Dragons
Chinese Dragons


Chinese Dragon Caught by Fisherman


Real Dragon Captured by Fisherman
Beyond Science - Published on Jun 27, 2014

A fisherman in Inner Mongolia, China captured what looks like a real Chinese dragon. The dragon has since been transported to Beijing for further studies.







Hoax Confirmed


On 24 June 2014, a video was uploaded to YouTube with the intent of proving that a white dragon had indeed been shot and killed in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the hoaxsters behind the video failed to remove images of this dragon sculpture being created in an art studio:
Flying Dragons Caught on Camera


Flying Dragons Caught on Camera
Beyond Science - Published on Oct 30, 2013

We can all agree that dragons are fantastic creatures. But could they be real? In this video we show some crazy clips that seem to capture dragons ... or at least their silhouettes. Perhaps dragons are the "New Age" Big Foot and Loch Ness Monster.
The Last Dragon | A Fantasy Made Real


Published on Jun 22, 2013

Dragon's world, fantasy made real, Myths and legends of dragons, Frictional story of prehistoric dragons described as the story of "the natural history of the most extraordinary creature that never existed but could have existed.
Dinaric Dragons
Baby Dragon Discovered in Caves?



Dinaric Dragons - Olm (Proteus anguinus) swimming
Published on Aug 20, 2014

An Olm (Proteus anguinus) swimming in an underground stream, hidden in the Slovenian carstic landscape.


Dinaric Dragons - Some Cave Fauna in Ogulin, Croatia.
Published on May 12, 2015

Dinaric Dragons, Troglocaris, Crayfish and bullfish / Proteus anguinus, Troglocaris spp. Austropotamobius spp.and Cottus gobio.

History

The first written mention of the olm is in Janez Vajkard Valvasor's The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola (1689) as a baby dragon. Heavy rains of Slovenia would wash the olms up from their subterranean habitat, giving rise to the folklore belief that great dragons lived beneath the Earth's crust, and the olms were the undeveloped offspring of these mythical beasts. In The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, Valvasor compiled the local Slovenian folk stories and pieced together the rich mythology of the creature and documented observations of the olm as "Barely a span long, akin to a lizard, in short, a worm and vermin of which there are many hereabouts"

Baker, Nick. "The Dragon of Vrhnika – The Olm"

Of all the troglobites, it is perhaps the proteus anguinus, or the olm, that is the star. In Slovenia, a tourism industry exists for those who desire a glimpse of the ghostly salamander that’s beguiled humans for hundreds of years. The first written account of the olm dates back to 1689, in which scholar Janez Vajkard Valvasor disputed the belief that olms were baby dragons. Found in the Dinaric Karst of Europe, it’s easy to see why olms could be fodder for myth. They are blind, yet have barely visible, regressed eyes covered by skin. Their serpentine body can grow over a foot in length, and is covered by whitish, translucent skin that’s artfully highlighted by two frilly pink gills at the back of its head. And, unlike other amphibians that metamorphose into an adult form, the olm retains its larval features, a phenomenon known as neotony. Olms spend their whole lives in water, and so there is no need for them to develop terrestrial characteristics. In keeping with this fairytale-like appearance, olms are said to be able to live up to 100 years and can go without eating for several. Yes, several years.

SOURCE:  - The Dragon Chronicles: The Olm and Other Troglobites - November 30, 2010 - PBS


The limestone labyrinth that is Slovenia's Postojna Cave is home to a most unusual animal. The olm (Proteus anguinus) is also known as the human fish, the baby dragon, and, in Slovenian, "močeril." (Translation: "the one that burrows into wetness.")Photo: Ryan Somma/Creative Common Source: Ella Morton


Two olms (Proteus anguinus), in Postojna Cave, Slovenia.
Credit: Boštjan Burger


The olm as depicted by the French biologist Gaston Bonnier in 1907
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