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Tsunamis and Cryptozoology
Reports from around the world are not good. Besides south Asia, now comes
news of people killed in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, and the Seychelles.
On December 30, 2004, there are new Indian tsunami alerts, and new eruptions
of volcanoes in the Andaman Islands and Kamchatka. These seismic
and tsunamis will have a widespread effect.
Everyone wants to talk about the tsunamis, so on December 29, a reporter
contacted me to ask about what impact all this would have on cryptozoology.
Questions about cryptozoology in the midst of a global disaster? I frankly
was shocked. But then I saw this as an opportunity to emphasize
humanitarian efforts, first and foremost, and stressed zoological awareness
would be an objective far down the priority list. The reporter got most of
this right (see below), although I said "might find a few" strandings, and
that cryptid Giant Octopuses are "Globsters," too. But getting help to
these people is what is most important. For those wishing to donate to the
relief effort, if you don't have a charity choice of your own, here is the
link to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
December 30, 2004
Wireless Flash News
2004-12-30 - Wireless Flash News
Tsunami Stirring Up Waves Of Sea Serpents
PORTLAND, Maine (Wireless Flash) -- The recent tsunami in south Asia is
stirring up lots of relief efforts -- and it could also be splashing all
sorts of unknown sea creatures onto the shoreline.
Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, co-author of "The Field Guide To Lake
Monsters And Sea Serpents" (Tarcher/ Penguin), predicts that relief workers
will soon be finding a large number of "globsters" on area beaches.
"Globsters" is the term given to big masses of round flesh that measure
between eight and 20 feet. Although the globs look like octopi, Coleman says
they are often previously-undiscovered species of sea serpents, dolphins or
Coleman says human relief efforts must take priority but fears that clean-up
workers may destroy the carcasses of new creatures before scientists can
He hopes that workers who come across any strange sea creatures photograph
them and post the photos online so they can be researched after humanitarian
efforts are finished.
Bizarre sea creatures aren't the only new animals that could be uncovered by
the tsunami: Coleman says many undiscovered land animals may also beidentified as they move to higher ground to avoid flooding.