From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:25:24 -0400 Archived: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:16:29 -0400 Subject: This Week At Inexplicata - March 27 2012 Monday, March 26, 2012 Source: Planeta UFO and El Drag=F3n Invisible Date: 3.25.12 Close Encounters in Antarctica By Carlos Alberto Iurchuk Note: This is the original text submitted to Brazil's UFO magazine, edited by A.J. Gevaerd. The article appeared in Issue 177, May 2011. The man with the thick beard drank his coffee slowly. Later he turned to look at me, saying deliberately: "Around April or May, the cook remarked casually that around 17:00 hours he saw a plane flying in absolute silence - at least he didn't hear any sound whatsoever, being in the kitchen and all - approached the center of the bay, made an abrupt turn, and pulled away." It was on a cold afternoon, seated in a bar in the city of Buenos Aires, that I heard this story from the lips of Jose Raul Bortolamedi, who had been stationed at the Almirante Brown Argentinean Base in the Antarctic in 1981. Raul continued his story in an almost solemn tone of voice, ignoring the hubbub surrounding us: "Its altitude was estimated as being relatively low, between 100 and 300 meters, and it turned approximately 45 degrees. The cook was startled by the silence and abruptness with which the maneuver was executed. There was no news about any expected flights, since arrivals of commercial or scientific flights, or those of any other nature, were generally announced." But that wasn't the only unknown presence during his stay at the base. After drinking his coffee, he continued: "In the summer, while the necessary arrangements were being made for the departure of chemists and biologists at the base's dock, the presence of an object similar to a bean, executing a falling leaf maneuver, was noticed directly over the base. The time it remained visible is hard to estimate, but it was between 2 to 5 minutes." A Pulsating Continent Antarctica is a nearly circular continent, some 4500 kilometers in diameter, surrounding the South Pole. It has a surface area of 14 million square kilometers, but when the encircling seas freeze, its surface area extends to 30 million square kilometers. It is also for this reason that Antarctica is known as "the pulsating continent." It is also the last continent on our planet to be explored and populated by humans. It is hard to determine who was its official discoverer. Some say it was Spanish explorer Gabriel de Castilla, who reached 64 degrees South and saw land in those latitudes (which could have been any of the South Shetland Islands) according to the testimony of a Dutch mariner who sailed with him. Other historians give the nod to Dirk Gerritz, also Dutch, as possibly the first one to see the surface of the Antarctic as he sailed south to the Mar de Hoces (or the Drake Passage) in the vicinity of the South Shetland Islands in 1599. Apparently, it is easier to establish who was the first to reach the South Pole. Two expeditions set out toward that goal in 1911: one of them was the Norwegian expedition under the command of Roald Amundsen; the other was Britsh, and led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Amundsen employed Greenlandic sled dogs as his motor power. Scott, on the other hand, employed ponies during the first stage and then human power during the second. Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911; Scott arrived between 17-18 January 1913. While the Norwegian crew faced no further complications, poor planning and misfortune caused the five British explorers to perish during the return trip. Currently, most of the signatories to the Antarctic Treaty maintain scientific research stations on Antarctica. Some of them operate year-round, while others are of a seasonal nature and only operate during the summer. The Orkney Base, or Destacamento Naval Orcadas, located on Laurie Island in the South Orkneys, is the oldest Antarctic base in service and belongs to the Argentinean Republic, which operates it year-round through the Argentinean Navy. The weather station was originally set up by William Speirs Bruce, a Scotsman, in 1903, who later sold the facilities, instrument warehouse and measuring devices to the Argentinean government. President Julio Argentino Roca, through Decree No. 3073 of 2 January 1904, accepted the offer, authorizing the Oficina Meteorl=F3gica Argentina to maintain the station. A Continent of a Thousand and One Stories As has occurred everywhere else on the planet, UFO stories emerged from the moment on which man first set foot on the Antarctic. This inhospitable land, however, has another type of story that