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#1    Mr-X


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Posted 02 November 2002 - 04:49 AM

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The one below has been proven to be a fake
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A super-sized bird in Alaska
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October 15, 2002

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

Villagers in Togiak and Manokotak say they have seen a huge bird that's much bigger than anything they have seen before.

A 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.

Other people have put the wingspan in a similar range.

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 rapto-like bird. But biologists and other people familiar with big Alaska birds say they're skeptical it's that big.

A recent sighting of the mystery bird occurred Oct. 10 when Moses Coupchiak, a 43-year-old heavy equipment operator from Togiak, 40 miles west of Manokotak, saw the bird flying toward him from about two miles away as he worked his tractor.

"At first I thought it was one of those old-time Otter planes," Coupchiak said. "Instead of continuing toward me, it banked to the left, and that's when I noticed it wasn't a plane."

The bird was "something huge," he said. "The wing looks a little wider than the Otter's, maybe as long as the Otter plane."

The bird flew behind a hill and disappeared. Coupchiak got on the radio and warned people in Togiak to tell their children to stay away.

Pilot John Bouker said he was highly skeptical of reports of "this great big eagle" that is two or three times the size of a bald eagle. "I didn't put any thought into it."

But early this week while flying into Manokotak, Bouker, owner of Bristol Bay Air Service, looked out his left window and 1,000 feet away, "there's this big ... . bird," he said.

"The people in the plane all saw him," Bouker said. "He's huge, he's huge, he's really, really big. You wouldn't want to have your children out."

Nicolai Alakayak, a freight and passenger driver from Manokotak who was flying with Bouker, said the creature looked like an eagle and was as large as "a little Super Cub."

Comparison to an eagle, certainly. Super Cub? Probably not, scientists said.

"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.

Schemf, other biologists, a village police officer and teachers at the Manokotak School said the sightings could be of a Steller's sea eagle, a species native to northeast Asia and one of the world's largest eagles. It's about 50 percent bigger than a bald eagle.

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Posted 02 November 2002 - 08:32 AM

I thought that all the photo's had been proven to be a fake recently?

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Posted 02 November 2002 - 03:55 PM

The Ford Motor Co. actually built thunderbirds. Lots of them too. But I think it was type of vehicle or something.

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Posted 04 November 2002 - 12:08 PM

Interesting pictures.

The one at the top is quite hard to make out - there isn't really enough detail in the thing on the ground to discern whether or not it is actually a large bird. They could have easily posed next to an assortment of cloth and other material that was arranged in a bird-like shape on the ground.

The one on the bottom looks somewhat like a model of some sort.

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Posted 05 November 2002 - 02:59 PM

i think this could be real.  i find it unlikely that someone would construct a giant fake bird as a hoax in alaska.  its just too remote to be effective.  

i think the old pics are fakes though.

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Posted 07 November 2002 - 07:55 PM

I think that the Sea Eagle explanation is most likely - with a wing span of nearly 8m thats plenty big and it very difficult to judge size when the distances are unknown to flying objects with only sky as a back drop.

A lost dinosaur would be very unlikely if not only due to the northerly longditude.

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Posted 22 November 2002 - 07:44 PM

The top civil war picture has a smaller creature then the bottom civil war one. I know the bottom picture was a fake, produced for a FOX television program. I'm willing to think, however, that the bottom one is based on the top one.

The very bottom one looks like something from that Lovecraft story, "The Mountains of Madness."

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 12:28 AM

                                                i think the pics are awsome i don't care if there real or not but i love thunder birds they are so cool!!!!!!!  

what should my avatar be this or the one i have?  

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 03:41 AM

                                                Shorty... umm... I can't see your avatar.                                                

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Posted 09 March 2003 - 08:55 PM

                                                  Looks completly fake. The "Wings" appear to be made out of leather. laugh.gif                                                  

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Posted 03 May 2003 - 07:00 PM

                                                  I'd like to see more photos of thunderbirds, im working on that ph34r.gif  ph34r.gif                                                  

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Posted 10 May 2003 - 03:17 AM

                                                  Can you say BIG BIRD? cool.gif  cool.gif                                                  

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Posted 14 June 2003 - 07:54 PM

                                                      They say there aren't aware of anything with that wingspan living for the past 100,000 years, but if its a hoax it would be pointless saying it had a wingspan of 20cm wouldnt it. If it isn't a hoax, then we must come to the conclusion that it would probably beat us at a game of hide and seek...

So what, its a large piegeon. A...very...large...piegeon...

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Posted 28 June 2003 - 06:36 PM

                                                      I can't see them ... I can only see a box with  a small red X ..  sad.gif                                                      

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Posted 29 June 2003 - 09:36 AM

                                                      I've seen thunderbird before. either that or some ufo. it was shaped like a giants bird, it was black, and quite high up in the sky, it did some gently loops a couple of times, disappeared, then reappearded for a little while, and disappeared just as i was getting the binoculars  sad.gif                                                      

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