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Drink to the Lake Worth Muck Monster

September 26th, 2009 · No Comments

The downtown West Palm Beach Clematis gang is nothing but quick to jump on any trend that might bring customers to the area. No wonder, then, the Lake Worth Lagoon Keeper’s video of what they jokingly called a Muck Monster has zapped the heat-scarred imaginations of these locals – and they’re clinging to it like, well… muck on your shoes.

 Pistache is offering a Muck Monster Martini – a caffeinated beverage to keep you awake long enough to possibly get a glimpse of the elusive “creature.”  Grease Burger Bar dishes up Muckballs Portabello Muck-shrooms and spinach, or, a Muckburger. Pizza Girls puts their spin on it with a Muck Monster Pizza.

All three of these are on the east end of Clematis – near Flagler and the Lagoon.

Monsters so much sexier than a fish

Oh, how we hate to burst the bubble of these monster sighters, but we do believe it’s a good old garden-variety resident of these waters -either a fairly good sized tarpon, or a wide, stealth-like manta ray. Watch the video below, and you decide.

I know what’s down there

As one of those rare things called a native Floridian, I grew up on these waters. I know it’s  not the current or some stupid photo trick shown — it’s an underwater creature for real, of which there are thousands in our water. If you watch the news version of that Muck Monster video on You Tube, you can see one of them: a little manta ray flying out of the water, not once – but twice at the end — the lagoon keepers exclaim over him. (I’ve written about these cool creatures and other watery stuff  in my story about the Keys I Miss.)

My former newspaper colleague John Lopinot, an ace nature photographer and teacher, has some stunning examples of non-fantasy sea life on his web site. Several grace my site as well.

We both know the Muck Monster’s good for tourism, and we need all the economic help we can get — so we’ll let him muck around in the imaginations of those who would see a tropical Nessie in a big fish’s wake.

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