Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 23rd, 2013
DEEP in the marshy heart of Gippsland’s Lakes district, a simple salesman could be on the verge of unravelling one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.
Every six weeks, Michael Moss trudges into the muddy and mosquito-plagued terrain to a secret site where he hopes hidden cameras will finally give him the proof he needs – that the Tasmanian tiger is alive, well and living right here in Victoria.
Roll your eyes all you want, says this city slicker, but cameras don’t lie.
The committed 47-year-old from Richmond was the first Australian to capture footage of a dog-like animal scampering across a hillside in the Strzelecki Ranges 15 years ago.
The footage went global and reignited the debate about whether the Tasmanian tiger was extinct.
But it wasn’t until the advent of compact, waterproof cameras that his one-man hunt for the elusive thylacine went digital.
The motion cameras, bought on eBay for $150 each, are fastened to trees and record 15 seconds of raw footage.
Big deer have locked horns, kangaroos have nurtured their joeys, possums, wombats and foxes have scurried past.
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Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster.