11th February, 2018
It seems that all I wrote about on this blog and in my books on Lake and, very particularly sea 'monsters', is proving to be correct.
In the pre-mechanised age of sea voyages ships would only have created the noise of their plowing through the waves and some odd noises (humans calling or talking). These ships, from below, might well have looked like whales or other creatures and attracted the attention of unknown sea creatures which popped up to investigate -or they were simply ignored.
Come the mechanised age there were the sounds of the engines, the prop-shafts as well as the pollutants. Not just another "thing" travelling through the sea but a bloody loud thing that needed avoiding.
Humankind has proven itself the top species of vermin by destroying not just natural habitats but killing millions of animals for 'fun' so that many are today threatened with extinction. We are the greatest threat to this planet and killing and destruction comes as easy as breathing. The Thylacine was wiped out because the species slaughtered sheep and devastated flocks. In fact, it has now been proven that this is untrue. It was an excuse used to justify killing off every thylacine "because" -the same reason is given for the hunting, poisoning and killing of wolves.
All of this we can clearly see because it took place on terra firma and the sickening number of 'trophies' are recorded on photographs, video and even cell phones these days.
But what of the seas and oceans? So much of it is unknown and very definitely unexplored. We are discovering new species all the time and filming them...before capturing and dissecting them. The fact that they are "there" is unimportant because they have to be killed and dissected to prove they exist.
We discover tiny, small, medium sized and large new species every year. But what of something very big. Why have we not had solid evidence of very large and unknown sea creatures? Well, for one thing, none has swam close enough to one of the very, very few underwater cameras so that it can be seen. Secondly, the cameras deployed are either set up in a specific spot or are lowered into oceans from vessels to be remotely piloted from a ship -which involves a lot of noise.
In my last book (see bottom of this post) I discussed the number of "Globsters" discovered on beaches and, like the 'huge crocodile-like' carcasses found at sea, they are all whale remains. So far nothing has been found that has proven to be from an unknown creature -and scientists would love to find such a thing because it means they go down in scientific history and also reap many rewards and the idea of "cover ups" is ridiculous.
Every and any carcass found on a sea shore should be investigated "in case". The Dingellchough Mystery Creature I discussed in an earlier book and was uncertain on how it should be classified. In the new book I not only suggest what it is but show exactly why it is the only possible conclusion: it is an unknown species -of what...you'll need to read the book!
But things of the sea only turn up on shores when they are dead, decayed or lumps of fibre after marine creatures such as sharks have fed off them.
I put forward the argument on this blog and in my books, that Humankind has probably killed off these "sea monsters". I really hope not but if they survive it must be in very depleted numbers and I receive no new "sea monster" reports at all and they appear to have vanished from the press, replaced my out-and-out hoaxes and worse.
The ice caps are melting and polar bears are starving and we now know that our pollution has created what could be the greatest tragedy in the natural world -because it has been hidden so long under the sea and in, on or killing sea life slowly. This UNESCO Facts and figures on marine pollution summary is very grim reading:
And when you read from 2014: Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111913 You begin to realise the problems.
2017 there was no excuse not to know what is going on. News stories such as this in the Telegraph should have had enough impact but images on TV News programmes and the BBCs Blue Planet II hit millions of TV screens.
Five shocking facts about the scale of plastic pollution that's choking our seas
We can see how all forms of pollution, and now mainly plastics that were not in existence at the time of the old sea creature reports. We see and can prove all of this and yet we have no idea how unknown smaller or very large sea creatures are affected but if whales, sharks and other species are suffering we would have to suggest that the unknowns suffer also. They are, after all, marine animals.
It looks grimmer and grimmer for the unknown species. To be honest, there is absolutely nothing we can do as it may well already be far to late. Ignoring You Tube and blog hoaxes -photo shop images or CGI footage- just how many new reports of "sea monsters" have you seen reported in newspapers or magazines in the last 10..or 25 years?
I really do hope that there are some large unidentified species out there.
If you read any of my books, particularly Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint, I have expanded my previous research on possible unidentified sea creatures.
David Rains Wallace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rains_Wallace, in Neptune's Ark: from Ichthyosaurs to Orcas (University of California Press, 2007), p XIX:
"On many days when I see harbor porpoises, countless half-dollar-sized Velella hydroids, jellyfish relatives with transluscent white sails and iridescent violet-blue bodies litter the beaches -doubtless a coincidence, but odd. Unidentified cetaceans pass offshore of the murre rock, showing taller dorsal fins than the porpoises. Unexplained dark shapes and splashes occur. Point Resistance may be just a bedroom of the Pacific, but so many things lurk in that Neptunian mansion that there is no knowing what might slip in. When the air is clear, a notorious haunt of monsters looms to the west..."
The 10th August 1741 sighting of an unidentified sea creature by Georg Wilhelm Steller (who gave his name to the Steller's Sea Cow) and his crew is also dealt with (pp. XX- XXI)
I have expanded upon this post in Strange & Mysterious Beasts. If anyone has heard of any recent (2000-2016) sightings of unknown sea creatures then PLEASE get in touch.
I would suggest everyone to check out the news page and the videos and other info there.
Also, I encourage people to check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFXww6CrLAHhyZQCDnJ2g2A where you can find known and unknown (small) species they film during the course of their work (even if I do not approve of capturing live speciments for killing and dissection).
What Is In Strange & Mysterious Beasts?
I was told that it was probably a good idea not to reveal all of the contents of the new book. Fair enough. It is 324 pages with lots of photographs. If you have read one of my previous books then I will point out that this new look at the chupacabra is expanded on. I have managed to draw some conclusions on certain previously unidentified beasts.
I am guessing that the conclusions in the chapter on the Shunka Warak'in and the famous stuffed and mounted specimen are going to really upset some cryptozoologists.
In High Strangeness and UFO Contact? I looked at the faults in Ufology and how the subject needed drastic overhauling and I do the same here regarding mystery animal research which seems to be full of charlatans and liars out to make money rather than look for the truth. I try to give anyone approaching the subject matter some advice and guidelines but 'cryptozoology' and 'cryptozoologist' are two words they ought not to use.
Strange & Mysterious Beasts is the smaller format book while Mysterious & Strange Beasts is the standard larger A4 format.
IGNORE the "only ships from North America" as that is just a site message error or may apply only until AFTER Christmas
I need to point out that, much though I really do want to avoid this, US taxes are not leaving me much in the way of profit from sales. I really do not want to increase book prices since I think that at the moment they are fair (considering what a purchaser gets and the amount of my work that gets plagiarized). I am told that it has to be an option, however, I have until 1st February, 2018 to decide.
Anyway, enough publisher waffle, here are some of the contents: