Crocodile, invasive species of fish or cryptid?

Guangzhou wildlife officials are dealing with an 2m long unidentified creature spotted in Baiyun Lake. Visitors are warned not to go swimming.

Unidentified creature in Baiyun Lake
Unidentified creature in Baiyun Lake | Source

This creature was spotted at Baiyun Lake in Guangzhou, China on 09 February 2019. According to eyewitnesses, it is 2m long and has scales that resemble those of a snake. It was first identified as a crocodile but after numerous sightings, experts are convinced that it is an alligator garĀ Atractosteus spatula.

Alligator gar is among largest freshwater fishes in North America but is not native to China. It could be an invasive species introduced by the aquarium trade. Alligator gar grows to a length of 3m.

A juvenile crocodile was previously caught at Baiyun Lake in 2013. China is a big country so it is not unusual to encounter claims of unidentified creatures. Besides sky serpents and the well-known Yeti, natives claim that a salmon species in Xinjiang that lives to 12m in length is killing livestock.

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