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Jun 01

Kongamato, the African Dragon

By: Tamara Ortiz

Hello Paranormal Seekers,

There is an unknown creature reported to be seen flying through the skies in Africa. This creature is said to be the Kongamato (less known names of Oliatau or Sasabonsam), Kongamato meaning “overwhelmer of boats” or “breaker of boats”. Although most reports come out of Africa, there have been sightings of the Kongamato in North America, Australia and parts of Europe. Some speculate that the Kongamato is an ancestor of the pterodactyl.

Pterodactyl – a pterosaur of the late Jurassic period, with a long slender head and neck and a very short tail

Pterosaur – an extinct warm-blooded flying reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with membranous wings supported by a greatly lengthened fourth finger, and probably covered with fur.

There are several descriptions of the Kongamato but most individuals describe a very large flying creature with reddish, brownish skin, some report feathers. They go on to describe a long neck, a long tail, pointy ears and a very large wingspan.

In 1925 a well-known British newspaperman, G. Ward Price and the Duke of Windsor learned of individuals that had been attached by a giant flying creature in Africa. Price interviewed the victims and showed them a picture of a pterodactyl, the victims stated that this was the creature that attacked them.

In 1956 an engineer by the name of J.P.F. Brown reported seeing two prehistoric looking creatures flying over Fort Rosebery, Zambia. Brown reported that the creatures had long tails, narrow necks, teeth and a wingspan of 3 and ½ feet. A year later in 1957 a man was treated for a chest wound at the Fort Rosebery Hospital ER; his report of the creature that had attached him was very similar to Brown’s report.

In 1988 cryptozoologist, biologist, vice-president of the International Society of Cryptozoology and Scientific Director of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau between 1965 and 1975 Roy Mackal PhD led an expedition into Namibia in search of the Kongamato because of reports he had read and studied. There was no hard evidence produced from this expedition but a team member, James Kosi reported to have seen the Kongamato at about 1000 feet above him.

There are many cryptozoologists that continue to search for evidence of this amazing cryptid. So if your ever find yourself in Kongamato territory, make sure you keep an eye to the sky in search of this illusive creature, do this to catch glimpse but also to stay safe, for it is said by many tribes in Africa that the Kongamato is very strong and can pick you up and carry you away.

(1999). Cryptozoology A to Z. In L. Coleman, & J. Clark, Cryptozoology A to Z. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Inc.

Cryptozoology. (2006). Retrieved May 24, 2016, from Dark Site Kongamato: http://www.darksites.com/

Google Images. (n.d.). Retrieved May 24, 2016, from ImagesGoogle.com:

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Jan 10

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Jan 02

Ya-Te-Veo the Man eating tree

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Screenshot_4Imagine walking through the woods, when you happen upon a tree…a tree that looks like no other tree you’ve ever seen. You go to touch it, because it’s unique, perhaps even beuatiful…drawing you in…then suddenly, it grabs and devours you! Does such a tree or plants exist? Although there are tales dating back to the 1880’s of carnivorous trees…the first carnivorous plant to be identified by botanists, was the Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) in the 1760’s. It was unbelievable that a plant could capture and consume living specimens!

A century later…other reports started rolling in about carnivorous plants and even trees that could ensare and devour creatures as large as birds, dogs, and monkeys…and even humans! Dr. Karl Shuker, a well known, British Cryptozoologist states that “the most incredible case on file is one that first came to Western attention via an extraordinary letter allegedly received during the early 1870s (differing accounts give different dates) by Polish biologist Dr Omelius Fredlowski (sometimes spelt ‘Friedlowsky’). According to the letter’s contents, at least one Western explorer claimed to have witnessed an all-too-real, fatal encounter with a rapacious botanical monster (as portrayed vividly in the illustration opening this present ShukerNature article of mine) that would put even the worst excesses of Audrey II to shame!

The letter Dr. Shuker is referring to is from Carl Liche (a.k.a. ‘Karl’ and as ‘Leche’ or in other various combinations). Carl Liche was a German explorer in the 1880’s and had been visiting a primitive tribe called the Mkodos on the island of Madagascar with a Westerner named Hendrick. It is said that Liche and Hendrick were shown a mishapen, grotesque tree, which the Mkodos referred to as the tepe, and to which humans were sacrificed:

“If you can imagine a pineapple eight feet high and thick in proportion resting upon its base and denuded of leaves, you will have a good idea of the trunk of the tree, a dark dingy brown, and apparently as hard as iron. From the apex of this truncated cone eight leaves hung sheer to the ground. These leaves were about 11 or 12 ft long, tapering to a sharp point that looked like a cow’s horn, and with a concave face thickly set with strong thorny hooks. The apex of the cone was a round white concave figure like a smaller plate set within a larger one. This was not a flower but a receptacle, and there exuded into it a clear treacly liquid, honey sweet, and possessed of violent intoxicating and soporific properties. From underneath the rim of the undermost plate a series of long hairy green tendrils stretched out in every direction. These were 7 or 8 ft long. Above these, six white almost transparent palpi [tentacles] reared themselves toward the sky, twirling and twisting with a marvellous incessant motion. Thin as reeds, apparently they were yet 5 or 6 ft tall.”

Suddenly, after a shrieking session of prayers to this sinister tree, the natives encircled one of the women in their tribe, and forced her with their spears to climb its trunk, until at last she stood at its summit, surrounded by its tentacle-like palpi dancing like snakes on all sides. The natives told the doomed woman to drink, so she bent down and drank the treacle-like fluid filling the tree’s uppermost plate, and became wild with hysterical frenzy:

“But she did not jump down, as she seemed to intend to do. Oh no! The atrocious cannibal tree that had been so inert and dead came to sudden savage life. The slender delicate palpi, with the fury of starved serpents, quivered a moment over her head, then fastened upon her in sudden coils round and round her neck and arms; then while her awful screams and yet more awful laughter rose wildly to be instantly strangled down again into a gurgling moan, the tendrils one after another, like green serpents, with brutal energy and infernal rapidity, rose, retracted themselves, and wrapped her about in fold after fold, ever tightening with cruel swiftness and the savage tenacity of anacondas fastening upon their prey. And now the great leaves slowly rose and stiffly erected themselves in the air, approached one another and closed about the dead and hampered victim with the silent force of a hydraulic press and the ruthless purpose of a thumb screw.

