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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such kundalini-raising stories as:

 New Evidence From FAA Tapes on Oregon UFO Incident -  
Chile: Satellite Records 400 Kilometer Wide UFO -
Mystery of Missing Firefighter Found In Sacramento -
AND: Poltergeist Torments Man Who Confessed to Killing Daughter

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Weird Winged Wonders: The Twilight World Of Cryptid Creatures
They are the winged wonders from the Twilight World of Cryptid creatures.
*Living Pterosaurs have been seen from Guantanamo AF Base in Cuba to the jungles of Papa New Guinea where the locals call them the “Ropa.”
*They are the Flying Felines of the Egyptian dynasties to the Greek Heroes living in underground caverns on Mount Olympus.
*Here is the Mothman Creature, initially seen around the hamlet of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and associated with the collapse there of the Silver Bridge – but now recently observed by dozens of credible witnesses in downtown Chicago. Some researchers say Mothman is a harbinger of death.
*The Jersey Devil is said to be a demon who flies near the Pine Barrens mainly in the dead of night, while the Thunderbirds are massive creatures with wingspans of more than 30 feet.
*Dragons are thought of as beings rooted firmly in mythology and the stuff of movies such as “The Hobbit” and popular cable TV shows such as “Game of Thrones.” Yet sightings of these aerial demons known to spit fire have been seen worldwide and are part of every culture – past and present – from Europe to the United States, and every continent in between.
*Even more eerie are the flying and floating “alien” humanoids and witchy “brohaus” observed widely in Mexico and South America.
Here are dozens of the creepy-crawly narrations – backed up by the strangest of photographed evidence – of bizarre and unknown flying cryptids who frolic in our sky as if they have not a care in the world. Theories abound as to their origin(s) and nature and their overall grip on our perceived reality, as explored in this dramatic work by such respected researchers as Sean Casteel, Brad Steiger, Paul Eno, Allen Greenfield, Lon Strickler, Tim Swartz, Scott Corrales, Hercules Invictus, Jonathon David Whitcomb, Albert Rosales, Paul Dale Roberts, Steve Ward, Nomar Slevik, with the added editorial flare of “Exploring the Bizarre” co-host Tim Beckley.

Are they demons straight from hell or from an unknown shadow world? Ultra-terrestrials who have strayed into “our territory” from another time and space continuum? Or simply prehistoric monsters thought to have died out millions of years ago, but who still exist living just beyond our reach, ready to be rediscovered by science? Whatever they are, they are truly BIZARRE!

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New Evidence From FAA Tapes on Oregon UFO Incident
By Tyler Rogoway

Last November, The War Zone posted an exclusive story detailing a bizarre incident involving an unidentified aircraft that transited the skies of the Pacific Northwest in the early evening of October 25th, 2017. What started as a radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California turned into a series of eyewitness accounts made by nearby airline pilots traveling northward over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the mysterious intruder that quickly became invisible to radar.

Now, through the Freedom of Information Act, we present what could be one of the most insightful instances of official documentation surrounding such an encounter that had already been confirmed to have occurred by both the FAA and the USAF. These materials include fascinating audio recordings of radio transmissions and phone calls made as the incident was unfolding, as well as pilot interviews, and conversations between FAA officials made in the aftermath of the highly peculiar incident.

For proper context, make sure to first read our original post linked here detailing the event, how our report came to be in the first place, as well as the rare confirmations as to its authenticity from both the FAA and the USAF. Below is also a short explainer video that will give you a basic overview of the incident.

Fast forward three months later, and now we have so much more evidence that adds incredible depth and color to our original report and the limited radio recordings we originally had to go off of. Via our Freedom of Information Act Request we received hours of audio, all with unique elements that add to this story. What we have done is packaged that audio, as well as the radar data provided, into four separate videos. We will highlight some of the big takeaways from each video in our piece, but we cannot stress enough how interesting and eye opening this audio is to listen to in full, so we highly recommend you do so by watching each video in its entirety.

