Does a prehistoric marsupial Tiger still roam the Aussie bush?


Illustration of the Queensland tiger. Image Credit: Cryptozoology A to Z by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark 1999

Not to be confused with the Tasmanian Tiger. Queensland Tigers are medium sized carnivorous marsupial striped cats. The Tiger has been in aboriginal folklore for centuries and has been spotted by white Australians since colonization.

In the 1940-50's a series of sightings occurred in North Queensland's tropical rainforests. Also witnesses encountered a striped tiger like beast around Maryborough and Gympie. Several expeditions have gone out to try and catch a tiger many times but with no success.

The animal is described as about the size of a German Shepherd with a big cats head with black stripes across its back.

It apparently rips the guts out of its prey using razor sharp front claws. The Queensland Tiger has been known to attack livestock as well as native animals such as Kangaroos and Wallabies etc. 

Some researchers believe that the QLD Tiger is a descendant of the fossil Marsupial Lion, The Thylacoleo.

The Queensland Tiger is also known as the "Beast of Buderim" various sightings occurred around this area.

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Source: Cryptozoology A-Z by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark 1999

Does a giant prehistoric Shark still lurk the depths?

 

Megalodon

The megalodon, Carcharodon megalodon, was a giant prehistoric shark that probably lived between about 16 to 1.6 million years ago. It is the biggest known carnivorous fish to have ever lived.

The megalodon is known principally from fossil teeth and a few fossilized vertebral centra. As with all other sharks, the skeleton of megalodon was formed of cartilage and not bone, resulting in the poor skeletal fossil record. However, megalodon's large teeth have survived the ages. The teeth are in many ways similar to great white shark teeth but are much larger and can measure up to more than 17.78 cm. 

Recent studies cited by Roesch suggest megalodon was a "close relative" of the great white shark.

While most mainstream experts contend that available evidence suggests that the megalodon is extinct, the idea of a relict population seems to have seized the public imagination, but evidence supporting such ideas is generally seen as both scant and ambiguous.

Below is a possible megalodon account from Port Stephens, NSW, Australia 1918.

In the year 1918 I recorded the sensation that had been caused among the "outside" crayfish men at Port Stephens, when, for several days, they refused to go to sea to their regular fishing grounds in the vicinity of Broughton Island. The men had been at work on the fishing grounds—which lie in deep water—when an immense shark of almost unbelievable proportions put in an appearance, lifting pot after pot containing many crayfishes, and taking, as the men said, "pots, mooring lines and all". These crayfish pots, it should be mentioned, were about 3 feet 6 inches [1.06 m] in diameter and frequently contained from two to three dozen good-sized crayfish each weighing several pounds. The men were all unanimous that this shark was something the like of which they had never dreamed of. In company with the local Fisheries Inspector I questioned many of the men very closely and they all agreed as to the gigantic stature of the beast. But the lengths they gave were, on the whole, absurd. I mention them, however, as a indication of the state of mind which this unusual giant had thrown them into. And bear in mind that these were men who were used to the sea and all sorts of weather, and all sorts of sharks as well. One of the crew said the shark was "three hundred feet [90 m] long at least"! Others said it was as long as the wharf on which we stood—about 115 feet [35 m]! They affirmed that the water "boiled" over a large space when the fish swam past. They were all familiar with whales, which they had often seen passing at sea, but this was a vast shark. They had seen its terrible head which was "at least as long as the roof on the wharf shed at Nelson Bay." Impossible, of course! But these were prosaic and rather stolid men, not given to 'fish stories' nor even to talking about their catches. Further, they knew that the person they were talking to (myself) had heard all the fish stories years before! One of the things that impressed me was that they all agreed as to the ghostly whitish color of the vast fish. The local Fisheries Inspector of the time, Mr Paton, agreed with me that it must have been something really gigantic to put these experienced men into such a state of fear and panic."

 

Cryptozoologists maintain that the Megalodon could still exist.

 

 

Source: http://www.wikipedia.org

Is this how legends of Sea Monsters begin?

 

photo credit: Robert Tyndall via Ethan Tippa/Facebook

 

In February 2016 a picture was uploaded to Facebook with the caption "This is at Swansea boat ramp. What the f#*k is it ?"

The bizarre looking marine creature looked like a cross between a dolphin, crocodile and eel. The image gained over 28000 shares in just over a week. 

A local fisherman by the name of Robert Tyndall snapped the photograph of the alleged sea monster. Where it was laying dead at the Swansea Boat Ramp in NSW Australia. The image was then uploaded to Facebook by Ethan Tippa. 

