Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Mistaken Identities

July 4, 2012: So often, we only get the quickest glimpse of an Imaginary. With so little to go on, how can we identify one Imaginary from another? And how can we even tell an Imaginary from a more common species?

It can be tricky to get a positive identification. This is how so many myths and tall talls get started about the Imaginaries.

Take, for example, the meanderthal, a creature almost never seen at all (see Sightings). It would be very easy to assume that a large, human-like figure seen at a distance during a sand storm must be Big Foot. After all, Big Foot is a part of the popular culture, whereas most people have never even heard of a meanderthal. So how would they know what it was that they saw?

On the other hand, a hoop snake (see Have You Seen?) looks just like any other black snake unless it’s in pursuit of its prey. So you could be looking at a hoop snake and never even know it unless it started to roll.

We encourage you to get photos of Imaginaries whenever possible, but sometimes a photo is impossible. The whirling whimpus gives us an example of a creature that can’t be photographed easily (see Field Notes). When the whirling whimpus attacks, it spins so quickly it becomes invisible, and produces a droning sound. So it is often misidentified as wind in the trees, a hive of bees, or even another Imaginary, such as the hidebehind (covered in last month’s Have You Seen? section) or a squonk (more on squonks in months to come).

It takes specialized knowledge to be able to tell one Imaginary from another. This specialization is the work of the agents of Iranigami. We train for years, studying the archives, so that when a sighting takes place, we’re ready for it.

- XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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