Saturday, July 16, 2011

Living Dinosaurs

One of my favorite theories is that dinosaurs never truly died out, not completely, and sightings of dinosaurs or dinosaur like beings have been reported for ages, mostly in tropical areas but sometimes in more rural ones. Here I'll briefly outline some of the reported dinosaur cryptids.

Kasai Rex- African Congo

Size differs on this one, most reports say about 40 feet long though. Most reports also seem to stay with the same coloration, red with black stripes. Many meat eating dinosaurs have been suggested including the T-rex, Allosaurus, Spinosaurus and others. Some even suggest it's a creature known as the Chepekwe, a giant monitor lizard reported to weigh 4 tons, but most experts claim it's nothing by local myth.

Emela-ntouka- Central Africa

Described as similar to a Rhino, having a long white horn, this beast is said to gore elephants and has a tail like a crocodile. Some descriptions seem to fit the ceratopsian Monoclonius.

Burrunjor- Australia

The last reported sighting of this creature was in 1982 but aboriginals have reported seeing a 25 foot two legged creature with short forelimbs for many years. New Guinea and South America have similar sightings.

Mbielu-Mbielu-Mbielu- Republic of the Congo, Africa

This creature has always been described as having "planks" along it's back, suggesting to most researchers that it's part of the Stegasauridae family. Only a few sightings have been recorded but all agree it's herbivorous and mostly harmless.

Kongamato- Jiundu swamps of Western Zambia, Angola and Congo

A pterodactyl-like creature said to have been seen by natives and explorers but most likely to be a mistaken bird like a stork or perhaps an undiscovered large species of bat. Flying creatures of the size the Kongamato is reported, 3-5 feet wingspan, are hard to hide for long. Creatures matching the description of the Kongamato have been reported in America as well but not as frequently.

Muhuru- Kenya

Described as having heavy armor all over it's body and a thick club on it's tail, this creature most closely resembles the Ankylosaurid family. Some scientists think that the Muhuru might be an evolved species of stegasaur though the description doesn't really fit that.

Mokele-Mbembe- Congo

Probably the most famous of the Living Dinosaurs, the Mokele-Mbembe is described as a long necked, thick bodied animal that's mostly aquatic and has a mean temper. Sauropods most closely resemble these descriptions, though this species is apparently a micro version of them, being only about 15-30 feet long. Though most tribes describe it as said above, some have identified it as a Rhino, which is not native anymore to that area and may be a mix of racial memory and folklore from when they were plentiful in the jungles. Many expeditions have been made to find proof of this creature, but nothing conclusive has ever been found.

Now, all of these creatures can be argued against, stating wrongfully identified creatures or myths so ingrained in local minds that they believe them. But we're discovering new species all the time and in the areas these animals are said to frequent as dense forest and mostly unexplored areas, so it is not unthinkable that they may exist. Until we have concrete proof however, everything remains a mystery.

(Pictures taken from Google and info taken from many sources.)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Serbian man kills shark...but what kind of shark?

Dragan Stevic of Serbia killed a large shark that had been 'terrorizing' people at the famous Egyptian resort Sarm El Sheikh, injuring 4 and killing 1 person. The image above is the shark he killed.

He was apparently drunk and decided to go jump into the ocean, but when he came down he landed on the sharks head and killed it instantly. You can read the report in full here:

Now, there is a HUGE problem here...the shark they photographed is not a known man killer, it's a BASKING SHARK, one of the darlings of Cryptozoology. It eats plankton and is harmless...yet the Egyptian locals are hailing this man with killing the beast that has been attacking them. The true culprit is still out there, the man killed a harmless shark and now everyone is relaxed. Why? Because it's huge and no one botherd to figure out what kind of shark it was before declaring everything safe again.

Classic case of mistaken identity and drunken stupidity.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Canvey Island Monster

The Canvey Island Monster is the name given to an unusual creature whose carcass washed up on the shores of Canvey Island, England, in November, 1954. Another larger specimen was found in 1955 in the same area.

The 1954 specimen was described as being 2.4ft long with thick reddish brown skin, bulging eyes and gills. It was also described as having hind legs with five-toed horseshoe-shaped feet with concave arches - which appeared to be suited for bipedal locomotion - but no forelimbs. The second was similar but larger, at about 3.9ft and weighed about 25lbs. This one was fresh enough for the eyes, teeth and nostrils to be studied but no identification was made for either creature. The 1954 specimen was creamated after a zoologist made a cursury investigation and determined it not a threat to the public.

