From the discovery of abandoned planes; to the mystery Grolar Bear Sighting; These are 12 MYSTERIOUS Discoveries in Alaska !
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12. Orange Slime
11. King Bear Skull
10. Giant Ragfish
9. New Species of Whale
8. Active Volcanoes
7. North America’s First Inhabitants
6. Grolar Bear Sightings
So what do you get when you cross a polar bear and a grizzly bear? A grolar bear, or some people call them pizzly bears. Whichever name you choose to go with, these hybrids have been spotted roaming the wilderness and small villages in Alaska and they could become more of a common sight to behold. Polar bears appear to be losing food sources in the arctic circle and must head south in search of food or for mating. Residents of the isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, all the way up north claim that these two species have been mating and they give off a a beautiful golden appearance like we see here. It seems to be evidence of species having to adapt to their environments and these hybrids take hundreds of years to develop.
5. Atka Island Abandoned Plane
Due to the sheer size of A laska, driving around streets to reach some destinations is basically impossible. This form of transportation is commonly used to deliver supplies to small towns despite the harsh weather. But this one we see here isn’t a cargo plane. In fact it’s a consolidated B-24 Liberator that was used as a heavy bomber in every branch of the US armed forces. It was often used in the campaign against the Japanese and in antisubmarine operations. This abandoned B-24 is found on the Aleutian Island of Atka and it was forced to crash land in 1942. It was on a weather reconnaissance mission but the weather was the one keeping it from landing at a designated runway. The pilot managed to escape with only a broken collarbone and the site has been managed to keep the plane preserved as a reminder of its service in WW2.
4. The Kruzof Island Discoveries
Alaska is certainly home to some brutal winters and it almost seems like the last place you’d want to be stranded unless you are an experienced survivor. A sailing ship known as the Neva was famous for completing Russia’s first circumnavigation of the world between 1803 and 1807. Four years later when the ship was out at sea again a fierce storm struck off the coast of Alaska, causing the ship to sink. Only 28 out of the 47 crew members were able to make it to land but they would have to survive on a remote Alaska n island. Artifacts from the survivors show that they managed to craft tools from things such as nails in order to make fishing hooks. Other things you see in this such as musket balls, sheet copper, axe heads and spikes were discovered on Kruzof island. No skeletons were found, suggesting that they survived long enough to make it off the island.
3. Frozen Moose Discovery
Normally when you think of Alaska, two things usually pop up in your head. Ice and moose, well here we got both! A teacher on a hike in Northwestern Alaska made a mysterious discovery in November of 2016 when he saw a pair of moose antlers popping up from the ground and went to go investigate. They found themselves a moose popsicle that was buried under 8 inches of ice in some parts. But wait there’s more. They found another frozen moose deeper under the ice with its antlers clashing against the other moose. They said they Their hypothesis was that the moose were getting into a fight, they stumbled into this freezing lake and drowned.
2. A Friendly Blackbear
For many of you who live close to nature you might be a little more accustomed to seeing a site like this! Bears can be seen as a scary nuisance in Alaska but this one is just unbearably adorable. But for this particu lar bear found playing around in a backyard in Alaska, you might find it a tad mysterious but amazing at the same time. It’s seen playing around with an inflatable toy and even goes over to a swing set! Looks like this bear is just looking for a friend!
Possibly the most mysterious artifact found in Alaska date back to 1400 years ago. It’s a bronze buckle found at Cape Espenberg that appears to have made it’s way there from China, well before the Bering Strait land bridge melted. Could the natives in this area have actually made contact with the Chinese! It appeared to have been older than the house they were originally excavating at least a few hundred year and metal crafting was really never apart of eskimo culture. Some believe that it’s likely that the ancient artifact was dropped by a Russian explorer or a whaler. But if that’s not the case, it could be evidence of an advanced trade route between Asia and Alaska during the Bronze age.
Apr 6, 2017