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Friday, 29 December 2017

The Most Ground Breaking UFO Revelations Ever (well...)




Is everyone involved in Ufology just very dim these days?  They are astounded by documents released by the British Ministry of Defence via the National Archives such as:

1) UFO reports have been taken “seriously” by some of those in the Ministry of Defence in England, particularly by some of its “scientists and engineers”

I am sorry but the MoD has always stated that it can call upon scientists and other professionals to look at UFO reports and it has been widely known since the 1950s that there were those who believed UFOs were not of this Earth and those who did not.   There is nothing astonishing or ground-breaking in this.

2) A decision was taken in 1993 to classify a UFO study for the British Ministry of Defence and its output as “SECRET UK EYES B” explicitly “since a potential exists for political embarrassment”

Again,  nothing new. The whole reason that the AOP Bureau's officially unofficial worked stopped was because every agreement made by those who instigated the AOP B was reneged upon because it might be embarrassing. 

3) The British Ministry of Defence in 1993 was aware from intelligence sources that “Russia believes that such phenomena exist and has a small team studying them”

Again,  NOTHING new. The UK, France, Australia, United States -everyone knew that the Russians had a small UFO study group and there were enough articles about it in publications such as FSR in the 1980s.

4) The British Ministry of Defence was aware in 1993 that “an informal group exists in the US intelligence community” in relation to UFOs and that it was possible that this reflected “a more formal organization” or “more formal assessment activity”

Oh really, I am not writing "again".

5) In 1982, unnamed “US authorities” wished to have copies of any reports on a UFO incident which involved the launching of two USN F14 aircraft and the diversion of a RAF Phantom to “assist” a USAF aircraft to the south of Cyprus involved in a “UFO incident”. The few documents on this incident in the relevant file refer to various materials which are not included in the released material

I write nothing!

6) A British Air Attache in Paris in 1977 reported in that “the French military authorities had found nothing of an aggressive nature in the sightings although their scientists had been unable to explain the phenomena”

Okay, absolutely nothing new. As I discussed in High Strangeness/UFO Contact? the French attitude has been consistent since the 1940s and every other country could have learnt from "The French method". NOTHING new.

7) The Ministry of Defence had learnt in relation to sightings over Belgium in 1990 “informally, that the view of the Belgian Air Force is that a craft of some sort was involved and that they maintain an open mind on the sightings, which remain unexplained”

Oh come on. These points are all being treated by certain "elitist" (it is how they see themselves) Ufologists, who do everything from a comfy chair so as not to bruise their arses, as ground-breaking. This is the state of 'Ufology' now.

No, the Ministry of Defence never sent out "Men In Black" to silence witnesses and there was never ever a secret UFO study headed by Nick Pope -I had an internet exchange with an American over this last week and gave up because...the person in question seemed unable to understand what I was stating. The UK has always exchanged UFO information with its allies but mainly as an informal "So what's new?" Q&A.


From trying to set out investigating flying saucers in the early 1950s to subject has devolved into a factless, repetitive arm of the entertainment industry. Are there no really serious Ufologists out there now or is it all now pure spin?








Monday, 25 December 2017

This Is A Worrying Trend


Image result for Sasquatch
So how do I relax on Christmas Day? I check out You Tube videos.  And I notice that there is a very worrying trend.


"Mad Sasquatch attack!!"
"Aggressive group of Sasquatch"
"Terrorised by a Sasquatch!"

And many other similarly titled videos.  There are videos with vocalisations that could be "Bigfooters" out "Squatch-calling" or even coyotes.  Certainly some bear warning off vocalisations and this follows on from years of TV and online fakery and lies.

But then we have the comments to videos about "As the sasquatch population is growing they move closer to urban areas" and "They are moving into urban areas and unchallenged its humans who will pay the price" to which can be added: "We heard these noises in the forest close-by and we need to move before they attack!"

The fact that humans are cutting swathes out of forests and covering former game trails or habitat with houses is NOT wildlife/Sasquatch "invading" urban areas but humans invading THEIR areas.

It seems that in the United states EVERYTHING is out to kill humans so needs to be killed.  Wolves, wolverines, badgers -you name it and people will shoot it.  When you see two grinning morons hunters posing next to a truck load of wolves they just killed you understand what "Federal protection" of a species means.

