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Kasai Rex: A Modern Day Dinosaur Hiding in the Congo?

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The photo of the Kasai Rex taken by John Johnson. Image: Cryptid Wiki

Kasai Rex is a gigantic lizard creature that has been spotted several times in Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. Some believe it may be a surviving species of dinosaur.

Kasai Rex Sightings

In 1932, renowned Swedish hunter John Johnson, embarked on an expedition to hunt a large elephant. Together with his faithful servant, Johnson departed from their camp in Capetown, venturing across a treacherous swamp and into the desolate Kasai valley’s savanna.

To their surprise, the vast expanse appeared devoid of any wildlife, until a shout from a servant revealed the presence of two elephants in the distance. With his shotgun at the ready, Johnson prepared to take aim.

Suddenly, a strange creature, reptilian creature emerged from the bushes, causing the servant to dive into the foliage, while Johnson, overcome with shock recalibrated his aim and decided to shoot at this instead. Three shots were fired, yet only one found its mark, striking the creature’s back. Momentarily startled, the creature retreated and vanished into the trees.

Johnson assisted his shaken servant to his feet, and the decision was made to return to their Capetown camp.

Midway through their return journey, a loud splashing sound echoed through the air, prompting thoughts of lurking crocodiles. Johnson’s gaze swept the surroundings until, astonishingly, they spotted the same creature observed earlier on the savanna, now voraciously tearing into a rhinoceros hump. In a single bite, the creature effortlessly severed one of the rhinoceros’ legs. Overwhelmed by fear, the servant fled in terror, while Johnson bravely held his ground, his curiosity getting the better of him.

Unfortunately Johnson’s servant had taken off with his shotgun. Undeterred, he instinctively reached for his camera, capturing an image of the creature just as it submerged into a nearby lake. Meanwhile, a pool of blood surrounded the lifeless body of the rhinoceros that had fallen victim to the creature’s predatory assault.

Upon returning to his camp, Johnson, collapsed from the shock of the encounter. Concerned companions quickly rushed to his aid, assisting him to his feet. In an interview with the esteemed newspaper Rhodesia Herald, he vividly described the encounter, stating, “It had a reddish hue with dark stripes. Its elongated snout brimmed with numerous teeth.” Convinced that the creature measured an astonishing 13 meters (43 feet) in length, Johnson likened its powerful legs to those of a lion, designed for remarkable agility and speed.

The extraordinary account gained widespread attention, prompting a group of five hunters, including a well-known ivory trafficker, to venture into the Kasai Valley at the outset of 1933. Their primary objective was to track down and capture the creature known as “Kasai Rex,” as coined by the Rhodesia Herald, under the assumption that it was a colossal crocodile. The prospect of selling its valuable skin at a lucrative price served as motivation.

Traversing the same swamp that Johnson had navigated the previous year, the hunters braced themselves for the unknown. Tensions ran high as one of the members caught sight of a reddish tail vanishing into the depths of a lake, initially mistaking it for an anaconda. Their apprehension escalated when a tremendous wave of water crashed upon them from the left. Startled, they readied their weapons, only to be caught off guard as the reddish tail surged violently out of the marsh, striking one of the hunters, who was sent flying into the water.

Four of the remaining hunters unleashed a barrage of gunfire at the reddish mass that swiftly disappeared beneath the water’s surface. The fallen hunter, nursing a broken arm, summoned the strength to rise and make his way towards his companions. Suddenly, a thunderous roar reverberated from beneath the water, compelling the hunters to flee.

Their escape route was impeded by the imposing presence of a colossal creature that emerged from the right side, while simultaneously remaining submerged on the left. Seeking refuge behind a sturdy rock formation, the hunters eventually decided to make a run for it and made their way back to camp safely.

Possible Explanations for Kasai Rex

Cryptid Central covers the case of the Kasai Rex

Kasai Rex has long been associated with the theropod classification, particularly drawing parallels to the mighty tyrannosaurs. It is worth noting that no known tyrannosaurs species have ever inhabited Africa.

