Etchings: Ooh what a Ness

A scientific survey of the waters of Loch Ness begs the question: Was Nessie a victim of global warming, or a figment of our imaginations?

Geneticist Neil Gemmell of Otago University led the New Zealand team of scientists along the shores of the Scottish lake and acquired samples to test.

What they uncovered were the DNA traces of more than 3,000 species living beside or in the loch.

“We did not find any giant reptiles; we didn’t find any reptiles at all,” Gemmell told Live Science. “We tested a variety of ideas about giant sturgeons or catfish that might be here from time to time, but we did not find those either.”

In addition to the who’s who in Loch Ness, the team also uncovered that Loch Ness is rife with eels. This could be the cause of many sightings.

“Out of the 250-odd water samples that we took, pretty much every single sample has got eels in it,” he said. “But are they giant eels? I don’t know,” Gemmell said.


Tom DeLonge might have to blink a second time after spending $35,000 on exotic metal that might just be slag.

In July, Motherboard reported that the co-founder of the To the Stars Academy purchased alleged debris from UFOs.

A purchase agreement said the items included:

“(i) One 1.75” x 1.25” x 0.25” piece of micron-layered Bismuth/Magnesium-Zinc metal; (ii) six pieces of Bismuth/Magnesium-Zinc metal; (iii) one piece of Aluminum that TTSA physicist Hal Puthoff already in his possession that is currently on loan from Seller; and (iv) one round black and silver metal-flake that physicist Puthoff already has in his possession currently on loan from Seller (collectively, the “Metal Pieces”).”

Don’t slag on DeLonge too badly. It could have been worse. He’s no Samuel Barrett Edes buying the Feejee mermaid for $6,000.

Post Dorian Visitations

A man visiting the Outer Banks, N.C. captured 14 lights in the sky over Pamlico Sound.

William Guy posted a 31-second video to YouTube on Sept. 28 from a sighting on Sept. 18.

He was on a ferry crossing the sound from Ocracoke Island to Swan Quarter.

“Anybody tell me what that is?” Guy said, in the video. “We’re in the middle of the ocean, on a ferry, nothing around. Look. Nothing around. No land, no nothing.”

Some have suggested the lights are military flares, which would be appropriate given the devastation Hurricane Dorian left as it travelled over Ocracoke.

It’s not the only UFO sighting off the coast of North Carolina this year. A fisherman spotted two sets of lights floating off Cape Lookout.

Shadows of the Night

Paranormal investigators in Hull, England, made a shocking discovery during their Facebook live stream.

Lee Steer and Lindsay Sheeran were investigating the abandoned Lord Line Building — which sits snugly on the shores of the Humber — when they captured a dark figure on camera.

“We live-streamed our investigation to thousands and loads of people were commenting that they could see a shadow stood in the hallway in one of the rooms in the Lord Line building,” Steer told the Hull Daily Mail.

The Lord Line building was opened in 1949 and was home to a sea trawling company’s offices. It once served as the home to the world’s largest deep-water fishing fleet. Located on the eastern end of St. Andrew’s Dock, it closed in 1975.

The Air Up There

A suspected UFO captured on video over Ghent, Belgium in September was confirmed to be a Dutch weather balloon.

On Sept. 16, the UFO hotline, established in 2007, confirmed the object was a weather balloon.

“An Irish correspondent informed us in the course of this afternoon that a research balloon was being released by a student from the University College Cork on Thursday,” Frederick Delaere of the UFO hotline told De Standaard.

Class is Back in Session

A group of paranormal investigators captured a noisy party while investigating the Bedgebury School in Goudhurst, Cranbrook.

Paranormal Shadow Investigations leads, Matt and Shelley Payne of Maidstone, captured loud bangs and orbs while visiting the school in September.

Originally named the Lillesden School for Girls, the institution shuttered its doors in 2006.

Some of the noises captured on the film included a slamming door, as well as a thrown tin can.

“Myself at the time, I was a little bit skeptical but open-minded about the paranormal. That’s why I was sort of fascinated by it, Matt Payne told Kent Live News. “But a lot of people we took in were very sensitive to spirits.

“We used different techniques to try and communicate and I think we got some good evidence from there.”

Kaku: UFOs have reached ‘a turning point’

Renowned physicist proffered a sound byte that was enough to make ufology aficionados salivate: “We’ve reached a turning point.”

Speaking to attendees at the Ufology World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Kaku addressed the recent evidence of Navy UAP videos as well as other sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles.

“It used to be that believers had to prove that these objects were from an intelligent race in outer space,” he said, in early September. “Now the burden of proof is on the government to prove they’re not from intelligent beings in outer space.”

Kaku was not the only respected proponent of disclosure on the docket. British journalist Nick Pope, Mexican reporter Jaime Maussan and former IBM executive Jan Harzan were also on hand.

Fen Tiger Makes and Appearance

A cat got a couple’s tongues in Suffolk, England.

Sasha Seanior and Màtè Halgat were driving into town Aug. 31 when they happened to spot a cat the size of a large dog crossing the road.

“We were just driving with our two kids in the car when we saw something come out and cross the road. At first, we thought it was dog or cat but as we got closer it was walking in an unusual way,” Seanior said. “Dogs skip when they walk but this cat was not in any rush, it was like a lazy walk.”

The Fen Tiger is an alleged big cat that was first spotted near the grounds of Waverley Abbey in Surrey back in 1760. Many more have been spotted. A Canadian lynx was shot in Devon in 1903, and a puma was captured alive in Inverness-shire, Scotland back in 1980.

The Exmoor Beast and the Beast of Bodmin Moor are two of the British Isles’ more commonly known critters of larger stature.

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