“While I could see the bases of these great levers pressing more tightly towards each other, from their interstices there trickled down the stalk of the tree great streams of the viscid honeylike fluid mingled horribly with the blood and oozing viscera of the victim. At the sight of this the savage hordes around me, yelling madly, bounded forward, crowded to the tree, clasped it, and with cups, leaves, hands and tongues each obtained enough of the liquor to send him mad and frantic. Then ensued a grotesque and indescribably hideous orgy. May I never see such a sight again.

“The retracted leaves of the great tree kept their upright position during ten days, then when I came one morning they were prone again, the tendrils stretched, the palpi floating, and nothing but a white skull at the foot of the tree to remind me of the sacrifice that had taken place there.”

Liche subsequently dubbed the tepe Crinoida dajeeana (after a fancied resemblance to the starfish-related crinoids or sea-lilies, and in honour of a noted Bombay physician, Dr Bhawoo Dajee).

Carl Liche was not the only visitor to Madagascar to learn of this nightmarish species. Chase Salmon Osborn, Governor of Michigan from 1911-13, traveled to Madagascar during the early 1920s in the hopes of witnessing the carnivorous tree. Unfortunately however, but perhaps lucky for him, he was unsuccessful in locating one, though it was apparently well-known to natives all over the island, and even some of the Western missionaries working there. Mr. Liche also claimed that from the very earliest times, Madagascar had been known as ‘the land of the man-eating tree’, which he used as the title of a book that he later wrote about his sojourn in Madagascar (though the tepe itself scarcely featured in it).
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According to Wikipedia…in his 1955 book, Salamanders and other Wonders,[10] science author Willy Ley determined that the Mkodo tribe, Carl Liche, and the Madagascar man-eating tree itself all appeared to be fabrications.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of explorers searched for the man-eating tree in Madagascar, not realizing that the story was a NY World hoax.

In 1888 the story was fully exposed for what it was, and its author identified. Frederick Maxwell Somers had launched a new magazine, Current Literature, and in the second issue he reprinted the story of the man-eating tree and provided information about its origin: It was written years ago by Mr. Edmund Spencer for the N.Y. World. While Mr. Spencer was connected with that paper he wrote a number of stories, all being remarkable for their appearance of truth, the extraordinary imagination displayed, and for their somber tone. Mr. Spencer was a master of the horrible, some of his stories approaching closely to those of Poe in this regard. Like many clever men his best work is hidden in the files of the daily press. This particular story of the Crinoida Dajeeana, the Devil Tree of Madagascar, was copied far and wide, and caused many a hunt for the words of Dr. Friedlowsky. It was written as the result of a talk with some friends, during which Mr. Spencer maintained that all that was necessary to produce a sensation of horror in the reader was to greatly exaggerate some well-known and perhaps beautiful thing. He then stated that he would show what could be done with the sensitive plant when this method of treatment was applied to it. The devil-tree is, after all, only a monstrous variety of the ‘Venus fly trap’ so common in North Carolina. Mr. Spencer died about two years ago in Baltimore, Md. Frank Vincent: The first man-eating-tree searcher was the American travel writer Frank Vincent, author of Actual Africa. He traveled throughout Madagascar during the early 1890s, and while he wasn’t there specifically to search for the man-eating tree, he later told reporters that he did ask around about it “for his own personal satisfaction”. However, he couldn’t find it and concluded that accounts of it were “the purest Munchausenism”.

It seems that almost every detail in the story was fictitious. None of the individuals mentioned in it existed…not Karl Leche, Dr. Omelius Friedlowsky, or Dr. Bhawoo Dajee. The Mkodos were apparently not a real tribe, and the tree itself, was pure fantasy…a gothic horror of the colonial era. However, the source to which the story was credited, “Graefe and Walther’s Magazine, published at Carlsruhe”, was a real publication. Or, at least, there was a scientific journal founded by two prestigious German surgeons, Karl Ferdinand von Graefe and Philipp Franz von Walther, titled Journal der Chirurgie und Augenheilkunde (The Surgical and Ophthalmic Journal). This journal interestingly enough was published in Berlin, not Carlsruhe. Also, it began publication in 1820 aScreenshot_2nd ended in 1850, following the death of Walther. So by 1874, there hadn’t been a new issue of the journal for 24 years. Therefor, this journal was NOT the original source of the man-eating tree story.

The idea that a carnivorous tree existed, was not to be tamed however…for after The Tree of Madagascar tale…in central America, in the late 1880’s, reports were made of a tree called the Ya-Te-Veo.

And in Sea and Land (1887), J.W. Buel included a description and image of a Ya-Te-Veo tree,

that was said to grow in South America. It supposedly caught and consumed humans by means of its long tendrils:

It is said to grow in parts of Central and South America with cousins in Africa and on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Though there are many different descriptions of the plant, most reports say it has a short, thick trunk, and long, tendril like appendages which are used to catch prey. Some have even claimed that it has an eye to locate it’s prey with.

Over the years, the media has taken off with these tales of horror as the tree and other carnivorous plants are repeatedly utilized in movies throughout the 20th century. Ron Sullivan and Jon Eaton, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2007, noted that the man-eating tree of Madagascar served as the “progenitor of a whole literary dynasty of sinister plants.” These included: “H.G. Wells’ Strange Orchid (it stupefied its victims with perfume and sucked their blood with its tendrils); John Wyndham’s peripatetic Triffids; the Widow’s Weed in Gus Arriola’s ‘Gordo’ comic strip; and, not least, Audrey II of ‘Little Shop of Horrors.'”
Carl Liche, it seems, is not who he claimed to be. Researchers who investigated this case in the 20th century found no evidence to prove Liche’s story, or even his existence for that matter. Those who investigate unknown animals are called cryptozoologists (or perhaps in this case, cryptobotanists). As they’re known for being somewhat credulous, you can probably take the sceptics’ word for it when they say that this crypto-veggie doesn’t exist. Or does it?

Since the story of The Madagascar Tree, and the Ya-Te-Veo Tree, other reports continue rolling in about various man-eating trees…TheScreenshot_3 Nubian Tree for example, found in Nubia, and The Vampire Vine in Nicaragua, called “The Devil’s Snare” by the local natives.

