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Sunday, 22 September 2019

It gets lonely being me!

I really am unwanted!

There are local "ghost hunting" groups in Bristol  and over a number of years I have repeatedly tried to be friendly with them and to get involved with the investigations they carry out.  Repeatedly I hear "Oh I'll let you know about any upcoming trips"....nothing.  I have the email from one group who were very odd in their responses so I asked if there was a problem?  Yes. Me.

"We were all a bit worried about why you wanted to get involved with the group" -I pointed out online sources that give my background, etc., and it turned out they knew all of this. I was told "Most people involved in this in Bristol know about you". 

So why the problem?

A 'sceptical' group didn't want anything to do with me either.

This is all odd as via the Ghost Club face book page I have had offers to join sceptical groups: "You seem to be  on the same line of thought as us".  No. Never ever, ever say that you know how I think. I did actually refuse all the requests because I checked the groups out and they were not 'sceptical' but more inclined to debunking to the point of being downright silly.

I have had a couple of invites from UK ghost groups but these seem to be to use my name and being a member to their own ends.  Every creak, cobweb and cloud of dust on their videos was 'paranormal' and each group appears to have "bona fide" and "proven accurate" psychics who feed them a line as they write it all down as though getting the information directly from the mouth of a dead person.

Both sides use ghost hunting and detecting equipment that have been exposed as being inaccurate -most are pieces of equipment electricians, etc, use in their work but use them correctly.  They all simply get a higher price tag and a label with "Ghost Detector" stuck to them. There is a fella named Leroy in the United States who bought a box  full of EMF meters for $300 and printed out "Ghost Detector" labels on each and sold them all in two months.  He made $2000 -not a bad profit.

One "ghost hunter" (stupid title) I met thought he had me weighed up pretty well so fed me the line that debunkers usually do and that it was "all in the imagination", etc, and the group he worked with had "all the top gear to use" and if they found nothing on night time 'investigations' they cited this as a way to debunk -they never detected anything so there is nothing there". I asked why he and his pals were still involved if it was all rubbish?  Because, I was told, "We carry out scientific investigations". I did roll my eyes and that annoyed him -not heard from him since.

It's dead people.  Really? So after hundreds of years, for the last 150 years more intensely, investigation has turned up what evidence?  Zero.  By now those in the field should be looking at the data and developing new theories that can be followed up.

But I have recently heard from a couple of people who were involved in some of these groups and still have friends in them. Activities they were involved in were definitely not scientific but were more social events to "have a laugh and drink" with new friends and one described events as being more like dating clubs.

There is nothing wrong with this so long as you declare it is a social group rather than tell the press or local radio that you are in "a team of dedicated ghost hunters".  And since when is it obligatory that "ghost hunters" have to wear head to foot black paramilitary gear? One person noted that he was told on the night of an 'investigation' that he could not go along as he was dressed casually rather than the "obligatory" all black gear and, my eyes roll again, I have heard of three groups where it is insisted upon that everyone leave their vehicles when arriving at a location with their group logo jackets AND wearing a particular brand of sunglasses.  At dusk or at night.  That is not cool but makes them look a joke.

You are either seriously involved in research, cosplaying or socialising.  For me it is all work and that is what makes me persona non grata.

Ghost hunting groups, UFO groups and even cryptozoological groups have a specific reason why they do not want me involved. Being exposed as incompetent or as frauds. I go by data and facts and by doing real research work not cutting and pasting from the internet and not fantasy. People socialising or involved in REAL investigation work have nothing to fear from me -why should they?

It says a lot about the people involved in these groups that they are "concerned" about why I want to cooperate on investigations.

We live in a world where tripe and trash have taken over from real research and investigation.  Two books prove this: The Rochdale Poltergeist: A True Story which reads like a 1970s NEL paperback horror story and then there is The South Shields Poltergeist: One Family's Fight Against an Invisible Intruder which at points had me falling asleep, laughing hysterically and asking just HOW this tripe was ever published?  

But it is what people want -that an gateways/portals to Hell in every house....oh, and a demon in each house....and the ghost of a little girl (or is it??).

Whether you are talking about "ghosts", UFOs or some strange creature the only thing that matters is the evidence and in many cases, because there is no way to gather evidence, do you believe the witness(es) are credible enough to add the data to the actual data base?

It gets lonely being me! :-) :-)

If you know of a creature report a UFO incident or anything else that I can report on -fairly- then please contact me (the AOP face book page messenger is there for this very purpose).