has achieved great popularity among those who study strange phenomena. One of them suggests that at the heart of the continent, at the South Pole itself, there is an entrance to the so-called "Hollow Earth". This theory basically asserts, as its name suggests, that the center of the Earth is hollow, with a sort of internal Sun, and inhabited by a highly developed civilization. There would be two immense openings, several hundred kilometers in diameter, on the surface of the Earth to provide access to this place, and these openings would be at the poles. This civilization would avail itself of the openings to come to the surface, and its craft would be the UFOs that we currently witness. While this theory has been readily accepted by many, it contradicts the teachings of current science. And as the reader may well imagine, none of the expeditions sent to the South Pole found any openings whatsoever. One of the few bits of "evidence" shown in favor of the presence of a large opening in the Antarctic was the photo taken by the U.S. Essa-7 satellite on 23 November 1968, showing a hole measuring nearly 1000 kilometers in diameter. What really happened is that the satellite "compiled" global images by means of smaller images that later made up a mosaic, incorrectly interpreted as an "opening". The circular black space is nothing more than the "blind" spot that the satellite is unable to see during its numerous passes. As a curious side note, Jules Verne, the great author who predicted may technological breakthroughs and historic events such as a trip to the Moon, was also correct in stating that humans would never reach the center of the planet. The title of his book Journey to the Center of the Earth is a small trap aimed at ensnaring the readers' curiosity, since the journey in question was only a hazardous tour "within the Earth's crust" and the novel's protagonists never reached the center of the Earth. While this is not the main purpose of the Article, one cannot speak of the Antarctic and its legends without a brief mention of Nazis. Everyone is aware of the significant technical achievements of Nazi Germany. The V-1 and V-2 flying bombs, for instance, served as the foundation for developing rockets by the U.S. which later enabled man to reach the Moon. German contributions to aeronautics were equally significant, including the development of jet-propelled fighters and the creation of so-called "Flying Wings". In spite of this, some are willing to take matters a step further and state that the Nazis were able to develop true UFOs, going as far as to say that they created major bases in Antarctica to conceal all of this technology from the prying eyes of the Allies. In the final months of the war, when the collapse of the Third Reich was inevitable, many Nazis fled to these bases in submarines. Not only did they find shelter there - they pursued the development of these vessels. As one can imagine, according to this theory, all UFOs seen since that time not only in Antarctica but worldwide, are German in origin. And in order to make the theory complete, any scientific expedition sent to Antarctica, mainly by the United States, is nothing more than a smokescreen to conceal its true intentions: a military expedition to find the Nazi bases and seize their technology. Setting these stories aside, let us return to the UFO sightings. Official Acknowledgement by the Argentinean Navy The most significant incident involving an unidentified flying object, mainly due to its consequences, occurred on 3 July 1965 at the Argentinean Naval Base on Decepci=F3n Island. According to the story told by Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Periss=E9, who was in charge of the base, they saw an object moving silently. "While it seemed solid, there was a certain lack of precision to its shape, sometimes lenticular and at others circular. Its visual aspect, of course, could have been affected by an atmospheric refraction phenomenon that could have resulted in an apparent deformation of its characteristics." What is most notable is that the Argentinean Navy acknowledged this event in two communiqu=E9s that were issued subsequently. The total absence of sound and variations in speed are highlighted, along with the fact that "it remained suspended for one minute." While sightings of this flying object occurred at night, the meteorological conditions for the area, according to the initial communiqu=E9 could be "considered exceptional for the time of year." It should also be noted that it was seen at the Destacamento Naval Argentino Orcadas, located on South Orkney, and "at the moment in which the object passed over that point. Two variometers (magnetic field readers) in service at the time recorded disturbances to the magnetic field, captured on the tapes of both devices," according to the second Argentinean naval communiqu=E9. I would not like to miss the opportunity to pay tribute to Daniel Periss=E9, who retired with the rank of Commander, and who sadly passed away in 2008. After the incident, and for the rest of his life, he participated actively in UFO research, cooperating with all ufologists who had the pleasure of knowing him. Many Surprises Await It is clear that the UFO phenomenon is global in reach. By this I mean that there isn't a corner of the planet where the presence of these distinctive craft hasn't been reported. Therefore, it can be expected that such sightings would also exist in Antarctica. No sightings whatsoever would be truly strange. Antarctica is the least explored continent, meaning that there are many things to be discovered in this corner of the planet. Perhaps not entrances to the center of the Earth, or hidden installations decorated with swastikas. But they will nonetheless be discoveries that will surprise us all, to a greater or lesser degree. And why not. Perhaps Antarctica is one of those places where UFOs go to conceal themselves (where are the UFOs when they are nowhere to be seen. Beyond their origin, its true that the scarce presence of human beings in the white continent makes it an ideal place to go unnoticed. But not forever... (Translation (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO, and Carlos Alberto Iurchuk, El Drag=F3n Invisible) Posted By Inexplicata At 10:38 AM More Maritime Mysteries: The Haunted Seas By Scott Corrales (c) 2012 My grandmother was not particularly into telling spooky tales; some of her stories of the "old days", her formative years in a post-1898 Cuba and a childhood spent in pre-tourist Key West, Florida, had elements that would have served as grist for the mill of a mystery novelist. One of these stories involved a disappearance that, to my knowledge, is still missing from books about mysteries of the sea. It does not appear in Vincent Gaddis's Invisible Horizons, Ivan Sanderson's Invisible Residents, or any of Charles Berlitz's books on the so-called Bermuda Triangle. It concerns the passenger linerValbanera. It may seem hard for readers in the Internet age to imagine of a time when the only way of getting from one part of the world to the other was by ship. Passenger liners - not cruise ships - plowed the North Atlantic between the major ports of the Iberian Peninsula (La Coru=F1a, Vigo, and Cadiz, among others) and the islands of the Caribbean, ferrying families relocating to the Americas or else returning to Europe with their fortunes safely made. Clipper ships might take a month to make the journey, being at the mercy of the ocean's currents and winds, but coal- fired ships - steaming along at fifteen knots an hours - might make the crossing in a fortnight. Ships of theCompa=F1=EDa Transatlantica Espa=F1ola and the Pinillas Line were a common sight on the high seas, blowing their whistles at passing Cunard liners and sending their compliments to Southampton-bound captains. While no author of maritime heroics has turned his/her pen in this direction, the skippers of the Spanish Line, as it was known, played major roles as blockade runners in the 1898 war, attempting to run Admiral Dewey's blockade of the Philippines. Built in 1906 at Glasgow's Connell & Co. shipyards, the Valbanerawas a small passenger liner, clocking in at nearly five thousand tons (for comparison purposes, the RMS Titanic was forty-six thousand tons), it could convey twelve hundred passengers across the Atlantic with ease and was considered one of the Pinillas Line's most comfortable ships. In 1919, the Havana-bound liner was under the command of Captain Ram=F3n Cordero, scion of a renowned seafaring family from southern Spain. We will never know if he was aware of the concerns of his passengers regarding the safety of his ship: the Pinillas Line had lost two other passenger vessels - The Apollo and the Principe de Asturias- and the Valbanera itself had been at the center of a scandal regarding a shipboard flu outbreak that resulted in dead passengers being thrown overboard. The passenger liner reached Santiago de Cuba on 5 September 1919, unloading nearly a thousand workers from the Canary Islands who had secured employment opportunities as cane-cutters and millers in the prosperous sugar industry. The ship rounded Cape Maisi on Cuba's easternmost end and entered the Old Bahama Channel, hoping to reach Havana four days later. Captain Cordero found himself in a race against the weather, as a hurricane raged