- BAKU -- Residents of a few
towns on the Caspian shores in Iran and Azerbaijan say that they saw an
amphibious man, he was reported to be swimming amidst huge shoals of fish.
Rumor has it that the waters where he swam were turning spanking clear
- For the last two years residents of coastal areas around
the southern and southwestern Caspian Sea have been reporting of some amphibious
creature resembling a human being. In March this year an eyewitness account
from the crew of the Baku, an Azeri trawler, was published by Iranian newspaper
Zindagi: "That creature was swimming parallel course near the boat
for a long time," said Gafar Gasanof, a captain of the ship. "At
the beginning we thought it was a big fish, but then we spotted hair on
the head of the monster and his fins looked pretty strange... the front
part of his body was equipped with arms!" said the captain. Back in
Azerbaijan, nobody took his story seriously. It sounded ridiculous to those
who thought that the guy must have been drinking while on board. On the
contrary, shortly after the publication of his interview, the offices of
the Iranian paper got flooded with numerous letters of the readers who
claimed that the story was yet another piece of evidence proving the existence
of the so-called "man of the sea". The readers pointed out that
many fishermen had repeatedly seen the strange creature at sea and on shore
after the seabed volcanoes in the area of Babolsera had come to life in
February and offshore oil production operations had intensified in the
- All the eyewitness accounts provide a similar description
of the marine humanoid. His height is 165-168 cm, he has a strong build,
a protruding ctenoid stomach, his feet are pinniped and he has four webbed
fingers on either of his hands. His skin is of moonlight color. The hair
on his head looks black and green. His arms and legs are shorter and heavier
than those of a medium-build person. Apart from his fingernails, he has
nails growing on the tip of his aquiline nose that look like a dolphin"s
beak. No information as to his ears. His eyes are large and orbicular.
The mouth of the creature is fairly large, his upper jaw is prognathic
and his lower lip flows smoothly into the neck, his chin is missing.
- Iranians dubbed the creature Runan-shah or "the
master of the sea and rivers." The name is partly based on stories
about large shoals of fish accompanying the creature at sea. Other stories
refer to the waters that would turn crystal clear and stay that way for
two or three days after the creature was seen swimming in those areas.
Fishermen claim that fishes that stay alive for a while in the net can
feel the creature coming out of the deep blue sea. Fishes were reported
producing barely heard gurgling sounds as the monster came near. He was
said to answer the call of the catch by making similar throaty sounds.
- Some researchers believe that there is no smoke without
fire and the stories circulating in Iran can be true. Besides, last May
Runan-shah was seen by Azeri fishermen living in the villages located between
the cities of Astara and Lenkoran. According to a theory, the creature
is not alone, there is a family of underwater humans who are on a mission
... to tackle environmental problems of the Caspian.
- The reproduction of flora and fauna in the Caspian has
significantly deteriorated due to a surge in offshore oil production operations
and underwater volcanic activity in the above parts of the sea. The Astrakhan
fishermen has long complained about a decrease in the stock of sturgeon,
the total disappearance of sprat and the like. The seafood industry figures
indicate that the situation in the southern Caspian has worsened even more
- The Caspian Runan-shah is not the only species of underwater
humans on record. Both Herodotus and Plato believed that original human
beings were amphibious and might have founded an underwater state.
- Modern doctors actually agree to that theory by saying
that hiccup is an atavism dating back to ancient times when humans had
both lungs and gills.
- A book of collected scientific articles titled "The
Universe and Humankind" that was published in St. Petersburf in 1905
contains a story of "marine female" caught in the Caribbean.
It also has stories about dead bodies of the amphibious humans washed ashore
in the Azores in 1876. Their descriptions largely correspond with the reported
description of Runan-shah.
- An amphibious humanlike being was reported in Karelia
in 1928. The creature was repeatedly seen in the lake of Vedlozero by local
residents. A group of researchers from the Petrozavodsk university arrived
to investigate the case on location. Unfortunately, the findings were classified
and the members of the research party eventually perished in the Gulag.
- According to latest reports in the media, Iranians have
already started their research of the Caspian phenomenon. The international
scientific community might as well help unravel the mystery if politics
do not get in the way of science this time around.
- - Translated by Guerman Grachev
- L1999-2002 "PRAVDA.Ru"
From Kamran Ahmed
- Read about the legend of Oannes, the fish god in neighbouring
Iraq, who taught humanity writing:
- The entities are one and the same.
- All the best & regards Kamran