Not everyone is going to be happy -debunkers or ufologists.

Charles I. Halt (b. 1939) is a retired United States Air Force colonel and a former deputy base commander of RAF Bentwaters, near WoodbridgeSuffolk. After serving in VietnamJapan and Korea, he was assigned to Bentwaters as deputy commander. The Rendlesham Forest incident of late December 1980 occurred shortly afterwards, and he was an important witness to events on the second night of sightings.

Why do I mention this?

Look who has my book  -Charles I Halt

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Since 1947 it has been claimed that UFOs/flying saucers are evidence of aliens visiting the Earth.  Since the 1950s claims of encounters with landed craft and alien beings were talked about but not taken seriously.

In the 1960s the subject of UFO abduction was a "slow-burner" until the whole "Grey" abduction phenomenon and claims made by researchers such as Budd Hopkins, Prof. John Mack and Dr David Jacobs and Whitley Streiber.

But is there evidence to back up any of the claims -and what about those encountering Alien Entities but who were not abducted?

Are these people all hoaxers, psychotic or suffering from some other mental illness as some claim?

Are those people who were exposed by Ufologists against their wishes, people who wanted to report what happened and then just get back to their everyday lives -thrust into the media glare against their will?

And if US authorities were so interested that in one case at least they broke into the home of two abductees and this was later proven -why?

Why did a hard core of these people never want publicity or to make money from what happened to them?

Above all, why did a major UFO landing incident take place on a US Interstate road in front of a large number of observers (all willing to talk to investigators) never get investigated? If it were not for a radio presenter interviewing and taking notes we would know nothing of the case -it would be labelled "insubstantial".

James and Coral Lorensen -the Scopolamine Kids; using a very notorious "truth drug" on alleged UFO witnesses and selling stories to newspapers.  An investigator (a veteran) showing a witness images of "aliens" encountered in other cases before any memories were retrieved.  Worst of all, the constant "pissing competition" and breaches of trust between UFO investigators.

2019 is the time to assess the past evidence and look at the faults within Ufology.

Not everyone is going to be happy -debunkers or ufologists.

Praised by Dr Mark Rodheiger of the Centre for UFO Studies and, below, John Hanson of the Haunted Skies Project and Colonel Charles Halt the officer involved in the Rendlesham incident.


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The follow up to the comprehensive book "UFO Contact?"

The Author spent 1974 to 2018 specializing in the investigation and research of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) and alien entity cases; the former involving an Unidentified Flying Object and the latter, apparently, involving none.

Previously unreported cases as well as 'lost' cases are looked at as well as the possibility that some percients suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after their encounters.

A must read for those with a serious interest in UFOs

Some of the contents:
 The Nottinghamshire UFO Crash of 1987…or 1988                                   
 The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ and Berwyn Mountains ‘UFO’ Crash Retrieval 
 Strange Pennsylvania Entity Encounter                                                        
 UFO Abductees and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome                             
 The UFO That Landed On A US Highway                                                   
 My Encounters With The Men In Black                                                        
 A Previously Un-noted Alien Entity Type                                                   
 Early 20th Century UK Close Encounters of the Third Kind                     
 Close Encounter with a Boggart                                                                      
 Some Odd and Unusual Cases                                                                       
 Rosa Lotti and the Happy Entities                                                                
 The Strange Case of the Woollaton Gnomes and the Mince-pie Martians
 What Happened on the Isle of Wight and at Felixstowe?                           
 The ‘Lost’ Belgian UFO Landing Case                                                      
 Strange Aliens from Outer Space?                                                             
 Encounter with Black Aliens and Landed UFO                                         
 Preliminary UK CE3K/Alien Entity Catalogue 

Third Book in the Series
These cover everything from UFOs and Close Encounters of the Third Kind to encounters with unidentified humanoid creatures, ghosts, poltergeists, mysterious and unidentified creatures at sea, on land as well as bizarre carcasses washed ashore.  Loch Ness, Sasquatch, previously thought lost photographs of a city in the sky and others.

And if you want to concentrate solely on alleged alien abductions or encounters then UFO Contact? (receiving some praise from the Centre for UFO Studies) and the follow up, Unidentified-Identified are the books you need

Contact! Encounters With Extra Terrestrial Entities?

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The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) says that we may have to wait many thousands of years before any signals sent gets a response if they are detected.

The real SETI may already have established the there is alien life –and it has been visiting Earth for at least 70 years.