Fortean journalist Nicholas Warren carried out an investigation into the 1954-55 sightings in 1999. Unable to find any official determination of what the creatures were, he did find out that local fishermen thought they might be angler fish. The pronounced fins on an angler fish might be misidentified as legs. (angler fish picture below)

I for one think it might not have been an angler, if only for the fact that the locals, the same ones that claimed itmight be years later, never brought that up when the creatures were first discovered. Therefore, in my opinion, this case is still open to debate.

The Bloop

The Bloop is a mysterious noise picked up by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1997. The image above is what they recorded when the sound occured.

Traced to somewhere around 50° S 100° W near the southern tip of South America, was detected several times by the Equatorial Pacific Ocean autonomous hydrophone array using Navy equipment meant to detect Russian submarines.

It was louder then the loudest known animal, the Blue Whale, and seems not to be man made but also doesn't match any sound made by animals. It has been brought forward that it could have been icebergs cracking or something like that but it's still not confirmed to have come from some geological source; many think it was some undiscovered animal that lives in deep water.

Another noise that makes scientists pause is the "Slow Down", a name given to a noise that slows down over a seven minute period. The sound was detected at 15°S 115°W and has been picked up several times each year since 1997. It is similar to the sound of friction, so this one has been postulated to be the noise of friction as ice passes over rock. (Image of the Slow Down below)

What these noises truly are is still the topic of debate the world over. But with more and more advances in technology, we may find the answers sooner rather then later.

The Beast of Bladenboro

The Beast of Bladenboro was first reported in 1954 in Bladenboro North Carolina.

Several killings of livestock had the locals stumped and afraid, with some reporting a large cat or wolf like creature skulking around their farms and homes during the attacks. The livestock had broken jaws and were apparently drained of blood, akin to the Chupacabras of South America.

And in 2008 attacks were happenning again so more investigation occured and most now think that the Beast was an errant Cougar like the one pictured above. But it is still odd that some reported a wolf like opinion has been brought on what that could have been, but it may have been either a large coyote or a stray that happened to be in the same area.

The Adjule

The Adjule is a canine cryptid reported in North Africa in and around the areas of the Sahara and Mauritania. The nomadic Tuaregs report it as looking like a dog or wolf but now is concidered an isolated population of African Wild Dog.

Alternative names are kelb el khela ("bush dog") for the male and tarhsît for the female as well as Kelb-el-khela. And in 1992 there was a reported sighting by hunters of a dog that resembled and African Wild Dog and hunted in packs, though this hasn't been confirmed.

The Adjule could be an isolated population of the AWD's but could also be a remnant population of some other African canine species; until we have proof it could go either way.

Mongolian Death Worm

The Mongolian death worm or olgoi-khorkhoi, "large intestine worm", is a creature purported to exist in the Gobi Desert. It is described as a bright red worm with a wide body that is 2 to 5 feet long; the ability of the worm to spew forth acid that will turn anything it touches yellow and corroded (and which would kill a human), as well as its purported ability to kill at a distance by means of an electrical discharge. (The image above is by Pieter Dirkx)

Professor Roy Chapman Andrews wrote a book, "On the Trail of Ancient Man", in 1926 that brought the Death Worm to the wider world; before that it was known mostly to native Mongolians only. He was not convinced of it's authenticity but the locals he spoke with, though none had seen it themselves, were adamant about it's existence and described it fully.

It is reported to be red in color, sometimes described as having darker spots or blotches and is said to have spiked projections at both ends. They are believed to resemble polychaetes, looking much like a sea-dwelling Bobbit worm. (pic below)

The worm lives underground, hibernating most of the year except for when it becomes active in June and July and is said to come to the surface whenever it rains, much like an earth worm. The local Mongolians also claim it has a fondness for the goyo plant, so they tend to steer clear of them.

What this creature could be is still a mystery, as is the way it is said to kill. While stingrays, eels and catfish are the most widely known animals with electrical capabilities, over 500 different creatures harbor the ability to create an electrical shock. Elephant fishes, bonytongues, and stargazers are all fish with various degrees of electrical power. No worms that I know of use venom, though some are poisonous. So this creature is completely new and unusual...and many think is merely a local legend like the Bogeyman of America, a story used to keep children in once the sun goes down. I however believe that the Mongolian Death Worm is a real creature and will eventually be found to exist. Exactly what it is though I have no idea.