Thursday, 22 January 2015

Aquatic Life survives in impossible conditions

Discovery: Fish Live Beneath Antarctica
Scientists find translucent fish in a wedge of water hidden under 740 meters of ice, 850 kilometers from sunlight
By Douglas Fox
Stunned researchers in Antarctica have discovered fish and other aquatic animals living in perpetual darkness and cold, beneath a roof of ice 740 meters thick. The animals inhabit a wedge of seawater only 10 meters deep, sealed between the ice above and a barren, rocky seafloor below—a location so remote and hostile the many scientists expected to find nothing but scant microbial life.

So there may be life in other places yet undiscovered,places in which it is thought creatures such as cryptids couldn't exist .

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sea Monsters?

Rarely seen frilled shark known as the living fossil sighted in Australia
The frilled shark was caught on a fishing trawler in waters near Lakes Entrance in the Gippsland region in southeastern Australia

Mystery of the real-life sea serpent
A huge fish is still baffling scientists centuries after it began terrifying sailors. The enigmatic oarfish could be the truth behind ancient tales of sea serpents capable of sinking ships. Growing up to 36ft (11m) long and swimming like a snake at the ocean’s surface, oarfish match historic descriptions of frightening monsters from the deep. The giant fish is still capable of sending witnesses fleeing for their lives and sightings in shallow water or incidents of oarfish beaching themselves seem to be increasing.

Monday, 12 January 2015

new marine reptile identified

New species of marine reptile identified from Skye fossils
A new species of marine reptile that lived about 170 million years ago has been identified from fossils found on the Isle of Skye. Measuring 14ft (4.2m) from snout to tail, it hunted fish and other reptiles in warm shallow seas around Scotland during the Jurassic Period. Palaeontologists said they had given it a Gaelic name, Dearcmhara, to reflect its connection with the Hebrides. Work to identify it was led by the University of Edinburgh and museums. A team of palaeontologists studied fossil fragments of skulls, teeth, vertebrae and an upper arm bone unearthed on Skye over the past 50 years. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

deepest fish and atlantis in the news.

Happy New Year everyone. Let’s hope 2015 brings new discoveries.

Deepest Fish Features Angel Wings, Tentacles and Amazing Ability to Perform Under Pressure
By Jennifer Frazer | January 8, 2015
“Discovered at 26,872 feet, the fish was still found within the zone calculated by project scientist Paul Yancey to be the hypothetical limit. This discovery was widely covered in the press in mid-December, but the footage of the new depth title-holder that often accompanied these stories wasn’t very good. Below is a much better video. It’s a curious fish that seems to somehow combine the aesthetics of a tissue paper angel, Flounder from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Dread Cthulhu.”

Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck
Jan 6, 2015 06:00 PM ET // by Rossella Lorenzi
Gleaming cast metal called orichalcum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found in Atlantis, has been recovered from a ship that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Sicily.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Ho Ho Ho I spy a cryptid

Do you believe in the cryptid Father Christmas ?

You may laugh but think about the similarities between Santa and documented  cryptids.
Cryptids tend to be seen in places with difficult terrain where they cannot easily be tracked or seen. -Santa lives in an icy wasteland.
Santa disappears and reappears. There are stories about bigfoot disappearing before people’s eyes and many cryptids are only spotted at certain times of the year when conditions are right .
Santa flies through the air on a sled with flying reindeer. There are many flying cryptids from thunderbirds to mothman.
Then there are his little helpers –the elves. They could be a descendant or offshoot of the Hobbit skeletons that were found in recent years.
He leaves gifts. There are old stories of wildmen who left food for the starving on their doorsteps.
Santa is rather hairy according to many depictions with flowing beard and locks. Ditto are many cryptids.
He has a distinctive cry-Ho Ho Ho. So do many cryptids including a species of giant bat that is said to make a similar noise.
Santa only exists in folklore stories, so do many crytids until people start to hunt for them. Nearly all cryptids from the Loch Ness Monster to the Yeti are first discovered in old stories when one looks back at the time line.
So Is Santa Claus a cryptid? Probably not as there is no eye witness testimony to back up his appearances that I am aware of (that does not include your parent in a red dressing gown and Santa hat and fake beard leaving presents at the bottom of the bed) but next time someone scoffs at your belief in cryptids, remind them they believed in Father Christmas once so don’t knock belief in the unknown.

Yule tide

Merry Christmas to all cryptid seekers. May 2015 bring fresh sightings and evidence . x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sea Troll and Kraken in the news

Satellite image of 'sea troll' haunting New Zealand bay debunked by science
The big wake seen swirling through one of New Zealand's picturesque bays on Google Earth called to mind a mysterious sea creature for one impressionable local — and soon the internet rumour mill buzzed with details of the "unexplained" satellite find. Pita Witehira, of Hamilton, spotted the image on Google about a week ago while researching a holiday home location at Oke Bay, in the Bay of Islands. 

For centuries people have spun tales of sea monsters with giant tentacles that drag people to their doom. Is there any truth to the stories?
by Melissa Hogenboom
For centuries, fishermen from Norway and Greenland have told tales of a terrifying sea monster: the kraken. Supposedly, this vast creature has giant tentacles that can pluck you from your boat and drag you to the depths of the ocean. You can't see it coming, because it lurks deep beneath you in the dark water. But if you suddenly find yourself catching a great many fish, you should flee: the kraken might be beneath you, scaring the fish towards the surface.