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West Virginia Man Believes He Photographed the Mothman, 50 Years After First Sighting

Has the Mothman returned to Point Pleasant?

Last week here on Bloody Disgusting we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary Mothman, specifically the anniversary of the first sightings, taking a look back at those chilling encounters as well as the flying beast’s apparent connection to the deadly collapse of Silver Bridge. To quickly recap, the Mothman is a human-like creature with red eyes who was (allegedly) spotted several times in Point Pleasant, West Virginia shortly before the bridge collapsed and claimed 46 lives, and many believe that he arrived in town as a harbinger of impending doom.

Now, almost exactly 50 years after the first sighting, a resident of Point Pleasant claims to have had his own encounter with the Mothman. And he’s got the photos to prove it.

As reported by West Virginia newscaster Kathy Anderson, a man called into the WSAZ News station this past Sunday to report that he saw the Mothman while driving on Route 2 in Point Pleasant. The man, who only recently moved to the city, reportedly was not even aware of the legend prior to snapping three photos of what certainly appears to be the mythical cryptid.

Mothman sightings died down in Point Pleasant in the wake of the Silver Bridge collapse, and this is the first one to be reported in many years. Is it possible that the Mothman is celebrating his own 50th birthday? Has he perhaps arrived back in town to give the residents another warning? Or is this simply a case of a prankster having a little fun with the 50th anniversary?

Twitter user @ErickPickel offers up a wholly different explanation:

It’s an owl with a snake in it’s talons.

What do you think? Check out the mystery man’s photographs below!






  • Andrew Lyall

    I see a hawk with a snake in its talons in the first pic.

    • Andrew Lyall

      Or an owl…

      • thornvald80

        now come on, look at some facts: it is america + blurred shitty photo = it MUST be true… wudn’t be surprised if it’s an alien 😀

        • Andrew Lyall

          This is what a post Trump world looks like. The return of the fucking Mothman! Thanks Obama!

          • Bla Blah

            Obama steps out of office…mothman returns….
            coincidence? I think not. he is the hero we need right now

          • Charles Cumella

            Obama is Mothman!

  • Creepshow

    West Virginia man pauses Jeepers Creepers, and takes pictures of his TV screen.

  • Hank_Scorpio

    Why do all pictures like this have to be the worst quality ever? Is this guy using a polaroid from 1971? Christ, I’m Ansel Adams with my phone compared to these numbskulls…..

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Mythical creatures are blurry by nature.

  • Härra Pärnits

    Drone + publicity stunt = news.

  • Daniel Anderson

    Almost thinking its an owl with a frog. However I’m more leaning towards mothman.

  • SpacemanSpliffz
  • MacReady

    That Mothman sure has some skinny-ass legs.


  • Eliza

    When I first saw the picture, I thought it’s a skydiver. Skydiving in the evening is odd, but it’s more credible than Mothman.

  • THGrimm

    The owl with a snake it its talons is very believable, but this guy had to have seen something else to make him pause and take a picture.
    Call me naïve, but I like to believe.

  • Df

    It’s a hawk or an owl carrying a frog, snake or something off to eat.

    I’m not sure whats worse websites that “report” this shit, or the people who believe it.

    • Marla

      Most likely an owl.

  • This is probably a heron wading in a body of water while dipping its head in said water. The head and neck are one “leg”, and the reflection is another. The “sky” is actually water, and it is likely daytime, not night. Further, this photo was likely taken from a higher rather than lower vantage in relation to the figure, with a downward rather than upward angle. The tree is a reflection of a tree and knowing this you can make out a bit of the wavy texture of the water.

  • OctoberLIBRA

    It’s the devil!! The devil is back in town!

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