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In the summer of 2008, a mysterious glob of mammal flesh washed ashore upon the northern coast of Long Island. Dubbed “Montauk Monster” or "Mounty " by Nicky Papers, one of the eyewitnesses on-site and blogger of montauk-monster.com, it soon attracted attention from the media as well as speculators and cryptozoologists. Some were guessing it was a dead raccoon, dog, or pig. Some said experiments were conducted on the nearby Plum Island, an island with lots of conspiracy theories surrounding it.
Most agree that the corpse was likely a raccoon, due to the fingers and body shape, though the skull appears to be beaked. A second Montauk monster was found later that appeared similar, but different, though since no others have appeared, it was probably a hoax
While general interest and theories on the subject gradually subsided over the last year, it quickly regained momentum this year, after another “Montauk Monster” was found on the beach last month. The new photographs look fairly different than the original. It’s not clear whether this is a copy-cat incident or a continuation of viral marketing.
While the second monster is believed to be a hoax, the creature's corpse was proven to be a raccoon that decomposed underwater.
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Hunter Shea released a horror novel under the title "The Montauk Monster ", published by Pinnacle Fiction in 2014. He also released another novel named after another cryptid, called "Swamp Monster Massacre".