Many of America’s parks hold secrets. © 2020 Atlas Obscura. The Montauk Project was said to be a series of secret United States government projects conducted at Camp Hero or Montauk Air Force Station on Montauk, Long Island for the purpose of developing psychological warfare techniques and exotic research including … “The large grays didn’t want anything to do with me. Plum Island is located just off the north-east coast of Long Island, NY. "Viewing mammals takes patience and knowing what to look for. Here are 5 real-life Stranger Things-Montauk, Long Island parallels: The monstrous radar tower at Montauk Air Force Station aka Camp Hero, in Montauk, NY. Do you know of any other secret bases with strange histories? Some of these investigators believe they found traces of borrelia in preserved insect and animal samples taken from nearby Shelter Island, as well as Long Island. 0:52. We want to hear from you! A second, more intact, carcass was discovered in August, 1954. But that’s not all, other things is said to have escaped the island, like bizarre looking animals and mutated humans. Lots of people saw it, more than 4 people photographed it. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. In the book, Carroll goes so far as to speculate that the PIADC is the birthplace of Lyme Disease, theorizing that migrating birds may have picked up infected ticks from Plum Island and carried them across the Long Island Sound to Lyme, Connecticut, where Lyme was first observed in 1975. … When I entered a room, they would leave.”. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. However, as you enjoy the well-maintained landscape of Camp Hero, not hard to see the crumbling remains of the park’s previous life as a military base. The creature was bloated, hairless, and appeared to have a beak. The former Governor, said, "The rumour that was circulating was that this mutated guy had escaped from the Plum Island Bio-Research Facility and had landed up on nearby Montauk beach. Its forests, wetlands, sandy beaches cover 415 acres, making it one of the most popular spots for a hike and a picnic in the New York area. (“Maybe the long-fingered man didn’t wash up on the shore,” Gothamist wrote. Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). Although you may not actually see a mammal on your visit, there are signs to let you know they were there. Something unspeakable had washed ashore. Nichols believes that legacy of secrecy continues to this day, and he’s not alone. These articles are brought to you by Netflix's Stranger Things. The 1953 specimen was described as being 76cm long with thick reddish brown skin, bulging eyes and gills. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in December. I knew the Montauk Monster had babies. Some conspiracy theories suggested the Pentagon created and spread a weaponized form of Lyme disease to keep people from the Island, and that the creature dubbed the “Montauk Monster,” came from the labs there. (Photo: kyselak/CC BY-SA 3.0). “Maybe he was trying to escape!”). We depend on ad revenue to craft and curate stories about the world’s hidden wonders. It was like a “wuh wuh wuh” noise and you could actually feel the pulse in your body. I took a bunch of pictures, but unfortunately I got my camera wet and wasn’t able to get them back. Nicknamed the Montauk Monster, the unidentified beast appeared to be a mammal with a bird’s beak, but by the time images of the creature began circulating, it had already washed back out to the ocean. The most famous thing is “The Montauk Monster”. Back in 2008, the state park was the center of the internet’s attention when a bizarre, “mutated monster” washed up on its shores. And while these experiments were supposedly halted by Richard Nixon in 1969, many wondered if they had continued in secret. NEW MONTAUK MONSTER WASHES UP 02/12/2011 PLUM ISLAND … Report. The Montauk Monster washed up on the beach in July of 2008 for the first time on Montauk Beach... which is East Long Island, New York. Nichols points toward the scattering of numerous mysterious man-holes throughout Camp Hero, all of them now sealed tight, claiming that their tunnels stretch into the secret underground base that now sits beneath the feet of unwary hikers. All Episodes Now Streaming. Geographically the island is unimpressive; largely flat, a few low dunes and bluffs, a well … The military disguised the facility as an ordinary town as not to be detected by enemies, hiding things like the cafeteria inside a fake Church. All rights reserved. The pictures snapped by Ginley show something that looks very much like an unusual animal — with a hairless body and beak and claw — found on the beach in Montauk on Long Island’s eastern tip. Bloated and leathery, it had patches of coarse hair spread unevenly across its body. The island is located squarely in the narrow mouth of Long Island Sound, which contains most of New York state's important harbors. Browse more videos. In fact, the old Montauk Long Island base was created in such a way that no one would know it was there. On the eastern tip of the