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  • Photo in the News: Giant Squid Captured, Filmed for First Time

    12/22/2006 5:50:07 PM PST · by jimtorr · 63 replies · 6,142+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 22 Dec 2006 | Blake de Pastino
    December 22, 2006—Like pulling a shadow from the darkness, researchers in Japan have captured and filmed a live giant squid—likely for the first time—shedding new light on the famously elusive creatures. Tsunemi Kubodera, a scientist with Japan's National Science Museum, caught the 24-foot (7-meter) animal earlier this month near the island of Chichijima, some 600 miles (960 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo (see Japan map). His team snared the animal using a line baited with small squid and shot video of the russet-colored giant as it was hauled to the surface. The squid, a young female, "put up quite a fight"...
  • Jumbo Squid Wash Onto California Beaches

    01/20/2005 7:11:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies · 14,487+ views
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of giant squid are washing up on Orange County beaches, creating a scene more akin to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" than "The O.C." The bug-eyed sea creatures, believed to be Humboldt squid, normally reside in deep water and only come to the surface at night. Why approximately 500 of them began washing up on the sands of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach on Tuesday isn't clear. Authorities said the squid - the biggest weighing 17 pounds - might have been pursuing bait fish and gotten too close to shore, or the tides might...
  • A freezer full of giant squid

    11/07/2004 1:02:01 PM PST · by gitmo · 54 replies · 1,488+ views
    CNN ^ | October 19, 2004
    -- When hundreds of giant squid washed up dead on the Long Beach Peninsula last weekend, Dean Marsh knew exactly what to do: He stocked his freezer. "No sense letting them go to waste," said the 57-year-old bait salesman, who planned to cut them up and sell them to fishermen. An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Humboldt jumbo flying squid -- typically found off the coast of Mexico -- have washed up on southwest Washington beaches in the past few days, said Greg Bargmann, a marine fish manager with the state Fish and Wildlife Department. What's killing them isn't clear. "They're...
  • They came from the deep: Giant squids taking over the oceans

    08/10/2002 7:56:48 PM PDT · by naine · 23 replies · 1,855+ views ^ | 07 August 2002
    They came from the deep They're big, they're slithery, they're terrifying, they've never been seen alive – and now, it's reported, they're taking over the world, with a greater total weight as a species than the entire human race. Richard Askwith reports on the mysteries of the giant squid, a profoundly elusive creature that suddenly seems to be popping up everywhere 07 August 2002 If you were looking for a suitable place to begin the last chapter in the story of mankind's dominance of this planet, you might do worst than choose Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania. Ten miles east of...
  • Scientists Examine Giant Squid Washed Up on Australian Beach

    07/22/2002 3:16:27 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 32 replies · 628+ views
    AP ^ | 7-22-02 | AP
    HOBART, Australia (AP) - A giant squid that washed up on an Australian beach could be a previously unknown species, scientists said Monday. The 550-pound creature was found dead Saturday on a beach in Hobart in Tasmania state and was transported Monday to the Tasmanian Museum. Experts were studying its unusual characteristics, which include long, thin flaps of muscle attached to each of its eight arms. "What we've seen on this animal we haven't seen on other squid, and it's a significant feature," said zoologist David Pemberton. "It's basically like having a pile of muscles on your own body that...
  • Rare Photos: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale

    09/25/2010 9:17:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Saving It for Later? Eating on the run, a female sperm whale carries the remains of a giant squid off the Bonin Islands, about 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Tokyo, on October 15, 2009. The whale almost certainly carried the giant morsel up from the dark depths of the nearby Osagawara Trench, a favorite hunting ground of sperm whales. The whales routinely dive for an hour or more to depths of up to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in pursuit of giant squid, which are thought to rarely venture higher than 1,000 feet (300 meters) below sea level. Battles between...

    08/30/2010 10:43:15 PM PDT · by decimon · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Express ^ | August 29, 2010 | Stuart Winter
    > Millions of killer giant squid are not only devouring vast amounts of fish they have even started attacking humans. Two Mexican fishermen were recently dragged from their boats and chewed so badly that their bodies could not be identified even by their own families. No wonder the giant squid are called “diablos rojos” – red devils. Monster squid are the stuff of legend. But for fishermen and marine biologists along 10,000 miles of coast from Chile to Alaska, the myth has become reality. And their story is told this week in a Channel Five documentary. >
  • Giant Squid Attacks BP ROV!

