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"An animal captured on a grainy video has a 'one in three chance' of being a thylacine, according to wildlife expert asked to verify the image.
"The footage was released earlier today [Sept. 6] by three men who said they believed it was 'the first verified footage' of a thylacine since the last known of the species was filmed in captivity in 1932.
"'I don't think it's a thylacine - I know it is a thylacine,' said Adrian 'Richo' Richardson, a retired soldier who has been searching for the Tasmanian tiger for 26 years.
"However, an independent verification by experience wildlife biologist Nick Mooney found the animal, filmed at a distance by and automatic camera trap, was most likely not a thylacine.
"'I am happy to suggest that based on this limited analysis of the film, there is perhaps a one in three chance the image is of a thylacine,' Mr Mooney said in his report.
"He concluded the animal in the footage, recorded on November 4 last year on an old forestry track about 50km from Meydena, north-east of Hobart, was either a small thylacine or a very large spotted-tailed quoll.
"Three men - Mr Richardson and local son and father Greg and George Booth - had placed 14 cameras in the area after Greg Booth saw what he said he firmly believed was a thylacine there on April 3, 2015.
"'She sat down not he track and looked at me from about three meters,' said Greg Booth, a firewood cutter. 'I could see the pouch and scars on her face … and the colors.'
"The last known thylacine died in captivity in Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo on September 7, 1936, and the species is presumed extinct.
"However, sightings of the carnivorous marsupial have continued since. Images have surfaced previously but have all been inconclusive or found to be of other animals or hoaxes.
"The tiger-searching team said the timing of the release of the video - one day before the 81st anniversary of the death of the last known thylacine - was a coincidence."
"CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - The nation's endless search for proof of Bigfoot's existence may soon come to an end.
"Allie Megan Webb has home brewed a spray that she says can attract any Bigfoot withing a mile and a half.
"Sold at $7 a bottle, the 'environmentally friendly' Bigfoot Juice also doubles as bug spray, said Webb, who runs Happy Body Care out of Marion. She created it sitting at her kitchen table.
"'How do you know it works?' Webb asked, laughing. 'That's a tough question. I guess I could ask how do you know it doesn't work?'
"There is anecdotal proof her spray does, in fact, attract a Bigfoot.
"Field tests have been done, she said, and they include a recent outing by the research group Bigfoot 911, in which a Bigfoot sighting was reported. It happened the first week of August, in the woods of McDowell County. The report made national news.
"'I think that's enough to say it can attract a Bigfoot,' Webb said. 'To attract a Bigfoot, you need a smell that is woodsy enough to keep from scaring him off. But slightly different enough to make him curious, and come to investigate.'
"Market reaction to the spray, which is sold on the internet, has ranged from excitement to giggles. This includes a guy named Jeffrey Wilson of Hawaii, who wanted to know if she made a troll repellent.
"Webb - who also created a dog deodorant called Stinky Dog Spray - understands people may doubt the product. She won't swear there is a Bigfoot herself.
"'But I do believe there is something out there in the woods,' she said. 'I'm definitely not trying to make fun of people who believe. A lot of people are more serious about this [juice] than I thought. There are people around the world inclined to believe Bigfoot is real.'
"That includes her husband, Corey, a member of Bigfoot 911 since 2014. He was out the night of Aug. 4 when Bigfoot 911 reported spotting 'a large bipedal animal covered in hair.' Corey didn't see it himself, but he's a believer.
"She gives him a lot of credit for Bigfoot Juice. He was using her home-concocted bug spray during Bigfoot hunts, and asked her to make something less 'feminine smelling.' She started whipping things together and found a more musky, outdoors smell. Next thing you know, the team spotted a Bigfoot.
"Coincidental? Maybe. Opportune? Definitely.
"Corey Webb guesses the secret of the juice is that it masks human odors, which could frighten a Bigfoot. 'Honestly, I don't know if it's a key to finding Bigfoot, but it's definitely not going to hurt your chances,' he said.
"His advice if you attract a Bigfoot with the juice?
"'Just stand there. I wouldn't run. There are no reports of a Bigfoot being aggressive.'
"His wife suggests something else, however. 'Pull out your camera immediately.'"
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"A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified.
"Preeti Desai found the decaying fish on a beach in Texas City, and asked Twitter for help.
"She posted several photos with the caption: 'Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?'
"Her request was passed to biologist and eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe, who believes it is a fangtooth snake-eel.
"He said it may also be a garden or conger eel, because 'all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth.'
"It is thought that Hurricane Harvey, which brought strong winds and flooding to Texas, could explain why the creature was washed up.
"The fangtooth snake-eel, also known as a 'tusky' eel, is usually found in waters between 30 and 90 metres deep in the western Atlantic ocean.
