Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The "Giant Prehistoric Minnow"
Years ago, I came across Lost Legends of the West, by Williams & Pepper (1970). They briefly mention the story of a man in the early 1960s who caught a "giant prehistoric minnow" in Lake Mojave, which excited wildlife officials. The story is repeated in the 2007 book, Weird Las Vegas and Nevada. When I posed the question of the species of the fish on the old CZ list in 1999 (actually, I see that Matt Bille had previously queried on the subject there), Jack "Rabbit" noted that it was probably the Colorado squawfish, Ptychocheilus lucius (now called the Colorado pikeminnow). With recent advances in search capabilities, it's now possible to confirm this identification, and I can point to a closer source to the story. Desert Magazine from August 1963 gives a few details in its article on Lake Mojave. The court battle (with victory for the fisherman) for the 1960s fish's remains (noted in Lost Legends) isn't mentioned, so I am uncertain as to whether it is apocryphal. Today, of course, there would be no legal grounds for possession of an endangered fish, but as Federal protection wasn't even available until the ESA in 1973, I suppose such a court case could have happened.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Perception and Reality
New Bat in Comoros
UK: Dolphin Superpod
"Stoned" Wallabies Make Crop Circles
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Fun with Genetics
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Fossil Mystery Ape
Montague "Mouse" Mystery
Giant Out-of-Place Arapaima?
Another Mangey Coyote?
Alabama: Monkey on Loose?
Red Hairy Snail Hunt
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Swedenborg Whale Bones?
Ecuador: Possible New (Small) Species
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Snake Causes Hysterical "Sickness" Outbreak
55 children in India became sick after they learned that an 18-inch snake had been found in the cooked rice of their noon-day meal. The snake didn't cause the illness, of course. (Snakes are routinely cooked and eaten in other parts of the world.) More of a case of the power of suggestion... (News source.)
Beast of 'Busco Festival
Monday, June 15, 2009
A black leopard has been spotted in India's Sindhudurg district, the first time since 1942. (News source.)
A North Carolina farmer says he saw a female lion. (News source.)
Even after a third sighting, Georgia officials have no actual evidence of a big cat. (News source.)
NJ Monk Parakeets
Friday, June 12, 2009
More on Japanese Falling Tadpoles
OT: Mystery Rock in Ohio
The Ohio man who found the rock thinks it looks like a turtle head, and may have been carved by the Moundbuilders. A Cincinnati museum archaeologist thinks it is just a natural artifact, not carved. A Muskegum College geologist thinks he sees tool marks on the rock. The debate continues... (News source, and here.)
Labels: other science
Georgia: Another Lion Sighting
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Name a Jellyfish
Giant Elephant Fossil
Researchers have dug up an enormous elephant fossil from a sand quarry in East Java.
"'It is one of the most complete elephant skeletons recovered in Indonesia,' Dr van den Bergh said in a statement.
"'(It) is of an extinct species and is of enormous size - much bigger than modern-day Asian elephants, with a femur alone being 1.2 metres long.'" (News source.)
Georgia: "Lion" Sighting
Not sure if this indicates a maned lion, or a mountain lion.
"The Hall County Sheriff's Office responded to Dahlonega Highway near the Lumpkin County line Tuesday morning after receiving a call from a motorist who said he had seen a lion on the shoulder of the road." (News source.)
Probably a maned cat, as deputies checked with a local game preserve. No sign of the cat was found.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
A father and son team out of the UK claims that they have photographic evidence for a giant anaconda. The pic shown at the url doesn't look like a giant snake, though, (too thin, looks to be within the range of known anacondas), so I'm not sure what that's doing there, or if it is in fact the claimed evidence. (News source.)
Thursday, June 04, 2009
New Tree Kangaroo?
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Virginia officials say the Wight game cam images are not of a cougar. They say they visited the site, and estimates show the cat was too small. (They'd probably be more convincing if they actually published the data and methodology. Seriously, if you are presented with what isn't the typical bobcat photo, and this isn't a bobcat, put a little more effort into it and present the results professionally. Independent cougar researchers would find it easier to back up game officials this way.) (News source.)
Wisconsin state biologists say that tracks found of an alleged cougar probably are cougar. (News source.)