; Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Friday, May 02, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Sonar 'Image' of Nessie? -- Enigma Atlantic Sturgeon Reappears -- Experts Think Flight 370 Recordings Were Edited

Sonar scan picks up ‘image’ of Loch Ness monster

A startling sonar image from the depths of Loch Ness is set to spark further speculation that Nessie may be about to make a long-awaited reappearance.

Captured on underwater scanning equipment aboard a luxury cruise vessel, the reading appears to show a large object in the deep waters below.

The screenshot is set to cause fresh excitement among frustrated Nessie hunters, following a lack of sightings in over a year.

The image was recorded by sonar equipment aboard the Jacobite Queen which is owned by Inverness-based Jacobite Cruises.

Skipper, John Askew, said: “This image certainly grabbed our attention.

“The Jacobite Queen spends every day sailing up and down the loch with the sonar on and this reading is the most unusual we have seen for quite some time.

“It’s impossible to tell what we’ve picked up here, but along with those satellite images, you can’t help feeling that reports of the Loch Ness Monster’s demise may be premature.

“Nessie captures the imagination of people all over the world and, if anything, the speculation around lack of recent sightings has increased that interest.”

Every year Jacobite Cruises’ fleet of luxury vessels carries more than 100,000 passengers on Loch Ness, with the possibility of spotting Nessie adding extra excitement to their enjoyment of the world famous destination’s scenery and atmosphere.

The Jacobite Queen’s sister vessels, the Jacobite Legend and Jacobite Warrior, are also equipped with sonar equipment providing live images from the depths.

Jacobite Cruises recently launched the tongue-in-cheek #NessieToVote campaign to secure a vote for Nessie in the Scottish independence referendum.

They insist that as a great ambassador for Scottish tourism, attracting more than a million people from around the world and bringing £25 million to the economy, the monster should be able to play a part in deciding the country’s future. - Scotsman

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'Monster fish' thought to be extinct washes ashore

A 7-foot Atlantic Sturgeon washed up in Lyme ... why it died is still a mystery, but the biggest question is why it was 8 miles up the river from the mouth of the Long Island Sound.

Atlantic Sturgeon native to Connecticut were believed to be wiped out due to over-fishing.

Even though the D.E.E.P ( Connecticut's Department of Energy & Environmental Protection) said it was a female, at least 12 years old, carrying eggs, the sturgeon was still too young to actually lay its eggs.

If baby Atlantic Sturgeon are actually discovered in the river, that would be the sign marine scientists need to prove that that type of fish is making a comeback.

"That would be like the holy grail, finding evidence of that again," Tom Savoy, a D.E.E.P. Fisheries Biologist, said.

The D.E.E.P. believes tissue samples will help prove if the Atlantic Sturgeon found in Lyme is unique to the Connecticut River, or if it's just part of another population from a river outside the state. - AOL


'Munsters' star Butch Patrick plans to save a haunted mansion

MACON, Mo., April 17 (UPI) -- The Munsters star Butch Patrick plans to save an old Victorian mansion he says is haunted.

The 60-year-old actor portrayed Eddie Munster on the spooky 1960s show, and says he is no stranger to the supernatural. He plans to save his late aunt's home in Macon, Mo., and has reportedly discovered the house is haunted.

"Every 20 years or so I would drive by the house to visit and last time I went by, I found it was in foreclosure and it was close to being wrecked," Patrick tells FOX News. "I'm working with the banks to try and save it and lo and behold, it turns out it's haunted."

The star says his grandmother and sister have both experienced paranormal activity in the house, but he himself never noticed anything unusual... until now.

"I had some experts come in and they found, like, 13 entities in the house," Patrick reports.

The actor has an avid interest in the supernatural, and has visited several haunted locations in the U.S., including the Roosevelt Hotel and the Whaley House. He says he has "felt some interesting things going on" -- including "something [passing] through" his body -- but has "never actually physically seen something."

Patrick plans to write a "coffin-table book" with fan stories about The Munsters sometime in the near future. - UPI


Experts Think The Missing Malaysia Jet Recordings Were Edited

Voice experts believe the audio recordings from missing Malaysia jet 370 were edited, according to Elizabeth Chuck of NBC News.

At least two different audio sources recorded the tapes, the experts concluded, and one of those recordings may have been a digital recorder held up to a speaker.

The recordings were published for the first time on Thursday, and analysts who listened to the recordings told NBC that they noticed at least four clear breaks in the audio that indicated edits.

"It's very strange," audio-video forensic expert Ed Primeau of Primeau Forensics told NBC. "At approximately 1:14 ... it sounds like someone is holding a digital recorder up to a speaker, so it's a microphone-to-speaker transfer of that information. That's a pretty big deal because it raises the first red flag about there possibly being some editing."

Primeau and forensic audio examiner Kent Gibson detailed several other irregularities.

Gibson said that the tapes indicated that "Malaysian authorities or whoever presented this made edits for whatever reason." He added that "it's not the way to handle evidence," but it also doesn't necessarily imply anything about the investigation.

"Unfortunately, there are no smoking guns, except there are edits. And there are clear edits," Gibson told NBC.

At 1:30 a.m. on March 8, the plane carrying 239 people dropped off air-traffic-control screens, less than an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No one knows where it went after that. Investigators think it's somewhere off the west coast of Australia. - Business Insider



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