    05/28/2010 3:02:07 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 51 replies · 3,611+ views
    Liveleak ^ | 5/2/10
    Oh boy
  • Giant squid invade California

    02/01/2010 8:21:58 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 34 replies · 3,233+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/2/2010
    Shoals of giant squid are invading the Californian coast, providing rich pickings for fishermen. Giant squid weighing up to 60 pounds (27 kilograms) have swum into waters off Newport Beach and are being caught by sport fishermen by the hundreds. The squid were noticed last week and fishermen started booking twilight fishing trips to catch them the huge creatures. Robert Woodbury, from Newport Landing Sportfishing, told the LA Times that the anglers come in two main types: those hungry for the relatively pricey delicacy, and the sports angler eager to tangle with a feistier sea creature. "Most of the fish...
  • RARE PHOTOS: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale

    11/02/2009 1:17:43 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 13,849+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | October 29, 2009--
    Carrying the remains of a roughly 30-foot (9-meter) giant squid in her jaws, a female sperm whale, with a calf at her side, swims near the surface off Japan's Bonin Islands (map)in the northwestern Pacific. Taken on October 15, this and other "absolutely sensational" new pictures offer rare proof of the sperm whale's taste for giant squid, said giant squid expert Steve O'Shea of the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. The pictures may also reveal that adult sperm whales, which grow up to 59 feet (18 meters) long, use pieces of their prizes to teach youngsters how to...
  • Giant Squid Hitches Free Ride to the Marquesas

    01/19/2007 9:08:42 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 46 replies · 5,983+ views
    Cruising World ^ | 09 Jan 2007 | Michael Lovett
    In the summer of 2004, Beth and Ken Cone boarded their Sundeer 60 Eagles Wings in their home port of Waukegan, Illinois, sailed across the Great Lakes and out the St. Lawrence Seaway, and have been cruising the world ever since. The latest post on their website,, concerns an episode of underbody sabotage attributed to one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep, the giant squid. While visiting Papeete, Tahiti, the Cones met up with their old cruising pal, Shigeo Kitano, whose progress on a recent passage from the Galopagos to the Marquesas had been impeded by an...
  • Japanese scientists herald live giant squid footage

    12/22/2006 7:16:30 AM PST · by pajama pundit · 27 replies · 3,147+ views
    Terradaily ^ | Dec 22, 2006
    TOKYO, Dec 22 (AFP) Japanese scientists Friday released what they say could be the first live video footage of the elusive giant squid, exposing some of the creature's underwater secrets. Scientists of the National Science Museum said they succeeded in catching a deep-sea giant squid at a depth of 640 meters (2,112 feet) on December 6 in the North Pacific Ocean, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Tokyo. "As the video movie shows, the giant squid struggled furiously to escape the catch by spouting water from its funnel. This means they can actually swim pretty fast, in addition to...
  • Scientists capture giant squid on camera

    09/27/2005 5:24:09 PM PDT · by SinisterDexter · 87 replies · 5,672+ views
    Reuters - YAHOO! ^ | 9/27/05 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have taken the first photographs of one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean -- the giant squid. Until now the only information about the behavior of the creatures which measure up to 18 meters (59 feet) in length has been based on dead or dying squid washed up on shore or captured in commercial fishing nets. But Tsunemi Kubodera, of the National Science Museum, and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, both in Tokyo have captured the first images of Architeuthis attacking bait 900 meters (yards) below the surface in...
  • Finding Bigfoot: Live Thread Sunday @ 10PM

    01/06/2013 6:59:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    The team travels to the country's most notorious hotspot for sasquatch activity to investigate howls recently recorded by the local BFRO. With the aid of high tech thermal equipment, the team sets off to prove bigfoots call Washington state home.
  • Mysterious Attacks Leave Livestock Earless in Kentucky

