Expedition spots mystery creature in Sumatra – Orang Pendek ?

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) is the world’s largest mystery animal research group. Only a week after releasing footage of what appears to be anomalous animals in an Irish lake, a group of four British explorers and scientists from the CFZ have just returned from the jungles of Sumatra having spent two weeks in the rainforest on the track of the orang-pendek, an unknown species of upright walking ape. They have brought back some incredible news.

CFZ member Dave Archer and local guide Sahar saw the creature at a distance of around 100 feet as it squatted in a tree. Dave describes it as broad shouldered, with a large head, black skin and dark brown hair. A line of darker fur was visible on the spine. He likened the coat of the creature to that of a mountain gorilla. Sahar saw the creature jump down from the tree and walk away on its hind legs. It was the size of an adult male chimpanzee.

Next to the tree was some rattan vine that the animal was apparently chewing. Expedition leader Adam Davis has preserved part of the plant in ethanol in the hope that it contains cells from the animal’s mouth.

The team also found and photographed several sets of tracks made by creatures. Expedition zoologist Richard Freeman confirmed that they matched no known creature in the area. The prints were six to seven inches long with a narrow heel and wider front. The big toe is well separated.

Hair samples were taken from a tree close to the tracks. A number of the hairs contain medullas that the team hopes will contain orang-pendek DNA. The samples will shortly be sent off to experts around the world for analysis.

If the samples turn out to be from a new species Freeman suggests the scientific name of Pongo martyri in honour of the English researcher Debbie Martyr who has done more than anyone else to look into this zoological mystery.

Footage from the expedition and from the Irish lakes are being submitted for inclusion in a major BBC documentary about the CFZ, which is being made by Minnow Films, an award winning British film production company, over the next eight months.

Source: cfzsumatra09

Ireland’s Killarney Lakes Monster

SCIENTISTS believe this incredible footage could show a mysterious monster lurking beneath one of the deepest lakes in the British Isles.

Jonathan Downes, 50, spotted the “creature” thrashing around in one of the Lakes of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland, while on holiday last week.

His eerie sighting was in the Upper Lake one of three interlinked lakes that make up the area.

The mystery comes just a few years after bizarre unexplained sonar recordings showing a large body were made in the adjoining Muckross Lake.

Along with his wife and friends who also had cameras, Mr Downes, from Crediton, Devon, managed to capture shapes moving across part of the lake.

Mr Downes, who is director at the Centre for Fortean Zoology, said that he had heard of the sonar reading before visiting the lake, but was “ridiculously” lucky to see anything.

He said: “I was actually there with my wife and a friend on holiday.

“All I knew is what I’ve read and having spent an hour on Thursday night looking down on it.

“What we saw was a thing about nine to 10ft long.

“I’d love to say I saw long necks and humps and things but I didn’t.”

Mr Downes, who studies cryptozoology – which investigates unknown species of animals, described seeing what he see described as appearing to be “a long thin eel-like creature appearing about 10ft long”.

“I believe it must be a large eel,” he said. “It was a pale colour.

“What I saw didn’t actually really come out on the picture as well.”

Pat Foley, deputy regional manager of National Park and Wildlife Service, which oversees Killarney National Park, said that there has been some unusual readings taken about six years ago, which indicated an unknown figure in Muckross Lake.

“I think it was about 2003 there was a survey taken,” he said.

“They were getting some sort of strange picture coming back.

“The image was a large and dark blob which I presume, for economic reasons, was described as a monster.”

The Lakes of Killarney have much in common with Loch Ness – home of the world’s most famous monster – just across the Irish Sea in Scotland.

Both are large very deep lakes with similar fish species including Arctic char.

Loch Ness is the deepest lake in Britain, whilst Muckross Lake measures up to 70m deep, is along with Lough Leane, Ireland’s deepest lake.

At the time of the sonar findings in Muckross Lake in Paddy O’Sullivan, Killarney National Park manager for the National Parks and Wildlife Service said: “I am very excited by these findings and am delighted that the ancient fish community of these lakes are being examined by the Irish Char Conservation Group and scientists from around the world.

“These interesting findings can only be good for Killarney from a public awareness and a tourism point of view.

“Whatever the thing turns out to be it will be afforded our fullest protection under EU law as the Muckross forms part of a Special Area of Conservation.”

Source: thesun.uk

Windermere’s “Bownessie” still causing stir

photo source lakestv.net- footage also available

The so-called “Bownessie” is fast becoming part of modern Lake District folklore, as reported sightings of the fabled creature continue to be made.

Footage that some people believe appears to show the creature causing ripples in the surface of Windermere was shot by Lakes TV cameraman John McKeown on Saturday.

It has since appeared on Sky News on Sunday evening and American TV network giant CBS is also interested in the story.

People in Windermere are not convinced Bownessie actually exists.

But they believe it could be good for the town’s tourist economy if the legend can capture the imagination of visitors in a similar way to the Loch Ness monster.

Councillor Bill Smith, mayor of Windermere, said: “If they believe it’s actually there, I’m sure it will attract them to come and see.

“Anything that draws interest and awareness to the Lake District has to be a positive opportunity.

“I don’t think the term monster is the best expression of an animal living in the lake that could be of interest.

“It suggests something nasty, not something that could be attractive and positive.

“Bownessie conjures up something that’s a bit more cute.

“The people that have seen it believe genuinely they have seen something, even if there is no real proof yet.

“But let’s be honest, it’s far better for Loch Ness that they’ve never located it because it helps perpetuate the belief.”

Paul Holdsworth, Windermere town centre manager, says the Bownessie phenomenon is the latest in a long line of Lake District mythologies.