Once the mass of reports of 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind and entity encounters are sifted there remains a strong core of cases that defy logical explanation and suggest that these encounters have resulted in physiological effects and post traumatic stress.

Terry Hooper-Scharf of the CE3K/AE Project has led research into these reports for over 40 years and in this work takes a look at rare or obscure reports as well as cataloguing encounters from Germany and Portugal and focuses in on correlations in the reports and how the Dandenong (Kelly Cahill) encounter could be the best case ever reported.

Have the serious investigators and researchers looking into UFOs been unearthing better evidence of extra terrestrial life and contact with humans than established SETI ?

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Intelligent Life Beyond Earth -Where's Spock?

There is an irrefutable fact that no scientist can counter. Not one person on Earth has actually physically examined alien life first hand.

Yes, Science can call on its knowledge of Earth based life but even here it is stumped when it comes to certain life forms such as Tardigrades -there are often called water bears or moss piglets and are near-microscopic animals with long, plump bodies and scrunched-up heads: these tiny animals are almost indestructible and can even survive in outer space. So we can learn a lot about tardigrades however, they are still from Earth and not another planet -even if some jumped onto the theory that they might have arrived on Earth from space.

The fact is that we need what is called a flat -basic- data base to work from and so our current knowledge forms that. Where things go wrong is when those involved in science claim that life elsewhere must conform to life on Earth and to have been started the same way and so on and so forth -even if others argue against this.

At one time if someone reported a UFOB (a seemingly constructed non-terrestrial craft) and humanoid figures emerging from it then immediately the scientists would screech out "No! Impossible! Any extraterrestrial life must be completely difference in appearance to humans!" In articles they had written, as well as in person, several astronomers made it clear that the UFOB reports that would have more credibility would be those featuring non-humanoid entities.

From 1975 -2018 I searched and scoured every possible non-humanoid report I could find and as I pointed out in UFO Contact? one after another fell in the wake of the mildest scrutiny.

The Flying Saucer Review and its later publications including the book The Humanoids (previously an FSR Special Issue) listed the November, 1958, Braemar, Tayside case in which two young members of the Territorial Army encountered strange, shambling creatures as factual.  It was cited, despite the lack of any original source or names as "the British Flatwoods". After decades of searching I can confirm that this was a hoax and the likeliest culprits in this hoax were the Flying Saucer Review and its editor.  Not a single newspaper report and even local historians (most keep a ghosts and mysteries file) had never heard of such an event. And FSR editorial correspondence on file now has no reference to the report.  Hoax.

FSR, along with some very dubious UFO book authors, such as Brad Steiger, promoted the Gustafsson and Rydberg encounter as genuine.  As it happens, Steiger probably based his account on FSRs since it was the only English language source. On 20th December, 1958, Hans Gustafsson and Stig Rydberg claimed that “jellylike creatures” attempted to drag them toward a craft in the early morning whilst driving to Helsingborg, Sweden. The case was quickly identified as a hoax (see Some Things Strange and Sinister) by official and unofficial Swedish investigators -FSR was informed of this at the time but seemed unwilling to correct the record (rejecting a fully reference article I sent it as (according to Gordon Creighton) "of no relevance".

These two cases are continually re-used in print and online and even my own internet posting on non humanoid entity cases has been constantly used along with its illustrations -no one points out that the cases were also proven by myself to be hoaxes (a number by Spanish ufologists aimed to discredit other ufologoists). In fact I rarely get a mention as the originator of the material used.

I did my research. I short-listed cases, went into them in more depth and found that ufologists knew some were hoaxes or even practical jokes but had never bothered to correct the record publicly as it was "of no relevance" -they knew and that is all that mattered.

The only case that seems -I use the word seems because ufologists didn't drop the ball on it...they just could not be bothered turning up to the playing field to even pick it up- was Euporia, Mississippi in 1973.

After decades I started questioning what evidence there actually was but at some undefinable point in the 2000's astronomers and scientists began to state that inhabitants from other worlds would conform to the humanoid form in appearance. This was based on what they knew about life on Earth of course and ruled out other forms of life including non humanoid. But scientists are always doing this and my favourite quote on an astronomical anomaly can be paraphrased: "We think we can now explain this if our theory is correct and if this other phenomenon exists as we think it does"

To explain this even more clearly what they are saying is that they they have seen an object (planet, sun or whatever) A do something they cannot explain but they have theorised that A and what they have observed can be possibly explained if object B and their theories about its behaviour can be linked to object C. Being silly one might say "I have a duck feather in this hand. In front of me on the table is a cannonball and the feather flutters to the floor slowly while the cannonball shoots out at high speed. It is possible that these two combined, in theory, might explain why clouds some times move slowly and at other times move quickly. Wind does not come into it because they never observed it.

