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 SCUBA Divers struggle to photograph sea creature

Bizarre Sea Creature Caught

"It's about time we got some hard evidence!" 

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"Between ourselves, and various law enforcement agencies in the state, we log around 1100 reports of strange or bizarre sea creatures in Washington State each year. Most are reported in salt water, but many claims come from sightings in fresh water, as well," explained Darcia Melbourne, with Washington's Department of Fisheries. "Virtually every single one of those reports can be explained away as...logs, seals, debris, flotsam, garbage, you name it. Never once have we been able to get hard data (the creature itself) for study and corroboration. This (catch) is just spellbinding. It's the most exciting thing I've run across in my career---it's the most exciting find I've ever heard of in the field of marine biology."

Numerous scientists and experts seem to mirror Ms. Melbourne's enthusiasm.

"The most persuasive aspect of this whole case is that the creature was alive when first submitted to us," said Jon Bolero, with the University of Washington Marine Biology Department. "That rules out any kind of fraud---unless the prankster has the gift of life, and that's doubtful. This is a real creature. And we haven't got a clue what it is."

Three SCUBA divers spotted, photographed and then captured the critter while sport diving at Edmond's Underwater Park.

"Sure, we were terrified," admitted Casey Jones, one of the trio. "But this....this was something you just can't pass up. This is the catch of a lifetime-of three lifetimes. We just can't believe it!"

Scientists speculated openly on the creature's features, namely, the human-looking ears on both sides of its head.

"We won't know what we've got until we get in there," commented one expert, (meaning when an autopsy is performed), "And that will be a ways down the road."

The creature is being frozen at the U of W, and will be made available to researchers around the world.

See Sport Divers, Page D-5


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