    12/21/2012 9:34:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/20/12 | Stephanie Pappas
    An unknown animal is attacking, but not eating, livestock in Kentucky, leaving many of the victims with gnawed or detached ears. According to WAVE News, the attacks have been ongoing for several weeks in Shelby County, Ky. At least five goats have had to be put to sleep due to their injuries, and a goat named Polka-dot has been left with just one ear. Kevin Cox, the local farmer who owns Polka-dot, has also had several of his bulls attacked, he told the news organization. Kentucky officials are investigating, but there's no word yet on the culprit in the attacks....
  • Lair of King Tongmyong's Unicorn Reconfirmed in DPRK (North Korea Discovers Secret Unicorn Den)

    11/30/2012 12:28:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Korean Central News Agency ^ | November 29 2012 Juch 101 | Korean Central News Agency
    Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668). The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392). Jo Hui Sung, director of the Institute, told KCNA: "Korea's history books deal with the unicorn, considered to...
  • Bizarre Muppet-Like Beast Discovered in Namibia

    11/20/2012 2:46:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 70 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | November 20, 2012 | Inquisitr
    In the south African nation of Namibia, a bizarre muppet-like beast has been shot and killed. Unlike its distant relatives — the abominable snowman, bigfoot, and the chupacabra — this one has been caught on film. Locals in Namibia were escorting a shooting party through the country when they found the body of the strange muppet-like beast, and they picked it up and brought it back to the town with them, according to the Telegraph. Witnesses to the event said that locals saw the creature scavenging for food. One member of the shooting party shot and wounded the beast, and...
  • Previously unseen whale species washes up on New Zealand beach

    11/06/2012 11:46:52 AM PST · by blueplum · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05 Nov 12 | Jon Bardin
    Not one but two specimens of the world’s rarest known species of whale have been discovered on a New Zealand beach, according to a report published Monday in the journal Current Biology. The species, called the spade-toothed beaked whale, is so rare that before the find researchers weren't even sure if it still existed. The two whales washed up on Opape Beach in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. At first scientists thought they were examples of a much more pedestrian species, the Gray’s beaked whales, which are the most commonly beached whales in the region. But after undertaking a DNA...
  • Hikers Take Flight When What They Thought Was a Bear Resembles Bigfoot(Most Convincing Video Ever)

    11/04/2012 8:49:53 PM PST · by lbryce · 74 replies
    Grind TV ^ | November 4, 2012 | Pete, Thomas
    When the black bear you think you're looking at from a safe distance suddenly stands and begins to resemble bigfoot, and that creature stares directly at you, how do you react? The hikers who captured the accompanying footage recently in Utah's Provo Canyon seemed to act appropriately: They bolted through the woods, with the camera still running, to get as far away from the creature as possible. "We ran straight to the car after that, leaving our tent and everything behind. It's probably all still up there," states Beard Card, the YouTube user who posted the video. This is...
  • Cops: Man Says Bigfoot Behind Winnebago Attack

    10/19/2012 4:09:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 19, 2012
    Amazingly, "victim" happens to head sasquatch hunters group OCTOBER 19--A Pennsylvania man today told police that a Bigfoot attacked his 1973 Winnebago motor home, smashing out windows and taillights with a fusillade of rocks.
  • Yeti Sightings On The Rise In Russia - In Other News: Russian Vodka Consumption Shocks Even Russians

    10/02/2012 3:19:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    The Sun ^ | September 26, 2012 | The Sun
    'Yeti' Sightings On The Rise In Russia A group of yetis are on the loose in Sibera, fishermen and a forestry worker have claimed. There were three reported sightings in recent weeks. One person who reported spying the beast said “We shouted, ‘Do you need help?’ They rushed away, all in fur, walking on two legs, making their way through the bushes and with two other limbs, straight up the hill. The person who made the report added: “It could not be bears, as the bear walks on all fours, and they ran on two. Then they were gone.” On...
  • North America’s 'Loch Ness Monster' Spotted Again

    03/07/2006 10:49:06 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 55 replies · 1,798+ views
    Live Science ^ | today | Joe Nickell
    Dubbed “North America’s Loch Ness Monster,” the purported leviathan of Lake Champlain, “Champ,” has just resurfaced. On Feb. 22, 2006, Good Morning America aired exclusive video footage of “something” just below the surface of the water, possibly the lake’s fabled creature. A pair of Vermont men, Dick Affolter and his 34-year-old stepson, Pete Bodette, had made the digital recordings the previous summer while salmon fishing. ABC consulted two retired FBI forensic image analysts, who concluded that the video appeared authentic, although they could not say what it depicted. The incident added to a long list of Champ sightings, which...
  • Has the Loch Ness Monster Finally Been Caught on Camera?

