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Saturday, 28 January 2012

DNA Evidence Of Sasquatch Or....?

I have to admit that on hearing the following I was cheerfully expectant.  However, things seem to have gotten more confused and I have to wonder if something fishy is going on.  The 24/7 Bigfoot Evidence site published the following:


This just in from Bigfoot Forums. There's so much to go through, but we're going to post it all here first and we'll dissect everything later.

The following entry is from the U.S. Copyright Office website. It's a copyright application submitted by Melba Stinnett Ketchum for a film titled "Sasquatch: The Tribe Revealed."

The scheduled released date is February 15, 2012.

    Type of Work Preregistered: Motion Picture

    Literary Work in Book Form

    Advertising or Marketing Photograph

    Preregistration Number / Date: PRE000003852 / 2010-09-16

    Application Title: Sasquatch: The Tribe Revealed

    Title: Sasquatch: The Tribe Revealed

    Copyright Claimant: Melba Stinnett Ketchum. Address: P O Box 455, Timpson, TX, 75975, United States.

    Creation of Work Began: 2008-04-07 (Approximate)
    Date of Anticipated Completion: 2011-06-22 (Approximate)
    Projected Date of Publication: 2012-02-15 (Approximate)
    Authorship on Application: Melba Stinnett Ketchum.

    Description of Work: A film and/or documentary, narration or audio book, supporting photos and literary paper/document/book that will follow the The Sasquatch Project, the scientist and the scientific testing and proof for the existence of Sasquatch/ Bigfoot. Information will include discussion of results including A New Tribe of Living Humans, the complete Sasquatch mitochondrial genome sequence and nuclear DNA variations and text will show complete mitochondrial (mt) genome sequences were identified from DNA, analysis of the assembled sequence unequivocally establishes that the Sasquatch mtDNA falls inside the range of modern human mtDNAs and discussions of the origins thereof. The proof that the Sasquatch is not only the closest living human relative but is actually a contemporary living human. Also discussed is nuclear DNA testing performed on the same samples and the variations found in various genes including MC1R gene RUNX2 and FOXP2 as well as other targets genes involved in the perception of sound, transmission of nerve signals, the production of sperm and the lactase gene. Also discussed is how testing has ruled out ape cross and any ancient contributor and that Sasquatch is indeed a modern human with some genetic mutations accounting for their physical appearance. Also included are discussion of the history of samples and circumstances surrounding the acquisition, their testing, the circumstances surrounding the entire Sasquatch DNA Project. Documentary stars Melba Ketchum, et al

    Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.
    Names: Ketchum, Melba Stinnett

Breaking: Dr. Melba Ketchum Makes A Statement Regarding The Proposed Media Project [The Ketchum Project] 

 


This statement was just posted on Dr. Melba Ketchum's Facebook page. If you haven't "friended" her yet, we suggest that you become her best friend, otherwise, you can always come back here for the latest updates regarding what is possibly the greatest biological discovery of our time. It's either that, or she's just pulling our legs.


From Melba Ketchum via Facebook, Posted 7:42 PST

 
Update: Dr. Melba Ketchum Makes A Statement Regarding The Proposed Media Project

"To address the recent hype and misstatements concerning my paper, please be advised that the information pulled off the US Copyright website for a 2010 preregistration for a proposed media project is not an accurate summary of our scientific testing and data and does not reflect the current conclusions of our scientific paper. The contemplated media project was never produced and no update was ever made to the short description on the preregistration statement. Instead of working on proposed media projects, we have been focusing our time and energy on our ongoing scientific testing and data which will be accurately summarized in the final version of our scientific paper. The final paper presenting our data, analysis and updated conclusions will be published in a peer reviewed scientific journal but we do not have a publication date at this time."

- Dr. Melba Ketchum


http://bigfootevidence.blogspot.com/ 

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Franklyn Angus Davin-Wilson

You know, Franklyn Angus Davin-Wilson really ought to be far better known than he is.

I first met Franklyn at a Bristol meeting of the British Flying Saucer Bureau (BFSB f. 1953) back in 1976, I think. I was speaking to a few people and grabbed a break when this short, skinny chap wearing a Russian style fur hat came up to me. Someone said to me:"That's Franklyn Davin-Wilson" and then moved off. Franklyn stretched out his hand and beamed a huge smile -displaying a large set of canid teeth. I shook his hand and said "Fox teeth aren't they?" His smile grew as he popped out the false set of teeth he had a dentist make from fox teeth. "I like you!" he said.  Apparently people normally gasped or backed off when he gave them his vampiric smile!

Franklyn had become interested in UFOs reports after leaving the army in the 1960s and reading the accounts of astronomers and astronauts about their own encounters. A former Bristol Grammar School student (the BGS seemed to spawn, uh, "eccentrics"!) he was a founding member of the British Computer Society as well as a keen astronomer. Franklyn was a constant ally while I was at the BFSB as a committee member and later editor of its UFO News Bulletin and his support continued on into the days of UFO International.  Along with Dennis Cowdy, a founder in 1952 of Manchester Flying Saucer Research, Franklyn was at the core of the Anomalous Observational Phenomena Bureau and Project Grey Book.

Franklyn advocated that every published UFO account should not be accepted as suitable for inclusion unless there was a second or third source -even then, the more sources the better and if you could check the report yourself -much better.  This has stuck to me every day since.

In the mid-1970s Franklyn even advocated the use of computers in UFO reports analysis and also for the analysis of UFO photographs.  He did design a computer card system for BUFORA but they seemed to drop the idea.

His specialist field of research were Signals From Space, Astronomers and UFOs, Unidentified Orbital Objects and photographic analysis.

Franklyn could be somewhat fractious at times when dealing with fools and although interested in the possibility, after speaking to Leo Sprinkle at a BUFORA Convention (scribbled on a margin of the notes of his meeting is :"The Day Mountbatten was murdered") on retrievals of crashed "flying saucers", Franklyn was in two minds because "so many of the buggers are supposed to have crashed!"

As seemed to be his wont, Franklyn often set me off on searches and some lasted decades -"The Vampiric Sheep Killer of Badminton" started after Franklyn mentioned the case featured in The Books Of Charles Fort and thirty years later I wound the whole mess up and even discovered a lynx had been shot at the time. The full story can be found in The Red Paper: Canids.  The other little mystery that took up many years was "The Dead Aquatic Creatures Of Canvey Island" -again, detailed in Some Things Strange & Sinister.