Instead, Africa was home to a similar theropod, potentially larger in size and overall structure, known as Carcharodontosaurus saharicus. This imposing predator reigned as one of the apex hunters during the Early Cretaceous period in Africa, engaging in fierce competition for resources and territory alongside formidable contenders such as Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, Baharisaurus ingens, and Deltadromeus.

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, another prominent apex predator, prowled the northern regions of Africa, spanning from Egypt to Morocco. With a length ranging from 41 to 55 feet, this carnivorous giant targeted a diverse range of prey within its aquatic habitat, including large crocodylmorphs, massive fish like Lepidotes, and the formidable Onchopristis. On land, it hunted terrestrial creatures such as Iguanadontids, exemplified by species like Ouranosaurus, as well as subadult and juvenile sauropods.

Despite incomplete fossil discoveries, it is plausible that Spinosaurus aegyptiacus held the distinction of being the largest known theropod. Additionally, sightings of spinosaurid specimens like Spinosaurus, Sigilmassasaurus, or other related species have been implicated in accounts relating to the Nguma-monene and the Niger firespitter.

Spanning a length of 30 to 45 feet, Carcharodontosaurus saharicus, another fearsome carnivore, roamed both northern and southern regions of Africa. These creatures thrived in swampy habitats approximately 70 million years ago, where their diet likely consisted of notable herbivores such as Paralititan, Ouranosaurus, Aegyptosaurus, and, if necessary, the scavenging abelisaur Rugops. Both Carcharodontosaurus saharicus and Spinosaurus aegyptiacus inhabited these lush and treacherous environments, making their mark as dominant predators of their time.

Kasai Rex Hoax Photos

A popular hoaxed photo of the Kasai Rex

The original photograph, captured by Robert Henderson, which holds the potential to unveil the true identity of the Kasai Rex, actually showcases a monitor lizard, a finding that could potentially validate the existence of the creature as an unknown species of giant monitor lizard.

Notably, these reptiles have been known to assume a bipedal stance at times, bearing a striking resemblance to the reconstructions of Tyrannosaurus and other two-legged reptiles from the 1930s. Given their adept swimming abilities, encountering these creatures in a swamp environment aligns with their natural habitat.

Two other photos allegedly of the Kasai Rex have been proved to be deliberate hoaxes.

A popular hoaxed photo of the Kasai Rex

The first picture featuring a tyrannosaur-like creature feasting on a rhinoceros has been definitively debunked as a statue artfully placed atop the slain animal. Similarly, the monitor lizard-like creature depicted in the second photo is, in fact, an illustration cut out from a nature magazine, superimposed onto a rock claimed to be a rhinoceros.

Have you ever heard of any other encounters with the Kasai Rex? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Eric Shipton Discovers Possible yeti Footprints on Mount Everest

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In the fall of 1951, English mountain climbers Eric Shipton and Dr. Michael Ward were exploring routes to climb Mount Everest from Nepal. While on this mission Shipton discovered some huge footprints in the snow, possibly belonging to the fabled Yeti.

The strange footprints discovered on Mount Everest by Eric Shipton, Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Eric Shipton’s Everest Expedition

Eric Shipton’s expedition team including Edmund Hillary who later became the first man to reach the summit of Everest. Photo: Curious Archive

In 1951, when Mount Everest wasn’t a busy tourist spot, two English mountain climbers, Eric Shipton and Dr. Michael Ward, joined a trip to figure out how to reach Everest’s summit from Nepal. Shipton led the expedition, and their discoveries helped plan the successful climb by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. This expedition not only mapped the way up the tallest mountain but also marked a return to climbing after a pause during World War II.

The Yeti Footprints

At an altitude of around 15-16,000 feet, Shipton and Ward came across an unusual sight – a set of strange footprints in the snow in the Menlung Basin. Because they didn’t have proper tools to measure the footprints, they improvised using an ice pick, a backpack, and Michael Ward’s left boot. Shipton took photos as they closely examined what they found.

