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Jersey Devil: Real Thing or Timely Halloween Hoax? [PICS]

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A New Jersey man has produced photos of what he claims is the infamous Jersey Devil taken near Galloway, New Jersey. What do you think: real or fake?

Residents have reported seeing a deer-sized animal with wings for over 200 years in southern New Jersey that is commonly referred to as the Jersey Devil. The latest sighting of the Jersey Devil was reported near the town of Galloway by a man named Dave Black, who was driving home from work in Atlantic City.

He was driving past a golf course just off Route 9 when he saw what he initially thought was a llama running through the woods. After a few seconds, the animal spread its wings and flew away.

Before the animal disappeared, Black grabbed his cell phone and took a few photos. One of the photos appears to show a cloven-hoofed creature flying in front of some trees.

The baffled man said that he stared at the photo for over an hour trying to come up with an explanation for the bizarre image of what some people are claiming is the Jersey Devil.

According to Black:

Yes, I swear it’s not Photoshopped or a staged thing. People have said it’s fake, but it’s not. I’m honestly just looking for an explanation for what I saw. The mind plays tricks on you. A friend suggested that maybe it was an animal running and an owl grabbed it, the photo being a combination of them. That’s still not my first instinct, but I don’t know how to explain it otherwise.

Thousands of people have claimed to see the Jersey Devil over the years, so this is hardly a rare occurrence. However, I think the timing of this particular sighting (just a couple weeks before Halloween) is too good to be a coincidence. While it’s certainly an interesting photo, I think it is some sort of hoax.

Maybe there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for the photo. Maybe somebody was just playing a clever Halloween trick on Mr. Black and he bought into it unknowingly. In either case, I doubt that the Jersey Devil actually exists.

What do you think? Is this a real photo of the Jersey Devil? Or just a Halloween hoax?

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Jersey Devil: Real Thing or Timely Halloween Hoax? [PICS]