New footage has emerged of a Loch Ness-style “monster” travelling up Asia’s longest river – but officials are yet to comment on what it is.
Thousands debated what the serpentine object could be after it was spotted swimming in the Yangtze River in the city of Chizhou, east China, last week.
Many claimed it could be a “monster”, while others suspected it could be a piece of debris and some simply say it was faked.
But another sighting of the mystery object has now emerged from a different angle.
Like the original video, the latest clip shows the long figure appearing to swim against the tide in the river.
But, while the figure is clearly winding in and out, it doesn’t seem to be moving forward.
As debate continues to rage on what the “creature” could be, an expert with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said members of the public may have actually spotted a large nylon screen.
On September 14, CAS researcher Ding Li, who is with the Chengdu Institute of Biology, told local media that the so-called river monster was neither a fish nor a snake.
He speculated that it could have been a floating object, such as a plastic net caught on the riverbed.
Ding noted that even though it appeared to be slithering from side to side, it was not moving forward in the current.
The theories on the creature being a snake were also dismissed by the expert, who said the reptiles would never swim in the middle of a rough river and instead would hug the riverbank.
Local fishermen said they believed the object could be a shading screen, which is used on farms to protect crops from overexposure to direct sunlight.
Social media users, however, have added one more possibility into the mix by suggesting the river monster was actually a runaway oil boom.
By Simon Green