There are others but I still keep busy on those.

On New Years Eve, 1983, Franklyn felt unwell and went to bed.  He died of a heart attack caused by a possible blood clot.  He was around 43 years old. He was the third member of the AOP B to die of a heart attack (Dennis Cowdy was the first) but his loss was deeply felt and his research notes are still with me.  Every new years eve at Midnight I remember the old sod.

But oh those wild goose-chases and the chase across Cradle Hill after a 'UFO' will always be in my mind.

Tempus fugit

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Roswell Hoax Exposed

The arguement is that USAAF files pertaining to Roswell AAF field for 1946-1948 are missing for no reason. Why 1946 I have no idea but the people who believe this tripe think it is significant.  In fact, records DO exist. Even the foil and balsa wood framed item retrieved from Roswell exists.

UFO Files did a good 42 minute documentary looking at the facts -facts, how do I explain that to Bill Birne or Stanton Friedman? - and I would highly recommend it.

Roswell and the never-happened UFO crash of 1947 are BIG money spinners. Like all the 60+ other UFO crashes since 1947 and the 200 plus alien bodies recovered it is a nod-and-a-wink piece of fun that is okay in Sci Fi shows but not when claimed to be true.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBHKY1ZH48c&feature=g-hist&context=G2e46522AHTx3oEwAUAA

Friday, 20 January 2012

Puma Tracks UK

Some very interesting news last night. Around 21.00 hrs I was trying to relax and watch a movie while reading when the phone rang.  It was a woman (DD) I had been in contact with before about possible puma sightings in the area she lived in (let's say "the North").  There have been good sightings and descriptions over the years but activity seems to have picked up.

The area has rabbits and deer and there has been some chicken house raiding going on.

While out walking, DD and her husband spotted deer tracks in the soft ground but also some quite large, non-canid tracks.  Displaying good common sense, the couple photographed the tracks before attempting to cast them with plaster.

One plaster cast didn't look too good but did show it was not a dog.  However, the second cast is so clear I had no problem declaring it to be puma.  However, I am currently awaiting a reply from a professional tracker whose opinion I want because that opinion would hold far more water than a statement by some over-bearded old naturalist in the UK (though I have identified numerous tracks for UK police forces).

So, stay tuned....

Monday, 16 January 2012

Did Smeja Kill A Sasquatch?

 Listen to the way Smeja talks and theinflection in his speech.

 "On October 8, 2010, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Justin Smeja and his hunting buddy allegedly came upon an adult Sasquatch and two young ones. Smeja says that in the confusion that followed, he killed the adult and one of the juveniles. Here is his story."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OWZQynrIG6E#!

What I find scary is the fact that Smeja claims his friend repeatedly shouted not to shoot as it was a person in a suit.  "It wa'nt no bear".  A second, "little one" approaches and he shhots it in the neck.  So he's shot an adult and then a young Sasquatch. His shooting partner totally against the shooting.

Listen to the interview.  Smeja is either a liar and a hoaxer or, if this was the truth (I doubt it) then he needs to be assessed for mental competency and have his hunting/gun licence revoked because he is describing the behaviour of sociopath.  Someone told that he is about to shoot a guy in a costume and then admits he thought that himself but still fired and goes on to shoot another one should NOT carry a gun. There is no confusion and if there was any good hunter will tell you that you do not fire!

Personally, I'm labelling this a hoax.

See what Mike from the Bigfoot Museum has to say on this.  This man talks sense!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNPAcsg-9zI&feature=player_embedded

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Ben Matine Sasquatch Footage and The Yeti Of Bourganeuf


 Someone pointed me in the direction of this piece of footage (no doubt I've missed this on Bigfoot Encounters -see blog roll).

Rather like the "unbelievable" UFO footage that gets confiscated by the Air Force (whichever) Matine claims his footage was "confiscated", however, he notes that he turned it over to a man from either the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources...or a Mountie. Such important footage handed over to someone you don't have the brains to ask for ID...that has a ring of truth to it (yeah, right).

Only some stills were left and these show what is said to be an 8 feet tall Sasquatch with injured left arm that also seems to have leg paralysis.  It all stinks to high heaven.

But this is said to have been promo hoax footage for a film Jardineau and Matine were hoping to make titled "The Man That God Forgot."

After over four decades people cannot produce a Sasquatch that makes you sit back and think "Is that...?" It makes the Patterson-Gimlin footage look even better.

But I'll let you decide.  The You Tube link is below along with the info given:



"Ben Matine, Jim Jardineua story, Canadian Film release that had a delayed Press release in August 2008.
Taken from a true story, Bigfoot Documentry, the story of Ben Matine 2006.
On Oct 06 2006 Ben Matine was running from a trumped up and false charge.
Rumors from a small town bar that Local OPP where going to arrest him, He Fled.
He ran North on the old CN rails from North Bay Ontario and ended up in Temagami Ontario.
At a hunt camp and old set of deep mine shafts he arranged to meet friend, Jim Jardineau for some supplies.
During the meeting as Jim was returning with bens supplies he was struck by a standing figure that was not
present before.
Jardineau snapped 4 high resolution photos of the figure standing at the bottom of a tree root.
2 pictures at a distance, the 3rd blured from zooming, but
his 4th picture was extremely revealing, giving a clear accurate view of what he was seeing.
Ben had no idea what was happening until Jim told him to turn around slowly , pickup Jim's video camera,
and shoot. Ben shot 2:34 sec. of HDV video.
While video tapeing the large grey black figure was constantly looking to the left of Ben,
Indicating communication with something else they could not see .
Terrified both men backed off of the seen immediately.
Only Jim Jardineau and Aubre' Whitefoot have returned to the site
for pictures for the documentary crew.
Ben Matine stayed 2 days in the town of Temagami and later went back in to the site.
He vanished for 6 months.
Matine turned up in Mattice Ontario and later in Detour Lake / 652 highway / North of Cochrane.
The pictures where transferred to Jardineau's home computer but the video was not.
Its tape was left in the camera.
Jardineau agreed to meet a MNR Rep. in Tilden Lake Ontario and present the Pictures and Video
Assured that every thing was in good hands the the rep took Jim's Info and left, promising contact,
that was the last time he would see his video, it was not returned and no contact was made.
Rumors have called the pictures Fake or its a man in a Gillies suit, and not 1 sasquatch or bigfoot organization has ever made contact after photos have been sent.
The only organized groups to make contact where govermental.
leaked photos and contrived stories to internet forums by volunteer students in August 08 have also
misconstrued the truth about this story.
The 4 pictures are absolutely real, not fake, not a man in a suit ,/ IMPOSSIBLE and it will be proven so.
When the figure walked it favored its left arm as though broken and walks like an elderly man.
It has a yellow and silver top fading through red brown to grey and black.
Future documentary footage will be released 2009."