The sudden dimming of an otherwise unremarkable star 1300 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. KIC 8462852 (Tabby's Star) has prompted some researchers to suggest that the megastructures of an advanced alien civilization might be blocking its light. Astronomers will always tell you "It is anything but alien" in almost every instance. It is a new mantra of dogma but is correct in that every other possibility needs to be ruled out first.  And every possibility was thrown in including waves of comets causing the blinking. Oh, the latest is that a nearby planet/moon may be evaporating and its vapourisation is creating the dimming.

Oumuamua science dropped the ball on in a way but signal emissions etc were checked for.  The famous images of Oumuamua as a long, torpedo like body was used constantly.  Even astronomers were using it as a illustrated reference while stamping their feet and shouting "It does not look like that!" It was quite funny reading all the conspiracy and other comments over the Oumuamua image in which some stated that there were clearly some form on antenna or antenna array visible "in the photo" (no one checked the "artist impression of what Oumuamua looks like" caption beneath the image.

NASA/ESA the world famous artists impression

How "we" actually saw Oumuamua  NASA/ESA

Final Oumuamua shape decided on by scientists  NASA/ESA

"Earth like exo planet discovered!" declare the headlines on a regular basis.  And the images all look wonderful -clouds, mountain ranges, seas are all visible. Similar for other planets.  However, in reality these planets are observed as tiny dots on a photo that moves its position or is seen as it crosses in front of its star. No one from this planet has ever taken a clear photograph of a planet beyond our own solar system and even in our own the minor planets beyond Pluto are not clearly photographed. Planet 9 (before demotion of Pluto it was Planet 10) the evidence has existed for over many decades and even some astronomers have proposed a Planet 9 and they have faced name calling and ridicule from colleagues over this. Now we are told that Planet 9 is huge and it effects other planets in the system with its gravity.  Basically, Science ruined and ran out the pioneers of planetary study and research because of scientific dogma.  Now they try to brush over how they behaved in a disgusting and unscientific manner with a "back then we never had the data".

If you spend any time in Science you will see this behaviour.  Remember that at one point we had no idea that there were other galaxies -we thought ours was all there was and even those who suggested there were other galaxies got ridiculed. We now know, Science will tell you, about Dark Matter.  Well, it is theorised to exist but, you know, no one has seen it "but it makes sense on a scientific basis" well then, people observing UFOBs and entities fits like-wise. But "NO!" because even in what has been termed the "most enlightened age of Man" dogma rules.

MACS0647-JD. MACS0647-JD ( J-band Dropout) is the second farthest known galaxy from the Earth based on the photometric redshift. It has a redshift of about z = 10.7, equivalent to a light travel distance of 13.26 billion light-years (4 billion parsecs). It contains an estimated (guessed at) 1 billion (1×109) stars.

Interesting but what about our own galaxy?  Some will state, and it is justified, that we should be expanding our knowledge of the universe

 The small common star UDF 2457 may be one of the farthest known stars inside the main body of the Milky Way. Globular clusters.


According to the closest stars to the Sol system are three stars in the Alpha Centauri system. The two main stars are Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, which form a binary pair. They are an average of 4.3 light-years from Earth. The third star is Proxima Centauri. It is about 4.22 light-years from Earth and is the closest star other than the sun.

Astronomers announced in August 2016 that they had detected an Earth-size planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. The newfound world, known as Proxima b, is about 1.3 times more massive than Earth, which suggests that the exoplanet is a rocky world, researchers said.

The planet is also in the star's habitable zone, that just-right range of distances where liquid water can exist. Proxima b lies just 4.7 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) from its host star and completes one orbit every 11.2 Earth-days. As a result, it's likely that the exoplanet is tidally locked, meaning it always shows the same face to its host star, just as the moon shows only one face (the near side) to Earth.

It is possible to detect whether a planet might have water, etc, but again it is important to understand that no human being has actually seen one of these planets up close or are ever likely to.  All the beautiful artist interpretations of these planets are just that.

We know that no human, let alone human scientist, has ever visited a world outside of our system.  We know definitely that no one has ever spoken to or studied an example of extraterrestrial life/life form.

