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New Cryptozoology Book
Subject: XZ news
From: Andrew Seriy <Andrew.Seriy@p9.f379.n5030.z2.fidonet.org>
A book on cryptocetology
American writer Richard Ellis (author of several books on marine
animals), American zoologist Mattew A. Bille (editor of Exotic
Zoology) and British paleontologist Darren Naish, will publish in
1999 a whole book devoted to "cryptocetology" (to wit : on
cetaceans still unknown to science).
Cryptozoology on the first page of Geo
The May 1997 issue of the German monthly magazine Geo presents,
under the title "die Monster sind unter uns" (the monsters are
among us) a huge file on cryptozoology (24 pages).
The Van Lake Monster caught on video movie !
The Van Lake (eastern Turkey, near the boarder with Armenia) is
said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster, the description of
which (small head, long neck, a pair of "horns", etc.), sounds like
the identikit-picture of the Loch Ness monster.
A video movie showing the creature in question, made in June
1997 by Unal Kozak, author of a book on the monster, has been
broadcasted on various TV channels, including CNN : two humps and
the wake are clearly visible.
A TV series on cryptozoology
The Natural History Unit of the BBC, a reference in TV series on
animal kingdom, is preparing a series on cryptozoology, The
X-Creatures (an allusion to the famous science-fiction series
The Beast of Gvaudan identified !
According to Franz Jullien, a taxidermist at the National Museum of
Natural History in Paris, the stuffed specimen of the Beast of
Gvaudan, shot in the eighteenth century by Jean Chastel, has
been kept in the collections of the Museum from 1766 to 1819. It
has been definitely identified, a fact that all researchers had
overlooked, and which Franz Jullien comments at greater length in a
scholarly article, to be published in September 1997 in the Annales
du Musum d'Histoire Naturelle du Havre. It was a striped hyena
(Hyaena hyaena). Novelist Henri Pourrat and naturalist Grard
Mnatory had already proposed the hyena hypothesis, from historical
accounts, as Antoine Chastel (Jean Chastel's son) was said to have
possessed such an animal in his menagerie, an hypothesis now
supported by an identification by a zoologist...
130 ft snakes in Peru ?
Several press agencies have reported in August 1997 that snakes 130
ft long had been sighted in Peruvian Amazonia. Photographs of
the "trail" of such a creature (5 to 10 m wide and 300 m long)
have been published, but they might have been made by a caterpilar,
a tornado or whatever, rather than by a snake, the alleged width
being unlikely, even for a snake 130 ft long.
It is true that reports on giant snakes, up to 40 m long, are
numerous in Amazonia, but the last ones do not appear to be
A new species of giant jellyfish
A huge jellyfish from North-Eastern Pacific, belonging to a new
species, has been just described by 5 biologists as Chrysaora
achlyos, in the Biological Bulletin (August 1997). Its"bell" is 3
feet in diameter, and its oral arms are 20 feet long. In fact, this
jellyfish had been already photographed several times, for instance
for the National Geographic more than 70 years before its
scientific descritpion !