Sunday, 20 July 2014

monsters and treasure in Loch Arkaig?

In Lochaber, Scotland, Loch Arkaig lies 140 feet above sea level, and is 12 miles long with a depth of 300 feet. Loch Arkaig is situated on the map of Scotland between Loch Ness and Loch Morar .It is said to be the home of the Loch Arkaig Monster. The only description of the creature says that it has a long neck and a a wide body . So a cousin of nessie perhaps?
There have been suggestions that the nessie type creatures migrate between the lochs using the Caledonian Canal. This a man made 62 mile canal which connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast near Fort William. However any large creatures would have been seen and there appears to be no reports of sightings.
.The first reported sighting of the Loch Arkaig creature was in 1857:
Excerpt from the Diary of Lord Malmesbury October 3, 1857:
October 3rd. This morning my stalker and his boy gave me an account of a mysterious creature, which they say exists in Loch Arkaig, and which they call the lake-horse. It is the same animal of which one has occasionally read accounts in the newspapers of having been seen in Highland lochs, and on the existence of which in Loch Assynt the late Lord Ellesmere wrote an interesting article, but the story has always been looked upon as fabulous. I am now, however, persuaded of its truth.
My stalker, John Stuart, at Achnacarry, has seen it twice, and both times at sunrise in summer on a bright sunny day, when there was no ripple on the water. The creature was basking on the surface. He saw only the head and hind quarters, proving its back was hollow, which is not the shape of any fish or seal.
Its head resembled that of a horse. It was also seen once by his three little children, who were walking together along the beach. It was then motionless, about 30 yards from the shore, and apparently asleep, and at first they took it for a rock, but when they got near it, it moved its head, and they were so frightened that they ran home, arriving in a state of greatest terror. There was no mistaking their manner when they related this story, and they offered to make an affidavit before the magistrate.
The only more recent sighting I could find is reported in Tim Dinsdale’s book “The Leviathans” on page 240.
( you can find this online to read at google books). Tim wrote that he met two men who had been commandos in WW2 based in the Loch Arkaig area. They said they had been out on the loch in an inflatable boat when an upheaval in the water almost swamped them. They said it must have been a very large fish or the monster.
It would be thought that there would have been more sightings over the years like at Loch Ness . There have been sightings at nearby Loch Lochy of a creature so maybe it moved home? There is also another story attached to Loch Arkaig of Jacobite gold. The monster story could have been put about to keep treasure hunters away.
The story of treasure /gold at Loch Arkaig

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Four-winged dinosaur is 'biggest ever'

Four-winged dinosaur is 'biggest ever'
By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News
A new four-winged dinosaur has been discovered, with exceptionally long feathers on its tail and "hindwings".Changyuraptor yangi was a gliding predator which lived in the Cretaceous period in what is now Liaoning, China.Its remarkable tail feathers - measuring up to 30cm - are the longest in any non-avian dinosaur.The tail would have acted as a pitch control structure reducing descent speed... which could be critical to a safe landing or precise attack on prey.This unusual plumage helped the creature to slow down during flight and land safely, say scientists writing in Nature Communications. C. yangi is a new species of microraptorine, a group related to early avians.These ancient creatures offer clues to the origin of flight - and the transition from feathered dinosaurs to birds.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Fossil of 'largest flying bird' relative of the Thunderbird?

Fossil of 'largest flying bird' identified
Rebecca Morelle By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News
The fossilised remains of the largest flying bird ever found have been identified by scientists.This creature would have looked like a seagull on steroids - its wingspan was between 6.1 and 7.4m (20-24ft).The find is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The 25m-year-old fossil was unearthed 30 years ago in South Carolina, but it has taken until now to identify that this is a new species.Daniel Ksepka, curator of science at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut, said: "This fossil is remarkable both for the size, which we could only speculate on before the discovery, and for the preservation.
Huge birds like this were once common, but they vanished about three million years ago.Scientists do not yet understand why these giants of the skies died out.

