this story is very intriguing and the video seems to have been filmed in a harsh surrounding--the description of the animal is that of a cross between a mammoth,a rhino and a bull and the video seems to show something unusual--heres the direct video link and some excerpts from the article--link
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Franz Josef Land
There has been much talk lately that our civilization is reaching "peak oil" - that is, the day when less than half of all the fossil fuels remain to be extracted (see an explanation here http://www.hubbertpeak.com/). All I can say on the subject is that I have found myself journeying to increasingly remote locations over the years in the search for oil.
The Franz Josef Land is an archipelago of several hundred islands covered in ice and snow. It is the second most north piece of land in the world and the most north land in Europe. While several reserves of oil and natural gas have been found on nearby islands (like Novaya Zemlya) as well as across Siberia, no one has yet undertaken a complete survey of the Franz Josef Land because its location is too remote, and its climate often too harsh. However, with the rising need for new sources of oil, Polarneft was granted the right to explore, survey and drill the entire group of islands. I was contacted by Polarneft late last year to be part of a team of surveyors and was assigned to several central islands, the first of which is called Ostrov Viner-Neyshtad. I have been compiling my experiences below, because although we did not find an oil reserve we did find something quite out of the ordinary.
October 5, 2005
Today was strange. The radar readings I was getting from the location Polarneft was interested in did not match the readings they had taken two years previously. In fact they weren’t even close which naturally made me question the original Viner-Neyshtadt data. As the discrepancies continued, we then decided to investigate the site in person and what we found was definitely unusual. A huge expanse of the site now appears to have the remains of a very large animal. It’s massive, simply massive. I took some video of the creature, but am having difficulty accepting the size of the animal and can’t understand how it was never found before. The only thing that makes sense to me is that navigation of this area has always been difficult. Even though the island is at the center of the archipelago, it has always had very unfavorable ice conditions. The sea conditions here are similar to the northern straits of Avstryisky Proliv and difficult to examine, but with the recent reduction of polar sea ice and glacial melting, which I believe to be caused by global warming, this area has now become more accessible. Still, for this to have gone unnoticed with today’s survey equipment is quite unbelievable. Only photos can truly do it justice. The animal appears to be a huge quadruped with horns much like a bull. In fact it looks to be a hybrid of a bull, woolly mammoth and a rhino – if such a thing existed. But its size is truly colossal. The horns are immense in dimension and protrude from the head with incredible length. The body is covered with a combination of coarse fur and what can best be described as ‘body armor’ (like an American armadillo) – protects its enormous joints and head. As the temperature dropped and the winds picked up we had to leave for the day, but we recorded all that we could on the chance we might be hallucinating! The site I have marked is 80 degrees 47’N, 58 degrees 10’E and approximately 2.5 miles from the severe glacial precipe at the north end of the mountain range – impossible to miss if you happen to be in the area.
October 13, 2005
I may have been rather naÔve with my last update, as the Polarneft situation became much more threatening after several of us decided not to sign non-disclosure agreements. I don’t think any of us expected such a severe reaction from the company. Obviously, I disagree with their point of view by writing these very entries, but I signed the agreement because at the time I wasn’t quite convinced they were going to let me leave Nenetsky. Since I’ve been back I’ve been unable to contact any of my former colleagues – a disturbing fact. I don’t know if they have chosen to distance themselves or something else, but now the importance of getting this information out is paramount in my view. I also look forward to the interview I am scheduled to have with the British journalist. If anyone else has information on ‘Taurus Major’ they want to share – anonymously or otherwise - please contact me. Also, feel free to forward my site onto others you think may be able to help.
Edited by Sunofone, 04 November 2005 - 12:08 AM.