The Tree of Madagascar appears to have been debunked…however can we prove unequivically that there are no carnivorous plants or trees like that of the Ya-Te-Veo existing that can capture and consume a human? So far it seems not…however we cannot also claim for a fact, that it does exists. What we do know, is that there are in fact various carniorous plants aside from the common Venus Fly Trap. The carnivorous plant with the largest known traps is probably Nepenthes rajah, which produces pitchers up to 38 cm (15 in) tall with a volume of up to 3.5 litres (0.77 imp gal; 0.92 US gal).[2] This species may rarely trap small mammals.[3]

Sources:

http://hoaxes.org/archive/permalink/man_eating_tree_of_madagascar

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-madagascan-man-eating-tree-more.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-eating_tree

http://hoaxes.org/archive/permalink/man_eating_tree_of_madagascar

Nov 23

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Jan 07

Onza

Courtesy of:  https://en.wikipedia.org

The Onza is claimed to be a feline species similar to a cougar. It is a cryptid – a creature whose existence has been alleged but not proven. The term has also been used to refer to the jaguarundi (Puma yaguaroundi).

A legend that is claimed to be less well known among cryptozoologists states that there are two species of jaguarundi living in Mexico, one usually called “onza” and the other called by other local names.

In another legend, according to some unknown cryptozoologists, a Mexican feline that first appeared in Aztec texts, is an onza.

Onza

In another legend, Volume 13 of the Florentine Codex, a compilation of Aztec customs, beliefs and natural history, describes the cuitlamiztli, which is said to resemble a cougar but is far more aggressive.

In another legend, Christopher Columbus sent a letter from Mexico to “the Spanish kings”, describing a remarkable animal: “A marksman killed a beast like a cat, but pretty much longer and with a human-like face. He pierced it with an arrow… Nevertheless, it was so wild that he had to cut a foreleg and a rear leg from it. When a boar saw the beast, it got the creeps… In spite of that, the huge cat was dying… It immediately attacked the boar, surrounded his snout with his tail and strongly pressed it. Then with the foreleg that was left, it strangled it.”

In another legend, when the conquistadors arrived in Mexico from Spain, they were shown the great zoo of the emperor Montezuma. One of the Spaniards, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, said that the zoo contained “tigers (jaguars) and lions (cougars) of two kinds, one of which resembled the wolf”.

In another legend, after the Spaniards settled in Mexico, the animal was seen more often, and some unidentified group of people gave it the name onza. “It is not as timid as the [cougar]”, wrote a Jesuit priest, Father Ignaz Pfefferkorn, in 1757, “and he who ventures to attack it must be well on his guard”. Another missionary, Father Johann Baegert, wrote that an “onza dared to invade my neighbor’s mission when I was visiting, and attacked a 14-year-old boy in broad daylight … A few years ago another killed the strongest and most respected soldier” in the area.

As a more recent series of anecdotes goes, in 1938, and again in 1986, an unknown number of cougar-like animals shot in Sinaloa were identified as “onza” by some unknown parties.

One such story says that in 1938, hunters Dale and Clell Lee, with Indiana banker Joseph Shirk, shot what locals called an “onza” near La Silla Mountain in Sinaloa. Dale Lee was certain that the animal they shot was not a “puma.

Although somewhat resembling what some think is a “puma” in coloration, its ears, legs, and body were longer, and it was built more lightly than a what they called a puma.

In this legend, the only viable specimen to have been examined was contributed by a rancher named Andres Murillo. In January 1986, he shot what he thought was a jaguar attacking him. Although there’s no explanation of who proved it or how, the story goes on to say that it was proved not to be a jaguar. Murillo brought the specimen to a person identified only as “Vega”, who was said to own a nearby ranch. There it was found to be a female, weighing 60 lb (27 kg), and measuring 45 inches (1.1 m) long, without the 23 inches (58 cm)-long tail. The story claims the animals were much like cougars, but had lighter frames with longer, striped legs, longer ears, and a longer tail. It also claimed this particular cat had the appearance of a cougar with a very long, thin body and long, thin dog-like legs. Deer had been found in its stomach, supposedly indicating that it had eaten recently. The ranch owner referred to as Vega told Murillo that the specimen greatly resembled what he called an “onza“, that his father had shot in the 1970s, and the skull of which he still had.

In another version of this legend, it wasn’t Andres Murillo, but two people name Rodriguez and Ricardo Zamora, who were deer hunting at about 10:30 p.m. when they came across a large cat which seemed ready to charge. Fearing a jaguar attack, Rodriguez shot it. Seeing that it was not a jaguar or a puma, they took the body back to Rodriguez’s ranch, and Rodriguez contacted a Mr. Vega, who owned a nearby ranch and was an experienced hunter. This person known as Vega said that the cat was an onza and that it was nearly identical to one that his father had shot in the 1970s (the skull of the Vega animal had allegedly been preserved). Mr. Vega in turn contacted a Ricardo Urquijo, Jr., who suggested taking the animal’s body to Mazatlán for examination. There, the cat was found to have a large wound on one of the rear legs, which both Rodriguez and Mr. Vega believed to have been inflicted by a jaguar. It was also found to have been in good health, with a fully functional reproductive system.

In another version of the Mr. Vega legend, it was actually the farmer Andres Murillo who owned the ranch in the San Ignacio District of Sinaloa, and that he killed an animal similar to the one shot by Dale and Clell Lee.

DNA testing confirmed that the Sinaloa specimen was a well-known subspecies of cougar and not an American cheetah or an unknown species.

In another legend, researchers from Texas Tech University were claimed to have examined a frozen onza corpse in the 1990s but concluded that it was most likely a genetic variant of the cougar, and not a distinct species The story says that DNA testing had shown the specimen to be another known, but unmentioned cat species, with no significant difference between it and any other cat of that species.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onza

 

Jan 07

Nandi Bear

Screenshot_11Nandi Bear also known as Ngoloko, Duba, Chimosit, Kikambangwe, Chimisit, Vere, Kerit, Sabrookoo or various other names, is a cryptid reported to live in Africa. The sightings of the Nandi Bear by Western backs up the reality of the beast. Officially there are no members of the bear family in Africa in modern times, but reports of bears or bear-like creatures are nothing new to Africa.

Because the descriptions given by those who witnessed it have been consistent since ancient times, and because it was sighted by Europeans and Westerners in addition to African tribes, there seems to be little reason to doubt the actual existence of a ferocious nocturnal carnivore.

