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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.
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?