The first video includes audio from the initial spotting of the object as it ripped its way across Northern California at high speed, before it took a turn north and merged with nearby air traffic and disappeared from radar. Once again, beyond becoming invisible to radar, this aircraft had no transponder broadcasting nor did it ever communicate verbally with air traffic controllers. The audio in the video goes on to be sync'd in real-time with radar data obtained via our FOIA request.

Oakland Center Sector 31 first detected the target around 4:30pm PST. Below is a chart showing where Oakland Center's high altitude sectors are situated around Northern California. Sector 31 spans roughly from Sacramento up towards Redding, before its northern edge, which is near the border with Oregon, terminates and Seattle Center's airspace begins. To the east, the airspace sits along the California-Nevada border. This makes sense as the craft was eventually tracked by airline pilots as it made its way up over Crater Lake and towards the Willamette Valley.

In the audio the Oakland Center controller notes that it is near his boundary, so it seems the aircraft's first appearance officially occurred near the border of Oakland Center Sector 31 and Seattle Center Sector 13 or 14. The target was moving "very fast at 37,000" feet when it was first detected.

The "intruder" quickly dropped off radar and that's when the visual sightings made by airline crews began. They continued for roughly half an hour and over hundreds of miles. The exchanges between nearby pilots and air traffic control regarding the unidentified aircraft were constant in the audio, with the same description coming back time and again—that of a white aircraft cruising at around 37,000 feet that is too far away to tell the type or if it has markings of any kind on it.

At roughly 27:30 into the video we get our first indication that the F-15s out of PDX are about to scramble, with the air traffic controller noting this while talking to another FAA controller, during which the controller also reiterates that there has still been no radar contact with the aircraft. The controller also repeatedly asks aircrews nearby to check their Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) for the aircraft, which all come back negative.

The F-15s first appear on radar as they climb out of Portland to the south at time index 33:33 as "Rock" flight—a common callsign used for the alert F-15s stationed at PDX. Alaska 439 asks for an update on the unidentified aircraft and the controller notes they still have nothing on him, saying colloquially that it must be in a kind of "stealth mode or something." It's also interesting that the F-15s first went south when it seems as if the object would have been north of PDX by the time they finally launched.

This second video is just the radar data in its raw form. It starts before the sync'd recording begins above so we thought we would post it in full so our readers can take a closer look if they want.

Next we move into some very interesting recordings of FAA phone calls that occurred as all of this was taking place. We edited out dead space in the audio between phone calls and bleeped the names of those who named themselves. Aside from that, the audio is unedited by us, although we cannot be certain if parts were redacted by the FAA or not. There were a few strange areas where conversations went mute and it's not clear if this was edited or just an anomaly. The primary person talking in most of these calls is the Operations Manager In Charge for Seattle Center at the time that the incident took place.

The first call is to Oakland Center, and it occurs early on after the initial radar detection and as pilots began spotting the craft visually. He also mentions that "air defense" is looking for the target now too (on radar), so it shows how early the military was involved in the encounter.

You will notice that the term "DEN" is referred to repeatedly in these recordings. That is the Domestic Events Network, a sort of hotline system that is used to bridge the FAA with federal authorities, namely the military, during a number of circumstances which you can read about here. You will also hear the term "WADS" and the nickname/callsign "Bigfoot." This refers to the Western Air Defense sector of NORAD that monitors the airspace over a huge swath of territory in the United States and Canada. Based out of McChord AFB in Washington, WADS scrambles the fighters when needed and works to direct them to their targets of interest during domestic air sovereignty missions, among other responsibilities.

When the Manager In Charge is asked if he was asking for military assistance by another FAA controller, the tape goes blank. The same inquiry is heard moments later, and it goes silent again before another call begins. Although it really doesn't have much impact on the greater mystery, who asked for the F-15s to scramble and when, comes up in the next video in an exchange between the same manager and an FAA official.

In the final set of calls in the video we hear controllers talking about how the Air Force wants to set up an air patrol over Battle Ground, Washington, which is a dozen miles directly north of PDX. We know the F-15s headed south initially, so it isn't clear if this call came after they initially headed in that direction or before they were even airborne and the plan changed later on for some reason. Once again "Rock" refers to the callsign of the alert fighters.

