An exploration of our Earth's ever-captivating fauna through musings on the bizarre side of Zoology, Cryptozoology, Paleontology, and Paleoanthropology
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ms. Julie Hagan's Eyewitness Illustrations of the "Hagan Carcass"
Julie Hagan's illustrations of the unidentified animal carcass which she allegedly witnessed in California.
I was very excited to see that on Facebook last night, Ms. Julie Hagan had posted her own illustrations of the unidentified marine mammal carcass which she witnessed in California. I had originally written about Ms. Hagan's claims here, but I only had an artistic reconstruction by Thomas Finley to use as a reference point. However, the eyewitness sketches recently supplied by Ms. Hagan are very important to this investigation in the sense that they are Ms. Hagan's own depictions of what she allegedly has seen. False judgments have occurred due to inaccurate illustrations of cryptozoological animals made by people other than the witness/witnesses themselves in the past, as was the case with the differing representations of the alleged sea serpent seen by members of the HMS Daedalus. However, now that we have Ms. Hagan's own sketches of the carcass she allegedly saw, this mistake can hopefully be avoided. These illustrations are very interesting as most of the depicted features match with Ms. Hagan's anecdote and do make sense for a marine mammal. One feature which makes it very difficult to suggest a possible identity for this supposed carcass is that it reportedly possessed both a blowhole and nostrils on its snout. This really doesn't make much biological sense, and the only suggestions that I can make are that it possibly was a vestigial or misremembered feature. I shared these illustrations with researchers Cameron McCormick and Markus Hemmler who both thought that it was possible that Ms. Hagan had seen a known species of toothed whale and misremembered the features. This is a possiblity, but Ms. Hagan claimed to have made careful observations and she has assured me that this was not the case. As I stated before, we can only make speculations which may or may not have any validity until a similar carcass is discovered. Keep a lookout for future posts on the "Hagan carcass" and please check out the original article on the matter which is now updated.