This week social media has been abuzz with the suspicion of paranormal sightings -- one at Bear Lake and one in Utah County. The sightings have proved to be nothing more than fodder fit for the age of social media that have originated from conspiracy theory websites. 
The first is a hoax Bear Lake Monster sighting. However, the picture isn't anywhere near new. It has been floating around social media since at least the summer of 2015. The Utah Department of Natural Resources confirmed the report to be false.
 A couple noticed a foul smell during their walk along Bear Lake. The couple followed their noses to an almost 2-ton animal that was described as a "rotting dinosaur." The website refers to itself as "a fast growing multimedia and news hub dedicated to unusual and unexplained phenomena as well as alternative topics that may be ignored, denied or inadequately covered within the mainstream media" 
When a reverse google image search was done on the photo it appears that the image has also been used by news agencies and is seen all over Reddit.
One website purports the carcass is not a rotting dinosaur in Garden City, Utah, but rather a "strange furry dolphin monster" that was found on the Russian coast in June of 2015. Since that time the photo has created a stir on social media in Russia, and has apparently made it's way to Utah social media feeds. Another website called Secrets of The Fed suggests that marine biologists are baffled by a mystery sea creature with a fur and beak that washed up on a remote beach in the far east at the shoreline of Sakhalin Island.
 The Siberian Times reported the remains appeared to be that of a creature that was "about twice the length of a human, and it had a huge nose like a bird's beak."
 Another website goes as far to say a couple found it in Utah and the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources is investigating it. Neither is true.
 We walk here almost every day, but we have never seen anything like this," says Ms. Wilson. "We could smell the stench from almost a mile away, and we knew that there was something wrong. When we finally found the corpse, we couldn't believe our eyes. It's really huge and it almost looks like a rotting dinosaur. That's not a kind of creature that I ever expected to find in Utah!
 We're not quite sure why outlets pick Utah of all places in the world to launch the paranormal legends, but we're flattered you thought of us.
 The second 'sighting' involves everyone's favorite mystery ... Sasquatch. 
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a man hiking in Payson Canyon submitted a video he captured of 'Sasquatch' to a paranormal YouTube channel, run by Steve Blackstone ( via ). 
Blackstone says he thinks the video is real because, "It's is too tall to be bear, and that hill looks pretty steep. I don't know if anyone would climb that hill just to fake a video.

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