Another state cryptid. This one for New York. The Montauk Monster was a mysterious carcass that washed up on the South Shore of Long Island in 2008. The animal was squat and hairless and, although clearly mammalian, it appeared to possess a bird-like "beak".
There has been much speculation on what the creature was-- from a turtle without its shell, to a drowned dog, to a genetic experiment from the nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center. The most likely explanation, though, is that it was merely a raccoon carcass that had been distorted by decay and prolonged submersion in salt water. Looking at the original photo: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
it's pretty clear that the "beak" is really just the front of the skull without the skin.
For this drawing, I did a little speculation on how the Monster might behave if it had been a genuine new animal species. I imagined it using its beak to rip bark off of pine trees in the manner of a porcupine or Amebelodon.
you can read about this and other state cryptids at my blog: statecryptids.blogspot.com/