According to the legend, the beast ate only the brains of its victims, both human and animal, and could decimate herds of cattle and sheep. To this day some of the locals believe the Nandi Bear is lurking about, though there have been few reported sightings.

According to observers, the Nandi Bear resembled a powerfully built upright tree-climbing hyena between 4 and 6 feet tall, with high front shoulders and a sloping back. It had thick dark reddish-brown or brown hair or fur, a thick mane, large teeth, and a long pointed head and snout, said to be similar to that of the American Brown Bear.

Several theories attempt to explain the mystery of the Nandi Bear. There are no bears in existence in Africa today; however, bears living in Africa have been mentioned in the writings of Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar alive from 23 to 79 A.D., and in the writings of a scholar from the 17th century.1,4 The only bear known to be native to Africa after prehistoric times is the now-extinct Atlas Bear, and most cryptologists are in agreement that the Atlas Bear was strictly a northern bear with a readily apparent bright orange belly. Some believe the Nandi Bear to be a previously unknown species of Aardvark or a large baboon.4 Anthropologist Louis Leakey noted many similarities between the Nandi Bear and the now-extinct chalicothere, although the chalicothere was a herbivore.5

The fiercely aggressive prehistoric hyena family comprised many more species than are recognized today. One species, Hyaena brevirostris, was very large and built like a bear, with a face also resembling that of a bear, unlike more recent hyena species whose face resembles a dog’s. Some researchers propose that the Nandi Bear was related to this hyena species.

Sources:

http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Nandi_Bear

http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/n/nandi-bear/

Dec 24

Skinwalkers

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The best documented cases of skinwalkers are the Navajo, which literally means “he gets on all fours.” They used to wear a pelt of the animal they wished to shape shift into, but that ancient practice faded as the pelts could be sued to identify who the skinwalkers were. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin-walker)

In 1978, Frances T. and her family had a brush with skinwalkers while driving through Navajo land in Arizona. Twenty miles away from the nearest town, they were driving alone on a dark country road. They went around a bend and saw a creature shapes like a man and wearing men’s clothes, but otherwise he was hairy and didn’t look like a man. Everyone in the family saw it. A couple nights later, the younger two family members saw the skinwalkers again; they were trying to hop over the family’s back fence but couldn’t quite get their legs up high enough to make the hop. When a Navajo friend was approached about the strange sightings and experiences, the family was told the skinwalkers risked exposing themselves to get close enough to the family to steal their power. The Najavo Native then blessed them family, and they haven’t had any skinwalker experiences since. (http://paranormal.about.com/od/othercreatures/a/aa061801.htm)

In Navajo beliefs, skinwalkers are witches who can take the form of any animal they wish. They are said to be powerful enough to mind control their victims to suicide if desired, are fast enough to run faster than a car, and can even jump off a mesa cliff with very little effort. While not all Navajo witches are skinwalkers, all skinwalkers are witches. Horrible crimes have been pinned on skinwalkers from murder to necrophilia to grace robbing to making people ill. To gain initiation as a skinwalker, one might even turn on their own human family and kill a sibling. (http://www.rense.com/general77/skin.htm)

To learn more about Navajo folklore and beliefs pertaining to skinwalkers, visit http://www.navajolegends.org/navajo-skinwalker-legend.

Skinwalker Sighting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnC6mQuiGEE

Dec 20

The Loch Ness Monster

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There are many events that happen in people’s lives that others consider unbelievable, implausible, or otherwise, unexplainable. Events such as near death experiences (NDEs), various paranormal phenomena, alien encounters, etc. For many…if they can’t see it, smell it, taste or hear it, and they particularly haven’t experienced it…then it doesn’t exist.

Today I’m going to write about a legend…a mysterious legend that has yet to be solved…yet some are absolutely convinced of it’s existence; The Lochness Monster…said to be located in “The Loch.”

“The Loch” is fresh body of water that is considered to be the largest freshwater lake with a depth of 788 feet. The Loch is approximately 23 miles long, is located directly over the Great Glen Fault in Great Britain, and runs from Inverness on the Moray Firth to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnhe. It is here, that the first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, a.k.a. Nessie, is said to occur, dating all the back to 565 AD, where it is said that the monster snatched, and consumed a local farmer, and was forced back into the waters by the missionary, St. Columbia.
Rumors of the beast continued to spread over the years at Loch Ness. Some people believe that the ancient Scottish myths about water creatures, such as Kelpies and the Each Guise (meaning ‘water horse’), are the source behind the idea that a massive water creature continues to dwell in the depths of Loch Ness.

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The 20th century is when the stories of the Loch Ness Monster really took form. In 1933, construction began on the A82…the road that runs along the north shore of the Loch. There was a significant amount of drilling and blasting, and as a result, it is believed that this disruption forced the monster from the depths out into the open. Around this time, there were numerous sightings.

On November 12, 1933, a British Aluminum company worker named Hugh Gray watched “an object of considerable dimensions” rise out of the murky waters of the Loch and when it was two to three feet out of the water, Gray photographed the unknown thing. Gray’s ambiguous photograph was published internationally. In the year following the release of the Gray photograph, there were over fifty sightings. Nessie hit the headlines and has remained the topic of fierce debate ever since.

Generally considered the first sighting of “Nessie” back in 565 A.D., that case was studied by Charles Thomas, Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, England, who published his findings in the Journal of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Thomas concluded that the significance of the supposed encounter should be discounted as misleading since a critical examination of the original text (reported from oral tradition 110 years after the event) reveals that St. Columba probably encountered a large, stray marine mammal in the River Ness, rather than a monster in the Loch.Thomas’s findings are based on sound scholarship and reasoning, and would lead the unbiased researcher to conclude that the first non-retrospective sightings of the Loch Ness Monster actually occurred in the 1930s.

Sightings continued to occur, to the point where in the 1960s, the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau decided to conduct a ten-year observational survey which resulted in documenting an average of 20 sightings per year. By the end of the decade, mini-submarines were being used for the first time to explore the depths of the Loch using sophisticated sonar equipment. New public interest arose in the mid 1970s as a result of this when underwater photographs of what appeared to be a ‘flipper’ were made public.

“To date there have been over 3000 recorded sightings of the celebrity monster, according to cryptozoologist Roy P. Mackal, author of The Monsters of Loch Ness. This figure may be on the high side, but whatever the figure is, Nessie is certainly one of the most-sighted monsters in the world.

