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The Zuiyo-maru Carcass; Was this a Plesiosaur?

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The Zuiyo-maru Carcass; Was this a Plesiosaur?

Postby caniswalensis » 17 Jun 2010, 07:24

Below is a link to a lengthy examination of one of my favorite cryptid cases.

The Zuiyo-maru carcass was sensationalized by the press in the late seventies.
There were very little if any follow-up stories published about the investigation.

http://paleo.cc/paluxy/plesios.htm

It's a long, but enjoyable read that cites references.

Regards, Canis
"It is proper for you to doubt ... do not go upon report ... do not go upon tradition ... do not go upon hear-say." ~ Buddha
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Re: The Zuiyo-maru Carcass; Was this a Plesiosaur?

Postby ProfWag » 17 Jun 2010, 07:55

caniswalensis wrote:Below is a link to a lengthy examination of one of my favorite cryptid cases.

The Zuiyo-maru carcass was sensationalized by the press in the late seventies.
There were very little if any follow-up stories published about the investigation.

http://paleo.cc/paluxy/plesios.htm

It's a long, but enjoyable read that cites references.

Regards, Canis

Great story Canis!
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Re: The Zuiyo-maru Carcass; Was this a Plesiosaur?

Postby Harpyja » 17 Jun 2010, 20:32

A wonderful source.

Personally, I'd apply the Occam's razor approach. It's far more likely this is just an example of a basking shark carcass than a "living fossil" plesiosaur, especially since similar incidences have been confirmed as basking shark corpses, and there would be no good reason to cover up such a discovery. In fact, if it was an actual plesiosaur, the region would probably experience a massive monetary boon from both tourists and scientists.
What's the harm?
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