Google Earth can almost find a needle in a haystack and it might soon be able to do just that. Until that time, it is finding amazing and questionable objects. Everywhere, people are wondering if it has found the legendary Kraken of mythology. Can dinosaurs still exist? Let’s look at some other ancient living species before we decide.
The Goblin Shark is thought to have existed 125 million years ago but is still alive in the salt waters of the ocean. It is a very rare creature and has a frightening appearance. The jaw can extend downward at a 45 degree angle giving it an appearance of the Alien from the Ridley Scott movie. It was re-discovered in 1898.
Just to be fair to plant life around the world, I wanted to include one so they wouldn’t feel left out. The Ginkgo Tree is commonly used to help asthmatics and relieve bronchitis. It is also used to help with memory loss and to combat dementia. A very useful tree that has been around long before health care. The Ginkgo goes back 170 million years.
The crocodile family includes crocodiles, alligators and caimans. They are so tough that I have heard of a story where a .45 caliber bullet bounced off of its skull. True, it was at an angle but I would like to see you bounce a slug off your noggin. They have been around for 250 million years. Wow, they even look like a dinosaur.
Better known as the submarine used by Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and “The Mysterious Island,” the nautilus is a real creature living in the coral reefs of the Indian and western Pacific oceans. This creature has survived for over 500 million years. And you thought it was just a movie.
Jellyfish are everywhere. You will find them deep in the ocean or close to the surface. They are in every existing ocean on the planet. You can even find them washed up on the beaches at almost anytime. Believe it or not, jellyfish have been existing for over 700 million years. They were around before the dinosaurs and the reptiles who became dinosaurs. They are the oldest existing creature to have had more than one organ. That takes it back to almost one celled life. Now, if we could just get them to talk so we know what really happened back then.
This photo was taken in an area off an island in Antarctica known as Deception Island. Using computer methods, its visible structure is measured at almost 100 feet long. Speculating on the mass under the water, it is thought to be as long as 240 feet. Hard to miss something that big even from a satellite.
While the Kraken has never been proven to exist, some are speculating that this could be the very real plesiosaur. If this is a plesiosaur, that means it has survived 66 million years past its last known existence. If a jellyfish can trace its ancestry back 700 million years, why is it so hard to believe 66 million?