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Posted on 09/02/2009 1:31:49 PM PDT by Nikas777
Tracking monsters in the world of man
Odd Jobs by Diane Peters
August 31, 2009 5:43 a.m.
Throughout his career, John Kirk has made a living as a journalist and working for the government.
His other occupation doesnt make him much money in fact it costs him but he still cant give up the hunt for undiscovered wildlife.
It all began when Kirk first emigrated from Hong Kong in 1987. As a new resident to Canada, he went in a tour of B.C. He was passing by Sproat Lake on the way to Nanaimo when he saw two humps coming out of the water.
A month later, he saw a massive reptile head in Okanagan Lake. It seemed it was Ogopogo, the lakes famous, and yet to be proven, sea monster.
Kirk took a job in Ontario, but visited B.C. again a year later, hoping for another glimpse of these rare animals. In 1989, he moved to the city of Richmond in the province.
I wanted to investigate this mystery, so I moved out there. Twenty-two years later, the mystery still hasnt been solved. While Kirk experienced 11 sightings on B.C. waters over a two-year period, he hasnt seen anything since 1990.
Kirk soon met up with others in the area who were interested in cryptozoology too. While some were laymen, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club also included university professors.
The club organizes outings. Sometimes they take boats onto B.C. lakes with equipment to try to see and document creatures.
As well, there have been numerous Sasquatch sightings in B.C. forests, so Kirk and others look for these creatures on days off too. They put out cameras and do night outings with infrared cameras.
Its a time consuming and often expensive passion. Kirk has seen it break up families. Not him though: He met his wife at a Sasquatch conference.
Kirks second career has taken him all over the world: Hes looked for living dinosaurs in Africa and visited Loch Ness in Scotland several times.
When hes not out on the bush or on a lake, hes writing up the associations newsletter and looking at evidence of sightings (his colleagues do the same and they talk later to determine if photos or videos have been faked, or if theres really something there).
Its a sometimes frustrating passion. Some people are nuts about this, says Kirk, and become obsessive and competitive. And the academic mainstream looks down on professors who dabble in the field.
But the existence of the gorilla was only confirmed in 1902. The Okapi in 1912. Creatures are being discovered all the time. In the thick forests and deep lakes of B.C., Kirk thinks is a wealth of rare animals that inevitably will be formally discovered.
Job title: Cryptozoologist
Salary: $0; not much from sales of his book In the Domain of the Lake Monsters
Education/training: You need to brush up on your zoology
Best Part of the Job: The hunt. Getting out there and doing it. And at the end of the day, we always go for a few pints.
Worst Part of the Job: No money.
Thanks for the heads up!!
Global warming, no doubt.
“He met his wife at a Sasquatch conference. “
These days it would be much more of a challenge to track man in the world of monsters.
When he finds Pumpkinhead then I will be impressed.
“I don't care who you are..... that's funny rite there!”
One good quote deserves another.
“Worst Part of the Job: No money.”
Minor correction follows:
Worst Part of the Job: Being a walking, talking, joke.
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