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Gutter Monkey 11 July 2017 08:01 AM

Yorke Peninsula schoolteacher films what he believes is a thylacine
 
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A YORKE Peninsula schoolteacher has filmed what he believes could be a thylacine in farmland near Moonta.

Paul Day, 52, captured the footage at dawn on June 30 when he was scouting for a location to take sunrise photographs.

The vision shows a four-legged animal with a peculiar gait crossing in front of Mr Day’s camera.

The animal appears to be hopping on its back legs, a style of movement often attributed to the Tasmanian tiger.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/techno...9275ca0f21d89c

Here's the video in case the article isn't accessible:
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aY8yKaGJAUg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Isn't it odd that all these videos of supposed thylacines are always in silhouette so you can't see their telltale stripes, hmmmm? http://message.snopes.com/images/icons/icon500.gif

ganzfeld 11 July 2017 08:27 AM

Ends with "I'm still not convinced either way". OK but a tie in this case doesn't go to the extinct animal. "Not convincing either way" means "not convincing evidence for a thylacine".

Don Enrico 11 July 2017 08:34 AM

Apparently, there have been "plausible" sightings in the same area in March:

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...land-australia

The article talks about a search project (with camera traps) by the James Cook University to be started in May 2017. Maybe we should wait for results from that.

ETA: The TESS - Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Science's website makes no mention of the project, and searching for the words "thylacine" or "Yorke" on the site gives no matches. Hm. :confused:

crocoduck_hunter 11 July 2017 03:10 PM

IIRC, the thylacine's "hopping" gait was actually a reference to its habit of hopping on its back legs like a kangaroo. In any event, the head doesn't look nearly long enough to be a thylacine, I'd say it's probably either a fox or a tiger quoll.

Gutter Monkey 11 July 2017 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by crocoduck_hunter (Post 1953502)
IIRC, the thylacine's "hopping" gait was actually a reference to its habit of hopping on its back legs like a kangaroo. In any event, the head doesn't look nearly long enough to be a thylacine, I'd say it's probably either a fox or a tiger quoll.

One of the big problems with the video is that you can't get a good sense of the size of the animal so there's every chance it could be a smaller animal like a quoll. We've seen good evidence in the past that people can make completely incorrect guesses about the size of animals.

crocoduck_hunter 11 July 2017 04:02 PM

Especially when there are other factors like the lighting conditions that can play tricks on you: all that glare would make it hard to judge things like distance and size.

Gutter Monkey 11 July 2017 04:38 PM

The fenceline behind it really contributes to making it look like a fairly sizable animal even though we can't tell if the fence is close behind it or half a kilometre away. It could even be mostly hidden behind a rise.

jimmy101_again 11 July 2017 05:54 PM

The funny gate looks to be from an injured front paw.

WildaBeast 11 July 2017 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crocoduck_hunter (Post 1953502)
I'd say it's probably either a fox

With mange?

thorny locust 11 July 2017 07:24 PM

I thought we were talking about this subject here not too long ago:

http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=95546

ETA: Don Enrico, googling "james cook university thylacene" brought up, among other results, this which appears to be a press release from the university itself:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/news/releases...asmanian-tiger

Gutter Monkey 06 September 2017 08:14 AM

Another 'sighting'
Quote:

Footage of alleged 'encounter' with Tassie tiger

RAW: Video released by a group of Tasmanian tiger enthusiasts claims to show a Tasmanian tiger walking through bushland in a remote part of the island's north.
http://www.theage.com.au/video/video...906-4xvbx.html

Another article:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-0...y-trio/8877598

The animal first noses around the camera and you get a pretty good view of its pink nose and then later wander off through the bush. The footage isn't very clear at this point as you can tell from this still posted in the second article:
https://i.imgur.com/edFILwS.jpg
(It's pretty much right in the centre of the image if you're having trouble spotting it.)

My 2c: the creature that waddles off through the bush seems to be a bit too shortlimbed and chubby for a thylacine and also the nose that pokes at the camera seems to be pink and not dark black/brown as a thylacine's nose should. It's probably a quoll.

Skeptic 11 September 2017 12:04 AM

This looks just like a typical feral dog with a bad leg. There's tens of thousands of them in Australia. BTW, the Yorke Peninsula is a hell of a long way from Tasmania. The countryside of Tasmania is predominantly mountainous wild country. It would be more likely to find a tiger in Tasmania than in semi-rural South Australia.


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