Man Claims to Have Photographed Mythical 'New Jersey Devil' From Legend Dating Back Centuries

Resident David Black said he caught a winged creature on camera.

ByABC News
October 13, 2015, 3:11 PM

— -- It's a bird. It's a plane. It's ... a devil from New Jersey?!

One man continues to stand behind his claim that he snapped a photo of the mythical “New Jersey Devil” soaring through the sky, even though, he said, people have been calling him crazy.

David Black, a resident of the Garden State, says he captured a winged animal on camera Monday evening while on his way home from work.

Black told ABC News he was driving around 6 p.m. Monday when he saw what he believed to be a llama running outside. And as he got closer, he said, he pulled out his camera and snapped a photo. Then, suddenly, he said, the creature sprouted wings and took flight from a golf course.

Black said his heart was racing as he witnessed both a "childlike wonder and deep-seeded child nightmare" while capturing the apparent black cryptid.

The myth of the “New Jersey Devil” dates back to 1735 in U.S. folklore, which describes tales of a creature that's said to be half human, half devil.

Indeed, Black isn't the only one making hard-to-believe accounts that he saw the devil Monday. Another person shared a video allegedly showing the animal less than 9 miles from where Black said his encounter took place.

Although he said people are laughing at his report, Black said he wanted to alert the community, saying that the creature "could snatch children out of cribs" and "steal souls."

Lock your doors, New Jerseyans.