Scientists from the Canadian Dalhousie University, together with colleagues from the University of Hawaii, recently asked the question: "Have people recognized all the species living on the planet?" Thus, 85% of all living beings remain mysterious.
For example, humans cataloged only about 7% of the predicted amount of fungi, and we know only about 10% of organisms living in the ocean. For this reason, biologists are not particularly surprised when nature periodically throws up dead bodies of previously unknown creatures.
There are many stories in history about the finding of mysterious sea creatures, land animals and unusual people. We will tell below about ten of the most unusual and mysterious corpses. Scientists as they can explain these phenomena, but skeptics believe that this is just an attempt to hide the truth.
Persian princess. This strange find was made on October 19, 2000 in Baluchistan. Pakistani scientists received information from a man Ali Akbar and a videotape on which an ancient mummy was filmed. It was said to have been on the black market for $ 20 million. After being interrogated, Akbar led the police to Wali Mohammed Riki's home in Haran, near the Afghan border. Ricky, in turn, said that he received a mummy from an Iranian named Sharif Shah Bahi, who discovered a unique corpse after an earthquake near Quetta. At a specially convened press conference on October 26, 2000, archaeologists at a university in Islamabad said the body belonged to a princess who died about 2,600 years ago. The mummy lay in a gilded wooden 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. The princess wore an elegant golden crown on her head. It was written on it that the woman's name was Rodugune, she was the daughter of the king of Persia Xerxes I and a member of the Achaemenid dynasty. The find of the Persian princess was an archaeological sensation. After all, mummies have never been found here before, 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 her.
The story of the Persian princess has inspired many archaeologists to investigate this case. It was soon discovered that the inscription on the mummy's breastplate contained some grammatical errors. A series of X-ray images showed that some of the operations typical of Egyptian mummification methods had been 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 passed away in 1996 and was killed with a blunt object to 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.
Chilean drop. In July 2003, a 13-ton mass of decaying gray flesh was found on a beach in Los Muemos, Chile. The carcass was about 12 meters long and 6 meters wide. The news of the discovery spread all over the world, because biologists could not understand what exactly they found. Articles appeared that explained the belonging of the 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 donated to Chilean scientists, but they used a formaldehyde solution for storage. Unfortunately, he destroyed DNA sequences that could then be identified in the laboratory.
Nevertheless, a year later, scientists were able to find out from DNA fragments that the carcass found belonged to a sperm whale. Adults of this species can actually grow up to 20 meters in length and weigh up to 57 tons. Similar cases of huge sperm whales have been recorded in history. Unusually large sea creatures are often seen by humans. We can recall the cases of finding such carcasses in Tasmania (1960), in Gambia (1983), Nantucket, Massachusetts (1996), Newfoundland (2001) and Bermuda (1995 and 1997). The photographs of the Chilean blob are similar in character to the monster whose large and mysterious corpse was washed ashore in St. Augustine, Florida, back in 1896.
Trunko. On October 25, 1924, people on a beach in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, saw an unusual sight. For more than three hours, two whales and a mysterious white giant fought in the ocean. One of the witnesses said that the animal looked like a huge polar bear. It beat the killer whales with its huge tail, leaning from above. The creature, nicknamed Trunko, jumped out of the water 6 meters. In the evening of the same day, the bloodless carcass of the animal washed ashore. His body was about 14 meters long, 3 meters wide and 1.5 meters high. He had a three-meter tail, like a lobster, but his whole body was covered with a twenty-centimeter layer of white fur. Instead of a nose, the creature had a trunk, 1.5 meters long and 14 centimeters in diameter. Scientists were never able to carefully examine the body. It stayed ashore for 10 days, and then the tide dragged it back. This information 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 Markus Hemmler had not discovered a whole collection of photographs of the mysterious creature. This discovery provided evidence that a large white carcass was indeed washed ashore in 1924.
Many people have tried to identify such a carcass. The first versions said that Trunko was a large whale, giant or whale shark. His skin color was due to water and decay processes. It was said that it could be either a new species of whale, or some unknown pinniped. It is believed that the carcass may have belonged to a southern albino elephant seal. Upon examination of a photograph in 2010, it was established that the body probably belonged to a sperm whale. The massive and tough leather bags contained collagen. Sometimes these parts can be detached when the animal dies. In doing so, his skull and skeleton are separated from the skin.
Kitchenamaykushiba monster. On May 8, 2010, two women walk along one of the large lakes in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Suddenly, their dog found the corpse of a strange animal, about 30 centimeters long. The women decided to hastily take a picture of the monster and quickly leave the strange place. Subsequent analysis of the image revealed that the carcass possesses some strange facial features, different from the traditional warthog. The fangs were prominent, and the tail was rat-shaped. When the women decided to visit the place again a few days later, the body had already disappeared. That story was published by several news agencies, because photographs were taken to prove it.
