Scientists from the Canadian University Dalhousie together with colleagues from the University of Hawaii recently questioned: “Did people know all the species living on the planet?”. The conclusions say that less than 15% of the 8.7 million species living on Earth are known to us. Thus, 85% of all living beings remain mysterious.
For example, people cataloged only about 7% of the projected number of fungi, and of the organisms living in the ocean we know only about 10%. For this reason, biologists are not particularly surprised when nature periodically pops up the dead bodies of previously unknown creatures.
In history, there are many stories about finding mysterious sea creatures, terrestrial animals and unusual people. We will tell below about the ten most unusual and mysterious corpses. Scientists both can give explanations for these phenomena, but skeptics believe that this is just an attempt to hide the truth.
This strange discovery was made on October 19, 2000 in Balochistan. Pakistani scientists received information from a man Ali Akbar and a videocassette on which an ancient mummy was photographed. It was said that it was sold on the “black” market for $ 20 million. After questioning, Akbar led the police to the house of Vali Mohammed Riki in Kharan, near the border with Afghanistan. Ricky, in turn, told that he received a mummy from an Iranian named Sharif Shah Bachi, who discovered a unique corpse after the quake near Quetta. At a specially convened press conference on October 26, 2000, archaeologists at a university in Islamabad said that the body belongs to a princess who died about 2600 years ago. The mummy lay in a wooden gilded coffin. On her chest was a plate with cuneiform writing, and the sarcophagus was made of stone. The body rested in a mixture of wax and honey. On the head of the princess was an elegant golden crown. It was written that the woman was called Rodugun, she was the daughter of the Tsar of Persia Xerxes I and a member of the dynasty of Achaemenides. The find of the Persian princess became an archaeological sensation. After all, never before here did not find mummies, this process was considered unique and peculiar only to Ancient Egypt. After the discovery of the princess, Iran and Pakistan fought for the right to possess it.
The history of the Persian princess inspired many archaeologists to investigate this case. Soon it was discovered that in the inscription on the breastplate of the mummy contained some grammatical errors. A series of X-ray photographs showed that some operations peculiar to the Egyptian methods of mummification were missed. Pakistani professor Ahmad Dani, after studying the artifact, came to the conclusion that the corpse was not as old as the coffin. Further study of the issue led to the conclusion that the mummified body of the princess actually belonged to a modern woman, aged 21-25 years. She died in 1996 and was killed by a blunt object in the neck. On August 5, 2005, it was announced that the body would be buried according to local customs. Nevertheless, it still remains unburied due to numerous bureaucratic delays.
In July 2003, a 13-ton mass of rotting flesh was found on a beach in Los Muimesos, Chile. The carcass was about 12 meters long and 6 meters wide. The news of the discovery flew around the world, because biologists could not understand what exactly they found. There were articles that explained the belonging of gelatinous remains to a giant octopus unknown to science. Other scientists believed that it could be the remains of a huge sperm whale or shark. The body was transferred to Chilean scientists, but they used a formaldehyde solution for storage. Unfortunately, he destroyed DNA sequences that could later be identified in the laboratory.
Nevertheless, a year later, scientists were able to find out from the DNA fragments that the carcass found belongs to the sperm whale. Adult individuals of this species can actually reach a length of up to 20 meters and weigh up to 57 tons.Such cases of huge sperm whales were recorded in history. Unusually large sea creatures often fall into the field of view of a person. One can recall cases of such carcasses in Tasmania (1960), Gambia (1983), Nantakeet, Massachusetts (1996), Newfoundland (2001) and Bermuda (1995 and 1997). The photos of the Chilean drop are similar in character to the monster whose large and mysterious corpse was thrown ashore in St. Augustine, Florida, back in 1896.
