Monday, September 28, 2009


Kevin Stewart passed along that Dr. Glen Chilton is currently writing a book, The Return of the Ferret Zombies, on the black-footed ferret (and maybe other rediscovered species?)

But, it also appears that Dr. Chilton has just published
The Curse of the Labrador Duck, about his quest to find all the stuffed specimens of this extinct bird and visit locales formerly important to the species.

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Aussie Inverts

850 new invertebrates have been described by Australian researchers from caves and other underground habitats. (News source.) Via Kevin Stewart.

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An editorial (sort of) here on the possibility of rediscovered animals.


BioFortean Review Articles

I am far behind in adding material to BioFortean Review, but I've just posted two articles:

The "Dirty Angel" and Other Nevada Paiute Folkloric Creatures

Johnston's "Third Mysterious Animal" from the Congo

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Michigan Housecat Misidentified

A rather clear image of a housecat was being promoted as "cougar evidence" in Michigan, until DNR officers pointed out the misidentification. (News source.)

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Maple Champ Candy

A special version of old-fashioned maple candy that features the likeness of "Champ" is being made in honor of the 400th anniversary of the first European exploration of Lake Champlain. (News source.)

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Coachwhip Books in Australia

It appears that all of black-and-white cryptozoology books available from my publishing arm, Coachwhip Publications, should now be available for purchase from the Angus & Robertson bookstore in Melbourne, Australia, via the Espresso Book Machine. A&R will be adding EBMs to other branches throughout Australia in the near future. Hopefully, other bookstores in that part of the world will consider incorporating EBMs into their business strategy.

(Unfortunately, full color books will not be available in this incarnation of the EBM.)

And, I'll note that my goal is to expand my selection of cryptozoological and anomalous natural history books, so am looking for authors who may have niche texts in these fields that don't fit a traditional publisher's interests. (I'm looking for research-based books, as opposed to speculation-driven books.) See my submission guidelines, or email if you have questions.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another Indonesian Coelacanth

Another specimen of the Indonesian coelacanth was netted by a fisherman; it died on the way to the Sam Ratulangi University. (News source.)


Gelatinous, Scaleless Fish

First came the "scientists are baffled by strange fish" news article...

Then, NatGeo noted the identity to a group of strange "jellynose fish," though the species of this specimen is still undetermined.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Squirrel vs Fruit Bat

Odd behavior noted by a biologist in Tanzania: a squirrel attacked a fruit bat. (News source.)

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Cougar News

A New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife employee reported seeing a mountain lion. (News source.)

A cougar was struck by a car and killed, near Bemidji, Minnesota. (News source.)

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Marine Discoveries

New species have been discovered in the deep sea around the Canary Islands. (News source.)

A new ghostshark has been described from off southern California / Baja. (Eurekalert.)

Scientists netted a 20-foot giant squid from the Gulf of Mexico. (News source.)

A large forest of a rare black coral was discovered in the waters off Italy. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Golden Cat on Camera

Some pics and interesting article about a researcher in Uganda who captured a golden cat on trail cams.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

One-Legged Snake

A Chinese woman killed what looks like a "one-legged snake." (News source.)

The leg is coming out of the snake's stomach region, however, so despite the similar coloration, it doesn't look like it actually belongs to the snake.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

OOP Coati

A North Carolina man found a coatimundi in his garden. (News source.)


Bookies Not Too Smart

Bookies have paid the Natural History Museum in London an annual fee (22,000 so far in total) since 1987 for the museum to "provide positive identification" if the Loch Ness Monster or Yeti should be discovered. In such a case, the museum would also have the rights to exhibit the animals' remains. (News source.)

Of course, as it is unlikely the bookies themselves will secure the evidence, and I doubt that they are going to pay out any money to the discoverers themselves (if they don't actually place a bet), nor is there any reason for said discoverers to allow the bookmakers or museum to have anything to do with any remains, looks to me like the bookmakers have paid out a great deal of money for nothing. Seriously, if someone actually discovers a yeti or lake monster (with full remains) there are far better ways to make it available to the scientific community while retaining remunerative financial benefits. (One way would be to provide the specimen on permanent loan to an institution while retaining commercial rights to reproduction of skeletal remains...)

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Illinois: Big Black "Cougar"

A jogger in Wheaton, IL, says she saw a dark-colored feline that was larger than her 60-lb dog. (News source, and here.)

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Giant Eagle Research

More research on the extinct Haast's eagle of New Zealand.

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Pink Grasshopper

Andrew Gable has a posting on his blog about a rare mutation of a grasshopper found in the UK. I've seen records of pink katydids here in the US; that might make an interesting book, Mutants in the Insect Kingdom.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Hunt for Paleodictyon nodosum

An oceanographer has spent 33 years attempting to find Paleodictyon nodosum, known only from its imprints in the Atlantic ocean bed (and possible kin in the fossil record). (News source.)


Monday, September 07, 2009

"Rediscovered Whale"

An announcement at a recent symposium on whales in the Indian Ocean apparently noted the rediscovery of a whale species. As I didn't see any further news on it, I queried Dr. Anderson, who replies: "The rediscovered whale should be described in a multiauthor paper, which will probably appear in Marine Mammal Science next year. Nothing more definite than that yet." So, something to look forward to.

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Buy a Tyrannosaur

A 50% complete skeleton (apparently with restoration to make a full mount) will be available at an auction in Las Vegas in October. (News source.)

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Mount Bosavi Expedition

A BBC documentary crew sent to PNG's Mount Bosavi found among other critters, a new species of frog (news source), and a new giant rat (news source).

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Mozambique: New Species

A video on some new species from a Mozambique rainforest, here.


Weta Workshops Yeti

A tv ad for NZ's Land Search and Rescue includes a yeti, with combination of guy-in-a-suit and animatronics tech. (News source.)

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Conservation: Saola and Okapi

The Saola antelope is close to extinction. (News source.)

An interesting interview and overview of okapi conservation here.

(Thanks to Kevin Stewart.)

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Ice Jellies

Some details and interesting pics of jellyfish from the deep Arctic ocean, here.


Captive Okapi Birth

Oklahoma City Zoo recently saw an okapi birth, the fourth time at that zoo since 1995. (News source.)

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Color in Fossil Feathers

Sausage-shaped melanosomes have been found in fossil bird feathers, giving clues as to the original coloration. (News source.)

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The Segamai: Giant Ground Sloth?

I ran across some older (2001) material on possible giant ground sloth folklore. The Segamai is a Peruvian folkloric creature that has similarities to Brazilian Mapinguari folklore. A description and brief discussion of the Segamai can be found here (see ch. 16, pp. 172-3). David Oren's discussion of the possibility of surviving giant ground sloths can be found here.


Albino Otter

An albino otter was photographed on the Moray coast in Scotland. (News source, via Kevin Stewart)