ahead. His only hope was to make port before encroaching storm. On the night of 9 September, passengers aboard another liner anchored in the Port of Havana while the storm raged around them were able to hear a ship's whistle. The harbormaster at the Morro Castle was able to see a fleeting silhouette of a ship against the raging waters, and understood that it was the Valbanera. But the liner never entered the port: it vanished into the pages of maritime legend with nearly five hundred lives. A search by the U.S. and Cuban navies - perhaps the first joint operation of such a nature - subsequently took place. The gunboatsCuba and Patria and the USS SC 203, an anti-submarine warfare ship, searched the waters after the hurricane had dissipated. Divers eventually found the Valbanera at Rebecca Shoals, between Tortuga and Key West. The official report stated that the ship's name was clearly visible to the divers, but there was no trace of the passengers. The sunken ship was otherwise intact, with lifeboats still at their davits. What became of the 488 lives expected by desperate relatives in Havana? Had they jumped overboard, bodies would have been found on the sea, or washed up on the reefs and shoals. Stranger still is the fact that the Key West naval station received a transmission from the Valbanera on 12 September at one o'clock in the afternoon, a request for weather information. Where had the ship been during the period of time between its disappearance outside the Havana on the 9th and the discovery of its wreckage on the 19th? Or had the message been caught in some sort of temporal aberration? The coral-covered wreck of the Valbanera rests under the waters of Rebecca Shoals, having taken its mystery with it. Another disappearance that is seldom mentioned in books on mysteries of the sea is that of the "Castillo Montjuich vanished somewhere in the Atlantic in December 1963, without a distress call ever being received. The ship and its complement of thirty- seven sailors had set out from Boston with a cargo of corn bound for La Coru=F1a. An Enigma in the Norwegian Sea A Spanish fishing vessel - the Pi=F1eiro Correa - set out from the rich fishing waters off Massachusetts toward the Norwegian Sea. Registered at the port of O Morrazo in Galicia, Spain's northwestern corner, Captain Alvaro Otero would never forget the day in which his routine was interrupted by something he would remember as one of the strangest experiences the sea had offered him: The date was 12 September 1977, and the Pi=F1eiro Correa had already reached the Faeroe Islands. Ship's engineer Manuel Carballo recalls that the captain summoned the crew to the bridge at 21:00 hours to witness an extraordinary phenomenon: a structure resembling " a large umbrella filled with unexplained lights, with a very bright light at its highest tip, issuing rounded spindles of color that faded as they fell into the ocean." The engineer - who made an entry in his personal log - told journalist Juan Calvo of the O Faro de Vigo newspaper in a 2009 interview (http://www.farodevigo.es/portada-o- morrazo/2009/11/15/avistamiento-mar-noruega/386525.html) that "the colors were very hard to describe" and that the main light "turned off after being visible for 20 minutes." The engineer further recalled that it was a clear night with a full moon and mild weather for that latitude, but that a storm broke out the minute the phenomenon was extinguished. Throughout the entire experience, the fishing vessel's crew had remained calm, beholding the strange phenomenon without any apprehension. Perhaps they could not sense the skipper's growing disquiet as he realized the unknown luminous phenomenon was heading their way. Captain Otero ordered his second in command to put the Pi=F1eiro Correa on autopilot, and then ordered the crew below decks once more. "My own recollection," Otero told the reporter fromO Faro de Vigo, "is similar to Carballo's, but I remember that there was a central beam of light descending straight into the sea." The other witnesses to the event, whose names appear in the newspaper article, kept an unspoken pact of silence among them, as they knew the phenomenon they'd seen with their own eyes was atypical. The article notes that upon returning to their homeport at the end of the squid-fishing season, the crew contacted astronomy and navigation instructors at the Escuela Nautica Pesquera de Vigo(Nautical Fishing Academy of Vigo) for consultations. The instructors showed them an array of possible phenomena reported at sea, but none of the slides and photos matched what they had witnessed off the Faeroe Islands. There was no photo or cine camera aboard the Pi=F1eiro Correa