Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 27th, 2009
Frankly, I wasn’t going to run the tale or the photo. It appears to so obviously be a boat to me, why waste your time?
Then the emails, from fans, friends, and future Cryptomundo readers apparently, just kept coming in. For the last few days.
So, please, here are the pictures. I’m aware of ’em, and now you can see, read and, if you wish, comment all about them. After you look at the photos, and make up your own mind, a word with you at the bottom, no pun intended, please.
As usual, click on the images to enlarge them.
We’ve been here before. Google Earth mania said that a “giant serpent” had been spied from space, near the Amazon River. Whether it was a new road or photoshopping, I forget, but it certainly was another case of someone seeing something cryptid that wasn’t there.
Now, I’m not saying Google Earth might not be useful to cryptozoology, hominology, zoology, and anthropology. We must remain open-minded to what can be seen by looking closely, but let’s not go overboard and make things up that aren’t there.
If you will remember, Google Earth photos have identified unknown native villages in South America where none were suppose to be, and picked up vegetation patterns indicating new species in other parts of the world.
Even closer to home, Hockomock Swamp maps from Google Earth can be used to explore the areas where “mystery apes” have been sighted and identify Lake Nip’s island that has been said to vanish.
But in general, we have to be careful. Most of the mysteries to be explored via Google Earth are human and not cryptozoological, such as why in the world would there be a school in Missouri named after Walt Disney?
[If you are having technical difficulties in uploading the photographs that should appear here, due to their large size, try clearing your cache, rebooting your browser, and uploading your Cryptomundo.com page again. It should work.]
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.