The highly-anticipated results of an environmental DNA study of Loch Ness indicate that the legendary ‘monster’ said to reside at the site could be a giant eel. The ambitious project, which generated considerable excitement in scientific and cryptozoological circles when it was first announced in April of 2017, was the brainchild of geneticist Neil Gemmell of New Zealand. During the summer of 2018, he and a team of researchers took 250 water samples from throughout Loch Ness. This material was then shipped off to labs around the world where any DNA that could be found in those samples was extracted and compared against genetic databases of known creatures.
Following a few headline-making hints earlier this year, the findings of the project were finally revealed in an announcement on Thursday. For fans of the idea that the Loch Ness Monster could be a remnant aquatic dinosaur somehow still living at the location, Gemmell had some disappointing news. “We can’t find any evidence of a creature that’s remotely related to that in our environmental-DNA sequence data,” he said, “So, sorry, I don’t think the plesiosaur idea holds up based on the data that we have obtained.”
Remarkably, the research team was also able to rule out a sizeable number of other possible suspects for Nessie, including sharks, catfish, and sturgeon. According to Gemmel, the water samples from Loch Ness did not contain any DNA from those various creatures which have, in the past, been suggested by investigators for what might be behind the monster mystery. However, one long-standing theory for the nature of Nessie did remain viable and was perhaps even strengthened by the study: a giant eel.
“Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness, with eel DNA found at pretty much every location sampled – there are a lot of them,” revealed Gemmel. He went on to note that their data does not provide any indication of the size of the creatures, just that they are there in Loch Ness. With that in mind, he mused that “the sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness. Therefore we can’t discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness Monster might be a giant eel.”
It’s unlikely that this conclusion will come as much of a surprise to Nessie aficionados as the proverbial ‘eel hypothesis’ has largely been considered the most plausible scenario for quite some time and, these days, the possibility that the creature could be a plesiosaur mostly only resides in the minds of children, advertisers, and a handful of very imaginative researchers. Be that as it may, the findings from the study have already spawned a slew of news stories declaring that the Loch Ness Monster mystery has been solved once and for all.
While that very well may wind up being the case, short of draining Loch Ness and finding ‘nothing’ there, the legend of a mysterious creature said to lurk at the site is probably not going to die anytime soon. Tourists will continue to visit the location in the hopes of spotting something strange, puzzling videos of enigmatic oddities appearing on the water will still pop up online every few months, and depictions of ‘monster’ will, without question, go unchanged from the iconic plesiosaur image that we have all come to know and love, even if Nessie really is just a big eel.
I have been a supporter of the giant eel hypothesis for years.
Manitoba has seen more than its fair share of UFOs over the years.
The report, which has been compiled from Canadian and US government records, suggests that people have been seeing strange things in the skies over North America for several centuries.
“It’s not a phenomenon that’s a product of television and movies that are going on right now,” said researcher Chris Rutkowski. “These things go back quite a number of years. People have been fascinated with things in the sky and wondering, ‘Are we alone in the universe?’”
The earliest documented Manitoba sighting dates back to 1792 when two explorers reported witnessing a strange object cascading from the sky which “struck the river ice, with a sound like a mass of jelly, was dashed into innumerable luminous pieces and instantly expired.”
Another report, this time from 1967, detailed how Stefan Michalak had observed two disc-shaped objects landing on a flat rock near Falcon Lake. When he approached he heard what he thought were human voices and was instantly hit by an explosion of hot gas which set his clothes on fire.
In 1989 a family had been visiting the Fort Whyte Nature Center when they encountered a white boomerang-shaped object hanging in the sky over Winnipeg. They later recalled how they had watched the craft slowly rotate in the air and noted that it had a peculiar bulge on its underside.
One of the most recent sightings was in 2012 when two witnesses, again in Winnipeg, saw a disc-shaped object with red lights all around its perimeter. As they watched it the craft suddenly swooped towards their vehicle before turning and zooming off in to the distance.
“That doesn’t mean that aliens are invading Canada in any way, but it simply means there are unusual reports of things in the sky,” said Rutkowski.
“It certainly says that we probably are not alone in the universe and that there probably are some sort of alien civilizations out there somewhere but there is no proof of that.”
The Charlie Redstar Flap
The Charlie Redstar Flap is one of the best documented UFO cases in Canadian History. The events of 1975-1976 are a great and entertaining read. I think you will enjoy the information below, it has about everything in that you could imagine, multiple groups of witnesses, drunken teenagers, news crews filming UFOs, radioactive ground material, possible crop circles, crafts of different shapes, sizes, colors and much more.
Charlie Redstar was a name given to some UFOs sighted across Manitoba in 1975–1976, many of them near the town of Carman, Manitoba. It was described as a red fireball, sometimes stationary and sometimes speeding off rapidly, and similar fireballs were also dubbed Charlie’s “friends” and “cousins”. Other similar UFOs were reported as flying saucers or “Ferris wheel”-shaped. It was often described as playful, friendly, or mischievous by witnesses.
