Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 27th, 2008
Remember the story of the beached mystery animal, posted here before all the Georgia business?
I’ve had the photograph of the Alaskan carcass for a couple weeks. However, I didn’t want to have it get lost in the hoax mania and blackout, so I kept it in reserve until I could post it during a calmer time.
Here it is above. The picture was taken on July 22, 2008. The image was being shared privately, and then forwarded to me after I posted about this on August 8th.
As you will recall, one of the local theories was this might be the qaqrat. The term comes from the Inuit dialect of Cup’ig, Nunivak Island’s native language. It roughly translates as “beast-walrus.”
One person in Mekoryuk – Nunivak Island’s only village – thinks the smooth-skinned corpse might be the beast, the qaqrat, rumored about in local legend.
Others have speculated the body was of a walrus, an elephant seal, a small whale, or a dolphin.
The whereabouts of the carcass, whether any samples were taken, or even if it has been revisited and bones gathered, are all unknowns.
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.