British newspapers reported that on June 17, 1993 a young mother, Edna MacInnes, and her boyfriend David Mackay, both of Inverness, Scotland, claimed to have watched the Loch Ness monster for 10 minutes. MacInnes, age 25, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the 40 foot monster swam around, waving its long giraffe-like neck and then vanished into the murky waters of the loch in what was the first major sighting of the year.

“It was a very light colored brown. You could see it very clearly,” Miss MacInnes recalled. The creature was estimated to be a mile away, but appeared huge. Edna MacInnes reportedly ran along the shore in an attempt to keep up with Nessie.

“I was scared when the wash from its wake lapped on the shore, but I just kept running behind it. By the time it plunged below the surface I was running as fast as I could go,” Miss MacInnes exclaimed. She and her boyfriend ran to get a camera and binoculars from a relative’s house nearby and returned to the Loch. Shortly thereafter they had another sighting. This time the creature was only 20 feet from the shore, and David attempted to photograph Nessie. Unfortunately, the resulting photos showed a wake but no monster.

Later the same evening, James MacIntosh of Inverness was returning from a fishing trip with his son, also named James. Young James first sighted the unidentified object, telling his father, “Dad, that’s not a boat.”

“I was concentrating on my driving but I looked over the loch and I suddenly saw this brown thing with a neck like a giraffe break the surface. It was an eerie experience. It was swimming quite swiftly away from the shore at the time,” recounted the elder MacIntosh.

Based on the strength of the sighting, bookmakers William Hill cut the odds against Nessie being found from 500-1 to 100-1. According to National Geographic, since 1987, bookmaker William Hill has paid the Natural History Museum in London an annual fee of £1,000 to ensure that its experts would confirm Nessie’s identity, should the monster ever be found.

Seeing that there have been so many documented sightings, one would think that another, more clear photograph or at some point, a video would have captured the creature. However no one yet has been able to provide definitive proof of it’s existence.

Due to the lack of proof, various skeptics have come up with their own theories as to what the Loch Ness Monster truly is.

In the year 2001, an event in Edinburgh, Scotland was put on by the Geological Societies of America and London. A scientist from Italy by the name of Luigi Piccardi, informally argued that Loch Ness sightings could be blamed on geological activity, meaning earthquakes occurring around the lake. He stated that these earthquakes could have generated the movement of the water as though a monster were seething underneath. Piccardi’s theory was repeated recently in an interview he gave to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and has since gone viral: “Loch Ness Monster Mystery Explained,” reported Fox News.

Earthquakes in the Loch Ness area are usually at a magnitude of 3 or 4…not strong enough to send the lake water shivering, the Scientific American reports. However larger quakes have been recorded in 1816, 1888, 1890 and 1901, though these dates don’t correlate to prior monster sightings, like in 1933, when “Nessie” sightings were popular after the Spicer couple documented theirs.

Piccardi’s geological explanation could’ve possibly covered what might have caused the circumstances that suggested a monster gurgling underwater. However how can we explain what caused people to see in that lake…an enormous, mythical sea creature? That leap might be due to what is called “availability heuristics,” says professor Cronk. In other words…the human brain will intelligently look for the most available solution to explain an visual problem. For example, when a visitor has gone to Loch Ness Lake, and is well aware of its depths, the monster is the most rational solution to explain sudden waves in the water as opposed to the possibility of the geological explanation above.

And so Piccardi’s hypothesis falls to the wayside, like other unsatisfying scientific theories, attempting to explain what Loch Ness visitors feel they witnessed. Some hypothesize for example, that Nessie is actually an eel or a sea otter generating the patterns in the water, or that perhaps birds generate the pattern in the water when they take flight; or maybe it’s that floating, dead pine tree logs have been mistaken for a serpent; etc.

Although there appears to be a plausible explanation, people still hold onto the idea that good old “Nessie”, exists. In the year 2005, it was said that 100 athletes, about to take part in Scotland’s biggest triathlons were each insured for £1 million against any possible bites from the Loch Ness Monster. In as recently as 2009, a man claimed he saw the Loch Ness monster via Google Earth satellite images.

What Piccardi’s, and so many other theories out there lack however, is how the role of the human component plays into it. The brain has this amazing ability to gather bits and pieces of information collected from the world that it doesn’t understand, and categorize it into a meaningful, believable narrative.

“People don’t want an explanation that it’s just in their head. They want a geological explanation. But that geological explanation is also just in your head,” says Brian Cronk, chair of the psychology department at Missouri Western State University.

“Humans are really smart animals. And one of the things are brains are always doing is trying to find the meaning in things,” says Cronk. “So if you’re at the lake, and you want to see the monster, and then you see a random, unexplained shape, your brain will make it into the Loch Ness monster.”

On a side note…while compiling my notes for this article, I realized that the explanation above parallels with proven evidence that applies to photos in which people see faces in that instead of an actual face being viewed, it’s actually a phenomenon called Pareidolia.

“People who are believers in an unproven phenomenon will reject any plausible explanation to the contrary and only be receptive to explanations which support their views,” says Bryan Farha, director of Applied Behavioral Studies & Counseling at Oklahoma City University, in an email interview.

We might also want to believe because, well, we want to: a world full of not-quite-explainable monsters is more entertaining than one without it.

“Many people believe weird things because they have a need to be entertained – and it’s far more entertaining to believe in the extraordinary than the mundane,” says professor Farha.

One explanation for Nessie says that, because the Loch is directly over the Great Glen Fault, “sightings” are actually disturbances on the water surface caused by fault activity. For those who believe in the Loch Ness Monster…due to the fact that no proof has been given that the monster exists, perhaps we are left with the possible explanations provided above. That being said…this is not to say that it isn’t plausible that something unexplained isn’t in fact real. Just because someone else did not experience it, it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen…however until definitive proof is provided, we are unable to state for a fact that what seems impossible or unlikely, is a reality.

Sources:
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/the-truth-behind/articles/facts-the-truth-behind-the-loch-ness-monster/
http://www.strangemag.com/nessie.sightings.html
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/the-truth-behind/articles/facts-the-truth-behind-the-loch-ness-monster/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0703/Loch-Ness-monster-Geology-tries-but-doesn-t-explain-mystery
http://www.visitlochness.com/useful-info/myths-legends.php

Nov 22

What is Cryptozoology?

