Unidentifiable marine animals have been reported multiple times throughout history, but footage of such animals seems to almost never be produced. Could the Gary Liimatta footage show an unknown denizen of the deep? (Artwork by Thomas Finley)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Image from fellow 'black panther' report investigator Michael Mayes' website. It is an intriguing photograph, although other factors such as a strange lighting condition or underexposure of the image could lead to a dark colored appearance.
Friday, January 24, 2014
A few of the candidates suggested to be behind reports of "lake monsters" and "sea serpents" around the world.
(Image from Scott Mardis; candidates in this paste-up are a hypothetical long-necked pinniped, a plesiosaur, a hypothetical long-necked basilosaurid, a sturgeon, Tullimonstrum, a giant catfish, a hypothetical long-necked amphibian, and a hypothetical large-bodied eel.)
"You can pursue multiple hypotheses to their fullest extent simultaneously, rather than compromising any one of them, with the ultimate goal that one of them may prove to be correct." ~ Scott Mardis
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
|Painting of a fast-swimming unknown aquatic animal in Lake Champlain, by Thomas Finley|
Monday, January 6, 2014
Zuiyo-Maru For Me And You, Too: Santa's Pseudoplesiosaurs For Pseudoscience—A Christmas Article From Scott Mardis
|Thomas Finley's rendition of the Glacier Island carcass, a reptilian carcass which was later identified as a minke whale.|
Although my posting of this article is far off from the date on which I was supposed to publish it, here is Scott Mardis' Christmas article on the Zuiyo-Maru carcass. Once again, as I state with all of Scott's articles on the Zuiyo-Maru carcass, I do not support the view of the carcass as being a form of animal other than a shark but I encourage readers to read the superb paper which Scott has written.
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Scott Mardis. Scott Mardis is a cryptozoological researcher who worked at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences' vertebrate department of paleontology. Scott has dedicated much of his life to studying lake monster and sea serpent reports, and has done field research which has focused on the Lake Champlain monster.
By Scott Mardis
Monday, December 30, 2013
|Eyewitness sketch of the Hagan carcass (middle) and images of the two most plausible identities (above and below).|
(Part 4 can be found here)In this, the final installment of the Hagan Carcass Comparison Series, I will review two possible hypotheses which I have formulated after researching possible identities for the enigmatic carcass reported by Ms. Julie Hagan. The first hypothesis involves a scenario of misidentification: the carcass being that of a known species. Commenters have suggested a wide variety of animal species which could have been misidentified in this case, from oddly decomposed sturgeons to false catsharks. While many aspects of sturgeon morphology are in disagreement with those described for the Hagan Carcass, false catsharks can grow to a length of ten feet and can have a similar appearance to the carcass with their wide angular heads and other body features1. These sharks are also rare deep-water fish1, and thus would likely not be identified by the average person if found swollen and slightly decomposed on shore.
Comparison between Ms. Hagan's sketches of the Hagan carcass (middle), an image of a false catshark carcass (top), and several images of decomposing sturgeon carcasses (bottom).
(False catshark image is from here, sturgeon carcass image at upper left is from here, sturgeon carcass image at upper right is from here, and sturgeon carcass image at the bottom is from here)
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