What shocks me even more is that the "Yeti de Bourganeuf" is still being questioned by Bigfoot Believers. I dealt with this case in Some More Things Strange & Sinister.  Its a fake meant to be a hommage to the Minnesotta Ice-man.

Buy the book and read about it (lots of pictures).

 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Strange Aliens From Outer Space?

NOTE: The following is taken from the book 
Some Things Strange & Sinister.  Images used 
are lower res.
 

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Although I have, over many years, encountered reports of Alien-Entities [AE] associated with Unidentified Flying Objects [UFOs], or “Flying Saucers”, described as “Nordic”, ”Hairy Bellicose Dwarf”, ’Venusian’ or even “robotic”, since the 1980s and the work of people such as Budd Hopkins, the “Greys” seem to have taken over –allegedly millions of people in the United States and elsewhere claiming to have been abducted by this type.

    As a young astronomer with a strong interest in Exobiology, I knew that most astronomers who were asked about Flying Saucers and Contactee type Nordics dismissed the reports –politely or otherwise.  It was the concensus of opinion based on all we ‘knew’ that visiting aliens would be non-humanoid in appearance.  And, as was stated in articles and talks and even in TV and radio interviews, ”No such reports exist”.   Even UFO researchers claimed this.  One astronomer told me: ”If there were reports of non-humanoid creatures in UFO cases those would be the cases to look into”.

During the 1960s and into the 1970s it was considered quite alright to investigate and research objects flying around our skies but if you started doing the same work about AEs you were, as the late Graham F. N. Knewstub (of the British Flying Saucer Club and its successor the British Flying Saucer Bureau) put it “potty”.  He noted however, that talking about Contactees such as George Adamski did seem acceptable. 

 When Ted Bloecher started putting together his Humanoids Catalogue [HUM-CAT] in the 1970s, Anthony Pace of BUFORA asked me to draw up the UK section as no one else in the British UFO Research Association [BUFORA] had the same knowledge or files as myself.  I was rather worried as Bloecher’s paper, 1973: The Year Of The Humanoids, as well as articles by other Ufologists, featured no non-humanoid AEs –the AEs seen at Pascagoula, Mississippi, were the nearest it got.

Repeatedly I asked for a full survey of cases involving AEs to look for non-humanoid reports.  No one was really interested and by the mid-1980s, Hopkins’ work had started making the “Greys” and abductions  the area of research.  It took a while for the UK and other parts of the Western World to catch onto this aspect of AE study but when it did TV documentaries, films, articles, books, magazines and a whole industry sprang up.  Abduction and possible abduction reports were coming in so fast and accepted so quickly that to even question a case resulted in howls of derision and abuse for daring to question.

Dark Skies, The X-Files and many TV series outlined all the ‘symptoms’ of abduction.  Even one national news stand UFO magazine editor I met later admitted that he had been abducted.

I found less and less evidence to support abductions as one piece of evidence after another crumbled under investigation. 

In February, 2004, quietly, I re-opened Grey Book to re-assess a great deal of the 1977-1995 Anomalous Observational Phenomena Bureau file material.  Amongst the thousands of pages of case summaries from around the World I found thirteen that fitted the type of case profile I was looking for:


[1]    Lima,Peru,1947
[2]    Flatwoods,Virginia,USA,1952
[3]    Garson,Ontario,Canada,1954
[4 ]   Braemar,Scotland,1958
[5 ]   Denmark,1958
[6]    Helsingborg,Sweden,1958
[7]    Yssandon,France,1960
[8]    Salta,Argentina,1963 and 1965
[9]    Cordoba,Spain,1966
[10]  Barcelona,Spain,1967
[11]  Tivissa,Spain,1968
[12]  San Marti De Tous,Spain,1968
[13]  Eupora,Mississippi,USA,1973


There is one 1975 case from Wales, UK, that fitted but is excluded as was another from the United States, the reasons for which I will explain further on.

What is interesting is that, four not widely reported AE incidents, [5], [6], [7] and [12] match in descriptions to an amazing degree. With the exception of the Flatwoods, Virginia incident, now seemingly being re-invented as an almost Roswell-like case, all the others were never fully investigated as we might hope for today.

The Eupora, Mississippi case [13] is unique amongst the thousands I have on file and certainly does deserve far greater study.

Between 1995-2004 I attempted to try to find out more detail by contacting every UFO investigator or group I could find in the countries involved.  Those that did respond fell into the following categories:


[a]  “We meet to talk about UFOs –we don’t investigate reports”

[b] “If it happened now we might look into it but….”

[c]  “We’re inspired by the X-Files but don’t investigate UFO cases –it’s too  dangerous!”

Other, more credible, organisations failed to respond to letters, e-mails, faxes or even phone messages.  This was highly disappointing considering just how important these reports could be.  Cases [5], [6] and [7] took place over a three year period but then, if we include [12] as being of similar AEs, then nothing similar was reported for another eight years –could this be significant?

Unless such cases as these are publicised then newer Ufologists may dismiss similar cases as being “too weird” and binning the reports.

The cases I have not included, though they are very interesting and might be added to the list later, should more information become available are:-

[X1]  Long Prairie, Minnessotta,1965

[X2]  Machynleth, Powys,1975

Machynleth was excluded because it has all the hallmarks of a possible psychological episode and, as the witness was a a youngster, the chances are very high that he would have watched an episode of the BBC TV series DR WHO, particularly “The Three Doctors” in which creatures strongly resembling those described by the witness appear.  For this reason there are too many doubts so it is noted but no more.

The Long Prairie, Minnessotta case of 23rd October, 1965, is repeatedly referred to as being an encounter with ‘robotic-like’ AEs.  Unless more detail can be found indicating biological rather than mechanical AEs were involved then this case cannot be included.

I have attempted to draw images of what the entities may have looked like based on the descriptions given –other material that might exist from other sources for the Flatwoods and Yssandon cases I have included.

