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Aug 05

The Dingonek, West Africa’s “Jungle Walrus”

Sara Fawley

Sara Fawley

Hello my name is Sara Fawley. I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca Oct 1965. I lived there until I was 19, then moved with my now ex-husband to Texas where I lived for the next 25 years. I have two grown sons who are married and have lives and families of their own. My current husband and I now live in a small town in Arkansas with our dachshund Shabar. I owned and antiques and collectibles shop but closed it down in September 2013 after having a heart attack. I still buy and sell antiques and collectibles and make handmade natural gemstone jewelry which we sell at shows and festivals. I don't recall ever not knowing that there was more than just us out there. My first experience happened when I was a young child and was visited by my godfather "Grandpa Clyde" at the time of his death and for three weeks after that. I have seen one other full bodied apparition in my life and had several other minor experiences that left me scratching my head.I am not an investigator but have a huge thirst for knowledge. I am always looking up this or that legend, myth or story I hear or sometimes I just have random thoughts and look them up to see if anyone else thinks the same way. I am very analytically minded and always like to get to the bottom of things.
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The Dingonek, West Africa’s “Jungle Walrus”
By Sara Fawley

9 to 18 feet long, covered in scales with a scorpion-like tail filled with deadly poison the Dingonek is one of the more fearsome cryptids. Also known as the “Jungle Walrus” due to the huge canines protruding from it’s mouth that is in a square head with a large horn protruding from the center of it. This semi-aquatic creature is said to inhabit the creeks, rivers and lakes of Western Africa primarily in the area that was formerly known as Zaire. This creature is said to be extremely vicious and territorial. It is claimed that it hunts crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, humans or basically anything that ventures into it’s territory.

The most noted sighting of the creature was in 1907 by explorer John Alfred Jordan who is said to have shot at but not killed the creature in the River Maggori in Kenya. The story goes that Jordan was hunting along the shores of the river with native Lumbwa guides. His guides came and told him they had just seen a Dingonek in the river and took him to the location. The natives described it at a cross between a sea serpent, a whale and a leopard. Jordan described it as being 14 to 15 feet long with a head as big as a lioness but shaped and marked like a leopard, two long white fangs sticking straight down from it’s up jaw, back as broad as a hippo and scaled like an armadillo. He also stated that it had reptilian like claws. Being frightened, Jordan shot the creature behind one of it’s ears. The beast sprang up out of the water, standing up on it’s tail. Jordan and the Lumbwa ran in fear for their lives.

Jordan’s story was recounted in a book by Edgar Bronson in 1910. There are many word of mouth tales that have been passed down for generations among the natives of Western Africa and to this day there are claims of sightings. If it were just the stories this would be easy to put in the category of myth or wives tale except there is one curious side note. In a cave at Brackfontein Ridge in South Africa there is said to be a painting of an unknown creature that fits the description of the Dingonek to a tee right down to the walrus like tusks.

So is Dingonek a real creature or just a myth passed down through local native tribes to keep the children away from the river banks? Is it a mis-identification of a known creature? Is it several myths and legends put together? Since there has not really been any investigation into the creature that I have found we cannot be sure. One thing is for certain, the locals of the region believe.

http://paranormal.about.com/…/othercreatur…/a/aa031008_2.htm
https://tocontriveandjive.wordpress.com/…/does-the-dingone…/
http://cryptidchronicles.tumblr.com/…/dingonek-african-cryp…
http://www.cryptopia.us/…/20…/12/dingonek-zaire-west-africa/

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Jun 25

The Honshu Wolf

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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Source:  Bing images

Source: Bing images

There are many cryptids that were once verified living creatures that allegedly went extinct over time. One example of this is the Honshu Wolf from Japan. At one point in Japanese history, the Honshu Wolf was a very real creature that populated the forests of Japan until they gradually went extinct. As the years since their alleged extinction have gone by, many people living in Japan have reported interactions and sightings with the Honshu Wolf, though science has not yet verified any of these claims. Is it possible that this species of wolf has not gone extinct as scientists claim? Let’s take a closer look at the Honshu Wolf in order to get a better understanding of the claims modern Japanese people are making regarding this allegedly extinct animal.