May 16, 1975, near Stephenfield, Manitoba – Three drunk youths were at a party north of Boyne River, when one of them saw a stationary moon-sized red light. After ten minutes, it shone a white searchlight-like beam onto the lake. An underwater object shone below the beam that made the lake bottom visible, then moved towards the shore, creating ripplets. One youth threw a rock at the object, which broke into four, then separated and individually moved “like a conveyor belt” towards the beam of light. The lights in the objects went out, then the hovering object was observed to break in half and the halves moved away from each other in opposite directions. Although they admitted to being drunk, hallucination seemed unlikely as they each saw the same event.
Photo of Charlie
By the end of April 1976 the UFOs seemed to have left the area, There were some sporadic distant sightings but nothing similar two what had occurred in the previous two years. The Charlie Redstar Flap is one of the best documented UFO cases in Canada but one that is rarely discussed or written about today.
Markozen has a first cousin who lives in Notre Dame De Lourdes, not far from Carman, he was a teacher in 1975. He ultimately became the principle of the high school in Notre Dame. In the fall of 1975 he saw a glowing red light that was above the horizon a few hundred meters to the right of his car. For 10 miles it kept pace with the vehicle. His wife was with him and she collaborates the story. He has no explanation as to what it could have been.
Currently there is somewhere between 10-15 reality ghost shows on TV. I have tried to watch them but they never go anywhere. No concrete empirical evidence is ever uncovered. It’s all about asking the ghost to identify itself, big burly men asking “is anybody here? Please identify yourself. Please make a noise if you are here” etc. Bunch of nonsense, a lot like religion, just wishful thinking. Now researchers have come up with a theory that all the hauntings may be hallucinations caused by bad air.
It has also been proposed that many hauntings could be hallucinations caused by steel beds. The steel causes changes in gravity, also known as EIF (experience inducing fields). In early research at Muncaster Castle in Cumbria, suitable conditions were discovered for the production of EIFs at a haunted location. If anyone moved slightly in the ‘haunted bed’ (where several independent witnesses have reported hearing a child crying) they could induce EIFs in their brain. This is because the bed was found to cause a strong distortion to the local magnetic field. This distortion leads to a high magnetic gradient across the bed so that anyone moving, even slightly, will be subjected to significantly varying fields.
The truth behind ‘haunted’ houses? Toxic moulds can cause severe psychosis and hallucinations, researchers say
Think your house is haunted? You may just have a mould problem.
That’s what one group of researchers believe could be the cause of many spectral sightings.
Shane Rogers, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., is a big fan of ghost stories, and wanted to apply some of his research to the field.
“Hauntings are very widely reported phenomena that are not well-researched,” he said. “They are often reported in older-built structures that may also suffer poor air quality.”
The idea is that certain toxic moulds or fungi, like the rye ergot fungus, are able to cause severe psychosis in people who breathe in the hard-to-detect fumes they project. When the air is contaminated, the brain can play subtle tricks on you — a sudden chill, a movement in the corner of your eye, or potentially other ghastly and hallucinatory illusions.
“Similarly, some people have reported depression, anxiety and other effects from exposure to biological pollutants in indoor air,” Rogers said.
Rogers, along with Thomas O’Rourke and Daniel Schwab, two undergraduates, will be testing the air quality in several notoriously haunted locations in the North Country region of New York State.
One particular location they have their eyes on is the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The museum is believed to be haunted by one Madame America Vespucci, a woman who lived with one of the early founders of Ogdensburg. The story goes that she was scorned by other ladies of the town but sought after by local gentlemen. She later died in Paris but her ghost provides a chilling atmosphere for those who visit.
Remington museum curator Laura A. Foster spoke with the Watertown Daily Times, a local paper, and said she welcomes the researchers with open arms. She also said she was reassured that the air-quality reports for all the locations they visit would remain anonymous.
“Unfortunately, there were no flashing lights or whirring mechanisms to signal an exciting collection,” she said.
By comparing samples to “non-haunted” locations, Rogers hopes to find what sets these locations apart and find similarities in the mould microbiome between the haunted locations that could point to a less supernatural culprit.
“What I do hope is that we can provide some real clues as to what may lead to some of these phenomena and possibly help people in the process,” he said
A bizarre online campaign suggesting that UFO enthusiasts storm Area 51 in search of alien secrets hidden at the infamous base has seemingly garnered the support of nearly 200,000 people. The wild idea is reportedly the brainchild of a group of online agitators who created a Facebook event titled ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.’ Although the proposed gathering appears to have been just a joke, the concept captured the imagination of the masses online.
To date, a whopping 181,000 people have declared that they are ‘attending’ the event and another 200 thousand individuals have expressed interest in joining in on the action which is set to take place on Friday, September 20th at 3 AM. Of course, as anyone who has haphazardly accepted an online invitation to a distant relative’s art gallery opening or dance recital can attest, the vast majority of the people who indicated plans to join in the horde almost certainly will not be in attendance when the big day arrives.
