OFFBEAT NEWS: A LOCH NESS MYSTERY, STUPID CRIMINALS & MORE

Offbeat News: A Loch Ness Mystery, Stupid Criminals & More

“Loch Ness Lost”

Is it possible the Loch Ness monster has been spotted on a Georgia beach? Probably not, considering Nessie is a Scottish legend, but one man did capture a strange creature washed up on Wolf Island. Jeff Warren of Waycross, Georgia was taken back when he saw the mysterious creature on the shore. It has a striking resemblance to Nessie, but some were quick to shut that idea down.

“It looks like a deep sea shark, like a frilled shark,” says Chantal Audran of the Tybee Island Marine Science. “Although I don’t see gill slits.” Unfortunately, the world may never know what it really was as the body was never recovered. Some are starting to wonder if the video was just a hoax. Chuck Bangley of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center thinks its just a weirdly decomposed shark, if it was even real.

“After taking a look at the photo the tail looks pretty sharky, so my guess (if it’s real and not a Photoshop job) is that it’s some kind of badly decomposed shark,” says Bangley. “Basking sharks do tend to flatten out like that when they wash up.”


“Dogs Over Everything”

A group of students at the University of Michigan would rather have their student body ran by a dog than a human. Not just any dog though, they want to elect Reggie the Campus Corgi as president of the student body.

Reggie often makes visits to the campus with his human Michael P. Sola who’s a resident of Ann Arbor. Michael often takes Reggie for walks during peak hours at the college to meet with students and let them pet him and give him treats. A Facebook group that loves the pup so much is urging students to write in Reggie’s name on the ballot for president, but Reggie isn’t quite ready to lead the student body. Reggie’s Facebook urged students to do otherwise.

“Because some of my good human friends are “truly” running for Student Government President, I’ve decided to ask all my friends to get out and Vote for Them,” the post reads. “They deserve your support in their sincere desire to become leaders of the student body. I’m now returning to simply running with my little doggo friend. Thanks for supporting your candidate’s for student body government with a few minutes of your time in voting! Please help, by reposting this wherever you can!” Though Reggie the corgi isn’t making the run for pres, the pup is pretty popular. He’s even reached the Facebook friends limit of 5,000 friends.


“Great Pacific Garbage”

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch sounds just as scary as it is. The mass of plastic and other debris has taken up a very large space in the Pacific Ocean right in between Hawaii and California. How big are we talking? More than 600,000 square miles. To put that into perspective, its twice the size of Texas.

According to Laurent Lebreton of the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, winds and ocean currents drag the garbage to that spot. It contains about 1.8-trillion pieces of plastic and weighs 88,000 tons or 500 jumbo jets. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only plastic mass in the ocean. Lebreton says that the Great Pacific Grabage Patch is the largest of five trash collections in the oceans.

So what can be done about it? Spokesman of Ocean Cleanup Foundation, Joost Dubois says its time to start cleaning up. “It’s a ticking time bomb of larger material,” Dubois says. “We’ve got to get it before it breaks down into a size that’s too small to collect and also dangerous for marine life.” Scientists along with the European Space Agency are working to take photos of the ocean garbage patches from space. Lebreton says, “How long plastic may remain in the ocean is a big unknown, but unless we begin to remove it, some would say it may remain there forever.”


STUPID CRIMINALS:

  • Police originally responded to a call that Leland O’Malley was lingering outside a Wisconsin home and appeared intoxicated. When police tried to make approach the man, O’Malley launched at them and forced the officer to release one of the K-9 dogs on him. O’Malley tried to bite the dog twice. He faces misdemeanor charges of two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of striking a police animal.
  • Police in St. Louis are on the look out for a brisket bandit. Callier’s Catering is one of the businesses that has been targeted in the incidents. Their security cameras caught a man walk out of their walk-in cooler carrying what appears to be beef. Salt and Smoke Barbeque have been hit twice, both times their smoker’s stainless steal doors were messed with. Dennis Callier of Callier catering is hoping surveillance footage will help find the suspect.
  • A thief might as well have not worn a mask when he robbed a cellphone store in India. Surveillance caught the man on camera wearing a thin plastic see-through bag over his face when robbed the store of $2,000 in phones and accessories. Thanks to his poor disguise, police were able to identify the man and make an arrest.

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