    08/04/2012 6:49:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/03/2012
    A monster hunter who has spent 26 years searching for the Loch Ness Monster claims to have taken the "best picture ever" of the beast, after dedicating 60 hours a week to his quest.Nessie hunter George Edwards waited 26 years for this moment - and he now believes he has the best picture ever taken of the Loch Ness monster. He spends his life on the loch - around 60 hours a week - taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter IV, and has led numerous Nessie hunts over the years. But this image is the one that's convinced...
  • 'Monster' washes up on New York beach (video)

    07/26/2012 3:43:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2012
    Theories abound about creature's identity.
  • Strange carcass raises questions

    07/26/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    upi. ^ | July 26, 2012
    NEW YORK, - A New York woman who photographed a strange carcass beneath the Brooklyn Bridge said she does not believe the animal was a pig. Denise Ginley, who photographed the bizarre carcass Sunday while walking with her boyfriend, said she does not agree with Parks Department officials who described it as a "discarded cooked pig," the New York Daily News reported Thursday. "The Parks Dept. was probably very quick to identify it as a pig and dispose of it, but it is most certainly not a pig," Ginley said. "The most obvious sign being the lack of a cloven...
  • Cougar sighted in Buffalo County [WI]-Cougar photographed in Michigan's Marquette County

    07/23/2012 7:25:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Cougar sighted in Buffalo CountyMONDOVI (AP) — A cougar is roaming western Wisconsin’s Buffalo County. The cougar was photographed by an outdoorsman using a trail camera on land between Gilmanton and Mondovi after dark Saturday, July 14th. A biologist from the Wisconsin DNR verified the sighting after discovering tracks in the area. It’s only the second verified cougar sighting in Wisconsin this year. The DNR has been able to confirm visits from just six male cougars to the state since 2008. Excerpted, article at link ------------------------------------------------------ Cougar photographed in Michigan's Marquette County BATH, Mich. - The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy (MWC)...
  • (Your Government Dollars At Work) Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot

    07/11/2012 7:37:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies ^ | July 11, 2012 | Sean McLachlan
    Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot Last week we reported on how the U.S. National Ocean Service publicly denied the existence of mermaids in response to a joke documentary on Animal Planet. Meanwhile, another federal agency has taken a different course. The Bureau of Land Management in Oregon & Washington has released this video titled "Bigfoot and the BLM." In it, people, who I assume to be BLM staff, are asked about their belief in Bigfoot and the narrator gives handy tips about where to go looking for the mysterious creature. Is this all just a bit...
  • New Hunt for China's Yeti

    07/06/2012 4:56:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Jul 2012 | Malcolm Moore
    A new hunt is about to begin for China's Yeti, the 'Wild Man' who lives in the dark forests of central Hubei province.For centuries, the villagers who live around the Shennongjia forest of China's central Hubei province, a forbidding 1,000 square mile reserve of high mountains and deep forests, have believed that the Wild Man, or Yeren, lives among them. Standing 6 foot 8 tall and covered in dark grey hair, this Chinese incarnation of Bigfoot has been spotted hundreds of times. Improbable, at least by Chinese standards, size 12 footprints have been recorded; long thick strands of hair have...
  • U.S. Government: No Evidence of Aquatic Humanoids (i.e., "Mermaids") Has Ever Been Found.

