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‘Monster’ remains found in Siberian lake

Unknown remains of a large creature have been found in Lake Labynkyr, say the first divers to ever reach its floor.

The dive was made at the request of Yakutia State University in order to film the bottom of the lake and gather samples of water, flora and fauna. It is the first-ever dive to the bottom of the lake, which is at an altitude of 1,020 metres above sea level. Picture: The Siberian Times

A dozen divers braved legends of monsters and the coldest winter temperatures in a venture that is likely to go into the Guinness World Book of Records.

Using an underwater scanner they discovered a jaw and skeletal remains that might be the notorious ‘Devil’ that was first reported by locals in the 19th century, it was claimed on 1 February.

Reports of a monster in Lake Labynkyr pre-date claims about the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, say Russian academics.

The lake in the Sakha Republic – or Yakutia – is seen as one of the most mysterious in the world because even in temperatures of minus 60C its waters do not completely freeze. Scientists struggle to explain this phenomenon.

The lake averages 52 metres in depth but has a mysterious underwater fissure which reaches down to 80 metres.

For the historic dive – the first time the floor of the lake has been conquered – the air temperature was minus 42C and the water 2C.

Earlier reports said that top Russian diver Dmitry Shiller,  leader of the Russian Georgraphical Society Underwater Research Team, and his colleagues had reached the bottom and returned without any sign of the legendary monster.

‘Dmitry Shiller did not meet the monster – but managed to film the bottom of the lake and took samples of the lake’s flora,’ said a spokesman.

But later it was claimed the team had found evidence of jaws and a skeleton using an underwater scanner, thought there was initially scant detail.

Still, the reports which echoed an account  by a scientist in Soviet times who visited the lake.

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Soviet geologist Viktor Tverdokhlebov. Picture: The Siberian Times

Geologist Viktor Tverdokhlebov wrote of the ‘Devil’: ‘There have been all sort of hypothesises about what kind of creature it could be: a giant pike, a relic reptile or an amphibia. We didn’t manage to prove or to disprove these versions….. we managed to find remains of jaws and skeleton of some animal.’

The February dive is believed to be the first ever aqualung winter dive into a natural lake in this part of Siberia, which is known as the Pole of Cold.

The lake lies in the same district as Oymyakon, site of the world’s coldest ever reading in an inhabited town.

The divers are expected to seek an entry in the Guinness World Book of Records as being the first in winter in a lake in such a cold region.

The dive was made at the request of Yakutia State University in order to film the bottom of the lake and gather samples of water, flora and fauna.

It is the first-ever dive to the bottom of the lake, which is at an altitude of 1,020 metres above sea level.

The expedition was supported by Russian Emergencies Ministry rescuers and also involved cameramen of the Sakha National Broadcasting Company.

Most divers – like Shiller – were from Tatarstan.

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Lyudmila Emelyanova, Moscow State University Associate Professor of Biogeography with her team on way to Labynkur lake in Yakutia, and (above)working with echo sounding device during her expedition to Labynkur lake in Yakutia. Pictures: The Siberian Times

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the since the foundation of the  Russian Geographical Society’s regional branch, which is one of the oldest in Russia.

Reports of a monster – known as the ‘Devil’ – and underwater links to other lakes have long intrigued scientists and the rare visitors to Lake Labynkyr.

Sonar tests in the lake by respectable scientists have found ‘seriously big underwater objects’.

For details on the theories about monsters in this lake – which pre-date reports of the famous ‘Nessie’ in Scotland – please read our earlier report here.

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Bigfoot chasing car in Bashkortostan (video)

A few days ago, an interesting video filmed in the Birski District in Bashkortostan was widely circulated on the Internet.

The footage of the video was made by a group of local young people. They captured “something” dark and big. The creature, waving its hands, moves through the tall grass to the steppe path.

The creature apparently has a powerful back, broad shoulders and big hands.

This video intrigued so much Moscow’s Bigfoot researchers at the International Homology Center that they were refusing to leave Bashkortostan.

The head of the Center is the famous Russian researcher of Yeti – Igor Burtsev, who has been searching for these cryptids for half a century (he himself is 79 years old). According to him, he “lost sleep and rest ” when watching this video. He is sure that the captured video footage is a real Yeti, and they are by no means fake.

In an interview with the BTRC Bashkortostan, Burtsev says:

“This, I think, is the second such case in the world. It is very convincing. It becomes clear that this creature is running. In addition, as we were studying the video footage, I saw there at one turn a bulge – this is a woman’s chest. Do you understand? This is a female.”

The record was reported to have been made in 2016, but has only recently become widely available on the web. The authors of the video claim that this creature was chasing their car. At one point, it still manages to catch up with them and damage the trunk and the rear window, but that’s exactly what they couldn’t take.

Burtsev was already out of the forest in the Birski area and immediately saw the traces of Yeti’s presence. He shares:

“When we entered the forest, we saw broken branches. We were back there days ago. There are completely fresh footprints. The locals call it shurale, and scientifically called hominoid. It’s also called Yeti and Bigfoot, but these are all names of the same being. “

According to media reports, the scientists spent several days to  interview local residents if they have seen a shape-shifting Shurale, a creature in Bashkir and Tatar folklore. It’s referred to as a forest spirit but believed to be a shapeshifter which can have a humanoid body with long fingers, glowing eyes, a horn on its forehead and a woolly body

Unfortunately, the original video has been removed from the web, which raises many questions …

You can see the edited video below.


