Saturday, February 27, 2010

Reader: Is Bigfoot An Extraterrestrial Being?

A reader forwarded the following email a few days ago:

Hi Lon. I read your site daily and have enjoyed the personal stories by your readers. I had an experience when I was a boy that I hope would be of interest.

In September 1978, I lived with my father on a farm in the vicinity of Shawano, Wisconsin which is very near the Menominee Indian Reservation. There had been some buzz within the community of an unknown large hairy creature spotted by two deer hunters not far from our farm. I had heard stories of the Manabai'wok or 'The Giants' from stories told by the Menominee, but I just considered these tales to be legends.

Then one evening, my father and I were coming home from the store and noticed what appeared to be two hairy creatures collecting squash from the garden. Each creature was at least 6 foot tall. It was dusk but there was enough light to clearly see what they were doing. My father immediately cut the headlights and stopped the car as we just sat there and watched them pick and eat the squash. They didn't seem to even notice us even though we were about 100 feet from them.

After about 5 minutes, one of the creatures looked in our direction and you could see it's eyes glow red from the moonlight. We started to get scared and decided to make a dash for the house and call the police. Then suddenly, a huge disc-shaped objects appeared above us and slowly moved towards the east field which was about 200 hundred yards from us and landed. I estimate the craft was about 40 feet in diameter. A large sliding door opened immediately and a foggy green light glowed from within the craft. After a few seconds, the door closed and craft slowly rose and shot off towards the north. Then we noticed that the creatures were gone.

A few days later, our neighbors from down the road came over for dinner. After we finished eating, my father and Mr. Cain walked outside. After an hour or so, the neighbors left and I started to clean up the kitchen. Later that evening, I was watching TV in the living room. My father walked in, turned off the TV and sat down beside me. He told me that Mr. Cain and his sister witnessed one of the craft on the same night that we had our encounter. As well, they witnessed several of the large hairy creatures meandering in the nearby woods. Mr. Cain said that he knew something had been in the woods for several weeks but never got a good look until the craft arrived. After that night, we never had another encounter or did we hear of more sightings by any people in the area.

Do you think that these creatures were Bigfoot, aliens or one in the same? I has always seemed strange to me that a Bigfoot body has never been found. Is it a possibility that Bigfoot is an extraterrestrial being? Please let me know if you post this. I want to read your readers' comments. Thanks, Donald

NOTE: I wanted to research this incident before I posted and discovered that there was some precedent to Donald's account. According to 2 references online, there were similar sightings reported in the Fall of 1978. Here are the links The W Files and Wisconsin Bigfoot. If you find more similar incidents in this area, please comment...Lon

For Sale: Haunted LaLaurie Mansion, Once Owned By Nicolas Cage

move - One of the two New Orleans mansions once owned by actor Nicolas Cage has everything you could want in a historic building – and then some. It comes with its own ghosts. And not just one.

The property at 1140 Royal Street in the French Quarter, which Cage lost in foreclosure last fall, is the infamous LaLaurie Mansion, reportedly one of the most haunted houses in the city, if not America.

The house’s notorious past began with the arrival in 1832 of Dr. Louis LaLaurie, a prominent dentist, and his wife Delphine. While Delphine was considered a charming hostess to the city’s elite with her weekly parties, her inhumane treatment of slaves was noticed by neighbors, who witnessed her chasing a young girl on the balcony. Accounts say the girl fell to her death and was quickly buried on the property.

A judge ordered the slaves removed from the LaLaurie’s property (although relatives bought them and returned them to her).

In April 1834, a slave chained to a stove in the kitchen started a fire. When the fire brigade came to extinguish the blaze, they reportedly made a gruesome discovery in the attic involving the mutilation and torture of at least a half-dozen slaves.

The New Orleans Bee, the newspaper of the time, reported that seven chained and mutilated slaves were found on the property. Though the paper compared the atrocities to those committed by Roman emperors Domitian, Nero and Caligula, it did not describe the later lurid details of the LaLaurie legend.

Nonetheless, a mob descended on the home and the LaLauries fled New Orleans, never to be heard from again. A copper plate was found in the early 1900s by a sexton of the city’s St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 with Delphine’s name on it as well as when and where she died – April 1842 in Paris.

Since then, the mansion has been the site of many hauntings, according to residents throughout the years, and human remains were found under the floorboards during a renovation. Cage himself acknowledged its past.

“(It’s) in the Vieux Carre – which is called the French Quarter,” he said in an interview. “It’s a very notorious house, it’s a very famous house – meaning it’s allegedly the most severely haunted house in the United States of America… that’s what they tell me. So at any given moment, I have five or six ghosts surrounding the house, all looking up at this haunted temple, and I’m in there.”

Cage bought the 10,284-square-foot , 6-bedroom, 7-bath house in 2007 for $3.5 million and put it for sale in 2008. He lost both of his New Orleans properties in November of last year in foreclosure. A financial group bought the Royal Street house for $2.3 million.

This second New Orleans house is located in the Garden District and was once owned by author Anne Rice, who wrote “Interview with the Vampire” and other novels in the Vampire Chronicles series.

It is also for sale, listed at $2.9 million. The 13,176-square-foot house was once Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel.

Talk about angels and demons. Cage owned them both.

Photo: Morphing Triangular Shaped UFO - Grapevine Canyon, CA




MUFON witness report (unedited): On November 29, 2009 my husband, my son and I were out in Anza Borrego Desert exploring. We were in Grapevine Canyon; we stopped at 1:30 pm to eat lunch. We were close to the end of the canyon in an old Indian village looking around. At approximately 1:54 pm we heard a military jet go by. We looked up and saw to the left of us a silver object. It moved across the sky from left to right slowly, then it broke apart into what looked like a larger triangle of three silver balls. It then moved slowly and went back to the smaller object which was a smaller triangle. My husband yelled "UFO" and I started taking pictures. What is weird with the three pictures I am sending to you is that in the third picture it does not take off and disappear...It disappears in place. The wires you see in the photos are telephone wires.

Grapevine Canyon is a sandy trail located between the Volcan Mountains and Grapevine Hills into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Grapevine Canyon can be reached via a road that passes through private property off S22. Another access is from S22 through the Jasper Trail which is more towards the west end of the Grapevine Canyon.

NOTE: California, Nevada and Arizona are surely seeing an influx of triangular shaped craft recently. This is one of the better daytime images I've seen. The 'morphing' aspect of this report seems to rule out military or black ops unless the government has something much more advanced than previously suspected...Lon

The Never Ending Mystery of Those Nasty Chem-Trails


Chris Holly's Paranormal World - I am not sure who took this photo as a friend sent it to me and did not have that information. I wanted you l to see it as it is exactly like the colorful large cloud masses that are sprayed where I live on the coast of Long Island New York.

They are first sprayed out as extremely long (covering miles of sky) white fluffy lines that immediately start to spread out to a wide long cloud. Shortly after the cloud becomes wide and full it begins to change color until it looks exactly like the cloud in this photo taken along the Idaho and Washington border.

Who ever took this photo commented on how it was a chem-trail that was sprayed white and turned just as the ones I see do. The photographer commented that they think the chem-trails are sprayed with aluminum and barium. You can see in this photo how the white chem-trail turns into pretty colors as it spreads and lingers for hours in the sky. Contrails are not anywhere as long as a chem trail. People have been seeing these long lines for the last 22 years since spraying has started. A contrail from a high performance jet would be less than 1/4 that length. They spray long chem-trails like this and at the same time spray much shorter ones to confuse everyone so they have no understanding of what is happening right over their heads.