with which they could have captured the phenomenon for posterity. The crewmen remain convinced that they saw "something extraterrestrial." But the unknown appeared to dog the fishing vessel: the Pi=F1eiro Correa was sold and renamed Cisne Blanco (White Swan), finding itself in Chilean waters many years later. Jes=FAs Pi=F1ero, the only crewman left aboard from the old ship's complement, now acting as boatswain, remembers a night when the crew was called up to the bridge. "There was something suspended above the sea with very large lights. It suddenly vanished and left a wake behind it. It wasn't collective madness or a sea-story. Forty crewmen stood there, witnessing what is nowadays considered an unidentified flying object." Belief in the existence of a UFO base (or materialization point) in the Norwegian Sea, and another in the Baltic, has persisted for decades. In April 1988, a spokesperson for the Swedish Navy mentioned that his country had detected at least two dozen "mystery submarines" - a polite term for unidentified submarine objects. In the late 1950s a man named Lorentz Jonson allegedly witnessed a cigar-shaped object, fifty meters long, with portholes and reddish lights, disgorging smaller winged objects that promptly dove into the waters of the Namsenfjorden (north of the city of Trondheim). NATO would be confronted with the unknown objects that haunt the Norwegian Sea only a few years after the Namsenfjorden incident. In February 1963, a Royal Navy frigate on maneuvers in those latitudes picked up an unusual contact on its radar: an object measuring 98 feet across at an elevation of 32,000 feet. No visual confirmation was obtained, but radar operators looked on in amazement as their instruments showed the object making an abrupt descent to the ocean's surface. One of the better-known stories regarding the presence of UFOs in the Norwegian Sea involves the 1972 detection of a mysterious object at the bottom of a fjord and proceeded to force it to surface. In a maneuver that lasted three days, involving dozens of Norwegian and NATO surface ships, depth charges were dropped into the icy waters, in hopes of bringing the mysterious object to heel. The astonishing result of this action was that all the electronic systems aboard the surface ship were inexplicably "knocked out". Red-faced, the Norwegians admitted that the USO had given them the slip. The Unknown in Warmer Waters An unusual story made the rounds of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in 2008: aliens had supposedly abducted three fishermen. The report, featured in the Diario de Yucatan(http://www.yucatan.com/mx), put forth the possibility that three experienced fishermen aboard the 50 foot-long trawler "Carlos Humberto" had inexplicably vanished on 10 July of that year, "kidnapped or abducted by aliens in the high seas", as the article explained. The word spread rapidly among Yucatan's tightly-knit fishing community, to the extent that some masters were keeping their vessels closer to shore than usual. The situation escalated to the point that Gaspar Cim=E9, Harbormaster of the Port of Progreso, was forced to speak openly about the matter. "I think the rumor is a really a joke, but it is a fact that some fishermen believe in such things. We will continue searching for them. It's very hard for a vessel of such size to vanish for no reason." On 9 August, a report in Mexico's Noroeste (www.noroeste.com.mx) reported that the "Carlos Humberto" had been found 142 miles away from the Port of Progreso, near Isla P=E9rez. There was no trace of the missing fishermen - Alberto Ojeda, Daniel Solis and Ildefonso Hernandez. While one might theorize that drug smugglers attacked the trawler at night to kill the crew and use their "clean" boat to bring narcotics into U.S. waters, there was no sign of violence and the main prize of any "narcopirata" was in fact adrift and taking on water. Were the fishermen correct in suggesting that the crew of the "Carlos Humberto" had in fact been spirited away by forces unknown? In 1991, Puerto Rican fishermen would've probably concurred with their colleagues on the opposite end of the Caribbean. A group of four fishermen were casting their nets in the early hours of the morning when they saw the lights emerge from the water. One of them, a man in his fifties, was so intimidated by the sight that he took refuge in the cabin of his fishing boat, refusing to discuss the matter ever again. Not of these sightings had their point of origin in the Caribbean Sea: a considerable number of originated inland, from the mountains, appearing first as streaks of light in the night sky, like meteors, until rings of light and a visible