August 20, 2010

Even More Thoughts on Alaska Cadborosaurus Footage

This will be my last post on this subject until I have further news on when the show will be aired. I have asked the producers for a still from the footage, but am not expecting they will comply with my request.

When readers have seen the footage they will be able to write in these forums of their thoughts and impressions of what they have seen in the footage. If they disagree with the conclusions that Paul Leblond and I have reached from seeing the original footage and enhancements, then that is quite alright.

I don’t have any problem with anyone disagreeing with our findings, that is anyone’s right to do so.

Cadborosaurus is the generic name that we use in British Columbia to describe a north Pacific megaserpent. While some have claimed that Leblond and Bousfield have posited this creature may be a plesiosaur, there is no truth to this. It was a mistaken inference by a couple of scientists that Paul and Ed had said this and has now been widely and erroneously disseminated.

While Ed has said he thinks that this creature is a reptile, Paul is not so sure. Nor am I. I find it hard to believe that a reptile is able to endure the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. I don’t know what it is, but I have doubts about reptilian origins.

The idea that the Naden Harbour carcass is a decomposing basking shark is off base. Jim Wakelin – who may yet be alive today – worked at Naden Harbour in October 1937 and told our team a few years ago about his experience with that carcass and he was sure that it was not any known animal. As a flenser, he had seen all types of carcasses and marine animals. This one was so unusual that F.S Huband, the station manager at Naden Harbour, felt the need to photograph it and send tissue samples to Victoria and Nanaimo.

I have no trouble saying that the head of one of the Nushagak Bay creatures and the Naden Harbour carcass looked identical. Paul Leblond and I both spotted this even though we viewed the footage separately.

I do not get the people on this forum that think that this is a hoax. I have been in the cryptozoological community for over 20 years and have been wary about all sorts of claims and hoaxes. I am only coming forward with this information as I feel fairly confident that there are cryptids in the Nushagak Bay footage.

At worst this could be a horrible misidentification on the parts of the man who shot the footage, Paul Leblond, myself, the producers from Discovery Channel and tech people who worked on the footage and a select few others who have viewed the footage and have concluded that this is a group of unknown animals.

For one reader to say that he hopes this is not “Johor Bigfoot the revenge” is uncalled for. That was an outright hoax. This is not a hoax.

I would suggest that people consider the reputation of the Discovery Channel. Do you think that they would perpetrate a hoax? I don’t think so. Discovery Channel – at least here in Canada – have dealt with cryptozoology from a very skeptical perspective, much to my chagrin. However, I understand where they are coming from. For some people to come on this forum and say that Discovery is not an appropriate medium in which to convey footage of a possible new species of animal is ludicrous. It is a much better forum than the other programs one person suggested would be more appropriate.

Paul Leblond and the Hillstrand brothers from Deadliest Catch discussed this creature for the program. Paul then told them to go and catch these animals if they could for the sake of science. I hope this makes it into the program.

Watch the footage when it comes on. If you don’t think it is an unknown species say so. I’ll disagree with you, but I’ll shake your hand afterwards and say you have the right to think whatever you wish to about what you have seen.

John Kirk About John Kirk
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.

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