The Case Summaries





































[1] Near Lima, Peru.  Night time,1947                                       Investigators: A.P.R.O.

    Mr “CAV” came upon a grounded, shiney disc-like object on an highway outside of Lima.  Stopping his car, ”CAV” approached the object on foot only to be approached by “…two incredible amoeba-like” AEs that  “looked like bananas joined together.  Their skin was sandy-coloured with a towel-like texture”.  In height the AEs stood at around 5 feet 5 inches [approx. 1.6m].

    A voice, in English (which he understood), suddenly broke the silence sounding  “…as if from a speaker” and told him that they (AEs) were sexless and to demonstrate this they divided themselves like amoeba.  “CAV” was taken on a tour of the rather barren-looking interior of the craft.  He was then escorted out and watched as the craft departed.

    The witness suffered loss of volition and appetite as well as total exhaustion.

    This is all we know of the incident. Although investigated by representatives of James and Coral Lorenzen’s Aerial Phenomena Research Organization [A.P.R.O.], this case never appeared in their ground-breaking 1967 book, Flying Saucer Occupants or their 1969 book UFOs: The Whole Story. Even Gordon W Creighton’s chapter on Latin American encounters in the book The Humanoids [196 ] does not list this case.  Back in the 1970s James Lorenzen did confirm the case was dealt with by A.P.R.O but that was as far as I got.

    Is it possible that the case was just too weird for the more conservative Ufologists to handle or put their name behind?  Most people will be familiar with the case from the book by John A. Keel, Strange Creatures From Time And Space –an author not too concerned with the weirdness of his subject matter.

    Today, of course,”CAV” would be taken to a hypnotherapist or “abduction specialist” and undergo hypnotic regression.  However, in 1947, hypnosis was a thing of horror movies.  It is doubtful “CAV” is even alive today;  if he was in his twenties in 1947 he could now be in his eighties.

    What is so striking is the fact that AE encounters in association with UFOs was unheard of in the 1940s and I cannot find any popular movies from that period in which AEs of this type appear from which “CAV” could have been influenced.  The description has not, as far as I am aware, been repeated since.  The description of the interior of the craft looking barren seems to be in-keeping with the appearance of the AEs.

    This case really does need further research and I am hoping that somewhere there exist A.P.R.O. records with a full case report.

    For High Strangeness this case deserves a 3 rating (5 being the highest possible).


[2] Flatwoods, West Virginia,USA.  Evening. 12th September, 1952


    The “Flatwoods Monster” case is a classic, though it appears to be under-going something of a re-telling in certain quarters.  Ivan T. Sanderson personally investigated the case and the detailed report can be found in his 196  book Uninvited Visitors.   For this summary, however, I would like to quote the account by James and Coral Lorenzen which appeared in their book , Flying Saucer Occupants, and their chapter in The Humanoids:

    “At sunset…a group of youngsters saw what appeared to be a ‘meteor’ land on the top of a nearby hill. Similar observations of a low-flying ‘meteor’ were made in that vicinity on the same night,along with many others along the central Atlantic seaboard.

    “The boys decided to investigate,and started toward the hill.  Along the way they stopped at the home of Mrs.Kathleen May,and she,her two sons and a seventeen-year-old National Guardsman,Gene Lemon,joined the group and they made their way to the top of the hill.

    “The first thing the crowd observed was a large globe or sphere beyond the crest of the hill.  One of the boys said it was ‘as big as a house’.  Another boy said he heard a ‘throbbing sound’ ,and still another said he heard a ‘hissing sound’.  At about this         juncture in the sequence of events,one of the group saw what was thought to be an   animal’s eyes in the branches of a tree and shone a flashlight beam toward it.  The whole crowd then saw what appeared to be a huge figure just under the lower branches of the tree.  It seemed to be about ten or fifteen feet tall,had a blood-red ‘face’,and glowing greenish-orange ‘eyes’.  The lower part of the ‘thing’ was in shadow but Mrs. May  thought she saw clothinglike folds.  The whole apparition ‘floated’ slowly toward the observers,who fled hysterically down the hillside in the direction from which they had come.

    “Some of the group were violently ill during the rest of the night,and this fact was verified by the editor of the local paper. He was one of several who searched the hill shortly afterward,but found nothing.  On the following day,however,he and others found marks on the ground including two parallel skid marks and a large circular area of flattened grass.  A strange and irritating odor lingered close to the ground….”

    Oddly, the Lorenzens noted that:

    “The Flatwoods incident is one which was accepted by researchers, partly because of the large number of observers and supporting evidence, but we suspect that the nonhuman characteristics of the ‘entity’ was a large factor.  By and large, researchers in the United States have hesitated to accept and even strongly resisted the idea of humanoid UFO operators…”

    Making the lack of reference to the “CAV” case unusual. The Flatwoods case is desperately in need of  re-appraisal.  And when I say “re-appraisal” I mean independent of the almost Roswell-like following the case has gained over the last decade.  There are rumours of secondary objects seen crashing and much more.





[3] Garson, Ontario, Canada.  June or July, 1954

    Ennio La Sarza, aged twenty-five, a miner, reported his sighting of a disc-shaped object and AEs to the Royal Canadian Air Force [RCAF] who investigated but refused to publicly comment, though a copy of their final report did go to the USAF Project Blue Book and also to the Air Ministry in London, though the latter copy it appears has been lost.

    La Sarza claims that he saw a “huge disc” descend from the sky north of the nickel mining centre of Garson, one Friday in either late June or early July.  The object landed and from it emerged three AEs “…all 13 feet tall with ears like spurs and three sets of arms”.  This is all we know of the AEs.

    From a distance, La Sarza asked who they were and where they came from?  In response “…they fixed me with a hypnotic stare until I fainted: when I came to they and the ship had vanished.”
 
    One has to ask why La Sarza would fake a reported UFO encounter and make it so brief –ending with him passing out?  How much time had elapsed?

    This case begs for a new investigation and I am currently attempting to discover whether the RCAF has their report archived or if it was destroyed as per normal disposal of documents after a certain period.  

    With so many veteran UFO investigators from Canada now dead and groups having disbanded with their records scattered it may well prove very difficult to track down details of this case.  I should note that a number of investigators believe La Sarza was suffering from a mental delusion.


