You recently met Justin Mark here, via his drawing above.
Justin has sent along a new drawing, which he has entitled, “The Door to Discovery.”
I asked Justin Mark why he picked these five individuals. He answered with this: “These five are all unique in terms of their views on the subject and how they go about it. Rene is probably the funniest (based on the documentary Sasquatch Odyssey), John Green seems like the quiet one, however [he is] firm in his views that the creature is apelike. Krantz is in the center because he is the great mind behind the Gigantopithecus theory (he’s the scientist). Meldrum is placed next to him since he seems to be walking in his shoes and has in possession the most plaster casts plus he’s a physical anthropologist as was Krantz. I couldn’t leave out the author of Legend Meets Science. Peter Byrne is the rogue safari ranger type. Browsing the woods looking for ‘an unknown hominid of some kind, unknown, unclassified.’”
Justin says that, for him, “These 5 individuals define the search.”
This drawing issues from his reading of the books on the field in his library, as shown below.
Meanwhile, another Justin surprised me when he presented a new drawing during his visit to the International Cryptozoology Museum this week.
An artist at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Travis Justin Hill gave me the following:
I am honored and appreciate his art of me, shown happy in a new green shirt I wore at the museum for the first time this week. Talk about “ripped from life” art! Awesome.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, August 3, Michael Angell with his mother Laura Pope, walked into the museum, to hand me a huge donation: a full-sized 7′ 7″ fiberglass replica of an alligator gar.
Michael Angell delivers his donation of a life-size replica of an alligator gar.
At Michael’s grandmother Jean and mother Laura’s home.
Resting in the museum, awaiting placement.
The alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) is a primitive ray-finned fish.
There is interest in them within cryptozoology, as they may have been responsible for some sightings of Lake Monsters.
The realities of natural distribution rules out the alligator gar as a major Lake Monster candidate. The normal range of the alligator gar is the American South, while the belt of Monster-inhabited lakes are mostly in the North. Some overlap has occurred, however. For example, the most northernly verified catch of an alligator gar was at Meredosia, Illinois, in 1922 and an 8.5 ft (2.6 m) specimen, now preserved, was caught at nearby Beardstown.
A few “monster” alligator gars have been collected. Below is a 10 feet (3.0 m) alligator gar caught at Moon Lake, Mississippi in 1910.
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Our appreciation to Justin Mark, Travis Justin Hill, and Michael Angell for their items they have added to the museum exhibitions.