Now this is very interesting, for sure. I saw the video, and heard the radio interview. Did you catch the part where the scientist said, "The company
sponsoring the expedition confiscated all the video (except for that brief one he has), and then paid them all more money than they are used to
getting, to all keep their mouths shut. Even sign non-disclosure agreements??"
He also pointed out that he has an attorney and that they are pursuing suing the company to get their video footage back, but it is more complicated
than that, because the company is subsidized by the Russian government, and "You can't just go suing the Russian government- it does not work like
it does in England."
WTF? So why would they want to keep it under wraps so bad? You'd think a discovery such as this would excite worldwide scientists to the point of
fervor! And yet, he says no one is really interested.
And then he goes on to tie the discovery in with an age-old myth: "The Myth of Khatanga." This was interesting too, as the myth talks of a tribe
that kept having their village meat stocks being eaten by a very gigantic creature, to the point that they stopped settling in villages and became
nomads to keep away from this thing.
So being interested, I did a bit more research. And it appears this new huge creature was discovered close to the area where the famous frozen wooly
mammoths were discovered: near Khatanga in northern Siberia. First a bit on Khatanga:
Khatanga is a small Siberian town of fishermen and hunters withpopulation of about 3,000 people, situated on the right bank of Khatanga river
on a latitude 72 deg. North. Population of Khatanga consists of the Russians (50%)and indigenous peoples Dalgan and Nganasan.
Khatanga hotel is a brick five story building with central heating. There are 4 suites with all private facilities. All other rooms are for two or
three persons. There are 3 WC, 2 showers and a washing area on each floor. We assume double room accommodation in Khatanga.
Meals are served at a local restaurant - cafe. There is an opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicraft articles. The local Museum of Nature,
Ethnography and Culture possess a small but rich collection of local handicraft, cloths, examples of wild life and mammoth ivory.
In Khatanga temperatures in April range from -25°C to -10°C. Mostly clear and dry. Dark time at night for 3-4 hours. Polar Lights are likely to
observe during the night.
In 1901 a mammoth carcass was found so well-preserved that there were food fragments, as yet unswallowed, in its mouth. Moreover, there was
more than twenty pounds of vegetation still in the stomach cavity - some ofwhich was not yet decayed. The animal had died and been frozen in virtually
a matter of hours (Dillow, pp. 319-20).
Another amazing revelation amidst these discoveries is the fact that the stomach content of some of these creatures indicated they had been grazing on
vegetation that grows only in warm regions, yet they were quite near the north pole. Scientists were mystified.
And another one discovered in 1997 From:
The mammoth, dubbed "Zharkov" after a local man who first discovered its tusk sticking out of the ice in 1997, was a 3-meter-tall adult male
that would have looked like a hairy elephant to the modern eye.
Carbon dating of bits taken from the mammoth at the site show it is 23,000 years old. Other tests show it died at the prime of its life, aged about 47
years, Mol said.
Also, it should be noted that some scientists have wanted to clone these mammoths:
And another interesting read on these mammoths:
But anyway, I digress. The whole point of illustrating this is to establish that this new discovery of a very large, unknown creature took place in
the very region where other such discoveries have occured, and that by doing so, hopefully makes this whole thing just a bit, not much, but just a
bit, more believable! Lord only knows what further research on the creature, and even further expeditions in this region seemingly "frozen in time"
But unfortunately, after searching my buns off, I could not find another reference to this "Myth of Khatanga" that the scientist so referred to in
the radio interview. Please post it if any of you find out something or know more on this!