Say a Sasquatch was shot and this proved they existed -what then? Federal protection won't do any good because the good ole boys with guns will want to get their trophy protect their families and livelihoods and the rich hunters will want one, too.   Constantly building up a very faked threat from a species simply puts it in the sights of anyone with a gun -"It was standing there and looked at me and I'm sure it was going to attack so I shot it!" (people killing wolves have tried that one).

Wildlife -which includes Sasquatch if they exist,- live in the wild whether forests or mountains. It has been where they lived before Europeans landed in North America -and I include the Vikings, Irish and Welsh before Columbus.

Leave the wildlife alone and it will leave you alone.  Bigfoot is not going to go on an inner city rampage.


















Sunday, 24 December 2017

National Geographic’s image of the year

Photographer dodges crocodiles to snap National Geographic’s image of the year

 Hillary Grigonis,Digital Trends

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Standing in five feet of crocodile-infested water could very well have been photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan’s favorite moment of 2017. That’s because the resulting shot of a shy orangutan has earned the Singapore native the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Nat Geo recently shared the winning photos of the annual contest, along with the top images in categories for landscapes, underwater, and aerials.
The winning photo, “Face to Face in a River in Borneo,” was shot when Bojan was photographing orangutans in the Tanjung Puting National Park, a multiday project that meant living in a houseboat. While there, the photographer heard of an orangutan with some unusual behavior — crossing the river. Bojan decided to spend some time by the river to see if he could spot the swimming primate. After waiting a full day and a night, his patience was rewarded when a ranger spotted the primate further down the river.
Rather than risk scaring off the animal, Bojan hopped into the Sekoyner River at a spot about five feet deep. The river is also said to be home to some freshwater crocodiles, but Bojan just focused on the orangutan. The orangutan hid from the photographer behind a tree — and Bojan captured the winning shot when he peeked out from the side of the tree.
“Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen,” he said. “You’re so caught up. You really don’t know what’s happening. You don’t feel the pain, you don’t feel the mosquito bites, you don’t feel the cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”
For the winning shot, Bojan received $10,000 and publication in National Geographic’s magazine and Instagram.
The judges — Nat Geo senior photo editor of natural history Kathy Moran, Nat Geo photographer Anand Varma, and  photographer Michaela Skovranova — also selected category winners. For landscapes, Karim Iliya of Hawaii took first for her shot of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. A shot of an anemone won Jim Obester of Washington first for the underwater category. For aerial shots, Todd Kennedy won first for a shot of a rock pool in Sydney.
The entire gallery of images, including honorable mentions, is available at the National Geographic website. The contest runs annually (see the 2016 winners here), along witha travel photography contest.

Who's Afraid Of An Old Bearded Man?


A few years back I decided that it might be nice to play with other people for a while.  Or "cooperate" and work with other people involved in 'ghost hunting'.  I obviously tried the two local groups that I knew of and they seemed pleasant enough.

However, after more than a year I had still not been invited on any of their investigations and there had been a few.  So I began being more straight forward and asked whether there was a problem?

"Well, we were...a little concerned about why you wanted to join. You have a ...reputation".  

I asked what type of reputation and it seems that my name was known in ghost hunting circles as a sceptic and someone that stood no nonsense and did not accept claims without solid evidence. The other group responded that "Oh, we were concerned you were trying to expose us or something!"

I explained as politely as I could that no one person or group needed to be concerned about me if everything was above board and honest.   That seemed to ease things. Ten years later I am still waiting to be invited on an investigation by either group!  
 
(c)2017 T. Hooper-Scharf


Back when video cameras began to emerge, if you are old enough to remember the 1990s, ghost orbs were everywhere.  Either a single orb or a group of orbs appeared in photographs.  TV show presenters asked photographers and ‘experts’ whether they could explain these orbs –none could.  Well, I guess these were “paid to say what they are told” style ‘experts’ because I was telling everyone that orbs were dust and/or dirt particles and the way a digital camera worked was nothing like the old film-roll cameras.  Then came the “rods” and when digital video cameras started picking these up there were theories of every kind other than the obvious –“rods” were insects caught flying past and not inter-dimensional, alien or any “previously unknown creature.

That in 2017 cobwebs, hairs, dust and dirt particles, breath mist and insects are still being called paranormal takes a very special kind of stupid…or liar.  Let’s not go into camera straps getting in the way of lenses or thumbs!
 
