miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2012

Dr. Paul H. Leblond and Caddy.

Paul Leblond is an eminent world-class academic, originally from the province of Quebec, who is renowned for his work in the realm of the ocean sciences. Previously head of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Leblond, although retired, continues to sit on many boards and carries on consultation in regard to the preservation and conservation of the oceans of the world. A former director of the International Society of Cryptozoology, Dr Leblond is a driving force behind the success of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club. In establishing the BCSCC Quarterly as the club’s flagship publication and acting as its editor from 1989 to 1996, Dr Leblond has given the cryptozoological community a publication which is both informative and of immense value to those who seek the facts about cryptozoological research on a global scale. His leadership in the area of research into the enigma of the North Pacific Megaserpent, Cadborosaurus willsi, has resulted in extensive data being gathered on this animal. Along with Dr Edward Bousfield, Dr Leblond has authored Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep (Horsdal and Schubert, 1995), the seminal work on this great cryptozoological marvel. Dr Leblond resides on Galiano Island and is much-coveted speaker at many scientific and cryptozoological forums around the world. His rapier-sharp wit and gallic charm make a speaking engagement by this brilliant scientist a most enjoyable and informative experience. The Search for Caddy The family of large aquatic reptiles that frequents the coast of British Columbia has been repeatedly sighted by credible witnesses -- the legends about them date back to Native American traditions. The locals affectionately call the creature "Caddy", short for Cadborosaurus, which takes its name from the Cadboro Bay where it is most often seen. In 1937 a slightly digested juvenile "Caddy" measuring about 10 feet was extracted from the stomach of a sperm whale and the photographs of it, published in Bousfield and LeBlond's book and scientific journal, may be the best evidence to date of a contemporary sea serpent. Dr. Paul H. LeBlond is a distinguished Canadian marine scientist and professor with the Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Dr. Edward L. Bousfield is a retired Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, following a long career with the Zoology Division of the National Museum, Ottawa. Drs. Bousfield and LeBlond have appeared twice as guests on 21st Century Radio when they reviewed their "Caddy" research. In their book, Cadborosaurus Survivor from the Deep, published by Horsdal and Schubart (phone: 604-360-2031) earlier this year, they detail Caddy's most striking features:
1. Its dimensions, ranging from five to 15 metres in length; 2. Its body form: snake-like, or serpentine, with extraordinary flexibility in the vertical plane; 3. The appearance of its head, variously described as resembling that of a sheep, horse, giraffe or camel; 4. The length of its neck, elongated, ranging from one to four metres; 5. The vertical humps or loops of the body, arranged in tandem series directly behind the neck; 6. The presence of a pair of anterior flippers; posterior flipper absent or nearly fused with the body; 7. The tail, dorsally toothed or spiky, and split horizontally or fluke-like at the top; 8. The very high swimming speed, clocked at up to 40 knots at the surface. As they explain in their abstract to the Amphipacifica article, "Through lack of a permanent reference specimen, the species was previously unrecognized by science. In our view, the records do contain published evidence of 'specimens in hand', and are sufficiently voluminous and internally consistent to conclude that the animal is real, and merits formal taxonomic description.... In general features of head, two pairs of flippers, and short tail, the animal appears least unlike some plesiosaur of Mesozoic age. However, its large distinctive hind flippers are apparently webbed to the true tail to form a broad fluke-like propulsive caudal appendage. When swimming rapidly at the surface, the trunk region characteristically forms into two or more vertical humps or loops in tandem behind the neck. The authors recommend that the species be considered for the COSEWIC primary list of rare and endangered species of Canada."

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