Wednesday, July 27, 2011
STRANGE ANIMAL a recent meeting of the Zoological Society, the secretary read a communication made to Lord Francis Egerton, by one of the agents on the Duke of Sutherland`s estate, respecting an animal said to have been repeatedly seen in Loch Assynt. In the autumn of 1837, it was observed by two young men, Kenneth M`Leod and Donald M`Kay, who were fishing in the loch. It appeared close to the end of their fishing rods, and is described by them as having large eyes, and it opened its mouth so wide that “ they could see down its mouth so wide that “they could see down to its very heart”. The colour was grey, the hair like bristles, the tusks large, the ears hanging down like those of a sheep, the shape of the head altogether was like a bull dog, but broader. It was seen again soon afterwards on a small island, in the loch, and is described as about the size of a stirk (*) , but broader in the back, about three feet high, with four legs, like those of a pig, but stouter. The description given by other persons of it corresponded generally with the above. It was seen five times in three years – the last time in 1839.
* Stirk-heifer or bullock
On this day in 1948 Harold Arthur Monstermunch unleashed his new invention, which he named after himself, upon a war weary British nation. Because of post war rationing and the rather cumbersome name it didn't really take off at the time. However, in the 1960s with a stroke of marketing genius he replaced the words “Harold Arthur”with “roast beef” and it took the world by storm.
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Now this is a SERIOUS fish:
A puma killed in CT walked from SD. Fascinating. If it really did this, others have, or will. But why? Was it looking for a litter box? Following deer populations? Going to see the Broadway revival of "Cats?"
Link to story...
He has a point. The CFZ have been studying this case for some time, and our representative in the area Will deRocco has written an impressive report on the matter which is being published in the next edition of Animans & Men.
These results may well be true, but if so (and one has to remember that the initial findings of the authorities were completely different, and claimed that it was an escapee from captivity) why the secrecy? Why was our first request for tissue samples refused and our second ignored?
The timing is what concerns me. It is only a matter of months since the Eastern Puma was declared extinct, and ever since the puma in question came off badly in an incident involving an unnamed motor vehicle there have been suggestions that it was in fact an eastern puma, proving ionce and for all that the subspecies is not only not extinct but deserving of US Government funding.
The suggestions are that the regional authorities have made up an interesting, plausible and vaguely likely scenario to mask the true (and rather expensive) one. We at the CFZ find this hard to believe. A Government which lies to the people? Never.
We shall be asking, again, for some tissue samples so that we can verify the results. However, the authorities will have to prove that the samples indeed come from the Connecticut roadkilled specimen rather than from a bona fide South Dakota one, and I am not sure how they are going to do that!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
They are posted at:http://blakemathys.com/creaturechronicles.html
ORIGINAL CIRCLEMAKER DESIGNS AUCTION in support of Sea Shepherd. Come meet circlemakers this weekend and you can view the designs of Ex-Circlemaker Matthew Williams and buy them. This may be a once in a lifetime event and all proceeds go to Sea Shepherd c...onservation organisation who are fighting to raise 1.4 million dollars to release their ship THE STEVE IRWIN to be able to stop the horrors of the Faero Island whale hunt known as "The Grind" where people hack Whales to death with knives on the beach. The Auction will take place at the Barge Inn, Honeystreet, Wiltshire on Saturday evening 7PM and we are hoping for a large crowd. Please spread the word. Anyone who needs any extra details email firstname.lastname@example.org
by: Matthew Williams
On this day in 1949 Robert Rankin was born. All of Rankin's novels contain fortean themes, the best of which in my opinion is 'The Book of Ultimate Truths'.
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There's a voice:
Monday, July 25, 2011
Today, the government announced it plans to go ahead with two trials of shooting badgers. This would be part of measures to reduce the spread of disease – bovine TB – between different herds of cattle. Badgers can carry the disease and as a result many farmers are keen to reduce their numbers as they think it’s essential for controlling the disease. Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, says she is “strongly minded” to back the shooting of badgers.
Read on...(The article also contains a photograph of an enormous leopard; as Karl Shuker says, the biggest he has ever seen)
A new species of rattlesnake is being announced at a conference in Tucson:
Not biofortean, but interesting, some strange archaeology in Bavaria:
On this day in 1951 the actor Kevin Spacey was born. Spacey has stared in several films that may be of interest to Forteans including 'Seven', 'The Usual Suspects' and 'American Beauty' and was awarded a CBE last year. He has also being a big fan of Doctor Who, had his name mentioned by those 'in the know' as a possible actor to play a future incarnation of the Doctor, but then so has Brian Blessed.