 Ufologists have appeared incapable of dealing with reported encounters, classified as Close Encounters of the Third Kind/Alien Entity incidents.  Even in 2019 there are many who shun the reports. Most just quote "Alien Greys Abduction Event" and cite the very flawed work of Hopkins and fantastical work of Jacobs. There is even an outright objection -some times intermixed with insults- to look into old cases that were never investigated.  Multi-witness cases in which, due to probability, some of those witnesses are now dead and making it even more important to contact those still alive.

Both Science and those calling themselves ufologists all carry their dogma into their work which should be carried out with an open mind and to look at the facts and assess observers fairly. Ufology is a joke.  At times Science, with all of ots pomposity and cockalorum is also a joke.  We have to remember that whether ufology or Science those involved are human beings with all of the flaws that go with that.

The statement "We think that it might be  if we are right about this as yet only theory then we could possibly offer an explanation with stipulations" = "we are full of gas".  You have to have the data base and then work from that and I find that acceptable but it always needs to be made clear "it's only a theory and it may change". That is how Science works and the days when noted members of the community were ridiculed should be long gone (unless it is fear talking).

Europeans returning home talking of hairy man apes were ridiculed -until they started killing the gorillas at which point they became fact (Berenger proved they existed by getting his native Askari to machine gun them). The Okapi -pure native myth and any European saying it was not was "a loon" -Okapi proved to be real and on and on it goes Strange "sea monster" sightings ridiculed by the armchair experts but one after another proved to be real and so might the "sea serpent" the seeming migration path of which was known by even the gutter press who suspected any account not "within the season traditionally noted for sea serpent reports" -naturalists noting this, as they might note recognise what migration routes, were ridiculed.

Trains going faster that 10 miles per hour would result in the deaths of those on board. There is a very large catalogue of things ridiculed by established Science and even things accepted by it but which even at the time must have seemed a little "odd" but it was dogma and dogma had it as fact.

"Life on other planets based on what we know would have to follow the same lines of creation as on Earth. The humanoid form would be the best developed and so we look for Earth-like planets in an habitable zone".  I hear this over and over again. There is absolutely no established universal scientific law that says any life in this or any other solar system or galaxy must follow Earths example.  Life develops as life develops based on -please, Science, excuse me for throwing Science at you- evolutionary and environmental conditions.  Any astronomer or scientist who throws that line at you needs to move to a janitorial job or go back to college for an updated education. Remember, again, that some of the top names of their times in Science mocked and black-listed Darwin and his theory of evolution which today is accepted (except in some very dim Creationist areas).  Evolution -NO!  Old beardy guy sitting on a fluffy cloud -yes!

Possibly the biggest identifying statement from someone claiming to be a scientist or astronomer is "Well, we haven't detected any radio signals from other civilisations so it looks like Earth has the only form of intelligent life".

This is planetary jingoism at its worst. It is tantamount to stating "We own the universe as there is 'no one' else out there"  The question has always been whether other advanced civilisations actually use technology sending out radio signals or anything we recognise as signals.  Space is a very noisy place you know. People often counter that there "are so many stars out there" and, thus, there might or must be other intelligent life. People state this with no idea of just how many stars there are in the universe.

According to in October 2016, an article in Science (based on deep-field images from the Hubble Space Telescope) suggested that there are about 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe, or about 10 times more galaxies than previously suggested. In an email with Live Science, lead author Christopher Conselice, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, said there were about 100 million stars in the average galaxy.

You then have to ask how big the universe itself is. David Kornreich, an assistant professor at Ithaca College in New York State, the founder of the "Ask An Astronomer" service at Cornell University stated, regarding this question "I don't know  because I don't know if the universe is infinitely large or not," The observable universe appears to go back in time by about 13.8 billion years, but beyond what we could see there could be much, much more. And there are some astronomers who also think that we may live in a "multiverse" where there would be other universes like ours contained in some sort of larger entity.

We do not know how big the "universe" is or even how many galaxies exist beyond MACS0647-JD at 13.26 billion light-years (4 billion parsecs). Two trillion stars which is hard to even conceive and my favourite explanation of a trillion is: a trillion is 1,000,000,000,000, also known as 10 to the 12th power, or one million million. It's such a large number it's hard to get your head around it, so sometimes trillion just means “wow, a lot.”

"Humans are likely the only intelligent life form in the universe" is therefore a nonsensical statement from someone who needs a hard kick in the pants. I note some say "in the (Milky Way) galaxy" which consists of, by guesstimate some 250 billion ± 150 billion. Still a quote to deserve that kick in the pants.