Courtesy of:  http://cryptozoology.freeservers.com/

Cryptozoology is the study of unknown animals, or cryptids. A group of unknown animals are defined as a population of cryptids when they are not only suspected to exist but to be a separate population that after discovery would be described as a new species or subspecies, or else are perhaps members of a species considered extinct. Cryptozoology is biology and is not associated with animal apparitions. Out of place animals, known species transported to unlikely locations, such as the big cats reported from parts of Britain, are not cryptids even though their existence may be controversial and though a population of out of place animals may in some cases be more likely than a group of genuine cryptids (so the study of out of place animals are still of interest to a cryptozoological researcher for this reason). Many cryptozoologists are qualified scientists, though this is not to say that other cryptozoologists are any less scientific. Cryptozoology interacts with other sciences, such as palaeontology and archaeology and like these other sciences is based upon data that can be verified and hypotheses that can be discussed, such as those relating to the supposed carcass of a sea serpent disgorged at Naden Harbour. Cryptozoology relies upon statistics as do many other sciences, and has done so since the 19th century. Although the word cryptozoology is a relatively new word, the method has been around for much longer and was once the standard method used in zoology. In the 19th century, Huxley confessed to having no doubts about the existence of the serpent of the sea, and other scientists around the same time also had an open minded approach to what would now be called cryptozoology. The arrogant claim of later scientists that all large land animals had been discovered has constantly been refuted by discoveries such as the Chacoan peccary, the pygmy hippopotamus and the Vu Quang ox. Such animals were new to western science, but were understandably known to the locals for a long time, which demonstrates the importance of taking seriously reports of what may be unrecognised animals. The discovery of cryptids can take a long time. The giant forest hog was first reported by Dr., Olfert Dapper in 1668 but only described in 1904. Cryptids can be small animals and do not neccessarily need to be vertebrates. Smaller cryptids include the rail sighted by Thor Heyerdahl on a Pacific island and elsewhere in the Pacific the waitoreke of New Zealand, commented upon by Darwin and suspected to be a cynodont. Just as completely new animals can be discovered, so species thought extinct can easily be rediscovered as has repeatedly happened in the 20th century.This is a personal view of the science of cryptozoology, but this definition is generally close to that of other cryptozoologists.

SOURCE:

http://cryptozoology.freeservers.com/

Nov 22

The Father of Cryptozoology

by Scotty Rushing

The advancement of cryptozoology as a serious form of research can be credited to numerous individuals, but one man is widely considered to be the “Father of Cryptozoology.” That man is Bernard Heuvelmans.

Heuvelmans was born on October 10, 1916 in Le Havre, France. From a very young age, Heuvelmans was very interested in natural history. Like so many others, Heuvelman’s fascination with unknown animals can perhaps be traced to a fondness for the science fiction novels of Jules Verne and other popular authors. Bernard Heuvelmans never outgrew his interests, and he obtained a doctorate in zoology from the Free University of Brussels. The subject of Heuvelman’s doctoral thesis was a classification of the aardvark’s teeth, something which had not been previously accomplished. For several years after graduation, Heuvelmans wrote extensively on the history of science.

A 1948 article in the Saturday Evening Post would ultimately shape the direction of Bernard Heuvelmans’ career. A respected biologist, Ivan T. Sanderson, presented evidence for the continued existence of dinosaurs. The subject was of great interest to Heuvelmans and he began to pursue evidence in scientific and literary sources. Within a short period of time he had amassed a large amount of research. The end result of gathering all of this data was a book entitled On the Track of Unknown Animals. Heuvelmans’ book, published in 1955, became the primary text for budding cryptozoologists and it is still in print today. More than one million copies have been sold, including an updated version in 1995.

The word “cryptozoology” is believed to have been coined by Heuvelmans in his private correspondence with other interested researchers after the publication of his book. It is beyond dispute that he was the first to take the subject matter seriously in a scientific sense, and that legacy is quite possibly his greatest accomplishment. He remained active in the field until his death in 2001, writing and serving as the inaugural president of the International Society of Cryptozoology from 1982 until the organization disbanded in 1998.

The importance of Bernard Heuvelmans to cryptozoology rests in his academic and scientific credentials. His research was grounded in the scientific method, and his background in zoology gave credibility to his findings. The scientific community respected Heuvelmans’ scholarship even if they might not always have agreed with his conclusions. It is important for modern cryptozoologists to appreciate Heuvelmans’ place in the history of this fascinating field.

Nov 22

For Cryptozoologists, the Truth is “Out There”

by Scotty Rushing

The word paranormal in the common vernacular typically conjures up associations of the unseen. Most people tend to regard paranormal activity as that which involves spirits, ghosts, entities and a host of other beings invisible to the human eye. As such, paranormal research is widely considered to be a very introverted endeavor. Researchers spend a lot of time looking within the psyche for answers.

The Cryptozoological branch of the paranormal tree is somewhat unique in that it focuses on a more extroverted approach to paranormal research. Those who have a fondness for Cryptozoology, or Crypto as it is often called, are excited by the possibility of visible observation of beings that are shrouded in mystery.

The kinesthetic appeal of Cryptozoology

Just as those who research a haunting are captivated by EVP’s and photographic evidence of the unseen, Crypto enthusiasts are enthralled by tangible evidence. A swatch of hair left behind on a branch, a footprint, evidence of a dwelling—these things are the Holy Grails of cryptozoology. As such, Crypto is a perfect avenue for those who have a more kinesthetic learning preference. Kinesthetics need to touch and feel, to be able to place their hands on physical evidence.

Some would say that those interested in other areas of the paranormal are more willing to accept things with a measure of faith that the Cryptozoologist does not possess, but this is an erroneous conclusion. Paranormal researchers as a whole are looking for hard evidence. All branches of paranormal investigation are willing to mix a healthy dose of skepticism and belief. It is faith in the existence of legendary creatures that drives the Crypto researcher forward in their quest. Without this belief, investigation is pointless.

All forms of paranormal investigation function at their most scientific when they are willing to place aside personal learning biases in favor of a balanced approach to research. That is the Catch-22 of all scientific endeavor. All science begins with an unproven theory which must then be validated by exploration and experimentation. In this regard, members of the paranormal community share a common bond.

