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Researchers launch exploration for "lake monsters" in China (33-49 foot salmon eat horses, cattle)
AFP via Yahoo! ^ | 7/29/05

Posted on 07/29/2005 10:42:59 AM PDT by dead

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese researchers will reportedly launch an investigation next month to study "lake monsters" in northwest China's Xinjiang region.

For hundreds of years, there have been rumors that mysterious creatures that devour livestock live at Kanasi lake, China's deepest alpine lake, located in Xinjiang, at the region bordering Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia.

Horses, cattle and sheep are said to go missing near the lake every year, the Xinhua news agency said Firday.

In 1985, teachers and students from Xinjiang University's biology department launched the first search for the creatures and discovered that dozens of huge red fish, each 10 to 15 meters (33 to 49 feet) long and weighing more than four tons lived in the lake, according to Xinhua.

Scientists concluded after a two-year-long investigation in 1989 that the fish, a species of Taimen -- a mighty salmonid that grows to monstrous proportions -- were the "monsters."

In August last year, a team of Chinese scientists went to the site for an exploration.

But researchers still do not know how many Taimen are living in the lake or how long they have been there, how big the largest one is and whether the livestock that have gone missing for centuries were really devoured by the fish.

Next month, another team comprised of ecological experts and volunteers, will observe the lake from August 12 to try to find answers.

In recent years, the lake monster legend has drawn an increasing number of visitors and explorers to the lake, raising concerns about the effects on the ecological situation there.

The expedition also aims to raise public awareness about the area's ecological problems.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cryptobiology; cryptozoology

1 posted on 07/29/2005 10:42:59 AM PDT by dead
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To: spetznaz; AdmSmith

scary salmon pong


2 posted on 07/29/2005 10:45:13 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: dead

Sounds like a big fish story to me.

(sorry...slinking away...giggling to self)


3 posted on 07/29/2005 10:45:15 AM PDT by Gator101
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To: dead

Sesame bagel, Lox, with a schmear.


4 posted on 07/29/2005 10:45:45 AM PDT by Vaquero (I'm a Red Stater trapped in the body of a Blue State)
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To: dead

More likely the region has had a little old livestock-rustling tradition that goes all the way back, with everyone finding it convenient to blame giant "lake monsters."

But, hey, if brings in the researchers and tourists more power to 'em.


5 posted on 07/29/2005 10:46:22 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: dead

Man, we should try to import one to Fresno and have a big Free Republic salmon cook-out.


6 posted on 07/29/2005 10:47:45 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: dead
Scientists concluded after a two-year-long investigation in 1989 that the fish, a species of Taimen -- a mighty salmonid that grows to monstrous proportions -- were the "monsters."

Kewl. They're eatable, too.
The people in China could stop eating their fetus soup and start eating Salmon steaks instead.

7 posted on 07/29/2005 10:47:51 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: Vaquero

Man: Hey Lo. Let's steal some livestock
Lo: No way, we;ll get caught when they notice it is missing.
Man: Nah, we'll make up a story about a huge bird.
Lo: A bird that carried off cows?
Man: OK a huge salmon.
Lo: Good answer. Let's go.


8 posted on 07/29/2005 10:47:51 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Gator101

Paging Roger Corman. Maybe there are no giant landlocked salmon but we can still get a good "B" movie out of it.


9 posted on 07/29/2005 10:48:10 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: dead

10 posted on 07/29/2005 10:49:09 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws spawned the runaway federal health care monopoly and fund terrorism.)
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To: nuconvert
If this is the mouth of a small one I'd hate to see the maw of a 40 footer!


11 posted on 07/29/2005 10:50:51 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear tipped ICBMs: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol.)
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To: dead

12 posted on 07/29/2005 10:51:51 AM PDT by 11th_VA (Thanks CAFTA - I'm voting 3rd Party)
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To: dead

Hmmm, that's a mighty fishy story. I assume this fish has legs that it uses when it walks out of the lake to devour the horses. :o) I don't think horses walk deep enough into the water for a big "monster" to grab it.


