Expedition spots mystery creature in Sumatra – Orang Pendek ?

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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.

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Ireland’s Killarney Lakes Monster

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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

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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

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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

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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

The Muck Monster Has an Official Home

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The mysterious sea creature known as the “Muck Monster” has officially gained city residency.

Amid debates over budget cuts, tax hikes and potential layoffs, West Palm Beach commissioners took the time out to take care of the vital task of naming the Muck Monster an official citizen.

Good thing they did it now because rumor has it Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is looking for a new mascot to add to his changes.

The monster, which has gained fame like everything else these days – through YouTube video, has appeared only once in the Lake Worth Lagoon, but that cameo has made it the most famous resident in the city.

“This has actually become a pretty serious business,” Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel told the Palm Beach Post. “We’ll be visited by CNN, who will be looking for the Muck Monster. In all seriousness, what I think has happened is that, because of all of the work on the water front, the rebuilding of the sea wall and all the construction going down there, it has stirred up this creature.”

Scientists, biologists and locals have all made their guess as to exactly what the Muck Monster really is. There isn’t much evidence to go off of.

The viral video, shot by LagoonKeepers, shows some long, odd-shaped ripples moving through the lagoon in the animal’s wake. No head, arms or legs appear above the surface, but it’s pretty clear something massive is under the water.

Some say it is an otter or seal that made a wrong turn somewhere. Others say it could be a common animal in the region like a manatee or large gator that swam too close to the surface, creating the odd ripples.

And then there are those who believe in unicorns and fairy tale creatures who think it is a long lost link to the prehistoric past that has been living for countless years in West palm Beach water bodies.

West Palm Beach officials have their guess, too. Cash cow.

The city has already said they will set up feeding and viewing stations along the dock for visitors who want to try their hand at spotting the elusive creature.

With residency now established, does Muckie (trademark pending) have to pay property taxes or apply for a license? Good luck trying to collect.

Source: nbcnewyork

Vancouver Island Lake Creature Search Begins

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Brigette Horvath knew she saw something strange in Cameron Lake on Vancouver Island two years ago and a team of researchers say she might be right.

Was it a fish, an eel or some kind of serpent-like creature?

She says she didn’t know. But Horvath grabbed her camera and managed to fire off one shot before the batteries failed.

The researchers who specialize in looking for so-called crytozoological creatures — in other words, monsters — spent Saturday on the lake probing the depths with a sonar-like fish finder.

At first, they picked up a couple of large contacts at the bottom of the lake, about 45 metres deep, then something more pronounced on a second pass.

”Something just went `ping’ on the alarm on the fish finder and we saw this absolutely massive object in the midst of various fish,” said John Kirk, president of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club.

They made four more passes and the contact held stable, making it unlikely that it was a school of fish, which tend to scatter eventually, Kirk said.

”We were quite stunned that there was something that big in the lake and it was in about 60 feet of water, less than 30 yards from shore, it was quite amazing,” he said.

Horvath, who lives in Nanaimo, said she was driving along Highway 4 on July 30, 2007, when she saw a strange semi-circle in the lake.

”You could see like a serpent shape,” said Horvath, who isn’t the only person to report something strange in Cameron Lake.

”It wasn’t logs,” she said. ”It wasn’t waves. There were no boats in the area. It was, like, right there. You could actually see a large fish, (an) object, no, not an object, something alive.”

Kirk, who admits his trip to Cameron Lake is being sponsored by the local Oceanside Tourism Association, said the team accidentally lost its underwater camera and was unable to explore further.

Because the weather will deteriorate in the fall and winter, another search will have to wait until next year, Kirk said.

But the team has narrowed the possibilities.

”Maybe it’s a sturgeon, maybe it’s a giant sterile eel….it could be a massive type of salamander,” Kirk said. ”Or it could be something that we’re completely unaware of at this point.”

However, it’s unlikely the small lake is the home of a mysterious sea monster, Kirk said.

”I’m not going to the extent to say there’s anything exotic down there, there’s just something big.”

Kirk has searched for the Ogopogo in Okanagan Lake in the B.C. interior, looked in coastal B.C. for the Sasquatch, tried to find the sea creature Cadborosaurus off Vancouver Island and has hunted for giant salamanders in swamps.

He’s been to Scotland and the republics of Congo and Cameroon in search of strange dinosaur-like beasts.

But it’s British Columbia waters that provide a fertile hunting ground for animal tales, he said.

Kirk said there are 41 different lakes in British Columbia where strange animal sightings have been reported.

”In B.C., we just seem to have a ton of these lakes where these things have been seen,” he said.

Kirk said Cadborosaurus’ range is not confined to the Victoria area. Reports of a similar animal have come from the Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

In Oregon, the animal goes by the name Colossal Claude.

But Kirk believes British Columbia is in a class by itself for what he calls crytozoological encounters.

People have actually started to embrace the strange animals to the point where they are showing up in tourism brochures, he said.

”Like Moberly Lake up in the (northeast) area, the First Nations there got in touch with me and told me about the creature that they had been seeing with a horse’s head swimming around in the lake, and now they’ve given it a name,” Kirk said.

”They call it Moberly Dick.”