[4] Braemar, Dee-side, Scotland. November, 1958

    The Territorial Army were on a week-end exercise just outside of Tarland, between Braemar and Ballatar, some 60 miles from Aberdeen.  Two of the young TA men were assigned the duty of guarding a hill-top and dug a trench to lie in.  The duty should have lasted only a few hours.  As dawn was breaking, the men heard a “strange gurgling” sound a few hundred yards away and  behind some trees.  Because the noise continued the men decided to investigate.

    Leaving their position the men moved in the direction of the noise when two “large figures” came stumbling toward them.  The young men were paralyzed with fear; the two figures were at least 2.10 - 2.40m [7-8 ft] tall; they were dressed in rather unusual clothing that seemed to make it difficult for the AEs to move about.  The guttural sounds appeared to be the AEs talking to each other.

    The young men now turned and fled down the hill to the main Tarland Road.  As they ran along the road one of the men looked back as they heard a “swishing” sound.  A huge, disc-shaped and glowing object was behind them and only a few feet above the ground –the two ran faster.  The object then swooped up above them and disappeared quickly from sight, leaving a trail of sparks behind.

    A temporary Post Office engineers hut was the first sign of normality the men encountered –several engineers were within.  The men banged on the door begging to be let in.  Opening the door, the engineers let the men in and because of the state they were in, made them rest a while.

    When I initially read this I assumed that someone from the Flying Saucer Review [FSR May-June,1959] must have followed this account up.  Because it was, potentially, one of the best in the UK.  In the 1970s, Charles Bowen, then editor of FSR, told me he had checked: no one had investigated –but he did have the news item.  It was suggested I try UFO groups from that time.

    The main group would have been the British Flying Saucer Bureau [f.1952]: they had not looked into it.

   
    In fact, I tried everything and everyone I could.  The case had gone no further–even in FSRs Special Issue, later a book, The Humanoids  [Neville spearman, London, 1969], only the details from eleven years before were quoted.

    We do not even have any details of the AEs appearances apart from the scant ones given in 1959.  This case has become a priority to look into and I am hoping the men are not just still alive but living in the same area. 


[5] Denmark, 1958 [?]

    So far all I have been able to ascertain is that Danish officials sat in on the Helsingborg case interviews as a woman in their country had been involved in a similar encounter.  I am currently trying to locate records from Denmark.


[6] Helsingborg – Hoganas, Sweden. 03:00 hrs.  2nd December, 1958

    Two young men, Hans Gustafsson and Stig Rydberg, were driving home  from a dance through a thick mist  along a road lined on either side by forestry.  At one point the mist cleared and the two men observed a strange light.  Leaving their car, the men set off to investigate.

    What Gustafsson and Rydberg saw when they got closer was a disc of peculiar, shimmering light resting on 60 cms high “legs” –the light from this object was seen to change colour.  Before either man could say a word they were suddenly confronted by a number of “blobs”, described as looking like “protozoa”, a bit darker than most and a bluish colour.  These “blobs” were jumping around the object like animated blobs of jelly but then a more frightening situation arose.

    The “blobs” got close to the men and began to envelope them with a “powerful suction force” attempted to pull them toward the object.  The drag of these “blobs” was described as “terrific” and a stench like either ether or burnt sausages was noted.  Rydberg’s arm sank right up to the elbow into one of the “blobs”: he said that these blobs almost seemed to read his mind and parried every move he made.  The strength of these “blobs” was, according to the men, was not very great but it was the manner in which “they” wielded what strength they had.

    After moments of struggling, Rydberg broke free and ran toward his car, with two of the “blobs” closely behind him.  Flinging open the car door, Rydberg slammed his arm down on the car horn in the desperate hope that someone might be nearby and help.  On the horn sounding, however, the “blobs” began to move off.  Gustafsson, meanwhile, was tenaciously holding on to a fence post –stretched out horizontally as they “blobs” tried to drag him off.  These “blobs”, however, also retreated back to the object as the car horn sounded and having entered it, the object then took off and was soon gone from sight.

    Badly shaken, the two men went home but after several days of being unable to shake-off the ether-like smell, suffering from a piping whistle in their ears and “queasy stomaches”, Gustafsson and Rydberg reported the incident.  

    For some twelve hours the two men were questioned by officers from the Swedish Defence Staff, doctors, psychologists and police officers.  Gustafsson and Rydberg stuck to their stories and even offered to take their interrogators to the site in  question, which they did.  Investigators found tripod markings and these were photographed.

    A few points to note here: first, despite sticking to their stories and the physical traces, the case was later pronounced a hoax but with no evidence to support this.  Secondly, during the witness interrogation, Danish officials, possibly Military Attaches, took part or at the very least sat in on interviews: the reason being that a Danish woman had been involved in a similar encounter.  Thirdly, there was a British involvement; either a British official was present or a British agency was consulted.  Certainly a copy of the end report was sent to the UK, according to the late Air Vice Marshal Sir Victor Goddard.

    Why would Danish officials ask to sit in on interviews if it was believed to be a hoax –and, surely, the fact that they were aware of a similar case in their country negates the hoax theory? 

    This case really did need urgent re-appraisal and I contacted Swedish Ufologists who forwarded case reports and I learned that alcoholism and much more was involved –something that Ufologists and FSR would have known at the time, yet FSR never produced a follow-up in English to what has become a “Classic” UFO case.

    As for the Danish incident I can find no further information and the report sent to the Air Ministry, which revealed the truth about Helsingborg, would probably no longer exist.  But I live in hope.

[7] La Prodelie – Ayen (Yssandon), Correze, France. 23.00 hrs. August, 1960


    Monsieur and Madame Plumauville were taking a detour around the Puy d’Yssandon (a peak), a winding road that was bordered on the right by a meadow with many walnut trees.  On the left, above the road, were meadows and cultivated fields.  As they approached a left hand turn the slope was wooded. It was at this point that M. Plumauville noticed a reddish-violet light.

    The light had no precise outlines and was level with the trees to the right of the road.  Initially, he thought the light source was a long way off but, as it suddenly rose, he realized that the object was no further away than 100 metres.  He then saw, on the right hand side of the road and lit-up by the car headlights, a “mass” the size of a sack of potatoes which seemed to be rapidly contracting and collapsing inwardly upon itself.  It was now that he and his wife saw a number of smaller (rugby football size) but similar “humpy” mis-shapen masses; these were moving about in the grass ditch beside the road.  Two of these objects then crossed the road in front of the car and moved into the bracken on the left hand-side ditch.

