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Ghost ship manned with cannibal rats not a myth: Creepy ship headed for shore

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The ghost ship filled with cannibal rats is taking the social networks by storm as some people are dismissing this as an “urban myth.” There is a ghost ship and there is a chance that the rats on board have turned on each other for food, creating a ship full of cannibal rats, according to The Journal IE on Jan. 24.

While the headlines state that the ghost ship is headed for England, others believe it is on a course to hit Ireland’s shores.

So how did this ghost ship get its start?

Thee Lyubov Orlova, a Russian ship named after a Russian actress, is a passenger cruise ship. This 4,000 ton ship took tourist around the Canadian Arctic. For two years, disputes over unpaid bills rendered the ship sitting idle in St. John’s Harbor in Canada. Last year it was decided that the ship would be towed away and used for scrap.

Canadian officials were towing the ship when the tow rope snapped and set the ship adrift on its own. Because it was too dangerous to tow in the North Atlantic with the high seas, the Canadian government fitted the ship with a GPS tracking system and set it free.

Where is the ship headed?

The tracking system malfunctioned and now all there is are witness sightings of the Lyubov Orlova. The last time the ship was spotted, it was about 1,300 nautical miles off the coast of Ireland.

Weather and ocean current experts offered their best estimates on where this ship is headed. They believe that the storms and currents are pushing the ghost ship toward Britain’s shores.

Now others are saying it is most likely the Emerald Isle that will see the ghost ship grace their shores.

What about those cannibal rats?

After two years afloat and any food sources that the rats could access probably gone, it is believed the rats started to eat one another. Rats multiply quickly, so this could be an on-going cycle. While some say this cannibal rat scenario is a myth, there’s actually research that supports this. A research paper back in 1968 offered proof that some rats have been known to turn into cannibal rats.

The paper written by Dr. W. Lane Petter was presented to the Royal Society of Medicine states that researchers observed in a laboratory setting that:

“The malnutrition in laboratory rats and mice can lead grown rats to devour carcasses, and even to attack and kill the young in order to eat them.”

Petter also writes that cannibalism can develop as a “vice.” He continued with:

“Whisker eating in mice is not uncommon; it can go on to ear or toe chewing, and from there to total cannibalism.”

The existence of cannibal rats was also suggested by the New Scientist in 2008 when they noted that “rats in cleaner cages are more likely to cannibalize their young.”

This ghost ship was a passenger ship with luxuries and amenities for the folks who once boarded her to cruise the Canadian Arctic. That would include food and when a ship with a moderate amount of food pulls into any port, there’s always a chance of rats boarding the vessel. There’s a good chance that rats have hitched a ride with the ghost ship long before it became a vacant vessel.

Besides the slight chance of a shipping accident or the ship getting grounded on rocks, the ship doesn’t pose an exorbitant amount of danger. No country would want the possibility of cannibal rats unloading on their shores, so if the ghost ship appears near a country’s shoreline, they might want to tow it back out to sea.

Since that sighting off the shores of Ireland, the ship hasn't been spotted. There is a possibility that the North Atlantic storms took the ship to the depths of the ocean. Others say they believe the ship is intact and it's just a matter of time before the ghost ship starts haunting the shores of Ireland or England.

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