That said, there’s a very real possibility that some foolhardy individuals may genuinely make an effort to storm Area 51 on September 20th when organizers allegedly plan to “meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry.” Aside from the installation’s incredibly stringent security measures which prevent unauthorized visitors, the very fact that the date and time of the planned surge is public knowledge is a pretty good indication that the daring gambit will prove futile. It could also wind up being criminal should would-be trespassers push the proverbial envelope and really try to gain entry to the base.
Area 51 researcher George Knapp, who famously broke the story that Area 51 existed back in 1989, responded to the idea on Twitter by noting that “this plan has been proposed multiple times over the last 30 years. Then, as now, it’s a really bad idea.” To that end, he stressed that “there are no aliens at Area 51, no alien tech either” and that “base security is more than capable of handling Winnebago trespassers.” With that in mind, it would undoubtedly be wise for the idea to remain in the daydreams of UFO enthusiasts sitting at their computer rather than being put into practice.
If there are no Aliens at the base, then what in the hell are these?
What the hell is this then?
The War Zone
One of the biggest questions surrounding the most recent known spate of UFO encounters with U.S. Navy pilots—those that occurred off the southeastern seaboard of the United States between 2014 and early 2015—pertains to how persistent they actually were. We know Super Hornet aircrews from Strike Fighter Squadron 11 (VFA-11), the Red Rippers, detected unknown objects multiple times on radar and one aircrew even had a close encounter visually with one of them, but what about the rest of the many Hornet squadrons based at Naval Air Station Oceana, not to mention the E-2 Hawkeye squadrons from nearby NAS Norfolk? We have the answer to this question and it is remarkable.
A source with knowledge of the events has made it clear to The War Zone that presence of the mysterious objects in the restricted training airspace off America’s east coast was so pervasive that it was largely common knowledge among local flying units. They noted that the majority of the Super Hornet squadrons equipped with AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars—you can read all about this technology and how it was key in detecting these objects in our exclusive piece on the subject—at the time were having the same experiences, as well as the crews flying the new E-2D Hawkeye with its incredibly powerful AN/APY-9 radar suite. It literally became such a common and near everyday occurrence that Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers from the base would talk about it informally with regularity.
The E-2D Hawkeye is one of the most capable aerial surveillance platforms ever created.
But that doesn’t mean formal action wasn’t taken. Beyond filing an official safety report after one of the jets almost hit one of the unidentified objects—described eerily as a translucent sphere with a cube structure suspended inside of it—Notices To Airman (NOTAMs) were posted regarding the dangers potentially posed by unknown aerial vehicles flying in the same military operating areas that aircraft from NAS Oceana frequented for training. This action was taken by the base’s command leadership as they couldn’t figure out how else to address the bizarre issue and its perceived threat to their aircrews’ safety.
We have since filed Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests for copies of these NOTAMs, as well as documents regarding how the decision to file the NOTAMs was made at the command level.
Another burning question surrounding these events pertains to whether or not additional visual encounters occurred beyond the one near miss with the Super Hornet and the ‘cube inside an orb’ object. Our source tells us that there were many more, and yes, they all resulted in the exact same description of the object. So, we are talking about a uniform set of very strange looking objects here that were spotted on radar, by infrared targeting pods, and by the naked eye, frequently over 2014 and the first part of 2015 above the waters off America’s southeastern coastline.
As we noted in our last piece on the subject, these encounters dropped off to the point they were described as fleeting and inconclusive at best once VFA-11 and its carrier air wing went on cruise to the Middle East in early Spring of 2015. In addition, we know that the carrier strike group and its aircraft were equipped with key new sensor fusion technologies for that deployment, a fact that is eerily similar to the circumstances surrounding the now famous ‘Tic Tac’ incident nearly a decade earlier. All of which makes these objects’ presence during the time leading up to that deployment that much more curious.
Yet at the same time, the fact that the volume of these recent encounters seems much greater and spread over a much larger period of time versus the infamous incident in 2004 is puzzling. And none of this even addresses the very peculiar physical appearance of these objects, but we have another report on that subject that will be filed in the very near future.
Still, at least we now have a much better sense of how widespread these encounters were and the cultural impact that they had on the Navy’s east coast master fighter jet base. This also underscores just how taboo this topic was to military aviators. The fact that these types of events could have been so pervasive, yet kept so hushed-up outside of Navy tactical aircraft aircrew circles, is telling in itself and provides good evidence as to why the Navy had to officially change is procedures for its personnel reporting such strange incidents.
All this comes as Congress is taking a high-interest in the subject as of late, with multiple briefings being given to key lawmakers with the military’s top witnesses.
Whatever the case may be, we are definitely entering into uncharted territory when it comes to this long shunned and abused topic. What exactly that will mean when it comes to actually getting to the truth of the matter remains to be understood.
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