creature Monongy after the river, he said...Eggart alleges that in 2003, photos of Monongy taken from a fishing boat appeared online but were mysteriously removed. In about 2010, a "Search for Monongy" swim race was established at Pittsburgh, and some who have since looked for corroborating accounts speculate that the tale was entirely invented for the event and that no previous legend existed."

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