Living Diplocaulus Or Clever Fake?
We have discovered a copy of this photo on a Japanese "modelling" site. The internet archive shows that the photo has been there on the site at least as far back as 2002.
A translation of the text gives the following message:
"Extremely, but before the similar photograph was produced to the contest of the magazine. Making prototype with the oil clay, you take type with the gypsum, pour in the non urethane foam. Because the gypsum was not dry sufficiently, the explosive air bubble appearing in urethane, you suffered hardship. Diplocaulus"
This appears to confirm that the photo is not genuine and we shall soon remove this item, however, we did want to give site visitors a chance to see the explanation for its removal. The Japanese site is located here
"Diplocaulus (meaning "double stalk") was not a dinosaur but an early amphibian, now extinct. It was distinguished by its boomerang-shaped head which was formed by two elongated bones at the back of the head. It had four short legs, and a short, flattened tail. It was about 3 feet (1 m) long.
Its unusually-shaped head may have made it difficult for predators, such as Eryops, to swallow it. Its head also may have been used as a hydrofoil, letting Diplocaulus swim against the current. It may have used its tail to help it swim.
Diplocaulus probably ate insects and fish.
Like all amphibians, it had to live near the water since amphibian eggs have no shells and must be laid in the water (or in very damp areas) or they will dry out and die. Also, it lost its gills as an adult.
When Diplocaulus Lived
Diplocaulus lived from the late Carboniferous to the late Permian period (roughly 270 million years ago), long before the dinosaurs evolved."
Continuing Reports of Mysterious Creature Swimming in North America's Deepest Lake
CanWest News Service
Saturday, September 18, 2004
YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. - Somewhere in the murky depths of the continent's deepest lake, a monster lurks.
Jim Lynn is sure of it.
This week, the Roman Catholic priest was looking out from his home on the shores of Great Slave Lake near Yellowknife when he saw an object trailing a small boat across the water.
"I got the goggles because it was moving fast and I was kind of curious as to what it was," said Lynn, 66. "It was high, six to eight feet above the water and moving at an incredulous speed.
"It was like the head of a dragon -- just coming out of the water at just a ferocious speed, just moving like crazy."
Aurora Borealis at Great Slave Lake.
Lynn watched as the creature, which looked green, hurtle behind an island, then disappear. He quickly called the Yellowknifer, a local newspaper, to place a advertisement asking the person on the lake that day to call him.
"I would think they would have felt the waves (from the creature)," he said.
Step aside, Nessie and Ogopogo, there's a new mystery leviathan on the block. And according to Chris Woodall, it's called Ol'Slavey.
Woodall, a Yellowknifer columnist, wrote earlier this summer that Great Slave Lake, with a maximum depth of 614 metres, hides some weird and wonderful creature.
To his surprise, his phone soon started ringing with calls from people who claimed to have seen just such a thing. He gave the creature the name Ol'Slavey, after one of the aboriginal languages in the Northwest Territories.
It's a fitting name, since the Dene have many stories about an unknown creature in the waters.
When Antoine Michel was growing up in the traditional community of Lutsel K'e, about 200 kilometres east of Yellowknife, he was taught that a creature lived in the waters off Utsingi Point, about 80 kilometres southwest of the community. To appease the nameless creature, people boating by the point pass in silence and pay respect to the lake with tobacco offerings.
"We usually stop the motor and go around the point, paddle quietly," he said. Years later, he saw the creature himself, on a calm moonlit night as he and his wife returned by boat from a caribou hunt.
"We seen a rock there. I thought it was a rock first time, there was seagulls around it," he said. "I just turned away from it, I didn't want to hit it, (then) it just went down. I felt the waves, and then I just took off. I didn't take a look back."
Boaters have seen strange creatures suddenly surfacing in the water in front of them. Lutsel K'e is near some of the deepest pockets in Great Slave Lake, a natural habitat for a beast of the depths.
Naysayers will say it's just a big fish, but northern divers who actually swim those waters say differently. A decade ago, Arctic Divers was on a deep-water body retrieval near Lutsel K'e when one of its divers saw a terrifying beast.
"It looked much like an alligator, but with a head like a pike," said Wayne Gzowski, the company's district manager. "I really do believe that there's unknown marine life in a lot of these areas," he said, in places that have never before been explored by humans.
According to aboriginal legend, the great Mackenzie River was created by a giant beaver. Rene Fumoleau, a retired Oblate priest and respected northern historian, remembers a Gwich'in elder telling him that a dragon now lives in the waters of Canada's biggest river.
"There are some places where the water never freezes in winter, and that is because there is that monster somewhere at the bottom of the river that stirs the waters," he said.
The Mackenzie flows out of Great Slave Lake; perhaps Ol'Slavey moves between haunts. Whatever the case, Archie Catholique, the chief of Lutsel K'e, is a believer. "The elders were saying that this thing here doesn't bother anybody -- it's not there to hurt anybody," he said. But, he added, "people see it."