Gigantor River Worm Spotted in Iceland? [VIDEO]



A massive snakelike creature was captured on video this week by an amateur cameraman slithering through the icy waters of Lake Lagarfljot in Iceland. Resembling a cross between a monster worm from hell and a loch ness monster, locals and the world alike are befuddled by what is dwelling just beneath the surface. 

What the heck is a Lagarfljot river worm? Ginormous ring worm?

Could this be the legendary Lagarfljot river worm?  The 25-mile long lake is well known in Icelandic folklore for housing Lagarfljót's Worm, the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness Monster, with tales being told of the beast dating back to 1345. According to the legend, a young girl placed a gold ring around a small heather worm, believing the worm would increase the size of her jewelry. (Isn’t that how its done?)

According to the lore, the girl returned a few days later to find instead of her ring growing, the worm expanded exponentially into a humongous serpent! She then promptly tossed her failed experiment into Lake Lagarfljot, where the once-tiny creature just kept on growing, until it became a ferocious, man-eating sea serpent. 

What do you think? Is this a river monster or a cleverly disguised hoax?  

Could we be sharing the calm waters of this earth with ancient monsters dwelling just under the surface, or is this just another hoax?

According to Huffington Post's interview with Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, this alleged sea serpent deserves another look. "What concerned me immediately was when I saw the tail section moving in unison with the next section; there's no movement in that one section as it goes side-to-side. A snake moves in a sort of 's' curve. But in this video, you get a blocking of the movement of the creature, which tells us it's probably very artificial" Coleman said. 

Coleman speculates this alleged beast or beast of a hoax might have been accomplished by the use of "a robot with tarps, fish nets or trash bags (a favorite for watery hoaxers)."

[Related: Check out some of the world's largest, strangest and most dangerous fish in River Monsters]

Check out this convincing evidence and decide for yourself. 

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