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Baseball star captures ‘Bigfoot’ on deer cam

Image Credit: Twitter / @jordy_mercer

Is this Bigfoot, or is someone pulling a prank ? 

Tigers infielder Jordy Mercer has posted up two still images of an alleged Sasquatch on his property.

The 33-year-old Major League Baseball veteran reportedly captured the images on the 18th and 19th of November on his ranch in Oklahoma.

Both images show a large bipedal creature walking from right to left across the frame.

“Anyone know what this is ?” Mercer wrote. “Showed up back to back days on my deer camera!”

Little else is actually known about the images or the circumstances surrounding them and it is not even clear whether the post is intended to be serious or tongue-in-cheek.

As is often the case with such photographs, the ‘Bigfoot’ could simply be a person in a costume.

It is also possible that a third party was pulling a prank without Mercer’s knowledge.

His original Tweet can be viewed below.

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The F.B.I. Once Helped in the Hunt for Bigfoot

Bigfoot.That is all the F.B.I. said (well, tweeted) Wednesday when it released 22 pages of eyebrow-raising documents related to a 1970s hair analysis it conducted at the request of a well-known Bigfoot researcher.

The researcher, Peter Byrne, then the director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition in The Dalles, Ore., had a simple question for Jay Cochran Jr., the assistant director of the F.B.I. laboratory division: Have you been testing possible Bigfoot hair samples? And if not, would you like to start?

The 1970s were something of a heyday for Bigfoot researchers — the grainy Patterson-Gimlin film, which claimed to show one of the creatures strolling through a California streambed, was shot in 1967. Mr. Cochran did not seem terribly surprised by the question.

The F.B.I. had been asked several times in the past year whether it had been testing hair samples for possible Bigfoots, Mr. Cochran replied. “However, we have been unable to locate any references to such examinations in our files,” he wrote.

Mr. Byrne had a sample he wanted the F.B.I. to examine. It was 15 strands of hair attached to a small piece of skin that was “the first that we have obtained in six years which we feel may be of importance,” he wrote.

The F.B.I. laboratory was not normally in the business of examining tufts of hair for their potentially fantastical origins — it was more focused on criminal investigations, Mr. Cochran said — but for a reason that may be lost to history, he agreed.

“Occasionally, on a case-by-case basis, in the interest of research and scientific inquiry, we make exceptions to this general policy,” he wrote. “With this understanding, we will examine the hairs and tissue mentioned in your letter.”

Today, the idea of an earnest search for Bigfoot has become the province of reality TV shows like “MonsterQuest” and “Finding Bigfoot.” Not very many people take it seriously. But the 1970s were a different time.

The documents released by the F.B.I. on Wednesday included a long New York Times feature from June 1976 that described Mr. Byrne’s work, including “a handful” of Bigfoot sightings that “hold up and are given high credibility.”

The article, which Mr. Byrne sent to the F.B.I. to illustrate the seriousness of his endeavor, also bemoaned the paltry state of Bigfoot studies in the United States.

The Times said interest in “America’s own ‘monster’” could not hold a candle to the “increasing sums of money” that were “being spent by reputable scientists to investigate Loch Ness.”

In this one instance, at least, it appears that the F.B.I. tried to do its part in the hunt for Bigfoot.

According to the documents released Wednesday, the hairs sent by Mr. Byrne were subjected to a battery of tests, including examinations of root structure, medullary structure and cuticle thickness.

But when the results came back, they were bad news for Bigfoot hunters.

“It was concluded as a result of those examinations that the hairs are of deer family origin,” Mr. Cochran wrote in February 1977. “The hair sample you submitted is being returned as an enclosure to this letter.”

Melissa Hovey-Larsen, the president and founder of the American Bigfoot Society, said she was not surprised that the hair turned out to be from a deer.

“What we hear a lot when we get back hair samples is horse or deer or cow or bear,” she said. “We hear everything. But every so often you get one that comes back and it says ‘unknown source,’ and then nothing ever comes of it from there.”

What was more noteworthy, Ms. Hovey-Larsen said, was that Mr. Byrne turned to the federal government in his search for the truth.

“As researchers go, Peter Byrne blazed more trails to get respect for this field than anyone else in that time period, so I am not shocked he went to the F.B.I. but I am surprised,” she said.

She said most Bigfoot researchers eschew that path.

“As I always say to people, ‘What are they going to tell you?’ First of all, we have no proof that this exists,” she said. “We can’t even get a clear picture. Most of us think we’ll just be laughed right out of the room.”

The documents, which an F.B.I. spokeswoman described as “newly released information,” appeared to be the first time that federal law enforcement had acknowledged conducting any Bigfoot-related inquiry.

The spokeswoman said the release of the documents on Twitter was not intended to be an “X-Files”-style big reveal.

The account that published them, @FBIRecordsVault, automatically tweets documents that have been entered into the agency’s Freedom of Information Act library after a successful FOIA request, she said.

Some at the agency were amused at the public interest sparked by the documents and the cryptic tweet that announced their arrival.

“Oh, my God,” a receptionist at the F.B.I. press office said to a reporter who called to ask about Bigfoot. “I cannot believe that is why you are calling.”

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