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Theory: Chupacabra is a breeding experiment

Posted by Anonymous on March 5, 2014

20140304-232251.jpg… Two residents of the Doliver Point gated community near Gessner and Doliver claim to have seen giant footprints alongside Buffalo Bayou and say they have photos to prove it is the mysterious chupacabra.

Scott Black and David McKee took several photos of the animal Sunday, according to KPRC news. “It was very vicious, very long, longer than a human,” said Claude Griffen from Gotcha Pest control, who was brought into check out the photos. “It was a pretty big animal, very well fed.”

Houston animal control officials said they have heard of people trying to breed dogs that look like so-called direwolves from the TV show Game of Thrones.

Griffen said it’s not the first one he’s come across and asserts that people are deliberately trying to breed animals that match descriptions of these mythical creatures. Griffen said that this animal could be a mix between a greyhound and a wolf. “People are looking for the big prize, they want the $10,000 reward for finding one.” …

Domestic dogs breeding with wild wolves does happen without humans.

Cases of accidental breeding of wolfdogs are known (though this is very rare), where a domestic dog female on oestrus strays and is mated by a male wild wolf. … Wild wolfdogs were occasionally hunted by European aristocracy, and were termed lycisca to distinguish them from common wolves. Noted historic cases (such as the Beast of Gévaudan) of large wolves that were abnormally aggressive toward humans, may be attributable to wolf-dog mating. In Europe, unintentional matings of dogs and wild wolves have been confirmed in some populations through genetic testing.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfdog

Purposefully breeding dogs with wild wolves is not legal for several good reasons.

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Fear of Werewolf Causes Curfew

Posted by Anonymous on February 17, 2014

This report comes out of Brazil. It seems a man, known as Pingo, had a close encounter with what he described as a werewolf. Pingo described it as a black monster standing about 5 foot tall. Pingo at first became the target of jokes around the town, until others told about hearing and seeing something strange.

The incident is being taken seriously and the city of Sao Goncalo dos Campos, in the Metropolitan Region of Feira de Santana how issued a curfew of 9pm for the city. The curfew was enacted about 2 weeks ago. This is being covered by major newspapers in the region.

A local resident of the area released a home security video of the possible werewolf. What do you make of it? Hoax or misidentification?

via Fear of Werewolf Causes Curfew | The Crypto Crew.

Seems like an ape escape.

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The pink fairy armadillo of Argentina.

Posted by Anonymous on February 7, 2014

20140207-214557.jpg… in the deserts of Argentina. Here dwells the remarkable pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus), a 5-inch-long, quarter-pound critter with a rosy shell atop silky white hair. This smallest of all armadillos spends almost its entire life burrowing through the earth, hunting various invertebrates and chewing up plant matter. It is a rarely seen, almost totally unstudied marvel — what you read here is pretty much all we’ve observed about the pink fairy armadillo.

So exactly how elusive are they? Conservation biologist Mariella Superina of Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council has been studying other armadillos in the pink fairy’s habitat for 13 years and has never once seen one in the wild. And locals can’t tell her how to track them. The only specimens she gets are injured ones found and brought in for rehabilitation or those confiscated from chuckleheads keeping them as pets.

Unlike in all other armadillos, the pink fairy’s shell is not fully attached to its body, instead connecting with a membrane that runs along the spinal column. The thin carapace’s underlying blood vessels actually show through, giving it that beautiful hue that you’re now reconsidering being beautiful because it’s made of blood.

The shell’s fragility and flexibility suggest the creature doesn’t rely on it as armor, as other armadillos clearly do. Instead, “it is well possible that it helps them thermoregulate, like a fennec fox’s ears,” Superina wrote in an email interview with WIRED, “as I’ve seen the carapace color change quite rapidly with changing environmental temperature, which was due to an increased (or reduced) irrigation in the blood vessels.”

Exposing more blood to cool air or soil, for example, would lower the animal’s body temperature, while draining the carapace would help it better retain heat. This would prove useful because the tiny pink fairy armadillo has a higher surface-area-to-volume ratio than a large critter, and will thus lose heat more rapidly. According to Bergmann’s rule, this is why we tend to find — with some exceptions — larger creatures like polar bears in cold environments and smaller ones like pink fairy armadillos in deserts.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/01/absurd-creature-of-the-week-pink-fairy-armadillo-crawls-out-of-the-desert-and-into-our-hearts/

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Giant snotty jellyfish invades Tasmania

Posted by Anonymous on February 7, 2014

20140207-194829.jpgA previously unidentified species of giant jellyfish is invading southern Tasmania this summer, baffling scientists after one of the animals washed up on the beach.

And watch out – the new species is described as being a type of “snotty”.

The Lim family were collecting shells on a beach in Howden, south of Hobart, last month when they stumbled across a monster 1.5-metre jellyfish on the shore.

So unusual was the gigantic blob that the family took a photograph, and forwarded it to the CSIRO.

