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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daily 2 Cents: New Tasmanian Tiger Search -- Is This a Skunk Ape? -- UFOs at Machu Picchu?

New Search for the Tasmanian Tiger

There is to be another bid to search for evidence that Tasmanian tigers are alive and well.

Representatives from the UK-based Centre for Fortean Zoology will join local searchers venturing into the wilderness near Smithton, in Tasmania's north-west.

The British cryptozoologists have previously tried to find Australia's so-called "big foot", the Yowie.

Expedition member Tony Healy says the team will use a range of equipment.

"[We'll have] a lot of trail cameras, game cameras and we've all got infra-red devices... just spotlighting, looking for tracks," he said.

The group will break into small parties to stake out different areas.

Long-time tiger enthusiast Col Bailey has spent decades trying to find evidence that Tasmanian tigers still exist.

He has reservations about a group of 10 people searching together.

"That's a lot of people to take into the field at the one time because low numbers is essential as far as I'm concerned in this and they also say two weeks they're going to be out," he said.

"Well, two weeks is nearly not enough time, you really need three or four weeks to do this properly."

The centre, founded in 1992, is a not-for-profit group set up to investigate unusual or extinct animals.

The last Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, died in a Hobart zoo in 1933.

The carnivorous marsupial was widely hunted by early settlers trying to protect livestock. - ABC

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Dire Year for the Manatee: Death Toll Highest On Record and Still Climbing

This year just became the deadliest year ever for Florida's endangered manatees. In total, 769 manatees have died so far this year from all causes from January 1st through October 29th, making it the largest annual manatee die-off in Florida since recordkeeping began. The previous record was set in 2010 when biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission documented 766 deaths after hundreds of manatees died from cold stress during that extremely cold winter.

With more than two months still to go, nearly twice the number of manatees have already died in 2013 than died in all of 2012. Still, with your support, we and our partners were able to save many more manatees from a similar fate, and every attempt must be made to continue these life-saving efforts.

With 2013's catastrophic loss of manatee lives coming so close on the heels of the mass mortality suffered during 2010, the already difficult job to ensure the survival of these gentle and defenseless marine mammals has been made all the more challenging, and it's not over yet.

What we put into our waters, how much we pump from our aquifer and draw from our springs and rivers, together with how we use our waterways, all has an impact on our own lives and the lives of every aquatic species. We must demand better stewardship of our waters and waterways or suffer even more severe consequences going forward. Your donation will help us continue our fight to protect manatees and their habitat.

Please help these gentle giants....Lon

We want to thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other rescue and rehabilitation partners and volunteers for their tireless efforts on the manatee's behalf. If you need a reminder of what Save the Manatee Club has done for manatees, please click here to review our Activities and Accomplishments. With your assistance, we can help ensure a better future for manatees.

Patrick Rose
Aquatic Biologist, Executive Director
Save the Manatee Club


Is this a Skunk Ape?

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Not sure what to say about this one...though there are a few clues to it being a fake. What do you think?

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Nunavik hunters run into rock-throwing bigfoot creature

Akulivik hunter Harry Cruikshank and his friends say they are the third northern Quebec group within the last two years to spot a bigfoot creature.

There was the night-time sighting last month of a red-eyed bigfoot mama and cub by Cree hunters near Wemindji, and there was the sighting in Aulivik last September, by Harry Cruikshank’s sister, Maggie Cruikshank, who was picking berries when she spotted a tall hairy beast without any clothes.

But unlike previous sightings, Harry Cruikshank’s bigfoot actually may have tried to convey a message to him and his friends.

The message was, “stay away!”

The group of four men and one woman say they saw the creature Oct. 19. The weather was nice and everyone was hungry for country food so they decided to go seal hunting.

The group traveled by motorized canoe to an area 45 minutes south of Akulivik on Nunavik’s Hudson Bay coast. After a short coffee break they continued to a remote bay known to be a good spot for seal.

“We all saw the unexpected something on a small hill, it was dark and we started staring at it,” Cruikshank said. “We knew there was nobody up there because there were no other canoes and you can only reach that hunting area by canoe.”

The group decided to go after the creature. They approached the area and climbed the small hill, but they found nothing. Then they spotted a caribou trail.

