Originally posted by Gazrok
A simple google on the Mothman should get you started.. It's basically a sighted creature in the New England area (WV mostly, I believe), that is
said to appear before major disasters...usually along the side of the road, to drivers. Descriptions are usually grey, about 6' in height, and red
eyes, with mothlike wings...
Cryptozoology is slowly gaining more respect, with more discoveries, such as the Ceolacanth (sp?) a fish thought to be extinct for millions of years,
was discovered, or some of the creatures recently found in Vietnam, etc. such as slit nosed deer. There's even unsubstantiated reports of Megaladon
teeth (not fossils) found (it's a GIANT great white basically)....
[Edited on 15-3-2004 by Gazrok]
Look also at the gaint squid, that for a long time was thought to be sailors and writers imagination. Know we find them all the time washed up on
beachs, even some main stream scienctist caught the first live baby of one(didn't live very long but hey he still caught it).
Also very recently(wish i had the web site) but i heard they have found a species of squid bigger then the gaint squid. All of these species at
one time or another were thought of as myths to main stream science. Now we find out they do exist, it just takes a body to make people actually say
ok that does exist. That is sad really if you think about it, because we have no idea on what the population of said animal is. I find most myths have
some basis in reality as a misidentified animal.
One of the things i really feel weird about, and a little pissed about at the same time. Is that with all the people that look for bigfoot, that
bring in evidence like hair samples. These hair sample's can't be identified as any species none to man, yet this isn't enough evidence for main
stream. If we have every common known animal in the USA genentic sample(don't know if we do), but if we have most and it doesn't match anything,
Doesn't that mean there is something we don't know? I don't belive you could fake a DNA strand, that would fool the people who are trained in this
job. Then again i could be wrong, its just DNA is so accurate that it seems that should be enough in todays world.
Now i do belive some sightings of bigfoot or other crpyto creatures are nothing more then a guy in a monkey suit, or misidentification of another
species of animal. But some of them really can't be explained, what do we tell these people. We say you must have been imagining that, or your looked
at like your crazy. I will be honest here I give all sightings there due, till there proved as hoax's. I can't even belive death bed
confessions(Patterson Film), that say Hey i was the guy in the suit. When scienctists have been over the film and said it was a man in a suit, now
this is probally gonna spark a big agrument but, I belive the Patterson Film is genuine( again i could be wrong, I admit that).
Also I think most death bed confessions now a days are a last atempt to have thier 15 minutes in the light. It is a mean thing to say but think
about it, the craze started with the Patterson Film, then ended pretty quickly. He was in the news for a long time, now a friend of his wants his
turn, could he be telling the truth yes. But i want to see the suit, I want to see someone copy the walk of the creature. I have heard even by todays
special effect wizards, that if it was a suit then they knew more then todays guys did. Again this is from a special on tv, I will try to find it
today, but i also heard a big FX company tired to make a suit that would compare to it.
But it didn't even come close to it, the film shows muscles in the back and legs moving. I have to belive that is a hard thing to pull off
today, let alone 40 years ago. But this is just my two cents on the whole thing.