October 25, 1924 people on the beach in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, watched an unusual sight. In the ocean for more than three hours, two whales and a mysterious white giant fought. One of the witnesses said that the animal was like a huge polar bear. It beat the killer whale with its huge tail, piling on top. The creature, nicknamed Trunko, jumped out of the water at 6 meters. In the evening of the same day, the bloodless carcass of the animal was nailed to the shore. His body was about 14 meters in length, the width was 3 meters, and the height – 1.5 meters. His three-meter tail was like a lobster, but the whole body was covered with a twenty-centimeter layer of white fur. Instead of the nose, the creature had a trunk 1.5 meters in length and 14 centimeters in diameter. Scientists have not been able to carefully examine the body. It remained on the shore for 10 days, and then the tide dragged it back. Information about this was published in the London Daily Mail on December 27, 1924. So that story would have remained forgotten, if in September 2010 the German cryptozoologist Marcus Hemmler did not find a whole collection of photos of a mysterious creature. This discovery became evidence that a large white carcass was indeed thrown ashore in 1924.
Many people have tried to identify such a carcass. The first versions said that Trunko was a large whale, a giant whale shark. The color of his skin was due to water and the processes of decay. It was said that this could be either a new kind of whale, or some unknown pinniped. It is believed that the carcass could belong to the southern elephant albino. When examining a photo in 2010 it was found that the corpse probably belonged to a sperm whale. Massive and hard leather bags contained collagen. Sometimes these parts can be separated when the animal dies. At the same time, his skull and skeleton are separated from the skin.
On 8 May 2010, two women were walking along one of the large lakes in the north-west of Ontario, Canada. Suddenly their dog discovered the corpse of a strange animal, about 30 centimeters long. Women decided to hastily take a picture of the monster and quickly leave a strange place. Subsequent analysis of the image showed that the carcass possesses some strange facial features that are different from the traditional warthog. Fangs strongly betrayed, and the tail was of a rat form. When the women in a few days decided to visit again that place, the body had already disappeared. That story was published by several news agencies, because in the proof of her photos were taken.
People decided to compare the Kitchenmakusikubsky monster and the legendary mammal Omajinaakoos, nicknamed “The Freak.” According to the legends of some tribes of the American Indians, it was found in the swampy areas of Canada. Tradition says that the discovery of the carcass of this animal foreshadows misfortune. However, further investigation and study of the photograph showed that the body was just a decomposed American burrow. But this conclusion was questioned because there was no fur on the face of the creature. But the mink had to stay with the mink.
Body in Somerton.
December 1, 1948 on the beach of Somerton, in the Australian Adelaide, was found the body of an unknown. There were no documents with him, the personality could not be established even from fingerprints and molded teeth.After the autopsy, it turned out that the deceased was an Anglo-Saxon, his age was 40-45 years. At the time of his death, the man was in excellent physical shape. His height was 180 centimeters, he was dressed in good clothes. On the unknown was a white shirt, tie, brown trousers, socks, shoes and a fashionable gray-brown European coat. On the clothes there were no labels, and the deceased himself was clean-shaven. Behind his ear he had a new cigarette, and in the right pocket of his jacket was another, half smoked.
The investigators were unable to determine the identity of the person, as well as the reasons for his death. Roentgen showed that the organs of the deceased were tightly clogged, and his spleen was amazingly enlarged. When the body was inspected, a tiny scrap of paper was found on which was printed “Tamam SHUD”. The paper was neatly cut out. The phrase itself means “completed” or “end”. Such words are written on the last page of the collection of Omar Khayyam “Rubai”. Verses there say that you have to live your life to the fullest and do not regret when it is over. The Australian police became interested in this case, and the corpse was embalmed on December 10, 1948, until the circumstances became clear.
This story was published. There was a man who discovered a rare copy of Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of “Rubai” in his autopsy at night on November 30, 1948. Interestingly, the last page of the book lacked those very words. But there was a phone number of one former nurse, who lived only 800 meters from the crime scene. The woman named Jeestin denied any connection with the unknown person found. She explained that she gave this book to an officer who, surprisingly, was able to present her without any damage. In January 1949, the suitcase of a mysterious man was found at the Adelaide railway station. All labels were also cut off. But the set of things did not allow us to come to a clue as to who it really was. Aliens or spies? Or maybe just a member of gang warfare?
