Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sea monsters really DO lurk beneath the waves, scientists claim - 12th July 2011

Sea monsters like those described in ancient mariners' tales down the ages really could exist, experts claim.

But they are probably not Jurassic Park-style survivors from the dinosaur age.

Scientists are discussing the possibility of large undiscovered creatures in the sea at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) today.

One of the speakers, science writer and palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish, said: 'The huge number of "sea monster" sightings now on record can't all be explained away as mistakes, sightings of known animals or hoaxes.

'At least some of the better ones, some of them made by trained naturalists and such, probably are descriptions of encounters with real, unknown animals.

'And, because new large marine animals continue to be discovered - various new whale and shark species have been named in recent years - the idea that such species might await discovery is, at the very least, plausible.' Read More

MONSTER MYSTERY

Yeti: Some experts are convinced of the existence of the Abominable Snowman, a hairy ape-like creature who lives in the Himalayas. In 2008, Japanese adventurers reportedly found Yeti's footprints.

Loch Ness Monster: Nessie, as it is affectionately known by locals, reportedly dwells in the cold, murky depths of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Believers say it is the longest surviving plesiosaur - a carnivorous, aquatic reptile. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings.

Big Foot: This large mammal, also called Sasquatch, haunts the Pacific north-west of the U.S. The most recent sighting was in Pennsylvania in 2007 but a park-keeper dismissed it as a 'bear with a severe case of mange'.

Mothman: While the bird-like creature hasn't been seen in Point Pleasant, West Virginia since just before a bridge collapsed in 1967 killing 46 people, the tiny village has dedicated a museum and a statue to the creature.