Creatures, Myths & Legends
The news agency, Xinhuanet is reporting that thousands of dolphins blocked Somali pirate ships from attacking a fleet of Chinese merchants ships passing the Gulf of Aden on Monday. According to the report, the pirates turned away and "could only lament their littleness before the vast number of dolphins."
Placed in an enchanted field in Tipperary, Ireland, the leprechaun fairy watch webcam allows people to keep an eye out for magical beings.
A one-of-a-kind pink Bottlenose dolphin has become an attraction after it surfaced in an inland lake in Louisiana. A charter boat captain who saw the animal, which is actually an albino, described it as "absolutely stunningly pink."
Dana B., who phoned in during the second hour of Friday's Open Lines program, shares some pictures showing the remains of a mysterious creature that reportedly flew into her father-in-law's brother's truck in Jiquilpan, Michoacan, Mexico. Get more details and view the entire set of photos here.
A poodle in the Chinese city of Xi'an has achieved notoriety for his ability to walk on two feet. Every afternoon the dog named Gou Gou walks "hand-in-hand" with his owner, attracting crowds. What's more, Gou Gou is said to even be able to answer the phone. More at Ananova News.
With her surprising saxophone skills, Sara the Walrus has been charming scores of visitors to Istanbul's new Dolphinarium. More on the story at the Telegraph.
This purple squirrel has become a sensation at a school in England after it began making frequent visits around the campus. Wildlife experts are at a loss to explain the rodent's unique color, though speculate that it may be a result of a run-in with a discarded printer.More on the story here.
This massive paw print is the latest evidence of an alleged "big cat" that has been sighted by numerous residents of Cannock Chase, England. The reports of the feline have been so plentiful over the years that it is has become known as "The Cannock Chase Beast." More on the story here.
First hour guest, archaeologist & cryptozoologist Dennis Swift spoke about new discoveries, such as the fossil remains of a giant raptor found in Argentina that would have measured between 16 to 21-feet long. He also discussed "living dinosaurs," creatures thought to be extinct, yet reports and evidence he's gathered, suggest they may have been alive in the last few hundred years.
In the last hour, Lionel Fanthorpe joined the show to share some tales and take phone calls. He spoke about the Flannan Isle mystery, in which three lighthouse keepers disappeared together around 1900. Though legend has it these men were turned into seabirds, a giant wave, like a tsunami, may have washed them away, he said.
Patrick Cooke has documented descriptions in the Bible of what we could consider legendary or cryptozoological creatures, including giants, dragons, unicorns, cockatrices (pictured), fiery flying serpents, and sea monsters. Check out his Biblical Bestiary for specific citations.
Tonight's guest, David Paulides, sent in some images to accompany his appearance. The image on the left is sketch of a Hoopa Bigfoot by forensic sketch artist and agent Harvey Pratt, drawn with the assistance of witness Romeo M. The image below is a depiction of the facial details of Raven U.'s Bigfoot sighting from the Hoopa area, drawn by the same artist.
The genome of the Ice Age woolly mammoth has been pieced together using DNA from a hair sample preserved in the Siberian permafrost. Most scientists, however, are doubtful that ancient DNA could be used to bring back an extinct species. More at BBC News.
The Monster Quest crew experienced an unusual incident at a remote fishing cabin near Snelgrove Lake, Canada. A member of the audio crew had a rock thrown at his head from the woods (see video). Another mysterious rock hit the roof of the cabin, as did a wooden log, the crew member noted. About the occurrence Jeff Meldrum said, "Obviously, there's nothing in the woods, that's recognized anyway, that can lob rocks in that fashion" (see video). The most recent 'Sasquatch Attack' can be seen at watchmonsterquest.com. (*requires install of Zango)
In the first hour, Ian spoke with comic book artist and writer David Mack. Mack talked about his original multi-volume series, Kabuki, as well as his work on Daredevil and a New Avengers project. He also shared an illustration, from his book The Shy Creatures, of various cryptozoological animals building a strange snowman.
Laurence Gardner has drawn some fascinating conclusions about the roots of modern day Judeo-Christianity. In a lecture he presented at the Nexus Conference in 1998, he discussed how many stories, prayers, and rituals in Judaism and Christianity are actually hybrids or adaptations from older Egyptian, Canaanite and Mesopotamian traditions.