Monday, 30 September 2013

A real monster

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Half-Ton Giant Freshwater Stingray With a 15-Inch Poison Barb
    By Matt Simon
Sailor lore once told of a whale so enormous that captains would mistake it for an island, anchoring their ships to the beast and ordering men ashore. When the sailors built a fire on this “island whale,” though, the fiend would heave up and dive, dragging the crew to their deaths and perhaps into starring roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. And on the way down they likely thought, I knew I saw an eyeball back there. I should have said something. But also, Well isn’t this just a doozy. Something so big, yet we didn’t realize it was right under our feet.Scientists were probably thinking the same thing when in 1990 they first described Southeast Asia’s giant freshwater stingray, which can grow to more than 16 feet long and 1,300 pounds. And while it packs a 15-inch, poisonous, serrated stinger, it’s actually a gentle, inquisitive creature, an endangered titan that researchers are scrambling to understand before humans drive it to extinction. Read rest here :

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Monster fish in James River ?

12-foot sturgeons possible in James River, scientist says
Two scientists snorkeled in the James River in downtown Richmond on Friday seeking evidence that submarine behemoths called Atlantic sturgeons are breeding in the city.Looking along the Mayo Bridge — where several witnesses spotted 6- and 7-footers last September — the scientists found blue crabs, fishing lures and an antique-looking lock, but no monster fish or their eggs.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Jaw dropping new discovery

Scientist hails 'jaw-dropping' fish fossil discovery
A leading British scientist has said that the discovery of a 419-million-year-old fish fossil in China is a stunning and spectacular development. Palaeobiologist Matt Friedman told the BBC that the fish provided crucial evidence about the evolutionary development of jawed vertebrates.As a remote relative of humans, it provides important evolutionary clues. "It is the deepest branch of our family tree that bears the kinds of jaw bones found in humans," Dr Friedman said.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Is there a Cornish Sea Serpent ?

Morgawr,cornish sea serpent?

Morgawr, is the Cornish name for the “sea monster”  reported being  seen off the coast of that county since the 1800s.It has been described as being  seen as having  humps with 'stumpy horns' and bristles on its long neck  and about 20feet(6.6 metres) long
 In 1876 some fishermen reported they had netted a sea serpent off Gerran’s Bay . It was dismissed by many as just a tall tale. Then in 1906 a sea serpent was reported as being spotted off the coast of Lands End.
In 1926, another fisherman reported catching something in his nets. This was described as being 20 feet (6.6metres)  in length , with an 8 feet (2.6 metres) long tail, scaly legs and a beak-like head. ( N.B. it could have been a carcass of a shark or another known sea creature)
The sightings have continued in more recent  times:
In September 1975 off Pendennis Point ,two witnesses a man and a woman out on an evening stroll.,claimed they saw  a humped figure with 'stumpy horns' and bristles on its long neck, catching a conger eel in its mouth. Again in 1975, it was spotted in the Helford, near Durgan.
Then in 1976 some extraordinary photos appeared. Firstly two separate sightings off Rosemullion Head took place in January 1976 one of which was by two women from London, on holiday. They  described what they saw as being as being 30-40 feet( 10-13 metres) long and looking like a prehistoric creature. In February of that year a lady known only as 'Mary F' sent two photographs, apparently of Morgawr, to the Falmouth Packet, along with a covering letter. She claimed they were taken off Rosemullion Head Falmouth and  described the creature as :"it looked like an elephant waving its trunk, but the trunk was a long neck with a small head at the end, like a snake's head. It had humps on its back which moved in a funny way... the animal frightened me. I would not like to see it any closer. I do not like the way it moved when swimming." adding that it was black or brown in colour and had a head that looked like a sea lion's .Neither Mary F or the negatives have ever been traced.
In July 1976, 25 miles south of Lizard Point, two fishermen John Cock and George Vinnicombe claim to have seen  a creature whose neck "reared 4 feet( 1.3 metres) up in the water". They estimated the animal's length at 22 feet.( 7 metres) . A young family also spotted something  in the Helford in the same month. Later that year  a couple in their motorboat witnessed two large mottled-grey humps off Restronguet Point and another man described seeing a creature like a huge  eel estimated to be 50-60 foot( 16-20 metres) long with a humped back from Gyllyngvase Beach. In November 1976 off  Parson's Beach, Mawnan Tony 'Doc' Shiels claims to photograph the creature lying low in the water. He mentions "little stumpy horns" on its head, and he describes the body of the animal as 15 feet long. He was accompanied at the time by a journalist, who also said he saw it.
IN  August 1985 off  Gerran's Bay( where the 1876 capture in nets was) Christopher and Susan Waldron of King's Stanley, Gloucestershire whilst on holiday, report  having seen a strange  creature. Mrs Waldron was watching her husband swimming in the sea, when she noticed a large silhouette under the surface behind him. The shape was described to be that of a large, long necked creature, although it was in shadow.
In 1987, and some 50 miles east along the coast at Devils Point in Plymouth, Devon, an experienced diver sighted what he described as a dog-like head that rose 3 feet (1 metre)  out of the sea, although the area is an area favoured by conger eels.
In January 1992, a couple walking along the cliffs in Falmouth saw a creature, which they described as looking like pictures of the Loch Ness Monster. They were very sceptical about previous sightings before witnessing it for themselves.
That brings us up to 1999 and Gerran's Bay again where  John Holmes videotapes what is claimed to be an unidentified creature in the sea. See newspaper article below.
Thursday, 27 June, 2002,
A distant relative of Scotland's famous Loch Ness Monster could be lurking in the waters off the coast of Cornwall, it has been revealed.Video footage of a creature swimming in the sea off Gerran's Bay has been captured by local man John Holmes and has confounded experts.The 49-year-old from Sticker had been filming his wife swimming in the sea when he spotted what he described as a "snake-like" creature.On Thursday he told BBC Radio Cornwall: "I was filming my wife and had climbed on a rock to admire the view across the bay and I thought I heard a splash."A bizarre movement caught my attention about 250 metres off shore and this thing appeared to be standing about one metre above sea level."Mr Holmes thought he was looking at the fin of a shark or a killer whale at first."I then saw a snake-like head and neck which appeared to be raised out of the water. I was so shocked by what I saw that I almost fell off the rock."I screamed to my wife and she climbed out of the water. I only saw it in the water for a brief amount of time."The video was taken in August 1999 but has only just been released by Mr Holmes because he feared he would be ridiculed.Video expert Tim Farrow, of TJF Productions in St Austell, has studied the footage with a forensic scientist and has confirmed that it is "100% genuine"."This footage has not been doctored in any way," he said."The images are genuine and the video is genuine. It shows an animal type object in the sea."I don't know what it is but I have never seen anything like this before. There has to be an explanation but at this moment in time, I don't have one."Mr Holmes, who worked for the National History Museum in London for 19 years, has his own theory. "I have gone through all the text books to try and work out what this may have been and my theory is that it could be a living fossil."It appeared bird-like at times but was very uncharacteristic of any diving birds."I really do think there is some sort of zoological discovery around the coast of Cornwall."

