A Swedish monster hunter believes he may have caught Norway's equivalent of the Loch Ness monster on film. Jan-Ove Sundberg says he may have filmed the serpent - Selma - in Lake Seljord.
Aftenposten quotes the Varden newspaper as saying he's studying a 20-second clip before releasing it publicly. The expedition leader said he saw something 30-40 centimetres long, black with a possible tinge of red and white. Sundberg made a similar sighting four years ago and chose not to publish the film due to poor quality. The footage taken then and now will be compared. The Swede got the latest footage on the final day of this year's expedition to the lake in Telemark.
At first, Sundberg thought he saw a buoy in the water but was surprised when he focused more closely on the object. "I have either filmed a gnarled head or the upper part of a hump complete with serrations," Sundberg said.
"The others didn't get a chance to see what I saw because suddenly it was gone. So it couldn't have been a buoy.
"Ducks can dive but they come back up. This didn't, so I don't understand what it could have been except for the sea serpent," he added.
The sighting of a rare, white killer whale off Alaska's Aleutian Islands is causing excitement among researchers and whale enthusiasts.
The whale, photographed by scientists on a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel, is a large, healthy male, said John Durban, research biologist with the administration's Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
"There are various things that can cause albinism and they're all associated with health problems," he said. But, according to Durban, it appears the colour of the newly photographed whale may be due to a genetic mutation, as he has slightly lighter and darker colorations, meaning he is not a true albino.
The whale, photographed last month, was in a family group of about 12, and all the others were classic black and white.
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