The photo gained a lot of attention from Cryptozooligists some of whom claimed it was an unknown sea monster. However Marine biologist Julian Pepperell identified the creature as a Pike eel (Muraenesox bagio). Which are usually found in the Indio-Pacific ocean. The species is known to frequent the coastal waters of NSW.

A pike eel normally reaches lengths of 1.08 metres (5.9 feet). Some comments suggested the image was "photoshopped" while others point to that it is difficult to make out the scale of the creature from the photo provided. 

Whatever the case most people experienced fisherman and boating enthusiasts agree that the creature was simply a Pike eel.

In times gone by sea monsters were reported by sailors the world over nautical maps even had "Beware! here be monsters!" written on them. 

Any experienced user of social media knows that you cant trust things posted to them. Has Facebook become the new source of legend and folklore similar to the sailors maps of old?

The famous "Surgeons Photograph" of the Loch Ness Monster was admitted as a fake a long time ago. Yet many still believe it to be the only real photograph of Nessie. 

Time will tell if the "Lake Macquarie Sea Monster Photo" becomes the stuff of legend...

 

sources;

http://www.iflscience.com/

Giant Monitor Lizard?

Megalania, also known as the Giant Goanna or Monitor Lizard is an Australian Cryptic reptile. Reportedly to be a relict survivor of the megafuana animal Megalania priscawhich existed 40,000 years ago in mainland Australia. Early Aboriginals would have no doubt encountered this mega creature.

The size of the actual animal by fossil records show a reptile 7 meters (23 ft), with a maximum conservative weight of approximately 1940 kg (4,268 lbs). It was the largest land dwelling lizard to have ever lived.

Megalania has been likened to the Komodo Dragon but it is genetically related to the Perenite a large Goanna found West of the Great Dividing Range. Meglania's diet would have consisted of large animals and other Mega fauna such as the Diprodoton, reptiles and smaller mammals. 

Some Cryptozoologists claim that the Megalania still exists in remote parts of Australia. And sightings have even occurred as recently as the 1990's in New Guinea as well as Australia.

A notable Australian Cryptozoologist believes the reptile still exists and has a plaster he made of the giant reptile in 1979.

Yowie capital of QLD?

 

Me with the Kilcoy Yowie Statue.

Kilcoy is a small town west of Caboolture QLD Australia the first settler in the region was Sir Evan Mackenzie who arrived in 1841 and named his landholding 'Kilcoy' after his family estate in Scotland.

Kilcoy claims to be the home of Australia’s Bigfoot. The Yowie. The legend of the Yowie goes back generations in Kilcoy and even further with Aboriginal accounts. Early timber cutters and farmers claim to have seen it in the hills since pioneering times.

A well known account is that of two teenagers who witnessed a three metre tall Yowie in 1979. The boys shot at the creature and it ran away leaving a sulfurous smell behind. 

The two boys tracked the creature for some time until they realized that it had doubled back and was tracking them. The teenagers told their school teacher who visited the location where the boys had their encounter and made plaster casts of the footprints which measured 50cm long and 15 cm wide.

The last “reported” Yowie sighting in Kilcoy was in May 2007 by University of Queensland student Daniel Raaen.

The most famous landmark in Kilcoy is the Yowie statue in the Apex club’s “Yowie Park”. The current statue is the second Yowie to stand proud in Yowie Park. The first one being placed in 1980 which presumably weathered away until it was replaced with the current statue in 1998. The original caused quite a stir when it was unveiled as it was “anatomically” correct.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Kilcoy for the sole purpose of seeing the Yowie statue. And as a matter of I chance stumbled up the Kilcoy Historical society building located in Yowie Park. I took a chance and asked the gentleman on duty about the legends of the Yowie he was kind enough to pull out a photo album full of news clippings, photos and other Yowie related articles.

 

He allowed me to take some photographs of the pictures and articles some of which I will show here for educational purposes only.

He also told me a few interesting things regarding the Yowie:

“A local told me if you stand in Sandy Creek (nearby) for a week the Yowie would come right up to you”

“A bloke and other researchers with camera’s etc had recently visited form northern NSW and tried to find evidence of the Yowie. They didn’t find anything.”

“On fathers day each year the locals attach a water balloon between the Yowie statues legs.”

“A Yowie burger is available from the BP service station opposite Yowie Park, and is a good feed.”

Does the Yowie still roam the hills of Kilcoy? Whether it does or not seems irrelevant as the Yowie is the town’s official mascot and tourist attraction. In the 70’s there was a campaign to sell Yowie T-shirts. Even the local football team is called the “Kilcoy Yowies”.

 

 

 Yowie Footprint found in 1979

 

 

Newspaper Article.

  

 

Yowie Poem