ADN At various times of year, Bureau of Land Management Fairbanks District Office Public Affairs Specialist Craig McCaa likes to go down to the Chena River to share photos of changing Fairbanks weather. On Oct. 18, he decided to walk his camera down to the University Avenue bridge that crosses the river to snap a few pictures of ice forming on the water’s surface. But instead of finding just snow and ice, McCaa saw a “strange thing” moving back and forth in the current of the murky river. “It never fully revealed itself,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday. McCaa took a video and posted it to the “Bureau of Land Management – Alaska” Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. By evening it had been watched about 20,900 times. Speculation has run rampant on what the creepy object — or creature — swaying in the water might be. “I initially thought, and several people thought, it could be some rope that snagged on the bottom of the river with chunks of ice,” McCaa said. “Other people have mentioned everything from sea monster to giant sturgeon.” McCaa said there were some minor alterations to the video — it’s slightly sped up, with a camcorder view screen and some minor sound effects added — but that the movement of whatever is in the water is not enhanced. He said he watched the object — which he said was between 12 to 15 feet long — swirl back and forth in the current for several minutes, though it remained stationary. McCaa, who has lived in Fairbanks since 1994, said he has yet to show it to BLM biologists to get their opinion. He did think the spotting of the object just before Halloween was “fortuitous.” “It’s strange thing. I don’t know what I would have done if I had come by in a canoe or something,” he said of whether the object spooked him personally. “But looking from it above on the University Avenue bridge I didn’t feel too threatened.”
This video is going viral, and it has keyboard cryptozoologists speculating, as to the identity of a strange creature filmed in Alaska’s Chena River near Fairbanks. The creature seems to move back and forth, undulating in the water, and seems to fit the description of many sea monster sightings. There are large sturgeons that inhabit the Chena River, but the creature seems to move serpentine through the water, leading some to believe that the sighting is nothing more than a piece of rope tangled in ice. In my non-expert opinion, there seems to be something alive in the cold Alaskan waters in this video, and whatever it is could be to blame for the thousands of lake monster sightings across Canada and Alaska.