Tuesday 8 January 2013

The Kraken filmed? wolves on the rampage and a fortean mystery

Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths, Japan scientists report
Screen grab from footage captured by NHK and Discovery Channel taken in July 2012 shows a giant squid in the sea near Chichi island. The squid was spotted at a depth of 630 meters using a submersible in July, some 15 km east of Chichi island in the north Pacific Ocean. Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever.

Read more see video at: http://phys.org/news/2013-01-giant-squid-pacific-depths-japan.html#jCp

Russia: Raids by wolves spark 'emergency' in Sakha

An influx of wolves preying on reindeer herds has triggered a state of emergency in the Sakha Republic, in north-eastern Russia.Squads of hunters will pursue the wolves in a three-month "battle" from 15 January, officials say. The most successful hunters will get bonuses. The vast, sparsely populated region is also known as Yakutia.Experts quoted by Russian media believe a shortage of mountain hares has caused the migration of hungry wolves.Wolf packs have moved into Sakha's central reindeer pastures, from their normal hunting grounds in the mountains and dense forests. Reports speak of increased attacks on livestock, but not on humans.

Not strictly cryptozoological but for those interested in Fortean mysteries:

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