10-16-2004, 12:18 AM
Dead Baby Nessie?
By David Siddall
MYSTERY 'MINI-MONSTER' WASHED UP
The body of the strange marine creature washed up on Parton shore
the old beer can gives you an idea of its size
Picture: John Story
PARTON residents are baffled by what has been described as a "mini Loch Ness Monster" washed up on their beach.
Joan Singleton, from Firth View was strolling on the foreshore near to where Lowca Beck flows out to sea when she came upon the "monster".
She alerted friends, saying she had never seen anything like it.
Jack Southam, skipper of the Whitehaven sea angling charterboat Riptide, said on seeing a photograph of it: "I have never seen anything like this in all my years at sea."
Another Parton resident told The Whitehaven News: "It seems to have a seal's body, the tail of a whale, fins on top and sides, but also claws and really sharp teeth."
Do you have any clues what this peculiar beastie might be? Call our newsdesk on (01946) 595136.
10-16-2004, 07:42 PM
She took a picture and left the body?
10-16-2004, 08:39 PM
She took a picture and left the body?
Sea creatures are not makeing what they used to she had to send it to National Inquire for the paycheck
10-18-2004, 12:38 AM
SEA MONSTER THEORIES FLOOD IN
<TABLE cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=2 width=10 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk/images/articles/20049151447278.jpeg</TD></TR><TR><TD class=caption>monster mystery: The marine creature on Parton shore</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>By David Siddall
MAN’S fascination with the natural world is as strong as ever judging by the dozens of letters and calls The Whitehaven News received after a strange sea creature was washed ashore at Parton.
Whitehaven man Robert Beattie said he saw a similar creature a few weeks ago on the beach at Braystones.
He said: “It had quite big ribs and a backbone and I knew it could not be a fish, I thought it was an alligator, maybe a pet that had been thrown into the sea.”
He said the one he saw was slightly smaller than the one pictured in last week’s The Whitehaven News but was “much the same”.
BNFL were swift to light-heartedly emphasise: “It’s nothing to do with Sellafield!”
Dr Brian McCusker, of Newcastle University, rang to say when he has been fishing off the St Bees and Seascale coast he has noticed weird inbred beasts. He said some of them are “like something from the Alien film’’ about four or five feet long.
A civil servant from Carlisle, who did not wish to be named, said: “It is a species of penguin, I am sure it is an old penguin that has lost all its fur.”
Charles Harvin, an American now living in Bulgaria, said: “Mystery monster?
“I wish it were a mini-Nessie but it’s a seal pup in a fairly badly decomposed condition.
“Gases in the body have bloated it out of proportion and the fur and skin in the small areas (flippers) have been scavenged or slipped off.
“I’ve seen many that look the same on the North Coast of California. First time I saw one I was also sure it was something ‘new’. Any marine biologist should be able to tell quickly from the teeth.”
Marine biologist Chris Frid said: “Pictures show a decomposing and hence very bloated young harbour porpoise.
“These are moderately common around the UK but are more difficult to see at sea than dolphins, they tend to stay underwater more and only show the blow hole when breathing”.
Nick Jeffrey, from Dent View, Egremont, said: “I think it is a baby porpoise that has inflated with decay gases.”
An anonymous caller said: “Unable to resist, I rang the Centre of Fortean Zoology and got through to someone called CFZ who became audibly excited. I gave him the web link which he typed in as we spoke.
‘This is unbelievable,’ he said. ‘I need you to get down there now, it doesn’t matter who’s around, just put it in a bin bag and Fed Ex it down – we’ll reimburse your costs.’”
But later we had this message: “Sirs, I am a representative of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, based in Northants, England. We study unknown and out-of-place animals (www.cfz.org.uk).
“My attention was drawn to your story of the ’mini Loch Ness Monster’.
“I have consulted a number of experts, and have come to the conclusion that the photo is actually of a foetal porpoise with desiccation of the pectoral and ventral fins which make them look like claws.
“No mystery here I’m afraid – but maybe next time.”