Sea monsters are just as crucial to summer as are white pumps, back of the knee sweat, lobster rolls, and wheat bear. They let us know that summer is officially here, or last night's case, a cruel reminder that summer is ending.
Last night, the East River spewed this paleolithic sea creature onto the Manhattan shoreline beneath the Brooklyn Bridge:
Though authorities have yet to confirm what kind of dino fish this is, the best guess out there is that the beast is probably a big sturgeon, Gothamist and Reddit explain. Sturgeon are the creepy-looking fish that provide us with caviar— back in the 19th Century New York was home to many of them, and the Atlantic variety is slowly making a comeback.
Sturgeon or not—we'll take it, and add it to our anthology of summer sea monsters:
July 2008: The Montauk Monster. This monster kicked off our sea monster summer tradition, and to this day holds a special place in people's hearts (over 5,000 people have "liked" the Montauk Monster's Facebook page. Sturgeons are nowhere near as creepy and nor are they as lovable as this little guy or gal
September 2009: The Reason to Never Visit Panama. Panama has some explaining to do:
May 2011: Brooklyn Bridge Monster. Longer and more fish-like than the Montauk Monster, this sea creature appeared to be half-snake, part-fish, and full-on nightmare. It was later found that it was a sturgeon:
August 2013: The Serpent Who Eats Your Dreams. This creature, which resembles Charybdis's tapeworm from the Odyssey, washed up in Spain this summer. (No surprise: It smelled.). Marine biology experts surmised that it was a skeleton of a big fish:
August 2013: The Brooklyn Bridge Possible Sturgeon. Rest in peace.