GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — An Atlantic City security guard says a blurry cell phone photo shows a horned, winged creature flying along Route 9 in Galloway — and that it may be the Jersey Devil.
Galloway Township Mayor Don Purdy, a lifelong resident, said as that when he was a child, he and his friends searched the town, hoping to find the Jersey Devil.
But it was Dave Black who said he took several shots of the creature on his way home from work last week, according to previous news reports.
Black said the image was not manipulated or Photoshopped.
Black said the creature look initially like a llama before it “spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course.”
In the end, Black believes he saw something he can’t quite explain.
“I think I saw a large, flying mammal about the size of a deer,” he said.
Purdy said the Jersey Devil is an urban legend — but when he was a kid and had nothing to do, hunting the creature was a popular activity.
Purdy said the legend has always been that the Jersey Devil grew up in an old, broken-down house at the end of Moss Mill Road in the township’s Leeds Point section.
“We did some hunting out at Leeds Point; we would go out in the woods, about 10 to 15 kids, and we’d be out there in the dark, getting freaked out. It was dark out there, and you’d hear all different things and it scared us to death,” Purdy said.
There were never stories of the Jersey Devil hurting anyone, but the myth was that the creature was notorious for eating the chickens of local farmers, Purdy said.