Guide to Patagonia's Monsters & Mysterious beings

I have written a book on this intriguing subject which has just been published.
In this blog I will post excerpts and other interesting texts on this fascinating subject.

Austin Whittall

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My photos of "Nahuelito"

In a recent post I wrote that during my trip to Bariloche I had taken some photographs of a strange thing in Lake Nahuel Huapi.

The sequence is shown below, the first photo shows the view, looking North,from the summit of Cerro (Mount) Campanario, a solitary mountain 1.050 m high (3,442 ft.), which gives a great 360° view of the Lake and its southeastern coast. It is located 17 km (10.6 mi.) from Bariloche and 3 km (2 mi) from my family's cabin. We took a walk on Oct. 8, and rode up the mountain on a chairlift. The day was lovely, slightly cloudy, not windy and sunny. The lake was calm and the view great.

We looked at the lake and the scenery and took some pictures. Then I saw what I thought was a boat on the lake, close to Huemul Peninsula, between it and Victoria Island. It stood out as a dark dot on the calm lake which moved slowly, too slowly for a boat. I took several photographs (numbered 1 to 4). Now, looking at them, they seem to show a rippled lake surface which reflects the mountains in the back, hence the dark reflection on the lake surface. It was not a boat, it was the reflected forest.

However, photo 5 shows something else (clearly seen in photo 5 and its zoom):

It is a minute dot, a triangular shaped dark object towards the right of the central part of the photo. It is seen in photo 6 and then it is gone, it does not appear in the remaining photos.

Options: Possible explanations and my estimated probability.

1. Another reflection of the mountains... 95%
2. Some sort of wave... 5%
3. Nahuelito surfacing... 0%

Sorry, but I am a skeptic, even if I see it myself. Perhaps, if I had taken my binoculars I could have seen it better and been able to give a better explanation.

nahuelito sequence

The detailed photos are these:
Photo 1: General view of the area, the remaining photos concentrate on the region within the red circle.

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Photo 2:
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Photo 3:
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Photo 4:
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Photo5: "Nahuelito" is the tiny dot, a small dark "wedge" on the central right part of the image.
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Zoom on Photo 5:
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Photo 6:
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Photo 7:
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Photo 8:
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If you want a copy of any of these photos, I can send you the originals.
The original high definition photo 5 is below:
nahuelito sequence

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

100,000 hits! and Nahuelito

Well, today is quite a day!, I have just checked the counter at the foot of the page and noticed that we have had more than one hundred thousand hits!

Thank you all for visiting this blog and reading what I have written. I am flattered and honored.

Volcano and ashes
By the way, I was in Bariloche (Lake Nahuel Huapi) with my wife and son, we went there for a few days as it was a long weekend here in Argentina (Columbus Day moved back to Monday 10th).

It was interesting because a volcano close to Bariloche has been erupting for several months now (our flight took us 3/4 of the way to Bariloche and we had to take a bus to cover the remaining 450 km) it is Puyehue Volcano, in Chile. My family's cabin, in the forest, was sprinkled with a talc-like ash and the whole garden and the area where the excess volcanic ash slid off the roof was covered with (I call it sand) volcanic ash. Between 5 and 10 cm (2 to 4 in.) covered the garden, pathways, roads. On Sunday the volcanic plume blew southeast and blanketed Bariloche. Amazing.

Nahuelito or a mirage?

By the way, I will post some pictures and an interesting set I took from the top of Cerro Campanario (a mountain whose Spanish name means belfry and which stands up, alone, above the lake close to our cabin) in it you can see a strange dark shape in the lake which vanished after a few minutes... Nahuelito? I don't think so, but it is a clear example of the strange things that can be seen (though, I had never seen something like that in the 40 years that I have spent gazing at Nahuel Huapi).

A preview:

nahuel huapi lake creature

detail of Nahuelito

The first image, above, shows a view looking north, across the narrow part of the lake, the circle is enlarged in the bottom image. It shows a dark shape floating in the lake, it later disappeared.

More photos and details in my next post.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pleistocene Coalition

The Pleistocene Coalition is a very interesting site and resource for those who are looking for another point of view regarding Prehistoric issues.

They are not afraid to challenge the orthodox status quo which tends to disregard anything that does not fit in with the neat model that "orthodox" scientists have built over the last century.

Check out their website and browse their "Pleistocene Coalition News" newsletter. It is very interesting:

In my next posts I will continue with the Neanderthals in America subject.

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