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GroupingRiver Monster
Other name(s)Altie
CountryUnited States

In Georgia folklore, the Altamaha-ha (or Altie) is a legendary creature, alleged to inhabit the myriad of small streams and abandoned rice fields near the mouth of the Altamaha River (after which it is named) in southeastern Georgia, United States.[1] Sightings are particularly reported around Darien and elsewhere in McIntosh County.[2]

According to The Brunswick News, the legend has its roots in Muscogee tradition.[3] An alligator gar has been proposed as being a possible identity for recent sightings attributed to the creature.[4]

In 2018 decomposing remains were found on a beach in the Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge causing speculation that it may be the body of an Altamaha-ha;[5][6] however, performance artist Zardulu later claimed responsibility for the remains, which were created out of a stuffed shark and paper mache.[7]


  1. ^ Vivlamore, Barbara (August 29, 2006). "CLOSER LOOK AT ... State's 'Altie' tale". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. 4E.
  2. ^ Crenshaw, Holly (February 26, 2001). "eMETRO". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. 2B.
  3. ^ Ferguson, Anna (May 13, 2009). "McIntosh showcases a new mascot". The Brunswick News. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Nead, Arthur (July 16, 2014). "Is the "Altie" a monster or fish?". Tulane News. Tulane University. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Gibbens, Sarah (March 21, 2018). "Strange Sea Creature Washes Ashore, Stumps Scientists". National Geographic. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Anderson, Bethany (March 29, 2018). "The legendary Altamaha monster wasn't found off the Georgia coast; here's why it's a hoax". Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Georgia Coast Altamaha-Ha Monster Discovery a Hoax". Valdosta Today. September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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