The creature was captured on video by Kim Frusciante, the founder of Early Partners preschool, who was visiting the park with her family. She shared the video on Instagram and told WGNO that it was nothing she had ever seen before land or sea.
The animal appeared to be quite long, with a lot of scales and a red tail. It was floating on the surface of the water for a long time, unlike a normal fish.
Frusciante said that some people on the internet suggested that it was a genetically modified carp fish created in a lab and released in City Park. She also joked that it could be the Loch Ness monster of New Orleans.
However, other netizens who saw the video offered different opinions. Some said that it was a huge carp or a German carp, while others said that it was a dying fish swimming upside-down due to lack of oxygen in the water.
WGNO contacted New Orleans City Park to ask for more information about the creature, but did not receive a reply.
The mystery of the serpent-like creature remains unsolved for now. Frusciante said that her preschool students were doing a deep dive investigation into sea creatures, but they had not found anything similar to this animal in their books.
She said that she and her children were both terrified and excited by their encounter with the bizarre beast.