Two employees from the Alaska Bureau of Land Management filmed this strange “thing” swimming in the Chena River, Fairbanks, Alaska.
What do you think it is?
Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Klaus Wuttig believed it’s an object floating in the water, likely snagged on something under the water keeping it in one position, with the motion of the flowing water providing an optical illusion. “It looks like it’s swimming but it’s actually stationary and just wading in the current” says Wuttig.
For all those speculating over what the object might be, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Tanana River Management Biologist Klaus Wuttig has an answer.
He thinks it’s probably just rope stuck to a bridge pier. He said cold temperatures at night allowed frazil ice — a kind of loose, slushy ice that forms on water — to stick to the rope, which caused it to float to the surface.