(c) 2017 T. Hooper-Scharf

To prove the point I refreshed the cats litter tray with fullers earth and turned the light off and waited one minute and the took a photograph with the camera flash on. Then two minutes –photograph.  Five minutes and photograph again.  The results were very impressive even five minutes later.  Two years ago with a more modern digital camera I tried the experiment again and the results were very poor because the improvements in digital camera technology.

Digital recorders to “record EVPs” (Electronic Voice Phenomenon or ghost voices) are a con.  Those involved have to turn volume levels to full and even then the awful racket on the recordings themselves are what are being interpreted as ‘words’.  There is a very good why I used a tape Dictaphone and a digital one because the old style Dictaphones are far clearer.

It is the amount of information that digital cameras and Dictaphones record that create the ‘ghostly’ and those involved in the field know this –hence the pretend ‘scientific’ instruments they use.  Let’s not discuss the torch/flashlight responding to questions –read this post: http://terryhooper.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/on-ufos-sasquatch-and-ghost-hunting.html

And when you tell me “We have two psychics on the team that give us lots of information” or “We have Sensitives in our group who pick up on things and communicate with spirits” I tend to back off.  I have no time for silliness and fakery and have seen –even on broadcast TV shows- two or three ‘psychics’ give conflicting information…presenters get very creative explaining this.  I do not dismiss “psychics” but have seen no evidence over the decade of genuine abilities (which means I’ll believe if you can prove it).

Leaping forward to around 2015, I contacted a very well known US investigator of UFOs and strange creatures about two sightings on his website.  I was told that I did not need to introduce myself as “Your name crops up in discussion groups and on websites” (wow. I am a celebrity!).  Things seemed to be going well as we exchanged emails and then I made the fatal error.

I had just re-read a Flying Saucer Review article from the 1970s about a “UFO-Bigfoot” incident.  Something didn’t seem to gel in the account about the main percipient.  Then I found the case report in detail in one of the investigator’s books and some of the odd events before and after the main incident  made it very clear that the percipient was experiencing altered states (I go into detail on what “altered states” are in High Strangeness/aka UFO Contact?)

So, very carefully as I did not want to seem rude or a debunker, I explained why I thought this was the case.  I have not heard from this investigator since. 

With another UFO case I knew what the explanation was and I had three sources that documented the case (none of these three sources –none had anything to do with UFOs- had the slightest inkling that the phenomenon involved had been called a UFO) and gave full details and explained the process of the phenomenon.  I sent these along.  The response?  Well, one less person to send a Christmas greeting to I suppose!

The problem is that this reputation of mine runs in cryptozoology, Ufology, ghost hunting and other circles.  But why is this a problem?  If a group or individual is honest and looking for facts and the truth then they have to be open to constructive suggestions or theories.  These are not “attacks” or “debunking attempts” but how Science does things: if I say that such-and-such was “This” and the investigator(s) look into this and can counter with evidence that dismisses “This” then we move on and ask what else it might be before declaring “it” a true Unknown.

The problem is that very few attempt to conduct their work using scientific principles. Having all sorts of pretend equipment or not knowing the pitfalls of the gear being used might look good in the local press when these people claim “We are very science based and carry out police style investigations” but it is not Science.  Using your pet psychic is not Scientific.

I have caught people out telling lies because they feel they will lose face if a case they have hailed in the local press or on TV turns out to be nothing.  The “Big Boys”, of course, are terrified of losing money as well as losing face as both are part of their entertainment “Biz”.

I really should never scare anyone who is genuine.  I am not here to say “Oh, you thought it was a ghost/UFO/strange creature you silly fool!” and then mock them in the press and media.  I made mistakes.  I made a lot of mistakes when I started out over four decades ago but I learnt and if I can pass that knowledge on to others then that is great.  No one should ever be scared of learning something new.

Even with wildlife and natural history I have learnt from experience and pass the knowledge along based on recorded observations that others can double or triple check to confirm 

There are no Sasquatch type creatures in the UK and there is no evidence for such in the UK.  There are non native cats and other species that are established here and for which there is abundant evidence: they are not “paracryptids” or “Zooforms” but solid, living, natural animals.  Ghosts –the dead returned?  Doubt it but then what are they –that is what we should be looking at.

UFOs –see my last book on that subject.

I am only interested in discovery new things and learning and no one needs to be afraid of me…unless they are lying or frauds.









