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  • Indonesian fisherman nets ancient fish

    05/22/2007 6:41:39 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 16 replies · 845+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 21, 2007
    An Indonesian fisherman has caught a coelacanth, an ancient fish once thought to have become extinct at the time of the dinosaurs, a fishery expert said on Monday. Yustinus Lahama and his son caught the fish on Saturday in the sea off North Sulawesi province and kept it at their house for an hour, said Grevo Gerung, a professor at the fisheries faculty at the Sam Ratulangi University. After being told by neighbours it was a rare fish he took it back to the sea and kept it in a quarantine pool for about 17 hours before it died. "If...
  • Bigfoot risks extinction, says Canadian MP

    05/04/2007 8:41:10 PM PDT · by Valin · 48 replies · 1,199+ views
    AFP ^ | 5/2/07
    Bigfoot, the legendary hairy man-like beast said to roam the wildernesses of North America, is not shy, merely so rare it risks extinction and should be protected as an endangered species. So says Canadian MP Mike Lake who has called for Bigfoot to be protected under Canada's species at risk act, alongside Whooping Cranes, Blue Whales, and Red Mulberry trees. "The debate over their (Bigfoot's) existence is moot in the circumstance of their tenuous hold on merely existing," reads a petition presented by Lake to parliament in March and due to be discussed next week. "Therefore, the petitioners request the...
  • Bigfoot risks extinction, says Canadian MP

    05/02/2007 1:14:27 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 45 replies · 725+ views
    AFP ^ | 05/02/07
    Bigfoot, the legendary hairy man-like beast said to roam the wildernesses of North America, is not shy, merely so rare it risks extinction and should be protected as an endangered species. So says Canadian MP Mike Lake who has called for Bigfoot to be protected under Canada's species at risk act, alongside Whooping Cranes, Blue Whales, and Red Mulberry trees. "The debate over their (Bigfoot's) existence is moot in the circumstance of their tenuous hold on merely existing," reads a petition presented by Lake to parliament in March and due to be discussed next week. "Therefore, the petitioners request the...
  • Is this Nessie?

    04/23/2007 1:40:35 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 35 replies · 1,200+ views
    Highland News ^ | Ian Barron
    AN English holidaymaker thinks he may have taken the first picture of the season of the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Sidney Wilson was in the city with his wife Janet when they decided on a cruise down the loch to take in the sights. And it was as they approached Urquhart Castle that he ended up taking this intriguing photograph. Sidney, who comes from Nottingham, said: "I was just taking pictures of everything as we sailed down the loch. "As we approached the castle, two power boats appeared and circled us at speed, leaving a large wash in their wake....
  • Clouded leopard declared new species

    03/23/2007 6:53:34 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 24 replies · 491+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 15
    Thu Mar 15, 3:30 PM ET JAKARTA (AFP) - A clouded leopard found in the rainforests of Indonesia's islands of Borneo and Sumatra is a new species of big cat, conservation group WWF said Thursday. The cat, covered in small cloud markings containing many spots, was thought to be the same species as a mainland Southeast Asian leopard, but tests have shown otherwise. "Genetic research results clearly indicate that the clouded leopards of Borneo should be considered a separate species," Stephen O'Brien, from the US National Cancer Institute, was quoted as saying in a WWF statement. The difference between the...
  • Alleged sightings of flying reptiles cause residents to reconsider history

    03/01/2007 10:40:07 AM PST · by pcottraux · 15 replies · 423+ views
    Daily Lobo ^ | 2-15-07 | Mike Smith
    Alleged sightings of flying reptiles cause residents to reconsider history Mike Smith Posted: 2/15/07 by Mike Smith Daily Lobo One hundred million years ago, New Mexico lay nameless and borderless and partially submerged beneath sprawling, shallow seas. Dinosaurs of every size and appetite wandered to the edge of such seas, in search of plants, water or smaller creatures further down the food chain. The air above them hung hot and dense, sagging with humidity, and pterosaurs flapped and glided against it. Pterosaurs - or pterodactyls, as they're often called - once filled our Western skies, flying on leathery, membranous wings...
  • Strange New Creatures Found in Antarctica

    02/27/2007 7:28:37 AM PST · by presidio9 · 25 replies · 1,308+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Sun Feb 25, 2006 | Andrea Thompson
    Several strange creatures including a psychedelic octopus have been found in frigid waters off Antarctica in one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. Others resembled corals and shrimps. At least 30 appear to be new to science, said Julian Gutt, chief scientist of an expedition that was part of the International Polar Year research effort set to launch on March 1. The researchers catalogued about 1,000 species in an area of the Antarctic seabed where warming temperatures are believed to have caused the collapse of overlying ice shelves, affecting the marine life below. “This is virgin geography,” said expedition...