    The car was not travelling very fast but had not stopped  -M. Plumauville and his wife are certain that they did not hit any of the objects.  The reddish-violet light in the sky vanished and there the sighting ended. 

  

    Madame Plumauville, it must be noted, did not see this reddish-violet light, only three or four of the “things”, noting that one was larger than the others.  According to Joel Mesnard, who reported on the case for The Flying Saucer Review [FSR vol.20/no.3,pp.14-16], Mdme. Plumauville “…compares their form to that type of big knobbly potatoes which have globular excrescences.  The movement of the objects put her in mind of the movement of a sack with a person or an animal inside it.  She thinks that it was this deformation that enabled the shapes to move, by contraction, by the inflation and deflation of their swellings.  The bodies were not luminous in themselves,  and were only visible because the car headlights lit them up.  Their colour was a light brownish-grey, comparable to the colour of wrapping paper or a jute sack, but their surface looked smooth.”      

    There are few details as the sighting lasted “only seconds”.  Mesnard notes a similarity to the Helsingborg and San Marti de Tous.  Were it not for FSR and the translations carried out from foreign publications by Gordon W. Creighton, we might never have come across these cases.  And as Creighton noted at the time, there were many more cases and articles awaiting translation. 

    What was really needed was for follow-ups on cases featured in FSR that would show us which cases were hoaxes (as at Helsingborg) or due to psychological problems (La Sarza).  The one thing I have always found true about some Ufologists and publications is that, after building up a case, very few if any, are willing to then admit “it was not a genuine UFO incident”.

    In the Plumauville case, however, I have so far found nothing negative.  So there remains hope?


[8]  Salta, Argentina. Daytime.1963 and C. 4th October, 1965

    On or about the 4th October, 1965, three school children,Santos Vallejos, Antonia Aparti and Adela Sanchez, were on their way to the Libertador General San Martin School when, at a place where the road runs through wooded hills they noticed “several creatures of short stature, greenish skin and only remotely resembling human beings.”

    These “creatures” attempted to catch the children, who fled in terror to the school.  Here the trio told their story to the headmaster.  The headmaster commented that a similar incident took place two years previously, in 1963, in that area.

    The original source for this report was La Cronica Matutina (Buenos Aires) of 5th October, 1965.  This was later translated by Gordon Creighton for his chapter on alien entity cases from Latin America in The Humanoids.  No details are given of the 1963 incident nor is there any reference to UFO investigators having looked into the case.

    We have here the names of the children who would now be in their 50s (?), the school name as well as the location. This should make it less complicated to track them down.  Although seemingly a case we might accept because of the number of children the problem of memories after so many years is a big one and for that reason, unless further back-up can be found, I have to voluntary exclude this report but with a big question mark.  

[9] nr Cordoba, Spain.  ?Daytime. 16th May,1966

    Snr. Manuel Hernandez was returning from a field near Cordoba when he observed a disc-shaped object land some 100 metres from him.  As he watched, Snr. Hernandez observed small AEs which ‘looked like’ birds leave the object briefly.  These AEs then re-entered the object which took off.

    That, incredibly, is all we have on this case.  It is the third from Spain involving non-humanoid AEs and yet there is little information.  Spain has always, or rather did, have some of the best investigators of UFO cases, drawing up detailed maps, taking photographs of sites and testing areas for radiation –and for furnishing well detailed, witness approved drawings of objects and AEs.  I cannot believe that this is all that exists on this case.  This case really does need much more research and, hopefully, we might find a written, detailed account that can be translated.

    The original report was from Paris-Jour of 18th May,1966 and then Magonia 769 before Jacques Vallee included it in his summary of AE reports from Spain for Flying Saucer Review Special Issue no.4, August, 1971.


[10] nr Barcelona, Spain. ?DT.  3rd December, 1967

    An un-named woman near[?] Barcelona reported encountering a ‘cactus-like’ entity with four members/limbs which left deep traces in the ground.  The witness later refused to comment on her encounter.

    Veteran investigator Antonio Ribera looked into this incident so I am assuming there are far more details –somewhere.  The case was noted by Vallee in FSR Special Issue no.4.  However, when I contacted some ten UFO groups in Spain none knew of the case and, sadly, with no further data has to be  yet another “possible” but filed away.


[11] Tivissa, Sierra de Almos, Tarragona, Spain. 0600 hrs.  16th August, 1968

    A man by the name of Mateu, who lived some 7 kilometres from Tivissa, had risen to take care of his cattle when he saw a light, rather like a reflection from a car, and about 1 kilometre away.  Mateu called to his wife and, thinking that a car may have broken down or stalled, walked towards the object accompanied by his dog.


    On getting closer, the witness noticed that it was not a car but an hemi-spherical object hovering about 1 metre above ground.  The object was described as giving off a formidable amount of light.  On the far side of the object Mateu saw two ‘things’ some 100 metres distant from the object and ‘running’ toward it.  These AE resembled octopuses, about 1 metre tall in height and with ‘four or five legs’; very light in colour and thoroughly ‘disgusting’, according to Mateu.

    A large area of burned grass was found in the area, however, two similar but older areas of burnt grass were found some distance away.  On three occasions watches stopped at the site –the burned grass and watch stopping was also observed by an Austrian couple camping in the area.

    Originally reported in Tele-Express, 27th August, 1968, the case was, again, reported on in FSR Special Issue no.4.

    I have to wonder whether the description of the woman from Barcelona would be anything like that given by Mateu? If the descriptions did match then that would really be something to look at.

 
[12] San Martin de Tous, Barcelona, Spain. 2345 hrs.  11th September, 1968

    An anonymous witness was driving along a mountain road from Barcelona to Coloma de Queralt on a clear night when he suddenly observed a yellow light.  The light was a dome shaped object which was illuminating pine trees on the top of a hill.  Reaching a level area, he was able to see the object clearly and decided to investigate.  Getting out of the car, the witness climbed about 50 metres above the road when he saw four shapes.

    These ‘shapes’ were described as ‘four shapes of beings or objects, giving off metallic reflections’.  They were some 80 cms tall and moved toward the object, presumably entering it.  The object ascended, showing many colours and making a deafening noise.  Within a short time the object was just a point in the sky.

    This is all Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos tells us in his analysis of these reports with Jacques Vallee.  Even the described appearance of the AEs is not dealt with though an illustration gives them an appearance matching cases [4], [5] and [6], decribed herein.  In Ballester Olmos and Vallee’s ‘catalogue survey’ twenty-six [26] AE cases are covered in just over 14 lines.  We need to refer to Creighton for a little more data.

