Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 27th, 2009
The story “New Qatari Mystery Photo” was originally posted here on April 23rd, sharing a news article then circulating early on that very day throughout the Arab world.
Cryptomundo is proud to openmindedly and skeptically examine all that is presented by the modern media, and search for the sources and reality behind evidence, images, and more. In the midst of what comes our way, needless to say, are hoaxes, mistakes, misidentifications, pranks, fakes, and perhaps, once in a blue moon, actual data on a new species or the rediscovery of an allegedly extinct one. How do we ferret out what is there if we do not look?
It seems some people have missed the whole point of exposing hoaxes and would rather complain or attempt to kill the messengers. Never mind…just to put this to bed, here’s the followup that some people seemed to have missed.
On the morning of April 24th, readers (KimIsAwesome was first, others later) at Cryptomundo, in comments, identified this Qatar photo as a toy that is commercially available and the posting was updated. (Other people sent in the same identification, but repeats were not posted, of course.)
Here is the photo of that toy:
Here is the photograph originally published by Al Watan and Gulf Times.
Avoid complaints, and your neighborhood messenger killers, just…
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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.