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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:09 PM

www.thewesternstar.com said:

Neither local residents Warrick Lovell, Rich Park, Basil Park, or anyone else it seems, knows what the big creature found dead on a beach here this week might be.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Corner Brook intends to check out the Lower Cove site today hoping to find some answers for the question of many curious onlookers who went there to see for themselves what Lovell found during a Wednesday afternoon walk on the beach.

“It would be nice to see if anyone knows what it is,” says Lovell. “First I thought it was a seal washed up (on the high tide earlier in the day), but when I went down to check on my boat that evening, I walked over to see and then I knew it wasn’t a seal.

“But, I don’t know what it is.”

Of unknown origin and species, so far, the odd-looking seaside carcass sits high and dry on the low tide, its approximately 15-foot length includes a pointed, 10-foot tail twisted in the sand, conjuring up Loch Ness monsters for some.

The animal, bearing a single flipper-like appendage on its right side, appears to have been decapitated and shows other signs of damage.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:20 PM

Why is everyone's first reaction to poke it with a stick?

I personally have no idea. Interested in hearing the diagnosis on this one.


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:24 PM

Fortunately, the truth is only a DNA test away.


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:37 PM

Unknown species? I thought they were all discovered by now. Perhaps this creature was just born differently? Would really like to keep myself updated on this one.


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:38 PM

View Postsinewave, on 22 February 2010 - 04:24 PM, said:

Fortunately, the truth is only a DNA test away.
If the "master scientists" from Monster Quest do the DNA test then I am sure it will be "inconclusive" :rofl:


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:40 PM

Looks like yet another Globster to me.


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:42 PM

it does look like an undiscovered animal though could it be a mermaid or the famous stellers sea ape? http://en.wikipedia....eller's_Sea_Ape
hope it doesnt turn out to be a seal with mange or some other excuse


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:45 PM

Not to sure from looking at that photo, how you could make heads(no pun intended) or tails outta that, but that fact that it's missing a head makes it immediately unlucky, if nothing else...Unless it was unhappily married.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:46 PM

there will probably always be unknown species :)

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:50 PM

View PostSolarPlexus, on 22 February 2010 - 04:46 PM, said:

there will probably always be unknown species :)


Yes, but they will tend to be small.  This will likely prove to be a known animal.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:52 PM

View Postsinewave, on 22 February 2010 - 04:50 PM, said:

Yes, but they will tend to be small.  This will likely prove to be a known animal.
what if its not though? i dont think most people on here could handle it if that was a real cryptid.


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:58 PM

View Postsinewave, on 22 February 2010 - 04:24 PM, said:

Fortunately, the truth is only a DNA test away.
Unfortunately a lot of people are not interested in the truth because it's not as exciting.
The fact that it's headless could imply it got caught in fishing gear and cut out, happens all to often, some comments on the article suggested a rotting 7 gill shark and think that that's a lot more likely than an unknown monster....

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:04 PM

why are some people assuming that is the complete, intact animal? it could just be part of a decomposing body


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:05 PM

View Postrasket, on 22 February 2010 - 04:52 PM, said:

what if its not though? i dont think most people on here could handle it if that was a real cryptid.
couldnt handle it? Why would we be on this forum if we weren't hoping a cryptid is found someday?


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:09 PM

View Postrasket, on 22 February 2010 - 04:52 PM, said:

what if its not though? i dont think most people on here could handle it if that was a real cryptid.


Cryptids by definition are undocumented species but not all undocumented species are cryptids.





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