Along with this photo and comments I recently received a group of emails from my readers who have been paying attention to their skies and have noticed the bizarre constant spraying going on over their heads. Many send me photo’s all are concerned.

I watch as this activity continues and know it is a huge event that we need to understand. I have tried many times to write about this subject yet it seems to be one topic that the public seems to refuse to take seriously or worry about.

We are having an extreme winter where I live. The world seems to be off balance in many ways yet we seem to be almost drugged in reaction to all of these things. I can only continue to show you videos and photo’s and passes on the growing concerns of others who also are aware we are in the middle of something that is unnatural and possibility dangerous to us all.

I will leave you all with an email I received from a reader named Tommy from Texas. Tommy shares my concerns. Tommy understands that this spraying is not normal and has given time to thinking about what is happening to all of us.

Chris,

I just wanted to say that I completely agree with you about the whole Chem-trail/HAARP issue.

I really wish they would stop spraying our skies. I live in Texas and virtually every blue sky, sunny day is eventually covered in Chem-trails. Then followed by several ugly gray, usually rainy, dank, dreary days – it is making me sick.

I have tried to tell co-workers and others about the whole issue and like you said – they kind of look at me as some sort of nut. But I will continue to point it out to people and hopefully get them thinking on their own.

I also have a theory: I think the HARRP project/program is destroying the magnetosphere as it apparently is utilizing electromagnetic forces that ‘push’ the fake clouds to where they need them (or don’t need them). I have been reading about how that there is a big hole in the magnetosphere – I believe the HAARP people are causing it. I don’t think they caused it intentionally though, it just happens to be a by-product.

The big problem with all of this is: Solar Flares disrupting the power grids in 2012 and 2013. The magnetosphere is what helps protect the earth from solar flares – but with a big hole in it – Zappo!

Tommy

I hope all of you will begin to waken from the fog and start to pay attention to your surroundings. It is important that we are aware of what happens around us including watching the sky.

You need to notice if you are in an area that has heavy spraying if you are sick often or if your weather is different or if people seem numb and mechanical.

I think we are in a time of needed change and part of that change is our becoming aware instead of oblivious.


Thanks to Chris Holly at Chris Holly's Paranormal World
Copyright © 2008-2010 Chris Holly all Rights Reserved
chrishollyufo@yahoo.com


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Humanoid / Cryptid Encounter Reports 9

The following are previous humanoid / cryptid encounter reports received by various agencies worldwide:

SMALL 'SQUAT' BLUISH BEINGS

Location/Date: Sydney, NSW, Australia - Winter 1970 - 9pm

A 15-year old boy noticed an orange glow at a nearby bush close to his home, he grabbed his dog and went to investigate. The dog became disturbed and immediately ran into the brush. The boy then became confused and had a period of apparent missing time. He remembered an owl fly past him, but lost interest in the orange light and left.

Years later, he went under hypnosis and recalled seeing a bright object hovering close to the ground and the bush was swaying as if a strong wind was hitting it. He became frightened and sensed something coming towards him. He felt claws grasping at him on both arms and was then taken aboard an strange craft. He struggled, but soon found himself lying on his back. He recalled seeing a face looking down on him and a slimy tube being stuck down his throat. He also recalled being submerged in a tub of pink fluid and being taken out by several 'squat' bluish beings.

Source: Keith Basterfield, IUR Vol. 17 #5

NOTE: the source later notes that reports of short squat bluish colored beings are apparently frequent and many times connected with abduction reports. The witness reported being submerged in a pink fluid. This has also been reported before and appears to be some kind of transportation medium for humans or maybe some kind of decontamination procedure.
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SKINWALKER

Location/Date: Near Albuquerque, New Mexico - February 2006 - 9:15 pm

At a small reservation outside of Albuquerque, a young boy was sent out to get a juice bottle from a parked car and while his uncle lay on the couch he heard the boy screaming. His uncle got up to see the boy’s father coming in with the boy holding his hand. The boy appeared terrified and was shaking. His grandmother talked to him and asked him what was wrong. He then said that a “thing” had watched him from the fence line and then came after him. He said it was about 4ft tall and had red glowing eyes, gray hairy feet, long claws and a snout like that of a dog. Human-like footprints with “claws” were found near the window.

Source: Reservation authorities

NOTE: the encounter was reported to a local newspaper but never published. A reservation police officer stated to an investigative reporter that several 'skinwalker' sighting reports had been made within a 2 month period.
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JERSEY DEVIL?

Location/Date: Near Trenton, New Jersey - March 4, 2002 - near midnight

Several witnesses were camping outside of town and late at night one of them was attempting to put out the bonfire when he heard the most awful and horrifying scream. It resembled that of an injured dog crossed with a scream of a woman. The witness dropped the flashlight and was joined by another witness.

Suddenly out of the woods a hideous and gruesome creature appeared. It did not look human, somewhat satyr-like in appearance and walked on two legs. It had a long tail like a dragon and wings like those unicorns in fantasy books. The beast took several steps towards the witnesses. One of them picked up and yelled at it and then shone his flashlight at it. The creature then turned towards the bushes and ran away from the area.

Source: Mystical Universe

NOTE: this report is similar to other 'Jersey Devil' reports though, Trenton is quite a distance from the Pine Barrens area where most sightings have been reported.
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THE VISITORS

Location/Date: Oroshaza, Hungary - January 26, 1991 - 1:15 am

Istvan Balogh, a frontier guard, was returning from the movies and had stepped out to the terrace when he saw a gray disc shaped object, 4 meters in height, and 2 meters in width. As he stared at the object, a bright beam of light struck him. He soon found himself aboard the disc. He was in a room with a window wrapped around the diameter. He was then approached by two human-like figures with 3 digit hands and green skin, wearing black uniforms. They communicated telepathically telling the witness they had come from a world at a distance of 15 million light years from earth and they were able to travel via dimensional portals. He remembers seeing an illuminated crater (apparently on the moon) and a pyramid. He was eventually returned home at 2:00 am.

On Feb. 13, 1991, he woke up in his bedroom to hear a loud booming voice that repeated 3 times "we will meet soon." The voice had a metallic quality to it. He told his story at the hospital fearing that the beings may have experimented on him. Later he was removed from his job as a frontier guard because he was deemed 'unreliable'.

Source: CUN Milan





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Puerto Rico: UFO Encounters / Alien Abductions

Puerto Rico has been a hotbed of alien abduction experiences, especially encounters that involve women.

Delia, a Puerto Rican woman, is just one of many women who have been abducted by a UFO. Delia is married and has two other children, one is 16 years old and the other 5.

The following is a narration of Delia's extraordinary experience. She describes how she was abducted, got pregnant by an extraterrestrial, and finally gave birth to a child which she describes as "half human and half extraterrestrial."

Here is her story.

"One day during the month of October, a friend and I were at a Yoga Center. In this place various yoga activities are celebrated and also people go there to meditate. It was 7:30 p.m. when my friend and I decided to retire and go to sleep.

Then, all of a sudden somebody put their hand on my face. I couldn't see who it was because the room was dark.

Suddenly, I was suspended in the air flying towards a direction that was totally unknown to me. While I was being transported in the air, I could see below myself houses and trees. At that moment I was so scared that I couldn't move, speak or scream.

I calculate that the time had elapsed while I was being transported was approximately from 7:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. I was in my room when I woke up at 5:00 a.m. Immediately, I started vomiting and all my body was in terrible pain.

