Jersey Devil sighting? A photographer recorded a bizarre winged animal that he believes to be the fabled mythical creature known as the Jersey Devil, according to Hollywood Life.
Dave Black of Little Egg Harbor Township is so convinced he spotted the Devil creature that he took a photo. Black then sent the image to several news outlets in New Jersey.
“I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama,” Black said.
Then the creature he believed to be a llama “spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course,” Black claims. He managed to snap a few photos before whatever it was flew off. The photo above is the best one he was able to get.
Black said he couldn’t think of a better explanation than the Jersey Devil.
“I’m not looking for anything in return, just thought someone else could maybe explain this in a more rational way,” he said. He said the photo wasn’t altered or staged.
There are several sightings in the area of the creature. This blurry and dark photo appears to show an animal with horns, hooves, dark brown fur and what seem to be wings on its back.
Some experts didn’t see any wires or strings holding it up in the image.
The photo vaguely matches the most commonly accepted appearance of the devil, which is said to have antlers or horns and walk on its hind legs, which are said to end in cloven hooves.
The myth of the devil dates back to the 18th century, when a woman named Mother Leeds, a supposed witch, is said to have given birth to her 13th child. The child reportedly morphed into the Jersey Devil shortly after its birth.
“A friend suggested that maybe it was an animal running and an owl grabbed it, the photo being a combination of them,” Black noted. “That’s still not my first instinct, but I don’t know how to explain it otherwise.”
Is it the Jersey Devil, or an elaborate Halloween season hoax?