Finally, we get to our last and most interesting of our evidence videos. It contains the calls made after the incident occurred. Seattle Center's Manager In Charge of Operations tries to figure out what happened exactly. In doing so he talks once again with Seattle Center and the trio of airline pilots that spotted the craft visually and has some very interesting conversations with the FAA's Air Traffic Organization Security office and the agency's Safety and Quality Assurance Group.

First we hear about the big question as to who "requested" the scramble, as according to the call, it has to come from FAA headquarters. The manager floats the idea, in retrospect, of having the airliners keep a visual on the craft instead of allowing them to descending into PDX, at least until the F-15s show up, but the FAA official swats that down as they didn't know what the aircraft was, "if they are equipped with anything" or its intentions. She reiterates that getting the military involved was a good idea but that it should have come from FAA headquarters over the DEN. The manager reminds her again that he doesn't know who requested military assistance and that Oakland Center told him to call WADS initially.

Next we hear from Oakland Center again, at first discussing who ordered the scramble, but then the conversation goes into talking about what actually happened. Both agree that there was "definitely something out there" with the Oakland Center controller saying the aircraft first appeared going southbound at high speed before executing an abrupt maneuver and then "took off northbound." Even figuring out how to report the encounter seems totally foreign to both higher ranking controllers, with one stating "I have a feeling someone is going to go through this with a fine-tooth comb."

Then we get into the pilot interviews over the phone, with the manager's intention being for each crew to write up a report detailing their individual perspective of the incident. During the call with United 612 there are some odd dropped moments, but the pilot describes the encounter, stating that he was too far away to make out the type. The next call, with Alaska Airlines 525, also doesn't reveal much as the crew says they never were able to see it, but the crew of Skywest 3478 did, although he didn't have much to add.

The call with the pilot of Southwest 4712 was by far the most interesting. He immediately notes how strange the encounter was and how he has never seen an incident like it in nearly 30 years of flying jets. The pilot noted, "if it was like a Lear (private jet) type airframe I probably would not have seen it this clear. This was a white airplane and it was big. And it was moving at a clip too, because we were keeping pace with it, it was probably moving faster than we were... It was a larger aircraft yeah." He also said they watched the object from Northern California all the way to their descent into Portland.

The manager's final call, was with the FAA's Quality Assurance Group, who is taken by surprise by the details surrounding the event, and especially with the fact that nobody still knew what the aircraft was or where it ended up. "Wow that's weird" is the operative quote by the FAA official, which is insightful to say the least as these people deal with unique incidents that occur in American airspace on a daily basis. The manager agreed with the sentiment and noted that it wasn't some small aircraft and it was moving fast, outpacing a 737 cruising nearby. The official also says that the incident should be classified as "potentially significant" on reporting documents. She even said that this was "a weird enough thing that there is not a set procedure... It's not often we hear about an unknown guy up at that altitude."

Collectively these materials give us incredible insight not only into this incident, but also into how such an event is actually handled in real-time by those who are responsible for the safety of those in the air and those on ground below. What they don't offer is any sort of an explanation for what happened on that fall evening. But really, the fact that all those involved, from air traffic controllers, to Air Force radar operators, to airline pilots, and even special FAA officials tasked with responding to all types of out of the ordinary incidents that occur in the sky on a daily basis seem just as puzzled with this event as we are makes the story all that much more intriguing.  

Above all else, this new evidence underscores just how rare these events actually are, especially ones that include multiple sightings, the use of multiple sensors, the involvement of various agencies including the military, and some of the most capable air-to-air fighters in the world. And after recent reports unmasking how the Pentagon remains highly interested in encounters just like this one, it holds even more weight than it did three months ago.

We will continue to investigate this bizarre incident and we will keep you updated as to what else we discover.

*The audio reoordings referred to in this article can be heard at The War Room.

