I have often wondered whether every country in the world has its own mystery animal and if they have, whether it would be possible to travel around the world by following reports of cryptids. The more I thought about it the more feasible it seemed. In the next few weeks I will attempt to do this whilst trying to keep the types of animals as mixed as possible. Where better to begin than at the bottom, so I shall start in Antarctica, or rather in the seas in the region.
Not that long ago, back in 1980, Russian researchers A. Berzin and V. L. Vladimirov were at Prydz Bay when they had a sighting of an unknown Antarctica killer whale. They would later name their mystery killer whale Orcinus glacialis. Since then there have been questions raised as to whether this is really a subspecies of the killer whale Orcinus orca; I suppose until one is examined we won’t know for sure.
So where next? Well, how about a short swim across to South America and a continent full of mystery animals? Next stop: Argentina.