The Cherbourg Carcass was the name given to an unknown creature found on a beach at Querqueville, France, on February 28, 1934.
After a thorough examination of a photograph of the Cherbourg carcass by Dr. William K. Gregory, curator-in-chief of living and extinct fishes at the American Museum of Natural History, he opined:
‚ÄúThere ain‚Äôt no such animal‚ÄĚ.
This would tend to be the pronouncement about a number of ‚Äúprehistoric; dinosaur-looking‚ÄĚ carcasses discovered in Alaska over the years‚ÄĒas well as at least two dinosaur looking creatures who were reported to be very much still alive.
Penchant for Whale Identification by Scientists of ‚ÄúGiant Lizard-Looking Creatures‚ÄĚ
According to Wikipedia, the Blue whale can reach up to 33 metres (108 ft) in length and 180 metric tons (200 short tons) or more in weight. In volume, it is the largest animal existing or known to have existed.
If that is true, one would think that the discovery of a dead creature on an Alaskan beach who exceeded those dimensions would have created quite a bit of excitement among scientists. It didn‚Äôt appear to do so and like many of these discoveries, by the time science gets around to examining the creature (if ever) valuable evidence has been lost.
This particular carcass had washed up on a beach near Juneau Alaska in 1956 and was said the have measured 15 feet across and to be ‚Äúconservatively‚ÄĚ exceed more than 100 feet in length. It was then as large or larger than a blue whale and it had 6 inch teeth. Blue whales do not have teeth.
In a number of cases, such as in the Juneau discovery, medical doctors or scientists made observations about the creatures that precluded the usual final determination of whale or basking shark. Hair for instance. Whales are mammals– which have hair but few if any whale species is covered with hair-or has hair in more than just a few small areas–particularly as adults.
The point is, sight unseen most of these carcasses are labeled as whales or basking sharks‚ÄĒsight unseen. That is the bias even when the carcasses look like reptiles or have features that make a whale or shark identification virtually impossible.
The Prehistoric Dinosaur from Melted Glacier Theory
As we all know, according to mainstream science, dinosaurs became extinct more than 45 million years ago. The notion that a dead dinosaur might be lying on a beach somewhere is simply not acceptable so; in some cases it is suggested that perhaps the prehistoric creature had been thawed out from inside a glacier.
Unfortunately, this hardly helps at all since the creature would have had to have been alive at that time and the most recent ice age ended-according to science only 20,000 years ago or so. That would still be a blow to the current paradigm‚Äôs timeline. Frozen pre-historic monsters from the last ice age are not acceptable either. (The Book of Job, On Finding an Ice Age Book)
The Alaska Monster List
In 1923; a team of adventurers and a ‚Äúpriest‚ÄĚ ministering to the local natives in that area of the Arctic, hunted and eventually encountered a giant dinosaur, a Ceratosaurus, or so it was claimed, with a 700 pound moose in his mouth and a bad attitude.. The distance across the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska’s Seward Peninsula is approximately 55 miles. From at least 1923 to 1956, a series of sightings of huge creatures, all believed to be dinosaurs were sighted, living or dead in those cold, fairly proximate locations.
“The prehistoric thing, larger and bulkier than four elephants, lurched down the ravine, sweeping rocks and boulders aside like pebbles, it’s head, high above the ground, bore in those awful Jaws a 700-pound moose‚ÄĚ…. ‚Ä¶Hamilton Evening Journal, July 14, 1923. Full Story Here
That sighting remains unexplained.
In 1930; the carcass of a ‚Äúgiant, lizard-like creature‚ÄĚ with fur was discovered partially extending from a block of ice near Alaska‚Äôs Glacier Island. It reportedly had a 14 foot tail which began at its ribs and which looked like that of a dinosaur‚Ä¶.
In 1946: Prehistoric Monster Found in Alaska
“ANCHOR POINT, ALASKA, Oct. Anthropologists from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks were enroute here today to examine the body of a huge, lizard-like creature identified tentatively as a prehistoric tyrannosaurus or gorgonosaurus.
It was believed to have been preserved in a glacier until washed ashore here Wednesday. Although positive identification by experts has not yet been made, Fairbanks physicians studying anthropology texts said the ‚Äúcreature’ was “definitely prehistoric” and may belong to one of two species‚ÄĚ.
The creature measured nearly nineteen feet from tip to tail. It‚Äôs head measured 2 feet by 2 ¬Ĺ feet and its mouth featured a row of teeth 18 inches long.
‚ÄúThe animal had large hind legs and a heavy thigh bone which measured, approximately 4 feet from the hip to the first joint. The forelegs were short and heavy.
Leathery skin on the head and neck was covered with bristly hair and flesh almost completely covered the head, shoulders and hips. The backbone had broken through the animal‚Äôs side and there was some evidence of decomposition‚ÄĚ‚Ä¶.. Traverse City Record-Eagle, October 25, 1946:
In 1956; a carcass fifteen feet wide at its widest point and more than 100 feet long washed up on a distant beach at Yakutat, Alaska. ‚Äú‚ÄĚA Denver geologist flew up to see the decomposing carcass when word of it reached civilization. The geologist came back from the site a shaken man.