    In his footnotes to the Yssandon case, Creighton tells us:

     “…A Spanish gentleman,designated only by the pseudonym of
     ‘Miguel Costa’,saw four weird shiney grey metallic objects shaped
     like the figure ‘8’ moving up the side of a conical hill
     near Barcelona…the ‘8’ shaped figures seem to have hastened up
     the hill,traveling in the expansion-retraction (says ‘retration’) fashion
     used by worms and maggots,and to have entered the large craft which
     then moved off and was out of sight in a flash.”


    This movement description seems to make it more than a match for details from Helsingborg and the other cases. None of these cases was widely enough reported, with the exception of the Swedish encounter [which we know we can ignore], to influence later reports.

    Again, though, contemporary Spanish UFO groups claimed no knowledge of the incident and pulled out the excuse so ridiculed when given by the U.S. Air Force or Ministry of Defence:
”The amount of time that has elapsed makes this case impossible to re-investigate”.  Which makes it another interesting but struck-out report.


[13] Eupora, Mississippi, USA. NT. 17th October, 1973
  
    Night time (no exact hour given) and two UFOs were observed near the above location, by several witnesses in a car.  One object hovered in the sky overhead while the other landed on the highway just over 100 yards [103m] from the vehicle, the engine and lights of which now died.

    An opening appeared on the object and an AE appeared; it was noted that it had to hold on to a handrail.  The entity had a wide mouth, flipper like feet and what appeared to be webbing between the legs.  Even more strange were the feather-like structures on its back which gave the impression of opening and closing when the entity moved.

    The entity then re-entered the object which took off.  The car electrics then began to function again.

    The feather-like structures on the back could have been some form of breathing apparatus or gill-like organs.  The fact that the object landed, AE exited and then re-entered makes me ask whether all time could be accounted for?  It would be interesting to see any witness sketches or a full report [?] on this incident.  At a time when humanoid type entities were being reported, one has to ask why hoaxers would go for such an unusual entity type never before or since reported?

    Originally reported in The Columbus [Mississippi] Triangle Advertiser of 24th October, 1973, the case was also mentioned in Ray Palmer’s Flying Saucers Magazine no.85, p.38, 1973  and also in David Webb’s ,1973: The Year Of The Humanoids, pp.9 & 13.   Contact [UK] UFO Register 5/1 & 2, p.62 also noted the incident.  This would have to have a High Strangeness Rating of 5+ if genuine.

    So far, these are the non-humanoid cases we have to look into and there are those that we now know are dismissable as hoaxes or “psychological”.  A more data lucrative source for such cases might be the Catalogue of Extraterrestrial Humanoid Types by Brazilian researcher Jader U. Pereira,reprinted in the French journal Phenomenes Spatiaux but never printed in English as far as I am aware. 

    I think it important that a call out be made to all investigators and researchers world-wide to open up old files and look for similar cases to those in this paper or,more importantly, make known any non-humanoid cases they have investigated or come across.

    Somewhere out there could be the report that will give those interested the proof they need.
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footnote;if anyone has any information on the 1958 Braemar incident please get in touch.

Roswell? Aurora? Kapustin Yar? Don't Believe it

It seems to me that Ufologists waste a great deal of their time looking for evidence that there have been over 60+ alleged "flying saucer" crashes (most of them in the United States) and the military has enough aliens to populate Manhattan.

These aliens are supposed to use such advanced travel systems that they can vanish on the spot, re-appear, perform gravity defying manoeuvres and all this after avoiding meteors/meteorites/micro-meteors plus all the other hazards of space travel.  Rockets and bullets and even artillery bombardments do not affect them.

One gets to Roswell, New Mexico, develops a problem and crashes killing all on board.  The Roswell incident has been a big boost to the towns economy and with over 100+ people all having "vivid recall" of events in 1947 I'm sure there is more to milk.  I'm sure more witnesses will appear.

Roswell got the financial boost it needed once Ufologists decided there was something -anything- to latch on to after over 30 years of avoiding the incident that first appeared as a snippet in Frank Scully's Behind The Flying Saucers.


The alleged crash at Aurora, Texas in 1897 needed such a boost but never really got it.  The town had been decimated by a fever and much more and the promised railway line never happened.  We know that there is no grave holding an alien body. In fact, not one thing claimed about any flying saucer crash in Aurora has proven true other than the fact that UFO investigators found that there was a well and wind tower.  Okay, a well and a wind tower. Believe me, there are Ufologists who claim that is proof of the incident.

While running the AOP Bureau I had to deal with quite a few "UFO explosions" and debris left behind.  I also had the dubious pleasure of scrambling over 'UFO wreckage' and once even got offered photographs of a dead alien.

"But" say the Ufologists, "We have the FBI telex message proving that a flying saucer crashed at Roswell!" Hmm. Let's look at what the Telex says:



FBI DALLAS              7-8-47          6-17 PM
 
DIRECTOR AND SAC, CINCINNATI            URGENT
 
FLYING DISC, INFORMATION CONCERNING.   MAJOR CURTAN, HEADQUARTERS

 
EIGHTH AIR FORCE, TELEPHONICALLY ADVISED THIS OFFICE THAT AN OBJECT
 
PURPORTING TO BE A FLYING DISC WAS RE COVERED NEAR ROSWELL, NEW
 
MEXICO, THIS DATE.   THE DISC IS HEXAGONAL IN SHAPE AND WAS SUSPENDED
 
FROM A BALLON BY A CABLE, WHICH BALLON WAS APPROXIMATELY TWENTY
 
FEET IN DIAMETER.   MAJOR CURTAN FURTHER ADVISED THAT THE OBJECT 
 
FOUND RESEMBLES A HIGH ALTITUDE WEATHER BALLOON WITH A RADAR
 
REFLECTOR, BUT THAT TELEPHONIC CONVERSATION BETWEEN THEIR OFFICE
 
AND WRIGHT FIELD HAD NOT xxxxxxxxxx BORNE OUT THIS BELIEF.   DISC AND
 
BALLOON BEING TRANSPORTED TO WRIGHT FIELD BY SPECIAL PLANE FOR EXAMIN
 
INFORMATION PROVIDED THIS OFFICE BECAUSE OF NATIONAL INTEREST IN CASE
 
xxxx AND FACT THAT NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, A
 
OTHERS ATTEMPTING TO BREAK STORY OF LOCATION OF DISC TODAY.   MAJOR
 
CURTAN ADVISED WOULD REQUEST WRIGHT FIELD TO ADVISE CINCINNATI
 
OFFICE RESULTS OF EXAMINATION.  NO FURTHER INVESTIGATION BEING
 
CONDUCTED.
 