And now the news:
Australia planning wildlife corridors
The Origin of Malaria: The Hunt Continues
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Illegal fishing – Theft and destruction
Sometimes the fish win:
And then some more reviews for two of the examples for sunken structures with amention of Andrew Collins's Gateway to Atlantis in the second example:
So basically working on the Atlantis theme again.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Dartford warblers are only found on heathlands in the UK, and almost became extinct as a breeding bird here in 1960s. However, efforts over the past two decades to restore heathlands have seen the population recover. But a combination of two harsh winters and recent heathland wildfires has hit the birds hard in East Devon and there are fears for the bird’s future.
Toby Taylor, site manager for the RSPB in East Devon, said: “We’ve now had two very cold winters. Dartford warblers rely entirely on insects and spiders and in cold conditions where there’s little to eat they really struggle. And, on top of this they’ve suffered with wild fires right in the middle of the breeding season. This year on Aylesbeare we’ve only had three singing males when last year we had thirteen, and we’re receiving similar reports from other sites.”
Dartford warblers are very much on the edge of their global range in the West Country and conservationists are worried that should Devon experience another bad winter the birds might be lost as a breeding species in the county.
Toby Taylor: “The best we can do is continue to maintain the heathlands in pristine condition and keep our fingers crossed we don’t have another bad winter.”
The RSPB is also calling on people attending East Devon Heath Week, which starts on Sunday 24 July, to look out for the birds.
The RSPB’s Gemma Dunn, who’s helping organise events for the Heath Week, said: “We always get a great turn out for our heath events, and this year we’re really keen to encourage people to watch out for the birds. While we think we know where the remaining birds are there’s always a chance we’ve missed the odd one.”
East Devon Heath Week is organised by RSPB, Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and runs from 24 July to 29 July at a variety of venues across the district.
Gemma Dunn: “Heath week is a great opportunity for us to engage with the local community and show why Heathlands are such special habitats for Wildlife. This fascinating landscape is great for rare and special birds, such as the Dartford Warbler and elusive Nightjar, and also provides wild and inspiring spaces for us humans too.
“Over the 6-day festival, Heath week aims to provide new and exciting ways to experience the Heath by getting up-close and personal with the resident wildlife. So, whether its pond dipping for mini beasts, rambling for reptiles or mountain biking to find Nightjars, we really do have something for everyone. Come along to our opening event, a family festival day at Woodbury castle on Sunday 24 July between 11am-3.30pm to find out more.”
For more details of heath week events and a downloadable programme of events visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/southwest/archive/2011/06/13/east-devon-heath-week.aspx
On this day in 2009 Harry Patch died. Patch was the last surviving English veteran of World War 1 and at the time of his death was thought to be the third oldest man in the world at 111 years and 38 days old.
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I love songs that tell a story, don't you?
Saturday, July 23, 2011
This creature is more elusive than I originally thought. I have tried all kinds of different ways to capture it on film, even just get a glimpse of it with the naked eye. I thought for sure I saw it sitting by the puddle yesterday, but when I reached the puddle, there was no trace of it. There was, however, dirt stirred up at the bottom of the puddle, which tells me it – or something – had recently leaped in. My dog Salem made a lunge for it, but I grabbed her just in time. No telling what could have happened.
One interesting thing I’ve noted is that there are never any bugs around the puddle, none whatsoever. I take it that the energy from this -- whatever it is – frightens them off.
I contacted a research team to conduct an investigation using sonar and underwater photography. They arrived this morning, but left after discovering their equipment was too large to fit in the valve box.
My brother, whom I haven’t even told about the monster, was walking past the valve box yesterday when he accidentally dropped some change into it. Before I could even get the door open to warn him, he reached into the valve box, fished the change out, and walked on. It was one of the most astonishing things I’ve ever seen. I asked him if he’d seen or felt anything in the water, and he said no. It makes me wonder if, perhaps, this creature can slip in and out of another dimension….
I tried soliciting the help of my next-door neighbour, thinking that since she has lived here so long she might have heard of the puddle monster. But when I mentioned it, she looked fearful, crossed herself, and shut the door in my face. So now I’m working on getting a 20-person expedition underway to investigate the valve box further. For now, the mystery remains.
