Crash cams could be used for cryptozoology

Actually, this is a great idea.

Thylacine hunter Mike Williams confident technology will provide evidence of living tiger

TASMANIAN tiger hunter Mike Williams is confident evidence of a living thylacine will emerge sooner rather than later because of the growing popularity of crash cameras in cars.

Mr Williams, who led an international team of naturalists searching for the thylacine last year, has urged Tasmanian motorists to invest in the technology.

He said Tasmanian trappers had provided him with extremely reliable accounts of seeing multiple thylacines in the mid-1980s.

Many other sightings have been from motorists driving around the bush at dusk and night, including one from only 16 months ago.

The thylacine, aka Tasmanian tiger, has been labeled extinct since the 1930s.

I’m concerned that the quality may not be good enough to be able to tell exactly what animal it is and there may be mistaken IDs. And, unless you get everyone to do it, it probably won’t be providing much data since supposed sightings are rather rare. But, it only takes a few to see if there really are remaining animals (highly doubtful) or if we are just misindentifying dogs.

A Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in the 1930s.

A Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in the 1930s.

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  3 comments for “Crash cams could be used for cryptozoology

  1. Jon
    March 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Now are these Tasmanian Tigers cryptids? From what I understood not only do cryptids have to be thought of as not to exist, but must have some type of folkloric legend to them. If this tiger was available in 1930 wouldn’t it just be another species of biological classification that went extinct?

    • March 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      One category of cryptids can be animals that are out out of place or declared extinct but still reported. The more mysterious cryptids are those with a longer legend attached.

  2. John Nowak
    March 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I do think that there needs to be some sort of distinction between the two. “I have a picture of Bigfoot” is almost certainly a hoax; “I have a picture of a known animal thought to be extinct” is probably a hoax or error but just isn’t in the same ballpark. Of course, there’s always the likelihood that the latter case is simply wrong.

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