        WYLY
 

Now, let’s look at this evidence (if in writing only) that a flying saucer did crash at Roswell: “The  
disc is hexagonal in shape and was suspended by a cable.” So this interstellar craft was suspended by 
a cable to what resembled a weather balloon with a radar reflector.  At the time Project Mogul was very
hush-hush so no one would tell even the FBI what this was.
 
 Photographs of U.S.A.A.F. officers holding tin-foil like material may show some of the balloon, or
 it could be fake material so that Soviet agents could not see what the real material looked like.  But
 that was it. If NASA thought it could get to the Moon using a balloon and a piece of cable I’m sure 
they would have tried.  
 
But Ufologists can't get the story straight.  The recollections of witnesses are "as clear to them as though it 
was yesterday" but then what of the discrepancies, some quite big in these statements? "There are bound to 
be the odd difference after all these years" -?
                                                                 
And the rest of the story that Jessy Marcel was immediately sent off with the wreckage.  At that same time 
he is photographed at the press conference displaying the silver material.  Leonard H. Stringfield once told me 
at a BUFORA conference that "these crashed UFO stories are going to explode!" 
                                                              
He was right.
                                                              
And Russians shooting down flying saucers and retrieving the dead or living crews? The AOP B did have
people operating in the former Soviet Union and every single story fell flat.
                                                            
I'll make this clear because, after almost 30 years of looking it is what I have found.  There is absolutely not
 one solid piece of evidence that any extra-terrestrial craft ever crashed on Earth and it and its crew
were retrieved by any government.
                                                  
How good are 'eye-witness' statements?  Well, I can claim here and now that I have been time travelling and
who can prove it either way? I bet in a year I could collect a good few witnesses to the event.
                                                  
We need good solid evidence: material and statements gathered at the time. 
                                                  
If Ufologists concentrated on the reports rather than the mythology perhaps they might have had the solution
to the UFO riddle by now.                                                  

Friday, 13 January 2012

Star-Child Fraud

Just finished one of the laster chapters in my next book.  This chapter exposes the utter fraud of the so-called 'Star-Child' skull.  Be interesting to see what happens when the book ispublished.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Red Paper Canids


The Red Paper:CANINES vol.1
Paperback,
202 pages
fully illustrated
Price: £10.00
Ships in 3–5 business days
 
 
Up-dated 2011 edition includes section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.
 
 
By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries. The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting.
 
 
The summation of over 30 years research reveals the damnable lie of “pest control” hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events.
 
 
The Girt Dog of Ennerdale is also dealt with in detail.
 

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

First Oarfish ever filmed alive...

There I was trawling You Tube for anything interesting when I found this. Fantastic footage and the first time a live Oarfish has ever been filmed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lvRqqwBoyx8

See here for a little background info and video footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPJH0_r-r-w

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A Couple of snippets

The Canadian Centre for Fortean Zoology has an interesting post and more photographs of the "Sarich" skull that was found in Wales.  As I commented oon the site this is a goat skull.

There is a link on the blogroll to the site.

Also, over on the Patagonian Monsters blog (again, see blogroll) there is video footage of the "Cabralito" lake monster seen in Salta, Argentina.  A local says its an otter and I have to admit it does look very much like an otter.



Please, visit the sites on the blog roll -particularly the Bigfoot Discovery Project/Museum- if you get time.

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

VERY interesting item.  Evolution in progress!

Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world's first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change.



 
The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan. "It's very surprising because no one's ever seen shark hybrids before, this is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination," Morgan, from the University of Queensland, told AFP.

"This is evolution in action."

Colin Simpfendorfer, a partner in Morgan's research from James Cook University, said initial studies suggested the hybrid species was relatively robust, with a number of generations discovered across 57 specimens.

The find was made during cataloguing work off Australia's east coast when Morgan said genetic testing showed certain sharks to be one species when physically they looked to be another.

The Australian black-tip is slightly smaller than its common cousin and can only live in tropical waters, but its hybrid offspring have been found 2,000 kilometres down the coast, in cooler seas.

It means the Australian black-tip could be adapting to ensure its survival as sea temperatures change because of global warming.

"If it hybridises with the common species it can effectively shift its range further south into cooler waters, so the effect of this hybridising is a range expansion," Morgan said.

"It's enabled a species restricted to the tropics to move into temperate waters."

Climate change and human fishing are some of the potential triggers being investigated by the team, with further genetic mapping also planned to examine whether it was an ancient process just discovered or a more recent phenomenon.

If the hybrid was found to be stronger than its parent species -- a literal survival of the fittest -- Simpfendorfer said it may eventually outlast its so-called pure-bred predecessors.

"We don't know whether that's the case here, but certainly we know that they are viable, they reproduce and that there are multiple generations of hybrids now that we can see from the genetic roadmap that we've generated from these animals," he said.

"Certainly it appears that they are fairly fit individuals."

The hybrids were extraorindarily abundant, accounting for up to 20 percent of black-tip populations in some areas, but Morgan said that didn't appear to be at the expense of their single-breed parents, adding to the mystery.

Simpfendorfer said the study, published late last month in Conservation Genetics, could challenge traditional ideas of how sharks had and were continuing to evolve.

"We thought we understood how species of sharks have separated, but what this is telling us is that in reality we probably don't fully understand the mechanisms that keep species of shark separate," he said.
"And in fact, this may be happening in more species than these two."

Monday, 2 January 2012

Some Surprises....

When you write a blog you see the stats. Nice high stats.  However, you always wonder "Why isn't anyone commenting?"  That mystery may never be solved but a thank you to all those who do visit.

I like the fact that the stats map shows the blog is visited by people from Canada, the USA, a few in South America and some in northern Europe and, of course, the UK. But look at that spread across what used to be the Soviet Union and Eurasia. My traffic checker tells me there are a LOT of readers there.  Maybe I need to include more on the Almas, yeti, etc.?

But remember, even if your English is not great I'd still like to hear from you!