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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Humans Have Killed Off "Sea Monsters" Up-dated and ammended

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'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 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. 

Take away the fake photoshop images or You Tube videos and where are all of the unidentified sea creature reports?  I have, in conjunction with the Natural History Museum (London) and other bodies, identified carcasses found/photographed and to date all we have are whale remains in various states of decay.

Sir David Attenborough in Life On Earth (Readers Digest, 1980), as well as on TV programmes, stated his belief that there could very well be large, unidentified sea creatures -"sea monsters"- in the Earth's oceans.

Arch skeptic, Arthur C. Clarke stated on his TV series, as well as in the book of the series Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World , along with Simon Welfare, John Fairley (Fontana 1980), his belief that unidentified, large sea creatures very likely exist.

In fact, there are a list of such statements from eminent persons past and present. For instance, 
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)

So, what is going on?  Are people on ships -passengers and crew- seeing but not reporting even in this age of digital recording devices such as cameras, phones etc?  Fear of ridicule or being called another You Tube faker?  Or are news services not reporting accounts while over indulging in statements from the crank fringes of Ufology?

In my book I look at how industrial fishing going back a long way has had an effect on fish populations and everything tied in to fish populations. The tiny prey is eaten by the larger predator which is, itself, eaten by a larger predator and on and on. If the tiny prey dies off because what it eats -fresh or rotting vegetable matter or even carcasses then what has its large predator to eat? Or the predators predator?

We know that seals, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, etc. were killed when they bumped into sea mines during World Wars 1 and 2.  But what of other creatures that met this fate but were not seen? Sea mines were heard to go off but no submarine/ship wreckage was found. What collided with the mines?

Whaling -we know the devastation that caused but still whaling continues, as does dolphin killing. Vast numbers of small squid are caught in industrial fishing. Fish species have declined to such an extent and yet, despite everything that has been learnt, new "virgin areas" for industrial fishing have been identified as they have "abundant species numbers". 

It is possible -we know whales attack squid for food and that much larger than usual squid may well attack whales "defensively"- that humans are killing off the food sources for so far unidentified large sea creatures.  It is rare to find whale carcasses because most are disposed of at sea by all manner of creatures -carcasses that are washed up show the signs of this.  So an unidentified carcass washes up somewhere -"It's just a whale" and even some seen at sea are dismissed that way.  

Back in the 19th century newspapers expected sea serpent reports at specific times of the year and at certain locations and even noted with some reports that "this is not usually the sea serpent is sighted nor the location" Yes, while gentlemen naturalists and 'experts' sat on their asses in comfortable chairs, others, including journalists for goodness sake, noted migratory dates and paths!

All ignored.  And we have many examples of animals ignored by science until after extinction at which point we hear shouts of "Why did no one look into this animal scientifically?" Even the fox, if you read my Canids book you will know how little we knew/know of the fox that currently lives in the UK and not a great deal about past native species. All that mattered was "How to find it.  How to kill it. How to hunt it." 

Sea creatures such as dolphins, whales, sea turtles and so on are recorded and filmed caught up in plastic waste.  One dead whale was recently found to have 30 plastic bags in its belly

Oil and other pollution, not to mention waste dumped "legally" into deep ocean areas have taken a toll -as researchers have recently discovered such unknown dumps.

And now we learn that pollutants banned in the 1970s are at work in deep seas.  It may well be possible that Humans have wiped out any large, unidentified sea creatures before they were "scientifically" discovered. The old newspaper clippings and reports in books may one day be seen as the only official record we have of species ab hominibus -killed by humans.

Pollutants banned in the 1970s found in depths of Pacific Ocean
Researchers say the idea that the deep ocean is safe from the effects of pollution "could not be further from the truth".

Monday 13 February 2017

The Mariana Trench filmed during James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge mission

Scientists say man-made cancer-causing chemicals, which have been banned since the 1970s, have been found in the deepest recesses of the Pacific Ocean.

Traces of high levels of the pollutants were found in scavenging shrimp-like amphipods living more than 10km (6 miles) below the surface in two trenches 7,000km (4,300 miles) apart.

Residue of polychlorinated biphenyls, better known as PCB's was found in the creatures' bodies at the bottom of the deepest oceans.

Researchers were shocked to find contamination levels similar to those found in a heavily polluted area just off Japan.

The findings are being published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, and now the study team is to investigate if microbeads have been swallowed by the deep sea creatures.

Report author Alan Jamieson said: "We still think of the deep ocean as being this remote and pristine realm, safe from human impact, but our research shows that, sadly, this could not be further from the truth.

The pollutants were found deep in the Mariana and Kermadec trenches

He told Sky News: "We can't assume now there are any places in the world that are still pristine."

The findings come after Sky's Ocean Rescue campaign was launched to raise awareness of the damage being done to our marine environment worldwide.

Chemicals found in the 2-3cm long crustaceans included polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which have been defined as carcinogens and do not break down for decades.

Around 1.3 million tons of PCBs were widely used in industry from the 1930s until they were banned in the 1970s.

PCBs were used in plastics and carbonless copy paper as well as electrical equipment, glues and engine oils.

Industrial accidents and leakage from landfill have seen them released into the sea and they are extremely slow to break down.

Scientists also discovered polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) which were used as flame retardants and are known to reduce fertility.

The team used deep-sea landers to search the Mariana Trench, east of the Philippines, and the Kermadec Trench, north of New Zealand.

The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world's oceans. In 2012, Titanic director James Cameron made a record-breaking solo dive to the bottom of the trench in a submersible.

Scientists believe the pollutants have found their way into the remote trenches through contaminated plastic debris and dead animals sinking to the ocean floor.

Dr Jamieson (below) says the research shows the devastating effect man is having on the planet

Dr Jamieson, of Newcastle University's School of Marine Science and Technology, said: "The fact that we found such extraordinary levels of these pollutants in one of the most remote and inaccessible habitats on earth really brings home the long term, devastating impact that mankind is having on the planet.

"It's not a great legacy that we're leaving behind."


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 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:
The Monster of the Forest of Mouliere   
The Beast of Lyonnais   
The Beast of Cevennes, Gard and Vivarais      
The Beast of Sarlat    
The Beast of Gevaudan     
British Man Beasts     
Bigfoot and Werewolves in the West Midlands    
The Strange Creature in Repton Woods   
Bigfoot Returns – To Kent!       
The Curious and Frightening Case of the Hull Werewolf       
The Gnome of Girona     
The Caponi Close Encounters and Photographs       
Return of the Shark Killing Thing –a Possible Identification    
The Dingellchough Mystery Creature  
The Unidentified Corfu Sea Creature           
Strange Sea Creature Found In Persian Gulf     
The Devil of Gatagon      
The Supernatural Invasion: Slender-man and Black Eyed Kids    
The Sheep Killer of Niali      
Mystery Creature of the Bay of Flamanville   
Things Caught on Camera –Fact and Fiction    
The Bat Creatures      
The Owl-man   
The British Pig-man and Snake-man    
The Pictish Beast              
Shunka Warak'in –A Hyena Too Far?   
The Chupacabra

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