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RE: In the news: Southwest Alaskans say bird is the size of a small plane



Here's CNN's version of the story (from Reuters):

http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/West/10/18/offbeat.alaska.bird.reut/index.htm
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I looked at the original article (as mentioned below).  Interesting to
note that someone (totally unidentified) claimed to have seen "a  flying
animal called a Pteradon, which is of the Pteradactyl family", back in
1944 (near the equator); and he then went on to say that these animals
are thought to be extinct over 150,000 years ago.  

Gee, I didn't know that Pterodactyls coexisted with early man and
mammoths. :-)

Anyway, any guesses as to what they really saw (NOT the guy from 1944!):
A giant (world record sized) Steller's Eagle? A no longer extinct
_Teratornis_?  Or....?

Allan Edels 

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Subject: In the news: Southwest Alaskans say bird is the size of a small
plane

Perhaps Anchorage should be an upcoming SVP Meeting site ;)

"A giant winged creature, like something out of Jurassic Park, has
reportedly been sighted several times in Southwest Alaska in recent
weeks....

A Dillingham pilot says he spotted the creature while flying
passengers to Manokotak last week. He calculated that its wingspan
matched the length of a wing on his Cessna 207. That's about 14
feet.... 

Scientists aren't sure what to make of the reports. No one doubts
that people in the region west of Dillingham have seen a very large
raptorlike bird. But biologists and other people familiar with big
Alaska birds say they're skeptical it's that big....

'I'm certainly not aware of anything with a 14-foot wingspan that's
been alive for the last 100,000 years,' said federal raptor
specialist Phil Schemf in Juneau."

http://www.adn.com/front/story/1962481p-2066841c.html

(original article -
http://www.adn.com/alaska_ap/story/1962587p-2066950c.html)

(follow-up article -
http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/1979660p-2081808c.html)

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