Prehistoric Shark Found Alive..?
July 21, 2010 4 Comments
A while back, I have peer reviewed the possibility of lake monster’s existence. In my article ‘The Mystery of Lake Monsters: Survived Reptiles or Illusion?‘ ,I have reviewed the whole case and questioned over the searching tactics of cryptozoologists. A quote from my previous article:
I think it is very difficult to take high quality and detailed photograph when such unknown and mysterious creature ,about which we have never listen nor seen, is before us. There are previously such creatures are present between us which were thought to be rumor till they were found, like gorilla which was reported as big meat eating monkey like creature, untill it was found alive in 1847. The another example is komodo found alive in 1912 in some islands of indonesia. It was first reported as big ,fierce, meat eating lizard and scientists were discarding its witnesses. The another third is Coelacanth found alive in in 1938. Now it is known as “living fossil”. Then how we can discard all witnesses of such monsters including Loch Ness monster? It is quite possible these creatures may still alive in deep sea and we have no access to them technically. How much we know about deep see? There are critters which have been found about 600 feet below ice, clearly suggesting we have to know more than we know till now. Why to confine yourself just to search for known creatures. Without exploring the real phenomenon, directly depicting such creatures as myth is idiocy.
As you can see in the quote I have pointed out out that we have already found creatures which were considered as myth and folklores by mainstream scientists. Here is news news from National Geographic Website which clearly strengthens my points. For the first time a sixgill shark has been filmed by team’s camera. Taking the scientists’ bait, a sixgill shark’s attack 4,600 feet (1,400 meters) below the surface of the Coral Sea off Australia is captured in a new video image.
Reaching roughly 13 feet (4 meters) long, the sixgill shark is among deep-sea species never before filmed at such depths, according to the the Queensland Brain Institute, which released the first images from new high-tech remote-control cameras this week.
Often referred to as prehistoric or a “living fossil” because of its resemblance to sharks that lived hundreds of millions of years ago, sixgills are being studied as part of the Deep Australia Project, an ongoing effort to discover the the evolutionary origins of human sight—making the sixgill’s night vision of particular interest to researchers. [Related: Hundreds of New Reef Creatures Found in Australia.]
A Loris, a beautiful creature with fur, which was thought to be extinct until recently it was found alive and photographed though it is not a prehistoric creature but compelling my points. Long thought to be extinct, one of the world’s rarest primates has been caught on camera for the first time, scientists announced Monday. [Related: ‘Extinct’ Bird Seen, Eaten. ]
Discovered in 1937 but “missing” for 60 years, Sri Lanka’s Horton Plains slender loris was presumed to have died out. In 2002 a fleeting nighttime sighting of something looking like the elusive tree-dweller, however, gave conservationists hope. Follow-up surveys led by the Zoological Society of London finally confirmed the lorises are alive—if not exactly well—in 2009, when two individuals were photographed and examined. Initial estimates after the rediscovery put the total world population at fewer than a hundred, said the society’s conservation biologist Craig Turner. And in this case, the world is limited to high cloud forests in the Horton Plains area (map)of central Sri Lanka—the animal’s only known habitat.
“Potentially this is the rarest primate we’re aware of today,” Turner said.
About 8 inches (20 centimeters) long and weighing just 11 ounces (310 grams), the slow-moving loris has been doomed as forests have been felled for firewood and to make way for tea plantations and other farms, Turner said.
There’s no means for these lorises to move between the [remaining] forest patches. In terms of breeding and finding mates, it is very difficult for them. The real focus now has to be on the remaining forest areas and looking at how we can enhance and protect them, and also reconnect them to one another. [See: ‘Extinct’ Booby Exposed—Found ‘Masked,’ Using Alias.]
“New” Loris Also New Species?
The Horton Plains slender loris is generally classified as a subspecies of Sri Lanka’s red slender loris. But, thanks in part to the first ever pictures, researchers now believe the “extinct” loris could be a whole new species. Turner says:
It’s clearly very different physically. Compared to lowland lorises, the Horton Plains loris is “stockier, shorter limbed—and it’s got a much longer fur coat. Ongoing tests on DNA samples taken from the few individuals recorded to date should help to settle the issue.
Doesn’t it support my preamble?