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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Strange Sea Creature Found In Persian Gulf & Others

Update

My thanks to the Natural History Museum (London) for the speedy reply!

Thank you for sending the photos. It’s a partially decomposed whale carcass. The crocodile-looking ‘tail’ is the whale’s spine – you can see the spines.

 Yours truly,
 Florin
Florin Feneru (Mr)
Identification and Advisory Officer"

A Very interesting one here...


All the information I can find is this;

By Susan Duclos (Before Its News)

A very large, very strange looking sea creature was found by the Iranian Navy in the Persian Gulf and has people speculating as to what it is, ranging from  “dinosaur like,” to a mutilated whale carcass.

I've contacted the Smithsonian and British Natural History Museum to see if they care to comment but if this was Iranian Navy where are they? Just seems to be some kind of tug boat.

The fact that a video was "removed by user" on so many sites makes me VERY suspicious -why? I'd very much like to think it was an unknown sea creature because it might do sales of my last book some good!

However, after a life time chasing the weird, sinister and strange I am not holding my breath just yet--no major news organisation has even mentioned this.

Hoax or...genuine? I say whale!










And I am still surprised that people are calling this a "mystery" sea creature. Images are from a video taken at a Shell oil rig. Its shows a Big Fin squid -rare image (Monterrey Bay Centre has a clearer shot-see below).



Below:Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (c)2013

File:Bigfin squid May 2001.jpg

Bearing in mind the 1953 report of an oddly coloured HUGE mass that killed a shark in front of a diver I find this video footage absolutely fascinating!

http://www.wimp.com/creaturecaught/

But it is not a mystery -not since 1967! It's a Deepstar enigmatica -a type of jellyfish. You can read more here:

http://deepseanews.com/2012/05/solving-the-mystery-of-the-placental-jellyfish/






The Shark-Killing Giant Jelly-Fish

     But Eric Frank Russell, the science fiction author and, it seems, a devotee of “Forteana” has left a very annoying legacy in the shape of a 1953 report to origin of which I still have not tracked down after ten years!

           ”A report dated 1953, made by an Australian diver working in the
           South Pacific, tells of something that may have been more familiar
           to the ancients and formed the source of a few of their best horror
           stories.  Wearing the latest type of diving-suit, the narrator had been
           testing it by trying for a depth record in deep ocean.”

     Then comes the mind-boggling account:

           “All the way down I was followed by a fifteen foot shark which
           circled around full of curiosity but made no attempt to attack.  I
           kept wondering how far down he would go.  He was still hanging
           around some thirty feet [9m] from me, and about twenty feet [6m]
           higher, when I reached a ledge below which was a great, black chasm
           of enormous depth.

           “It being dangerous to venture farther, I stood looking into the chasm
           while the shark waited for my next move.  Suddenly the water became
           distinctly colder.  While the temperature continued to drop with
           surprising rapidity, I was a black mass rising from the darkness of the
           chasm.  It floated upwards very slowly.  As at last light reached it I
           could see that it was of dull brown colour and tremendous size, a flat
           ragged edged thing about one acre* in extent.  It pulsated sluggishly
           and I knew that it was alive despite its lack of visible limbs or eyes.

           “Still pulsating, this frightful vision floated past my level, by which
           time the coldness had become most intense.  The shark now hung
           completely motionless, paralysed either by cold or fear.  While I
           watched fascinated, the enormous brown thing reached the shark,
           contacted him with its upper surface.  The shark gave a convulsive
           shiver and was drawn unresisting into the substance of the monster.

           “I stood perfectly still, not daring to move, while the brown thing sank
           back into the chasm as slowly as it had emerged.  Darkness swallowed
           it and the water started to regain some warmth.  God knows what this
           thing was, but I had no doubt that it had been born of the primeval slime
           countless fathoms below.”

     There are some odd aspects to this.  We know that sharks will start to sink if they stop swimming but what made this one hang motionless rather than swim off if it sensed a dangerous predator?

     A report published in the journal Nature describes a remarkable gel found in the shark snouts that allow them to detect minute temperature changes. Such a sensitivity to such differences could help lead sharks to thermal fronts in the ocean that are teeming with quarry.  Being cold-blooded, sharks rely on external water temperatures to keep them warm.

     A shark head contains a number of sensors known as ampullae of Lorenzini that can help the animal detect electric fields emitted by the earth's magnetic field or by other sea-dwellers.

     There are many things that affect where shark species are found.  One being the temperature of water, the amount of light available, the amount of salt in the water, or even the water currents.  The kinds and amounts of food sources available as well as the types of predators all have an effect.   Possibly the most important of these factors is temperature.  It is interesting to remember that sharks cannot stand  large changes in temperature.  This means that shark species that  like cold water stay near the Arctic, while shark species preferring warm water stay in the tropics. That said, sharks that like cold water can easily live in warmer places by simply swimming down to the depths where the water is colder.  Many kinds of sharks live near the water's surface, and a few live deep in the sea.

     The diver noted the sudden drop in temperature prior to the creature rising from the chasm.  The shark, in this case a warm-water dweller, hit suddenly by a wave of cold could become inactive.  This would explain the sudden inactivity.  But surely it could have detected the other creature using its natural senses?  It seems quite obvious, the cold wave hit the shark before it sensed any danger.  This would explain that particular aspect.

     The assumption is that the creature was some huge form of jelly-fish.  But this seems almost unlikely.  An experienced diver, particularly one expert enough to depth-dive in new gear would be equally experienced, especially in those warm waters, to seeing jelly-fish.  Surely he would have said “the biggest jelly-fish I had ever seen –an acre across in size”?  He does not. One acre = 4046.86 square metres or 43560 square feet –so this was sizeable! From this we suppose that it did not look like such a creature, even if sounding a little like one.

     The jelly-fish tentacles could be described as looking like “cooked noodles” and hang underneath the body and can be as long as 1 cm to 120 feet (36.5m) which is longer than, say, a basketball court.  Tentacles can number a few to as many as 800.  These tentacles are concentrated around the mouth because, after the prey is stung by the tentacles they then pull the food up to be eaten. The stinging cell is located at the top of the tentacle; when its prey swims by the jellyfish will touch the fish with its tentacles –automatically killing it.

     However, the diver did not mention tentacles and the shark was seen to convulse after being touched by the upper-side of the creature –an electrical charge rather than stinger?  The shark was then drawn up into the creature’s mass which does sound like a jelly-fish or an animal that consumes its food in a similar way.  It would be far more comforting to say this was a phenomenally huge jelly-fish unknown to science but are there similar reports?


     And people ask WHY I don't want to go wading out into the sea!




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