    07/03/2012 8:51:47 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ^ | July 2012 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Mermaids — those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea — are legendary sea creatures chronicled in maritime cultures since time immemorial. The ancient Greek epic poet Homer wrote of them in The Odyssey. In the ancient Far East, mermaids were the wives of powerful sea-dragons, and served as trusted messengers between their spouses and the emperors on land. The aboriginal people of Australia call mermaids yawkyawks – a name that may refer to their mesmerizing songs. The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species. Magical...
  • Cedar Park Resident Spots Chupacabra — or Mangy Coyote

    06/17/2012 12:55:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Statesman ^ | Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Benjamin Wermund
    A pack of hairless critters that has taken to a patch of woods just north of U.S. 183 and RM 1431 in Cedar Park has people in the area wondering if the creatures could be the legendary chupacabra. Authorities, however, are blaming the sightings on mangy coyotes. "I don't know what it is," said Rick Cumptson, who has seen the animals in a field outside of his store, Bunk Beds Etc. "I'd never even heard of chupacabra until about two weeks ago. I started looking, trying to figure out what the hell these were." Cumptson said he's seen the creatures...
  • Anglers' extraordinary find is no sea monster, but a giant squid

    06/05/2012 9:37:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Grind TV ^ | June 4, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    Al McGlashan, a prominent big-game fisherman in Australia, ventured to sea Friday in search of tuna and swordfish. The highlight, however, was the bizarre discovery of a fresh giant squid carcass.
  • Cedar Park (TX) resident spots possible Chupacabras

    06/04/2012 5:44:02 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 17 replies
    AAS ^ | 5/31/2012 | Benjamin Wermund
    A pack of hairless critters that has taken to a patch of woods just north of U.S. 183 and RM 1431 in Cedar Park has people in the area wondering if the creatures could be the legendary chupacabra. Authorities, however, are blaming the sightings on mangy coyotes.
  • Bigfoot and Yeti DNA Study Gets Serious

    05/22/2012 6:44:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 22 May 2012 | Jeanna Bryner
    A new university-backed project aims to investigate cryptic species such as the yeti whose existence is unproven, through genetic testing. Researchers from Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology are asking anyone with a collection of cryptozoological material to submit descriptions of it. The researchers will then ask for hair and other samples for genetic identification. "I'm challenging and inviting the cryptozoologists to come up with the evidence instead of complaining that science is rejecting what they have to say," said geneticist Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford. While Sykes doesn't expect to find solid evidence of a...
  • Bigger and brainier: did dingoes kill thylacines?

    05/15/2012 11:49:59 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 23 replies ^ | May 3, 2012
    A comparison of museum specimens has found that thylacines on mainland Australia were smaller than those that persisted into modern times in Tasmania, and significantly smaller than dingoes. The last known Tasmanian thylacine died in 1936. Measurements of the head size and thickness of limb bones of the semi-fossilised remains of thylacines and dingoes from caves in Western Australia have revealed that, on average, dingoes were larger than thylacines. “In particular, dingoes were almost twice as large as female thylacines, which were not much bigger than a fox,” says ecologist Dr Mike Letnic, an ARC Future Fellow in the UNSW...
  • Is It Legal to Kill Bigfoot in Texas?

    05/12/2012 3:23:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    State Impact ^ | MAY 10, 2012 | TERRENCE HENRY
    We’ve been talking a lot about invasive species in Texas as of late, paying special attention to the issue of feral hogs, which are growing in number and cause widespread damage (but taste delicious). Texas has responded by making it very, very easy to kill feral hogs. You can hunt them with a handgun. You can hunt them whenever, regardless of the season. And you can even hunt them from the skies (an undertaking known as “pork chopping”), if that’s your thing. But what about that most legendary of invasive species, Bigfoot? Yes, someone actually asked Texas Parks and Wildlife...
  • Legal to Kill Bigfoot in Texas

    05/08/2012 11:15:20 AM PDT · by Sic Parvis Magna · 18 replies
    Cryptomundo ^ | 05/04/2012 | Loren Coleman
    A man named John Lloyd wrote to the Texas Parks and Wildlife about killing Bigfoot, and got a response, which said in part: 'An exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas. Unless the exotic is an endangered species then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent. A hunting license is required. This does not include the dangerous wild animals that have been held in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting, which is commonly referred to as a “canned hunt”.'
  • (Sasquatch In The Crosshairs!) It’s Officially Legal To Kill Bigfoot In Texas

