Video Taken of Lake Michigan 'Creature' Draws Skeptical Speculation

Tim Wenzel posted a video clip taken from a live webcam that appears to show a serpentine object bandied about by Lake Michigan’s choppy waters.  (Tim Wenzel / WWMT)

Tim Wenzel posted a video clip taken from a live webcam that appears to show a serpentine object bandied about by Lake Michigan’s choppy waters. (Tim Wenzel / WWMT)

A video captured by Michigan news outlet WWMT’s live webcam appears to show a large, serpentine object amidst the choppy waters of Lake Michigan.

The video was taken during a storm on June 13th, and a clip showing the object was posted to Facebook by local man Tim Wenzel.

"The 'Lake Ness' monster being washed over the south pier during the gale on 6-13-2019 lol," Wenzel's accompanying caption said. "But really, what the heck is it? Apologies on quality—taken from downtown with live web camera in 40 mph wind."

Wenzel’s video clip shows the object as it is washed over the pier. It does appear to be moving, but that could be as much to do with the waves as anything.

Reactions to the video on Wenzel’s page were largely skeptical.

"It’s a large piece of silt fencing. It’s used for erosion control. Sorry folks not a monster," replied Facebook user Tad Schieber to the video.

Other viewers speculated that it was a large piece of flexible drain pipe, or, if it was a living creature, perhaps a particularly large sturgeon. Sturgeon in Lake Michigan can grow up to 200 pounds and seven feet in length.

Wenzel’s video capture is similar to one taken by Kevin Burton of Tynemouth, England near the North Pier of the River Tyne in September of 2018.

The 'sea creature' captured on film by Burton.  (Image credit: Kevin Burton / YouTube)

The 'sea creature' captured on film by Burton. (Image credit: Kevin Burton / YouTube)

That object was determined to most likely be “a rubber mat off the beach that the local sailing club and rescue boat service…use to launch boats,” which supports the current hypothesis that the ‘creature’ filmed in Lake Michigan is a piece of silt fencing.

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