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By: jkr (offline) on Friday, January 08 2010 @ 09:01 AM EST (Read 8766 times)  

Mysterious Creatures

Have scientist and biologist discovered unusual creatures that we never knew existed ? Please share your findings with us.


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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, November 16 2010 @ 05:33 PM EST  
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A search for frogs believed to be extinct has instead led scientists to discover some new ones.

Three species hitherto unknown to science have been found in Colombia.

They include a poison-secreting rocket frog and two toads. All three are tiny and tend to be most active in daytime, which is unusual for amphibians.

However, the same expedition to Colombia failed to find the species it was hoping to rediscover, the Mesopotamia beaked toad.

The disappointment provoked by that non-discovery turned to glee when the conservation scientists came across the three new species.

The 3-4cm red-eyed toad, discovered at an altitude of 2,000m, evoked particular fascination.

Life without larvae: this tiny toad apparently needs no tadpole stage "I have never seen a toad with such vibrant red eyes," said Robin Moore from Conservation International, the scientist who set up the rediscovery project.

"This trait is highly unusual for amphibians, and its discovery offers us a terrific opportunity to learn more about how and why it adapted this way."

The other new toad is also tiny - less than 2cm long - with a beak-shaped head that Dr Moore compared to the snout of Montgomery Burns, the villain of The Simpsons TV series.

George Meyer, a long-time Simpsons writer and amphibian enthusiast, commented: "The toad's imperious profile and squinty eyes indeed look like Monty Burns."

The reason why it has not been identified previously is probably because the species skips the tadpole stage, instead producing toadlets that resemble the fallen leaves of the forest floor in which they live.

The third newcomer is a rocket frog, a member of the poison dart family - though not as poisonous as many of its cousins.

The amphibian search, co-ordinated by Conservation International along with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, began in August and is the first co-ordinated attempt to look for species believed to be extinct.

Expeditions have been mounted in 19 countries in search of 100 lost species.

So far, three have been found: a Mexican salamander not seen since its discovery in 1941, a frog from the Ivory Coast last observed in 1967, and another frog from Democratic Republic of Congo not seen since 1979.

This new toad lives at altitude - beyond that, scientists know nothing about it
Despite the discoveries and rediscoveries, the team emphasises that overall, the global outlook for amphibians is still bleak.

The remainder of species targeted by the current search have remained undetected, suggesting that they are indeed extinct.

And the latest Red List of Threatened Species, released during the UN biodiversity summit last month, put 41% of amphibians on the danger list, with most of the threats continuing to intensify.

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By: Roanna (offline) on Saturday, November 27 2010 @ 07:21 PM EST  

The legend of the Loch Ness monster is alive again after a mysterious shape was caught on camera.

By Shiona McCallum

26 November 2010 10:57 GMT ... -sighting/


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By: Roanna (offline) on Monday, June 06 2011 @ 09:49 PM EDT  

Here is a link to the first of a series of videos of "sea monsters" off the coast of Florida -- ... re=related.

These were posted in January 2011, and are from the TV show MonsterQuest. They are leaning towards an unknown piniped.

I'm watching them now & I'll see how to fill this in. They are there, but unknown as to species. Very extensive footage -- very interesting! AND they are being investigated by scientists.


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By: Roanna (offline) on Monday, June 13 2011 @ 05:50 PM EDT  

I waited too long to add to above post, I would like to add that the videos are sharp and clear, there are no shadowy or silhouetted something or others, it is worth your time checking out the website. Someone posted rather snarkily about identifying the animal as a leopard seal, but I disagree with his conclusion. This particular animal, while it does have what certainly appears to have a seal's head, differs strongly in the fins (flippers) and even more so in the tail.. This new creature has a strange, trident-shaped single tail fin. The leopard seal has two separate tail fins as most seals do. I am going to go back to the site to see if anything new has been posted, then I'll come back and make correction or addition as needed.

edited to add: they refer to flippers or fins, seemingly interchangeably. Also, the front flippers are more whale-like than the usual seal flippers.


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By: gemini (online) on Wednesday, December 07 2011 @ 05:06 PM EST  

An interesting Sasquatch story and upcoming event poster from Christopher Murphy:

Greetings to all:

Below is the official poster for my upcoming sasquatch exhibit at the Creighton House Public Museum in Yale, British Columbia. I would appreciate it if those of you with websites and newsletters would assist in providing publicity for the event.

Click on image to download

How the exhibit came about is a little amusing. Most of you will recall that Yale, BC, was the site of the famous "Jacko" incident of 1884, whereby a young sasquatch was said to have been captured. The story was featured in the "Daily Colonist," a Victoria, BC, newspaper.

One person who was there at the time was August Castle. He was interviewed in 1958 and said as a young boy he recalled hearing later about a "thing" that had been caught. This last summer (2011) his grandson visited Yale and inquired at the Creighton House Museum about
"Jacko," stating that his grandfather had told him of the event. The museum curator, Debbie Zervini, provided him with a copy of the "Daily Colonist" article.

In early September last, I visited the Yale museum and in talking to Debbie about carrying my book, "Yale & the Strange Story of Jacko the Ape-boy,." she mentioned the visit from the grandson. He has since been sent a copy of the book.

