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Expedition aims to search for Tasmanian tiger


Posted on Sunday, 3 November, 2013 | Comment icon 51 comments

Live thylacines at Washington D.C. National Zoo in 1904. Image Credit: Baker; E.J. Keller
Naturalists from several countries are combining their efforts to hunt for evidence of live thylacines.
Despite being declared officially extinct in the 1980s, stories and reports of live thylacine sightings have persisted across Australia. Now a team from the Centre for Fortean Zoology are about to embark on the first of several expeditions aimed at finding evidence that the species survived extinction and continues to live to this day somewhere in the Tasmanian wilderness.

"The problem with a lot of the sightings from members of the public is that they're generally caught by surprise, and their photos are taken on things like mobile phones and aren't very good," said expedition leader Mike Williams. "It will take really good quality video to really convince anyone and preferably a video shot by a person."

The first expedition will begin by meeting up with eyewitnesses in an effort to pinpoint areas for study. Among those participating are Dr Chris Clarke and Richard Freeman who have previously sought evidence of giant anacondas in the Amazon.

"Let's hope between our resources, those of independent researchers, and the government's, something comes to light," said Williams.

Source: The Mercury | Comments (51)

Tags: Thylacine


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #42 Posted by ZaraKitty on 13 December, 2013, 13:44
Tasmania remains pretty untouched to my memory, forest wise. It's pretty likely there's some animals hiding deep in the forests.
Comment icon #43 Posted by DKO on 27 December, 2013, 15:49
I think people from many countries could say that. I've never seen a wild koala, wombat, wallaby, platypus, echidna, dingo, tassie devil or pretty much any Australian icon. Kangaroos would have to be the only native animal I would see and even that's rare nowadays. Been months since I've seen a kangaroo, been years since I've seen one up close.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Sundew on 15 January, 2014, 4:05
Wildlife, especially species that are hunted, do tend to stay away from people. I live in North America and have only ever seen two wild black bear, and they were terrified of the encounter, so much so I "bearly" got a good look, I basically saw the rump of one as it dove over an embankment. I have seen one bobcat up close and another possible sighting along a highway and they are common, but rather secretive. I suspect there are large areas of Tasmania that people don't frequent, just like there are large areas of N.A. that rarely get visitors. Doesn't mean the Thylacine s... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2014, 5:03
Worth pointing out that with all our bleating about protecting whales, we still keep Dolphins in captivity, when New Zealand outlawed it. WSPA’s New Zealand Country Manager, Bridget Vercoe, says this is fantastic news for dolphins both here and overseas. Many countries around the world already have legislation prohibiting the taking, holding, importing and exporting of dolphins. Adding New Zealand’s name to this growing list will help strengthen public and government opposition worldwide to this cruel practice. The bloody Kiwis did it first, that's not right. I reckon you a... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2014, 5:07
And Kangaroo legs.
Comment icon #47 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2014, 5:18
I am of the belief that it defiantly lived past the extinction date, but for how long would be anyone guess. David Fleay, Wildlife conservations trapped one as late as the mid 50's but it escaped the trap leaving only fur and paw marks, which he could readily identify as Thylacine. Here are some excellent informative links: This one very much fact orientated And this one, which also retells myths and legends. If it is the Queensland footage, then yes, I believe so.
Comment icon #48 Posted by oldrover on 26 May, 2014, 17:35
Comment icon #49 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 26 May, 2014, 21:18
There are also reports of a remnant population in Papua-New Guinea, which seems like a real possibility.
Comment icon #50 Posted by oldrover on 26 May, 2014, 21:28
Not to me frankly.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Warrior1256 on 27 May, 2014, 23:17
Same here, it would be nice if some were discovered.


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