I cant believe how quickly news like this spreads on long island (kind of like the plague) I grew up in the hamptons and I was one of the first
recipients of the circulating email of "fido" (as we've named him) so i wanted to tell "my side" of the story-
i received it from my sister in an email on Sunday the 20th. Not exactly the nicest thing to wake up to. The original message was forwarded on the
19th from an iphone. When i first got the picture i was like, "no way thats real! someone photoshopped it!!" but when i called her later to ask
her WTF??!! She told me her husband sent it to her and he got it from his brother who was in Montauk that day and apparently saw this thing in the
flesh. I was like, "well what is it?" and she said she didnt know- she was gonna get more details later that night and she would call me.
I was on the edge of my seat all night and when she finally called me. i asked a million questions but she was still kind of vague about it. She said
they still didnt know what it was, but there was a crowd of people standing around and someone had speculated that it was a raccoon. And then
apparently, "some guy" took it and brought it to his back yard to be buried. I was like HUH? Who took it? "i dont know- some guy". why would some
guy take it to his yard to be buried? and why didnt they take it to get an autopsy or something to see what the hell it is. And doesnt animal control
usually come and remove dead animals? I was baffled.
I was on a mad mission for some more information. I started googling every word and phrase i could think of to find something about it. I searched
local newspapers and kept coming up with nothing then I came accross a surfer message board that someone posted the picture on. I read that it was a
"plataweisel" and it gave a long description of what it was and I was like ok. It’s a plataweisel and then I read the description more clearly and
realized the guy was only joking.
I thought it was a little strange that something that creepy washed up on the beach and it didn't make front page news, So I sent the photo and an
email to danspapers. (a local newspaper) They posted it on their
. Later that day, someone on that surfer message
board posted an article
that they found from the east hampton independent (another local newspaper)Dated
July 23. In the independent it said it was a raccoon that was skinned, and part of the upper jaw was missing. I accepted that for a couple of days
but the more I looked at the picture and compared it to a raccoon, the more I doubted it. I asked my sisters husband what he thought and he
said,“That aint no coon”.
I showed it to my co-workers and the whole office was buzzing about it. That’s when i decided to post it on a myspace bulletin and on a couple
message boards and then here (been a fan for a long time but never posted before)i wanted to see what you all thought- except someone beat me to it
and the next thing i knew, I was up till 3 am reading about “the Montauk monster”. It was all over the internet .The next day it was on Fox news.
Today it was on 3 different news channels and in Newsday and I even heard the DJ talk about it on the radio.
This is crazy. There are so many unanswered questions that everyone has brought up. Ive been reading all the message boards and I just can’t believe
it is a raccoon, a turtle or a dog. I don’t know what the hell it is but I wish someone would tell me!! I think its fascinating. Those of us who
live here on the eastern end of LI know how boring it is, so when something like this happens it's exciting. OOOOOH another Montauk/Plum