structure came into view as the object descended within 500 to 600 feet above their boats. According to Rollie Irizarry, a fisherman from the town of Cabo Rojo: "My dad said that he jumped into the mangrove swamp, telling his fishing buddy "if they're that good, let them try to catch us in the swamp!" They honestly thought that they were done for, when they saw the thing swoop down over their yawl." Many of the fishermen, who work the entire littoral of western and southern P.R., were taken aback by the incidents to the extreme of not wanting to discuss their cases with professional investigators. Media attention was lavished on some of the strange marine activity, such as the incident that took place on November 11, 1991. On that evening, residents of El Tuque and Las Cucharas notified authorities that a UFO "was entering and leaving the sea" less than half a mile from the shore. The unknown vehicle engaged in its maneuvers from 11:30 p.m. until well past midnight. In December 1996, there were unconfirmed reports that a police helicopter flying over the waters off the southern city of Ponce had reconnoitered a vast submarine "vehicle" clearly visible from the air. The structure was circular in shape and quite close to the surface. Its dimensions were staggering: the police estimated that the contraption was approximately a mile across. The Mysterious Island Any mention of "The Mysterious Island" will evoke memories of Jules Verne's sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under Sea, in which a group of castaways find themselves on a nameless isle, aided by an unseen protector who turns out to be the elderly Captain Nemo. The rocky and uninhabited island that concerns us here is too small to serve as a haven for survivors as a shipwreck, and it is located near one of the world's foremost tourist destinations. The towering rock of Es Vedra is popularly believed to serve as a sentinel that watches over the island of Ibiza, from which it was separated by events in the geological past. Riddled with caves and magnetic anomalies, fishermen say that carrier pigeons become confused when they fly over Es Vedra, and shipboard instrumentation tends to go haywire. The subject of unidentified submarine objects inevitably arises in connection with this alluring rock formation. These are seen by day and night, moving silently under the water, while others breach the surface and vanish into the night sky. In the late 1970s, the pilot of a small plane reported seeing a UFO over the isle; the unknown object responded to the single-engine plane in an unusually hostile manner, prompting the pilot to return to Ibiza. In October 1970, Miguel Ba=F1uls, a commander in the Spanish Air Force, was driving to his summer home on the island of Majorca (largest of the Balearic Islands) when a fiery UFO flew within inches of his car's roof, picking the vehicle up and turning it around to face in the opposite direction to which it was headed before vanishing into the night. Ba=F1uls, who was accompanied by his wife at the time, chose not to continue to his intended destination. For many years following the incident, Ba=F1uls was left with the feeling that the UFO would somehow come back to get him. In October 1995, when the Balearic Islands were in the throes of a sensational UFO flap, Ba=F1uls decided to go fishing, and was never seen again. Scuba divers eventually found the man's shattered fishing boat as well as his fishing tackle underwater. One of the rescuers observed: "Something strange has happened here, and no-one is able to explain it. USOs have repeatedly been seen in this part of the world, most notably between ten and eleven o'clock on the night of 8 December1978, when a vast metallic platform was allegedly seen emerging from the Mediterranean Sea facing the island of Majorca. Numerous witnesses, including Francisco Ruitord, a local journalist, saw nine USOs emerge from the water and fly around the massive structure. Three other witnesses corroborated this sighting from northwestern Majorca. At the same time, luminous circles that left blue and orange lights in their wake were reported between Morro d' en Llobera and Morrillo de Bordils. posted by inexplicata at 4:17 AM Thursday, March 22, 2012 Mexico: Chupacabras In Paracuaro, Michoacan By Arq. Claudio Mora, La Esfera Azul http://acusticavisual.net/grupolaesferaazul (With thanks to journalist Martha Flores Rodr=EDguez for her cooperation) On March 1st, 2012, an event took place in the Mexican town of Paracuaro, Michoacan, whose characteristics can be catalogued as uncommon, if not outright extraordinary. On that day, Antonio Rosiles, an animal caretaker, was faced with the unpleasant