Published: 10:25 AM - 02-07-12
Is it a monster? Or just a snagged fishing net?
Footage has emerged showing what appears to be a giant serpent swimming against the current through an Icelandic lake.
The creature is speculated to be the Icelandic equivalent of the Loch Ness Monster, Lagarfljotsormurinn, or Lagarfljots Worm, which can be traced all the way back to 1345, Iceland Review reports.
According to legend, the monster grew from a tiny magical worm that had been placed in a ring of gold to make it grow, IceNews said.
Instead of enlarging the gold, the worm grew into a giant snake and both it and the ring were tossed into the Lagarfljo, where it continued to grow to monstrous proportions.
Sightings of the worm are considered to be a bad omen.
The video was shot by Hjortur Kjerulf and was first posted on ruv.is.
Skeptics have claimed all the video shows is a torn fishing net that froze in the 140km long river.
The Lagarfljotsormur, Lagarfljotsormurinn, Lagarfljot worm, (or simply Iceland Worm Monster) is an Icelandic lake cryptid. The worm is purportedly located in Lagarfljot Lake, a freshwater, below-sea-level, glacial-fed body of water in Egilsstaoir.
The water visibility is incredibly poor as a result of siltation, and the creature--if it does exist--has not been scientifically studied.
Sightings have been consistently logged since 1345. There are many stories about kynjaskepnur, that is, strange animals or unknown phenomena, in Lagarfljot.
The worm-like creature is presumed to be longer than a football field, or 300 feet (91 m), and has been seen coiled near the shore by countless eyewitnesses.
According to reports, it has been spotted in both water and dry land. It is believed that it can slither onto land.
This video is from IRikisutvarpio RUV - The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service:
This video is said to have been filmed on the shores of Lagarfljot Lake.
Cameraman Hjortur Kjerulf captured the giant, icy snake swimming in the Jokulsa i Fljotsdal river, which empties into Lake Lagarfljot.
The footage shows a crocodilian-like creature skimming the water surface of a frozen lake. But Reptiles in cold climates?