I don't know why the ongoing saga of this elusive batrachian is so gripping. But it is....
This 47th collection once again really is completely uncategoriseable stuff mostly from 1995, including shark attacks, the exhumation of Jesse James, books with peculiar titles, mystery virus, New Zealand wizards meet the queen, JFK and lots more. Good stuff.
Here is an unfortean but funny bit of nonsense for you that could only happen in Seaham I have entitled.....
Ebeneezer (Long Train Running, Road To Nowhere) Goode
In a bid to rid the railways of manned signal boxes, the rail bosses decided to build an underpass next to Seaham rail station so people can move freely without having to rely on the signal man to open and close the gates when a train passes by. So far, so good.
The tunnel was cut and almost completed when the engineers hit a snag. There was the small problem of a newsagents shop and an Ebeneezer Gospel Church in the way! For some reason, best known to themselves, the rail bosses neglected to buy the aforementioned buildings and now the digging has come to a standstill.
“This is costing us money” a spokesman for the rail company grumpily said. “and the building contractors may have to stand down until this is sorted!” Indeed.
The local rag the Sunderland Echo had this to say..
'THIS is the tunnel to nowhere – thanks to a stalemate between landowners and rail chiefs.Worshippers at Seaham’s Ebenezer Evangelical Church turned up to a Sunday service to find workers clearing its land to make way for the tunnel from Station Road to Harbour Walk, beneath the town’s railway line. A mix-up over the plot’s ownership was caused by a map produced by a third party, which stated the town council was the land owner. But the church, which is the true owner, has not sold the site to Network Rail, causing an impasse between the parties and a pathway which only leads to a dead end.Church bosses are said to be considering a second, higher offer for all of its land, while Seaham Town Council has turned down permission to take the route through its own neighbouring plot, which links to the old mineral line pathway.
Council members fear a repeat of issues caused at the new bridge crossing at the town’s Princess Road, which has left those with pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters facing a diversion.Clive Todd, who runs a newsagents next to the station, said: “I’m not against the tunnel, we’ve got to accept the fact we have to provide disabled access.“They cannot build a path at the end of the tunnel now – it comes out to nothing. It’s a right botch up.”
Richard Whiteman, one of the trustees of the church, which has stood on Harbour Walk since 1971, said: “We are in discussions with Network Rail about what they are going to do about it, but the fact is we own the land and we’ve got a solicitor on the case.“We have the opportunity to improve the look of this area as a gateway to the town.”
The issue has been taken up by Durham County Councillor Dan Myers, who said: “We want to make sure the general public get what’s best for the community.“This is going to last for 60 to 70 years and we need to get it right now.”'
A spokeswoman for Network Rail said the halt to works was costing it thousands of pounds and added: “Unfortunately, as yet, no arrangement with the church has been possible and as of this Friday, the contractor will be standing down until the situation can be resolved.”
I like Councillor Dan's quip that "we have to get it right now". Tee hee.
On this day in 1911 Hiram Bingham 'rediscovered' Machu Picchu. After he announced this rediscovery though many came out of the woodwork and claimed to have found the lost city before Bingham, including Brit Thomas Payne.
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Bet they don't mention this though:
Fear of the Unknown: Another Hairless Creature Killed
Interesting how the lore has changed, from the red eyed, spine backed, clawed, "alien looking" creature that could jump quite high and suck blood from goats, rabbits, chickens, etc. to a canine type animal with mange. Or, as I point out in the article, maybe these animals are hybrids, some new breed of something -- but the evolution of the lore surrounding chupie is interesting. As is the quickness to shoot and kill said unknown.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Serpents of the Sea
From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
Ken Gerhard on Coast to Coast AM
The Werewolf Book - Sept 1
Creature-Features in Fate
Creature of the Month at New Page Books
Jennae on Multi-Dimensional Monsters
From CFZ Australia:
Cryptozoology: Science or Pseudoscience?
Weird Weekend 2011 - Abominable snowmen et al
Zoo expecting influx of quoll and devil joeys
Jurassic park in a suburban Sydney garden
Meet Badger, the Quoll-tracking dog!
Bunyip's bandicoots an endangered species
Wild dog numbers explode in Queensland
New from CFZ Press: Mystery Animals of Gloucestershire...
Darren Naish talks Sea Monsters @ the Mail
From CFZ New Zealand:
Rare Takahe birds the focus of fundraising drive
Isn’t he a handsome boy?