After a while, I felt a little better and I went to talk to Swami, who is the director of the Yoga Center. I told him how terrible I felt and what had happened to me. He told me to go back to my room and sleep until 12:00 noon and that when I woke up I would feel much better, which happened.

After this I was left with a strange sensation which is difficult to explain. One of the sensations was in my vaginal (area), the other was in my mind... my way of thinking. Before I didn't give too much importance to the simple things that surrounded me, and now all of a sudden I began to notice how beautiful the sky was and also feeling a great amount of love towards other people. In other words, my life had changed completely.

Time passed by and it was already December - three months after my extraordinary experience. During these three months, I had noticed that my period occurred every 50 days, not every 27 days, or so, as would normally happen. Also, my stomach had enlarged just a little. Time passed by and then I had another encounter with a UFO.

Suddenly, I found myself in a metallic room where there were 12 small men (not human) all dressed in grey. In this room I was lying in a metallic bed where I can clearly remember giving birth to a child, just like a normal birth to this child, because my two other children had been born by Cesarean. Then suddenly I fell asleep. when I woke up I saw one of the extraterrestrials with a child in his arms.

When I saw this child something deep inside of me told me he was my child, but I also remember being afraid. I remember telling one of the extraterrestrials that I considered this child strange (because he was "half human and half" extraterrestrial)

Also, I can remember telling myself that even though this child was strange I had to accept and love him because he was my child. Also, the way he looked at me and the expression on his face confirmed this to me. After a moment, the extraterrestrial brought the child to me so that I could hold him.

Even though I know he belongs to me, I cannot have him. And, because of this, my pain and sorrow cannot go away. They told me that he could not live with me because he could not eat the food that we human beings eat. While I held him in my arms I didn't want to let him go. I held him very tight. Then the extraterrestrials took him away from me and escorted me to the entrance of the flying saucer.

After these two experiences, I have had two more. The other two occurred when they brought me the child so that I could be with him. They do so by transporting me by air, holding the child in my arms.

While I am being transported, I have noticed that they make like a certain experiment with me. I remember feeling fear, like if the child would just fall right out of my arms. I suppose that they do this to see how mother human beings instincts are towards their children.

At the present, my two children have also had UFO experiences. They both have developed a certain kind of mental abilities and presently are being studied by them. I can't help worrying that probably one of these days my children can also be abducted."

Sources:
Willie Durand Urbina, Puerto Rican Research Group


NOTE: I have been privy to several strange encounters in Puerto Rico. The most astounding is detailed below, though MUFON refused to investigate regardless of the credible eyewitness account and evidence...Lon
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Alien Close Encounter / Abduction - Aguada, Puerto Rico - Updated w/ Video




From Maria M. Rivera, Aguada, Puerto Rico:

Submitted herein is this UFO sighting/alien encounter story which occurred here in Aguada, Puerto Rico (a U.S.territory). This alien encounter and subsequent abduction was reported to several UFO/extraterrestrial investigator websites. However, it was so frightening that it reminded me of the "Amityville Horror" story. We had to abandon our house after we bought it in August 2005 because no investigator came to help us, and recently sold the house to move away from that rainforest. The following 11 paragraphs were reported, however, included after that are additional occurrences that were not reported to any other websites before and which occurred after May 1, 2006.

On November 10, 2005, at approximately 3:00am, my daughter and I heard a weird humming sound like a hurricane wind going by my house. The sound was so strange that penetrated our ears. When my daughter and I looked outside, we observed what appeared to be a disc-shaped object moving westward towards the rear of the house where an enormous rainforest and a huge antenna are located and which leads all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The disc was silver in color with a row of windows around it and had a greenish haze or aura covering the craft. All the windows appeared to be a darker greenish color. The craft appeared to be descending as though it was about to land somewhere behind the house. We lived in Brooklyn, New York near Kennedy Airport for over 20 years and the airplanes flew low over my house 24 hours a day. I know what we have seen and the sound it made were something very unusual, something we've never heard or seen before. After that, my daughter and I heard the same sound at least twice a week. I used to go to sleep at 3:00am watching (Novelas) Spanish soap operas.

Almost exactly two years ago, on Friday, April 28, 2006, at approximately 3:00am, I heard again the same sound going by my house. At about 10 or 15 minutes later I heard my dog (Dora) barking continuously in my backyard. When I went to investigate by turning on the backyard light (the light in the house was off) and by looking through my dining room window, I observed my dog lying on her back with her 4 legs up apparently unconscious. The dog was chained to a metal pole next to the back fence which separates my property with the rainforest in the back. I called her name, "Dora, Dora, what's wrong Dora?", but she did not respond. When I lifted my eyes and looked at the back fence, which is about 25 feet from where I was standing, I observed two creatures (extraterrestrials) standing close to and behind the chain-link fence looking at me. One of the aliens was about 3 feet from the dog and the other alien was about 5 feet away from the other alien. They were about 3 and a half feet tall with a large oval head and big black slanted eyes. They had pale grayish skin and a barely visible slit for a mouth and two little holes for a nose. They also had very skinny arms and they seem not to have any clothes on. Their legs were not showing because under the fence there was a cinder-block wall about one and a half feet high. I could only see them from the waist up. The aliens were staring at me and I was staring at them. I think that they were communicating with me telepathically because they were reading my mind when I said mentally, "I'm going to wake up my husband, Nelson," I left the window and walked through the hallway leading to the bedrooms. On the way to wake up my husband, they detoured me to the other bedroom to wake up my daughter instead. I woke up my daughter (17 year old at the time) and both of us went to the dining room window where we observed the creatures still standing in the same place. Again, they stared at us and we stared straight into their large black eyes for a while. My daughter said to me, "Mommy, I'm going back to bed because I'm scared, then I won't be able to sleep." I then followed my daughter to the bedroom because she was afraid to go by herself. Approximately 10 minutes later I returned to the dining room window, the aliens were still there in the same location. While staring straight into their big black eyes, the one closest to the dog was telling me in my mind to open the door leading to the backyard. I said in my mind, "I'm not going to open the door." He demanded telepathically, "You're going to open the door." I then felt myself moving towards the door and was getting drowsy.

I don't remember what happened after that. I woke up in my bed. I asked my daughter if she had seen the same thing in case I was imagining things. She described the incident and the creatures the same way and manner I described them. We then told my husband who slept in a separate bedroom facing the backyard. He slept there because my daughter was afraid to sleep by herself so I had to sleep with her. My husband stated that he did hear the dog barking wildly at about 3:00am. He said that he looked out the bedroom window, without getting off the bed, since the bed was against the window. He saw the dog barking towards the rainforest in the back, but thought that she was barking at a cat. He stated that he did not look at the fence or the rainforest and was so sleepy that he immediately went back to sleep. Please be advised that behind the back fence, where the aliens were, is an enormous rainforest that leads all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, where a huge antenna is located and is pitch black at night. I later found out that the antenna and the land where it sits are federal property and the area is fenced in.

What concerns me the most is that my husband informed me that he discovered the back door opened when he got up at about 8:00 in the morning, but did not know what happened. My daughter informed me that she opened her eyes about 5:00 in the morning and did not find me next to her in bed. She thought I was in the bathroom or somewhere around the house and went back to sleep. The dog did not want to eat or drink anything for days and was lying down apparently sick.

