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Giant penguin

Post  YSPR on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:28 pm

After noticing (Green911) avatar it made me remember this from years ago and I looked it up.

Giant penguin hoax
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The giant penguin is a cryptid, allegedly seen in Florida during the 1940s. The legend has no scientific merit and is at least partly documented to have been a hoax.
In 1948, several people reported finding large, three-toed animal tracks at Clearwater Beach in Florida. Later, more tracks were found along the shore of Suwannee River, 40 miles (60 kilometers) from the ocean. A young couple also reported having been harassed by a large creature that had risen from the ocean.
Later that year a giant penguin was allegedly sighted at distance. The huge bird was described as 15 feet (4.5 meters) tall, and having alligator-like feet. During this same period, people in a boat off the Florida gulf coast reported seeing an extremely large penguin-like bird floating on the water. These incidents were reported in several newspapers. Later that year, another huge, penguin-like bird was allegedly seen from an airplane on the banks of the Suwannee River in northern Florida. The sighter, zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson, declared that the creature was a giant penguin that had somehow been driven away out its natural habitat.
On April 11, 1988, St. Petersburg Times reporter Jan Kirby revealed that the penguin hoax had been perpetrated by Tony Signorini and Al Williams, a locally known prankster who died in 1969. Signorini stated they had been inspired by a photograph of fossilized dinosaur tracks, and showed the reporter the huge penguin feet made of iron used in creating the tracks.[1] Their story had problems, however. First, some of the tracks found showed evidence of movement of the toes, whereas the iron cast could not move. Also, tracks were found in a location where a 35-pound weight dropped from three feet failed to make a dent, while the casts only weighed 30 pounds. Finally, the tracks indicated the purported creature had a six-foot stride, and it is practically impossible for a man wearing 30-pound iron casts on his feet to leap six feet without falling or smearing the tracks he is leaving.[citation needed]
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Re: Giant penguin

Post  Green911 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:05 pm

Glad I could be of help...lol

Nice story.

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