The Ore Fish, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Monster?
Is the Ore fish San Francisco’s Golden Gate Monster as filmed by Bill and Bob Clark and featured in Animal X Natural Mystery Unit episode Monsters of the Deep? Could the mystery at last be solved?
This 18-foot-long (5.5 meters) oarfish was found off a beach in Southern California and is being held by staff from the Catalina Island Marine Institute.
They saw and video taped the monster on a number of occasions. In fact 9 times they have seen it. The footage Bill & Bob shot is controversial. Many people think it’s a monster but others think it’s just a flock of birds.
Here’s their story.
Now some people are suggesting it could have been a school of Ore fish especially in the light of two ore fish being washed up on Californian beaches.
This from CNN. By Alan Duke.
(CNN) — Marine biologists have a mystery to solve: Why have the carcasses of two rare oarfish washed up on Southern California shores within a week?
Sightings of the huge deep-sea creatures — dead or alive — are unusual, because they typically swim thousands of feet below the surface.
A dead 14-foot-long oarfish came ashore in Oceanside, California, on Friday afternoon, according to an Oceanside police dispatcher. A representative of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was called to haul the serpent-like fish away for study, she said.
A group of third-graders on a beach study trip made the discovery, according to CNN affiliate KGTV.
The incident is especially puzzling because of the discovery made five days earlier by a marine science instructor while snorkeling off Catalina Island. Jasmine Santana was about 15 feet underwater when she found an 18-foot-long oarfish floating nearby. “I was first a little scared,” said Santana, who has been working for Catalina Island Marine Institute since January. “But when I realized it was an oarfish, I knew it was harmless.”
It took Santana 15 minutes to drag the dead fish ashore, where 14 others helped lift the 400-pound carcass out of the water.
“I was really amazed. It was like seeing something in a dream,” said Mark Waddington, the senior captain of Catalina Island Marine Institute’s sailing school vessel the “Tole Mour” who gave Santana a hand. “It’s the first time I ever witnessed an oarfish this big.” Follow @AnimalXTV
It is with great sadness of heart that I hear of the death of actor-entertainer Bill Kerr.
I have known Bill for close on 20 years. Working with him on many projects.
Bill began his career on stage at the age of about 6 months. His mother was a Music Hall (Vaudeville) performer at the time and he played a baby and he has been entertaining ever since.
Bill was known for his varied roles in productions like Hancock’s Half hour a BBC radio show back in the 50’s; classic war films The Dam Busters and Gallipoli; A Year of Living Dangerously, Storm Boy, and many others. He worked alongside some of the biggest names in the Movie business including Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver.
Ten years ago at the age of 82, Bill was the star of a 10 one-hour series for Discovery in the US, called Animal X Natural Mystery Unit. It has since been seen in almost every country around the world and Bill has a worldwide fan base of young viewers.
Bill loved Animal X. He said it was the best fun he had ever had.
In the studio he would love ‘hamming it up’. He would say “how was that take Mike? Too much garlic, or do you want a little more?” Meaning of course did I want him to ham it up more or tone it down a bit.
He was a cool dude. He loved to work. Stories. He had so many stories about the different people he’d worked with. From getting drunk with Mel Gibson during the filming of A Year of Living Dangerously to conspiring with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan (the Goons).
Last year at the age of 92 he was still working. Filming a series of classic poems for YouTube called From My Mothers Knee. Most of which were recited from memory.
His last performance was the poem the Highwayman Comes Riding
Another poem was Laska
During the filming he said “I can remember these poems, which I learnt 80 years ago, but I can’t tell you what I had for breakfast” he would laugh.
Bill was a great man, a kind, funny and generous soul, who never had a bad word to say about anyone and he knew them all.
Ever heard of the Sex Tree aka the coco de mar… another Natural Mystery.
It only exists in a small vally on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Republic of the Seychelles, off the east coast of Africa.