On Monday, May 1, 2006, at about 12:50am, while sitting in the living room and while talking on the phone, I saw a bright light, like an enormous light bulb, moving through the woods (the rainforest). I informed my husband and we immediately closed all the louver windows in the kitchen and dining room. I became hysterical and began to cry because I thought that they were after me and my husband had to calm me down.

At approximately 2:00am, the same night, I heard the same sound again over the house. Seconds later, while lying in bed, my husband and I heard a loud crashing noise like something hitting the flat concrete roof and shook the house like if something had landed there. We were afraid, but did not call the police for fear of being ridiculed and not come to investigate. It was such a terrifying experience that we didn't even considered to go outside and check it out. Instead the three of us huddled in one bed.

I feel relieved to know that I was not the only one seeing those alien beings. My 17 year old daughter saw them too. Otherwise I, myself, would think that I was hallucinating and imagining things. Could it be possible that I did open the backyard door and was abducted by the aliens? I don't know, my husband found the back door opened early in the morning. In addition, I have dotted puncture marks on my left hand which is circular and had a slight burning pain which diminished as time went by since April 28, 2006. Although faded it is still visible, especially when observed in person, after almost 2 years. Please see enclosed pictures and drawings.

We moved from New York City and bought that house in August 2005 when my husband retired as an Assistant Deputy Warden after working for 20 years for the New York City Department of Correction (Riker's Island jail complex) and after getting a heart attack. I am a serious woman who doesn't like to lie. I never thought that we would go through something like that. But what my daughter and I saw and what my husband and I heard is the truth. Never in my life did I believe in UFOs or aliens. I never cared, seen, read or even heard anything about how they look like until we witnessed the unexplained here on the island. We moved to another house that we own in Aguada which is pretty far from the beach and that rainforest. And my daughter was so traumatized that we sent her to live with my sister in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since we sold that house now we're planning to sell the other one to return to the U.S. mainland because I fear they're after me.

Several days after our encounter with the alien beings, on May 9, 2006, at approximately 1:00pm, we went to see Mr. Luis A. Echevarria, the mayor of Aguada. We were informed that he was not at City Hall, but attending a meeting in San Juan. We instead notified Mr. Martin Concepcion, who works for Puerto Rico's Civil Defense Agency in Aguada, and handed him a written copy of the incident. He stated that he will investigate, will put a request to the Municipal Police to patrol the area and will make a copy for the mayor. He also stated that he will get back to us, but he never did.

On May 11, 2006, at approximately 11:00am, we went to the channel 5 television network located in the city of Mayaguez. At the television network, we were interviewed by a young man who stated that here in Puerto Rico people are superstitious or when they report that they saw a UFO/extraterrestrial it is later dismissed as a hoax. My husband and I were so upset, we told him that we are "Nuyoricans" therefore not superstitious and just because someone lied, doesn't mean that we are liars.

We even sent emails to several Puerto Rican UFO investigative organizations, but they didn't email us back. We did not know who to turn to since we were not getting help from anyone here on the island. So my husband and I started sending emails to the U.S. mainland to see whether someone or some organization would help us. We are not seeking publicity but the truth.


Please note the following other incidents which were not reported to anyone before:

On June 5, 2006, at approximately 3:00am, after watching television, I proceeded to the kitchen to get a glass of milk before going to bed. As I walked through the living room on my way to the bedroom, I observed an alien peeping through the glass-pane window on the main entrance door. Outside that door is a balcony and obviously, he was standing on top of a patio chair next to the door, because being a short creature, he shouldn't reach the high window on the door. This one really scared me a lot because he looked older, meaner and had a mark on his forehead. The two aliens I saw behind the fence in my backyard looked like little kids with a serene look on their face. But not this one, he had a sinister evil look on his face. I hurried to my husband's bedroom, woke him up and he grabbed a machete in case it was an intruder, and proceeded out to the balcony, but no one was around. Could this alien be their leader?

On October 22, 2006, at approximately 11:00pm there was a 3 hour blackout in the town of Aguada (which is located in the northwest corner of the island). At approximately 1200am, I awoke my husband so he could hear a weird humming sound coming from behind the house in the rainforest. The whole backyard surrounding was pitch black when we went out with flashlights to listen closely. I called my sister on the cellphone so she could hear the weird sound coming from the woods, but suddenly we got frightened and hurried back inside the house.

On February 25, 2007, at approximately 4:00am, I was in my bedroom which faces the front of the house. I looked through the window and observed a disc-shaped craft, similar to the one my daughter and I saw previously, hovering motionless about 40 meters from the house and about 40 meters from the ground. The craft was about 30 feet in diameter. It was so low and so close that I was able to observe curious extraterrestrials watching me and the house through viewing ports surrounding the craft. They were silhouetting through the bright greenish blue background and appeared very inquisitive looking out the windows and passing a long rod to one another. My immediate reaction at the moment was that it may have been a telescope or some other device. Unlike the others I've seen and heard, this craft was hovering silently. The whole event probably lasted about a minute. I ran to my husband bedroom and woke him up. He immediately grabbed the camcorder next to his bed. Unfortunately by the time we got to the window, the UFO was nowhere in sight.

On May 21, 2007, at approximately 1:00am my daughter, Barbie, was on her cellphone in the living room by herself talking to her friends in New York. The lights in the living room were off except for a dim light on a table lamp. Suddenly she heard the humming sound again and a greenish blue light flashing through all the windows.The light flashed in sequence starting from the front windows to the back windows. It looked like something had flown low by heading towards the back of the house. My daughter screamed and ran to the bedroom where she was shaking in fear. It may have been nothing, but it showed that she was traumatized after what she had seen on November 10, 2005 and April 28, 2006.

My 21 year old son, Jonathan, came to visit us from New York. On June 2, 2007, at approximately 2:00am, Jonathan explained that while in his bedroom, which is located downstairs, a very bright beam of green light shone through the window and through the glass-pane door lighting up the whole bedroom for a few seconds. He was so frightened that after the light vanished he hysterically ran upstairs in his pajamas to inform us. He refused to sleep in that bedroom again.

On August 14, 2007, early in the morning, we noticed that our dog, Dora, was gone. We do not know if she had come loose and ran away. We do have a high fence that goes around our property and the dog was kept chained overnight, so I don't see how that's possible. We looked all over our neighborhood, we asked our neighbors if they had seen her and we even searched throughout the town of Aguada, but to no avail. I do not know if it had something to do with those aliens, but after what happened to me and my family in that house, anything for me is possible.

In this house where we live now, on November 3, 2007, at approximately 2:00am, while in bed before I fell asleep, I saw a small blueish green neon light, about the size of a penny, coming from the window, moving through the bedroom in the dark and I was being paralyzed while looking at it. Suddenly my bed was being surrounded with those creatures. Obviously, I was made unconscious because when I opened my eyes I found myself naked in a different cold room and lying face-up on very cold "stainless steel" platform. This platform seem to be floating on the air without legs or anything supporting it. It was narrow enough that each arm hanged on each side. Still feeling paralyzed but conscious they commenced injecting me with a long needle or something. I begged them with my thoughts, to please not to do it, but they ignored me. I also felt that they put something metallic, like a round suction cup about 5 inches in diameter, on the right side of my abdomen. It felt like my flesh was being stretched and my inside was being sucked out like a powerful vacuum. I was in excruciating pain when they did that, but I was unable to scream or move. About 5 or 6 creatures surrounded the platform, one being taller than the others and the rest were the short grays I previously saw in my backyard. This time they were not communicating telepathically among themselves because I heard a weird incoherent mumbling sound coming from them. However, I didn't see their mouths move. I remember calling them "marcianos" (Martians), they revealed telepathically, in Spanish, that they don't like being called Martians, but preferred to be called creatures. When I got up the next morning, I still had pain on the right side of my abdomen, but no mark was visible. Since my daughter doesn't sleep with me anymore because she now lives in Pennsylvania, I now sleep with my husband. He keeps telling me to wake him up when it happens, but I could not move or speak. Many times he stays awake late at night in bed, but nothing happens so he falls asleep. I do, however, feel or have a sense when they're around.

