“I represent 3,000 people who have been told they’re nuts, basically,” said Neil Waters who moved to Tasmania six years ago. In 2014, he had an encounter with a thylacine, or a Tasmanian Tiger as it is more commonly called. Waters went on to found the Thylacine Awareness Group—a much needed voice for those who have spotted the creatures that were declared extinct decades ago.
Some people have even claimed to see thylacines far from Tasmania. Earlier this year, a Tennessee man claimed to see something matching a thylacine off of Interstate 75 near Chattanooga. I’m not sure what to make of the report other than to say it is interesting. Read it for yourself.
In my book Water Monsters South of the Border, I briefly touched on the topic of another animal thought to be extinct—the Caribbean Monk Seal. Officially declared extinct in 2008, the last confirmed sighting took place nearly 50 years ago. However, fishermen from Jamaica and Haiti commonly report seeing Caribbean Monk Seals. Those who “know better,” though, believe that local fishermen are mistaking the extinct seals for something else. This may be; if I were a betting man, though, I would put my money on the locals who make their livings on the water one hundred times out of a hundred.
What say you?