Anomalies

Jellyfish “sprite” sparks paranoia from “earth changes” websites

Photo of sprite captured by Frankie Lucida

A sprite (lightning) captured on camera from the Caribbean on September 18, 2016 has triggered posts on mystery-mongering fringe “news” sites that cater to end-of-the-world paranoia. Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur above thunderstorm clouds typically as flashes but they look far weirder than bolt lightning. They were documented clearly only in 1989 but…

Russian river runs red repeatedly

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Several large web outlets have shared the astounding pictures of the Daldykan river in the Russian Arctic city of Norilsk that has turned blood red. And it’s not the first time. Locals have posted the pictures on Instagram that has caused the international concern prompting an investigation by Russian officials. We wonder if it did…

Big snake loose in Maine or is Wessie a hoax?

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Cross posted from DOUBTFUL. Back in June, locals of Westbrook, Maine said they saw a large snake slithering around. After no sign of the beast a week later, a Westbrook police officer witnessed it eating something near Riverbank Park on the Presumpscot River. A second officer called in also saw it. From their Facebook page: On…

Concern bubbles up in Morocco

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This video reportedly from Doukkala region of Morocco was worth putting up and discussing. You can imagine if you were the people experiencing this you MIGHT be a bit concerned and amazed. There may be a reason to be concerned but it’s not from chemicals from planes but from what you dump into the river. It’s…

Mass squid mortality in Chile leaves lingering stench

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Mystery mongering sites are saying that mass deaths of animals are a sign of the apocalypse. But animal mass deaths happen naturally (or sort of naturally, sometimes our carelessness helps it along). In this case, last week in Chile, there is a reasonable explanations, but end of the earth ISN’T it. The beaching of the…

It’s a rockier road than usual in the Santa Clarita valley

From KTLA 5 News.

Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, California has undergone a dramatic change in just a few hours. The 3-km stretch between Lost Creek Road and Vasquez Way, Santa Clarita Valley’s few east-west connectors, is closed until further notice. But it is providing a learning experience for geology students. There was no earthquake, rain or other…

Sign of the clouds – it’s cold up here

Photo: Judy Smith

A woman in Alabama took photos of a strange cloud formation that she said formed into a cross as she was watching. She passed the photos on to the local news. I contacted Mick West of ContrailScience.com who said they are “canal clouds”. A plane the flies through the clouds has caused this channel-like anomaly.…

Land disturbance in Wyoming stirring up unwarranted fears

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Hunters on a private ranch in Wyoming’s Bighorn mountains were astonished to find a land disturbance of impressive proportions. The news first appeared on the Facebook page of the SNS Outfitters and Guides. Since then, it was picked up by several mystery mongering sites that declared it was “apocalyptic” (as is everything unusual) or related…

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

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On October 13, I posted a link (in Chinese) to our Facebook page (which you might ‘like’) regarding a questionable image of a city in the clouds in Foshan, China. Even though this “mirage” was shown on Chinese television, it’s certainly not impossible that they are giving bad information to the public. Is this an optical illusion, or…

Turns out it was those giraffes making the noises!

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UPDATED (2-Oct 2015) See below. The world is full of strange sounds. Back in August 2014, I linked to a news blip in the Strange Remains, about residents near a zoo in the UK who petitioned the Paignton zoo to soundproof the giraffe area. They complained about a humming or droning noise that kept them…

Nature finds a way for captive snakes to reproduce without a mate

The yellow-bellied water snake at the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Conservation Nature Center gave birth, sans male snake. (Candice Davis/Missouri Department of Conservation via AP)

The yellow-bellied watersnake kept captive in Missouri likely gave birth by parthenogenesis. Source: Lady snake gives birth after being alone for eight years, doesn’t need men “Virgin” birth in snakes is not unknown but it is the first time it has been recorded in this species. It appears that polar bodies act like sperm and…

Rare cloud phenomena seen in Costa Rica

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Pretty, but a lovely natural event does not equate to “end times”. That term is incredibly overused. An iridescent, multi-hued cloud phenomenon was recently spotted in Costa Rica skies, and residents were left awestruck and mystified. Source: Mysterious Iridescent ‘End of Times’ Cloud Phenomenon Spotted in Costa Rica – ABC News Though users on social…

Whale of an opportunity provides interesting data

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Amid the pod of humpback whales in waters out of Eden, an opportunistic fur seal wasted no time in finding the best seat for the fish feast. Source: Seal rides on the back of a whale on the NSW south coast The series of photographs by Robyn Malcolm show typical whale feeding behavior and it looks…

Non-native eels appear in Ontario’s Lake Huron

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A mystery is unfolding in Wasaga Beach after hundreds of strange looking fish washed up on shore. Source: Mysterious eels wash up on Wasaga Beach shore Not just a few, but hundreds of small eels washed up on the shore confounding locals who never saw this type of fish before. They have been identified as…

Wild pig with striking blue fat

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This strange story is making the Internet rounds thanks to sharing sites like Imgur and Reddit. A pig shot on California farm has blue fat deposits in its entire body. The startling strange blue color is not normal and is only in the fat. Exactly what caused a wild pig harvested in Morgan Hill to…

Ceres’ spots in higher res still can’t solve the mystery

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An update on the bright spots on Ceres. New photos show more detail. Source: Ceres’ Bright Spots Seen in Striking New Detail The brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. These closest-yet views of Occator crater, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters)…

Phenomenal view of Atlas V launch

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News driblet: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V blasted into space Wednesday morning carrying a Navy communications satellite and creating a spectacular light show that had some people wrongly worried that the rocket had blown up. Source: Atlas V liftoff creates cloud of confusion across Florida – Orlando Sentinel The launch was very bright across Florida,…

It’s dead, not alien – that’s all you can say for sure

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The absurd and silly UFO mystery site, UFO Sightings Daily, has managed to push this piece of ridiculousness into the media. When the best news source I can find for it is “Yahoo News”, it’s really crap. Conspiracy theorists are in a bit of a flutter after the discovery of what the believe is an…

Lovely lilac surf in Oregon

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It’s a lovely purple color but that’s not normal. Purple tinted waves have been spotted on the Oregon coast for the last month. It’s not unusual for the purple sails jellies (Velella velella) to be in bloom but this was something different. Testing showed it was salps (sea squirts or tunicates). Oregon Coast Mystery of…

Rare sea creature spotted for the first time in 30 years

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Today’s creature we bet you never heard of is… allonautilus. One of the “rarest creatures in the world” has been spotted for only the third time ever off the coast of Papua New Guinea by a US biologist. Source: Allonautilus scrobiculatus: World’s ‘rarest’ creature spotted for only the third time ever – World Peter Ward,…

Alaskan whales mass mortality event

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News snippet: Mystery Surrounds ‘Unusual’ Death of 30 Large Whales in Alaska Thirty large whales have died in the western Gulf of Alaska since May, now deemed an “unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The historical average for this time-frame is eight deaths, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA…

Two albino green sea turtle babies head into the sea

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Four rare albino green sea turtles hatched on Vamizi Island for the first time since a green sea turtle monitoring program began on the small, crescent-shaped island off northern Mozambique in 2003. Two of the four true albino green sea turtles, free of other malformations, survived and made their way to the ocean. Source: Four…