    02/21/2007 9:43:51 AM PST · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 1,062+ views
    Film Threat ^ | 2007-02-16 | Phil Hall
    This week’s column is somewhat different in that the focus is not on a long-lost motion picture classic or a bizarre bit of cult-worthy obscurity. Instead, the film in question is a brief ribbon of celluloid that provides the final glimpse of an animal that fell victim to years of brutal persecution and government-sponsored hunting. The film itself does not have a formal title, and it is called “Footage of the Last Thylacine” just for the sake of temporary identification. What was a thylacine? It looked like a canine, but it was actually a marsupial that was concentrated in Tasmania....
  • Of Manimals and Humanzees

    01/17/2007 9:58:32 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 28 replies · 851+ views
    Science & Spirit ^ | 17 Jan 2007 | Cindy Kuzma
    The idea that humans and chimps interbred causes discomfort in some circles, even as science explores the potential benefits of hybrids and the blurring of what was once a bright line between species. In 1997, developmental biologist Stuart Newman did something relatively unusual for a scientist: He submitted a patent application for a technology he hoped never to use. In it, he laid claim to the humanzee, a chimera made by combining the embryonic cells of humans with those of chimpanzees. Though it was hypothetically possible to manufacture such a creature, he vowed to put the patent in a drawer...
  • Chasing the elusive Skunk Ape

    01/05/2007 11:32:24 AM PST · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 1,595+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 01/02/07
    The scene: the Everglades, mysterious in the darkness. Four college kids, armed only with a night-vision camera, trudge through a palmetto thicket, guided by a snake-booted man who claims to have had multiple encounters with the state's most elusive creature. They seek a half-man, half-simian, fully reeking legend known as the Skunk Ape. A curious rustling draws them closer. Nervous patter. Closer. What is making those sounds? Closer. Suddenly, a blinding flash, screams and . . . . This is not some cheesy monster movie. It's the real experience of Florida International University film students who spent months on the...
  • Random Eruptions: Man Bat tale tops 2006 for weirdness[Wisconsin]

    01/04/2007 10:51:20 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 21 replies · 1,167+ views
    Coulee News ^ | 04 Jan 2007 | Randy Erikson
    As we start another year, I know there are at least a few among us who will look back at 2006 and say, “Whoa, what a weird year that was!” In fact, 2006 might be the year that puts the Coulee Region on the map ... for weirdness. By far the weirdest news of the year was something we haven’t reported on ... UNTIL NOW! Now it can be told, the strange, bizarre and kinda spooky story of the Beast of Briggs Road, the Man Bat. I have to admit that this won’t be news to some of our readers,...
  • Sightings the talk of 'sasquatch-ewan'

    12/20/2006 6:38:42 AM PST · by aculeus · 43 replies · 1,281+ views
    CBC News ^ | December 14, 2006 | Unsigned
    Sightings of a large hairy creature walking upright in Saskatchewan and Manitoba have sparked renewed interest in the legendary sasquatch. CBC Saskatchewan radio host Tom Roberts said he's talked with people from the northern community of Deschambault Lake who say a resident saw a sasquatch-like creature on Saturday. They say a woman from the village was driving to Prince Albert on Saturday afternoon when she saw a creature near the side of the highway at Torch River. "She slowed down, thinking maybe a bear," Roberts said. "She stopped and watched … and saw it going alongside the hill and knew...
  • WWF: 52 New Species Discovered On Borneo

    12/18/2006 6:17:42 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies · 817+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 18 DECEMBER 2006 | AP
    (AP) GENEVA -- Scientists have discovered at least 52 new species of animals and plants on the southeast Asian island of Borneo since 2005, including a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly to help it stick to rocks, WWF International said Tuesday. "The more we look the more we find," said Stuart Chapman, WWF International coordinator for the study of the "Heart of Borneo," a 85,000-square-mile rain forest in the center of the island where several of the new species were found. "These discoveries reaffirm Borneo's position as one of the most important centers of...
  • Threatened Prehistoric Paradise Reveals Its Secrets