“In Tasmania, we don’t do jellyfish. This was something else. We’ve just never seen anything like it,” said Josie Lim of their find.

Little did the Lim family know that, over at the CSIRO, Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, who has been working with jellyfish for 20 years, had been hearing stories of this elusive animal in waters off Tasmania for more than a decade….

Dr Gershwin said curious people had been asking her for years about a big, white-ish jellyfish “with pink in the middle” in waters off Tasmania.

The jellyfish was said to grow quite large, and wasn’t spotted very often.

It was not a species Dr Gershwin was familiar with.

“Probably about five years ago I finally put together in my head that there were really three different species of lion’s mane jellyfish in Tasmania, or ‘snotties’ as they’re also called. Yes snotties, they’re a bit slimy,” she said.

In the years since, Dr Gershwin managed to obtain samples of two of the three species of jellyfish, which previously were unknown to science.

The third proved to be more difficult to track down – until this summer.

“All of a sudden I started getting all these calls, and all these people sending me photographs. Sure enough this thing is an absolute menace this season; it’s been around in large numbers,” she said.

Dr Gershwin had obtained a sample of the jellyfish a few days after Christmas, but it was nowhere near as big as the specimen the Lim family later found.

“It boggles the mind. I mean, it’s so big. I knew that the species gets fairly large, but I didn’t know that it gets that large. It was really a surprise to me when they forwarded the photo to me,” she said.

Dr Gershwin believes the jellyfish is only found in waters off southern Tasmania, and was distinctive from other types of lion’s manes.

“There are muscular features and tentacle features and structural features of the animal that are distinctive in this species from other lion’s manes, or snotties,” Dr Gershwin said.

But scientists are still stumped about why there has been a massive jellyfish bloom in Tasmanian waters over the past month.

“We don’t actually know what’s going on that’s led, not only to this species, but many, many types of jellyfish blooming in massive numbers,” she said.

“Jellyfish do bloom as a normal part of their life cycle, but not usually this many.

“There’s something going on and we don’t know what it is. To me, the real question is … what impact are all of these mouths having on the ecosystem, and what in turn does that mean to us?”

Dr Gershwin said she would forward the jellyfish specimen that she obtained to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s collection.

She already has a name picked out for the new species, and now will go about the process of getting it formally named and classified.

That name will remain secret, at least for now.

“There’s a funny thing in science where, if you use a name publicly before going through the formal classification process, it kind of invalidates the name,” she said.

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92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings Map

Posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2013

20130919-185830.jpgA Bigfoot sighting in Washington state. Sasquatch “evidence” in Pennsylvania. For years the legendary giant, hairy man-like creature has been, apparently, spotted.

And yet, conclusive, scientific evidence has not been able to pin down the elusive character.

Josh Stevens, a geographic information scientist, cartographer and PhD candidate at Pennsylvania State University, said “every now and then a dataset comes along that just has to be mapped.”

When it comes to Bigfoot sightings in the United States, “this is one of those times,” he continued on his blog.

Using the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization”s database of reported Sasquatch sightings since 1921, Stevens mapped and graphed the 3,313 sightings from the past 92 years.

Even if you think Bigfoot talk is ridiculous, you can at least appreciate the following map:

Stevens then went about making some observations. First, he pointed out how Sasquatch sightings are not evenly distributed.

“There are distinct regions where sightings are incredibly common, despite a very sparse population. On the other hand, in some of the most densely populated areas Sasquatch sightings are exceedingly rare,” he wrote.

“I don’t have a really good explanation for this. These are Sasquatch sightings we’re talking about and I’m way out of my area of expertise (do bigfoot experts exist?). But it’s clear that if the legendary biped is real, it’s thriving out west,” he continued.

He does think environmental factors – like a rugged, woody area – and prevalence of the legend “likely combine to at least put weary outdoorsmen on the lookout.”

“Ultimately, I’m not convinced there’s a descendant of Gigantopithecus playing hide and seek in the Pacific Northwest,” Stevens concluded. “But if respectable folks like Survivorman Les Stroud and primatologist Jane Goodall believe there’s something more to the myth, I think it’s at least worth putting on the map.”

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USM: Unidentified Sea Monster

Posted by Anonymous on August 22, 2013

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The Spanish Villaricos: a week ago a strange creature washed up on the beach. It is about four meters long. …

Messages about the nature surfaced quickly in Spanish media, where it was called a sea dragon, a kind of Loch Ness monster or a mutated fish.

http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/959/Bizar/article/detail/1690872/2013/08/22/Mysterieus-zeemonster-spoelt-aan-op-Spaans-strand.dhtml

Giant eel?

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Mysterious giant pink blob off Cuba identified by curious researcher

Posted by Anonymous on July 9, 2013

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Rebecca Helm received an email a week ago asking about a mysterious giant pink blob that was found off the coast of Cuba. What is this bizarre-looking sea creature?

