was contacted today with this sighting of the Lake Bala Creature:
I have been prompted today to write this comment after reading
yet another story about the Loch Ness Monster, but let me tell you about
my experience whilst diving in Bala many years ago.
For the record I,m a 68 year old retired person, who has seen this creature under the water, whilst diving there in 1975.
team of us had dived the previous week in the lake, but due to the
visibility at that time which was poor, we decided to return the
following week with our families.
But this time we were better equipped with torches.
I recall there was about 9 of us in the team, we headed in from the
shale shore on the backside of the lake on the opposite side to the
town. After 30 foot out and 30 down, it blacks out, so we lined up
holding onto each others back packs which held the tanks.
descended it got darker, I was second in the team with the leader
holding one of the two torches. At 98 feet I suddenly saw a browny grey
flank of something very large go through the beam. I normally describe
it as the size of the back of an office swivel chair, but the curvature
of it was much bigger.
I never seen the head, and I never stayed
around to see the tail of this very long creature, which was very very
long. As it seemed to keep going through the beam for a long time.
shock I broke off the line and made my way to the top, when the rest of
the lads came up shortly after, each said that they had seen something,
but could not define exactly what it was.
Scofields Quest was on TV talking about the "monster", I called the show
producers and told them of my experience, this was some years later.
They ask for any information to be sent in, whichI did.
following week on tv, my experience was quoted, they also read out the
entries in my Divers Log Book, which had the incident logged. Also in
the log book it had the dated entries, which showed all of the dive
dates both before and after, prooving it was a genuine entry.
Shortly after a Japanese tv show spoke with me in regards the experience !
Apparently at that time also, the Lake Manager had also reported that he had seen it himself.
Its without doubt that there is something very very large in that lake.Wheather it there now,I do not know.
is good about this story, is that it happened many years ago, but it
can be proven, because it was a featured story on Scofields Quest !!
Can I say "the plot thickens"
Friday, 17 July 2015
Dinosaur find: Velociraptor ancestor was 'winged dragon'
By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News
Scientists have discovered a winged dinosaur - an ancestor of the velociraptor - that they say was on the cusp of becoming a bird. The 6ft 6in (2m) creature was almost perfectly preserved in limestone, thanks to a volcanic eruption that had buried it in north-east China.And the 125-million year-old fossil suggests many other dinosaurs, including velociraptors, would have looked like "big, fluffy killer birds". But it is unlikely that it could fly.
Read rest here :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33510288
So was this origin of dragons ? Where they really winged dinosaurs? Interesting thought for a Friday.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Our deep need for monsters that lurk in the dark
Sea monsters are the stuff of legend - lurking not just in the depths of the oceans, but also the darker corners of our minds. What is it that draws us to these creatures, asks Mary Colwell. "Sometimes human places create inhuman monsters," wrote Stephen King in his novel The Shining. Many academics agree. "They don't really exist, but they play a huge role in our mindscapes, in our dreams, stories, nightmares, myths and so on," says Matthias Classen, assistant professor of literature and media at Aarhus University in Denmark, who studies monsters in literature. "Monsters say something about human psychology, not the world." They lurk in the deepest recesses, they prowl through our ancestral minds appearing in the half-light, under the bed - or at the bottom of the sea. One Norse legend talks of the Kraken, a deep sea creature that was the curse of fishermen. If sailors found a place with many fish, most likely it was the monster that was driving them to the surface. If it saw the ship it would pluck the hapless sailors from the boat and drag them to a watery grave
Read rest see pics here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33226376
Do we have a need for monsters? I think we all like to be scared and are intrigued and excited by the thought of them.Certainly makes life more interesting .
Friday, 12 June 2015
I have a new book on kindle: The Weird Helmet. Is there a Scottish bigfoot roaming the Galloway Hills and leaving body parts for walkers to find? Is there really a plant that can eat humans? Another adventure for Laura Loomis and friends and the Knights of the Talisman.
Friday, 5 June 2015
Scientists Discover 7-Foot ‘Lobster’ Fossils
New Haven, Conn. (CBS CONNECTICUT) — Paleontologists discovered human-sized “lobsters” that lived on earth 480 million years ago, with the 7-foot sea monsters being some of the largest animals alive during that time period.The newly-discovered marine monster, named Aegirocassis benmoulae, was discovered by Moroccan fossil hunter Mohamed Ben Moula, Sci-News reports. The finding reveals animals that were unique to any other arthropods at the time.“This would have been one of the largest animals alive at the time,” said Dr. Allison Daley of Oxford University, co-author of the paper published in the journal Nature. “These animals are filling an ecological role that hadn’t previously been filled by any other animal.”
This comes as researchers discovered giant shark fossils the size of two-story buildings just outside Fort Worth, Texas. The massive predators prowled shallow sea water 100 million years ago, according to study co-author Joseph Frederickson of the University of Oklahoma.
The ancient sea monster, Leptostyrax macrorhiza, may push back scientists’ estimations of when such gigantic sharks evolved, LiveScience reports.
Read more here :http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2015/06/04/scientists-discover-7-foot-lobster-fossils/
Sunday, 31 May 2015
'Missing link' in shark evolution found in 380m-year-old Australian fossil
Fossilised skeleton found in Kimberley shows sharks once had bone cells within cartilage, suggesting a sophisticated evolutionary path.A 380m-year-old fossil found in Western Australia has been hailed as the “missing link” in shark evolution, revealing the marine predator has a far more sophisticated lineage than previously thought.The fossilised skeleton, jaws and teeth, found at the Gogo formation in the Kimberley region of WA, shows the ancient shark had a small amount of bone as well as cartilage.As modern-day sharks have fully cartilage skeletons, the fossil suggests they evolved from an earlier, bonier fish, transforming to a cartilage skeleton to make them lighter, more nimble and quicker through the water.It was previously thought that sharks came from a primitive lineage that didn’t ever develop bone, unlike other fish.“That idea of shark evolution has been completely turned on its head,” said palaeontologist John Long of Flinders University, who discovered the fossil. “Cartilage is seen as the precursor to bone, so sharks must be primitive because they never developed bone. This fossil suggests sharks went in the opposite direction because modern sharks lost bone.”