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Friday, January 24, 2014

An Important Note About Cryptozoological Hypotheses

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.)
Here is a statement from cryptozoological researcher Scott Mardis which I thought was worth sharing here. I think it important to remember that, while some hypotheses appear to be much more likely than others, it is important to not be dogmatic in the field of cryptozoology as it is pure speculation until a body (or irrefutable footage) of one of these alleged animals is obtained.

"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

12 comments:

  1. Has anyone ever considered the possibility of lake and sea serpents (or at least some of them) being descended from alien life forms which were brought to earth millions or billions of years ago by asteroids?

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    1. I think that such a hypothesis is a bit of a stretch and that we shouldn't jump to such ideas before examining those which are zoologically more likely.

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  2. Speaking of cryptozoological hypotheses, I think you should check out a photograph from the 70's which (at least to me and Dale Drinnon) appears to show some kind of aquatic mammal surfacing for air. What do you think it is, Jay?

    (Go to your search engine and type in "Pressie lake superior photo" and you'll probably find it).

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    1. Ah, yes, I do know what photograph you're speaking of. It is rather interesting and does look like it could be a seal-like aquatic mammal with smooth, shiny skin. However, the original photograph does bother me in that it's hard to judge how far away the object is. Compared to a nearby rock, it does look rather small and it could be debris. The distance from shore also doesn't look to far, and it looks like it would have to be at a drop off if the animal was as large as claimed. But perhaps the details which I have just noted are simply a trick of the camera angle.

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    2. That animal stalked lawyer randy Braun from afar.it was so big randy was afraid to even move his finger more than once.it had the girth of a volksvwagon bus!! The Indians say that pressie is a man earer and will launch upon the shore to eat a deer.

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    3. Large aquatic animals surely can be impressive enough to leave fear or astonishment in an observer, especially if it's an animal which isn't supposed to exist.

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  3. Also, you can read the witness's account of the incident and see a speculative sketch of the object in the photograph at CryptidChronicles.com.

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  4. The article is entitled "Pressie the Lake Superior Sea Serpent."

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  5. Perhaps the photograph shows a longneck or merhorse type sea serpent.

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    1. Perhaps, but I am suspicious as to if the photo shows an animal or just debris of some sort. However, if the site is accurate in its summarization of reported features, it does seem that what is reported at the lake (if the animals exist) could be longnecks. The long neck, horse-like head, and bilobate tail (which could be webbed hind flippers spread to look like the tail of a whale) are reminiscent of reported features for alleged marine longnecks.

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  6. The object still looks like the head of an aquatic mammal of some sort to me because I can see what looks like a large, black eye; are longneck and merhorse heads supposed to look like that? Also, aren't they supposed to be quite small?

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    1. It doesn't really resemble any eyewitness sketches which I am aware of.

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