Oregon's Peak Week for Whales; A "South Sudan" Would Be Good For Wildlife

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Gray whales migrating by the west coast now. HSUS gives Obama a B–talk about grade inflation. Scotland plans squirrel safari (this time not hunting grays) & more animal news.

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Thylacne Pelt Stirs Excitement, But Doesn’t Get Us Closer to Live Thylacine

Since the pelt is at least 30 years old, it doesn’t help us find a live thylacine, which is what everyone wants.

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Rare White Deer Spotted on Staten Island

A white deer is beguiling Staten Island. He says hi to people waiting for a bus near the South Shore Golf Course.

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Happy Thylacine Day!

It’s not only Labor Day, it’s Thylacine Day! Australia has a day to pay attention to threatened species, marking the sad anniversary of the death of the last Thylacine.

The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, is a creature so odd-looking you would think it was a cryptozoology hoax if there weren’t so much evidence it really existed. Thylacinus cynocephalus is a striped, marsupial carnivore that looks like a zebra – shiba inu mix. The Tassie Tiger was wiped out from Australia 3,000 years ago, but survived on Tasmania until shortly after people showed up. Sheep farmers killed them off, shooting the last wild one in 1930. On this day in 1936 the last Thylacine died in Hobart Zoo.

But since then people have said they’ve seen Thylacines in remote Tasmania and in Australia. Chris Rehberg’s blog Where Light Meets Dark put together a fantastic map of all thesightings here since the supposed extinction. Motion-activated cameras have turned up nothing. Yet. An effort to clone the Thylacine from cells of a preserved fetus have also been failures. So far. (And people who think the Thylacine is still out there don’t want it cloned.)

I went to see Jane Goodall speak about her new book, Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink, which is about how passionate biologists are rescuing or rediscovering animals on the edge of extinction. (Rehberg calls the study of extinct animals Eclipsazoology.) It’d be great if the Thylacine, instead of

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Big Foot Tours $499

Nobody was impressed with the evidence presented at the Bigfoot press conference last week. Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer say they have a bigfoot carcass in a freezer in northern Georgia somewhere. But that’s not all! They also have video of a few live big foot or sasquatch hanging around the area.

Whitton and Dyer have alternately been described as hunters, hikers and big foot hunters. I tracked down an older story from a big foot blogger, who linked to their expedition site, bigfoottracker.com. Back then Whitton was were referred to as a cop and Dyer a former corrections officer. Dyer says he’s a married dad and former Army ranger. Matt calls himself Gary and says he’s a great tracker who “has associates who train bloodhounds for tracking.”

Most of their current stuff is on the site of Tom Biscardi, who is a more experienced and perhaps more oily bigfoot hawker. The sites share not only a quest for Sasquatch, but also a fondness for blaring completely unrelated music. Biscardi’s site includes field reports from around the country–but none in Georgia.

Whitton and Dyer on bigfootblogger describe getting started on the big foot hunt when being awakened by one “on the side of a mountain north of Helen, Georgia.” They claim to have sold out a trip to the Blue Ridge-Smokies in June where “there have been actual big foot sightings this year” and plan a September trip to “an even more specific area” in September. They brag that

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New Photos of Montauk Monster Make it Look a Lot Less Monstrous, more like a feral pig

Newsday’s Joyce Brown obtained new photos of the Montauk Monster from beach goer Christina Pampalone, who was on the fateful Montauk beach where the Monster washed up a couple weeks ago. Brown explains that the corpse was washing back and forth in the waves, so Pampalone got a shot from a different angle.

Pampalone must have gone through exquisite torture the last few days knowing she had much more revealing photos. Then again, if her photo came out first we all wouldn’t have been so enthralled and would’ve had to get some work done this week.Also, I have to wonder if the original shot was provocatively chosen to make it look like a beak. (And if so, say thanks for the mindless summer diversion.)

Yesterday we discussed how the first shot showed a beak, but with teeth, ruling out the theory that it was a turtle without a shell. Pampalone’s photo shows that it’s not really a beak at all, but the exposed nasal cavity. Also, it shows HUGE lower canine teeth. And fur. And ears.

With the new photo, I’m changing my guess to pig, maybe feral pig. The big theory now is dog. Since the front of the face shows so much decay and since the water can do such crazy things to a body, it’s hard to say what was going on in the top of the mouth. But man, those bottom canines look awfully big for a dog. A pig, however, has really big lower

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