Wednesday, May 05, 2010
‘Fort Myers, Fla – Sept 18 – Estero Island fishermen went back to their boats this morning, content in the belief that the monster reported to have visited their shores had left them. Whatever the strange creature might have been, it apparently had quit the island, returning to the gulf, perhaps to some other Florida coast key.
There was no doubt in the minds of the fisher folk that the beast had been on Estero Island. A photograph snapped by Lewis Reynolds, of Selma, Ala, proved that. But a score or more of the islanders beat back and forth across the mangrove thickness of the gulf and bay shores yesterday. They found nothing more than the ordinary wild life that inhabits this section.
Natural scientists looked at the picture Reynolds had taken, and decided that the subject was a marine or rhinoceros iguana. It was possible, they said, that he was blown and washed across the gulf from the West Indies by the hurricane of two weeks ago.
If he was an iguana, he was equally at home on land or water. So the searchers decided he had left Estero to seek a hiding place elsewhere.
The creature’s scaly head was shaped like that of a lizard. Down the back was a row of spines and the tail was long and pointed. He was greenish-grey in colour.’
The day previous The Palm Beach Post ran the headline, ‘Big Lizard Object Of Posse’s Search Around Fort Myers’. They claimed the creature was six-feet in length.
For the last five years I have noticed a small colony of what I believe are early purple orchids (Orchis mascula) on the left hand verge of the A39 just west of Fairy Cross. Each year the verges are cut before the flowers have a chance to seed. This is a great shame, because they are beautiful and relatively rare in Devon although as far as I can tell they are not covered by the terms of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Would it be possible to just leave this tiny area of verge unmowed for once, or to have it mowed by hand.
I would be quite prepared to provide someone to cut it manually and to keep it trimmed throughout the year. The area is only about 25 square feet in size.
I look forward to hearing from you,
To their credit, I heard back this morning:
Dear Mr Downes
I have forwarded your request onto Devon County Council’s Highways team as they are responsible for maintaining the verges.
Environmental Protection Team,
Torridge District Council,
BIDEFORD, Devon EX39 2HT
I will let you know what happens. However, I would like to crave another boon from my dear readers. I was under the impression that all British orchids were protected. However, maculata does not seem to appear on Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
I am crappy at interpreting the law. I fought the law and the law not only won, but tap-danced all over my cranium many years ago, and several hours perusal of the afore-mentioned act have left me no wiser. Can someone whose arteries are NOT beginning to harden explain to me?
This was sent by someone called `BootX`. I have no other information
It’s Election Day in the UK. If you’re a UK-lion you probably should vote or you’ll loose all credibility when you next complain about how useless the government is. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for as that would be incredibly arrogant, but it is worth bearing in mind that legal protection for the Loch Ness Monster is one of the manifesto pledges of the Monster Raving Loony Party (not that I’d want to influence your vote, of course…)
And now, the news:
Experts astounded by 'city of gonads' jellyfish
Beaver dam 'visible from space'
Bull semen smuggled in Thermos bottle
Watch out Mr Toad, Ratty's eating frogs
Voles' frog food
New footage of ospreys captured
Bear rescued after getting stuck up tree
‘Bear’ with me I’ll come up with a profanity free pun from that lot in a day or two I’m sure…
Hadn't we ever heard of The Pangea Institute ,demanded `The Highland Tiger.` No, in fact, neither Graham nor I who maintain the website had. I got them confused with Pangea Records who amongst others release stuff by the rather fab 9 Below Zero, and who I think are co-owned by Sting.
However, in the interests of fair play I have re-worded the front page of the CFZ website, which now reads:
'The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world.'
Two questions: firstly, can anyone else tell me anything about The Pangea Institute apart from what is on their website? These guys seem to be singing from a very similar hymn book to us, and if they are on the level I would like to make contact. Secondly, if there is anyone larger than the CFZ, please let me know. Both those questions are meant seriously and without a hint of irony.
Whilst on the subject of both websites and lack of irony, we carried out major rejigs of the website twice in the last 18 months. Whilst doing so I drew upon a lot of material written by different people for the CFZ. If it is pointed out to me that bits are ambiguous or even wrong, they are changed. Correcting mistakes is not fraud, it is good housekeeping. If anyone finds mistakes in the website please email me at email@example.com