At first I saw nothing. I concluded that the creature must be able to hide within the valve structure. Sure enough, I eventually made out SOMETHING between the segments of the anti-siphon valve. I could swear I saw zig-zaggy designs on what looked like a spiny back! But the water gets murky that far down and I couldn't make out any designs beyond that.
I am thinking about a installing a live web cam so the puddle can be viewed at all times from anywhere in the world in hopes of capturing some footage of this elusive creature.
I'm starting to wonder just how extensive this irrigation system really is. There could be multiple segments going for several feet -- perhaps even extending into neighboring irrigation systems.
On this day in 1865 the Danish occultist Max Heindel was born (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Heindel ).
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A HOLIDAYMAKER who has been looking for the Loch Ness Monster for 45 years believes he may have at last captured the elusive creature on camera.
William Jobes was walking along the Abbey footpath in Fort Augustus with his wife Joan when he spotted what appeared to be a head bobbing above the water 200 to 300 yards from the shore.
"I got a wonderful shock," he said. "I have actually been coming up to Inverness for the past 45 years and I have never seen anything like this before."
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Any ideas what this could be? A tiny eel? A baby sturgeon? Perhaps a miniature plesiosaur? I don't know, but I DO know it wasn't a duck or a log. I'm not exactly sure how deep our valve box is, but clearly it's deep enough to hide this creature. I'm not about to fish around in there until I know more about it. Richie is out of town. When he gets home, I'm going to solicit his help. Until then, there is definitely a puddle monster of some kind in my valve box. I've attached some pics of the puddle and of the lid lying beside it. I may never get a pic of the creature, but I took one of me by the puddle, to say I've been there. Sorry for the poor quality -- the camera just wasn't cooperating when I tried to take the pics.
It's discussed now on different sites with speculations ranging from giant eel over gene mutation to killer- and pilote whale...
It's surely a whale of some kind either a killer or a (long-finned) pilot whale. Comparing it visually to a killer whale (http://www.dappercadaver.com/product_images/h/917/Killer-Whale_$780__44829_zoom.jpg) and a pilot whale skull (http://www.turtlejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/pw-003.jpg) I think was more likely a pilot whale (the skull is turned upside down btw) what is also the opinion of mammal curators at LNHM.
On this day in 1968 Rhys Ifans was born. Ifans has had many fortean related film roles, including that of Xeno Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1, but is perhaps most memorable for his roles in Twin Town and as the Nazi whose acts cause Hannibal Lector to become a serial killer and cannibal in the movie of Hannibal Rising.
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You know what this is going to be before you even click it, right?
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
It moved a short distance to another pair of twigs during the night and I think it has left behind a reddish brown discoloured wound on the green stem where its head was. I can only find the one.
I think I know what it is, (the caterpillar of a Geometrid moth) but would like suggestions...
I was rather intrigued by the following in the novel `Peony` by the late American author and Sinophile Pearl S.Buck ( 1892-1973 ). The book, first published in 1948 is about a Jewish family in the Chinese city of Kai`feng,historically a city with a large Jewish population.
David, a key figure in the story has just left a synagogue after a conversation with his father: “ Then he went to the court of the Confucian temple, where every strange and curious sight was to be found, the magicians and the jugglers and the dancing bears and the talking blackbirds; but all these things, which usually gave him joy, now gave him none. “ (1)
REQUEST: If anyone has anything of interest from a cryptozoological point of view on turtle and tortoise cryptids worldwide, including the U.K. please can they let me know at email@example.com ? Other than the Hanoi lake one as that has been well covered already.
Thanks. This is for the 2012 CFZ Yearbook.
NEWS: Anyone living in Derbyshire or Cheshire who joins a library in the former county can join and use the 19th British Library newspaper catalogue - and use it for free from their own computer! Whether they live in Derbyshire or not. I have already found a few “ pearls” already.
DEVO GUT FEELING
Something about the way you taste
Makes me want to clear my throat
There`s a message to your movements
That really gets my goat
I look for silver linings
But you`re rotten to the core
I`ve had just about all I can take
You know I can`t take it no more
Gotta gut feeling…..
Thanks Dad for introducing me to Pearl S.Buck
A new study by Katy Prentice, done as part of her undergraduate degree (MSci in Palaeontology and Evolution) at the University of Bristol, shows that the pterosaurs evolved in a most unusual way, becoming more and more specialised through their 160 million years on Earth. The work is published in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.