In one photo, comparing the boot to a footprint(below), it was evident that the print was much wider than a normal human foot, almost twice as wide, as Ward estimated. The footprint’s toes looked strange, with the big toe being lower and larger than expected for a human. It raised questions about how someone could walk in the snow without foot protection in freezing temperatures, even if it was a human print.

The photo of the Yeti footprint with Shipton’s Boot on Everest

Perplexed, Shipton and Ward tracked the mysterious footprints down the glacier for about a mile until they set up camp for the night. A few days later, their teammates W. H. Murray and Tom Bourdillon joined them and examined the peculiar footprints. Bourdillon noted in his diary that the prints had become somewhat distorted by the sun by the time he reached them, but he still found them surprising and unexplained.

After the photos were published, several expeditions took place in the Himalayas and Central Asia to determine if the creature in Shipton’s photographs actually existed. However, no evidence was found to prove the existence of the Yeti. Some accused Shipton of staging a hoax, but others who had seen the footprints vouched for the authenticity of Shipton’s photographs.

Possible Explanations for the Footprints

Deformed Humans

While the footprints could be evidence of Yeti living in the Himalayas there are a number of other theories about where these footprints could have come from.

Dr. Michael Ward, a medical doctor who was a part of Shipton’s expedition had an interesting theory about the footprints. He believed that the footprints could have been made by a local Tibetan with differently-shaped feet. In communities without easy access to medical help, foot abnormalities from birth might remain.

Dr Ward had seen Tibetans with deformed feet and some who walked with bare feet in the snow.

One case occurred during the Silver Hut Expedition in 1960-1961, which stayed at 19,000ft in the Everest region during the winter. A 35-year-old Nepalese pilgrim named Man Bahadur, who usually lived at 6000ft, visited. He spent 14 days at 15,300ft and above, not wearing shoes or gloves throughout. He walked in the snow and on rocks with bare feet without getting frostbite. He had minimal clothing and no sleeping bag or protective gear except a woolen coat.

He was monitored for four days without shelter between 16,500ft and 17,500ft, with temperatures as low as -13°C to -15°C at night and below freezing during the day. Eventually, he developed cracks in his toe skin, which became infected, and he went to lower levels for treatment. If any European members of the group had followed the same routine, they would likely have suffered severe frostbite and hypothermia.

Bears

Yeti researcher Daniel C. Taylor believes he has convincingly proven that Yeti prints are made by Asiatic Black bears standing on their hind legs. He has recreated the footprints in the snow using casts from a black bear and believes them to be very similar.

Taylor believes that the long footprints in the snow from 1951 were made by the Asiatic black bear, known as Ursus thibetanus. When the bear put its front paw down, it didn’t press too hard into the snow, so the claws on the front paw didn’t leave clear marks. After that, the hind paw landed on the back part of the print, stretching it to about twelve inches in length.

The Nepalese Legend of the Yeti

Certain local Sherpas think that the Himalayas are home to unusual beings, and they view the Yeti (also commonly called the “abominable snowman”) as a guardian. On the other hand, some believe it to be a threat.

“There is a kind of mysterious creature that lives in the Himalayas,” explained Ang Tshering Sherpa, leader of the Nepal Mountaineering Association in Katmandu, who is from the Khumbu region.

Bob Gymlan discuses why he believes the footprints found by Eric Shipton are evidence of the existence of Yeti

Do you think there are Yeti in the Himalayas? Tell us your theories in the comments!

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NASA Zone F: Has NASA discovered strange creatures under the sea?

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What is the connection between NASA, Zone F and the Megalodon?

A massive shark is caught on camera prowling near a research vessel off the Massachusetts coast, creating a buzz on social media. What is the link between NASA Zone F and this elusive megalodon?

What is a Megalodon?

The megalodon, from Nasa Zone F, compared with normal sized sharks and a human

The megalodon is an incredible creature from the past that once roamed the depths of our ancient oceans. It is often referred to as the largest shark that ever lived. Despite being extinct for millions of years, the sheer size and power of the megalodon continue to captivate our imaginations.

