Scientist is seeking Loch Ness Monster’s DNA

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A 1934 photo supposedly depicting the Loch Ness Monster. The photo was revealed as a hoax in 1994. Photo supplied.

Professor Neil Gemmell is hoping to acquire a DNA sample of the legendary Scottish lake monster.

Several researchers have attempted to locate signs of a large creature in the depths of Loch Ness over the years, but while to date their efforts have come up empty, there’s a chance that modern science may have finally caught up enough to solve the mystery once and for all.

Professor Gemmell, who heads up the anatomy department at the University of Otago in New Zealand, is looking to collect and analyze samples from the loch because he believes that modern genomic technology is now sensitive enough to be able to detect the creature’s cells in the water.

To determine what type of creature the monster is, all he would need to do is filter out the genetic data for all known animals in the loch to see what’s left afterwards.

“Is there anything in Loch Ness that looks different from everything else ?” he said.

“It started out as an idea that I voiced on Twitter with some other colleagues, and it’s been picked up and it seems to have grown some legitimate legs.”

While the project still needs funding in order to go ahead, Loch Ness Project leader Adrian Shine has expressed an interest in helping out by collecting the necessary water samples.

“I would be very interested in the results,” he said.

Source : https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/otago-research-proposal-identify-loch-ness-monster-dna

 

$1M is being offered for capture of Bigfoot

$1M is being offered for capture of Bigfoot


Thousands of people believe they have sighted Bigfoot. Image Credit: Roger Patterson / Bob Gimlin
The substantial cash prize has already prompted quite a buzz in Ohio where a new photograph has emerged.

Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. is offering the chance to win a $1 million ‘Bigfoot Bounty’ in exchange for “information leading to the capture or delivery of a bona fide Bigfoot.”

The controversial challenge runs from April 2nd until December 25th.

So lucrative is the sum of money on offer in fact that the team behind the challenge have already found themselves being called out to Ohio to investigate a reported Bigfoot sighting in Girard.

The witness was Youngstown resident Xavier King who claimed he had been driving home recently when he caught sight of a strange creature.

“I had seen something, I don’t know what it was, I had seen something, that’s all I know. I got out and took a picture,” he said.

Sadly though, due to the fact that it has been submitted as part of the $1M challenge, the photograph has not been released to the public and probably won’t be until the end of the year.

Whether anyone will have been able to claim the prize by then remains to be seen.

Source :  http://www.inquisitr.com/4128937/bigfoot-in-ohio/

 

 

 

Bob Gimlin speaks out about Bigfoot footage


A still frame from the original Bluff Creek video. Image Credit: Roger Patterson / Bob Gimlin
One of the two men who filmed the infamous Bluff Creek Bigfoot video has long regretted his involvement.

Filmed in 1967 in Northern California, the Patterson-Gimlin film has long remained the most hotly debated and tantalising piece of footage ever recorded in relation to the Bigfoot phenomenon.

The video, which offers a clear view of a large bipedal ape-like creature walking along the creek bed, soon became world-famous and attracted the attention of Bigfoot enthusiasts and critics alike.

Patterson himself sadly passed away back in 1972 which means that Bob Gimlin, who sold his share of the rights to the film to another researcher for the measly sum of $10, is now the only person left alive who knows what really happened that day.

The level of harassment and abuse he has since received over the footage however has left him wishing that he had never agreed to take part in the original expedition in the first place.

“It ruined me,” he said. “They’d come driving in my driveway all times of the night and go ‘Bob! We want to go out Bigfoot hunting.’ My wife was a teller at a savings and loan institution. Of course, she was sitting right there and the public would come in and make smart remark.”

“This went on and on and on until she come home crying. She’d say, ‘I’m not tough enough.’ A couple times we were going to split up over this.”

Despite these problems however Gimlin still maintains that he knows what he saw that day.

“I can understand why they don’t believe in it – because I didn’t believe it either. But I saw one. And I know what I saw. And I know it wasn’t a man in a suit. It couldn’t have been.”

