I've seen a lot of things in my life, but nothing compares to this weird creature.

Last week, I took a tour of Alberta and British Columbia with my parents, younger brother and girlfriend. Along the route to our lodge destination, we stopped at various lookouts and scenic areas. Waterfalls, mountains and crystal clear rivers surrounded us at all times, breathtaking to say the least.

At one of our stops, we came across a beautiful river with a natural rock bridge along the Kicking Horse River, somewhere on the western border of Alberta. The glacial waters that ran along the river bed were ice cold and as blue as a sapphire.

Along the shore edge, we gathered rocks and admired how perfectly round or colorful they were. That's when my brother spotted something creepy that caught everybody's attention. Underneath the moist side of a rock was some kind of insect-like animal that did not resemble anything we were familiar with. It had a head that resembled something a long the lines of a bat, six legs total that bent forward like lobster and a skinny white tail.

See for yourself:

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Gazelle/Townsquare Media

Creepy, right?!

My only regret about this, well, thing was that I didn't capture a video. As it moved forward, it crawled from side to side, slithering along the residual cold mucky silt was once burrowed in before the rock was lifted from the waters. This critter is solid nightmare material and most certainly something we have never seen before.

After placing the rock back down to its original location, I started to question myself at the wonder of the find. Could that bug-like creature be some sort of newly-discovered species? Was it some type of mutation, and if so, what the heck did it morph into and from what? All I know is that I'm clueless at to what it could be or how it was surviving such extreme frigid temperatures.

At this point, I'll take any guesses or answers.


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