In May 2007, the deer breeder and hunter Yuri Khudi found a carcass of frozen mammoth. This happened in Yamal, in the cold Arctic. Carcass weighing half a centner was nicknamed Anyone. The height of the once hairy animal was 85 centimeters, and its length from the tip of the tail to the tip of the trunk is 1.3 meters. The scientists found that the baby died at the age of 1 month about 42 thousand years ago. This mammoth carcass is one of the best preserved in the world. The body remained intact eyes, fur, trunk, skin and internal organs.
Scientists were able to detect the milk of his mother in the stomach of the mammoth and the feces in the intestines of Luba. Evidence was obtained that, like elephants today, some young specimens already ate feces of their adult relatives. Lyuba died healthy. Her organs were in perfect condition. Most likely the mammoth simply got stuck in the mud, where he suffocated. The clay-like substance scorched the remains of the mammoth and preserved the carcass almost in its original state. This discovery amazed scientists around the world. Investigating the teeth of Luba, the researchers hope to better understand what caused the glacial period, and why many mammals, including mammoths, died out about 10 thousand years ago. At the present time, a team of Japanese scientists is producing experiments to obtain samples of untouched Luba DNA. They hope to clone the animal. The discovery of this body gave rise to a wave of modern research for the arrival of the glacial period and the extinction of mammoths as a species.
Under this name is known a mysterious corpse that was thrown to the shore of one of the beaches near New York in July 2008. Found the bodies of 26-year-old Jenna Hjuit. She, along with her three friends, discovered a corpse on the beach of Ditch, owned by the city of East Hampton. The animal was apparently not known. This story was published by a local newspaper.Journalists suggested that the body belongs to a sea turtle or some mutant from the Center for Animal Disease Research. The director of the East Hampton Reserve, Larry Penny, said that it was a raccoon with an absent upper jaw. Residents Montauk were afraid that somewhere in the vicinity of such monsters live. A producer of one of the energy drinks promised a reward to someone who will catch such a creature alive.
After the monster was photographed, his carcass quickly and without a trace disappeared. But the picture quickly spread through the Internet, many media reported on this story. One unknown woman told me that this animal was the size of a domestic cat. The version about the turtle was untenable. The fact is that the tortoise shell can not be easily separated from the body without damaging the skin. It was said that the body could have belonged to a water rat, a decayed dog or a coyote. And the loss of hair was explained by the action of water. Scientists from photography have determined that the body belonged to a raccoon. This was told on March 14, 2011 in a special broadcast on the channel National Geographic.
Corpse on Zuio Maru.
On April 25, 1977, the Japanese trawler Zuyo Maru sailed east of Christchurch, New Zealand. Suddenly it turned out that an unknown creature had become entangled in the trawl net of the ship at a depth of 300 meters. The crew pulled a massive carcass to the surface. The people were presented with a foul-smelling decomposed flesh, which weighed about 1800 kilograms and was about 10 meters long. The creature was 1.5 meters high, it had a long neck, four large reddish fins and a two-meter tail. According to the reports of the sailors, he had no dorsal fin, and there were no internal organs. After inspecting the body, the ship’s crew realized that the corpse belonged to some unknown marine creature. Despite the potential importance of the find, Captain Akira Tanaka decided to throw the corpse back into the ocean. However, before that, several photos of a strange creature were made. The team collected animal skin samples for later analysis. The story of this incident, along with photographs, was published in many Japanese newspapers. Local citizens were very intrigued by this creature. A real plesiosaur-mania swept across the country. After all, some reputable scientists seriously assured that the remains could belong not to an extinct plesiosaur.
On July 25, 1977, the first preliminary conclusions about the samples of the tissues of the creature were obtained. It was said that the specimen was close in nature to the group of fins of living creatures. For example, it could be a giant shark. It is the second largest fish in the world, which has an average size of 9 meters, but can reach 12 meters. After his death, the giant shark loses the lower part of the head, the dorsal and caudal fins, which makes its remains similar to the carcass of a plesiosaur. Scientists have closed their eyes to some oddities present in the photo. So, the creature had a pair of symmetrical upper fins.
Mountain mummy of San Pedro.