    12/19/2006 9:39:38 AM PST · by pcottraux · 1 replies · 232+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 12/18/2006
    WWF hails discovery of 52 new species in Borneo - Deforestation hits island that fascinated Darwin It is perhaps the closest place on the planet to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World - the mythical prehistoric paradise of the Sherlock Holmes creator's 1912 book. But the Heart of Borneo, as it has been christened by conservation agencies trying to save it from destruction, is finally beginning to yield its secrets. A mission by WWF scientists to the south-east Asian island found 52 species previously unknown to science, including three types of tree, two tree frogs and a tiny fish less...
  • Predator might not be wolf[Sheep-killing predator]{Montana}

    12/10/2006 11:16:52 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 64 replies · 3,652+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | 09 Dec 2006 | MIKE STARK
    BILLINGS, Mont. -- Was it a wolf, or wasn't it? The mysterious, sheep-killing predator shot and killed a month ago between Jordan and Circle was initially thought to be a wolf. But now, wildlife officials aren't so sure. "Frankly, it has mixed characteristics," said Carolyn Sime, head of the wolf program for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Some clues indicate that it's not a wolf from among the 1,200 or so that live in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The animal shot in Garfield County in early November had shades of orange, red and yellow in its fur, unlike the Northern...
  • Why the Loch Ness Monster is no plesiosaur

    12/06/2006 10:27:08 AM PST · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 615+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 02 November 2006
    It has been described as a snake threaded through the body of a turtle, and some imaginative people think there's one living in Loch Ness. The plesiosaur, a marine reptile that lived 160 million years ago, looked like nothing alive today, with a neck that was some 2 metres long, the length of the body and tail combined. Why it needed such a long neck has been a mystery, but now Leslie Noè of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge, UK, has an answer. Plesiosaurs used their long necks to reach down and feed on soft-bodied animals living on the sea...
  • 'Bear-Wolf' Stalks Southern Wisconsin

    11/27/2006 8:01:58 AM PST · by ZGuy · 67 replies · 3,036+ views
    WISN via Yahoo ^ | 11/26/06
    Bizarre local sightings evoked a nationwide fascination with Big Foot. In Washington County there have been several reports of a 7-foot hairy creature with pointy ears. Steve Krueger was doing his job on Nov. 9 -- removing road-side deer carcasses overnight for the Department of Natural Resources. Krueger said he had just made a pick-up along a remote road near Holy Hill about 1:30 a.m., and he was in the cab doing some paperwork. When his parked truck started shaking, he looked in the rear view mirror and got the scare of his life. He said his flashing lights illuminated...
  • Residents Claim Spotting Bigfoot-Like Creature In SE Wisconsin[He's Back]

    11/15/2006 3:39:17 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 54 replies · 1,361+ views
    Channel 3000 ^ | 14 Nov 2006 | Channel 3000
    Two Reports Say Witnesses Saw 'Monster' In Area MERTON, Wis. -- Two bizarre sightings of an alleged "monster" in Waukesha County are prompting some local residents to wonder whether witnesses saw the legendary Bigfoot. David and Dillon Radeztsky said that they saw a mysterious creature in Merton, WISC-TV reported. "We saw just a hairy monster on the corner of the woods," David said. "I saw it leaning on a tree," Dillon said. This report comes after another sighting near Holy Hill in Washington County. In that instance, a man claimed a Bigfoot-like creature took a deer from the back of...
  • Is 'Bigfoot' roaming around Holy Hill? (Steals deer carcass from truck-Wisconsin)

    11/11/2006 12:12:09 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 32 replies · 4,671+ views
    Greater Milwaukee Today ^ | 10 Nov 2006 | GAY GRIESBACH
    A mysterious sighting in Washington County has area officials and residents bewildered, bemused and amused. A man contracted by the Department of Natural Resources to pick up road kill came to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to report a 7-foot-tall “animal” had taken a deer out of the back of his pickup truck at about 1 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff Brian Rahn said. According to the report, the man loaded a deer carcass into the back of his truck on Highway 167 near Station Way, got into the cab and prepared to drive away when a large black animal, very wide...
  • Idaho professor an authority on Bigfoot

    11/10/2006 8:04:06 AM PST · by presidio9 · 61 replies · 1,404+ views
    Jeffrey Meldrum holds a PhD in anatomical sciences and is a tenured professor of anatomy at Idaho State University. He is also one of the world's foremost authorities on Bigfoot, also known by the native name Sasquatch, the mythical smelly ape-man of the Northwest woods. And Meldrum firmly believes the lumbering, shaggy brute exists. That makes him an outcast - a solitary, Sasquatch-like figure himself - on the 12,700-student campus, where many scientists are embarrassed by what they call Meldrum's "pseudo-academic" pursuits and have called on the university to review his work with an eye toward revoking his tenure. One...