An exploration of our Earth's ever-captivating fauna through musings on the bizarre side of Zoology, Cryptozoology, Paleontology, and Paleoanthropology

Monday, July 29, 2013

Four Corners Mystery Canine Sighting

Illustration of the robust mystery canine known as the waheela, by Tim Morris.
Being an outdoorsman and thus having an interest in the possibility of less-exotic mystery animals which could feasibly remain undetected in the very woods I trek through, reports of unidentified canines have long interested me. While there are multiple reports of robust canids under such names as waheela and Shunka-Warakin1, a lack of any substantiated evidence has cast a doubtful light on these being descriptions of genuine novel species. Still, an interesting eyewitness account of such an animal was brought to my attention quite recently. This alleged sighting was made by Jc Johnson, a cryptozoological field researcher operating in the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. I know of several fellow researchers who hold a reasoned respect for Jc, and my own communications with him have left me with the impression that he is an honest individual. While I feel that Jc is likely being truthful in his recounting of the events, this does not mean that I necessarily share his thoughts regarding the alleged animal's possible identity.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Many-Humped 'Sea Serpent' Sighting (Well, Not Really)

An example of a wake giving the appearance of an undulating, serpentine animal.  (Source
Recently while out boating on Lake Erie with my family, I observed an interesting phenomenon which has received much discussion in cryptozoological literature. This was a standing wave or seiche appearing after the passing by of a boat, although the one which I spotted was on a less impressive scale than others previously documented. Described by biologist Dr. Roy Mackal as "the most ubiquitous of all the Loch Ness mirages," many cryptozoological researchers such as Dale Drinnon suggest that reports of alleged humps compared to strings of buoys and attributed to aquatic mystery animals are probable misidentifications of such wake effects. A variety of factors including boats and large marine animals can produce these wave phenomena, warranting the proposition of their role as frequent impetuses of 'megaserpent' sightings. Dale Drinnon reproduced my relaying of the experience to him, along with input regarding other cases of the effect, in an article which can be read here. Next time you are out on the lake, keep a lookout for this most intriguing aquatic occurrence.
Many reports of classic, sinuous lake or sea 'monsters' are probably not what they seem. Along with wakes, groups of known animals or an animal leaving a trailing wake may be interpreted as a monstrous unrecognized animal. Two examples of potential misidentification from the Frontiers of Zoology blog are reproduced above.  

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Alleged Intelligence of Sasquatch and the Unnecessary Human vs. Ape Argument

Monday, July 8, 2013

"Humanness" cannot be judged based upon a primate's intelligence. (Artwork by Thomas Finley)
A topic involving wood apes which I have most recently explored is the concept of how intelligent these animals may be, going along the line of thought that the alleged animals actually exist for the time being. Debates over the nature of these elusive animals have been frequent among "bigfoot researchers," and I thought that it would be beneficial to viewers for me to comment on this here. A common yet totally unnecessary argument in the "Bigfoot Community" is the argument over whether sasquatch are "humans" or "apes." Well, the truth of the matter is that humans technically are apes, as we (and other hominins) are grouped in the family Hominidae with chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gorillas, and other extinct great apes. This grouping with other apes is due to our genetic and structural similarities.1 So therefore, whether wood apes are relict Gigantopithecus or a branch of Homo (or even exist at all), they are apes.
A comparison between the hairless forms of three other great apes with a human, showing how anatomically similar we are.
(Image Source: Time-Life Nature Library book Evolution)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Appearance on Monster X Radio

A depiction of a Merhorse, a cryptozoological animal which the show hosts and I both agreed was one of the most likely to exist, by cryptozoological artist Thomas Finley.
On Sunday night, I had an absolutely wonderful time talking with Johnny McBigfoot, Shane Corson, and Patrick DontKnow on the Monster X Radio show. We covered a wide variety of cryptozoological topics, from unknown aquatic animals to the Mokele-Mbembe of the Congolese River Basin, and had a really great discussion! There were quite a few callers who asked great questions, including my good friend in the blogosphere Shawn Evidence (who writes at Bigfoot Evidence). Ms. Julie Hagan, who had witnessed an unknown animal carcass off the coast of Southern California, also called in and spoke about her encounter, so this will definitely be worth listening to. Although I must apologize for the poor audio volume from me on this radio show, I encourage you to watch it! The archived show can be found here.