Attention all those with a penchant for creating short clips claiming to contain evidence of bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or any other mythical creature. Please stop. The child inside me that has barely recovered from the fallacy that is Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Great Pumpkin is still holding on to a shred of hope that the other legends are still in play. I want to believe they’re out there. And these terrible videos are not helping.


Last year, we were treated to not one but two videos featuring the elusive bigfoot (aka, Sasquatch). Both were of such poor quality that you would think the cameras had been drinking. And yet, they were hugely popular online because – yea! – this stuff is fun. We want to believe that there might be some giant animal out there that we've yet to fully explain or document. It’s apparently just really hard to do it clearly.


Case in point is a new video courtesy of The Sun that purports to show a long-extinct woolly mammoth crossing a river. The video was allegedly "caught by a government-employed engineer last summer in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia." Awesome! But wait – why is this video clip only 10 seconds long? And why is the mammoth blurred? If I was relaxing in Siberia and this opportunity came along, I would quickly run towards the creature for a close-up – not take a quick snap and go back to work.


The site Life’s Little Mysteries consulted Hollywood SFX artist Derek Serra for his take on the video. "Even low-resolution cameras can focus fairly well on something," Serra said. "But there's really nothing in this video in focus. The rocks in the foreground have a blur to them that doesn't seem natural."


A commenter over on had yet another theory saying, “I suggested to a co-worker the animal in the video is something much rarer than living mammoth: it's a wild snuffleupagus, as evidenced by the lack of tusks and ears. I think I'll be vindicated when the photographer releases his second video of a living "terror bird" -- seven feet tall and bright yellow -- spotted nearby.”


Have a look below and tell us what you think was captured in Siberia.


Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Woolly mammoth video goes viral
Unfortunately, all signs point to this one being yet another blurry fake.