 

 

Cryptozoology – Residents to hunt 8ft ‘werewolf’ in England


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Hull residents have reported several sightings of a “half-human, half-dog” beast roaming wild in the woods, reportedly around 8-feet-tall. It was reportedly sighted running on two legs and then on all fours around the Barmston Drain, a man-made channel near the town of Beverley.

A woman who claimed to have spotted the mysterious beast in December told the Express: “It was stood upright one moment. The next it was down on all fours running like a dog. I was terrified. It vaulted 30ft over to the other side and vanished up the embankment and over a wall into some allotments.”

There were reports of seven separate sightings of the creature. Residents have decided to organise a hunt on the nextfull moon to try film and catch the beast.

Local Labour councillor Steve Wilson has said he is taking the sightings seriously. He told the Express: “I am happy to keep a diary of sightings by people around here and report them to Hull Council.”

The idea of werewolves became more popular in Europe during the witch trails, where people thought witches could transform themselves into animals. The full moon being the cause of transformation only became a popular part of the werewolf myth in the 20th century.

The myth of ‘Old Stinker’, the beast of Yorkshire has fuelled belief that the sightings are real. While it was known that wolves used to dig up corpses in graveyards in the Yorkshire Wolds, close to Barmston Drain, from this was born the legend of Old Stinker, a werewolf with red eyes and bad breath which was thought to have stalked the area hundreds of years ago.

Charles Christian, author of A Travel Guide To Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds, told The Sun that the region is renowned for sightings of wolf-like creatures. “The Yorkshire Wolds was actually one of the last parts of England to have wild wolves,” he explained.

“Old Stinker was said to be operating on the other side of them but it would be no distance at all for a large animal to get to Hull. When you get multiple sightings combined with a tradition of stories going back centuries it is hard to ignore the possibility something might be there,” Christian said.

Source :
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/hull-residents-report-multiple-sightings-8-foot-tall-werewolf-1560194

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Tasmanian tiger sighting has been reported in South Gippsland.

After Venus Bay Caravan Park owner Tony Holgate came across a tiger at the park in December, Barrie Murphy reported a sighting at Inverloch last Wednesday.

The Inverloch resident said he was positive he caught a glimpse of the nocturnal marsupial and added jokingly he had just one glass of wine for the whole night.

“Last Wednesday at about 10.30pm, I was driving along Ullathorne Road when it crossed the road in front of me,” he said.

“First of all, I thought it was a fox or a cat, but as it moved off the bitumen on to the green verge, I realised it was dog sized, about the same as an Alsatian.”

Mr Murphy said as he got closer to the animal, its tail captured his attention.

“It was the long, straight tail, which could have been a metre long. It was straight out, white and strong looking,” he said.

Because he was in his car, Mr Murphy was unable to see the creature’s head, but he did recognise one of the Tasmanian tiger’s most distinctive traits.

“The thing that really made me twig was, as I drove past it, I saw the stripes down its side and onto its flank,” he said.

“I thought to myself, I have seen something exceptional here, so I turned around and went back, but it had disappeared.”

Mr Murphy said in the past, he has heard two accounts of Tasmanian tiger sightings, both from reliable sources.

“After seeing one myself, I thought I would report it so other people can keep a lookout,” he said.

According to the Australian Museum, the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, is a large carnivorous marsupial now believed to be extinct.

It was sandy yellowish-brown to grey in colour and had 15 to 20 distinct dark stripes across its back from the shoulders to tail.

Although the large head was dog or wolf-like, the tail was stiff and the legs were relatively short. Body hair was dense, short and soft.

In recent times the thylacine was confined to Tasmania where its presence has not been established conclusively for more than 70 years, however it became extinct on the Australian mainland not less than 2000 years ago.

 

Spotted: a Tasmanian tiger, believed to have been extinct from the mainland of Australia for more than 2000 years ago, was reportedly seen at Inverloch last Wednesday.

Spotted: a Tasmanian tiger, believed to have been extinct from the mainland of Australia for more than 2000 years ago, was reportedly seen at Inverloch last Wednesday.


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