Once upon a time we thought the ancient prehistoric fish known as the coelacanths was extinct and then we found that it was still very much alive in the Indian Ocean and surrounding region. And as things came about we discovered that this fish appears not to have undergone any evolution in millions of years.
Now comes a new case and a new creature known as the Tasmanian Tiger which is believed to have emerged around 4 mya and is thought to have gone extinct 1936. Since that time there have been many reports of sightings of the marsupial who’s not a tiger (cat) at all bust a doglike marsupial known as a Thylacine. It was officially declared extinct in 1986 but now researchers are not so sure it ever went extinct.
James Cook University has announced that they will conduct research beginning next month using trail cams to see if they can capture some clear images of the animal. This announcement comes about after two of the most recent sightings in North Queensland, Australia. Researchers say that these two reports have been deemed reliable and credible. One of those sightings comes from a Queensland Park Service officer and another individual who is a frequent camper and outdoorsman. All reports filed by these two individuals were during night sightings. In one report no less that FOUR were spotted at night and at CLOSE RANGE! Descriptions given by these individuals “strongly suggest” the sightings were not of misidentified animals.
50 camera traps will be set up in the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, Australia. Research will begin in April.
This is fantastic but I can’t help but wonder what the hell took so long! For decades now there have been numerous sightings that have been either ignored or dismissed. Even pics taken of the creature have been dismissed or mocked at. I suspect, strongly, that the “employee of the park service” is a ranger, biologist, or some other sort of wildlife expert and this is why he’s being taken seriously!
I think we will soon discover that this animal is not extinct after all.