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Subject:      XZ news
From:         Andrew Seriy <Andrew.Seriy@p9.f379.n5030.z2.fidonet.org>
Date:         1998/02/27
Message-ID:   <888640603@p9.f379.n5030.z2.ftn>
Newsgroups:   fido7.ru.anomalia


                           Cryptozoological news

   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
X-Files).

   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
reliable.

   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 !

     ,
                                         Dr Gray
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