    05/05/2012 9:01:19 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    IO9 ^ | May 5, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    It’s officially legal to kill Bigfoot in Texas Cryptid conservationists, be on the alert; it's officially open season on Sasquatch. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, if you can find Bigfoot in the state of Texas, you can kill it. Cryptomundo reader John Lloyd Scharf sent a letter to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department about whether it would be legal to kill Bigfoot, and apparently department Chief of Staff L. David Sinclair replied that killing an indigenous cryptid would be legal since it isn't listed as a game animal: The statute that you cite (Section 61.021) refers...
  • World’s Deadliest Golf Course Boasts Land Mines and Man-Bear-Pigs (Korean DMZ Combat Golf)

    04/28/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 28, 2012 | By Lauren Davis
    World’s deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. Formerly Camp Kitty Hawk, United Nations Command post Camp Bonifas was renamed in 1986 to honor Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, who had been axe murdered in 1976 during a conflict with North Korea...
  • Mysterious 'Dog-Headed Pig Monster' Terrorizes Africa

    02/28/2012 7:54:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Yahoo/ ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | Benjamin Radford
    Residents in northern Namibia, on the southwest coast of Africa, have reported being terrorized by a bizarre dog-pig hybrid creature. The animal is said to be mostly white and unlike anything the villagers have ever seen, with a doglike head and the broad, round, nearly hairless back and shoulders of a giant pig. The beast was spotted chasing and attacking dogs, goats and other domestic animals in this arid region not far from the Kalahari desert. As often happens when rumors of monsters spread in rural areas around the world, some locals have taken extra safety precautions, such as traveling...
  • Long thought extinct, ivory-billed woodpecker rediscovered in Big Woods of Arkansas

    04/28/2005 1:49:28 PM PDT · by jb6 · 65 replies · 2,799+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 28-Apr-2005
    Multiple sightings, video footage show bird survives in vast forested areas Click here to view a video news release. BRINKLEY, Ark. - Long believed to be extinct, a magnificent bird - the ivory-billed woodpecker - has been rediscovered in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas. More than 60 years after the last confirmed sighting of the species in the United States, a research team today announced that at least one male ivory-bill still survives in vast areas of bottomland swamp forest. Published in the journal Science on its Science Express Web site (April 28, 2005), the findings include multiple sightings...
  • Miniature chameleon: World's tiniest reptile discovered in Madagascar

    02/17/2012 3:11:10 PM PST · by presidio9 · 41 replies ^ | February 17, 2012 | Nannette Richford
    What do Bigfoot, Sasquash and miniature chameleons have in common? Until recently, nearly anyone would tell you they didn’t exist. That has changed, at least for the dwarf chameleon. Brookesia micra, the world’s tiniest reptile has been discovered on the island of Nosy Hara, northern Madagascar. This tiny creature reaches less than one- inch in length at maturity. Researches discovered these miniature chameleons sleeping in bushes four inches above the ground level. "They mostly live in the leaf litter in the day ... But at night they climb up and then you can spot them." Says lead investigator Frank Glaw....
  • If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?

    01/24/2012 9:27:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    Life's Little Mysteries ^ | 20 January 2012 | Benjamin Radford
    If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him? In the new Animal Planet reality TV show optimistically titled "Finding Bigfoot," a team of experts examines video of an alleged Sasquatch spotted in the Canadian Rockies. The video, shot by a man named Todd Standing, shows something large and dark, standing atop a wooded ridge and then ducking back behind a bush. It could pretty much be anything, and when the experts concluded that the subject was probably not a Bigfoot, Standing expressed his frustration: "No video is ever going to be evidence, ever. It's never going to be good enough…"...
  • Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites

    12/30/2011 6:00:38 AM PST · by Little Ray · 17 replies
    Skeptoid ^ | November 08, 2011 | Skeptoid #283
    The Internet is a dangerous place. It's full of resources, both good and bad; full of citations linking one to another, sometimes helpfully, sometimes not. Today we're going to point the skeptical eye at ten of the worst web sites in terms of quality of science information that they promote. To make this list, they not only need to have bad information, they also need to be popular enough to warrant our attention. Many of these sites promote some particular ideology, but I want to be clear that that's not why they're here. Sites that make this list are only...
  • The Yeti, a severed finger spirited from Nepal, and a famous film star.

