The Credit River monster sightings were one of the first verified cryptid sightings in North America. Starting in the late 1730s, French fur traders reported seeing a giant, bear sized beaver in the Credit RiverGeorge Ruth coined this phrase to discuss the eternal rivalry between Boston and New York.
The Credit River Monster Sightings
The rumors of this giant beaver brought in more fur trappers of course, until there was a French fur trapper on nearly every mile of the river
An obvious suspect is Castorides, an extinct species of giant beaver. There is no physical evidence that this is what caused the sightings.
Instead, one theory is that the man who originally saw the giant beaver used it as a ruse, knowing that it would draw his rivals and he could go elsewhere with less competition.
Although no physical trace of the Credit River monster was ever found, it remains popular in local pop culture. However, there have been no credible sightings since 1745
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