Bridging the gap between worlds, Inner and Outer

Those with an interest in Crypto can learn from their peers in other paranormal fields, and they also have many things to teach. Within the paranormal research fields, it is best to function along the strands of the web which interconnect the various disciplines.

Cryptozoologists can benefit from learning to make the intuitive leaps made by other paranormal researchers. Although the creatures studied by Cryptozoologists inhabit the Outer World, a connection to the Inner World of spirit and parallel reality cannot be dismissed. It may very well be that beings which inhabit the unseen have a unique perspective to offer on Cryptozoology.

The appreciation of child-like wonder is something Cryptozoologists and other paranormal researchers have in common. In this sense they must forge ahead in a spirit of cooperation which encourages a healthy respect for the common goals all paranormal researchers share. In the end all paranormal research has the same ultimate goal—to demystify that which is unknown.

Nov 22

Northeast Cryptids

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Ohio Grassman

The Ohio Grassman, like its name suggests, is found in the farming fields of Ohio. Is it a Sasquatch, Neanderthal, or giant Gorilla? I think it cover all three theories, smaller than a Sasquatch (6ft to 7ft tall), has facial features of a Gorilla and social norms of a Neanderthal. It is thought that they live in small communities of 5 to 6 individuals including their young. The Grassman also have a social hierarchy, much like a pack of wolves, with an alpha male as the leader. The alpha male is extremely aggressive and it is thought that several human deaths were caused by the alpha male Grassman.

It is widely understood to be a herbivore, although it can be an omnivore, the creature is often spotted near cornfields. It is not quite understood if the Grassman is feeding on the corn or stalking deer that come to the corn fields to feed.

More information:

http://www.bigfootencounters.com/creatures/grassman.htm

 

Jersey Devil

From the Pine Barons of Southern New Jersey is the legend of the Jersey Devil. Was it a mistake? A boo boo? There are several thoughts about origin the Jersey Devil, but the description is universal…candid like upper torso and head, bat like wings and deer like lower body with hooves. It stands under 6ft with a wingspan in flight of about 10ft.

Is it a harbinger of death or tragedy? Much like the Mothman, it is spotted shortly before or after tragic events. Several large deadly fires have occurred in the Pine Barons of New Jersey and the Jersey Devil has been spotted a short time before these events. Is it directly responsible for the tragedies? It is up for debate but caution should be used when the Jersey Devil is spotted.

One theory about the origin of the Jersey Devil is the mother practiced witchcraft in the 17th century. She “immaculately” conceived a child, the town folk found out and hunted down the mother…much like the Salem witch trials in New England. Before she was burned at a stake, she put a curse on the area and child…making the Jersey Devil.

More information:

http://weirdnj.com/stories/jersey-devil/

Nov 22

Northwest Cryptids

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Michigan Dogman

Werewolf? Weredog? Lycanthropy? One thing is certain…the Dogman is dangerous. It is thought to be responsible for several human deaths.

Witness describe the classic “werewolf” appearance…very large, 7ft tall, wolf like head with canine like sharp teeth and covered in dark/silver like short hair.

It hunts in packs, much like wolves, but it is not known if there is an alpha male. The Dogman lives in dens, either they dig or natural caves/holes. If you find one, stay clear. The dens appear large enough to fit several people in them. The Dogman is afraid of sunlight…or any light. If you encounter them, make sure you have a high lumens flashlight on you to scare them away…and give you time until sunlight. They have been shot at with conventional lead bullets and shotgun shells…none of which seem to affect it. Silver bullets? Take care if using that approach.

More information:

http://werewolfpage.com/myths/michigan_dogman.htm

 

Wendigo

From the Native American Algonquian language, meaning “evil spirit that devours mankind”, is a shapeshifting creature in Western Canada and the North West United States. It is not known why it is dangerous to humans…but it is thought to be the protector of the natural environment. Is it a spirit or a flesh and blood creature? The Native Americans seem to believe it is a nature spirit. Once you disturb it, it will hunt you down until the end. The thought of the only recourse if given time is to make an offering to it…plant a tree or replace what you destroyed.

Its appearance varies, but it is very large…up to 10ft, has a “rock” like appearance…basically if you combine the Dogman/Neanderthal/Bigfoot and give it a greyish rock like appearance. Since it is a shapeshifter, it might also appear as a wolf/coyote, owl or combination of those.

More Information:

http://monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Wendigo

Nov 22

Southwest Cryptids

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Chupacabra

The Chupacabra…what is it? It has been in the news, again, recently. It is thought to originate in Puerto Rico where the name Chupacabra literally translates to “Goat Sucker”. Many Central and South American Countries have various legends of the Chupacabra, but it became famous in South West Texas with reports of a hairless canine like creature with large jaws and bright blue eyes. Ranchers have discovered, mostly chickens, their livestock dead and drained of blood. Is it the work of the Chupacabra? Although it appears not to be a threat to humans, Ranchers have loaded guns and are waiting for the Chupacabra to attack their livestock. Not only is it not a direct threat to humans, but it is very shy and hides from humans.

More information:

http://www.itsnature.org/legendary-creatures/chupacabra/

 

Pterosaurs

The Thunderbird, a Native American legend most notably in Arizona. The next time you are in Southern California and South Western Arizona…you will notice large Vultures circling. Are they Condors? Or are they Pterosaurs? I think a lot of people witness these creatures and subconsciously dismiss them as Turkey Vultures not realizing they are actually looking at a Pterosaurs. Pterosaurs are very large, with wingspans over 20ft+. Some have been witnessed to be as large as a Cessna airplane. Native American tribes hold the Thunderbird in high regard, with an almost god like status…they are almost always on top of totem poles. Is the Thunderbird a Pterosaurs? I think it is highly likely in the Cryptid field.

More information:

http://livepterosaur.com/

Nov 22

South East Cryptids

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Honey Island Swamp Monster

Sasquatch? Skunk Ape? Is the Honey Island Swamp Monster a Louisiana version of the two? It seems the description is the same…Large(7ft tall) Bipedal creature with silvery hair and red glowing eyes…it also is accompanied by a strong smell of sulfur or a rotten egg smell, much like the Skunk Ape of Southern Georgia and Florida.

