The above photo -- and others you can see after the jump -- were taken under the esplanade along the East River by a woman named Denise Ginley.
It's unclear what this thing actually is -- there's some chatter that it's the second-coming of the "Montauk Monster," which was found washed up on the shore near Montauk in 2008 and determined to probably be a bloated raccoon. This monster, however, looks more like a bloated pig or rat -- if you ask us, anyway.
We're no experts in disgusting, bloated water vermin, though, so we've contacted experts at the Bronx Zoo to see if they can tell us what this thing actually is. We'll let you know what they have say -- meantime, see some more photos of this monster below.
UPDATE: An animal expert tells Gothamist -- which first reported on this bloated mess -- that it likely is a dog. That said, those ears look awfully swine-y -- or pit bull-y (we don't know what the F to think).