Thursday, August 7, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
"Female Caddy" illustration by Tim Morris, reflecting the line of thinking that the Naden Harbor carcass and reports of elongate
'cadborosaurus' are based off of a form of marine mammal suggested to be named Cadborotherium.
Over the past several months, I have been constructing and compiling comparative images which feature matters relating to unidentified marine animal reports. These have generally been posted in the Zombie Plesiosaur Society group as food for thought items, but I felt that it would be appropriate to reproduce some of these here. A majority of these comparisons deal with eyewitness sketches or images of alleged 'cadborosaurus': 'sea serpents' reportedly observed in Pacific waters from Monterey Bay in California to the rocky fjords of Alaska. These mystery animals are best known to supposedly inhabit the Cadboro Bay region of British Columbia, as it is this area to which they owe their locally-given name. As chronicled in Dr. Paul H. LeBlond and Dr. Edward L. Bousfield's 1995 publication, the general 'Caddy' description involves a horse-like head with large eyes and occasional 'horns', a long neck which is sometimes maned, a body which is either long and snake-like or has a central body swelling, a serrated crest or seal-like body hair sometimes present on the body, anterior flippers with the posterior ones either unable to be seen or fused with the body, and a tail which is sometimes described as jagged or bifid. Accounts of the animals swimming at extreme speeds, breathing, making bellowing vocalizations, interacting with larger or smaller individuals of the same form, coming onto land, and catching fish and seabirds also exist. It is clear that there are multiple animals involved in these reports, with many likely being misidentified known species and some possibly being unknown (I generally tend to agree with the basics of Dale Drinnon's writing on this matter; it can be found here, here, and here). This will be another image-heavy article with brief explanatory text, as I have been very busy with my job and other activities.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
|Excellent relict plesiosaur illustration by cartoonist Peter Loh|
This is a guest post by Scott Mardis. Scott has been an active field investigator of the Lake Champlain “Monster” since 1992. He is a former sustaining member of the defunct International Society of Cryptozoology and a former volunteer worker in the Vertebrate Paleontology Dept. of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences (1990-1992). He co-authored a scientific abstract about the Lake Champlain hydrophone sounds for the Acoustical Society of America in 2010. He currently lives in Bradenton, Florida.
Monday, July 14, 2014
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On Wednesday, July 2, I spoke on the CryptoLogic Radio show with fellow cryptozoological researchers Scott Mardis and Dale Drinnon. It was an excellent show, to which a link has been embedded above, and it served as a great group discussion regarding 'aquatic cryptozoology'. We covered a plethora of excellent topics, from what could possibly allow air-breathing plesiosaurs to remain hidden in the modern day to the significance of long-necked aquatic mystery animal reports extending across a belt of specific Northern latitudes. British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club president John Kirk called in towards the end of the show and sparked a heated discussion regarding the 'Surgeon's photograph(s)'. This was not heated in the sense of the emotional discourse which sometimes occurs in the less scientific corners of discussion regarding mystery phenomena, but rather was reflective of the heavy disputation surrounding this particular piece of data. I personally did not give much input at this point as I am admittedly not versed as well in this case as the other gentlemen were, but it was thought-provoking nonetheless. I do not feel that the 'Surgeon's photograph(s)' carries the same weight of importance as Scott and Dale insinuate, although I am doubtful regarding the toy submarine explanation. While the similarity to the Sandra Mansi photograph and its apparent vertical submergence are interesting, I do not feel obliged by the images alone to necessarily support the idea of a longneck being present in them (primarily due to the object's apparent small size and the controversy surrounding it).
Friday, July 4, 2014
Many 'sea serpent' reports have been made by men and women in the midst of protecting our country's freedom. (Artwork by Thomas Finley)
Image illustrating an alleged encounter between a diver inspecting a dam for maintenance and a giant catfish. Such scenarios have reportedly occurred in the Kinzu dam area, as well. (Image source is here)