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



Just a thought....isn't Alaska the state that allows you to legally own a
certain amount of pot?  Something like 3 oz. each?

Perhaps people in this arear recently improved their hydroponics
operations.....??????


----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan Edels" <edels@msn.Com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
>
> 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
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] On Behalf
> Of Toni Geoly
> Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 11:24 AM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> 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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