"Ms Desai, who was at the beach assessing the damage from the hurricane, told the BBC: 'It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach. I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore.
"'My main reaction was curiosity, to figure out what the heck it was,' she added.
"Ms Desai said she posted the images on Twitter because she knows a lot of scientists use it, and a friend soon responded and contacted Dr Tighe.
"'I follow a lot of scientists and researchers. There's such a great community of these folks that are very helpful, especially when it comes to answering questions about the world or identifying animals and plants,' she said.
"She said she left the eel on the beach 'to let nature take its course.'"
So, no surprise, this 'sea monster' is nothing of the sort like other supposed carcasses...
"Sightings of the world's favorite legendary monster are heading for a ten-year high after being spotted six times in the past five months alone.
"The findings come from The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register which says Nessie is usually spotted six times over the course of a full year.
"The most sightings recorded in the last ten years are seven in 2016.
"This year, though, the very first sighting came on April 28 when a Ms Cairney from Dunbartonshire was at the loch with three friends when they saw a 20-meter long series of waves move 'at about 5mph' along the surface 500m out.
"'It came out of nowhere and then disappeared the same way - they have confirmed there was no boat traffic in the area,' says the report.
"With one sighting reported in May, and three in June, the most recent was just two weeks ago on August 22 when Mr Stuparich and three friends were out walking from the Dores Inn to Tor Point.
"The reports adds: 'As they came to the shore on the point, all four saw something huge in the water. They said it was an unusual shape - it arched out of the water then turned and went down underwater.'
"The sighting lasted about 10 seconds.
"The most sightings in the 21st century, so far, were recorded in 2000 when there were 11 sightings.
"Nessie, along with the tourists who come to look for it, are thought to be worth about £30 million to the Highland economy.
"Visit The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register here to see the full list of 1,091 sightings dating back to 565AD."
"Shapeshifters are real.
"You're about to meet them, in all their savage and sinister glory.
"While most people think of shape shifters as little more than the werewolves and vampires of mythology and pop culture, the truth is much more fascinating. And dangerous. Shapeshifters are real, they come in all kinds and sizes, and they have existed for countless millennia. This thrilling guide invites you to meet each of them… if you dare.
"Shapeshifters presents a menagerie of otherworldly creatures and half-human monsters, from were-cats to blood-suckers to aliens. Discover legends and lore from around the world and experience first-hand encounters with shape-changing beasts that lurk in the night. Nick Redfern takes you deep into their domain, opening your eyes to paranormal secrets and cryptozoological wonders. Just be sure to keep some silver bullets close at hand."
|With Nick Redfern,|
Mothman Fest, 2016
"Are werewolves real? Find out the chilling truth about werewolves and their kin - dogmen and spectral black dogs - in this unique collection of 31 well-researched articles by leading writers and investigators, including Loren Coleman, Brad Steiger, Mark Chorvinsky, Scott Corrales, and many others. Learn about: The bizarre history of werewolf origins; real cases of bloodthirsty beasts; how humans transform into wolves; modern cases of deadly supernatural werewolves; and the dogmen and black dogs that roam lonely landscapes. This stellar collection from the best of FATE magazine will have you looking over your shoulder the next time you are out in a full moonlit night."
"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by the one, the only, Ken Gerhard. Ken is one of the stars of the show 'Missing in Alaska' and is the author of several books including 'Big Bird! Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters' and 'A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts.' Ken and Colin will discuss his research into the Thunderbird and the Beast of Gevaudan.
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"Please do not engage with the man or woman - or thing - with the big furry coat.
"A South Carolina police department cheekily issued just such a warning against firing at the mythical backwoods creature Bigfoot after a supposed sighting one state over.
"'After watching this video from nearby Boone, North Carolina, Facebook followers and friends, I think we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us,' the Greenville Police Department wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
"'If you see Bigfoot, please do not shoot at him/her, as you'll most likely be wounding a fun-loving and well-intentioned person, sweating in a gorilla costume.'
"The humorous post linked back to a 2015 video attached to a recent article from the Charlotte Observer, with covered the claims of a group of Sasqatuch hunters, Bigfoot 911.
"According to the Observer, Bigfoot 911 - a group that investigates so-called sightings of the creature - purports they saw a 'large bi-pedal animal covered in hair' on Friday while stalking out an area in McDowell County, North Carolina.
"Group member John Bruner claimed he chased the ape-like animal before engaging it in a stare-off, according to the Observer.
"'Its face was solid black, no hair on it,' Bruner said. 'The hair looked shaggy all over.'
"But some commenters to the Greenville police Facebook post this week were less than impressed. One wrote, 'Let me break it down for you… someone bought a costume on Amazon. Story solved.'"