Is the Jersey Devil photo flying across the Web this week the real thing, or is this so-called sighting just a hoax in time for the Halloween season? People everywhere are clamoring about a new picture recently uploaded that apparently shows proof of this strange winged creature, the Jersey Devil, described by one witness as a “llama” that suddenly spread “leathery wings.” The mythical monster, notes Carbonated TV News this Tuesday, October 13, 2015, was spotted in Little Egg Harbor Township this week, and it has since sparked some heated discussion by believers and doubters alike online.
From the fake Surgeon’s Nessa photo of the early 1900s to numerous photo-shopped attempts at hoaxes today, the world is quite aware of the existence of deception to garner views and debate. Yet one photographer is saying his capture of a shocking winged creature that may be the Jersey Devil could very well be real. The bizarre sighting was recorded by Dave Black, a resident of Little Egg Harbor Township, who is under the impression that he might have managed to snap the first-ever authentic snapshot of the Devil.
The sighting itself was made not far from Galloway on Route 9 this week. Black says that he initially thought he had just taken a photo of a llama, but when wings sprouted from it and the apparently mythical creature took flight, he knew it was no animal he had ever encountered before. Since the uncanny picture was taken, Black has since submitted his photo to numerous media sources in the New Jersey area.
“I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama,” shared Black in a statement to the press. This apparent llama, adds the photographer, then “spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course.”
At this point in time, reveals News Oxy in their coverage of the report, Black thinks a least one possible explanation of the thing is that the creature is indeed the Jersey Devil. He claims it is no hoax; the photo itself might be the closest thing humankind has ever had to “proof” of the mysterious monster, or it might not. Black just wants answers. He added that the photo he took was not digitally altered or photo-shopped, and he is not seeking money or fame from the capture, either.
“I’m not looking for anything in return, just thought someone else could maybe explain this in a more rational way.” Interestingly enough, this photo isn’t the only recent sighting made of the Devil during the Halloween season this year. A few others have also come forward saying they have seen what might be the mythical creature recently, with at least one uploading a photo (albeit a very dark, indistinct, and blurry one) online revealing what appears to be a strange outline with hooves, fur, and horns. Wings also appear to be present in the image.
At least a few experts have taken a more critical look at this candid photo of the Jersey Devil, and so far, none have said that strings or other forms of picture alteration are present, which would point to a likely hoax. This possible form of visual “proof” also roughly aligns with traditional storytelling surrounding the mythical creature, with the Jersey Devil being described as “having horns, walking on its hind legs, and … [having] cloven hooves.”
Superstition surrounding the Jersey Devil goes back all the way to the late 1700s, when a woman by the name of Mother Leeds (who was a witch) apparently had her 13th child. This cursed baby soon transformed into a hideous creature with leathery wings that took flight and left home, becoming what is now known as the Jersey Devil. The story is certainly spooky enough to turn some heads.
The photographer did add that the photo could have a logical explanation behind it, but that he feels in his gut there is something more to the image he captured. Llama with wings or not, he hopes to find the truth of the matter. “A friend suggested that maybe it was an animal running and an owl grabbed it, the photo being a combination of them,” said Black. “That’s still not my first instinct, but I don’t know how to explain it otherwise.” What do you think of the photo? Is it proof of this mythical monster, or is this simply a hoax made to stir up attention?