South Shore of Long Island, Montauk Point State, offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Block Island Sound. Camp Hero State Park is a beautiful piece of land that sits on a peninsula along the Atlantic Ocean. Back in 2008, the state park was the center of the internet’s attention when a bizarre, “mutated monster” washed up on its shores. Bring waterproof equipment, and most importantly go with someone that knows their way around the base. Conducted Telepathic Experiments at Fort Meade, How Alaska's Creepiest Research Station Got Its Reputation. Offer subject to change without notice. A few months ago while watching The Conspiracy Files: Unsealed, a couple of puzzle pieces fell into place for me.. One segment of this particular program was about an animal disease research center off the coast of Long Island New York commonly called Plum Island.. The tunnel below was filled with water. We have reviews of the best places to see in Montauk. Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. The Montauk Monster Even creepier still was the discovery of what was described by all accounts as a mutated human body on Plum Island itself. The Montauk Monster was the name given to a strange animal carcass that washed ashore on the northern coast of Long Island in the summer of 2008. Shortly thereafter the eastern shore of Long Island was overrun with giant mutated monsters. We would have been completely screwed without our new found friend. The samples dated from the late 1940s to the early 1950s—the timeframe in which Erich Traub was infecting ticks on Plum Island. We traversed a series of tunnels. The Montauk Monster came to be variously explained as being a disfigured raccoon, sea turtle, or dog, but its body is said to have disappeared, and no firm was ever reached as to its origin. Some of them, like the secret room on Mt. You probably remember the last time Camp Hero made headlines. Massive antenna towers sit behind chain-link fences, old turrets dot the landscape, and conspicuous steel doors still tempt the occasional curious visitor to pull on their handles, only to find them sealed tight. (Wikimedia Commons) 1. LONG ISLAND – Yesterday an explosion rocked the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Have you explored the abandoned remains of the Camp Hero Military Base? Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Montauk, New York on Tripadvisor: See 5,759 traveler reviews and photos of Montauk tourist attractions. The “Montauk Monster” was an unidentified creature that washed ashore dead, on a beach near the business district of Montauk, New York in July 2008. While might catch glimpses of... Travel Channel is kicking off Halloween season on October 4th with a very special live event that brings together more of the network’s top paranormal stars than you can... For most of us, ignoring the strange people on the subway is second nature, but if you ever find yourself in the tunnels below New York City and you... Tweets by @WeirdHQ Besides the Montauk Monster, Alien Investigations definitely features a weird, pink, naked-skinned, primate-shaped creature, also alleged by some to be remarkable and other-wordly. A few years later, in 2010, when the Associated Press reported that a human body with “very long fingers” had been found on Plum Island’s shore, the speculation kicked into gear again. Rushmore, lend themselves well to hushed talk of the illuminati, but when it comes to conspiracy theory, there are few public parks that can hold a candle to New York’s Camp Hero. "Other hybrids and chimeras have also been washed up on the shore. Over the years, the property has gained legendary status among people who claim that the facility has an underground facility once used for human experiments in time travel, mind control, and even extraterrestrial contact. Until the next time something strange washes up in the Hamptons, the mystery remains. A mysterious creature has washed ashore at Montauk in the easternmost part of Long Island, New York. The dead beast emitted a sickening odor. Among those asking questions was Michael Carroll, whose 2004 bestseller, Lab 257, takes a hard look at the history of the PIADC. Established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1954 and transferred to the Department of Homeland Security following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the goal of the research center research center was supposedly to study animal borne diseases, such as Foot and Mouth Disease, in order to prevent them from spreading. The mysterious “mutant” washed up on the shores of Montauk, New York, which is not far from Plum Island. The appearance of the Montauk Monster may have been brief, but it was just the catalyst needed to resurface the whispers of the former military base’s rumored history of strange government experiments, particularly the kind of genetic fiddling that could create such a creature in the first place. Our new friend told us to bring a crowbar and we did. Origins: The so-called "Montauk Monster" was a carcass supposedly found and photographed by three women on 13 July 2008 in front of the Surfside restaurant on a beach in Montauk, New York (on the South Shore of Long Island). Preston Nichols, an electrical engineer that once worked on the base, once stated that the facility was built in order to train psychic spies out of young boys, using technology gathered from wrecked alien space craft. 