China Remains Silent Over New Footage Of Chinese Nessie

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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Chinese officials have still not commented on footage that appears to show a Loch Ness-style ‘monster’ swimming on Yangtze River as thousands join in the debate on what it is and fresh footage from a new angle of the incident emerges.

The debate started last week when a clip was posted online of the suspected “monster”, and since then other clips taken from different angles have been posted confirming that the original images were clearly not faked as more than one person saw them.

The ‘monster’ was spotted in the reaches of the Yangtze – Asia’s longest river at 6,300 kilometres (3,915 miles) – and its location is now confirmed to be in the city of Chizhou in East China’s Anhui Province.

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This is after reports initially said it was spotted some 430 miles further upstream in the city of Yichang in China’s central province of Hubei.

While forestry officials have yet to comment on the mysterious sighting, an expert with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) claimed members of the public may well have spotted a large nylon screen.

On 14th September, 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 forwards in the current.

Also, a snake would not choose to swim in the middle of a rough river, Ding said, adding that it would choose instead to hug the riverbank.

Ding said a fish would not swim so close to the water’s surface either.

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 in fact a runaway oil boom.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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