People decided to compare the Kitchenamaykushiba monster and the legendary mammal Omajinaakoos, nicknamed the "Freak". According to the legends of some American Indian tribes, it was found in the wetlands of Canada. Legends say that the discovery of the carcass of this animal portends misfortune. However, further investigation and examination of the photograph revealed that the body was only a decomposed American mink. But this conclusion was called into question due to the fact that there was no fur on the creature's face. But the wool of the mink must have remained.
Body in Somerton. On December 1, 1948, the body of an unknown person was discovered at Somerton Beach, Adelaide, Australia. There were no documents with him, the identity could not be established even by fingerprints and dental casts. 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. The unknown was wearing a white shirt, tie, brown trousers, socks, shoes and a trendy gray-brown European coat. There were no labels on the clothes, and the deceased himself was clean-shaven. He had a new cigarette behind his ear, and in the right pocket of his jacket was another, half smoked.
Investigators were never able to determine the identity of the person, as well as the reasons for his death. X-rays showed that the deceased's organs were tightly blocked, and his spleen was strikingly enlarged. Upon examination of the body, a tiny piece of paper was found on which "Tamam SHUD" was printed. The paper has been neatly cut. The phrase itself means "completed" or "end". These words are written on the last page of the collection of Omar Khayyam "Rubai". The poems there say that you need to live your life to the fullest and not regret it when it ends. The Australian police became interested in this case, and the body was embalmed on December 10, 1948, pending clarification.
This story has been published. A man was found who discovered a rare copy of the edition of Edward Fitzgerald's translation "Rubai" in his opened car on the night of November 30, 1948. Interestingly, the very words were missing on the last page of the book. But there was the phone number of a former nurse who lived only 800 meters from the crime scene. The woman herself, named Jestine, denied any connection with the found unknown person. But she explained that she had given this book to one officer, who, surprisingly, was able to present it without any damage. In January 1949, the suitcase of a mysterious man was found at the Adelaide railway station. All labels were also cut. But even the set of things did not allow anyone to come closer to solving who it really was. Alien or Spy? Or maybe just a member of a gangster showdown?
Lyuba. In May 2007, a deer breeder and hunter Yuri Khudi found the carcass of a frozen baby mammoth. It happened in Yamal, in the cold Arctic. The half-centner carcass was nicknamed Any. 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. Scientists have 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's eyes, fur, torso, skin and internal organs remained intact.
Scientists were able to find milk from his mother in the mammoth's stomach, and feces in the intestines of Lyuba. Evidence was obtained that, like elephants today, some juveniles were already feeding on the feces of their adult relatives. Lyuba died healthy. Her organs were in perfect condition. Most likely the mammoth just got stuck in the mud, where it suffocated. The clay-like substance marinated the remains of the mammoth and preserved the carcass practically in its original state. This discovery amazed scientists around the world. By examining Lyuba's teeth, researchers hope to better understand what caused the Ice Age, and why many mammals, including mammoths, became extinct about 10 thousand years ago. A team of Japanese scientists is currently experimenting with obtaining samples of Luba's intact DNA. They hope to clone the animal. The discovery of this body gave rise to a whole wave of modern research on the arrival of the ice age and the extinction of mammoths as a species.
Montauk monster. This is the name of a mysterious corpse that was thrown ashore on a beach near New York in July 2008. The bodies were found by 26-year-old Jenna Hyut. She, along with three of her friends, discovered the corpse at Ditch Beach, which belongs to the city of East Hampton. The animal was apparently unknown. 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. East Hampton Wildlife Sanctuary director Larry Penny said it was a raccoon with a missing upper jaw. The inhabitants of Montauk were afraid that such monsters lived somewhere in the vicinity. And the manufacturer of one of the energy drinks has promised a reward to anyone who captures such a creature alive.
After the monster was photographed, its carcass quickly and without a trace disappeared. But the picture quickly spread across the Internet, with many media outlets reporting the story. One unidentified woman said the animal was the size of a domestic cat. The turtle version turned out to be untenable. The point is that the tortoise shell cannot be easily detached from the body without damaging the skin. It was said that the body could have belonged to a water rat, a decomposed dog or a coyote. And hair loss was attributed to exposure to water. Scientists from the photograph determined that the body belonged to a raccoon. This was told on March 14, 2011 in a special program on the National Geographic channel.