The megalodon was a massive shark, far larger than any shark we see in our oceans today. It is believed to have reached lengths of around 50 to 60 feet, which is like having three school buses parked end to end! Just thinking about it makes you realize how enormous this creature truly was. Its mouth alone was wide enough to swallow a human whole, with teeth that could grow up to 7 inches in length.

As a top predator, the megalodon had an insatiable appetite. It primarily fed on marine mammals, such as whales and seals, as well as large fish. With its powerful jaws and rows of sharp, triangular teeth, the megalodon would bite its prey with incredible force, incapacitating them instantly. Its strong body allowed it to swim swiftly, sneaking up on its unsuspecting victims, making it a true ocean hunter.

The megalodon was believed to inhabit oceans around the world during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs, which were about 2 to 20 million years ago. Its fossilized teeth have been found in various parts of the world, indicating its broad range. However, it suddenly disappeared from the Earth’s oceans, and scientists are still trying to determine the exact cause of its extinction. Some theories suggest that changes in climate and the decline in its prey population played significant roles.

What is NASA Zone F?

NASA Zone F has been employed for capturing satellite images of the Earth’s oceans, playing a crucial role in the identification and monitoring of oceanic phenomena. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, NASA holds the capability to unveil mysteries concealed beneath the ocean depths, potentially revealing the existence of the megalodon.

NASA scientists, in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, are exploring the Earth’s hadal zone, the deepest parts of the oceans, to gain insights into extreme environments and develop technology for space exploration.

The hadal zone was once thought to be inhospitable, but discoveries of vibrant ecosystems around hydrothermal vents challenged that notion. Scientists are using autonomous underwater vehicles like Orpheus to map and study these depths, drawing parallels to environments on other planets, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa.

The challenges faced in exploring the hadal zone, with its extreme pressure and temperature conditions, provide valuable lessons for designing robotic missions in outer space.

Near the boundary between the inner and outer core of the Earth, there might be a decrease in how fast things are moving (negative velocity gradient). This could happen because there are elements in that area that produce heat. From a chemical standpoint, it’s expected that between one-third to more than half of all the Earth’s heat-producing elements are present below the upper mantle. This matches what we see in terms of heat coming out from the Earth’s surface.

When scientists conduct experiments at high pressure, they find that these heat-producing elements likely exist in the form of dioxides. These dioxides don’t mix well with the main rocks in the mantle under the temperature and pressure conditions found in the lower mantle. These heat-producing dioxides are very dense, possibly even denser than the liquid iron-nickel core of the Earth, so they might be moved to the boundary between the inner and outer core, known as the F zone.

it is possible that “Zone F” could represent a particular region in the Earth’s ocean where unique conditions exist, that allow the megalodon, to survive. It may have found a habitat in this specific zone due to favorable environmental conditions or the presence of certain prey species. This could mean that the megalodon still exists deep down in the ocean where they can hide away from human eyes.

The viral TikTok video of the Megalodon

Are these clips evidence that the megalodon still exists?

A huge shark was spotted from a research ship off the coast of Massachusetts in 2021, and a video of it has gone viral on social media.

The video was taken from the SSV Corwith Cramer, a research ship from the Sea Education Association. They were on a mission in the open ocean when they noticed the shark swimming next to the ship. A team member, Alex Albrecht, recorded the moment and shared it on TikTok, where it became viral. In the video, you can see the huge shark, some people think it might be a megalodon because of its size and shape, swimming slowly near the ship. Students on the ship can be heard shouting as the shark disappears into the water.

The sighting of the shark raised concerns, and NASA was contacted to check it out. Fortunately, it turned out that the shark wasn’t a threat. Satellite footage revealed that the mysterious shadow in the water was actually a group of harmless microbes. Even though the shark wasn’t dangerous, the video created a lot of excitement and got people interested in the idea that megalodons might still be living in our oceans.

Do you think megalodons still exist under the deep ocean? Tell us your theories in the comments.

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