Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 14th, 2010
Since I’m getting messages from all over about the Maine story of a “strange skull,” I better post about it before my emails get out-of-hand.
Yes, I know about reporter Bill Green’s story about a guy keeping a skull in his garage, and it leaking fluids. I too know that Green is getting excited about it. I’ve known about it for several days, and have found it to be decidedly uninteresting.
Why am I not excited? For starters, this skull has been in this guy’s garage for 15 years. Next, it reportedly was identified some time ago as probably a sturgeon’s. Green and the skull owner are pointing to holes in the skull as if they really might be eye openings, without any realization that known species’ skulls have sinus and other holes in normal animal skulls. It appears to be a big fish’s skull, er, like an Atlantic sturgeon’s.
New sturgeon skulls (above), varied species.
Salmon skull, old (above).
Take it to an aquarium, guys, if you want a firm answer. Why all the melodrama?
Ask yourself: Why now, after 15 years? Spring cleaning? Why is it interesting?
First, there was an “Oriental Yeti” that probably is a mangy civet, and next there appeared a Michigan “chupacabra” that probably is a mangy coyote. Now everyone is jumping up and down about a decaying skull that probably is a (not literally, but figuratively) mangy sturgeon!
Too bad this much attention wasn’t given to last week’s rather remarkable finding of a brand new species, the six-foot long Komodo dragon relative on Luzon!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.