Corpse on Zuyo Maru. On April 25, 1977, the Japanese trawler Zuyo Maru sailed east of Christchurch, New Zealand. Suddenly it turned out that an unknown creature was entangled in the trawl nets of the vessel 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 tall, had a long neck, four large reddish fins and a two-meter tail. According to sailors' reports, it had no dorsal fin and no internal organs. After examining the body, the ship's crew realized that the corpse belonged to some previously unknown sea creature. Despite the potential significance of the find, Captain Akira Tanaka decided out of harm's way to dump the corpse back into the ocean. However, before that, several photos of the strange creature were taken. The team collected samples of the animal's skin for later analysis. The story of this incident, along with photographs, was published in many Japanese newspapers. The local citizens were very intrigued by this creature. A real plesiosaur mania swept across the country. After all, some authoritative scientists seriously assured that the remains could not belong to an extinct plesiosaur at all.
On July 25, 1977, the first preliminary findings were obtained on tissue samples from the creature. The specimen was said to be similar 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, with an average size of 9 meters, but can be as large as 12 meters. After death, the giant shark loses the lower part of the head, dorsal and caudal fins, which makes its remains similar to the carcass of a plesiosaur. Scientists turned a blind eye to some of the oddities present in the photograph. So, the creature had a pair of symmetrical upper fins.
Mountain mummy San Pedro. In October 1932, two prospectors discovered a strange room in the San Pedro mountains. Cecil Mine and Frank Carr blasted there for gold 60 miles southwest of Casper, Wyoming. The room was about 1.2 meters high, the same width and about 4.5 meters long. Entering there, the miners found the little man's mummy. The corpse was found upright with its arms and legs crossed. The man was sitting perpendicular to the floor on a small ledge. The mummy weighed about 300 grams. The figure was about 17 centimeters in height, which means that in a standing position the man reached 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, 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, but the figure itself was quite well preserved. The seekers brought the mummy to Casper, where it made a real sensation. There she was given the name Pedro. Scientists from all over the country came here to examine the unusual remains. In 1950 they were X-rayed. He showed that inside the body there is a fully formed skeleton, like a human, and internal organs. Thus, the assumption of deception was immediately swept aside. The creature had several broken bones, including the spine, collarbone, and skull. This, like the clotted blood on the top of the head, made it possible to assume that Pedro was violently killed.
Henry Shapiro, an anthropologist biologist at the American Museum of Natural History, took a close look at the body. Having studied the X-ray pictures, 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, 30 years later, another version appeared. George Gill, a forensic anthropologist, proposed a different theory. He believes that it was the body of a baby from an unknown tribe of Indians. Indeed, a few years after Pedro, another similar body was found in the same area. This time the 10-centimeter mummy 10 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 Sarre suggested that it was an abnormally developed fetus that had been covered with the skin of an adult. The disease gave the skull and brain an abnormal size.
But the Indians have their own opinion about Pedro. The fact is that almost every tribe has legends about little people. They once inhabited America for a long time, perhaps they have remained to live in the forests to this day. Legends say that such people were from half a meter to a meter tall. The Shoshone Indians say that such dwarfs are dangerous and evil creatures that shoot poisonous arrows at people. They say that when a dwarf gets 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 Pedro was discovered.
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 provide more information about him. This is why a $ 10,000 bounty has been announced for the return of the mummy.
A creature from Panama. This is the nickname for a corpse photographed near the Panamanian city of Cerro Azul in September 2009. A lot of articles were published about that event. According to them, a certain flexible creature emerging from the cave was discovered by a group of teenagers playing on the shore of the lake. The children said that he had bare skin and sharp teeth. The facial features were disgusting, a dull nose and long arms. When the animal approached them, the teenagers pelted him with stones and beat him to death with sticks. The body was photographed and then thrown into a body of water.
When teens sent their pictures for Panamanian television, the story quickly spread around the world. Many scientists speculated about what kind of creature it was. It was said that it could be an anteater or a sloth, simply devoid of fur for some reason. Perhaps it was a question of a new unknown species. A few days after the incident, official information came from the National Conservation Authority of Panama. Scientists were said to have biopsied a sloth. It was his corpse that was then thrown away. And its strange forms were caused by the subsequent underwater decomposition.
The very fact that the creature turned out to be a living corpse is alarming. In addition, it is not clear how the creature got into the water - were scientists thrown there or children? And how could teenagers be scared of a sloth that moves at a speed of about 2 meters per minute? This animal is absolutely harmless. To become naked, the sloth had to be in the water long enough. In the original photographs, water and its traces are not visible at all. Skeptics say that the head is clearly animal, but the torso is strange, and the limbs generally resemble thin human hands.