In October 1932, two prospectors discovered a strange room in the San Pedro Mountains. Cecil Mine and Frank Carr carried out explosive work there in search of gold 60 miles southwest of Casper, Wyoming. The room was about 1.2 meters in height, the same in width and about 4.5 meters in length. Having entered there, the miners found the mummy of a small man. The corpse was found in an upright position, his arms and legs crossed. The man was perpendicular to the floor on a small ledge. We hung a mummy about 300 grams. In height, the figure was about 17 centimeters, which means that the standing man stood at 35 centimeters. His skin was brown and wrinkled, his skull was flat, and his eyes were slightly bulging and had heavy eyelids. The mummy had a flat nose, a wide mouth and thin lips. The body was so well preserved that even the nails were visible.His head was covered with a dark jelly-like substance, while the figure itself survived quite well. Seekers brought a mummy to Casper, where she made a real sensation. There she was given the name of Pedro. Scientists from all over the country gathered here to inspect unusual remains. In 1950 they were enlightened by X-ray. He showed that inside the body there is a fully formed skeleton, like the human, and internal organs. Thus, the assumptions about deceit were immediately swept away. The creature had some bones broken, including the spine, clavicle and skull. This, like the gore on the top of the head, suggested the possibility of Pedro’s violent death.
Henry Shapiro, an anthropologist biologist from the American Museum of Natural History, took up a thorough examination of the body. After studying the X-ray images, the scientist came to the conclusion that at the time of death this man was about 65 years old. The mummy had rather large fangs in relation to other parts of the body, as if it were some kind of vampire. Those findings were confirmed by scientists at Harvard University in the 1950s. However, in 30 years another version appeared. George Gill, forensic anthropologist, suggested a different theory. He believes that this was the body of a baby of an unknown tribe of Indians. After a few years after Pedro in the same area was found another similar body. This time the ten-centimeter mummy was once a woman. Gill suggested that the child simply suffered from anencephaly. But how then to explain the mouth full of teeth? In 1993, the zoologist de Sarr suggested that it was an abnormally developed fetus, which was covered with the skin of an adult. The disease also gave the skull and brain abnormal dimensions.
But the Indians have their opinion about Pedro. The fact is that practically every tribe has legends about little men. They once inhabited America for a long time, perhaps they stayed in the forests till now. Legends say that such people had growth from half a meter to a meter. Shoshoni Indians say that such dwarfs are dangerous and evil creatures that shoot people with poisoned arrows. They say that when a dwarf becomes old or gets sick, his fellow tribesmen simply kill him with a blow to the head. Interestingly, most of these stories were known long before the discovery of Pedro.
For several years the mummy was on display at a local pharmacy. Then it was bought by a New York businessman. Since then, Pedro’s body has never been seen. Therefore, one can only guess about the origin of the little man. Modern science could give more information about it. That is why the reward of 10 thousand dollars for the return of the mummy is announced. A creature from Panama.
So the corpse was nicknamed, photographed near the Panamanian town of Cerro Azul in September 2009. About that event was published a lot of articles. According to them, some kind of flexible creature coming out of the cave was discovered by a group of teenagers playing on the lake shore. The children told me that he had bare skin and sharp teeth. The facial features were disgusting, stupid nose and long arms. When the animal approached them, the teenagers pelted him with stones and stabbed him to death. The body was photographed, and then thrown into the pond.
When the teens sent their photos for Panama television, this story quickly spread around the world. Many scientists argued about what kind of creature it was. It was said that it could be an anteater or a sloth, simply devoid of wool. Perhaps, it was a new unknown form. A few days after the incident, official information was received from the National Environmental Protection Authority of Panama. It was said that scientists conducted a biopsy of a sloth. It was his corpse that was then thrown out. And its strange forms were caused by a subsequent underwater decomposition.
The very fact that a creature turned out to be a living corpse is alarming.In addition, it is unclear how the creature got into the water – scientists or children threw it there? And how could teenagers get scared of a sloth who moves at a speed of about 2 meters per minute? This animal is absolutely harmless. To become naked, the sloth must have been in the water long enough. In the original photographs, water and its tracks are not visible at all. Skeptics say that the head is clearly animal, but the body is strange, and the limbs generally resemble thin human hands.