Thursday, February 09, 2012

'Woolly mammoth' spotted in Siberia

A beast lurches through icy waters in a sighting a paranormal investigator thinks could prove woolly mammoths are not extinct after all.

The animal – thought to have mostly died out roughly 4,000 years ago – was apparently filmed wading through a river in the freezing wilds of Siberia. The footage was caught by a government-employed engineer last summer in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia, it is claimed.

Its hair matches samples recovered from mammoth remains regularly dug up from the permafrost in frozen Russia. The official was reportedly in the area surveying for a planned road.

But viewers are divided on the nature of the animal seen in the video. Some have dismissed it as a hoax while others reckon it is an elephant lost in the Siberian wilderness. The third theory is the sighting shows a bear eating a huge fish.

With video.


The Rat King said...

No water splashing over it, no change in the current around it.

CGI fake.

Jeff said...

Its a bear with a fish in it's mouth, for crying out loud.

Gareth said...

Like most cryptozoological flap videos and photographs this is out of focus. Why is that? How come modern cameras with almost foolproof auto-focus and anti-shake technology suddenly stop working properly when confronted with a mythical beast?

Or is it because they have been deliberately softened because we would be able to see the truth of the images were they sharp.

FWIW I go with the bear theory.

Anonymous said...

For those not familiar with UK newspapers, The Sun is considered the epitome of gutter press.
I go with the CGI hypothesis - the animal is moving its front legs as if the water is offering no resistance.

TimO said...

If you look closely at the video where the body of the creature hits the 'water', there is a blur. The is no water splashing around the body. The wave in front of the creature moves with it across the frame. In other words, it looks like the elephant or 'mastodon' was inserted into the scene using something like Adobe After Effects.

Also note that it does not keep its trunk above water. Any elephant in water keeps it trunk out of the water to breathe.

It's a fake....

magpie said...

It's a bear with a fish in its mouth.