It is important to be noted here that I've had ovarian cancer, and have had several operations to remove parts of my intestine. I also received several operations for breast cancer. I flew occasionally to New York City to see my private doctors since here on the island private doctors are reluctant to accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield or GHI which I got from my husband retirement. I was informed by my doctors in New York that the cancer had returned and that I urgently needed another operation. I used to be in constant stomach pain and noticed blood in my stool and urine when I went to the bathroom. It was not the first time, the cancer has recurred before and they operated me after each recurrences. But after the encounter with those creatures on April 28, 2006, I returned to New York, several tests were performed and no cancer was detected. The pain and the bleeding had stopped. I truly feel that those creatures had cured me. What is my opinion of the creatures? I sincerely believe that they're benevolent and compassionate creatures, but I'm afraid of them. They do not have my permission to do with my body whatever they please. Although I believe they had cured me, I am not their guinea pig.

I have something in my right lower back that has been bugging me for a long time. It moves when I touch it and I know it was not there before. I saw on the History Channel the program called UFO Hunter when Mr. Bill Birnes took a man who was abducted by a UFO to Dr. Roger Leir. The man had an alien implant in his leg. When Dr. Leir put a powerful magnet where the man had the implant, to our amazement, the object inside his flesh moved towards the magnet and the skin bulged. Like that man, I don't have an entry wound or a scar where the object is. That prompted me and my husband to do the same experiment. Unfortunately, we do not have a powerful magnet like the one used by Dr. Leir. The mark on my left hand and the object on my back have been noticed by me since my encounter with those aliens on April 28, 2006.


We recently learned that here in Puerto Rico this type of phenomenon occurs all over the island, especially in El Yunque rainforest where people get lost for days and come back with incredible stories. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System. Could there be an extraterrestrial base in the El Yunque rainforest? Could there be an extraterrestrial base in the woods behind my property or somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean? Since the town of Aguada is situated in the northwest corner of the island, could that be a route for UFOs to fly towards the Bermuda Triangle? My daughter and I did hear a weird humming sound very often and very close to the house. The craft we observed on November 10, 2005 appeared to be descending as though it was about to land somewhere behind my house. Let me reiterate, we lived in Brooklyn, New York near Kennedy Airport for over 20 years and the airplanes flew low over my house 24 hours a day. I know what we have seen and the sound it made were something very unusual, something we've never heard or seen before.

I have tried to write a thorough and detailed story to focus attention on what my family and I went through in that house and to demonstrate our reason for moving. What happened to me and my family is no hoax, it was a terrifying experience. To prove this, I am willing to submit to a polygraph test, go under hypnosis, be under oath or whatever. I sincerely say thank you for reading this long written story and hope for your understanding.


UPDATE: Maria M. Rivera was kind enough to contact me in order to explain the story behind this video she captured by cellphone.



Dear Lon,

As per your request, I do have one more thing to show you. You might have seen it before because I did send a copy of this video recording to Ufodigest.com and it is now all over Google.com.

Enclosed herein is a recording of a saucer shape object for your observation and analysis to supplement the UFO sightings and subsequent alien abduction story you have on your website.

On June 11, 2008, at approximately 2:52am, I was alone in the living room when I suddenly got a feeling that I should go outside onto the balcony and there it was again. My camcorder was not in the immediate area, but luckily I had my cellphone with me. It appeared to be a saucer shape object, similar to the UFOs I've seen previously, with lights around it. It was hovering motionless.

Listen carefully at the background noise. You can hear the crickets chirping mixed with the sound that the object is making. The sound is similar to the other UFOs I've seen before. It was over the wooded mountains near the other house I moved to.

The reason why I send it to you now was because it was recorded on my cellphone. We didn't know how to transfer the recording into my computer or burn it on a DVD disk. A friend transferred the information on a disk and then into my computer. I recorded the object for approximately 15 seconds before I feared to be alone on the balcony and in the dark.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,
Maria M. Rivera


NOTE: Puerto Rico's best known case is the Amaury Rivera Toro alien abduction in 1988 ...but there are several similar encounters as well, including UFO Landing - Aguada, Puerto Rico, UFOs / Possible Alien Witnessed In Puerto Rico and Humanoid Close Encounter - Manati, Puerto Rico ...Lon

MUFON Photo: UFO / Alien / Black Ops? - Over Pacific Ocean



MUFON witness report (unedited): While traveling to Korea I took a picture of a cloud that to me looks like Abraham Lincoln. The picture clearly shows why I took the picture but what I found many years later was some what confusing. Now I do know what the two beings in the photo as well as the aircraft is. In the Army I was a Top Gun M1A1 Abrams Gunner, and until the photo thought I was trained on all vehicles of this world whether foreign or domestic. I did not see this vehicle in broad daylight with the naked eye and it was hoovering right next to my plane as we flew over the ocean. The object in question is clearly shown on the picture. I have been trying to get MUFON to analyze the pic but have been told that unless I have the negatives that my case is of no importance. If MUFON is on a quest to find out the truth not only do I have more evidence but I have also been visited by the visitors and now dream dreams of end of the world destruction and things to come. I have had white liquid leaking form my eye sockets from being visited and objects around me being picked up by the visitor who presented themselves to me invisible. My son has also been contacted by the visitors. He since seeing them has been confused ever since. I am not trying to make a name for myself but am interested in what MUFON opinion is of this photo. The object is blue/ black/ and white. The beings on the picture have double eyelids bird like features and the look somewhat like humans. In my dreams they look the same. All I would like is someone from MUFON to look at the pic. I will even bring the pic to MUFON. This is not a hoax. I am also positive that I can help with your research of demensional travel as well. I have given a picture to the U.S. Airforce and was told if I value my life, that I will not show the picture. The airforce did tell me that it is one of the militaries AUROA PROJECTS and they do not know how I got it. Interesting huh! The bolts from my government vehicle when I was in the Army was also stripped from my vehicle and in an attempt to take my life. So why am I trying to be silence for coming forward with this truth. I am now a disabled Vet and have nothing else to lose. The people have to know the truth and I have some evidence to help my claim. This Is not a HOAX!

NOTE: well, don't know what to make of this one....but the witness definitely photographed 'something'. Though I have no idea who this person is, I truly hope MUFON looks into these claims...Lon

Never Let Size Dictate Voracity!


Amazing videos! I never imagined a Praying Mantis would attack quarry this size...Lon

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Image if these things grew a bit more!
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Ranking The First 100 Heavy Stuff Posts - Part One - Original Ideas


Hello, and welcome to The Heavy Stuff (THS) - thanks for being inquisitive. Yes, as you can see from the title of this post - THS is about 100 esoteric posts old and just over 3 years on the calendar. And, as you may well know, THS has grown into a huge catalog of ideas that stretch from Time Travel to Doppelgangers to UFO’s to Consciousness Issues to Phenomenology and even more.

