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Intracoastal withholding 'mucky' secret

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - "It's illusive. We have no idea what it is." Comforting words from Greg Reynolds', the director of the Lagoon Keepers, mouth.

Nicknamed the Muck Monster, there's been four recorded sightings of a wake, three to four inches high, going against the current. Only problem is once a boater gets too close, it disappears. "We have not seen a fin, swirl pattern, other than just the movement through the water, the wake it creates."

Reynolds has now called in for backup; students attending the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy, a charter school which focuses on the marine industry, in for the hunt.

Rachel asked the students what, they think, the muck monster is. Some gave reasonable answers.

These are some of their answers:

  • "I think it's an otter that's deformed."
  • "We both think it's a mermaid for sure."
  • "Michael Phelps"
  • "I have no idea."

There's a lot of monsters besides the ones who live under your kid's bed. You have the Montauk Monster, Bigfoot, the Skunk Monster, and, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. So is this a bunch of hype or does this monster really exist?"

"If definitely does exist," said Reynolds. "I've seen it with my own eyes, and I videotaped it moving through the water. It's not a story. There's video proof. We just didn't get video of the actually monster underwater."

But Captain Al Hirshberg, who served in World War II and now teaches at the Academy, isn't buying it. "I think it's an imagination that has stirred up people because they've been bored all summer. And a lot of exciting things happen on the water. So something was seen that they couldn't identify -- something like a flying saucer."

Rachel was beginning to agree with Hirshberg's theory when Muck decides to swim by.

Our cameras captured the movement through the water. But once the boat moved in, the wake stopped. Therefore, the search for the Muck Monster continues!

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