A strange serpentine creature has been filmed making its way down Asia’s longest river – and viewers are split over what it could be.
The bizarre footage shows the sea monster slithering just below the murky surface of the Yangtze River in Yichang City, in central China’s Hubei Province.
It seems to be at least 10ft long and also appears to have a hump-like feature at the back of its slender body.
According to reports, the mysterious animal was sighted within the boundaries of the Three Gorges Dam Scenic Area, which is a popular tourist destination for river cruises.
The Yangtze is Asia’s longest river at 6,300 kilometres (3,915 miles), running eastward through almost the entire width of China and exiting into the East China Sea.
More than 2million people have seen footage of the Loch-Ness style monster since it surfaced online.
“Why is every image of a mysterious monster always so blurry?” one asked.
Another suggested: “It may be a large piece of floating rubbish?”
But a third commented: “That must be a water snake.”
And the last explanation may be the most likely.
Burmese pythons are often found in China and are capable of growing to the size seen in the video.
Though mainly land-dwelling, the snake is also an excellent swimmer.
So far, however, Yichang forestry officials have yet to comment on the creature’s possible identity.