Archive for February, 2008

180px-Oarfish.jpgThis solitary creature is rarely ever seen alive, but when it is, it can easily be mistaken for a real life sea serpent. There are 4 described species of this incredible looking creature (though some biologist believe there may only be one actual species of oarfish), which can grow up to 36 feet in length (11 meters). The largest bony fish still alive, the oarfish is believed to inhabit most of the worlds oceans. Rare sightings by divers and accidental entanglement in fishing nets gives researchers what little they know about this monstrous looking fish. Apparently solitary, the oarfish most likely lives at depths between 65 and 3,280 feet (20-1,000 meters) coming to the surface only to spawn or when they are sick or injured. Appearing thin and ribbon-like, the oarfish is silver in color with blue to black stripes, spots or squiggles along the length of its body and pink to red spiny looking fins most conspicuously located on the creatures back. While little is known about this mysterious creature (it was not even filmed alive in its natural environment until 2001), it is easy to imagine this fantastic looking fish being identified as a sea serpent, especially if you run in to one of the larger species which have been reported to stretch over 50 feet in length.


Oarfish @ Wikipedia
Oarfish @ The Australian Museum Online

 

F-16C_Fighting_Falcon.JPEGStephenville, it seems like this incident just refuses to fade quietly into the night. While I initially thought the what flew over the small Texas town might be some sort of secret military project, now I wonder if the government has other reasons for wanting Stephenville out of the headlines. Today, Billy Booth recounts the tale of a UFO writer who found some very interesting information and after publishing it was forced to remove it by an un-named government agency saying it could cause “public fear and unrest”. What information could cause such a ruckus?

The writer in question received a tip that fighter jets that were above Stephenville the night of January 8th flew very close to the no-fly-zone that surrounds President Bush’s ranch outside Crawford, Texas. This close proximity raises the question, did someone or something violate the President’s no fly zone? Were the F-16s seen by residents around Stephenville dispatched to intercept an unknown craft? Is the ease with which the craft violated some of the most heavily guarded airspace in the country and evaded some of our country’s most advanced warplanes why the military and government are going to such great lengths to sweep this incident under the rug? Lets take a look to see if there could be some validity to this theory.

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We’ve all seen them. I’ve even seen entire TV shows based around them. I am talking about blurry, grainy or otherwise unintelligible “UFO” photos. Now I know most UFO photos are taken by amateurs who may not even notice the UFO in their shot until after the fact, but I have seen my fair share of pictures taken by “UFO hunters” that look like they were taken by a blind chimpanzee jacked up on crystal meth. Even though UFO sightings are unexpected events, there are a few things you can do that can be the difference between a blurry shot and once that is tack sharp.

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(These are just some examples I found with Google to illustrate the differences between a blurry and a sharp UFO photo – the second shot is almost certainly a hoax)

1. Hold The Camera Properly – The way that you hold the camera has an enormous impact on the quality of the pictures you take. Your right hand should firmly hold the camera so your index finger floats softly above the shutter release with the other three fingers wrapped around the front of the camera and your thumb gripping the back. (While you should hold the camera firmly, you do not want to grip it so hard that you shake the camera.) Your left hand should support the weight of the camera by either being positioned under the body of the camera or under/around the lens depending on the type of camera you have. Once you have a good grip on your camera, tuck your elbows into your sides and bring the camera up to your face so you are looking through the view-finder. If your camera does not have a view finder, bring it as close to your face as possible. The closer to your body, the more stable you will be. The more stable your are, the better your shots will be.

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