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Was the kraken ever a real creature ?

Was the kraken ever a real creature ? 86

A recent fossil find is renewing interest in the search for the ancient giant cephalopod known as the kraken.

The idea of a kraken was originally proposed a couple of years ago at the meeting of the Geological Society of America by Mount Holyoke College palaeontologist Mark McMenamin.

Now he has returned to the annual meeting with what he believes is more evidence of the kraken, including what could be the tip of its tooth-like beak, another example of a potential kraken murder case, and the earliest-known fossil of a scavenger crustacean that is today among those found devouring whale carcasses in the ocean depths.

The initial evidence for the kraken was very indirect.

In 2011, McMenamin found signs that the remains of 14-metre ichthyosaurs at Nevada’s Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park were arranged in patterns that resembled the work of a modern-day octopus – which are known to fiddle and arrange bones as well as attack and kill sharks.

He also asserted then, as now, that the Nevada rocks in which the ichthyosaurs were found are incorrectly interpreted as being made from shallow ocean sediments, when they are actually from much much deeper.

The kraken hypothesis was not warmly embraced by his colleagues, and McMenamin was going to let the matter drop until he came across an old issue of a journal in which there were photos of a museum display of the ichthyosaurs skeletons that had been removed from the park.

“It was laid out exactly as found in the field and there were rib cage constrictions,” says McMenamin. “It was very strange. I’d never seen anything like it before. It looked like something had pulled bones out of place and placed them to one side.”

So McMenamin returned earlier this year to Nevada with students in search of additional evidence. What they found was a small rock that they later realised might be part of a giant cephalopod beak – a kraken’s maw.

“It’s the densest thing on the body of a cephalopod,” says McMenamin. And so it’s the most likely thing to be preserved in the fossil record. “We obtained a beak of a giant Humboldt squid and compared. That actually worked pretty well. We have direct comparison to modern Humboldt squid. They had very similar fractures and converging straia (lines).”

Doubts linger

These are just more pieces in the kraken case, which is a tough one, as there are other explanations for the evidence.

“The problem with the kraken argument is it does not take into account all the other ways those vertebrae could have been re-arranged,” says Spencer Lucas, palaeontologist and curator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

“For example, the body of the ichthyosaur had to decompose and collapse, and scavenging by various animals could have taken place. These processes could have rearranged vertebrae.”

Several experts in the area were also asked to comment, but said they preferred not to. Still even Lucas isn’t ruling a kraken out.

“I suppose the kraken argument is a possibility, but one of many, and a highly unusual one. What we need here is a more rigorous analysis that excludes the many alternatives to the kraken idea.”

On the other hand, there is that scavenger fossil – what’s called an amphipod – that was found by one of McMenamin’s students. He’s giving a second presentation about that find at the same meeting, arguing that it’s the earliest known and a supergiant version of today’s small crustaceans.

That’s a much easier case to make, and important to palaeontologists, if not as racy as a kraken.

“The amphipod is an important addition to our knowledge of a group with a limited fossil record,” says Lucas.

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AC / DC singer talks about looking for the Loch Ness monster

AC / DC singer talks about looking for the Loch Ness monster 91

Brian Johnson, lead singer of rock group AC / DC in the conversation with the journalist of NME said that once, when he was in Scotland, was looking for the Loch Ness monster with guitarist Malcolm Young, who died in 2017.

According to the musician, they and their wives stayed at a hotel right on the shores of Loch Ness. They rested and drank until Young suddenly announce:

“Let’s go look for the Loch Ness monster. I have a box of fireworks with me, they can attract him.”

Despite the fact that it was night outside, Johnson and Young still went in search of the mythical creature.

“We went into the water with our boots on. We were cold. I remember how Mal was holding a drink in one hand and a box of fireworks in the other, trying to set the lake on fire. When we returned to the wives, they were all covered in mud, and their hair was similar to straw. What a night! “- Johnson recalled.

In an interview, AC / DC’s vocalist also spoke about the band’s new album, “Power up”, which is scheduled for release on November 13th. Brian Johnson hopes the record will inspire a new generation of performers.

“Hopefully this album will get kids and teens to go out and buy a guitar instead of looking at dancers on TikTok. It would be great if more young rock bands write their songs and take the stage more often,” he said.

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Loch Ness monster spotted in a Chinese lake?

Loch Ness monster spotted in a Chinese lake? 92

The ranger of the national park on the Changbai Plateau in China has published photographs in which, he says, you can see a strange creature living in the local lake Tian Chi. Talks about it are going on since 1962.

A man named Xiao Yu noticed an unusual dark object on the surface of the reservoir during his daily walk. He began filming the “monster” until it disappeared under water a few minutes later.

Lake Tian Chi is 4.9 square kilometers on the border of China and North Korea. Sometimes the North Korean military go fishing here on boats, but on the Chinese side, fishing in the lake and unauthorized visits to the park are strictly prohibited. Xiao Yu noted that he had seen boats on the lake more than once and would never have mistook them for a “monster.”

The caretaker’s message caused a stir in the Chinese media and social networks. The fact is that reports of a strange creature in Tian Chi have appeared regularly since 1962. He was nicknamed “the Chinese Loch Ness monster” and made the subject of conspiracy theories.

Biologists declined to comment on what exactly the park employee could see in the photo, because it is difficult to see something  in the picture in detail. They recalled that there are many plausible explanations for the Scottish Loch Ness monster. It can turn out to be both a large eel and periodically floating logs of Scottish pine.

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Bigfoots attacked tourists in the Ozark National Park, Arkansas

Bigfoots attacked tourists in the Ozark National Park, Arkansas 93

Fort Smith native Ellen (not her real name) tells us a thrilling and frightening encounter with Bigfoot in the Ozark National Park – outside Campbell Cemetery on Tuesday night. According to Ellen, she and her husband Robert decided to find a secluded place to live a couple of days far from civilization and even so that numerous tourists were many miles away.

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Therefore, they chose the area of ​​the old abandoned Campbell cemetery, where no one had wandered in for about a hundred years. And now, according to Ellen, she and her husband heard something like an animal growl, permeating the air and coming from somewhere in the thicket. After a few minutes, the growl intensified and seemed to be closer.

“It sounded like some hefty creature had found its lunch,” says Ellen.

However, what slightly frightened Ellen was that their dogs, which always bark at the approach of predators, suddenly shrunk, huddled near the tent and began to whine. Then Ellen and Robert, in order to somehow cheer up the dogs, got out of the tent and also began to growl. But the joke failed.

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In response to their voices, the growl from the thicket became really aggressive and began to spread around, from which Ellen and Robert realized that there were at least two creatures. Ellen did not even think about some “Bigfoot” and assumed either large wolves, or even bears, when suddenly hefty sticks and stones flew into the tent.

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This infuriated Robert and assuming that some hooligans were hiding in the bushes, Robert gave the command to the dogs to teach the offenders a lesson.

“It was the biggest mistake of our life,” says Ellen and begins to cry.

According to her, when the dogs disappeared into the thickets from there, at first the sounds of a struggle were heard, then one of the dogs uttered such a monstrous cry that Ellen had never heard anything like it in her life. After that, everyone began to howl, whine and scream, and pieces of dogs flew towards the tent.

At first, Ellen and Robert thought that these were big stones again, but when they saw that a dog torn in half had been thrown at them, they came into indescribable horror and, leaving everything, rushed to run. Ellen and Robert went to the police first.

The police found a tent and equipment, but there were no pieces of dogs there, so the couple announced that they were crazy. However, friends told Ellen that something similar happened in the national park last month and we just reported about it.

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