Are Plesiosaurs Still Alive Today?

Question:
"Could Elasmosaurus be the loch ness monster?"
from E.C.W. 10/21/01

Answer:

For more than a hundred years, strange creatures have been seen in the oceans by thousands of people. Many claim that what they saw was a Plesiosaur.

Elasmosaurus was the largest plesiosaur that we know of. A plesiosaur is an aquatic reptile that some claim died out millions of years ago. My page on the Leviathan http://www.angelfire.com/mi/dinosaurs/leviathan.html shows that these creatures did in fact live with man, and are mentioned in the bible.

Could it be that those who believe in evolution are wrong, and that some plesiosaurs may still be alive today?

Our oceans are for the most part unexplored. Every year we hear of new animals being found that no one has ever seen before. We also hear of animals we once thought were extinct, being found in remote parts of the world.. and they are very much alive.

Could this be true of the Plesiosaur?

I personally believe that plesiosaurs could still be alive. If they are they exist in very small numbers. I think "Champ", which I discuss on another page, is a perfect candidate.

However there are many erroneous claims of living plesiosaurs, and I want to clear some of those up.

Only God knows for certain whether or not plesiosaurs are still alive. But again, if you believe that the world is millions of years old, then the possibility of a plesiosaur still living would be hard to accept. But if you believe the Bible, that the earth is less than 10 thousand years old, then the survival of the plesiosaur makes a whole lot more sense.

The chance of a sea dwelling creature surviving harsh environmental and ecological changes (since the Biblical flood) is greater than that of a land dwelling animal.

We have sent men to the moon. But we have yet to explore the vast depths of our seas.

Loch ness

Here are 3 pictures of what could be an aquatic reptile inhabiting the loch ness. These pictures were taken using sonar which can penetrate the dark waters like no other camera can. There is some evidence that these photos were "enhanced" however, so these photos must be examined more closely.

The first picture above shows the creatures head and neck (left side of picture).

These 2 pictures (allegedly) show 2 views of the creatures diamond shaped flippers.

It has been claimed that these pictures have been altered. I will examine this possibility soon.

If plesiosaurs have survived, then they could be the basis for so many of the "sea monster" stories that exist today.

A reasonable question to ask is "why aren't there any good pictures of Loch ness monster?"

And if you look around, you will find some pictures. None of them good enough to build a strong case on.

Be cautioned.. many of the Loch ness pictures are hoax's.

What appears to be a very suspicious looking sea monster here is actually a piece of wood. Alex Menzies saw it floating in Urquhart Bay and Frank Searle used the picture and retouched it to look like a plesiosaur. This was one of his early fakes, which got a little better through the years.

There is no question that there are even some fake pictures out there... But that doesn't mean they all are.

There are some fake 20 dollar bills out there too, that doesn't mean they're all fake.

This is why it is always important to research these things yourself.

The first is the Zuiyo-maru carcass.

In 1977 a Japanese fishing boat was the center of an astonishing find. While its nets were dropped to a depth of 1000 feet, a large animal carcass became entangled in its net. The massive creature was 33 feet long and weighed about 4,000 pounds.

Upon examination, none of the men onboard were able to identify it.

Tissue samples were taken along with several pictures.

To avoid contaminating millions of dollars worth of fish onboard,(and because of the horrible stench) the decaying carcass was dropped overboard.

Scientists were asked to view the pictures, and were also unable to identify it.
Many viewed it as being the carcass of a plesiosaur, which had previously been thought extinct for millions of years. Others feel that it is the rotted carcass of a basking shark.

Many people have claimed (and still claim) that this was a plesiosaur. This thrilled many in the scientific community.

As much as I would like this to be true, there is a great deal of evidence that it is NOT a plesiosaur.

I have posted the evidence that the Zuiyo-maru carcass is a Basking shark HERE

Dr. Kent Hovind claims that these 2 pictures are a plesiosaur.

On his website he says the following:

"This apparent Plesiosaur washed up on Moore's Beach in Monterey Bay, California in 1925. The neck was described as being about 20 feet long. No credible explanation has ever been made to explain it, other than Plesiosaurs still living in the Pacific Ocean."

Dr. Hovind uses the book "Shipwrecks and Sea Monsters" as the source of his information.

In April of 1998, I contacted one of the world's leading cryptozoologists about this carcass. This is his reply:

4/16/98
"It is definitely a beaked or Bairdís whale and was identified by a competent marine zoologist at the time. It does not have a 20 foot neck. That is the body which and already been either eaten or by other animals or decomposed."
Blackhawk

I contacted (2001) Dr. Hovind about this, and he never gave an adequate response.

Whether plesiosaurs are alive or extinct is certainly interesting to think about. But what is more important than this is acknowledging that God is Creator, and that all animals living and extinct were made by God and not by a long process of evolution.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.


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