Perhaps the stories of the Thunderbird come from the finding of giant fossils like this or maybe they didn’t die out and a an evolved form is flying around out there somewhere....a Thunderbird.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Ancient Freshwater Sharks

Ancient Arctic Sharks Lived In Brackish Water 50 Million Years Ago
Most sharks today are strictly saltwater fish, however, a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Chicago reveals that this was not the case 50 million years ago. Sharks in the Arctic Ocean during this time lived in brackish water, with approximately the same amount of freshwater found in modern day Lake Ponchatrain in Louisiana.
The study, led by University of Chicago postdoctoral researcher Sora Kim, suggests that the Eocene Arctic sand tiger shark thrived in the brackish water of the western Arctic Ocean. In contrast with the Eocene Arctic sand tiger shark (part of the lamniform group of sharks that includes today’s great white, thresher and mako sharks), the modern sand shark in the Atlantic Ocean requires three times the salinity and is very intolerant of low salt levels.

Food for  thought.What if some lake creature sightings were evolved ancient freshwater sharks?


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Irish lake creatures.

In the absence of any breaking news in the crypto-universe thought I would look at ,as far as I know, Ireland's most famous lake monsters.

Rumours about a sub-aquatic monstrosity in Lough Ree have been around for many centuries.. The Life of Saint Mochuda mentions it, helpfully adding that it had devoured a man. Lough Ree was also reputed to hide an underwater city complete with a cathedral. It is said that a bishop once tried to visit it and never returned.Interest in the Lough Ree Monster was rekindled in the 1960s, by respectable men of the cloth. Several churchmen saw "the monster" - Father Quigly, Father Murray and Father Burke, fishing off Holly Point.
What the priests allegedly saw, is recorded by Peter Costello in his book ;Search of Lake Monsters: "It was moving... It went down under the water and came up again in the form of a loop. The length from the end of the coil to the head was 6 feet (1.81m). The was about 18 inches (45cm) of head and neck over the water. The head and neck were narrow in comparison to the thickness of a good-sized salmon. It was getting its propulsion from underneath the water, and we did not see all of it".
A sketch is supposed to exist, which shows two objects breaking the water, one is a hump, the other a long neck-like protrusion. This report was not the first and over the previous 30 years, several anglers claim to have been towed by a a strong unseen creature until forced to cut their lines. Other witnesses are mentioned, but nothing on par with the sighting of the three priests.
Colonel Harry Rice, in his 'Thanks For the Memory', wrote how a friend had seen the creature some eight years previous and had described it as looking "for all the world like a dozen barrels of porter strung together"
In June 2001 an expedition of the Global Underwater Search Team tried to get to the bottom of the monster stories through surface monitoring and a dropping a hydrophone into the water. The evidence recorded was inconclusive and consisted of a "peculiar sound" and a small object swimming in the lake.
Another strange creature of the Irish lakes is the Dobhar-Chu of Lough Mask. Also called the dobarcu or dhuragoo, this "water hound" has been reported to attack people. It is described as sort of looking similar to a large otter, white in colour with black ear tips and black across the back. It is said by some to look like "half wolfdog/half fish".There was a report in 1684 of it attacking some one and leaving the water all bloody.
Lake monsters or strange lake dwelling creatures are reported all over the world. There are surely too many to be a coincidence. The sightings may be simply of large eels or fish but the similarities between many sightings in different parts of the world suggest something is going on .

Saturday, 7 June 2014

A Mysterious Animal Ate an Entire 9-Foot Great White Shark

Scientists: A Mysterious Animal Ate an Entire 9-Foot Great White Shark
By James Baker
Scientists in Australia tagged a healthy nine-foot great white shark as part of program to track these animals. Four months later they found the tracking device washed up on a beach. Something—something really big—had eaten this apex predator. But what creature could dine on such ferocious prey?
The recovered device showed a rapid temperature rise and a sudden 1,900-foot change in depth. That's all the information the scientists have

I would guess it was a giant squid or could it have been a cryptid?