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Friday, November 30, 2007

Megalodon-giant prehistoric shark

-Chacharodon megalodon (or Charcharocles megalodon)
-was a giant prehistoric shark that probably lived between about 20 to 2 million years ago
-the biggest known carnivorous fish to have ever lived
-often widely referred to as "The Megalodon", or "Megatooth Shark"

There is some disagreement as to how megalodon should be classified in taxonomy.
-The older view (more favored by marine biologists) is that megalodon should be classified in the Carcharodon genus with the great white shark, though this has generated debate whether megalodon is a direct ancestor of the great white shark or whether the two species share a common ancestor
-Around 1923, the genus, Carcharocles, was proposed to classify the very similar shark Carcharodon auriculatus. Many paleontologists are now favouring Carcharocles for megalodon as well.[1] Carcharocles proponents give C. megalodon's likely ancestor as Otodus obliquus from the Eocene epoch, and the ancestor of the great white shark not megalodon but Isurus hastalis, the "broad tooth mako".

Thursday, November 29, 2007

UFO-Unidentified Flying Object

-any real or apparent flying object which cannot be identified by the observer
-which remains unidentified after investigation
-the term flying saucer is also sometimes used
-reports of unusual aerial phenomena date back to ancient times
-reports of UFO sightings started becoming more common after the first widely publicized USA
sighting in 1947
-many tens of thousands of UFO reports have since been made worldwide
-many sightings may remain unreported due to fear of public ridicule because of the social
stigma surrounding the subject of UFOs and because most nations lack any officially sanctioned
authority to receive and evaluate UFO reports
-once a UFO is identified as a known object (for example an aircraft or weather balloon), it
ceases to be classified as a UFO and is reclassified as an identified object
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Flying Rods-a rather new entry in the cryptozoology

-to be creatures which flit about in the air at such a high speed as to not be seen by the naked
-appear to be observational artifacts produced by rapidly flying animals
-all sightings of rods are based on video evidence, due to the propensity of video cameras to
produce characteristic stroboscopic artifacts when imaging rapidly flying animals, especially
insects, but also including birds
-their recent popularity seems to be a results of media exposure in television and tabloids
-Jose Escamilla, has appeared in numerous interviews and television "investigation"
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Waitoreke a.k.a Kaureke

-some consider the waitoreke an:
-a beaver
-a New Zealand fur seal
-a monotreme (like the platypus)
-and a echidnas
-is an otter/beaver-like cryptid said to live in New Zealand
-it is usually described as small otter-like animal that lives on the South Island of New Zealand
-there are many theories on the waitoreke's true identity, such as it beimg an otter, beaver or

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Kraken-legendary sea monster

-legendary sea monsters of gargantuan size
-said to have dwelled off the coasts of Norway and Iceland
-the sheer and fearsome appearance attributed to the beasts have made them common ocean -
dwelling monsters in various fictional works
-the legend may actually have originated from sightings of real giant squid that are estimated to
grow to 13 metres (46 ft)in length, including the tentacles
-normally live at great depths
-but have been sighted at the surface and reportedly have "attacked" small ships
-is the definite article form of krake, Scandinavian word designating an unhealthy animal or
something twisted
-in modern German, Krake (plural: Kraken) means octopus but can also refer to legendary
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Giant Squid-is it fact or just mythical creatures

-giant squid are of the Architeuthidae family as many as 8 species of the genus Architeuthis
-can grow to a tremendous size: recent estimates put the maximum size at:
-13 metres (43 ft) for females
-10 metres (33 ft) for males from caudal fin to the tip of two long tentacles
-the mantle is only about 2 metres (7 ft) long (more for females, less for males)
-length of squid excluding its tentacles is about 5 metres (16 ft)
-on September 30, 2004, researchers from the National Science Museum Japan and
Ogasawara Whale Watching Association took the first images of a live giant squid in its
natural habitat
-several of the 556 photographs were released a year later
-the same team successfully filmed a live giant squid for the first time on December 4, 2006.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Marozi-spotted lion