One mans story of an encounter in 1944:

It seems strange that the video should only be released  three years later as if he was going to be ridiculed , the year would not have made any difference. It may be he was going to retire so it didn’t matter if his employers knew about it. I don’t know, an odd thing to do. The photos, as usual, are inconclusive and the descriptions vary slightly. However  that is what would happen if you questioned eye witnesses about something they had seen( ask any detective) the descriptions would vary, sometimes enormously so, I would be suspicious if they didn’t. One would assume fishermen and locals would know what they were looking at and be able to identify basking sharks, seals etc, though out of area people from towns may not. So what do you think, mistaken identity, unknown creature or prehistoric relic?

Saturday, 21 September 2013

new rodent discovered

New spiny rat discovered in 'birthplace of evolution'
By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News
Tufts of harsh, bristly hair and a white tail tip are among the defining features of a new rodent species discovered in Indonesia. The Spiny Boki Mekot Rat was found in the mountain forests of Halmahera, in the Moluccas (Maluku) archipelago.It was from these islands that Alfred Russel Wallace wrote to Charles Darwin, outlining his theory of evolution.

Friday, 20 September 2013

giant serpent of Tasek Chini Lake

Located in south-west Pahang Malaysia , Tasek Bera is a natural freshwater lake system extending 35 km long and 20 km wide . Tasek Bera wetland is connected to the legendary Tasek Chini Lake . Legends have it that monsters dwell in the lake and guard a submerged ancient Khmer City. The legends of the submerged city are true and scientists have mounted expeditions there to try and study it. The monsters however have not been photographed despite being reported as seen by many people. They are said to be like a giant snake with grey scales.
A creature was seen in the lake by an officer of the Malayan police .Stewart Wavell's expedition to Malaysia in 1951 was to study the customs and folklore of the Semelai people, who lived in the area. The police officer was interviewed by Wavell and told him that he was swimming in Tasek Bera when he saw the head of a huge, silvery-gray serpent rising more than fifteen feet out of the water. He quickly swam out of the water, but the animal made no attempt to give chase.
The Semelai told Wavell that they believed in giant snakes which they said lived in Tasek Chini Lake. Wavell recorded that the Semelai used the name ular tedong to describe the animal, others say the name of the creature's name is naga . The Semelai said that he serpents were huge and covered in grey scales, but that the scales turned golden in older serpents.(they later said the golden bit was made up and that they stayed grey) The creatures also had two short horns on their heads but never left the water. The creatures had never been known to attack humans. He was also told that that the creature made a booming sound. Wavell drew a picture of a dinosaur, and the tribe were surprised that it resembled their monsters. Wavell then went to look for the creature and whilst camping near where the policemen had seen the creature was surprised by a noise. It was a bellow, shrill and strident, he described it as “ like a ship's horn, an elephant trumpet, and sea lion's bark all at once”. He was momentarily petrified, then frantically switched on the recorder, held up the microphone and waited for the next cry but a second call never came. That was the only evidence he found. There is a legend that goes:
The tribesmen cultivated the land for food crops. The owner, an old woman, found them and scolded them for not asking permission to fell trees and clear the fields. After apologizing, the woman allowed them to continue and marked the boundary with a stick, asking the men to never remove it. One day they heard dogs barking and chased them off by throwing sticks. One of the sticks pierced an old log and blood gushed out. Frightened and confused the tribesmen were sure the log was demonic. They returned to the log to find a shallow pool of blood. Suddenly the sky darkened, thunder rumbled, lightening cracked and a monsoon rain fell. Scared for their lives they ran away, grabbed their gear and anything else to protect themselves from the spirits. In their haste, one tribesman pulled out the old woman's stick. Water starting blasting out from the hole and did not stop for many years. Thus, creating Tasik Chini. The tribesmen did not disturb an old log, they punctured the underbelly of Naga Sri Gumum, the serpent dragon ...
It’s a great story isn’t it, the legend. As for the creatures , well the jungle has been there for millions of years and there is always a possibility that giant snakes do dwell there. It isn’t a very accessible place though but eventually I am sure someone will produce a grainy photo or some film.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Yowie hunt resumes

'Yowie Man' researcher resumes hunt on the Manning
Rex Gilroy, Australia's noted 'Yowie Man', field naturalist and historical researcher, is planning yet another search in the mountain country for more evidence of the 'Taree Bigfoot', who has been leaving his/her 40cm long footprints in forest soil since before European settlement.
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