And, according to the stats of my host 1 and 1 - THS grew to 259,930 unique visitors in 2009, up from 195,854 in 08 and 72,223 in 07 (and 388 in 06) - and to over 419,000 page views in 09. Thanks so much for your reading support of esoteric ideas. Please continue to tell your friends that you have found a new blog with a whole lot of cool ideas to explore.

Now, with that all aside - let me first say - what you are probably saying - “this guy thinks he has ORIGINAL ideas? Give me a break.” — Ok, there, I said it. Now, let me try to fill a list up with just that, and, you be the judge. (I’m aware of Lennon or McCartney saying something to the effect that no ideas are original but just selected from what is available.) Continued reading Rick's article at The Heavy Stuff

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Searle Photographs, Also...Did 'Nessie' Switch Lochs?




NOTE: I noticed the following Loch Ness Monster ('Nessie') related items:

Frank Searle allegedly took many photos of 'Nessie'. This is probably the first opportunity people have had the chance to see these since his first book was taken out of circulation because of allegations of plagiarism.

Nessie: Seven Years in Search of the Monster by Frank Searle, 1976, pub. by Coronet books, London. Some of his photos are reproduced in the book. Frank died in 2005 in obscurity but for his time on the loch he was a bit of a star and TV crews came to see him and tourists flocked and could be quite aggressive if you accused him of faking the photos.

Source: forteanzoology.blogspot.com
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14 Jun 1996 - MYSTERIOUS OBJECT PLOUGHS ACROSS LOCH NESS

LONDON, June 14 (Reuter) - Sixteen people watched in amazement as a mysterious object ploughed swiftly across Loch Ness, leaving a white water wake before disappearing after five minutes into the depths of the Scottish lake. "I cannot find a rational explanation for what I saw," said English tourist David Neeld, the morning after Thursday evening's sighting. "I do not think there is any other explanation than it was the Loch Ness monster." Sightings of the monster, nicknamed Nessie and often described as having a long neck and large body like a brontosaurus, have been reported since the 15th century. Several expeditions have been undertaken in the loch but they have found nothing. The strange object was first spotted at 10 p.m. by Kate Munro, joint owner of the Craigdarroch House, a hotel on the edge of the Highland lake. She alerted her husband Dave and 14 guests who watched the object for five minutes. They told reporters that it appeared to be something large just under the loch's surface, moving at high speed. "There was no traffic on the loch at all, yet here was a wake as big as comes from a cruiser," said Neeld. "There were a few locals in the hotel's bar and they said it was Nessie, so I will go along with that," he said. "I must say that I was very impressed." Another tourist, Karen Hemingway, said: "Whatever we saw was certainly quite strange. There were no boats around at all. I think I could well have seen the monster. "Around two million tourists are attracted to 40-km (25-mile) long Loch Ness each year because of the monster legend.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - 15 Sep 96 - LIZZIE'S A SIGHT


Lizzie the Loch Ness Monster's cousin is back. The beast surfaced briefly, 36 years after she was last spotted in Loch Lochy. Eyewitnesses were stunned to see the 12ft-long, three-humped creature rearing out of the water. And guests at the nearby Corriegour Lodge Hotel rushed to get a better view. Hotel boss Lorna Bunney said: "I've never seen anything like this creature before."

Source: cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com

NOTE: is it possible for such a creature to have the ability to cut across land in which to reach another lake? Maybe there is an underwater passageway between lakes? There have been eyewitness accounts of a 'Nessie'-like creature moving on land. Comments welcomed...Lon

Reputed Hauntings Abound in Brisbane, Queensland


brisbanetimes - Unexplained whooshes of air rushing down corridors, a seemingly-possessed elevator and a judge's chair that mysteriously spins in the night.

If you ask staff at Brisbane's Supreme and District Court building - the place is haunted.

Security officers who patrol the court building's corridors after hours say dozens of "spooky and freaky" incidents within the walls of the 40-year-old building have them believing in ghosts.

Even burly tradesmen called to do maintenance have high-tailed out of the place after what they believed was a supernatural incident in the basement.

And Brisbane historian Jack Sim says it's not just nonsense: ghosts are attracted to gruesome places such as courts.

Speaking to brisbanetimes.com.au, a female security guard at the court complex said she was certain ghosts roamed the building.

During night shift she often sees the chair in Court 21 slowly spinning as if someone was sitting in it.

"There's no draught in there, no way that any breeze is causing that," she said.

Other court sources say Court 21 used to be the court used by an old judge who died from a heart attack and the spinning chair is his spirit haunting his old workplace.

Another worker says in Court 21 and next door in Court 22, the duress alarm repeatedly goes off and when the room is unlocked and checked out, there's not a soul around.

One guard tells how two years ago two painters were in a sealed-off room in the building's basement doing maintenance work when, they claimed, a gust of icy cold wind "whooshed" past them.

"They were quick out of there and never came back," said a court source.

"They were convinced there was something freaky going on down there."

One night as one security officer manned the front desk, he heard a nearby elevator 'ding' and then the doors open as if someone was about to get out on to the ground floor.

No one was in the lift, but moments later heard the hand dryer go off in the nearby public bathroom. Again, no one there.

"Then about a minute after that the exit doors just started to rattle rattle rattle, as if someone had grabbed the handles and was desperately trying to get out," he said.

"It got me worked up all right. It was the strangest thing I've ever seen."

The worker said he often felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand up while he was walking around the building on night shift.

"You get the feeling someone's right behind you and when you turn around of course there's nothing there," he said.

"But I do think there are ghosts around here, for sure."

Another court staffer often in the building after hours said portraits of old judges on the walls and plastic dummies dressed in 1800s clothes as part of an historical display on the second floor certainly did not help him to forget the haunted rumours.

"A few times those faces have given me a scare," he said.

"Also one of the elevators, the one which goes to the basement, seems to be possessed with all its door slamming and doors staying jammed open, that sort of thing."

Horror historian Jack Sim said he had heard many stories about the Supreme and District Court building being haunted.

A stop at the building, on the corner of George and Adelaide streets, is included in Ghost Tours he conducts in the city.

"The court building is such a dark place with so much drama and so much of our most gruesome criminal history has been played out there," he said.

"It's a place where stories of violence and horror have been heard and ghosts are often drawn to these sort of places. Their spirits get trapped there."

Mr Sim, author of the book Haunted Brisbane, has interviewed several staffers who claimed to have witnessed ghost activity in the building, particularly in the basement.

He said the workers believed the ghosts belonged to prisoners who died in the cells of the original court building built in 1876.

The structure was burnt down by an arsonist in 1968 but some of the original basement cells were kept and form part of today's court building, he said.

"It's an amazing place in the history of Queensland," he said.
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Brisbane Has It's Share Of Paranormal Activity


Brisbane has been called many things in its time, but haunted is probably not a common classification. Yet one paranormal enthusiast believes our sleepy little town is a hotbed of ghostly activity.

Strange noises, chilling wails, unexplained lights captured on film and bumps in the night are apparently common occurrences at dozens of locations across South-East Queensland.

Historic buildings like Old Government House and City Hall send a shiver up the spine of Lianna Turner, who researches and documents paranormal oddities.

Old Government House
Queensland University of Technology
Gardens Point Campus


This impressive mansion, located inside the grounds of the Queensland University of Technology in the city, was built to accommodate the state's first Governor.

It was used right up until the construction of the current Government House in Bardon.

While exploring Old Government House, Ms Turner explained that the mansion was one of her "main haunts" (no pun intended) because of its active paranormal atmosphere.

Over several years she has amassed a vast collection of photoghraphs documenting her exploration of the house.