Source: The Drive


Chile: Satellite Records 400 Kilometer Wide UFO
By Centinela66.com and Conspiraciones1040.blogspot.com

On Tuesday, January 26, 1999, television audiences in Chile were startled when a Santiago station broadcast satellite images showing a disk-shaped UFO measuring hundreds of kilometers in diameter.

The video images were broadcast on television from the Universidad Catolica (UC-TV) on Channel 13. It was recorded by the GOES-8 environmental satellite on two separate occasions a few years ago.

Chilean Ufologist Luis Sanchez Perry stated that the program "showed an infrared image taken by GOES-8 on July 17, 1992, clearly displaying a disk-shaped object in outer space over the Pacific Ocean to the west of Chile."

According to Mario Vilches, the gigantic saucer measured 400 kilometers (240 miles) in diameter.

The July 1992 image was taken by Servicio Aereo Fotometrico Ltda, an aerial photography company located in Santiago de Chile, the nation's capital.

"The lines visible in front of the UFO correspond to electromagnetic interference emanating from the UFO itself," Sanchez explained.

At the moment the image was recorded, GOES-8 was in a 21,600 mil geostationary orbit above the Earth. The enormous disk appeared to be moving at the same orbital speed as the satellite - approximately 6,696 miles per hour.

"Three images were taken in 10 minute intervals and the UFO was clearly visible," Sanchez added.

The second GOES-8 video was recorded on 7 April 1996. Although the image vanished quickly from the GOES-8 website, it was downloaded by the Centro Meteorológico Regional de Antofagasta (Chile). The image shows "the UFO over the Atlantic to the east of the Brazilian coastline."

The GOES-8 imagery was debated by two ufologists during the broadcast: Dr. Mario Dussuel of the Comité de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anomalos (CEFAA) and Rodrigo Cuadra of the Equipo Superior de Investigación Ovnilógica (ESIO). CEFAA is Chile's national official study group, composed by government agencies and the Chilean Air Force.

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Note: A video on YouTube posted by Solaris Misterios on December 12, 2016 contains a fascinating interview with an Ecuadoran pilot, which we transcribe below:

Testimony of Ecuadoran Flight Engineer Ing. Carlos Naranjo Burbano:

"We had an experience when we were on our way back from Santiago de Chile on a routine flight, Santiago de Chile to Guayaquil, with general Duran, and at the time the pilot was Captain Fosso. For more or less 15 minutes we were accompanied by an object we were unable to identify as to whether or not it was extraterrestrial. At a distance of 150 kilometers from land, as we were flying over the sea, we could see below us what looked like a city. A satellite city, if you will. A section where everything was normal, but this was under the sea. We were traveling at an altitude of some 33,000 feet, and it was clearly visible, a city, right there. We were able to see buildings in the dark, in the early hours of the morning. Yes, we saw lights, under the sea, bright lights indicating the presence of a city down there. It was definitely under the sea, since we were 150 miles offshore."

[Translation and transcription (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU]

Source: Inexplicata


Mystery of Missing Firefighter Found In Sacramento

After a massive six-day search, a skier who went missing in New York has now been found safe nearly 3,000 miles away in Sacramento.

Authorities launched a search for the 49-year-old skier Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis last Wednesday after his companions reported him missing. The man is a Toronto firefighter, and on Tuesday he was being checked out at a Sacramento area hospital.

“We’ve been searching overnight, and were searching to this very moment for the individual,” said searcher John Lundin at New York’s Whiteface mountain.

Officials say more than 140 people spent a combined 7,000 hours searching the rugged mountain terrain, calling in helicopters and search dogs to assist. Dozens of firefighter volunteers also flew in from Toronto.

“We are 3000 members, a tight-knit family; we really hope there’s a positive outcome here,” said Dan Vieira with the Toronto Professional Firefighters Association.

Filippidis was part of a group of Toronto firefighters making their annual ski trip until he disappeared. 

