At first researchers at the US National Marine Mammal Foundation aquarium in San Diego, California were baffled by the muffled voices they heard. They recall it sounding as if two people were conversing in the distance, just out of range for their understanding. The mystery was finally solved when a diver in the whale’s tank surfaced, poked his head out of the water, and asked, “Why did you tell me to get out of the tank?” Researchers realized the “voices” they were hearing were coming from Noc, the Beluga whale housed in the tank. Noc was about one year old when captured off the Pacific coast of Canada in 1977. After seven years in the tank, with near constant human companionship, he spontaneously began to mimic
In Dafara, a dry, flat, featureless land located near the African city of Bobo Dioulasso in the West African savanna of Burkina Faso, you will find a strange crevice, seemingly out of place, accessible by a single trail leading into dense foliage. If you follow the trail into the dark fissure you will find that at its end lies a 100 meter diameter hole, wedged between two cliffs, that is filled with murky, putrid water. It is strange to find a pool of water in this area, particularly given that the nearest river is over 50 miles away, but even stranger is the man-eating creature that is reported to live within its watery depths. The Rocks Visitors to the pond located at the bottom of the crevice,
The Discovery In August of 1954, a man stumbled upon a strange, lifeless creature covered in seaweed on the shores of Canvey Island, Great Britain. After carefully examining the animal, he was certain it was unlike any creature he had ever seen. It appeared to be a marine animal but strangely exhibited some land-bearing animal characteristics - it had feet and legs! Two zoologists were called in to make a professional evaluation of the creature. Photographs were taken of the animal which must have stood around 2 1/2 feet tall with 5 toes arranged in a 'U' shape and a concave arch. It had thick, brownish skin and two protruding eyes. They agreed that this was some unknown species of animal.
Early "Nessie" Sightings The earliest report of a monster associated with the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in the Life of St. Columba by Adomnán, written in the 7th century. According to Adomnán, the Irish monk Saint Columba was staying in the land of the Picts with his companions when he came across the locals burying a man by the River Ness. They explained that the man had been swimming in the river when he was attacked by a "water beast" that had mauled him and dragged him under. Hearing this, Columba sent his follower Luigne moccu Min to swim across the river. As expected, the beast came after him, but Columba made the sign of the Cross and commanded: "Go no further. Do not touch