The Channel Creature?

Matthew Chatfield
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The Ranger has been sent a link to a campaigning organisation called the ‘Association of Maritime Research’. They’re a newly-formed association who are reporting on what they claim is a ‘large fast-moving object’ in the English Channel.

The Channel Creature?

There’s even a video showing the thing allegedly zooming along. Frankly, it’s all a bit mysterious – and a little look at the Association of Maritime Research looks, well, a bit fishy. For example, on the AMR website they suggest one hypothesis is that this mysterious object is a cetacean. They write:

The order Cetacean includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Cetus is Latin and is used in biological names to mean, “whale”; its original meaning, “large sea animal”, was more general. It comes from Ancient Greek κῆτος…

Fair enough – but you’d think that AMR might employ a real scientist who would spell ‘Cetacea’ right – and italicise it. Especially as the text appears to have been copied directly from the Wikipedia article of that name – where it’s spelt right. Have a look at the website yourself – what do you think? Phoney? Or just incompetent? Some kind of clever marketing ploy, I suggest. Update: yup, it’s an ad. For a boat. Those krazy marketeers, what will they think of next?

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

2 thoughts on “The Channel Creature?

  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    Channel Creature
    Huge fish observed terrifying bathers off the IOW.

    Can we have our reward now?

     

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    They want sightings eh? Rewards on offer? Well I think somebody ought to start sending some in. Surely there must be someone who can use photoshop better than whoever made their website?

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