He later mysteriously resurfaced 2,900 miles away in Sacramento, California. Filippidis was still dressed in his ski pants, ski jacket, boots and had his helmet. When deputies found him at the Sacramento International Airport on Tuesday, he had a new iPhone, a hair cut and little memory of how he got there, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

“He related to the officers that he had been skiing in NY, he believed he had hit his head or had been hit in the head,”

But he told authorities he didn’t fly in.

“He said he was dropped off by a truck driver, he said he slept a lot during the trip here, and he didn’t have a lot of recollection of how he got from A to B,” said Hampton.

Deputies say Filipidis was still wearing the same ski clothes he wore when he was reported missing.

But he had no obvious signs of trauma.

“He was adamant that he was not the victim of any crime,” said Hampton.

A missing skier found thousands of miles away, and while it brings relief for so many. But many questions remain, as to “what” exactly happened? No one knows yet.

“We’re extremely happy for Danny, his family, his friends, that he is alive and they will be reunited,” said Frank Ramagnano the Toronto Professional Firefighters President.

Source: Sacramento CBS


How Little Are Ireland's Little People?
Not as little as some of their illustrators would have us believe. To understand the appearance of fairies you must recall their first arrival in Ireland and choose between two versions of the story.

When the Tuatha De Danann, Gods from Greece and descendants from the goddess Dana, arrived in Ireland they were surrounded by a magic mist and, through this magic and their personal bravery, soon conquered the country. Not long afterwards the Milesians, a mortal race and the ancestors of the present-day Irish, attacked the Tuatha De Danann and, despite the powerful magic of the Gods, defeated them. By the terms of an agreement drawn up after the battle, the mortal conquerors took over the surface of land and the De Dananns agreed to inhabit the world under the ground. They are still there to-day with their godly powers intact, generally invisible to mortals but with control of the elements and thereby exercising a great influence over our lives. In the other version, Irish tradition tells the apocryphal story of the rebellion of the angels when Lucifer and his followers were cast out of Heaven. Following the intercession of Archangel Michael, God allowed all the angels to remain where they were at the moment of rebellion. Those who had not yet been sent from Heaven stayed there, those who were falling to earth became the spirits of the air while those who had fallen to earth became the inhabitants of the fairy forts and mounds.

So whether you believe the fairies to be gods with magic powers, or ex-angels with heavenly powers, you are not dealing with 'wee folk' or gauzy-winged elves, but with awesome beings whose friendship and assistance are essential if life is not to be a series of disasters.

As man grew more self-confident and self-centred, his belief and interest in the fairy world diminished and, as a consequence, the appearance of those sidhe (pronounced shee) or fairies with whom he came in contact, diminished also. For it is said that the stature of the fairies is in direct proportion to the belief in them by the onlooker. Indeed, few mortals are selfless enough to endure the sight of fairies in their full majesty. As belief in them decreased, the fairies displayed, more and more, the malevolent side of their nature.

These Daoine Sidhe, or fairy people of Ireland, belong to one or other of the two classifications of Irish Sidhe, the trooping sort and the solitaries. The trooping fairies are cheerful, sometimes mischievous, spending most of their time in activities closely resemblng those of the mortal world: feasting, singing, dancing, love-making but above all making music. Occasionally they band together as the Slua Sidhe or fairy host and and in the guise of a wind carry out raids or abductions on the human world. But for the most part they are content to live in their own kingdom and bother us seldom.

But the solitary fairies are another matter. Serious and self-sufficient by nature they scorn the careless, pleasure-filled life of the trooping fairies and are disliked by them in turn. The sober mortal world attracts the personality of the solitary fairy and he is the one with whom most contact is made and whose activities and appearance have been recorded in tales and ballads for generations.

The growing interest in other worlds and other levels of existence is producing a strong revival of interest in this fairy world of Ireland. Collections of folktales are being published and re-published at an unprecedented rate and illustrators (for fairy and folktales have always been considered suitable subjects for illustration) are in demand.