What is this strange animal? Man captures unique creature

It is nice to know, reading this story from June,  that not everyone is a money-making scum-bag and I hope the raccoon lasted in the wild.
http://wreg.com/2017/06/28/what-is-this-strange-animal-man-captures-unique-creature-tearing-up-his-grass/

What is this strange animal? Man captures unique creature tearing up his grass

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man trapped an animal that was tearing up his grass, but it's nothing he's seen before.
"I don't know what it is. Some people say it's an albino raccoon, some said it's an albino fox. I don't know what it is. It's just an animal that I want to get rid of, and no one wants to come and get it," Calvin Lee said.

The captured animal compared to a photo of a baby albino raccoon. We think it's a match!
WREG investigated, and we believe it's a young albino raccoon.
Albino raccoons are not very common and struggle to survive in the wild because their light coats prevent them from camouflaging.
Now that that question's been answered, it still leaves the question of what to do with it.
"I called the police department, I called Apex. They said they'd come and set the traps, but they don't come an pick up trapped animals. So, I don't know what to do with it, so I called Channel 3 News. Maybe you guys will know what to do with it," Lee said with a laugh. "I don't want to put it down, I wouldn't turn it loose. I wanna call someone to come and get it. Maybe there's someone out there who wants it. I don't want it."
Apex Wildlife Control told WREG it did offer to take the animal and release it in its animal reserve in north Tennessee. However, Apex said Lee declined the offer because it would cost a small fee.
We asked the Memphis Zoo and the City of Memphis what Lee should do with the animal, but we didn't hear back Wednesday. By Thursday, Calvin's wife, Barbara, released it on a country road.

The Mystery of the Siberian Mummified 'Monster'

I have to admit that seeing 'cryptozoologists' still claiming this is an unidentified creature and that a "wall of silence was thrown up" after it was reported in the news and nothing has appeared on the subject since is somewhat ludicrous and worthy of contempt.

Here is the original news story that appear in newspapers and online:

Mystery Of ‘Mummified Monster’ Found In Sub-Arctic Siberian Diamond Mine

Miners believe it may be a previously unknown type of dinosaur

 09/08/2016 12:08 BST 
The mummified remains of a mystery animal have been found in Siberia by diamond miners.
The creature was discovered in sands at Udachny, 1160 miles northwest of regional capital Yakutsk.
“The diamond miners who unearthed it believe the ‘monster mummy’ is a previously unknown kind of dinosaur,” reported The Siberian Times.
SIBERIAN TIMES
A diamond miner holding the mysterious find 
Scientists however, were reported the be “less certain” and want to study the animal which was found at one of Russia’s major diamond mines. 
Other theories suggest the mini-monster could be a wolverine -  a carnivorous mammal that resembles a small bear - or a sable or marten.
The mystery animal is due to be taken from Udachny - literally meaning ‘lucky’ - to Yakutsk for examination. 
SIBERIAN TIMES
Udachny is famous for its pipe diamond deposit, which has been mined since the 1960s 
The diamondiferous sands where it was unearthed date from the Mesozoic Era from about 252 to 66 million years ago.
The town is famous for the Udachnaya pipe diamond deposit, discovered in 1955, and mined since the 1960s. 
In 1974 a 1.7 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated 98 metres (322 ft) underground to create the basin for a tailings dam for the diamond mine. 
Today’s climate in the area is extreme sub-arctic. 
Average temperatures are from minus 43.6C (minus 46.5 F) to minus 35.2C (minus 31.4F) in January.
SIBERIAN TIMES
The mystery remains were found in Udachny, 1160 miles northwest of regional capital Yakutsk

And the follow-up that certain people are ignoring because it ruins their little story:

Identity of 'monster mummy' found by diamond miners is revealed 

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 August 2016
Experts give their macabre verdict on mummified remains after speculation a new type of dinosaur had been found. 
Diamondiferous sands where it was unearthed date from the Mesozoic Era from about 252 to 66 million years ago. Picture: YSIA
The remains of this strange creature-looking  were found in Mesozoic Era at one of Russia's leading diamond mines in the Sakha Republic. Scientists were initially puzzled about the animal, apparently well preserved thanks to the climate in Siberia's coldest region.
But leading paleontologist, Semyon Grigoryev, director of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, was in no doubt.
'It is a skinned sable, a modern one,' he said. 
Strange creature in Udachny
Scientists were initially puzzled about the animal, apparently well preserved thanks to the climate in Siberia's coldest region. Picture: YSIA
A scientist at the Institute of Permafrost Studies said: 'We think it was a sable. Yet we cannot say the age of this mummy, because a special study would be needed.'
This was also the verdict of hunters, who suggest it was a sable that was killed and skinned, with the body being buried in the sand. 
'The animal was killed a few years ago, the hunter skinned it and left the body, maybe even dug it into the sand. It mummified, probably because of the freezing winters,' TV channel  Almazny Kray were told by specialists. 
Yakutian sable
This was also the verdict of hunters, who suggest it was a sable that was killed and skinned. Picture: Alexander Krivoshapkin
The diamond miners who found it believed it could be an ancient dinosaur of a species never seen before. The mystery animal was found near Udachny - literally meaning 'lucky'. 
Diamondiferous sands where it was unearthed date from the Mesozoic Era from about 252 to 66 million years ago.
The town is famous for the Udachnaya pipe diamond deposit, discovered in 1955, and mined since the 1960s. 