surprise that the pen in which several sheep were kept, 35 of them were dead, and others injured. All of the dead sheep shared the same characteristic: practically little or no blood, an incision to their necks, traces of scratch marks (made by three-fingered claw) and most importantly, signs of apparent fang-marks on their necks. Antonio Rosiles himself stated something that was as revealing as it was intriguing. He claimed to have been an eyewitness to the creature itself, describing it has having wings, fangs and claws, and that several sheep were found dead and exsanguinated outside their pens. This pen - as stated by Agustin Carrillo, the owner of the property - has a two meter tall cyclone fence which betrayed no signs of damage or openings through which an assailant (or assailants) could have entered, thus accentuating the mystery surrounding this case. The case was covered at the time by Miguel Estrada Garc=EDa, a renowned journalist from Michoacan with over forty years of experience in the field. He reported the case in an extremely professional manner for CuasarTV, Michoacan's news agency. Furthermore, he mentioned during the course of a phone interview with us, that he was specifically summoned to the case by German Gil Uribe, a veterinary zootechnologist with SAGARPA (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Foods). It should also be mentioned that in a case of such magnitude, involving characteristics of so-called "Chupacabras", had not taken place in our state of Michoacan for some years now, and it was based on this that the La Esfera Azul Group took it upon itself to investigate and hold friendly chats with parties who were present on-site, in an effort to learn all of the details of the case, and have the journalist speak openly about his experiences while on assignment. So it was that journalist Miguel Estrada Spoke with this author [Claudio Mora] during a broad and detailed phone interview - an exclusive for La Esfera Azul - where he discusses the case in a professional manner. A case that in of itself, as I have said, marks an interesting precedent on the presence of the "predator", as the creature has come to be known, in our country. The aim of this report is to stimulate thought in our readers so that they may reach their own conclusions Transcription of Telephone Interview With Journalist Miguel Estrada, Conducted by Arq. Claudio Mora, La Esfera Azul, Regarding the Paracuaro Chupacabras Incident. Mora: [...] We are in the middle of a telephone interview that Mr. Miguel Estrada has kindly decided to give us. We will be talking to Mr. Miguel Estrada about the very interesting case involving the Chupacabras, appearing only a few days ago in Paracuaro Michoacan. What is commonly known as Chupacabras, he had the opportunity to conduct research in this regard. Good morning Mr. Estrada, how are you? Estrada: Good morning, arquitecto. I'm here at your disposal Mora: Many thanks, many thanks indeed, Mr. Estrada. First, we'd like to know how it was that you learned of this event and well, everything that happened around it. Estrada: Well, [garbled] I've been involved in the profession of journalism for some forty years, shall we say. [garbled] and I received a call that day from veterinary Uribe, who was inviting me to accompany him to Paracuaro Michoacan to look into a matter of which he had firsthand knowledge. In a sheep pen, they had found a considerable number of animals attached by an animal, about 30-35 dead sheep. Mora: This thing you're telling us is truly interesting, Mr. Estrada, because as far as we know, your state of Michoacan had never had any cases of such a nature. And we'd like to know more about the highly polished and professional video you made in which you also interview the possible witness, who claims seeing the strange being, describing it in a way that is interesting and intriguing. Estrada: Of course. In such cases I'm very respectful of the people being interviewed, and I simply record what they saw, what they felt, and what actually occurred, or that they supposedly saw in such a case. Personally, I have to abide by what these people have told me, as I cannot very well contradict them. Those people experienced the situation at the moment, and I didn't. Our job is to be aware, to glean the information, how it was seen in this situation, resulting in the deaths of 35 male and female sheep by an alleged predator. That's as far as I'd like to go, as part of my work. But what really struck me was that within the premises where the pen was located, there were others, even pig pens. The entrance to this complex of animal pens is at least one hectare wide. Some enclosures held