But just how well do these artists serve their subjects? Let us reflect on the best-known of the Irish fairies -the shoe-making leprechaun and his alter-ego or close cousin the cluricaun. (No one is quite sure whether the well-dressed, wine-soaked cluricaun is actually the hardworking leprechaun on a night out or whether he is a close relative. The physical resemblance is striking). The leprechaun is one of our solitary fairies and reliable descriptions of him abound. He is not good-looking, his face is as wrinkled as an old apple and his height is about that of a ten year old boy. But he is stocky and incredibly swift— take your eye off him and he's away like a greased pig. He is industrious, tricky, fond of a jar and user of foul language. He dresses sombrely — grey coat, sturdy leather apron and sometimes a cocked hat. And despite his bad habits he has captured the imagination and respect of Irish people down the centuries. (The cluricaun is given to bright colours and lace and can usually be found draining a cask in a gentleman's cellar).

Now from all this, it is obvious that a leprechaun could not sit on or under a toadstool, he could not be held in one hand and, unless you had spent some time with a cluricaun, you would find it difficult to trip over him on a country lane. There is no mention of pointed ears — they belong to a different nationality of fairy — and it is said that should he not be wearing his cocked hat, you could pass a leprechaun on the street and not know it. This is the quality that has eluded many of the illustrators of Irish fairy lore. This quality of intimacy between the fairy and the mortal worlds. The real fear of fairies in Ireland comes, not from their remoteness or their strangeness, but from their ability to insinuate themselves into our world and then reveal their fairy qualities. Take the pooka for example. He is essentially an animal spirit whose most common manifestations are as a goat (he is the ancestor of Puck) and as a large black horse. In the guise of a horse he displays burning yellow eyes, smells of sulphur and speaks with a human voice. So the real terror is that any black horse could be the pooka and if you must come close to one you watch for his eye, sniff and above all pray that he won't speak to you. To depict the pooka as an outer-space creature might initially be more horrifying but to instil a fear of black horses is surely more subtle and more in keeping with the devious side of the fairy mind.

Arthur Rackham by the power of his draughtmanship and his influence on other illustrators, 'invented' a fairy world which is being perpetuated with varying degrees of success. The quaint, the grotesque, the beautiful inhabitants of the fairy world were depicted with great skill and even greater imagination. But the interpretations hardly varied. The worlds of Grimm, Stephens and Lewis Carroll were peopled by the same creatures — an international fairy world had been created. A similar fate has befallen many of the legendary Irish heroes who inhabit Tir na nOg (the land of eternal youth) with the fairy hosts. They have been depicted as Roman legionaries, Saxon kings and, more recently as comicbook strongmen. For a true interpretation look at the illustrations by Louis le Brocquy for the epic story of the Tain. Here no attempt has been made to identify or characterise the heroes but strong, suggestive shapes leave the eye free to fill in the detail from our own imagination and the harmony between text and picture is complete. It is a matter of regret that, during his long working life, Jack B. Yeats was seldom commissioned to illustrate fairy or folk tales. When he did, as in 'The turf-cutters donkey', he managed to suggest an almost matter-of-fact relationship between the mortals and the fairies. His leprechaun is reluctantly led down a mountain, his talking eagle is ignored by passers-by and in the forest the marching heroes blend with the trees and become part of the forest. This is the essence of illustration, not to record the events of the story but to complement and intensify them.

This complementing requires an illustrator whose pictures emerge from a deep appreciation of the story and are not merely interjected in a style which developed from a different tradition or as a solution to some other problem. Happily a few young illustrators are emerging who have the ability and the insight to re-interpret the great wealth of Irish fairy lore and the true face of the Daoine Sidhe may once again be seen.

Source: FarShores

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'Dinosaur-Like’ Creature Reported in Papua New Guinea

Since the 1990s, a large ‘reptilian’ creature has been sighted occasionally on Umbungi Island in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Umbungi Island is located on the south coast of West New Britain between Kandrian and Gasmata. The creature has also been sighted on Alage Island, about 1km to the south of Ambungi Island.

I interviewed a young man on Umbungi Island, Robert, who sighted the creature around 2005/2006. The creature was also sighted at the same time by Tony Avil, who was not on Umbungi Island when I was there. Robert does not speak English, so an interpreter was used to translate Pidgin to English.

