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Archive for March 14th, 2011

NatGeo “Beast Hunter” is Fort’s great nephew, proves web is good for something

Pat Spain Beast Hunter

Looking a bit like Justin Timberlake with an easy grin and an enthusiasm that’s infectious, Pat Spain is a wildlife scientist with a special interest in crypto-zoological creatures, ones that may or may not exist, and he’s traveled the globe to investigate them for the new National Geographic Channel series Beast Hunter, premiering Mar. 4. Having grown up the middle of three kids in Wynantskill, New York and earned his Bachelor of Science from Suffolk University in Boston, Spain created a Web series called Nature Calls in 2005, which ultimately put him on Nat Geo’s radar. “I’m so excited to be doing this and it means a lot that other people are getting interested in it too,” he says.  He had a lot more to say in the following conversation.

How does your show differ from others, such as History Channel’s Monster Quest?Pat Spain
I feel like a lot of these shows rely on the ‘we just don’t know’ factor, quick camera turns and ‘what was that?’ Blair Witch style stuff.  It’s a quest for an animal without doing the upfront work. I’m not saying it specifically about Monster Quest but a lot of these shows really bother me, like when it’s a diurnal animal and they go out with night vision cameras, looking for it at night. And they don’t call it by the correct regional name. What’s different about our show is that we’re doing an initial reconnaissance mission. We’re saying. ‘Should science look closer at this creature? Is there real evidence that this is there?’ On the investigations we were doing, if we stumbled across something it would be great but we didn’t go out there with collecting kits. This is more about learning the plausibility of this creature.

You did five episodes: The Man Ape of Sumatra, the Nightmare of the Amazon, the Swamp Monster of the Congo, the Sea Serpent of the North and the Mongolian Death Worm. How did you pick these?
There are current sightings, credible witnesses, and there’s an ecosystem that really could support this type of life and it’s remote enough that there hasn’t been enough research done in this area.  There are thousands of these crypto-zoological creatures, all these legends. And what we do is put them through some type of scientific rigor and say, ‘Where are the recent accounts? Which ones can we say are mistaken identity, ‘this is too mythical?’

Are hairy hominids like Orang Pendek, the Man Ape, more plausible?
It’s so fascinating for me because the legend of the hairy hominid spans every culture. You’ve got the Yeren in in China, the Yeti in india, Bigfoot in North America, the Yowie in Australia. I think there’s something in our subconscious where we know we did coexist with other species of hominid at one point.  There’s some cultural memory of this. There’s also the idea that there have been wild men through history, sighted and being seen and I think there has to be something to that. There’s a race of small humans that were found on the isle of Flores. This is a documented discovery, bones of this species. So I don’t think it can be ruled out. One of my favorite quotes in the entire show is when I went to Sumatra one of the guides that was working with us said, ‘The people who don’t believe in these animals are people who have never been to my forest.’  If you think about the migratory species of bipedal ape, they’re going to have some intelligence and exist in small numbers anyway because that’s what apes do.  So I think there’s a basis in something, absolutely.

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Retired Sea Captain Reports Triangle UFO Seen Ejecting Object over California

Fort Bragg, California – 3/3/2011 21:00

Triangular craft over Fort Bragg, California, ejects smaller craft.


“I live just south of the town of Fort Bragg, California, off of Highway 1 near the coast. I am a Cum Laude graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

I am a retired sea captain who spent 27 years at sea traversing the whole world.

On the night of March 3, 2011, I was standing in my open doorway having a cigarette when I noticed a bright red flashing light through the trees approaching from the southeast and tracking towards the northwest.

Fort Brag is the jump-off point for San Francisco area air traffic beginning or ending their Great Circle routes to and from the Far East, and we occasionally have some military flights off the coast.

So I am used to seeing air traffic, but this light was unusually large and bright to be a navigational light, so it grabbed my attention. It was a beautiful clear night with no clouds or haze.

As it approached, white lights became visible, and I saw that there were six white lights, much dimmer than the pulsing red light, in the shape of a triangle.

The red light was located between the second and third white lights on the starboard (right) side of the craft, which is the wrong side for a red navigational light.

I estimate the altitude to be between 5,000 and 10,000 feet, and it moved rather slowly, more like a propeller driven plane than a jet. It passed nearly directly overhead, at an elevation of about 80 degrees from the horizon, and I observed it for what I would estimate to be four or five minutes.

As for size, it would have filled the lower half of a full moon. I heard no sounds from it as it passed by overhead.

When its course took it offshore, it seemed to “eject” a smaller craft out of its starboard “bow”.

This craft had a smaller pulsing orange light and two small white lights.

The smaller craft continued on a northern course while the larger craft continued northwest until it disappeared from view behind some trees.”

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