Many contain strange lights and "orbs" that Ms Turner believes represent ghostly beings and spirits.

The term "orb" is the popular name given to anomalies that appear in photographs or video, and are thought by some to be paranormal phenomenon.

Others believe orbs are little more than flash reflection from dust particles.

On the second floor of Old Government House, just to the right of the top of the staircase, is an anonymous-looking door with a glass feature panel. Inside is a steep, wooden staircase that leads to the attic.

A member of staff from QUT, who accompanied us on the tour, said that the door was frequently found to be locked from the inside.

Staff had to remove a panel of glass so the door could be unlocked.

On the day of our visit the door had again been locked from the inside. There is no secondary access to this room.

Just around the corner is a large room that was once the home's day nursery. As we rounded a dark and musky corridor, the door to the room blew open.

Inside, the three doors that led out onto the balcony were open and blowing wildly in the wind.

"These are supposed to be locked," our guide remarked. She bolted them closed before we moved on to the next room.

A few minutes later, I returned to the room to take some more photographs. Despite being locked a moment earlier, the three doors to the balcony were again open and blowing in the wind.

The echo of slamming doors throughout the house was common as we made our way from room to room although it must be said that it was a particularly windy day.

Yet Ms Turner said she could often feel a "presence" in what is thought to be the Governor's bedroom and the day nursery.

She believes the spirit of a young girl named Wendy inhabits the house. Historical records detailing the house's early residents are largely unavailable, so it may never be known if a little girl named Wendy once lived here.

City Hall
King George Sqaure
Brisbane


Several stories of deaths at City Hall circulate, spanning the eras before and after construction of the impressive structure.

During the building's construction workmen were said to have died while placing the foundations, which were on top of a former swamp.

It is also said that the area was once a significant Aboriginal site - either a meeting place or camp ground.

There was a story told of a little girl who fell to her death near the entrance to the elevator that takes current visitors to the top of the bell tower.

Another story claims an American soldier was stabbed to death during the war after a fight over an Australian girl turned ugly.

Staff are said to have reported the sounds of an argument from the Red Cross Tea Room.

A caretaker is also said to have taken his life in room 203 on the third floor sometime during the 1940s.

While visiting, Ms Turner asked staff in the concert hall if they had ever experienced anything out of the ordinary.

One man said that a colleague was working in the spot light box at the top of the hall one evening when he heard a knock at the door.

He went to greet the visitor, only to find no one there. He returned to his work when the knock came again a short time later.

He again found no one at the door. Suspecting a group of children were to blame, he waited by the closed door for the knock to come again.

When it did, he flung the door open and charged out, only to find an empty hallway.

Ms Turner took a number of photographs of the concert hall during out visit and later noticed an orb on the photograph.

She showed me another she had taken months earlier that showed a similar-sized orb floating in the air of the hall.

Nudgee Cemetery
Bora Ring
Nudgee


It's hardly surprising that a paranormal enthusiast would find a cemetery interesting, but Ms Turner describes Nudgee's resting place as "cold, dark and uninviting".

She has taken a number of photographs that show strange streaks of light and orbs in the dead of night.

The section of the cemetery where a priest and nuns are buried even holds a level of eeriness, especially at night, she said.

Just down the road at the back of a sports field is Nudgee's very own bora ring.

Bora is the name given both to an Aboriginal initiation ceremony and the land on which it was performed.

It is here that young boys were transformed into men, with ceremonies varying from culture to culture.

Bora rings are circles of hardened earth surrounded by raised embankments, and are generally found in pairs.

Ms Turner finds the ring to be relaxing and peaceful, and captured a strange white light at the bottom of a photograph.

This Is Why Orcas Are Called 'Killer' Whales


orlandosentinal - Before I say anything else, please understand that my heart goes out to SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, her family and all the people who loved and admired her. From all accounts, she had a beautiful soul.

And, yes, I know SeaWorld does a lot of good things for wildlife conservation. I also once saw the popular “Dine with Shamu” show there, and I agree it’s entertaining. But I wouldn’t go again.

I have to think that Brancheau’s death Wednesday at the popular marine park attraction is a tragic reminder of why creatures as big as Tilikum — the killer whale that apparently dragged her underwater and drowned her — simply should not be in captivity.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society are just two of the organizations that have campaigned against the practice. First, killer whales in captivity often get sick and live on average only into their 20s (though there are exceptions). In the wild, the females typically live into their 50s or beyond and the males at least into their 30s.

Advocates for the orca blame the stress of captivity — the lack of natural social groups, the tight confines, the chemically treated water. These are highly intelligent creatures with entrenched socialization habits and sophisticated communication skills. And you cannot ignore their most obvious feature: their size. Perhaps I’m being simplistic, but if you were 26 feet long and weighed more than six tons, where would you rather swim — in a tank or freely in an ocean?

I’ve been a fan of SeaWorld for years, and I will continue to be — at least for certain parts of it. I happen to love the “Pets Ahoy!” show the park started using shelter dogs and cats and other small animals, who probably live a pretty happy life at the park. But they are creatures domesticated over centuries.

Somewhere I think you have to draw the line. I’m not sure precisely where, but I think you can safely say that it’s well before you get to killer whales.
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Killer Whales Don't Kill People in the Wild

By Jeanna Bryner - LiveScience - News of a trainer being killed by a killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando today doesn't change the fact that these giants, while deadly predators, do not kill humans at sea.

"They have never killed a human in the wild," said Nancy Black, a marine biologist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. That's mostly because, unlike sharks, killer whales don't frequent near-shore areas where people swim. (Even shark attacks on humans are generally accidental, experts say, with sharks mistaking humans for seals or other typical food.)

Details of the event today were sketchy, and SeaWorld officials contacted by LiveScience said they could not comment on the incident yet. According to news reports, the orca drowned its female trainer as tourists watched in horror.

But this killer whale at SeaWorld probably didn't intentionally kill the trainer.

"I just think the killer whale may have wanted a social companion and just held her under too long," Black told LiveScience. "I would think the killer whale didn't do it intentionally but more as a play thing. They're so powerful." She added killer whales don't have to come up for air as often as a human might and could reasonably hold someone underwater for 15 to 20 minutes.

Possibly the killer whale just got bored, she said, since their lives in captivity are more confined than at sea where they spend time swimming hundreds of miles while hunting or playing.

"I've seen them toss seals 20 feet in the air with their flukes. They could mistake you for another mammal," Black said of the transients.

In general, killer whales, or Orcinus orca, are very intelligent and playful animals, amusing themselves anything from kelp to seals, Black said. But even though they are shown off at aquaria with fuzzy stuffed animals to boot, they are still wild animals.

And they are big, growing to 32 feet and weigh a whopping 18,000 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As apex predators, killer whales have few enemies, vulnerable only to large sharks.

Their fierce reputation comes from interactions with whales, not humans. In fact, sailors who witnessed killer whale attacks on larger cetaceans referred to the animals as "whale killers." That name changed to killer whales. The Spanish sometimes refer to the orca as Ballena asesina, meaning "assassin whale," according to the MarineBio Conservation Society.

Not all orcas dine on mammals. Those living in Norway prefer fish. But the so-called transients, which occur throughout the eastern North Pacific, eat other marine mammals, such as dolphins, sea lions and seals.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Evidence Indicates Predator Black Cat Roams Dorset, UK

bbc - What looks like a 'big cat' has been spotted 30 times in West Dorset since Christmas, according to a man who is trying to discover the truth about the legendary big Dorset cat.

