The Montauk Monster is a rodent-like creature "with a dinosaur beak" which washed ashore dead in Montauk, New York in late July of 2008.
It has been speculated that Montauk Monster may be a turtle without its shell, a dog, a raccoon, or perhaps a science experiment from the nearby Government animal testing facility in Long Island.
Since the body is not available for study, and is only shown in photos taken by the locals who discovered it, some think that this may be a photoshopped image or some viral marketing campaign by an upcoming Cartoon Network show called Cryptids Are Real. A new picture of the creature has also been shown on the news and Internet. Animal Expert Jeff Corwin has appeared on Fox news and claimed that upon close inspection of the photograph, he feels sure the "monster" is merely a raccoon or dog that has decomposed slightly. The creature also had sighns of light burns.