Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Chinese Farmer Sentenced for Tiger Pics
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Blog Monkey Project
Tall Tales in Virginia
Southampton County, VA, residents are falling for conspiracy stories that wildlife officials have released rattlesnakes via helicopter... (News source.)
The same rumors of secretive predator introductions have been spread (whether of rattlesnakes, mountain lions, or coyotes) throughout North America, and even in other parts of the world ("viper introductions" in France, etc.).
Moe Probably Didn't Survive
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Bigfoot in BC
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Prince Edward Island Carcass
The NSW (Australia) premier wants to investigate the ongoing big cat sightings there. (News source.)
Blackstone, Virginia, and its newspaper, the Courier-Record, are investigating sightings of the eastern cougar. (News source.)
A loose tiger is one of the concerns in Galveston County, post-Hurricane Ike. (News source.)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
2-Legged Snake Mis-ID
100 New Elasmobranchs
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Toronto: Monkey Loose
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
New Iguana Species
A new study points out that a good number of marine fish fluoresce red. (News source.)
"It has long been axiomatic that red light is simply not part of the mental universe of marine fish because the sunlight's longest visible wavelengths do not penetrate below a depth of ten metres (30 feet)." ...
"This foreshortening of the color spectrum under the waves was also assumed to correspond to a narrowed field of vision in fish, said the study's lead researcher in an interview." ...
"Looking through a filter while scuba diving that blocked out the brighter green and blue light waves, leaving only red ones, they suddenly saw a whole universe of sea creatures glowing various hues of cherry, crimson, ruby and rust."
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Mystery Lake Critter (Though Not For Long)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Australian Big Cat vs Sheep?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Okapi Survives in Congo
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Surviving Outer Space
Monday, September 08, 2008
"Big Snake" in Indiana
From Mishawaka, Indiana:
"[It] all started three weeks ago when the Scott family found a mound of sand and gravel in their backyard.
"One member of the family even spotted what they thought was a huge snake head."
They called professionals, who said it might be a large exotic snake or a large native ratsnake. The problem, of course, is that large snakes don't create mounds of sand and gravel. They may take over a burrow, but this sounds like a misidentification, probably not a snake at all. (Offhand don't know if this part of Indiana has bullsnakes, but that would be more likely than a ratsnake.)
Ugly Bearded Creature?
A Brunei nature documentary on Temburong has a "touch of mystery" to it. No real details, but the news article notes:
"The mystery started when one of our production crews fainted after she saw an ugly bearded creature in the jungle before we even started to climb.
"We have to leave her behind to be looked after by one of the guides."
Lots of known primates in Brunei, so would need better details to determine if this is an actual "mystery" or not.
Connecticut Mountain Lions?
Saturday, September 06, 2008
More on Fossil Print
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Flora Curiosa: Cryptobotanical Fiction
For those interested in literary cryptobotany, I've put together an anthology (Flora Curiosa) of 20 classic short stories involving all sorts of strange plants and fungi in science fiction and fantasy. An additional story by Louisa May Alcott that I came across too late for this collection was included in my anthology of Egyptian-themed sff stories, Out of the Sand.
Also, I've put together a two-novel collection, Pym, that includes Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, in which you'll find Poe's zoological speculation on the fauna of the Antarctic (at that point unexplored).