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Whales spark 'sea monster' rumors in Ghana


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:54 AM

The remains of at least three whales have mysteriously washed up on different beaches across Ghana.

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Locals had gathered on the beaches at Kokrobite, Asanta and Kikam to get a closer look. Two of the animals were immediately identifiable as whales while the third sparked claims of a cryptozoological mystery with pictures generating headlines that a "mysterious creature" had been discovered.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:45 PM

I don't see anywhere in the news story that the locals thought the whales  were sea monsters.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:52 PM

View Postbrlesq1, on 03 September 2013 - 01:45 PM, said:

I don't see anywhere in the news story that the locals thought the whales  were sea monsters.

If you do a search on Google there are several news sites covering this angle.

Mysterious sea creature washed ashore at a Jomoro beach
Huge, Mysterious Mammal Appears on Asanta Beach in Jomoro District


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:56 PM

As you read these stories keep in mind the oft heard crypto claims of "the locals know these areas and know the animals that live there".

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:47 PM

Hm. From the pictures, it is a strange-looking beast. Long snout, fins like a turtle. Maybe further study is warranted. If you can stand the smell, that is...

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:23 PM

Initial guess, from these first photos anyway, humpback whale. The fins share a similar bumpy look and it looks like the animal has ridges on the paler parts, which a humpback has to reduce drag as it swims.


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:19 PM

Whales tend to decompose funny, that's why so many of them get mistaken for sea monsters when they wash up.


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:02 PM

Ghanian sea monsters-
just one sign of Revelation....?
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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:04 PM

good job they didn't wash up in japan-
theyd've been eaten before the photographers got there.....
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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:31 PM

If dead whales are a good omen to these people I'd hate to see a bad one. :w00t:


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:21 AM

wonder if green peace would think it was a creature, they would prolly try to hug it


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 02:48 AM

Superstitious, ignorant, uneducated, primitive-minded, myth-loving savages.....

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 04:05 PM

As DecoNoir guessed it is a humpback whale. The fin is clearly giving the answer and also the rests of the longitudal folds of skin right which all rorquals own. As it ceratinly would be much more difficult if we only had the first picture it is nice to learn: never trust one "monster" picture alone! :w00t:


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 04:40 PM

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Well what the heck does that look like to you people? I have literally no clue,

Edit: Yes this is pictures of the "Monster."

Edited by LXC2, 06 September 2013 - 04:40 PM.

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 05:15 PM

This is already solved. It was a shark as I wrote elsewhere long before the Florida shark expert Deam Grubbs was questioned and acknowledged it http://www.livescien...=51462711071794). There is a vertebral column, hypochondral rays of the tail and the pectoral girdle of a shark. There are more pictures which show that the body and the "head" with the "horns" are separated. From the story we knew that the carcass was found in two pieces in the water and then brought to the strand. So this is why the pectoral girdle is placed at this position.

Before anyone speculates (partially ignoring what was written before): No it wasn't an oarfish. Its clearly an shark. No, it wasn't an frilled shark. Its too long and too massive for this species. No, there's no reason to speculate it was a prehistoric frilled shark. No, we don't know the exact species as there is more than one shark species out there who could be responsible for this carcass. But no, this doesn't mean it was a prehistoric shark species.

Edited by Marozi, 06 September 2013 - 05:33 PM.





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