Always search or go to the source and find out the truth!

Mysterious Creature -19th December 2017


Mysterious Creature washes ashore on Cap Coast beach






THERE are many curiosities lurking beneath the waves and the discovery of a mystery creature on Emu Park beach has further sparked interest in what exactly lives beneath the depths.
Justin Hill discovered a deceased creature, “about 1.5 metres long” on the beach Thursday morning and reached out to the Yeppoon Families Facebook page for clarification.
According to Mr Hill, the creature appeared to be a shark, but it was unclear what kind it may be.
A further comment by Mr Hill on the post stated that the shark’s head was “the size of a basketball” and was “very flat [and] round” and it had teeth.
The tail area also appeared to be “eaten away” particularly on one side, and the creature had a set of gills, which speculators said eliminated the possibility it was a seal.
With Emu Park attracting some of the largest sharks on the coast, the surprise discovery calls to light the Senate inquiry regarding the replacement of shark nets and drumlines with “smart” drumlines.
The inquiry has been led by the Greens to ensure a safer alternative to shark restrictions and has Labor’s backing.
The “smart” drumlines will enable a rescue crew to to save and tag caught sharks.
The Coalition is rejecting the inquiry.
On January 6, 2016, a three to four metre tiger shark was spotted off Zilzie’s beach, headed towards Emu Park main beach.
The Yeppoon Coast Guard were contacted for comment.
In the meantime, fisherman and Morning Bulletin columnist Scott Lynch weighed in, saying:
“It is not a seal. It is most likely a grey reef shark. Seal has no gills for a start and a similar bone structure in their flipper that we have in our hands.”
Sarah Tysoe is ruling out any chance of the creating being a seal:
“All those people who say seal mustn’t do much fishing. Definitely a shark,” she posted.
Other commenters have said:
Grace Rayner: “That’s just the decaying body. The tail is facing the wrong direction for an animal that has gills. Most definitely a mammal – seal.”
Source: https://www.themorningbulletin.com

NB: no one seems to be willing or have any close up photos of the head but to me this looks like a seal carcass.  We'll see...

They Came From The Sea

 In Strange & Mysterious Beasts (aka: Mysterious & Strange Beasts) I dealt with stranded unidentified (and very dead) sea creatures as well as globsters.  Now you will have to buy the book to read what I wrote but 2016/2017 had a few sea discoveries and mysteries worth taking a quick look at.

If I have missed any please let me know.


BBC NEWS (US and Canada) published this little item on 13th September, 2017-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41256922

Fanged creature found on Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey

A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified.

Preeti Desai found the decaying fish on a beach in Texas City, and asked Twitter for help.

She posted several photos with the caption: "Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?"

Her request was passed to biologist and eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe, who believes it is a fangtooth snake-eel.

He said it may also be a garden or conger eel, because "all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth".

Preeti Desai found the creature on a Texas beach and asked Twitter for help identifying it

Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City, TX.

It is thought that Hurricane Harvey, which brought strong winds and flooding to Texas, could explain why the creature was washed up.

Image shows the fanged creature washed up on the beach

The fangtooth snake-eel, also known as a "tusky" eel, is usually found in waters between 30 and 90 metres deep in the western Atlantic ocean.


Ms Desai, who was at the beach assessing the damage from the hurricane, told the BBC: "It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach. I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore." 


"My main reaction was curiosity, to figure out what the heck it was," she added.

Ms Desai said she posted the images on Twitter because she knows a lot of scientists use it, and a friend soon responded and contacted Dr Tighe.

 "I follow a lot of scientists and researchers. There's such a great community of these folks that are very helpful, especially when it comes to answering questions about the world or identifying animals and plants," she said.