Source: amherstdaily

Strang creature killed in Panama

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The discovery of a strange creature in Cerro Azul, Panama, sparked controversy among the people, for what some say might be a creature from another planet, others simply believe that it is just an animal.

Two young men were having fun on the hill when they saw at the entrance of a cave a creature that was approaching them. They were frightened and stoned it to death.

Panama’s  Channel 13 showed images of a strange creature that appeared last weekend in Cerro Azul, east of Panama City, and that alarmed local residents.

According to Telemetro, polemic unleashed between those who believe it is an animal and those who think it’s an extraterrestrial creature.

No authority said anything about the find.

Telemetro said four children, aged between 15 and 16 , saw the “thing” out of the water fall of Cerro Azul and stoned it to death, afraid of being attacked.

Source: momento24

W.Va. encounters Mothman mania

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Nothing helps the tourism industry of a small river city like a monster.

Or so it seems in usually quiet Point Pleasant, W.Va., a bit less than three hours east of Cincinnati. It has a population of roughly 5,000, and its downtown is nestled comfortably, quietly behind an Ohio River floodwall painted with attractive murals.

But on Saturday, Sept. 20, its Main Street will explode with the bizarre activities of the eighth annual Mothman Festival, which, along with the Mothman Museum, has made the city the focus of monster-based tourism. Both are promoted by Jeff Wamsley, a good-humored local resident with a love for pop culture and the supernatural.

The mythic Mothman of West Virginia is supposedly a humanoid creature with huge wings and piercing red eyes, capable of standing and flying. It was first seen by two young couples on Nov. 15, 1966, in a ruggedly mysterious outlying area called TNT, where it chased their car to the edge of the city. Other sightings followed, and Mothman became like the Pacific Northwest’s Sasquatch – only mothier.

During World War II, the TNT Area was a classified, 8,000-acre area used for the manufacture of dynamite. It contained some 100 camouflaged concrete igloos for storage. There were two power plants, and the first Mothman sighting was made near the now-demolished North Plant. Today, a portion of the area is a wildlife preserve, but it still contains three hidden and abandoned – and very dark! – igloos that can be entered by tourists. The other igloos are still out there, but sealed and reportedly leased to private concerns.

The Mothman Museum, which stays open all year although hours vary by season, runs bus/walking tours of the area throughout the summer and also during the festival, often with Wamsley as guide. Before a recent one, he made guests sign a disclaimer. “It states if we get chased by a creature, we don’t get sued,” he says, joking.

The free festival has become the city’s biggest event, drawing an estimated 4,500 people last year. Visitors this year will be able to tour the museum, have their pictures taken by a 12-foot (life-size?) Mothman statue, hear eyewitness accounts of Mothman encounters, buy a “Mothman frappuccino” at local souvenir shop the Point, watch the premiere of a new Mothman movie called “Dark Wings” at the historic State Theater, admire Miss Mothman contestants, hear the Mothman Band and other musical acts, and take TNT Area tours. (Bus tours cost $19.95 and were supposed to be booked and paid for by Saturday; call 304-812-5211 noon-5 p.m. daily for any late vacancies.)

“Of all the history we’ve got, it’s that darn old Mothman that brings in the business,” says Carolin Harris, whose Harris Steakhouse has its best days during the festival. “People want to see what they don’t know. So we say Point Pleasant has history and mystery.”

That history includes the Tu-Endie-Wei Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park, with its 84-foot granite obelisk and memorials marking what locals call the first battle of the American Revolution.

Source: news.cincy

Canada’s Cameron Lake has Lake Monster ?

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People have reported seeing what they can best describe as a creature in Cameron Lake, just 30 kilometres west of Parksville, and John Kirk wants to find out what it is.

Kirk co-founded a B.C. group dedicated to hunting unidentified animals, or cryptid, and said he and his fellow members of the Scientific Cryptozoology Club have been fielding calls from people who say it’s time to take a closer look. The author of In the Domain of Lake Monsters plans an expedition to Cameron Lake to look for scientific evidence on Sept. 19.

This initial inspection will determine whether or not people are mistaking natural phenomenon for a cryptid, Kirk explained.

Once he and his team rule out things like submerged rocks or logs, they will return for a more in-depth analysis. So far, people have described the creature as long and serpent-like.

One woman captured a photograph of a similar silver shape, an indication that it could be a fish, which would be just as interesting for Kirk because there are no known species of fish in the lake that can get that big, he explained.

The 70-member club has experienced field researchers from all around the world but its small size and small budget often limit the expeditions they can go on. Oceanside Tourism, which represents both Parksville and Qualicum Beach, contacted the group and offered to sponsor the trip.

“We’ve gotten some feedback from people who are concerned that if we find something it will stop people from swimming but it doesn’t stop people in Okanagan,” Kirk said. “There are no reports of anyone getting attacked at one of these lakes. In fact, it’s a great tourist attraction. People make an absolute fortune on this type of thing.”

Lakes in the province are notorious for creature sightings, according to Kirk, who said there are 39 lakes with some sort of sighting reports. With very few of these sightings confirmed, Kirk does not expect to find anything in Cameron Lake his first time out.

Source: canada.com