Freshwater Monster of Georgia. Etymology: After the river. Physical description: Length, 10-25 feet. Diameter, 10-12 inches. Smooth, gray-brown skin. Small head. Long neck. Two or three humps. Behavior: Swims by undulations. Distribution: Altamaha River, near Darien, Georgia.
Significant sightings: On January 16, 1983, Tim Sanders watched a 20- to 25-foot creature from the Champney River bridge.
On July 6, 1997, Jim and Mary Marshall were boating on the river when they saw an animal, 10-12 feet long, with three humps.
Sources: Ann Richardson Davis, The Tale of the Altamaha "Monster" (Waverly, Iowa.: G&R, 1996); Ann Richardson Davis, The Al-tamaha-Ha page, http://www.gabooks.com/ altahaha. shtml; Global Underwater Search Team (GUST), Operation River Search, http://www bahnhof.se/~wizard/cryptoworld/ index30a.html.
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