The coco de mar or sea coconut or double coconut (Lodoicea maldivica), is a palm tree and the sole member of the genus Lodoicea. It formerly also was found on the small islets of St Pierre, Chauve-Souris and Ile Ronde (Round Island), all located near Praslin, but has become extinct there. The name of the genus, Lodoicea, is derived from Lodoicus, the Latinised form of Louis, in honour of King Louis XV of France.
The best place to see the coco de mar is in the Vallee de Mai on Praslin island. This lush tropical vally was once thought by Gordon of Khartoum to be the biblical Garden of Eden.
Coco de Mar – the double coconut
He not only believed that it was the Garden of Eden, he tried he’s hardest to prove it. He believed the Coco de Mai was the biblical tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eating its fruit caused Adam and Eve to be banished from the garden. The tree is one of the most endangered in the world. It once covered almost the whole of the island.
It’s the trees fruit with its erotic shape which was its downfall. The nuts were highly prized when found washed up on Indian Ocean shore lines and in the thirteenth century were worth as much as four thousand gold florins.
No one knew where they were coming from. When their location in the Seychelles was finally discovered, most of the forests were raised to the ground in an attempt to maintain their value.
Coco de Mar catkin
Their resemblance to the human body is also present in the male tree. Its catkin has a similarity to the male sex organ. There’s no wonder that this exotic and intriguing tree some of which live for over 1000 years has its own legend.
This artist’s concept shows the test vehicle for NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. A balloon will lift the vehicle to high altitudes, where a rocket will take it even higher, to the top of the stratosphere, at several times the speed of sound. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
A saucer-shaped vehicle that could help NASA land big payloads on the surface of Mars is about to take to the skies for the first time.
NASA hopes to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle — which the agency has dubbed its own “flying saucer” — Thursday (June 5) from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The balloon-aided liftoff was originally scheduled for today (June 3), but the weather did not cooperate.
“After years of imagination, engineering and hard work, we soon will get to see our Keiki o ka honua, our ‘boy from Earth,’ show us its stuff,” LDSD project manager Mark Adler, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. [NASA’s Inflatable Flying Saucer for Mars Landings (Photos)]
Retired police dog Bosun, who helped nab the gunman who murdered a detective, has died aged 9. AAP
A Gold Coast police dog who played a key role in the arrest of a gunman who murdered Detective Damian Leeding in 2011 has died.
Retired, heroic police dog Bosun died in the arms of his handler Senior Constable Wayne Algie on Monday.
The German shepherd was nine.
Sen Const Algie described the loyal pooch as a good mate and colleague, adding that he had a great work ethic and would be missed.
“Bosun was much loved by his family at home as well as his QPS family,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
The police dog had a distinguished career and was well-known for his work helping in the arrest of offenders.
Both Bosun and his handler played a key role in the arrest of the gunman who shot and killed Gold Coast Detective Leeding in May 2011.
The detective was shot in the face after being called to an armed robbery at the Pacific Pines Tavern.
Sen Const Algie and Bosun tracked gunman Phillip Graeme Abell across an exposed paddock and into pitch black bushland where he was arrested.
Abell is serving a life sentence for murder, while his accomplices are also in jail.
In 2012 Bosun spent weeks recovering after being mauled by two dogs during an arrest at Upper Coomera.
That same year he helped officers nab a man, wanted on a string of weapons and theft offences, who ran from police after a pursuit at Pacific Pines.
The famed dog also gave up the bulk of his coat when he was “clipped for a cure” as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser in 2012.
Bosun, who was awarded the Australian Defence Force Service Medal, had lived with Sen Const Algie since his retirement last year.
Here’s a story from Animal X about other heroic dogs:
This is a nice story about the rescue of a small dog from freeway drain.
Meet Frankie, a tiny black chihuahua who had spent the majority of his life living in an underground sewer system, until one day when an angel came his way. Hope For Paws, an amazing rescue organization in California, got the call about the dog and rescued him from the filth he knew as home.
