Strange Video of 'Ice Monster' Recorded in Alaska
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Many people have heard the story of Scotland's Loch Ness monster.
The sea creature, often called Nessie, is said to live in Loch Ness, a large waterway in the Scottish Highlands.
Yet, have you ever heard of an ice monster in the American state of Alaska?
Well, an ice monster is what many people thought they were seeing when a federal government agency published a strange-looking video. The Bureau of Land Management put the video on its Facebook page.
The pictures were taken in Fairbanks, a city in north-central Alaska. Alaska is the northernmost part of the United States. While winter has yet to officially begin, weather conditions in Fairbanks already are very cold.
In the video, a fish with ice on its back appears to be swimming in the Chena River.
The video was only 20 seconds long. But it was enough to get people wondering what they saw.
One person said he thought it showed a shark that lost its way.
Someone else wrote that he thought the video was a prank designed to trick people. The writer said the Bureau of Land Management wanted to bring attention to its Facebook page.
A number of media organizations picked up on the ice monster story and talked about it on their shows.
Other writers asked if the video was edited in some way, removing some images or adding others. Perhaps, they reasoned, the bureau was trying to frighten people around the celebration of Halloween.
Some people said the ice monster was a "zombie salmon," or a larger fish: a sturgeon.
One writer even suggested the creature was an alligator or crocodile. But such an animal could not survive in Alaska, where it does not get very hot, even in summer.
Some readers said it was ice moving in the river current, or ice that was frozen to a rope or some other object.
On October 31, the Bureau of Land Management published an update.
It agreed with some of the people who commented on the original piece.
An expert from the Department of Fish and Game told the bureau the picture looked "really cool," but it was probably just ice stuck to a rope. The ice caused the rope to float and move in the river's current.
Even though the mystery seems to be solved, some people do not seem persuaded. Others are still wishing it was a "real" monster.
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1.sea creature 海洋生物
The threat comes from another sea creature.
2.federal government 联邦政府
He proposes that businesses should pay taxes to the federal government.
3.in some way 在某些方面
I've got a feeling that the death may be tied up with his visit in some way.
4.lost ones way 迷路
I lost my way because it was too dark.
1.The writer said the Bureau of Land Management wanted to bring attention to its Facebook page.
bring attention to 引起注意
The bigger ones are put in by large companies to bring attention to their products.
In these cases, civil disobedience may be necessary in order to bring attention to the situation.
2.The ice caused the rope to float and move in the river's current.
move in 迁入；搬入
Police moved in to disperse the crowd.
Her husband had moved in with a younger woman.
当联邦政府部门将一段怪异的视频上传网络后，很多网友认为自己看到了“冰兽” 。美国土地管理局在脸书主页上传了这段视频 。
视频拍摄地点是在阿拉斯加州中北部城市费尔班克斯 。阿拉斯加州位于美国的最北端 。虽然冬天还没有正式到来，但是费尔班克斯的天气已经很冷了 。
视频中，一条扛着冰块的鱼似乎在切纳河（the Chena River）里游动 。
视频的时长只有20秒 。但足够让网友好奇他们看到的东西究竟是什么 。
还有人认为，这个视频是恶作剧 。他觉得这不过是美国土地管理局想给自己的脸书主页带来人气罢了 。
有人质疑视频是不是经过剪辑，删改了一些画面或增加了其他东西 。他们猜测，可能土地管理局想趁着万圣节的气氛戏弄一下民众 。
甚至还有人觉得这一不明生物是一条短吻鳄或鳄鱼 。鳄鱼是无法在阿拉斯加州存活的，因为就算是夏季这里的气温也不是很高 。
一名来自渔猎部的专家告诉土地管理局，视频虽然看起来“很酷”，但其实就是一块依附了绳子的冰块 。冰块导致绳子沿河漂流 。
虽然这一谜团貌似被解开了，但仍有一些人未被说服 。有人希望视频里的是一只“真正的”怪兽 。