A video (see below) of a strange creature swimming near Pawleys Island, South Carolina, has gone viral on social media. The footage shows a dark, elongated shape moving through the water, leaving a trail of bubbles behind it. Some viewers have speculated that it could be a shark, a dolphin, a sea lion, or even a mythical beast.
The video was captured by Cody Kinzer, who was visiting the island with his family. He told WCNC that he saw the creature while walking on the pier and decided to record it. He said he was not scared, but rather curious about what it was.
“I just thought it was a big fish,” he said. “I didn’t know what kind of fish it was, but I had never seen anything like that before.”
Kinzer posted the video on Facebook, where it quickly attracted thousands of views and comments. Some people suggested that it could be a sturgeon, a large fish that can grow up to 12 feet long and weigh over 800 pounds. Sturgeons are known to inhabit the coastal waters of South Carolina and occasionally breach the surface.
However, others were not convinced by this explanation and offered more exotic theories.
Some said it could be a prehistoric creature, such as a plesiosaur or a mosasaur, that survived extinction and lives in the depths of the ocean. Others said it could be a cryptid, a mysterious animal that has not been scientifically proven to exist, such as the Loch Ness Monster or Champ.
One of the most popular guesses was that it could be an alligator gar, a large freshwater fish that has a long snout and sharp teeth. Alligator gars are native to North America and can reach up to 10 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds. They are often mistaken for alligators or crocodiles because of their appearance.
However, alligator gars are unlikely to be found in saltwater, as they prefer freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, and swamps. They can tolerate brackish water, which is a mix of fresh and saltwater, but only for short periods of time. They are also not known to swim near the surface or create bubbles like the creature in the video.
So what is the mysterious creature swimming near Pawleys Island? The answer may never be known for sure, unless someone manages to capture it or get a closer look at it. Until then, it remains a mystery that sparks curiosity and imagination among locals and visitors alike.