I love animals. I know a lot about animals. Just a silly fact: There are actually 2 mammals that lay eggs, not just one (the platypus and the echidna (AKA spiny anteater).
Lately, I have been curious about these 'strange animal' or 'real life sea monster' videos people put on youtube. I started looking through some of them and realize that I recognize about 90% of the animals being shown. There are a lot of photoshopped pictures as well as duplicate animals on these videos, which include the spider crab, greenland (AKA sleeper) shark, camel spiders, isopods, basking sharks, the newly discovered Japanese frill shark, megamouth shark, and aye ayes. (Plenty more, but at this time of morning, those are the only ones I can think of.) Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
Which makes me wonder, what will we find next? Every day we are making new discoveries of creatures thought to have been extinct or that we didn't know existed. The Coelacanth was caught alive back in 1938. It was previously thought to have been extinct. In 2005, the Vampire fish was discovered in the Amazon. In 1976, and making only it's 2nd appearance in 1984, the megamouth shark was discovered as a completely new species. In 2007, the frill shark was caught alive in Japan.
Could this mean that somewhere, somehow, a plesiosaur may exist SOMEWHERE? We have all heard of the Loch Ness Monster, but could it really exist? I am torn in different ways about this. On one side, we have not explored the deepest depths of the oceans. Who knows what creatures could be living within those trenches? Loch Ness itself is the deepest fresh body of water that is connected to the ocean. But on the other hand, Loch Ness does not have the wildlife to sustain such a large creature. Also, wouldn't this creature wash up on a shore somewhere?
People want to believe it exists. When the creature dubbed as the 'Nova Scotia Carcass'
washed up in 2002, people were quick to assume/believe it was a plesiosaur. The same thing with the carcass
Japanese fisherman brought up on their boat the Zuiyo Maru in 1977. It was something very decayed, that resembled nothing anyone had seen before. Both carcasses turned out to be nothing more than the decayed remains of a bashing shark
I am sure I have bored most of you to tears by this time, if you even read this far. But I find this type of thing fascinating and I wanted to get my thoughts down in writing.
Who knows what creatures will be discovered in the depths of the rain forest or in the deepest trenches of the sea. I await every discovery with a hopeful optimism.