John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Domain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Diogenes was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy, he was known as Diogenes the Cynic.
Diogenes is also known for an interaction he had with Alexander the Great. Alexander, upon meeting Diogenes while he was relaxing in the morning sun, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my sunlight.” Alexander then declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.”
Migaloo is a beautiful white humpback whale, one of only two known. The other white humpback is a similarly all-white calf, who was also spotted in these waters off the northern coast of New South Wales in 2011, perhaps the child of Migaloo.
Thylacoleo carnifex, more
commonly known as the Marsupial Lion, is an extinct carnivorous tree dwelling
marsupial that called the Australian outback home during the late Pleistocene era.
The giant mammal was the largest carnivore to ever exist in Australia and is
thought to be one of the largest marsupials to exist anywhere in the world.
Scientists believe the creature went extinct along with the other Megafauna of
the continent as little as 46,000 years ago. But if this is true, why do some
people still claim to have seen them in the vast openness of Australia?
In the mid-2000’s, multiple residents in the town of Tumbulgum
(located in New South Wales) claimed that they had not only seen the Marsupial
Lion, but that it was actually “stalking” the surrounding area and
feeding on the unfortunate wildlife. Witnesses describe seeing a large
creature the size of a lion but with “cramped” legs like that of a
marsupial which would lead to a slight waddle while walking. The fur was often
seen to be brindled (subtle stripes of irregular dark color) with
tannish-yellow spotting and it had a long thick tail. The creatures face had a wide, thick nose like that of
a wombat and large incisors (both upper and lower) protruding
from the mouth.
According to scientists who have studied the skeletons of long
dead Marsupial Lions, a full grown specimen would stand nearly 3ft at the
shoulder and measured nearly 5ft long from head to tail. It is believed that
these large carnivores could weigh anywhere between 250-360lbs. The Lion also
possessed a large tail like that of a kangaroo which many scientists believe
would have allowed it to support its full body weight thus allowing it the
ability to slash and grab at prey with its long retractable claws. Once in
hand, the creature would pull its victim toward its blade like molars which
easily allowed it to tear flesh and break bone. Testing the bite force on the
collected jaws of these creatures showed that the Marsupial Lion had the
strongest bite of any animal in the world either living or dead.
So could this creature that many claim died out thousands of years
ago still be around? While one may be quick to say no, it should be noted that
there have been countless reported sightings of many different types of extinct
Australian Megafauna for hundreds of years. People to this day claim to see
supposedly long dead giant birds, reptiles, and mammals while out in the bush
miles away from any other living soul. This could truly mean that there are a
few species thought to be extinct thriving away in the uninhabited parts of the
Still not into this theory and need a little more convincing? Take into consideration that Australia only has a population of 24+ million people and over 85% of that total
population lives along the coast as 40% of the country is listed as
uninhabitable for human living due to high temperatures, barren landscapes, and lack of water or shelter. That’s 40% of an entire continent void of humans and free to
whatever long extinct animal wants to claim it and remain undetected while