DNA testing underway on Himalayan Bigfoot Hairs

Making big news in China this week is a story about Himalaya’s legendary Yeti or Bigfoot.

For centuries rumours of a half-man, half-ape that roams the upper Himalayas have circulated. The creature said to stand 3 metres tall has been allegedly seen by many locals as well as hikers visiting the area. In Chinese Yeti is often referred to as ‘Xueguai’.

A number of locals living near the Nepalese border claim not only to have seen the creature, but to have collected strands of its hair. Now, it has been reported that a team of scientists have collected these strands and have already confirmed that they do not belong to any local known animals.

The scientists plan to do further testing on the hair strands.

One theory regarding the Yeti is that the sightings of the supposed cryptid are in fact that of a rare bear that lives in the area but is unknown to scientists. The scientists hope to settle this mystery with the DNA tests.

Source: allnews

Google Earth captured image of Loch Ness Monster?

There are reports that an object visible in Loch Ness on Google Earth could be the Loch Ness monster.

A search of the loch, using the website’s satellite images, reveals what appears to be a light coloured object with a rounded front and a number of protrusions.

The object can be seen in the middle of the loch, across from the village of Invermoriston.

Over the years a number of theories about the existence of the Loch Ness monster have been put forward, including the possibility that sightings are a result of mis-identification of regular animals, birds, or objects such as trees.

Others maintain that there is a so-far unknown type of creature in the loch, possibly a surviving example of an otherwise-extinct type of dinosaur, or else a previously-unknown species of a known animal like a seal.

Over the years the loch has been subject to analysis and exploration using a number of means, including sonar, underwater video and unmanned submarine. While many of these projects recorded nothing unusual, others produced results that could be interpreted as proof of Nessie’s existence, including a picture of what could be the fin of a large creature as well as sonar contact with what could be a large object moving underwater.

Source: news.stv

Ireal Mermaid Reward has Brooklyn Backlash

You may have to suspend disbelief here, but we assure you this is real life; you didn’t just wake up in a 1984 Ron Howard film. Somewhat recently there were multiple mermaid sightings off the coast of Kiryat Yam (near Haifa in Northern Israel) which prompted the town to offer up a $1 million reward for anyone who could prove the mythical creature exists. Once this news traveled all the way to New York, the Brooklyn-based Mermaid Medical Association got involved. (Also: there is a Mermaid Medical Association.)

The MMA isn’t at all worried that Kiryat Yam is probably like the government scientists who tried to take Daryl Hannah away from Tom Hanks, however. Nope, they’re actually suing the town for defamation, because they exist in order to defend the rights of mermaids worldwide. We really hope this does end up in International court, just so we can all read transcripts in which Kiryat Yam is berated by some Brooklynites for “badly and outrageously damaging the legendary mermaid legacy.”

Mermaids and their supporters are nothing if not fair, however, and have given the town 10 days to rescind the reward. Alas, town officials are playing hardball, and say they will “appeal to the organization which sent the letter and suggest that it join the search for the mermaid in order to perpetuate and preserve it.” Exactly, why are these two groups fighting when we’re thisclose to proving the existence of a mythical magical sea creature?

Source: gothamist

The Elusive Muck Monster

There’s something lurking just under the surface of the Lake Worth Lagoon in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The mysterious creature was caught on tape by the LagoonKeepers.

“Channel marker ten is the first time we saw the unknown creature,“ says Greg Reynolds of LagoonKeeper.org. “I hollered out and said ‘What is that?‘. We followed it, started taking video.“

What could it be?

Thanks to the LagoonKeepers, until it’s identified, it has a name:

Reynolds calls it The Elusive Muck Monster.

Thomas Reinert, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Biologist, studied the video.

“This appears to be one animal moving in this direction. Nothing’s breaking the surface. Typically dolphins break the surface, sea turtles, manatee, a large school of fish, if it were a shark at that level you would see a fin,“ he says. “I cant definitely say what it is.“

“We spend a lot of time out here on the water and seen a lot of different creatures out here and this is the first time in three and half years that I’ve ever seen anything out here that didn’t know what it was,“ Reynolds said. “We see dolphins out there, sharks, we always see a fin.“

Whatever it is, it certainly has people talking, and watching.

Source: counton2

Mysterious sea creature off Singer Island

Singer Island has its very own (kind of, sort of) sea monster, and it’s a TV star.

The popular History Channel show MonsterQuest was in town this year to film an episode about a strange being cavorting in the Lake Worth Lagoon. The location wasn’t divulged during the show for fear that people would disturb the animal.

But a Florida Atlantic University professor interviewed for the show confirms that those red and white smokestacks seen in some shots are, in fact, the Riviera Beach Florida Power & Light plant, and that the general stomping grounds of the alleged sea monster are waters near Singer Island.

MonsterQuest was lured here by video taken by Palm Beach Gardens resident Gene Sowerwine.

Film clips of the animal reveal “stunning evidence of a sea beast hunting for prey,” according to the show.

A trident-shaped tail slaps mirror-like water in one image; a strange elongated snout breaks the surface to take a quick breath in another.

One of the stars of the show, which originally aired in April, is FAU oceanography Professor Ed Petuch.

“What in heaven’s name is that,” Petuch exclaims playfully when shown images of the beast. “Very interesting, that’s very wild.”

Petuch ends the suspense of the hourlong episode with his conclusion that the Singer Island sea monster could be a wayward arctic seal – extremely rare for these parts but not unheard of. (The trident tail, one expert says, is likely a boat-mangled manatee fluke.)

And while Petuch takes the show for what it is – a spot of fun – he said it is also a poignant reminder of environmental conditions.

If the Singer Island sea monster is a hooded or bearded seal, it points to the possible displacement of such animals by global warming or overfishing.

“Nature is never constant, by law,” Petuch said. “The ice is melting, the surface waters are becoming more fresh water, and it’s driving them out of their normal ranges.”

In 2007, a bearded seal was caught in Fort Lauderdale after leading rescuers on a chase south from Hobe Sound. The year before, two hooded seals were found locally, one in Martin County, another 2 miles north of The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach.

But Sowerwine, who could not be reached for comment, sounds convinced in his MonsterQuest episode that what he has witnessed is no seal.

As eerie music bah-dumps in the background, the lifelong outdoorsman explains: “This is something I’ve never seen and I believe is totally unknown to science.”

Martine DeWit, associate research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is a wet blanket on the Singer Island sea monster.

In her estimation, and she also is interviewed on the show, it is simply a manatee.

A boat-battered manatee, but a manatee no less.

“We know manatees can look like that when they get hit by a propeller,” DeWit said.

But what about that snout?

It appears longer than a manatee’s, Petuch says above MonsterQuest music – bah-dump.

“It appears to move at surprising speed,” a voice-over proclaims – bah-dump.

One MonsterQuest drawing of the seal/manatee-like beast includes ominous tusks.

“If this thing does exist like this, it would be one of the greatest discoveries of all time,” Petuch says to the camera with a quick smile – bah-dump.

Source: palmbeachpost