The creature was described as having a long tail and a long neck and was 10–15 metres in length, with an appearance like a ‘very large wallaby’ and having a head like a turtle’s head.

It walked slowly on two legs and had smooth, shiny brown skin. The top of the head was estimated to be as high as a house and the underbelly of the creature was as high as an adult.

The creature was described as being fearful-looking, with the sighting being made from a distance of about 50 metres. The sighting was made in the late afternoon and was observed for a considerable length of time (not sure of the exact duration of time) and the creature was eating vegetation. Robert and Tony followed the creature from a distance and watched it go into the water after it finished eating.

When shown the handbook by Hazel Richardson, Dinosaurs And Prehistoric Life, Robert identified a picture of a Therizinosaurus as closely matching the animal he observed, with the exception of one feature, i.e. the creature’s head.

The animal that Robert saw had a head looking more like a turtle’s head as opposed to the horse-like head shown in the theropod dinosaur reconstruction on page 114 in the book. Should one wonder at this? Actually, paleontologists are reported as acknowledging that the fossil remains of Therizinosaurus are incomplete. So incomplete in fact that:

‘The feeding habits of Therizinosaurus are unknown, since no skull material has ever been found that could indicate its diet.’ So it doesn’t surprise me that the artist’s reconstruction of the head of a Therizonosaurus doesn’t fit with the ‘like a turtle’s head’ observation of Robert and Tony. (For a creature that appears to spend much time in the water, I would think that a turtle-like head makes good design sense, too!)

Nine people have seen the ‘reptile’ since the early 1990s, with sightings occurring every 4–5 years, usually around Christmas time. Perhaps the creature is primarily nocturnal, which might account for the small number of sightings. Two women from Umbungi Island observed the creature from a boat on the south (unpopulated) side of the island as it was standing on some rocks at the bottom of a cliff.

The animal has also been sighted swimming between Umbungi Island and Alage Island with its head above the water. I drew the outline of a three-toed foot of a dinosaur in the sand and Robert said that this was similar to the foot of the creature, with the feet being similar to that of a duck. About 90 people live on Umbungi Island, and 2-3 families live on Alage Island. The reptilian creature must be a good climber because Robert showed me the steep rock entrance from the sea to the land on the south side of Umbungi Island that the creature used when he sighted it.

I did not have the opportunity to travel to Alage Island to interview the local people there about the ‘reptilian’ creature, however I met a guy named Michael Atung from a logging company on the New Britain mainland near Abungi Island who was from Alage Island. Michael had heard that it had been sighted on Alage Island, but had not sighted the animal himself.

Sauropod sighting near Gasmata

Simon Patolkit (lay preacher for the Catholic Church on Awirin Island) and his wife Margaret described their sighting of the reptilian creature to me through an interpreter who translated from Pidgin to English.

The creature had a long neck and a long tail and had a total length of about 20 metres and a width of about 2 metres. The head was described as being ‘like a dinosaur’ with an ‘oval-like face’.

The top of the legs of the animal were visible above the water, with the water being used to support the weight of the animal’s body. The skin of the animal was described as being ‘like a crocodile’ and was khaki green in colour. Dermal frills (possibly indicating the animal is a male?) could be seen on the creature’s back, extending to the back of the head. Something was observed protruding from the back of the creature’s head. The creature’s neck was almost horizontal during the sighting. Details of the creature’s eye and mouth could not be determined, as the observers were about 30 to 40 metres from the animal.

The sighting occurred for less than 30 seconds, until the reptile sunk into the water. No sound could be heard from the creature by the observers. The creature has not been observed since this sighting in 2005.

The only known animal that fits the description of this animal is a sauropod dinosaur, such as an apatosaurus.