13 posted on 07/29/2005 10:53:01 AM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: dead

---severe case of "me tooness" Our giant cow eating salmon is bigger than your punyass Loch Ness Munster and you can take your Sasquatch and retrain him as a Gerbil.---thus sayeth the Chicoms. And just wait 'til we find the giant Karp---we'll put him in our dinosaur museum. (they actually do have a dinosaur museum complete with animated videos and mechanical working specimens) For whatever reason the Chicoms have great interest in weird, large, critters.


14 posted on 07/29/2005 10:53:21 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

15 posted on 07/29/2005 10:55:03 AM PDT by BigTex5
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To: sinanju

ALready done......

16 posted on 07/29/2005 10:55:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? GOOOOGLE your own name. Want to have fun? GOOOOGLE your neighbor's......)
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To: sinanju

and this one.......

17 posted on 07/29/2005 10:57:32 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? GOOOOGLE your own name. Want to have fun? GOOOOGLE your neighbor's......)
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To: dead

What I want to know is where do I sign up for the fishing expedition?


18 posted on 07/29/2005 10:59:41 AM PDT by Fishing-guy
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To: NRA2BFree

Your wrong there, friend.

We had an old mare that loved to go decided to go for a swin. Unfortunately we were riding her once on a very hot day when she headed to the deep end of the pond and rolled over spilling us kids into the water. Luckily we knew how to swim at that age.


19 posted on 07/29/2005 11:01:34 AM PDT by RedMonqey
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To: Rodney King

I need a new keyboard! Coffee everywhere! How many bags of charcoal would you need for that BBQ?


20 posted on 07/29/2005 11:02:48 AM PDT by Vor Lady (O, ace, a, omen, eta, usi...)
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To: dead

How big of a hook would you think you would need to put a cow on it?


21 posted on 07/29/2005 11:05:16 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Gator101

My friend Gil just sent me a link to this. He's a reel good bass player. But kind of loud - it'll give you a haddock.


22 posted on 07/29/2005 11:06:30 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome, who can endure it?" Joel2:11)
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To: dead

The real show has got to be when they go upstream to spawn!


23 posted on 07/29/2005 11:07:30 AM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: dead

Sounds even bigger, meaner and more dangerous than the Franken Salmon in the book, White Death, by Clive Cussler.


24 posted on 07/29/2005 11:15:39 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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To: nuconvert
scary salmon pong

Only after they've been dead awhile.

25 posted on 07/29/2005 11:20:56 AM PDT by Grut
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
My friend Gil just sent me a link to this. He's a reel good bass player. But kind of loud - it'll give you a haddock.

I hope it doesn't damage your herring.

26 posted on 07/29/2005 11:35:11 AM PDT by Gator101
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To: nuconvert

A very large fish, it once attained a maximum of over 2 meters and 100 kilograms. The taimen is a top predator, feeding on smaller fishes and also amphibians, small mammals and birds.

http://limnology.wisc.edu/mongolia/Taimen.htm

largest verified specimen 109 kilograms-close to 250 lbs
http://216.156.51.215/Taimen.htm


27 posted on 07/29/2005 11:38:38 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: Gator101

Only when he plays scales.

He's spiteful - does it just for the halibut.


28 posted on 07/29/2005 11:51:47 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome, who can endure it?" Joel2:11)
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To: dead

This fish? Will swaller yer hole....and the rest of you too.


29 posted on 07/29/2005 2:14:27 PM PDT by Vaquero (I'm a Red Stater trapped in the body of a Blue State)
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To: dead
MMMmmmmmm...sushi....
30 posted on 07/29/2005 6:45:56 PM PDT by Khurkris (Ain't life funny?)
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To: dead; CHARLITE; TigerLikesRooster

Is there a cryptobiology ping list?


31 posted on 07/31/2005 7:44:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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To: dead
If this species is capable of reaching 33 to 49 feet, why, when I do a Google image search for Taimen do I only come up with pics of reg'lar ole lookin' salmonids....Large, to be sure, but no monsters.

FISH STORY!

32 posted on 08/12/2005 10:43:24 AM PDT by AnOldCowhand (The west is dead. You may lose a sweetheart, but you will never forget her - Charles Russell)
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