He said: “Probably the longest standing one is Tizzie Wizzie, which was first spotted by a Bowness boatman around 1900 and he used to tell stories of this extraordinary creature.

“It was said to have the body of a hedgehog, tail of a squirrel and a pair of bee-like wings and was a shy, water-loving creature.

“So, for the sceptics who think Bownessie is something to get the tourists in, this tale has already been around for over a hundred years. There is nothing new under the sun perhaps.”

Jacqui O’Connor, press officer for Windermere Lakes Cruises, said: “Our vessels sail up and down the lake 364 days a year and we have never seen anything unusual.

“However, our skippers remain alert as always.”

Source: nwemail.uk

Kentucky Bigfoot Photo being analyzed and drawing real interest even from MonsterQuest

Scientific examination of a photograph taken by an American couple showing a mysterious creature in their vegetable garden may finally throw some light on the existence of the bigfoot.

Earlier this month, Kenny and Margaret Mahoney set up a video camera in their garden after their home-grown vegetables began to mysteriously disappear.

They were stunned to find out a creature resembling a ghostly Dementor from the Harry Potter films prowling at the bottom of their land.

“We initially suspected a deer or a racoon of stealing our green beans. However when my husband produced the pictures of the shape at the bottom of our land we must admit to being surprised,” The Sun quoted Margaret, as saying.

The couple sent the image to their local news station in Kentucky, and soon found themselves at the centre of a ‘bigfoot fever’.

“After we appeared on television we were swamped with phone calls and emails from crypto-zoologists and bigfoot hunters wanting to talk. They all think that we may have stumbled on to something important,” the paper quoted Margaret, as saying.

A team from the History Channel have now even filmed a segment for their show, Monster Quest, with the Mahoneys.

The couple, however, is now worried, and has sent the pictures to a wildlife expert friend fearing the beast was a bear.

“We worried that it might be a bear, so we sent off the picture to a good friend who is an expert in that field. She said in her opinion it looked like fur, but she could not confirm it,” Margaret said.

“Our greatest fear is that it is indeed a bear. However, bears do not live in Kentucky so we are still at a loss as to what this figure could be,” she added.

Source: londonnews

Giant squid caught off Louisiana Coast

Government scientists off Louisiana’s coast reached down more than 1,500 feet and pulled up a giant squid – the first ever caught alive in the Gulf of Mexico.

The last time scientists got a giant squid from the gulf to study was in 1954. The animal was floating, dead on the water.

This one – an immature animal about 19 1/2 feet long and 103 pounds – was alive when it was netted July 30 during a practice trawl for a study planned in January of the endangered sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico and their food supply.

“We don’t study the deep water much. When we do, we find pretty spectacular things. This is a good example of that,” said Michael Vecchione, a squid expert at the Smithsonian Institution.

It’s “almost certainly” Architeuthis dux, found in the western North Atlantic. The length from the tip of its mantle to the end of its two long tentacles (squid also have eight shorter arms) indicates that it’s probably a female, since they grow much bigger than males, and probably was immature, Vecchione said.

But, since it was dead by the time it was hauled onto the deck and was frozen on shipboard – it was far too big for any specimen bottle – that can’t be confirmed until it’s thawed and injected with formaldehyde by scientists in hazmat suits.

Most giant squid – perhaps an average of one or two a year – are pulled up off Spain and New Zealand, which have deep-water fisheries, said Vecchione, director for NOAA’s Fisheries Service’s National Systemics Laboratory. They’re usually around the continental slope where relatively shallow water drops off into the deep sea.

Vecchione said this squid’s main scientific significance is confirmation that sperm whales found in the northern gulf, often surprisingly near the heavily traveled shipping lanes at the mouth of the Mississippi River, have a local source of their main food.

Bits of giant squid already had been found in the stomachs of sperm whales and other predators from the Gulf of Mexico and nearby waters.

“Finding this specimen in the Gulf of Mexico in the area they were studying confirms the idea they’re hanging around there because there’s good food,” Vecchione said.

In addition, he said, its DNA can be compared to that of other giant squid around the world. Not much is known about what they eat, “so if we get a chance to open up the stomach and see what’s in it, that can add a lot to that,” Vecchione said.

The trawls, about 130 miles off the Louisiana coast, were a side project for a 60-day marine mammal survey by scientists with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, said Anthony Martinez, a marine mammal scientist for NOAA’s Fisheries Service and chief scientist on the research cruise.

Sixteen previous trawls had caught mostly small creatures such as 12- to 16-inch-long squid and bioluminescent lanternfish a couple of inches long.

“We knew there was a possibility of catching a giant squid. But it was not something we were banking on,” he said. “We weren’t planning on many trawls in the first place. We were really approaching it as a learning opportunity, and didn’t think we’d score anything really crazy while learning.”

The sun had set when the net rose from the water. But the boat’s lights showed “something much larger than anything we had seen” in the net, Martinez said.

As it swayed onto the ship, he could see tentacles.

“We didn’t have anything prepared ahead of time for storage of such a large specimen,” he said. “We had to improvise.”

They had alcohol, formaldehyde and specimen jars, but nowhere near enough or a container big enough for the giant squid. Since they didn’t have a barrel, they lined a big basket with garbage bags. The squid, with sea water to cover, went into the innermost bag and the whole thing went into the freezer.

Martinez e-mailed photographs to the Smithsonian, which sent them on to Vecchione, who was returning from another research cruise. “It was pretty exciting. Then, when I saw the pictures of it and saw it was in pretty good condition, it became more exciting,” Vecchione said.

Source: sunherald