She said she left the eel on the beach "to let nature take its course".
The eel is pictured on the beachImage copyrightTWITTER/@PREETALINA

e 20th October, 2016, the BBC Science and Environment page introduced some other sea beauties. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37706202

Strange purple sea creatures found in deep ocean trenches

purple creatureImage copyrightOCEAN EXPLORATION TRUST
Image captionA stubby "googly-eyed" purple animal looking like a cross between an octopus and a squid

Scores of spectacular and rare under sea species have been found by expeditions this year to some of the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean.
They include strange purple orbs, "mud monsters" and a bizarre swimming sea cucumber reminiscent of a flying Mary Poppins.
Another voyage found around 500 new undersea methane vents off the US west coast.
This doubles the number of known seeps, bubbling up a powerful greenhouse gas.
The gas vents were found by an expedition mounted by Dr Robert Ballard, the man who first located the wreck of the Titanic.

mud monsterImage copyrightNOAA
Image captionAn acorn worm that's described as a bizarre purple 'mud monster'

In his ship, the Nautilus, the Ballard team found new vents which were discovered off Washington, Oregon and California.
Little is known about the amount of methane that is coming out from these vents and how much is entering the atmosphere. But researchers say the new discoveries may better inform global estimates of these emissions.
"Methane seeps were basically unknown 20 years ago," said Prof Jesse Ausubel, from the Rockefeller University, part of the Nautilus team.

sea cucumberImage copyrightNOAA
Image captionA strange floating sea cucumber, said to be reminiscent of Mary Poppins

"At first people thought they were incredibly rare and now, thanks to these expeditions, these seeps may be very widespread, so the (methane) budgets may have to be recalculated, that's why the exploration is important."
One of this year's key expeditions mounted by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was a 59 day exploration of the Marianas Trench, the world's deepest underwater canyons.
As well as discovering three new "black smoker" hydrothermal vents stretching up to 30 metres in height, the voyage also revealed some rarely seen, mysterious creatures.

Purple orbImage copyrightOCEAN EXPLORATION TRUST
Image captionRare and mysterious creatures have been discovered on this year's deep voyages include this purple orb

"I think it's always surprising what we find," said Dr Nicole Raineault, director of science operations at the Ocean Exploration Trust, which organised the expedition.
"We've looked in the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and now the eastern Pacific Ocean with these remotely operated vehicles to get images of the sea floor, and we are continually surprised with the variety of life that we find."
"It just underscores how little we know about the ocean and how much more there is to discover our there."


BBCs Newsbeat on 24th February, 2017 reported on a Globster.  We all like Globsters, don't we? http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39076311/what-is-the-hairy-blob-or-globster-found-on-the-philippines-shore

What is the 'hairy blob' or globster found on the Philippines shore?
Globster

A six-metre-long "hairy" sea creature has washed up on the shore of Dinagat Island in the Philippines and people have been questioning what it is.
An unidentified creature like this is often known as a "globster" and they've been washing up for years.
While some people think it might be new species, experts aren't convinced.
Lucy Babey, head of science and conservation for the animal charity Orca, says it's definitely the carcass of a dead animal - probably a whale.
"It's definitely a very decomposed sea creature in the later stages of decomposition," she tells Newsbeat.
"The carcass is about six metres long, but that's obviously not the whole carcass - there's no tail so it would have been bigger than that.
"That would suggest that it was probably a whale."
A blue whale
Image captionBlue whales are the largest creatures on Earth

'But it could be a manatee'

"They have numerous whale species in the Philippines such as the blue whale, fin whales and humpback whales as well as smaller whales such as minke whales.
"But they also have manatees out there, so it could be a manatee.
"Unfortunately with this animal it is far too decomposed to be able to get a confident identification on what animal it was."
Manatee
Image captionManatees are also known as sea cows

Whales and manatees aren't hairy though

She explains that the "hair" you can see in the image is actually more likely to be muscle fibres, where the body has gone quite far along the decomposition process.
"Other creatures could have sped up the decomposition process, but it looks like a normally decomposing carcass," she says.

So what was it doing there?

Lucy says that only 10% of whales and dolphins that die out at sea actually end up on the shore.
"There's an awful lot that die and stay out at sea," she says.
"They can come to the shore for a variety of reasons, but in this case, because it's an animal that died quite a while ago, it could have washed up because of storm surges."
Recently an earthquake struck in the region.
"That could have caused pressure on the seabed, which could have got the animal up nearer to the surface and onto the shoreline," says Lucy.
"It could have shifted the carcass, it could have caused differences in the tides and the strengths of the waves which would have washed it up on the shore."