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Even with that, it took about thirty minutes and some pulled muscles to get the damn top off…. Green Bank, West Virginia is a place without internet—or even microwaves. A photograph of the creepy-looking creature showed the animal laid face down in the sand with reddish-black discolored skin and it was completely hairless. With the onset of a global pandemic causing the shutdown of fan conventions all over the world, it was only a matter of time before the cancellations hit the... There’s something strange moving through Kentucky like a virus, twisting through the Mammoth Cave system and hovering in the skies above the Appalachian Mountains. In my opinion, the link behind the washed up beasts is Plum Island. It's home to the Plum Gut Lighthouse and Fort Terry, constructed in 1897, and used through World War I as an artillery base to protect New York from invading ships. Today, despite the lack of evidence on either side of the fence, skeptics have concluded that the Montauk Monster was probably a raccoon, and they all quickly disregard Nichols’ claims of secret government experiments as false memories accidentally embedded by botched regression hypnosis sessions. For anybody attempting this themselves make sure you wear clothing that can get soaked. Some think that the Montauk Monster is a mutated result of animal testing at nearby Plum Island where U.S. Department of Agriculture admittedly has done animal testing. Consider supporting our work by becoming a member for as little as $5 a month. No purchase necessary. Has the Montauk Monster mystery finally been solved? Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. I am curious about how close we were to the inner workings of the base and what was going on in there. A small town's residents say a strange noise is giving them headaches—and worse. When the Montauk Monster washed up on the shore in Montauk, New York, in the summer of 2008, it took the internet by storm. Mammals of Long Island; Print Mammals of Long Island Mammals found on Long Island, NY. The “Montauk Monster” was an unidentified creature that washed ashore dead, on a beach near the business district of Montauk, New York in July 2008. And die-hard conspiracy theorists believe that man-made diseases, no matter how deadly, are the least of what’s being cooked up on the island: some have wondered if the Montauk Monster, along with that long-fingered man, are government engineered mutants, human-animal hybrids, or something far worse. But for those who believe the rumors, we’re just one unsealed manhole away from discovering the truth. To the casual observer, it was completely unidentifiable as any known animal species. In Montauk, New York, terrible monsters emerge from the sea every night, infecting the populace with a grotesque flesh-eating virus Toggle navigation Public Libraries of Suffolk County, New York The Montauk Beach Monster and Plum Island. Much like Chupacabra sightings being more frequent in Latin American countries, the Montauk Monster (mutated and bloated carcasses) are being discovered more frequently around Long Island, NY. Login. However, before anyone could really determine what it was, a man picked it up and hauled it off, telling people he was going to mount it. (Photo: The Time When the U.S. The classified work at the animal disease facility was long surrounded in mystery. An aerial view of Plum Island. “We had the little grays and larger grays as well as a variety of reptilian beings,” said Nichols. Unfortunately I don’t have the answers to that but I am curious to go back. It came up about waist high in the beginning. 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Building 257’s Super Secret Research Much like Chupacabra sightings being more frequent in Latin American countries, the Montauk Monster (mutated and bloated carcasses) are being discovered more frequently around Long Island, NY. See. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? While the sightings of mysterious creatures might get all the news coverage, Camp Hero has an even weirder history that’s long been the subject of conspiracy theory message boards and late-night explorations of the decommissioned base. The Plum Island Animal Disease Center in 1971. There are dozens of stories of urban explorers who have managed to find their way inside the old base, and nearly every adventurer mentions an overwhelming feeling that something is still going on down there. But at least at the beginning, there was more being studied on Plum Island than disease prevention. Atlas Obscura and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyse our traffic. Underneath the state park’s well-worn walking paths sit rumors of a hidden base home to horrifying genetic meddling, time travel, and mind control experiments that allegedly made use of kidnapped children. While the internet had suddenly brought the rumors about sinister goings-on at the heavily restricted Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) into the limelight, the facility had long been the subject of such controversy. At some points it was chest high and at one very scary point it was close to my neck. 