Since Helm is a Ph.D. student at Brown University and studies the evolutionary development biology of jellyfish, the email sender figured she was the person who might know.

But Helm was puzzled, as she was when she first saw a photo of the alien-like mass.

“Truthfully, this is a mystery that has haunted me for years,” she told GrindTV Outdoor in an email. “I first saw a pink blob photograph a few years ago, and despite searching all over, wasn’t able to identify it. When I received an email about another sighting off Cuba, I decided it was time once and for all to figure this out.” …

The tiny dots in the jelly mass reminded her of frog eggs.

“Could this be an egg mass?” Helm wondered. “I started looking in this direction.”

As she wrote for Deep Sea News and told us, Helm scoured “roughly” 247 aquarium forums, journal articles, blogs and “poorly translated Japanese websites” until discovering the Tree of Life website. It was an ah-ha! moment.

“There, I found my smoking gun, a perfect post on the diamondback squid, with a picture of a huge pink egg mass,” she told GrindTV Outdoor. …

via Mysterious giant pink blob off Cuba identified by curious researcher.

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Bigfoot-Shaped Rock Is A Rock, Not A Bigfoot’s Fossil Skull

Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2013

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Man Believes He Found Fossilized Bigfoot Head Standard-Examiner

This story has given us the most amusing quote we’ve heard all week and yes, we realize it’s only Monday. From Kenneth Carpenter, director of paleontology at Utah State University: “I’ll admit that it is the most head-like rock I have seen.” This statement was in response to the claims of a man who approached the Standard-Examiner offices with what he said was the petrified head of Sasquatch. He’d even brought it along to show them and displayed it proudly in the trunk of his car. The guy seems so honestly convinced and earnest (he also reports encountered a real, live Bigfoot) that it seems almost cruel when paleontologists point out that the “head shaped rock” is missing a few “key features” of a normal head, including eyes, nose and teeth. It’s an amazing example of pareidolia for sure, but nothing more than that

via Bigfoot-Shaped Rock Is A Rock, Not A Bigfoot’s Fossil Skull.

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This is What a Bald Raccoon Looks Like

Posted by Anonymous on June 13, 2013

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20130612-235854.jpg If you wonder what hairless raccoon would look like, here’s the answer. This poor raccoon has lost its hair over the course of a few months, and now looks like a new species.
Redditor Oafah says he was spotted in Toronto and had lost his hair over the winter:

“A friend of a friend took pictures periodically every time she’d spot this little creature from her Toronto apartment complex. It went from being a furry ginger to being smooth as a baby’s ass, largely over the winter.”

Some say it “has acquired non-inflammatory alopecia” ..

http://www.boredpanda.org/bald-raccoon/

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Scientists Sequence Genome Of ‘Living Fossil’ Fish

Posted by Anonymous on April 18, 2013

Workers at the National Museum of Kenya show a coelacanth caught by Kenyan fishermen in 2001.
Scientists have unraveled the genome of the coelacanth, a rare and primitive fish once thought to be extinct, shedding light on how closely it’s related to the first creatures to emerge from the sea. The coelacanth, a fish that can reach up to 5 feet long and lives in deep ocean caves, had only been seen in fossils and was thought to have gone extinct some 70 million years ago. That was until 1938, when fishermen from the Comoros islands off the coast of Africa captured one in a net. A second coelacanth species was discovered off the Indonesian island of Sulewesi in 1997.

The coelacanth’s genome shows “that the lungfish, and not the coelacanth, is the closest living relative to the ,” according to an abstract of a study published in the journal .”The lungfish-coelacanth question has gone back and forth over the years; the lungfish answer is not new, but this is a much better, bigger data set so it does tip the balance a bit,” researcher John Hutchinson, professor of evolutionary biomechanics from the Royal Veterinary College, “The most striking feature of this ‘living fossil’ is its paired lobe fins that extend away from its body like legs and move in an alternating pattern, like a trotting horse.

Other unique characteristics include a hinged joint in the skull which allows the fish to widen its mouth for large prey; an oil-filled tube, called a notochord, which serves as a backbone; thick scales common only to extinct fish, and an electrosensory rostral organ in its snout likely used to detect prey.

“The analysis of the genome also shows that the coelacanth’s genes evolved very slowly, an apparent confirmation of what paleontologists have long believed — that the fish has changed little in the past 400 million years.

“If you think about it, this might be correlated to the fact that the coelacanth lives in a rather extreme and stable environment,” Professor Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, from the University of Uppsala in Sweden and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, told the BBC.

“It lives several hundred meters down in the ocean, and it may also be in an environment where it doesn’t have a lot of competitors. So maybe it adapted to that environment a long time ago and it doesn’t have a huge need for change,” he said. …

via Scientists Sequence Genome Of ‘Living Fossil’ Fish : The Two-Way : NPR.

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