Risk to human health

"There is obviously a risk of contamination," says Lucy.
"Any decomposing animal will carry diseases, so now they will need to safely dispose of it.
"In this country [the UK] we would put them in a landfill site, but they may move the carcass far out to sea."
Dead sperm whale on beach
Image captionA sperm whale carcass in Norfolk

Things like this don't wash up in the UK

"The animals we have wash up are pretty fresh. We get lots of whales, dolphins and sharks," explains Lucy.
fin whale washed up in Norfolk last year.





Did anyone miss the story about the Welsh jelly-fish swarm? BBC News Wales covered it

Jellyfish 'mega swarm' washes up on four beaches


Jellyfish megaswarm

Thousands of jellyfish have washed up on beaches in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in what a conservationist has described as a "mega swarm".
More than 300 barrel jellyfish washed up in New Quay, Ceredigion.
And in Pembrokeshire there have been sightings in Tenby, Saundersfoot and Newport.
Sarah Perry from Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre said: "This is definitely a mega swarm. I have never seen them this big before."
She said the creatures do wash up each year but added that this was "unusual because of the number on our shores and the size of them".



Media captionJellyfish 'mega swarm': Underwater footage from New Quay

Ms Perry said she believed the recent warm weather had sparked the boom in jellyfish, which can grow up to 88cm (35in) in diameter.
Numbers have grown in recent years because of mild winters allowing plankton, their main food source, to thrive.
Holidaymaker Wilson Dyer, from Suffolk, said: "I've been holidaying here for 40 years and I've never seen this before.
"They're all the way up the Cardigan Bay coast. It's intriguing, it looks like they all keeled over at the same time."



Media captionMore than 300 barrel jellyfish were washed up on beaches

Conservationist Ms Perry said the abundance of washed up jellyfish could attract feeding leatherback turtles which would be an "amazing sight".
She encouraged the public not to move or touch the jellyfish.
"While they're relatively harmless they can, if touched, leave you with a rash similar to what you may get after touching a stingy nettle," she said.

Jellyfish in New Quay, CeredigionImage copyrightMEGAN WALTON
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Matt Slater, from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: "It's shocking the amount of jellyfish which are turning up.
"There are millions of jellyfish in our waters at this time of year. When I'm out surfing, I keep hitting them with my board."
He added moon jellies were rare in Cornish waters five years ago, but they now seem to be abundant at this time of year.
There could soon be sightings of leatherback turtles - the largest turtles in the world - as these feed on jellyfish, he said.
Christian McConville, from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, said: "Jellyfish do not have a tremendous amount of control over movement.
"It's likely the prevailing wind drew them to the coast and the tide left them on the beach."
He said this is the first major stranding event that he has seen this year.

Thousands of jellyfish wash up on Cornish beach


Thousands of jellyfish washed up on Perranporth beachImage copyrightIWALKCORNWALL
Image captionThousands of jellyfish washed up on Perranporth beach

Thousands of jellyfish have been washed up on a Cornish beach just days after a sperm whale got stranded and died at the same place.
Marine specialists say the current onshore winds are bringing in large numbers of jellyfish from the Atlantic.
The jellyfish, known as moon jellies, which used to be rare in Cornish waters, do not have a painful sting.
On Sunday, a female sperm whale was discovered in the shallows on Perranporth beach.

Perranporth beachImage copyrightIWALKCORNWALL
Image captionMoon jellies washed up on Perranporth beach
WhaleImage copyrightREG BUTLER
Image captionThe sperm whale was discovered on its side at Perranporth beach on Sunday

Matt Slater, from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: "It's shocking the amount of jellyfish which are turning up.
"There are millions of jellyfish in our waters at this time of year. When I'm out surfing, I keep hitting them with my board."
He added moon jellies were rare in Cornish waters five years ago, but they now seem to be abundant at this time of year.
There could soon be sightings of leatherback turtles - the largest turtles in the world - as these feed on jellyfish, he said.
Christian McConville, from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, said: "Jellyfish do not have a tremendous amount of control over movement.
"It's likely the prevailing wind drew them to the coast and the tide left them on the beach."
He said this is the first major stranding event that he has seen this year.