“We heard a strange noise up in the land,” said Cruiskshank, “like the sound of something throwing rocks.”

“Maybe the creature was trying to communicate with us,” added Cruikshank. “But I don’t know how to talk to the bigfoot.”

Still, the hunting party tried to interpret the creature’s movements.

Speaking amongst themselves, they determined the animal was indeed a bigfoot, and that it was throwing rocks at them because it was angry.

The bigfoot had been hunting the caribou, Cruikshank speculated, and his hunting party had interrupted the beast on its quest for food.

Cruikshank and his friends were hungry, too. But they weren’t about to try and shoot the bigfoot. They were also craving caribou meat.

“The bigfoot is not food for us because it walks like a human, with long, long arms,” said Cruikshank. “We forgot about that beast because we really needed to have the country food.”

And so the bigfoot escaped into the wilderness, and Cruikshank and his friends bagged the two caribou that they suspected the beast had been out hunting.

This is actually not the first time Cruikshank has seen a bigfoot. He first sighted the creature back in July of 1997. Cruikshank and his wife were travelling by canoe when she spotted something on the land.

“Harry, what is that!” his wife cried, pointing to a dark hairy creature.

“He stood up and started running,” said Cruikshank, “very fast running.”

But when he told his story, the people of Akulivik didn’t believe him. “I become quiet after that,” said Cruikshank.

For more than 15 years no one in Akulivik saw bigfoot, or at least no one in Akulivik spoke very loudly about seeing a bigfoot.

Then, late in the afternoon on a rainy, windy Saturday in September 2012, Harry Cruikshank’s sister, Maggie Cruikshank, spotted a bigfoot while out picking berries with her cousin.

The creature was “taller and larger than a man,” Maggie Cruikshank said at the time. “It walks like us but not standing straight like us, it can jump and crawl.”

And its footprint measured some 40 centimetres.

Maggie Cruikshank posted photos of the footprints on her Facebook page, which instantly drew numerous comments. But she still has not released a video she claims to have of the creature, which has drawn her some criticism.

Unfortunately her brother was not able to gather any hard evidence of the bigfoot that he saw.

“All of us forgot our cameras,” said Cruikshank.

Clear and compelling documentation of bigfoot has long been a goal of bigfoot enthusiasts and researchers in the western United States, where stories of the creature abound, from the forests of Oregon and Washington to the canyons of Utah.

In the U.S., people have set up motion sensor cameras and trekked deep into the woods searching for bigfoot, but one Utah-based group called the Falcon Project has an ambitious new plan: construct a remote-controlled helium-filled airship, complete with high tech cameras and thermal imaging equipment, and take the search for bigfoot to the skies.

“We spent 40 years on the ground trying to film this creature,” said project manager William Barnes. “I decided the only way we can actually study these creatures is from the air.”

Barnes, who had a life-altering bigfoot sighting while prospecting for gold in California in the late 1990s — the creature came within just three feet of his tent — says the craft will cost approximately $310,000.

“We’re still raising money,” said Barnes, “But once we get our money we’re going to be out there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The group, which includes an Idaho State University anthropologist, world-renown tropical biologist and conservationist Ian Redmond and an experienced wolf and mountain lion tracker named Jim Halfpenny plans to search in Idaho, Texas, West Virginia and British Columbia.

But as of now the Falcon Project has no plans to come to Nunavik.

Back in Aulivik, Harry Cruikshank believes the creatures are here to stay, though he doesn’t plan to go out looking for one again anytime soon.

“I am just going to leave it alone,” said Cruikshank, “and only hunt for the real animals, and not that kind of beast.”

“There have been sightings before,” added Akulivik Mayor Henry Alayco, and he seemed to think there would be sightings again. “It is some sort of mystery,” said Alayco. - NunatsiaqOnline


UFOs at Machu Picchu?

Cisco, Peru - 10/28/2013 - The camera used was of low resolution, brand and model are: Canon SD1000 and only has 7.1 megapixels. My mother said they did not notice anything strange in the sky that day that everything was normal and it was in the picture I just realized, and this happened on the 29th July 2012. My mom and I are quite informed about this issue and that there are lots of fakes about UFOs photos, but I can assure you that the photo is 100% real, and Ive had experiences before but unfortunately I have no evidence. - MUFON CMS



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