This is an update to Top Cryptozoology Deaths of 2014. My condolences to the families, friends, and associates of these individuals.
Chester Wynn Moore, Sr.
October 3, 1943 – December 27, 2014
Chester Moore Jr., wildlife writer and author of Boogers, Bears, Birds and Beasts: Cryptozoology in the American South, made this announcement of the death of Chester Moore Sr., via his personal Facebook page:
“Tonight [Saturday, December 27, 2014] my father passed away of natural causes while on a hunting trip with me near Freer. Please pray for my mom and my daughter Faith who will not understand. He was the most loving father a son could have.”
Moore Sr. did appear with his son on Is It Real? on the National Geographic Channel in 2005, as himself, in a Bigfoot hunting episode. I met Moore Sr. at cryptozoology conferences. He truly was supportive of the pursuit of the topic by his son, and very involved in the pursuits.
Further details on Chester Moore Sr.’s passing are pending.
Peter Timm and Adele Steegen
Rik Nulens passed along this sad news:
The tragic loss of Peter Timm, a name synonymous with coelacanths and conservation has shaken the diving, scientific and conservation community in South Africa and the world on June 18, 2014.>Peter (51) and his buddy Adele Steegen (45) died in a diving accident while helping find research equipment that was lost during a research cruise in 58m depth of water off Umkomaas near Aliwal Shoal. The equipment, owned by the Oceanographic Research Institute, was being used to sample biodiversity on the seafloor, as part of a multi-institutional collaborative conservation research programme led by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Peter was well known with his discovery of the South-African Coelacanths in Sodwana Bay in October 2000. Adele was the first SA women – and second women ever – who was able to share some ‘great moments’ with a Coelacanth, named ‘Grant’, on March 5, 2014 at a depth of 116 metres. Peter and Adele were also team members of the great international coelacanth dive expedition held last year.They are gone now from this world – forever – but never to be forgotten. Coelacanths will always help us to remember their names!
Peter Timm and his team from TRITON Dive Charters & Lodge managed to film and photograph coelacanths in their natural habitat with special equipment in 2013. Their efforts were called Project Gombessa.
See more on Timm here.
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