You be the judge of that!
Here is the background story.
- In April of last year, SvS went public claiming that a GWS caught in El Choyudo, Baja, Mexico, was carrying one of the tags he had attached to GWS in California.
That would have revolutionized what we know of the migration patterns of the Californian GWS, and caused quite a stir among researchers. SvS circulated a picture of the tag but claimed that the wife of one of the Mexican fishermen, one Paulina Leon, had contacted him and asked for money for sending it back to him. Later on, he explained that he could not substantiate his assertions because the tag had been sold to some unnamed competing researcher.
- Patric smelled a rat right away and posted this comment
What caught us were the nature of the images. In one, the alleged tag was in place with a small knife for perspective. Something only a researcher would do, certainly not a small village fisher-woman in Mexico.
- Michael Domeier traveled to El Choyudo to investigate the matter and found no evidence whatsoever of either the tag or Paulina Leon, casting further doubt on the veracity of SvS' assertions.
- I focused on the fact that the claimed e-mail conversation between Paulina Leon and SvsS had apparently taken place before (!) the capture of the Shark, a further indication that the story was likely a total fabrication.
And now, I find this - copy/paste.
Sean R. van Sommeran --
The purpose of the close quarters contact was not for recreation it was for the purposes of recovering an ID tag in 2001 (and other of our tags) that was placed at same site (MBNMS) during 1995, when we first began tagging phase of long term monitoring study,, we began study in 1992 but worked patiently and diligently working up to the close approach and tagging aspect of the study, these tags were subsequently identified and documented also (proofing) at SE Farallones in 1999, they were seen earlier but not successfully documented until then by S. Anderson (naturalist) and PRBO assistant Adam Brown, I finally got a copy of that from them (like pulling teeth) in 2006, following our 2005 acceptance (due to vindication of data scandal and concurrent allegations of speeding with our research lure (now standard issue), I was menaced by a $22,000 fine, by same academic corporate clique of experts who embraced the hook and line and fin mutilating methods of Dr Domeier and his millionaire cohorts et al.
Everything we do or accomplish is distorted by PR and Outreach (obese salaries) over in Monterey and affiliated colleges and experts,,,.
Comes with the territory (MBNMS/GFNMS),,,
Wow wow wow!
Compare the picture (see top of this post) with the picture of the tag that was allegedly retrieved from the El Choyudo Shark in 2012, posted here!
And now look at SVS' caption: archive/2004-mar???
May SVS have made a stupid sloppy mistake and unwittingly proven that his outlandish assertions were nothing more than bullshit?
As in: totally busted?
As in: totally busted?
Questions questions... :)
PS Patric about tapeworms here!