The Legend of The Chupacabra

The Chupacabras has been name by Chupa ‘suck’ and Cabra ‘goat’, literally “goat suckers” is a legendary creature rumored to be found living in many parts of America. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States, where the first sightings has been reported.  Especially in the latter’s which is the Latin American communities. The first report made was in March, 1995, it belongs in the group called “Cryptid” meaning that those existence is moreover often regarded as highly unlikely.

A drawing and description of Chupacabra

After the first eyewitness claimed encountered with the creature. Soon after it had been many reports as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a likely heavy creature, a size of a small bear with a row of spines reaching from the neck until the end of the tail.

Biologist and wildlife management are viewing that the chupacabra is known as contemporary legend. In July 2010, an animal was killed and reported to be a chupacabra, but was found that it was a coyote with severe parasite infection. Three months later, the University of Michigan scientist  theorised that coyote infested with parasites were likely the basis of the chupacabra legend.

The first reported attacks occurred in March 1995 in Puerto Rico. In this attack, eight sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood. A few months later, in August, an eyewitness, Madelyne Tolentino, reported seeing the creature in the Puerto Rican town of Canovanas, when almost 150 farm animals and pets were reportedly killed. In 1975, similar killings in the small town of Moca, were named El Vampiro de Moca as “The Vampire of Moca”.

The most common description of chupacabras is a reptile-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo. In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet. This has been told to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked-tongue, and large fangs. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench.When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabras eyes glow an unusual red that lets the witnesses nausea.

A dead chupacabra

Another description of chupacabras, although not as common, describes a strange breed of wild dog. This form is mostly hairless and has a pronounced spinal ridge, unusually pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws. It is claimed that this breed might be an example of a dog-like reptile. Unlike conventional predators, the chupacabras is said to drain all of the animal’s blood and sometimes organs, usually through three holes in the shape of an upside-down triangle or through one or two holes.

Chupacabra's body

Swimming with Dolphins

Dolphins are marine mammals that is closely related to whales and porpoises. There are almost 40 species of dolphins in the world. Dolphins are found world-wide, mostly in shallow seas. Dolphins are carnivores mostly eating fish and squids. Dolphins are among the most intelligent animals, and their friendly appearance and seemingly playful attitude have made them popular among human beings.

Kids having fun with Dolphins

The popularity in swimming with dolphins are increasing greatly over the years, due to satisfaction and learning of human beings experience while swimming with dolphins. It has been told that this activity can help treat depression in human.

Some of the dolphins are kept in Dolphinarium. A  dolphinarium is anaquarium for dolphins, the dolphins are usually kept in large pool or kept in pens of the sea either for research or public performance. Others are part in larger area such as marine mammal parks, zoo and theme parks for attractions.

There are many activity that involves with dolphins, such as snorkeling, introductory dive, guide dives with dolphins, and activities for disabilities. Activity for disability people can give everyone the chance to interact with dolphins that includes people who doesn’t have the ability to do physical activities like normal people do. Some people even attend diving courses so that they could join the dolphins for a swim. Diving or snorkeling with dolphins is also a challenging way to overcome your fear for water and it can also test your confident.

A young child being kissed by a Dolphin

Everyone has to wear a mask, snorkel, fins, and wet suit to be in this activity. It is really important for us to wear these equipment because it’s easy for us to breath under water. People with heart problems, ear problems or respiratory problems have to take cautions for their own safety.

Some activity for swimming with dolphins are quite unique by their names, for exampleswirl, kiss, hug, foot push, jump, dance and not to forget singing. There are three places that human can swim with dolphins such as ponds, natural demarcated area and the sea. The natural demarcated area are places that is located to the sea that shares the pure sea water and sea beds. Some dolphinarium have activity that includes certain points for wild dolphins to accustomed to getting food. Some researchers are against the program because they are worried it can change their eating habits.

But there are also some risk for both humans and dolphins that should be aware in dolphinariums for all times, the risk associated ed injury in human beings, stress and death for dolphins.

A close-up look, swimming with Dolphins

Famous Inventors

The famous inventor that I have chosen is, John Logie Baird. He is the first  creator or inventor of  people’s entertainment until today. He had discovered and invented television. John Logie Baird (August 13, 1888-June 14, 1946) was a Scottish engineer, who is best well-known as the inventor of the first working television system. Baird was born in Helensburgh,  Argyll, Scotland. Baird was educated at Larchfield school but now it is known as Lomom school in Helensburgh, and also carries on his studies at Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, now is named the University of Strathclyde. He also furthered his studies in the University of Glasgow. Unfortunately, during his degree course. It was interrupted by World War One, and he didn’t graduate.

John Logie Baird

The Foremost pioneer, producing television images.

In his first television attempts, Baird experimented with Nipkow disc and demonstrated that a semi mechanical analogue television system was possible for transmitting static image of a ventriloquist’s dummy in London in Februay 1924. This early system highly fragile image that was difficult to view and transmitted only in shades of brown. On October 30, 1925 it became famous and was the first moving image transmitting a grainy image of a ventriloquist dummy’s head. Baird soon demonstrate transmitting an image of a boy who he had paid for taking part of the experiments to a crowd of onlookers. Although the experiments had been experimenting by others including Baird, Paul Gottleib Nipkow and Boris Rosing. But Baird was the first person who ever succeeded in this experiment. He was generally credited for the first person to produce recognizable television image, and continues advancing other experiments in the field.

Soon, in East sussex, Hasting, UK. Claims to be “Birthplace of Television” as it was there he lives for health reasons while spending his time discovering more experiments. From December 1944 until his death in 1946, Baird had been living in Station Road, Bexhill On Sea. Had been currently named “Baird Court”. Rother District Council gave permission to the property to be demolished for the used of construction sites in 2006.

In 1925, London. Baird demonstrated the first moving silhouette images in the Selfridges department store. The  first true television system was demonstrated in the Royal Institution in January 26, 1926 in the Soho district of London. On October 30, 1925, Baird had been successful in transmitting his first true television picture in the laboratory. But he was mocked by public after introducing his invention.

John Logie Baird with his "televisor", circa 1925

In 1927, Baird transmitted a long-distance television signal over 438 miles of telephone line between London and Glasgow. He then set up the Baird Television Development Company Ltd, which in 1928 made the first transatlantic television transmission from London to Hartsdale, New York and also made the first television programme for the BBC. He televised the first live transmission of the Epsom Derby in 1931.

Though Baird is often given credit for ‘inventing’ television, neither himself had ever claimed this. As his early experiments were all with mechanical systems. High definition electronic television as we know it was not invented by any one person, but through the efforts of many. Baird continues developing numerous demonstration in his particular talent.

But in 1946, Baird died in Bexhill On Sea, Sussex, England. After suffering a stroke in February of that year. Due to his success, there is a working model of John Logie Baird, televisor. In London Science Museum. In  honor for the  inventor.

John Logie Baird