Welcome to Gary Opit’s Cryptozoological Australia.
This Google earth image of the Australian continent shows its position in relation to New Zealand, the South Pacific Islands, New Guinea and South East Asia. Asian animals are found west of the Wallace line between Indonesia and New Guinea. The plants and animals of Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand are closely related to those of South America from where the marsupials entered Australia. Both this continent and South America were joined to Antarctica and all formed part of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.
Inhabiting the Australian ecosystems are some of the last of the mammals that evolved in the Southern Hemisphere, the egg-laying monotremes, platypus and echidna. The platypus swam in the rivers around the feet of the dinosaurs for 60 million years. Sixty five million year after the dinosaurs succumbed to the rigors of life the platypus swim around the feet of humans.
There are 55 different kinds of kangaroos or Macropods (big feet) as they are known zoologically in Australia, ranging from the rabbit-sized long-nosed potoroo to the red and the great grey kangaroo. Other well known Australian marsupials include the koala, wombat, possums, Tasmanian tigers or thylacines, Tasmanian devils, spotted quolls and bandicoots, the largest of which is the rabbit-sized bilby with very large ears and a long flagged tail.
Some Asian animals have crossed the permanent ocean barrier south of Indonesia to reach Australia. Millions of years ago some bird species, reptiles and rats, arrived, followed by Aboriginal humans more than 50, 000 years ago, who then brought the dingo or wild dog about 3000 years ago.
The first British people to settle here sailed into Sydney harbour in 1788 and built their first houses between where the opera house and the harbour bridge now stand. From then on the rest of the world began to learn about the wonderful new animals that only live on this continent. The largest of these animals were only glimpsed or heard calling on rare occasions. The Aboriginal people called one species a Yahoo or Yowie and described it as an animal of large proportions whose body was covered with masses of long hair. Another large animal in these forests was an elusive carnivore, striped like a tiger, which has never been captured. In the water lived a strange beast almost as big as a horse and it was known to the Aboriginal people as a Bunyip.
From my decades of research, interviews with people who have had real life encounters with these animals and from my own experience, I have no doubt that the big Yowie or Australian Hairy Man exists. Several people that I have spoken to and who live adjacent the wild forests have observed them even in their backyards. Others have documented detailed accounts of sightings over multiple nights, “When I turned on the torch I could see two bright glowing eyes, yellow with a dull red mixed in, at a height of 2 metres,” is an excerpt of the fully documented event in my book “AUSTRALIAN CRYPTOZOOLOGY”.
From the decades of research by people around the world we can be sure that the Bigfoot or Sasquatch and the Yeti’s exist. They are alive right now in several geographical regions around the world. Only time will tell when a Yowie or Bigfoot allows itself to be photographed, and for the general public to become true believers of the existence of these mysterious hominids.
I know this may cause concern for some of you because they are powerful intelligent animals. Let me reassure you, they are unknown because they are not dangerous and do not attack people and do not like being observed. They have survived thousands of years living alongside tribal hunting people who usually regarded them as sacred beings to be respected. They appear to be peaceful, primarily nocturnal, primates and their only interest in humans is observing our behaviours. They probably know more about us than we know about them.
“Good science is always open-minded, and the history of science is one of surprises and overturnings. Science is nothing but careful thinking, and careful thinking encouraging an appreciation of the complexity of the world. The complexity encourages us to maintain several possibilities at once. In a single lifetime, we may have no way to remove the ambiguities from these possibilities. A scientist may tend to favour one story over the others, but will always be careful to concede uncertainty and maintain a willingness to change the balance with new, incoming information” (David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, Why I am a ‘possibilian’, New Scientist, 25/09/10.)