Astronomers are now looking at which galaxies might be right to support systems that could support intelligent life. This is all theoretical because they are trying to find stars similar to our own and then guess at whether they might be in habitable zones -but that does not mean there would be intelligent life.  There is even argument as to whether the shape of a galaxy has anything to do with intelligent life developing.

Sending signals that might be intercepted at its target in  thousands of years if there is intelligent life and if it uses radio systems is utter futility.  The point, as scientists and astronomers point out, the irony does not seem to get through to them, is "to let whoever might be there know that there used to be intelligent life but it probably died out by the time they get the signal".  The other point is that IF there was another civilisation and they wanted to say "Hello" then that signal would take thousands more years to get back to....a dead planet so why bother?

If Science and astronomers were really interested in finding any intelligent form of life you wonder why they do not concentrate all effort on nearby stars?  Why do they not broadcast random signals in all directions around our solar system?  If there is life closer to us then it is far more likely to get a response sooner than thousands of years and if -if- there were exploring non terrestrial craft or even craft on regular routes of travel then they might be in the right place at the right time.  That makes logical sense.

I think that the answer is fear.  For all of the astronomers and scientists who want to discover intelligent alien life there are very loud astronomers and scientists who do not want to find or establish contact with alien life. Some will state where they are looking -again, millions of light years away- because the distance is non threatening to them: "No craft could travel faster than light so it would take them hundreds or thousands of years to get here" -safe.  Others, not hiding behind excuses will state outright that "When a technologically superior civilisation discovers an inferior one...the inferior civilisation soon ceases to exist".  Fear.

If ufologists cannot simply gather the reports and the information in a way the French and Canadian police services did  and then put it forwrd for analysis then they need to move aside.

If astronomers and scientists only want to ridicule -without viewing the actual data or talking to the percipients/witnesses involved- then they are not real scientists with enquiring minds. You look at what you are told is ridiculous or impossible and you assess the data for yourself.  Scared the "boys in the club" might laugh at you? Leave science and astronomy alone then until you are mature enough.  Scared your boss might get angry with you so you will be quiet and join in the ridiculing?  Either go ask mummy to stand up for you or, again, go away and come back when you are mature enough.

Yes, ufology is full of crooks, frauds, hoaxers and even people with mental health issues -with "Ruth Syndrome" as outlined in UFO Contact? we are not talking about mental illness. However, get past all the Grey Abduction Agenda stuff to the core of sightings and incidents then you wqill find the reports worth looking at.

As it stands I am probably more of an exobiologist than any of those with high paid salaries and free lunches for life.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Giant salamander

Giant salamander: Scientists believe this newly discovered animal is the world’s largest amphibian

Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo
Scientists have determined that a giant salamander previously housed at the London Zoo not only represents a newly discovered species — it's also likely the largest amphibian known to man
The finding is part of a new study published Monday in the scientific journal Ecology and Evolution. In it, researchers detail the realization that Chinese giant salamanders — previously thought to be one species — are actually a group of three related species. 
The biggest of those species is the South China giant salamander. The newly named amphibians, usually found in China's Pearl River system, can grow as large as six feet in length. That's far bigger than other species of giant salamanders, which are usually less than four feet long
REUTERS / David W Cerny

"For me, the big take-home message is how shocking it is that [we are] just beginning to realize that world's largest amphibians are actually multiple species," Samuel Turvey, the study's lead author, told the CBC.
The largest South China giant salamander, which researchers said is likely the largest amphibian ever recorded, lived during the first half of the 20th century and was housed at the London Zoo for two decades. 
Today, it may be difficult, or even impossible to find a similar animal. Chinese giant salamanders are heavily endangered, with Turvey telling the CBC that all three species "are on the very, very edge of extinction" and that some may already be extinct. 
The London Zoo is still home to four, smaller versions of the animal though, which were acquired in 2016 after someone tried to import them illegally. 

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Time to probably call it a day.

Since 2011 there have been 1125 posts on this blog and -not including chat between myself and a friend- only three comments.

No comments, no passing along news items or links and certainly no books sold.  Yet over 369,000 views -and a lot of original material being used by others as their own.

18th September, this coming Wednesday, if there is no change then after 9 years I give up.  You want unbiased, factual and fully referenced material -buy the books because there is no backing or support for this blog and I have tried many times in the past.

It was only when I realised that this blog -on blogger at least- had been going 9 years that I decided life is too short to keep giving and doing all the work from free.

Time to probably call it a day.