Debbie then inquired about having a sasquatch exhibit at the museum, and the rest is history. Thomas Steenburg is assisting me in providing the exhibit, and it was decided to debut "Sasquatch in British Columbia" (Hancock House Publishers) at the exhibit opening -- as explained on the poster.

For those of you who are not familiar with Yale, it is a small town in the Fraser Valley about two hours drive from Vancouver. During the gold rush of the late 1800's and the construction of the Pacific Railway it was a major town in the province. Thousands of miners and railway workers lived there, and indeed died there as it was a "wide open" town -- about as rough and tough as such towns go. Virtually nothing remains now of the original town save Creighton House and an old Anglican Church (no longer used for services). Of course, there are photographs, and crumbling concrete and rotting timber where a part of the original town once stood along the edge of the Fraser River.

The current town is essentially a residential community with a population (2006) of 186 souls. It is located on a main highway which is exceedingly scenic, so a considerable number of tourists stop there.
Creighton House, the church and their properties form the Yale Historic Site. The museum normally provides a fine collection of early BC and First Nations artifacts. Gold-panning activities are also offered (gold still flows down the Fraser River, and many people still try their luck at panning).


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By: Pat B (offline) on Wednesday, January 04 2012 @ 10:59 AM EST  
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'The Hoff' crab is new ocean find
By Jonathan Amos

Science correspondent, BBC News

UK scientists have found prodigious numbers of a new crab species on the Southern Ocean floor that they have dubbed "The Hoff" because of its hairy chest.

The animal was discovered living around volcanic vents off South Georgia.

Great piles of the crabs were seen to come together.

The creature has still to be formally classified, hence the humorous nickname that honours the often bare-chested US actor David Hasselhoff.

It is, however, a type of yeti crab, said Professor Alex Rogers who led the research cruise that found the animal, and it will be given a formal scientific name in due course.

Yeti crabs were first identified in the southern Pacific and are recognised for their hairs, or setae, along their claws and limbs that they use to cultivate the bacteria which they then eat.

Isis has the capability to dive to more than 6km below the ocean surface But the new species found around the vents that populate the East Scotia Ridge are slightly different in that they exhibit long setae on their ventral surface - on their undersides.

"Their nickname on the cruise ship was the 'Hasselhoff crab', which gives you some idea of what they look like," explained Dr Rogers from Oxford University's Department of Zoology.

"The crab occurs in staggering densities. It is just incredible to see these animals literally lying in heaps around the diffuse flow of these vents.

"In places, they reached as many as 600 individuals per square metre."

The Hoff crab is just one of a number of species new to science to come out of the cruise, which also included researchers from the University of Southampton, the National Oceanography Centre and the British Antarctic Survey.

The team reports novel types of starfish, barnacles, sea anemones, and even an octopus - all living some 2,500m down.

The cruise employed the UK deep-diving robotic submersible, Isis, to investigate the slowly spreading ridge near Antarctica.

It is dotted with hydrothermal vents - cracks in the volcanic rock where mineral-rich, hot waters gush from below the seabed to sustain an extraordinary array of organisms.

What surprised the team was not so much what they found, but rather what was absent.

An unidentified pale octopus was seen nearly 2,400m down Vent systems in other parts of the world are dominated by animals such as tubeworms, mussels, other types of crab, and shrimps. These were all missing from the East Scotia Ridge.

This is fascinating because the cruise was originally initiated to investigate the hypothesis that the Southern Ocean acted as a gateway between the other major oceans of the world, allowing for the dispersal of vent organisms over geological timescales.

It was thought the Southern Ocean's strong currents might help drive species from one ocean basin to another, and finding a very diverse group of animal types also at East Scotia Ridge would have been a powerful statement in support of this dispersal hypothesis.

The team did see some similarities - such as barnacles that were very similar to Pacific crustaceans, and limpets that looked the same as some Atlantic forms - but nothing like what had been expected.

"We think the very harsh conditions of Antarctic waters, particularly in terms of their extreme seasonality, probably act as a barrier to some of the vent fauna," explained Professor Rogers.

"What we've found is a much more complex situation than we were anticipating, and this has pretty much changed our ideas about how vent organisms are distributed at a global scale."

The results of the cruise are reported in this week's edition of the journal PLoS Biology

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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, July 17 2012 @ 10:50 AM EDT  
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Mystery Animals wash ashore in Hawaii

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Biologists have been left mystified by millions of tiny purple creatures washed ashore on beaches in Hawaii.

The pea-sized, crab-like animals are dotting the beaches in Honolulu but scientists are yet to determine what they are, TV station KHON2 reports.

"The lifeguard called and asked what these things were because she had reports of surfers were actually have these things crawl up on their boards and onto them," Waikiki Aquarium biologist Norton Chan said.

"There's a lot of things we don't know about the ocean so any opportunity like this is a great learning experience."

Mr Chan said the creatures are likely to be crabs in the larvae stage, but he could not positively identify the species.

Sources: KHON2.
Author: Nick Pearson, Approving editor: Henri Paget

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