Concluding Remarks

This is not the first time that dinosaur-like creatures have reportedly been sighted in Papua New Guinea—see e.g., A living dinosaur? If ever a ‘living dinosaur’ is found and confirmed to the satisfaction of the scientific fraternity, many people would be astonished, given the prevailing evolutionary view that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. Christians, however, should not be surprised, as the Bible teaches that God created the dinosaurs only around 6,000 years ago. (See also The ‘Lazarus effect’ : Rodent ‘resurrection’! and ‘Coelacanth’ yes; ‘Ancient’ no.) So we needn’t be too taken aback if a theropod or sauropod dinosaur is ever confirmed to be living in the world today.

Source: Phantoms and Monsters


Police Seek Help From Church on Poltergeist Case

Flying knives and chairs were reportedly seen by residents in Maraksa, a village situated in a remote corner of the Tomsk region, Siberia.

Police officers inspected the house, following a call about ‘weird things like flying knives’ from the property owners.

A married couple and their 15 years old adopted son claimed pieces of furniture were collapsing inside the house, chairs were reportedly ‘flying’.

When the law-enforcement team arrived, they found the house in a mess with belonging thrown all around it, and a knife stuck in a wall.

Police officers claimed to have felt the power of ‘something that they could not explain rationally’ while they’ve been inside the house, because apparently a cupboard fell next to one of them, a stick flew out of an empty room and books fell off a shelf.

The officers filed a report, describing what happened, and went to local church to ask for help.

A priest was sent to a scene to carry a blessing ritual which is supposed to "calm evil spirits". Church of Kolpashevsky Eparchy of Tomsk region issued a statement explaining their involvement.

"The police report concisely and accurately reflects on what really happened in the house. Yesterday we received phone calls from the police and a family living in Maraksa", said secretary of Kolpashevsky eparchy, hieromonch Simeon Koynov.

"A priest was sent to talk to the family and pray. He also witnessed all the things described in the report.

"When the priest arrived, the so-called poltergeist calmed down a bit, but then the phenomenon continued. We decided to curate this family, and to put all the effort not to allow such things to happen in their home."

Source: The Siberian Times


Poltergeist Torments Man Who Confessed to Killing Daughter

Reports of mysterious ‘rains’ of stones are common in Zimbabwe.  The latest report comes from Bikita, around 50 miles east of Masvingo.

According to a story posted on Tell Zimbabwe by reporter Brilliant Mukaro, the Musirinofa family from Muhura village was living in constant fear of being assaulted by stones whenever they set foot outside their home.

The Musirinofa family suspects that the bizarre incident is being caused by an avenging spirit (ngozi) of a family member killed by the father.

Since the attacks began, Koniwai Musirinofa was living alone, locking himself indoors to save himself from the stones that are reportedly hurled from all directions, hitting the doors, windows and roofs whenever he set his foot outside.

The old man has, however, now been given refuge at the home of one of his sons, with his own haunted homestead now abandoned.

Headman Murahwa, Godfrey Murahwa, who lives close to the Musirinofa homestead, confirmed the predicament of the family.

Murahwa said the weird happenings began in December last year when the elderly Musirinofa was working in one of his fields.

He said a sack containing maize seed started 'leapfrogging' on its own before vanishing into thin air. Utterly shocked, Musirinofa tried to run after the sack but his walking stick was snatched from him and it also disappeared.

This was, however, only the beginning as the stones menace was soon to come, preventing the family from going outside and to work in their fields.

Murahwa said a village meeting was recently held after Musirinofa had spent the whole night yelling for help. At the meeting, the distraught Musirinofa revealed that his bed had been turned upside down before stones began falling on the bed which had trapped him.

One of Musirinofa's sons who declined to be named for fear of disrupting family ties said the family also convened its own meeting where elders asked Musirinofa to confess whatever he could have committed.

He said his father made a horrendous confession that he was behind the death of his daughter, their sister, back in 2004. After the confession, Musirinofa began living under self-imposed house arrest for fear of the stones.

This reporter could not risk going near the house after a close neighbour, Dennis Mugari warned that people who had previously tried to reach the place to give Musirinofa advice had also fallen victim to the stones.

Looking from a distance, the reporter managed to see scattered stones at the homestead where a house with cracked walls and broken windowpanes stood.

Sources: Tellzim/The Fortean

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