Frankie’s rescuers took him to a safe place where he was cleaned up and fed. That’s where he met Miley. Miley was an older dog that instantly took tiny Frankie under his paw and showed him kindness.
The pair instantly bonded and Miley taught Frankie that he didn’t have to be frightened any more. Now, they have found a forever home together and are blessed with one another’s friendship every day.
A field snapshot in June. Reds are strong; blues are weak. The view is dominated by the core contribution
Europe’s Swarm space mission has begun making maps of Earth’s magnetic field. Data just released shows how the field generated in the planet’s liquid outer core varies in strength over the course of a few months. Swarm’s early assessment appears to support the prevailing view that this magnetic cloak in general is weakening. Many experts believe it heralds a flip in the poles, where north becomes south and vice versa, although it would take thousands of years to complete. The European Space Agency’s Swarm mission was launched last November. It comprises three satellites that are equipped with a variety of instruments – the key ones being state-of-the-art magnetometers that measure field strength and direction. They fly in a configuration that offsets one platform from the other two. The intention is that this should provide a three-dimensional view of the field, and make it easier to tease apart its various components. In the release this week from Esa, we get a view that is dominated by the contribution (95%) from the core. But eventually, Swarm will have the sensitivity to describe magnetism from other, more subtle sources, including that generated by the movement of our salt-water oceans.
Change in the field since January. Reds are a strengthening; blues are a weakening
The maps on this page use the magnetic unit of a nanoTesla. Earth’s field typically has a full strength of some 50,000nT. The maps illustrate a snapshot (in June) and the change that occurs through time (January to June). In the latter, field strength is seen to drop over the western hemisphere but rise in other areas, such as the southern Indian Ocean. Earth’s magnetic field is worthy of study because it is the vital shield that protects the planet from all the charged particles streaming off the Sun. Without it, those particles would strip away the atmosphere, just as they have done at Mars. Investigating the magnetic field also has direct practical benefits, such as improving the reliability of satellite navigation systems which can be affected by magnetic and electrical conditions high in the atmosphere. “I started my career in magnetometry and the accuracy we had then in the laboratories was less than what we can fly in space now,” explained Prof Volker Liebig, the director of Earth observation at Esa. “So what we have on Swarm is fantastic, but we need long time series to understand fully the Earth’s magnetic field, and we will get that from this mission,” he told BBC News.
The Swarm fly high above the Earth in a configuration that offsets one satellite from a pair of spacecraft
Has the Earth already been mapped by Aliens? Do Aliens even exist? Some people say yes, others no. Here’s an interesting perspective from one of NASA’s astronauts including Story Musgrave and SETI’s Seth Shostack. http://youtu.be/MBK6eHWbwNc Follow @AnimalXTV
07 May 2014 by Jacob Aron
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IN THE hunt for life on Mars, it’s time to pull out the heavy artillery. A non-profit group has proposed a mission that involves showering Mars with bunker-busting missiles that would penetrate deep into the ground but deliver probes, not warheads.
On Mars, preserved traces of microbes could lurk in deep subsurface ice, where they would be shielded from harsh cosmic radiation. NASA’s Curiosity rover has a drill, but it only penetrates a few centimetres. “Curiosity doesn’t go very deep – it is literally scratching the surface,” says Chris Carberry, executive director of the non-profit group Explore Mars, based in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Future missions will go deeper but will have limited capabilities. NASA’s InSight lander mission, set for 2016, features a “mole” designed to dig down 5 metres, but it won’t be searching for life. The European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, due to launch in 2018, will drill down 2 metres in search of traces of life, but it can only explore a single Martian region.
That’s why Explore Mars last week appealed for funds for a project called Exolance, which would scatter small, lightweight projectiles across the Red Planet. Each missile would carry scientific instruments and would keep in radio contact with Earth.