Published August 25, 2014
The Truth Committee has concluded that the mythical Lagarfljót Worm sea monster is real.
“We didn’t see the Worm, but we tried really hard to look for it,” Stefán Bogi Sveinsson, the chairperson of the Truth Committee, told MBL. “We believed that if it was interested in proving its existence, it would show itself to one of these 13 chosen individuals on the committee.”
When trying to spot the Worm in the flesh did not work, the committee examined photographic and video evidence. They arrived at the conclusion that there was no reason to doubt that there was some kind of creature or being in the water.
“The committee could not agree if any of the photos we looked at showed the Worm,” Stefán explained. “But seven out of 13 committee members agreed that you can see the Worm in the video.”
The most recent controversy about the Worm began in February 2012, when farmer Hjörtur Kjerúlf took a video of what appears to be a long object moving in a snake-like motion across the current of the river feeding into the lake. There was speculation that this was the famed Worm of Lagarfljót.
The video went viral, attracting attention as far afield as Japan. Although it has since been debunked as fishing netting tangled in ice, in May 2012 the NBC show “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” went in search of the Worm, as did ABC News the following June. Shortly thereafter, the 13-person truth committee was established to verify or dismiss, once and for all, the existence of the Worm.
Below, you can see the video in question, and judge for yourself: