Archive for the Cryptids Category
I noticed a surface ripple in the Sydney Royal Botanical Garden pond (that spade-shaped surface water body, below), approximately 300 feet from Sydney Harbor. At first I thought it was a snake, but it was clearly an aquatic denizen. I managed these shots below….
Aha! No cryptid or lake monster here. It’s an eel!
A team of scientists with varied backgrounds have suggested that the enigmatic “Tully Monster” fossil organism (late Carboniferous Maxon Creek biota of Illinois) is a proto-lamprey. This is based on analysis of over 1,200 fossils and a weight of evidence approach identifying vertebrate features, including: presence of 1) notochord, 2) gill pouches, 3) myomeres (muscle striations), 4) fins, 5) optic stalks and lobes, and 6) a toothed buccal cavity. In the past this organism was thought to be anything from a worm, gastropod, conodont to arthropod (invertebrates).
Above: Modern reconstruction of Tullimonstrum gregarium, compared to a modern lamprey, Below:
Here are some other historical reconstructions and fossil images.
Field Museum Link
Scientific American Article
Somehow this creature doesn’t look as ferocious as the one that attacked the Nautilus. This giant Squid (Architeuthis sp.) showed up in Toyama Bay, Japan. A lucky diver caught the action. Live Giant squid have only been captured on film or video a few times so this is a very rare occurrence. This one looks beat up to me with plenty of scars on the mantle and arms. Unfortunately we don’t see a distant vantage point to view the long tentacles.