beef cattle, others contained horses. It surprised me that with such a wide variety of animals present, only sheep should have been attacked. What's more, the perimeter, which runs about a quarter of a hectare, has a cyclone fence at stands at least two meters tall. While talking to the owner, Agust=EDn - I'm forgetting his last name, I think its Carrillo - we toured the fence and could not find any part that was deteriorated or with an opening that would have allowed any animal to go through. I was further surprised to find in the sheep pen that there was no way that any animal could have walked or dragged itself in. The cyclone fence has a small door, measuring a meter and a half tall, was closed and secured, so how did the person or animal responsible [for the slayings] get in? I was also surprised that in parts of the animals skins - specifically the ram, found some 30 meters away from the pen - showed signs of a claw, but not an even claw, showing claw marks running - how shall I say? - up and down. The wounds displayed were three, but cross-shaped. Imagine that you were extending your hand and making a "peace and love" symbol with your fingers. Now put your fingers on your desk, run them up and down, and you'll get an idea of what I mean. Mora: This is very compelling, Mr. Estrada. You've given us something to think about. Given your long professional experience, you certainly have the wherewithal for opining on this case from the journalistic standpoint, and as you say, we can't say if the witness is telling the truth or not. But given that you were at the scene of the events yourself, we can state that were a facing an interesting and intriguing case. Furthermore, it would also be interesting to know, throughout all your long and distinguished years in journalism, if you had ever heard of anything similar to this case. Estrada: Well, what can I say...to start with, here in the Tierra Caliente region, about 20-25 years ago, there emerged a rumor or belief among the population about the animal I spoke about in the beginning. I never had the chance to be present at any of these attacks on animals...or even on birds! But yes, the entire region was aware, and [garbled] reminiscences of those attacks emerged again as a result of this. Some 8 or 9 months ago in Apatzingan, at the municipal meat storage locker or in its vicinity, a farmer suffered similar attacks to his livestock. I did hear remarks from people who work at the abattoir who said that thirty something sheep had been attacked by an unknown creature. This was some 8 months ago, I tell you. So if you check out the accounts of other witnesses, you'll learn that five years ago, another resident of Paracuaro had an experience that was similar to the present attack we're discussing. Five years ago, this person had his sheep taken away and devoured, leaving traces of some of the ones it had carried away. But up to now, that's the extent of the record that we have. Mora: Very interesting, Mr. Estrada. So we can say with regard to this case that there are differences with the previous case that you've told us. In this present case, no remains of eaten sheep have been found. Can we speculate as to what the unknown animal in this case could be, Mr. Estrada? Estrada: Well, in this case I will stress that that I'm startled by the fact that some sheep were left alive, but I'm startled that [the attacks] were directed against the animals jugular veins, I don't know how to describe it. I'll send you the photos as soon as we're done with this conversation so you can form your own opinion based on the images. Personally, I repeat, I respect [what I was told] and cannot say to what extent it was true or false. But what we cannot dismiss is that over 35 sheep were slain at that location. Mora: In closing this interview that Mr. Estrada has so graciously given us, I'd like to make one final question [garbled - asks interviewee if a case of full exsanguination versus partial blood remaining in the carcasses would've made a difference] Estrada: Well, no specimens were found lying in a pool of blood. There was blood visible at the site of the injury and nothing more. No, there was no blood in evidence in the ground where they lay. Mora: And that's another mystery to ponder. I want to thank you for your great willingness to be interviewed, and is there some closing statement you'd like to leave us with? Estrada: I'd like to thank you for your interest in the matter and for contacting me, and I remain at your service. (Translation & Transcription (c) 2012, S. Corrales, IHU, with thanks to Arq. Claudio Mora) Listen to 'Strange Days... 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