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Content copyright © 2016 Planet Weird unless otherwise noted. The thing about the whole experience that stood out most in my mind was the crazy noises and the really strange energy/noise pulse that emanated through the tunnel. From early on, Plum Island’s infamous Building 257 was also being used to create new, designer pathogens, intended as weapons of biological warfare in the ongoing Cold War. You must be logged in to post a comment As of now, the carcass is generally assumed to have been a dead raccoon. The so-called “Montauk Monster” was a carcass supposedly found and photographed by three women on 13 July 2008 in front of the Surfside restaurant on a beach in Montauk… He took up the story. The rumors first emerged sometime in the 80s when a few men, now in their 70s, came forward claiming that they were subjects in the so-called “Montauk Project”, a black-budget continuation of the mysterious Philadelphia Experiment. One explorer recounted his 2007 journey into the facility thanks to a loose manhole cover: Long story short, the creepiest part of the tour was a manhole that our friend knew we could access. Almost immediately, amateur cryptozoologists began asking if it had come from Plum Island. The most famous thing is “The Montauk Monster”. Nicknamed the Montauk Monster, the unidentified beast appeared to be a mammal with a bird’s beak, but by the time images of the creature began circulating, it had already washed back out to the ocean. To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. The beast, dubbed the Montauk Monster after the Long Island resort where it was discovered, has a hairless, leathery body, sharp teeth and what appears to be a beak. … It was in a wooded area but the woods cleared out right around the hole. The island has most recently been in the news as the potential origins of the Montauk Monster, a mysterious creature that washed ashore in Montauk, Long Island. The Plum Island Animal Disease Center in 1971. Playing next. Enter your email address to subscribe to Week in Weird and receive the latest weird news delivered directly to your inbox! that washed up on Long Island (truTV) One sunny day in the summer of 2008, vacationers in Montauk, Long Island, ran screaming from the beach. The cause of the explosion is unknown, but it was heard as far as North Hampton. I had a flashback to a grotesque “thing” that washed up on land from the East River last summer. A second bizarre creature washed ashore in Long Island last year, also very close to Plum Island. The Montauk Monster came to be variously explained as being a disfigured raccoon, sea turtle, or dog, but its body is said to have disappeared, and no firm was ever reached as to its origin. But that’s not all, other things is said to have escaped the island, like bizarre looking animals and mutated humans. Nichols claims that among the experiments performed on the secret base were projects that intended to master time travel, experiments that he says were successful when they culminated in a “hole ripped in space-time” in 1983. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. FOXNews.com readers will remember the story that gripped the nation last summer — a stinking, hairless carcass … It had been cemented over, but the cement had been busted through previously. It was some type of pain in the butt to get the cover off. Montauk Monsters and chronic Lyme disease supposedly escaped from the mysterious pork chop-shaped island Nelson DeMille and others wrote … New Montauk Monster Washes Up on Long Island Beach Its baaaack. (Monty 08’, The Clapsaddle Carcass, followed by Montauk Monster 2.0) All beasts have striking similarities. Long after last summers Montauk Monster rotted away, another mysterious animal carcass has washed up on a Long Island, N.Y., beach. Our government's dip into the paranormal is a matter of public record. This kind of report is typical of others that have found their way inside the “abandoned” Montauk Facility, but I suppose if you were trying to hide a secret project, doing it in plain site might just be the best option. A photo circulating around the internet shows a strange, half pig, half turtle creature lying dead on the beach sand. Drop us a line on Facebook, tweet us @WeirdHQ, or join the discussion in the comments below! It all started with caribou walking backward. Winner will be selected at random on 01/01/2021. The view is unique, because, when the water is calm, visitors can clearly see the "race" of converging tides from the Atlantic and Block Island Sound. 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