Photographer Alan McNamee, from Bridport, is convinced of the existence of the animal.

He has now assembled a team who are ready to respond to sightings as they are reported.

Alan saw the animal close up in 2004 - an experience he said was "scary".

Shaken

He said: "I was working late one night at home and I heard a noise. I went downstairs and looked outside, towards the fields at the back of my house, and I saw that the hedge was thrashing about.

"Then I saw a large cat with a badger in its mouth.

"It leapt onto a bank and disappeared.

"It completely shook me up."

Alan called the police who visited the scene immediately.

He said: "The police returned the next day to have a look at the area [in daylight] and they confirmed that they had found paw prints."

New sightings

Alan's interest has now been renewed after a series of new sightings, and he has contacted a team of experts, including a 'big cat' expert and a specialist vet, to help establish the truth.

Alan said: "I'm hearing of several sightings a week. [The people who see it] are just people going about their normal business.

"The last sighting was Friday evening [19 February 2010].

"A woman was driving over the A35 [between Bridport and Dorchester], and it was running across a field.

"I have also had land owners who have said they have seen it.

"And all of those sightings are of a similar format.

"It's farmers finding unusual footprints on their land, or sheep or cattle being attacked.

"The animals have two punctures in their neck and their internal intestines are gone.

"They have a broken back, there's no blood, and some have been dragged to the top of a tree.

"But to drag a heavy sheep across a field for a 100 yards, over a fence and up a tree - that's not the work of a dog or a fox."

Evidence

Alan is now waiting for the next sighting, with the hope that he can get to the scene immediately and find enough evidence or remains that can be recorded and analysed.

This needs to be carried out as quickly as possible after an animal attack as this is the key to gathering evidence which can determine what the creature is.

"It's vital we get there within a few hours after a kill, to take photos, take DNA and look around for anything else."

"Everyone says the same thing [about the creature] - it's black, its tail is as long as its body, it's bigger than a labrador and a good 6ft [1.8m] in length.

"There are key things that people see, and what they say is close by, that are key to each sighting."

Report it

Alan has this advice for people who think they might have seen it:

"The first thing to do is to make a note of where you've seen it, and then report it straight away to the police."

PC John Snellin, Wildlife Officer for Dorset Police, says all reported sightings are taken seriously.

He said: "We get the sightings fairly regularly and most are from level-headed people.

"It's a fascinating subject but we wouldn't scare monger - we need to keep it in proportion.

"It's not a policing priority but all reports are recorded, but, by my reckoning, there have been nothing like 30 sightings [reported to the police].

"But if you do see one, don't approach it - call the police. It is very likely to just run away."

Black puma

PC Snellin believes the animal could be a black puma, and one theory is that it was released into the wild after the 1976 Dangerous Animals Act was made law, which banned keeping dangerous animals as pets - but PC Snellin thinks it is very unlikely an animal would have survived that long, or gone on to breed.

Alan McNamee's theory is that it could be an animal that is privately owned, but not officially registered, and is occasionally "let out" to hunt, but PC Snellin believes this is too unlikely as it would be difficult to control.

PC Snellin said: "It's not like calling in a black labrador."

Whatever the truth, Alan McNamee is hoping to get to the bottom of it.

He said: "Most sightings have been in a triangular area between Weymouth, Dorchester and Winterbourne Abbas.

"But there is something out there causing the damage [to the animals] and it's not a dog or a fox.

"It's a predator."





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Lord Rees used the conference in January, entitled The Detection of Extra-terrestrial Life and the Consequences for Science and Society, to ask whether the discovery of aliens would cause terror or delight on earth.

He told Prospect magazine that improved telescopes made the chance of finding extra-terrestrial life “better than ever”.

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Apparitions and Mystery Prevail at Scottish Pub

stv - A fearless landlord is being sought to take over one of Scotland's most haunted pubs after a series of ghostly sightings.

For decades, regulars at the Burnett Arms Hotel in Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, have spoken of paranormal activity and apparitions.

Local legend has it that the spirit of Maggie Duffton, who died in 1934, still haunts the property.

Just days ago housekeeper Fiona Reid had a hair-raising encounter with a spirit - thought to be her own grandfather.

Miss Reid, 47, came across the ghost when she went upstairs to investigate the cause of a fire alarm going off in the loft.

She said: "There was definitely someone standing in the corner of the loft. It was a dark figure.

"Something drew me to walk towards it, then it disappeared right in front of my eyes. I can't explain it."

Miss Reid said she heard countless eerie tales about the pub as she was growing up in the village.

But nothing would prepare her for what she discovered lying on the floor as she backed away from the figure.

She added: "On the floor was an old newspaper from 30 years ago. I picked it up and here is a picture of my grandad on the front of it. It was about a foot away from where I saw the figure standing. I can't believe I didn't run away.

"My grandad was Robert Reid, a local councillor - he died years ago. I'm pretty sure it was him.”

Last week, Belhaven Pubs began looking for a new owner to take over the haunted bar after it went onto the market for the first time in three years.

Current landlord Malcolm Edwards, 30, insists he has not been scared out of the pub, but said he was moving on to run another hotel.

In June 2008, Mr Edwards hired a stone mason to demolish a cellar wall to try and put an end to local rumours about coffins being buried under the bar.

One was alleged to contain the skeletal remains of the former owner Maggie Duffton and the other containing piles of cash.

Nothing was found behind the 2ft-thick granite wall, but spine-tingling incidents and a spooky presence continued to be experienced by staff and customers.

Mr Edwards added: "Apparently one of the barmaids, who used to be the cleaner many years ago, said a figure walked through a locked door one day and asked to speak to Norman.

"And the previous owners reported seeing a woman floating around late at night in a pink wedding dress.

"But my advice to any prospective owners would be not to worry - I'm sure the ghosts here are pretty friendly.
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Burnett Arms Hotel Ghost Mystery

The Burnett Arms Hotel in Kemnay is said to be haunted by the ghost of former owner Maggie. Her coffin is rumoured to lie in a walled-up vault in the hotel cellar. Now hotel boss Malcolm Edwards, is determined to uncover what really lies behind the wall. Within the next few weeks, Malcolm intends to smash through into the vault and reveal the truth.

He said: “We are intending to break down the wall in the near future and villagers are invited to come and watch. It should be an exciting night.”

Malcolm, 28, who took over the bar last October says that whisky and gin might not be the only spirits in the hotel. I do not believe in ghosts. And I have never seen a ghost, not even Maggie and I have been here for a while now,” he said. “But there is certainly a presence here. I have felt something near me when I have been alone – though it is hard to explain.”

The story goes that three coffins were donated after Maggie’s death in 1934. One coffin supposedly lies in Kemnay cemetery, while the other two are buried in the vault below the ladies’ toilet in the hotel. One holds Maggie’s cash, and the other her body. It is claimed her body has never left the pub since her death.

Staff down the years have described a ghostly presence in the hotel. Some regulars have even spotted Maggie passing through the lounge in a pink wedding dress. One former owner, Sandy Elrick, described how his dad had “many conversations” with the ghost of Maggie in the lounge bar.

And Malcolm said one of his staff has seen the apparition. He said: “One of my bar staff was doing some cleaning during the night and suddenly saw someone coming through a locked door. The person asked for someone called Norman but we have no idea who Norman is.”

Sources:
www.eveningexpress.co.uk
paranormal.about.com
www.pressandjournal.co.uk
local.stv.tv/aberdeen

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