Calling all cryptozoologists! A new, Loch Ness like creature in the Thames River was videoed near London′s O2 Centre. The video has, of course, gone viral on You Tube and the rest of the Internet. Nobody knows what it is? Some say its just an April Fools Day joke or prank. Others that it is some form of whale or dolphin. But the beast, or object, appears to be rather large. Maybe its a whale, or, maybe it is something from Earth′s distant past? Who can say?
Whatever it is, it is causing quite a stir. If the object is some sort of fake, then it is a well done one. Worthy of somebody getting a good job in the film industry and receiving some bragging rights. But what if this is the real deal? One of the many unusual creatures which appear time from time, here and there, which may be hold overs from a bygone era? Could climate change be behind the sudden appearance of a beast from the ocean′s depths? Is Nessie making a rare trip to London to see the sites?
Sea creatures, river and lake monsters have long made up human folklore. The idea of dragons have been around human culture long before Beowulf was written. Practically every culture, every tribe on the planet has some tale of mystery monsters. Were there survivors of mass extinction events from millions of years ago? Is evolution still producing rare creatures of unknown size and origins? Just because we don′t see something everyday doesn′t mean it doesn′t exist, now does it?
I was recently watching a seminar on one of the C-SPAN channels hosted by the CDC, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, on the subject of contagions and epidemics. Most of these of the past century or two have begun in places where human civilization buts up against what is left of the ′wild′, untamed Earth. Most of these impact the wildlife far more than humans who come into contact. Yet, in either case, there are always survivors.
A mass extinction event, such as a large asteroid strike, doesn′t necessarily kill off all life either. The one 65 million years ago in the Yucatan Peninsula, attributed for killing off the dinosaurs, did not kill every creature. Small mammals survived and eventually became the dogs, cats, rhinos, elephants and humans that walk the Earth today. Even many species of birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians survived. So while creatures we would define today as ′monsters′ may not openly roam about in large numbers or herds, there still could be small pockets of them scattered about. Every year, hundreds of species are discovered by scientists as they explore regions of the planet rarely visited. From the depths of the oceans to isolated jungles, examples of finding such unknown species of animals and plants occur routinely.
So is this new video of a creature in the Thames River real? Has a Loch Ness like sea monster arrived in London? Or is the viral video a fake? If there is a new, mysterious giant creature swimming about, then that is news! If nothing else, the sighting will spur sales of more junk to sell tourists! Can′t go wrong there!