-variously claimed by zoologists and cryptozoologists to be a distinct race of lion adapted for a
montane rather than savannah-dwelling existence
-a rare natural hybrid of a leopard and lion, or an adult lion that retained its childhood spots
-it is believed to have been smaller than a lion but slightly larger size than a leopard and lacking
any distiguishable mane
-it has been reported in the wild and the skin of a specimen exists,but it has been yet to be
confirmed as either a separate species or subspecies, although Reginald Pocock and Belgian
cryptozoologists Dr Bernard Heuvelmans both proposed the subspecies name Panthera leo
maculatus for it (but this currently lacks any valid nomectural status)
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Sea serpent-a"friend"of ship and shore

-kind of sea monster either wholly or partly serpentine
-sightings have been reported for hundred years & recent work
by Bruce Champagne indicates have been 1,200 or more all told
-have been seen from both ship and shore & by multiple people
at once
-no credible evidence has been recorded
-currently believed that the serpents do not exist
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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Loch Ness Monster-Scotland's great lake monster

-is a cryptid (Unidentified Mysterious Animal)
-claimed to inhabit Scotland's Loch Ness & most volumnious freshwater lake in Great Britain
-one of the best-known mysteries of cryptozoology
-belief in the legend persists around the world
-local people, and later many around the world, have affectionately referred to the animal by
the diminutive of Nessie (Scottish Gaelic:"Niseag")
-the explanation fall into 3 categories:
-misidentification of known animals
-unknown species
-paranormal creatures

Friday, November 16, 2007


-also known as lycanthropes (mythological or folkloric people with the ability to shapeshift into
a wolf or wolflike creature by using magic or after beingplaced under a curse)
-medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury associated the transformation with the appearance the
full moon
-there is evidence that the association that associated existed among the Ancient
Greeks, appearing in the writings of Petronius
-the concept was rarely associated with the werewolf until the idea was picked up by fiction
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Chupacabra-animal vampire

-chupar (Spanish):to suck cabra:goat =goat sucker

-cryptid said to inhabit parts of the Americas

-associated with the ancient myth of the chimera or griffin

-recently with sightings were first reported of an allegedly unknown animal in:

-Puerto Rico


-US (especially in the latter's Latin America communities)

-name come from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock

(especially goats)

-been claimed as early as 1990 in Puerto Rico

-been reported as far north as Maine and as far south as Chile

-heavy, the size of small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base tail

-Most biologists and wildlife management officials view the chupacabra as an urban legend.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Bigfoot-"wild man of the woods"

-also known as Sasquatch ("wild man of the woods") and Chiye-tanka at Lakota Indians
-an unrecognized large primate to inhabit remote forests
-mainly in the Pacific northwest region of the:
-large, hairy bipedal hominoid, similar as:
-Yeti of Tibet and Nepal
-Yeren of mainland China
-Yowie of Australia
-one of the famous of cryptozoology (a subject that the scientific classifies as pseudoscience
because of unreliable eyewitness accounts)
-Scientific experts on the matter consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of folklore and

Cadborosaurus Willsi a.k.a Caddy

-nicknamed "Caddy", is the name given to a sea serpent reported to be living on the Pacific
Coast of North America
-its name is derived from Cadboro Bay in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Greek root word
"sauros" meaning a lizard or reptile
-the animal is similar in form such as "Ogopogo" of deep interior lakes of British Columbia and to
the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland
-have been more than 300 claimed sightings during the past 200 years including:
-San Fransisco Bay, California
-Deep Cove in Saanich Inlet, B.C.
-"Caddy" is said to resemble a serpent with vertical coils or humps in tandem behind the horse-
like head and long neck, with a pair of small elevating front flippers, and a pair of large webbed
hind flippers fused to form a large fan-like tail region that provides powerful forward propulsion
-has been proposed that though a process of locomotory body transformation, the long slender
body can be doubled up into rigid vertical humps that effectively reduce the contact area of the
snakelike body surface with the water and enable the animal to attain speeds of more than
40 km/h at the surface
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