    12/27/2011 4:38:01 AM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 27th December 2011 | Matthew Hill
    The full edited title: The Yeti, a severed finger spirited from Nepal, and a famous film star. DNA tests will finally solve a truly bizarre mystery Set high in a remote Himalayan mountain range stands the Pangboche Buddhist monastery. During heavy snowstorms, it can be found only by travellers who listen for the monks’ ceremonial horns. The walls are lined with traditional Nepalese paintings depicting the treacherous tracks to the monastery. And among them are pictures of the legendary ape-like creature we refer to as the Yeti.
  • Yeti 'Nests' Found in Russia?

    11/24/2011 12:22:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Live Science ^ | 18 November 2011 | Benjamin Radford
    Bigfoot researcher and biologist John Bindernagel claims his research group has found evidence that the Yeti (a Russian "cousin" of the American Bigfoot) not only exists, but builds nests and shelters by twisting tree branches together. "We didn't feel like the trees we saw in Siberia had been done by a man or another mammal.... Twisted trees like this have also been observed in North America and they could fit with the theory that Bigfoot makes nests. The nests we have looked at are built around trees twisted together into an arch shape," Bindernagel told the British tabloid The Sun....
  • Hiking the Redwoods with California's 'Squatchers

    11/23/2011 10:30:24 AM PST · by dragonblustar · 31 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | Nov 23, 2011 | Philip Bethge
    Amateur researchers in the United States continue to eagerly search for the mysterious creature known as Bigfoot, staking out California's redwood forests at night in their hunt for the elusive beast. Despite many claimed sightings, the existence of Sasquatch has never been proven. Yet that hasn't stopped the obsessed from pursuing his giant footprints.
  • Is this an alien skull? Mystery of giant-headed mummy found in Peru

    11/19/2011 8:07:52 AM PST · by Perdogg · 87 replies
    A mummified elongated skull found in Peru could finally prove the existence of aliens. The strangely shaped head - almost as big as its 50cm (20in) body - has baffled anthropologists. It was one of two sets of remains found in the city of Andahuaylillas in the southern province of Quispicanchi.
  • Canada's Loch Ness Monster Caught on Tape?

    11/11/2011 12:45:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News Blogs ^ | 11/11/11 | ABC News
    A possible sighting of Canada’s version of the Loch Ness monster at a lake in British Columbia has stirred up the legend of the sea creature long-rumored to reside there. A man visiting British Colombia’s Lake Okanagan claims he filmed video of what could only be the elusive monster, known to locals as Ogopogo. The 30-second video shows two long ripples in the water in a seemingly deserted area of the lake. “It was not going with the waves,” Richard Huls, who captured the scene on camera during a visit to a local winery, told the Vancouver Sun. “It was...
  • Efforts by San Diegan Help Critically Endangered Chupacabra

    11/09/2011 7:28:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    San Diego Reader ^ | November 9, 2011 | Walter Mencken
    FEVERISHLY DIALING THE PEOPLE AT ANIMAL PLANET - As recently as five years ago, the Chupacabra was in danger of becoming a myth. Only three were thought to remain in the wild, and an effort to house one at the San Diego Wild Animal Park ended with the horrific and seemingly improbable death of Gus the white African rhino. But today, it looks like there may be hope for the legendary goat-sucker. "What really inspired us was the great job the California Wolf Center did with reintroducing the Mexican Gray Wolf into the wild," explains Chelsea Randlett, the San Diego-born...
  • Albino Cyclops Shark Is Real, Experts Say

    10/18/2011 10:02:27 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News/Livescience ^ | October 18, 2011 | Stephanie Pappas
    In this world of Photoshop and online scams, it pays to have a hearty dose of skepticism at reports of something strange — including an albino fetal shark with one eye smack in the middle of its nose like a Cyclops. But the Cyclops shark, sliced from the belly of a pregnant mama dusky shark caught by a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of California earlier this summer, is by all reports the real thing. Shark researchers have examined the preserved creature and found that its single eye is made of functional optical tissue, they said last week. It's unlikely,...