“It had a head like that of a baby elephant with a snout. It looked like nothing in the world. Nothing I’ve ever heard of anywhere.”‚ÄĚ‚Ä¶ Pasadena Independent – June 15, 1960, Pasadena, California
In 1969; a 65-foot fishing vessel known as the M.V. Mylark carrying very sophisticated sonar equipment detected and recorded the shape and outline of a moving creature approximately 200 feet long in the waters near Kodiak Alaska.
‚ÄúIn 1969, an Alaskan shrimp boat fitted with state of the art sonar surveillance equipment encountered a creature, which ‚ÄĒ due to its enormity ‚ÄĒ the men on board could only speculate must be a ‚Äúdinosaur.‚ÄĚ
First brought to international attention by esteemed author, adventurer and paranormal investigator, Ivan T. Sanderson, the facts surrounding this case offer some of the most intriguing ‚Äúproof‚ÄĚ of the existence of a heretofore unknown species of colossal aquatic fauna.‚ÄĚ
‚Ä¶.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúImagine the sonar operator‚Äôs surprise when the machine suddenly presented him with a clear silhouette of an enormous ‚Äėcreature,‚Äô between 150 and 180 feet long, with two pairs of flippers, an extended tapering tail, and a long, slender neck capped by a rather snub-nosed head!‚ÄĚ‚Ä¶..Fuller Story at American Monsters
News Article Excerpts:
Scientific Riddle;This Furry Monster of a Million Years Ago, Brought
to Shore by His Glacial Tomb.
1 ‚Äď 11 -31 Ogden Standard-Examiner
‚Ä¶.‚ÄĚBut clambering clumsily from, floe to floe,.stopping now and then to assure his footing, now and then to gaze about at this north country in which he was a stranger, a giant creature, covered with glossy fur, made his way toward Glacier Island. He blinked his eyes‚ÄĒthey were larger than a man’s head, and
rested. Then he looked; forward again and saw a large table of ice. He made for it.
His head measured six feet from nose to neck, and from mouth to tail tip he measured over fifty feet. The surface which would hold him in repose, without sinking,, would have to be a large one. He reached the glassy raft which his eyes had detected‚ÄĒ and luck was with him. It was large enough to lay down and he went to sleep.
‚Äú‚Ä¶‚Ä¶..It would seem, then, that if the creature found in the- ice off Glacier Island is in reality a reptile, it must have been encased before the genera! migration, began. This is inevitable, since a single member of a species could not exist long alone.
‚Ä¶‚Ä¶.Months later, the inhabitants of that part of Alaska near Cordova and Glacier Island noticed that one of the cathedral-like icebergs which pass each year through. Bering Strait and Alaska Bay down into the Pacific had stopped in its course and edged up alongside Glacier Island.
‚Ä¶..These people had seen icebergs before‚ÄĒoften enough to cease to regard them as a curiosity. But now, faced with the opportunity of climbing aboard one, of clambering over its jagged edges-, they found a new enthusiasm.
When they drew near, however, their enthusiasm turned to amazement. The ice was dark! There was something inside it! So they ran for axes and saws to cut the surface off the berg, to determine what it contained.
The striking Louis Bredormann drawing on this page depicts, what they saw, and the conditions under which they are laboring to extricate their find for science’s sake. Beyond the fact that they know that it is the same creature which went to sleep on an ice floe ages and ages ago, they are unable to identify it. The most even learned scientists have been able to say is that “it looks like a giant lizard with fur.”
Perhaps when Dr. Charles E. Bunnell, President of Alaska College, has had an opportunity to- view it at first hand, a more comprehensive verdict will be forthcoming. Dr. Bunnel was very skeptical when it was first reported, giving it as his opinion that it was a whale, recently encased in ice. But those who have been near it, and have described it cling to their original description‚ÄĒ”like a giant lizard
Odd Creature Conceivably Pre-Historic
Huge Carcass Lies On Gulf of Alaska Shore, near Juneau
YAKUTAT, Alaska, July 23, 1956 UP)‚ÄĒA frighteningly huge carcass, conservatively estimated at more than 100 feet long and 15 feet wide at the broadest visible point, has washed up on the sandy, wind-swept shore of the Gulf of Alaska, 60 miles southeast of here.
The hairy-coated monster has mystified the few persons who have seen it.
Speculation as to what it might have been ranged from an extinct prehistoric beast long encased in a nearby glacier to some warm-blooded sea animal.
‚Ä¶. At Seattle, Trevor Kincaid, retired University of Washington zoologist, said the description did not fit any prehistoric creature he knew about and that the hair on it precluded its belonging to the living whale or elephant families. He suggested efforts be made to preserve some of its skeletal structure, or the skull and jaws and teeth, or its hide and hair, in efforts to Identify it.
Found By Guide
A veteran Alaska guide, Earl Lemming, discovered the monster two months ago.
‚Ä¶‚Ä¶Its head measures seven feet in width. The eye sockets, with fragments of decaying flesh still clinging to them, are between seven and nine inches in diameter.
The sockets are approximately 42 inches apart. Reddish-brown hair about two inches long covers its thick, decaying hide. Thick, oily-like blood flowed freely from parts of the flesh when poked with a stick or shovel.
‚Ä¶.A “flipper” appendage, resembling an elephant’s ear, has webbed digits and is about four feet wide and three feet long. The oval upper jaw, with a tusk-like bone, protrudes about 5 feet from the end of the fixed lower jaw.