The first known encounters of the creature were in 1963 when a wildlife photographer allegedly took super 8mm film of the creature…but does the film exist? Several footprints in the area of the Honey Island Swamp Monster have been found on the 1960’s and 1970’s. Is it dangerous? It has been to blame for wild boar deaths and other wildlife in the local area, but to humans? That is unkown.

A popular local legend says an escaped chimpanzee interbred with an alligator. Is it half primate half alligator? Who knows, but if you have any information, please let us know.

More information:

http://www.unknownexplorers.com/honeyislandswampmonster.php

 

Sheepsquatch

In the heavily forested, mountains and coal mines of West Virginia and Virginia lives the legend of the Sheepsquatch.

What is it? Three basic descriptions are universal…white to yellowish hair, Quadra pedal and it has a set of horns on its head. It is also very large, weighing several hundred pounds and is accompanied by a

smell of sulfur. Some accounts say it has claws of a raccoon and a tail of an opossum. Basically if you watched Star Wars when Luke woke up in the Ice Cave…the monster that came in looks similar to the Sheepsquatch.

Although generaly not thought of as a threat to humans…it can be unnerving if spotted, one account has it attacking a car.

Look for the Sheepsquatch in these counties: Boone, Kanawha, Putnam, and Mason…as they have

the most sightings since the 1990’s.

 

More information:

http://www.monstropedia.org/Sheepsquatch

Nov 22

International Cryptids

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Beast of Bodmin Moor

Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cheetahs, Jaguars and the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Why is a giant cat roaming the British countryside?

There has never been a Genus Panthera on the British Isles. Its appearance is a large black feline…similar to a leopard or jaguar. What is interesting is there have been similar sightings in the South Eastern United States of a large black cat.

Some say it’s a cat that escaped from a zoo, but Scientists say it’s impossible to have a surviving number of Panthers on the UK.

Like any other large cat, it hunts livestock for food and care should be taken when looking for it. You will not know when it is stalking you until it is too late.

Look for it living on the moor in mid Cornwall in the UK

More information:

http://www.bodminmoor.info/#/the-beast-of-bodmin/4576227233

 

Mokele-mbembe

Mokèlé-mbèmbé, meaning “one who stops the flow of rivers” in the Lingala language, is a Large sauropod likely to be a Brachiosaurus living in the Congo or Sub Saharan Africa.

Descriptions are that its body is as large as an elephant with an extremely long neck. Reports are that it is a herbivore.

Is it such a stretch to think a living sauropod is still alive? With Africa having large Elephants, Rhinos and Hippos…the sauropod is very similar if not a dinosaur.

There have been and continues to be expeditions to find the Mokele-mbembe and with lush the jungles and unknown territory in equatorial Africa such as Congo, Cameroon and Gabon, and the sightings of Plesiosaurus and Pterosaurs around the world…are dinosaurs still with us?

More information:

http://www.mokelembembe.com/

Nov 22

Marine Cryptids

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Ogopogo

Lake Okanagan in British Columbia Canada is home to an aquatic cryptid named Ogopogo. Is it an early snake like whale, the Basilosaurus? Many descriptions are of this extinct animal, or possibly a Plesiosaur…typical of the Loch Ness Monster fame. It is possibly a 40 to 50 ft long sea serpent.

First modern sightings of the creature are from the 1920’s particularly in 1926 when it was witnessed by several bystanders in about 30 cars at Okanagan Mission Beach.

The original Native American name of the creature was naitaka and later was more popularized when a 1924 song came out called “The Ogo-Pogo: The Funny Fox-Trot”, about the lake monster…and the name has stuck ever since.

More information:

http://www.tourcanada.com/ogopogo.htm

 

Altamaha Ha

The Altamaha River…pronounced “Altim ahh hah” is a large river basin just north of Burnswick Georgia in the town of Darien and dumps into the Atlantic Ocean. In it lives a river and ocean creature known as the Altamaha Ha or Alty.

The Altamaha River is widely known as the North American Amazon with its large bio-diversity and also being one of the largest river basins in North America.

The Altamaha Ha is described as up to 50ft in length with a serpent like body, a horizontal tail similar to dolphins/whales and is redish brown to gun metal grey in color. Several sightings of the creature started back in the 1700’s beginning with Native American myths to more modern sightings in the 2000’s.

Is it an extinct species of the Basilosaurus or Plesiosaur? It is highly possible as we are still discovering animals in our oceans that have been thought to be extinct.

More information:

http://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Altamaha-ha

Nov 22

Cryptids, are they real?

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Yerin, Yowie, Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo, Altamaha Ha, Champ, Nessy…what do all of these Cryptids have in common?

Let’s look at these more closely. In North America, a Bipedal primate has been described by witnesses and most of these creatures are mentioned in Native American folklore. Most are up to 10ft tall, bipedal, has facial features of a gorilla and has dark colored hair over the entire body except the face.

gigantopithecus

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Meet the Gigantopithecus, the largest Ape to have ever lived…

from 9 million years ago to roughly 100,000 years ago when it went extinct. But did it? It is said to have stood up to 10ft tall and weigh as much as a thousand pounds and some scientists believe it was bipedal. The Gigantopithecus was from Nepal, India, China and Vietnam, where most of the remains of the animal have been found. Interesting these countries are the same countries as Cryptids such as the Yeti and Yerin with almost the exact same physical appearance.

The Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo, Altamaha Ha, Champ and Nessy…there are several others around the world that are very similar Marine Cryptids…have very and a similar resemblance to either the Basilosaurus or Plesiosaur. The Basilosaurus(which means king lizard) is not considered a Dinosaur, but an early toothy whale that lived 35-40 million years ago…25 to 30 million years after the great Dinosaur extinction. It was 50ft long with large teeth and a horizontal tail much like whales and dolphins of today. The Basilosaurus description is remarkably close to the Altamaha Ha. The Basilosaurus was a Dinosaur of the Triassic period and went extinct during the Dinosaur extinction event 66 million years ago. However, there have been some fossils that have been discovered that put the Plesiosaur having survived the extinction event which has been very controversial in the scientific community. The Plesiosaur was up to 50ft long, extremely long neck, small head and four flippers. It resembles descriptions of the Loch Ness Monster and Ogopogo. Did the Basilosaurus and Plesiosaur go extinct? Or are they the sea, lake and river monster being reported?

More information:

http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/g/gigantopithecus.html

http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/b/basilosaurus.html

http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Plesiosaur

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