Freshwater Monster of Florida. Etymology: From its skin color. Physical description: Pink color. Bones show through skin. Head the size of a human head. Snail-like horns with a knobbed tip. Flabby skin on the side of the head. Downturned mouth. Neck, at least 3 feet long. Dark, slanted eyes. Behavior: Inquisitive. Habitat: Possibly amphibious. Distribution: St. Johns River, Florida. Significant sighting: On May 10, 1975, Charles and Dorothy Abram were fishing with some friends when they saw the head and neck of a large, pink animal about 20 feet away. It turned its head to look at them and then submerged after about eight seconds. Possible explanations:
(1) A floating tree trunk.
(2) The white scutes of the Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus), which grows to 14 feet, might be mistaken for bony skin. These fishes spawn in the rivers of Florida.
(3) The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) is light gray in color. From March through October, the St. Johns River is a center of abundance for these sirenians.
(4) A surviving Thescelosaurus neglectus, a
12-foot-long ornithopod dinosaur that lived in the Late Cretaceous, 70 million years ago, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Wyoming, suggested by Mark A. Hall. (5) An unknown species of giant salamander, suggested by Karl Shuker. Sources: Ivan T. Sanderson, "The Five Weirdest Wonders in the World," Argosy, November 1968, pp. 21-23, 83-85; Steve Reudiger, "Pink 'Sea Monster' Lurks in River, Rattles Fishermen," Jacksonville Florida TimesUnion, May 16, 1975, p. B8; "New Monster Haunting River Called 'Pinky,'" Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock), June 12, 1975, p. 15A; Mark A. Hall, "Pinky, the Forgotten Dinosaur," Wonders 1, no. 4 (December 1992): 51-59.
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