The Honshu Wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax) is one of two species of wolf that once inhabited Japan. In Japanese it called Nihon Ōkami and yamainu as well as the mountain dog. This wolf at one point primarily lived on the Japanese islands Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyūshū until 1905. In 1905 it is alleged that the last surviving member of this species of wolf, died in captivity in Nara Prefecture. Their population overall began to dramatically decline starting around 1732 when rabies was reported to have first appeared in Japan.

No one is entirely sure why the species went extinct but several factors have been thought to have been responsible for the demise of this wolf. The first contributing factor is the arrival of rabies in Japan. During the period from 1732 to 1905 many local inhabitants reported seeing sick and dying wolves, which lends credence to the idea that rabies and other contagious diseases might have been a large factor in their population decline. It has also been proposed that the rabies may have caused the wolves to interact rather aggressively with the people which led to the people responding back with aggression. Along with this is the familiar relationship between farmers and wolves, as wolves (particularly in winter months) target local livestock for easy meals. The overall idea (though this has not been scientifically proven yet) is that rabies and other diseases in conjunction with human hunting led to the overall extinction of this species.

Source: http://extinctionaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/

Source: http://extinctionaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/

The Honshu Wolf was the world’s smallest known wolf averaging a length of about 35 inches (nose to tail) and a height of 1 foot. Physically they resembled coyotes and jackals rather than the more well-known wolves of North America and Europe. They were strictly carnivorous, primarily eating a wide range of animals to include wild boar, monkeys, deer, etc. They also ate smaller animals considered to be pests such as rodents and rabbits.

They once roamed the mountains and because of this local Japanese inhabitants have long associated mountains with the Honshu wolves, seeing them as guardians and protectors of the mountains and forests. Two villages are even named after the Honshu Wolves, Okami’iwa which roughly means “Wolf Rock” and Okamitaira which roughly means “Wolf Plateau”. There are many local legends that elevate this wolf to more spiritual realms, placing them as protectors of travelers for instance. There are also legends of abandoned infants being raised by these wolves which are similar to many other wolf legends from various parts of the world. The spiritual form of this wolf is called makami and has several shrines in different parts of Japan dedicated to it. Makami as the spirit is believed to understand human speech, offer protection, and reward those who do good as well as punish those who do great evil.

There are some people who are avidly researching the idea that this wolf could still exist, one example being a man named Hiroshi Yagi. Hiroshi Yagi has spent 40 years researching, searching for, and studying sightings of the Honshu Wolf, convinced that this wolf still exists. Sightings have been reported since the 1905 alleged extinction which include a report that a wolf was killed and photographed in 1910. Many have reported seeing this wolf, hearing it, and even interacting with it in various parts of Japan though currently there have been no scientific verifications of these claims.

Sources Cited
Hodge, Anne-Marie . “Lost Wolves of Japan › Endless Forms.” The daily storyline of science. SciLogs, 27 Sep 2010. Web. 25 Jun 2015. http://www.scilogs.com/endless_forms/2010/09/27/although-the-gray-wolf-canis/

Coleman, Loren. “Honshu Wolf Survival?.” Cryptomundo. Cryptomundo, 8 Mar 2007. Web. 25 Jun 2015.  http://cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/honshuwolf/

Yajima, Daisuke. “Man continues 40-year search for extinct Japanese wolf.” The Asahi Shimbun. The Asahi Shimbun Asia & Japan Watch, 23 Jan 2013. Web. 25 Jun 2015 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/people/AJ201301230008.

“Honshu Wolf.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, Web. 25 Jun 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honshu_wolf.

Jun 23

Emela-Ntouka (Killer of Elephants)

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10301457_10207074262120015_8189377911735750319_nThe remote areas of the Congo and possibly Cameroon are the home of this ferocious cryptid. It has several names depending on the area of the Congo it lives in: Aseka-moke, Njago-gunda, Chipekwe or Irizima.

This beast is reported to be the size of an African Bush Elephant with a brown to gray colored hide and a heavy tail. The body is said to be of similar shape and appearance to that of a rhinoerous, including one long horn on it’s snout. It has four short thick legs and no frills or ridges along the neck. The animal is said to be semi-aquatic and a herbivore. It is also said to emit vocalizations that sound like snorts, rumbles or growls.

Emela-Ntouka translates to “killer of elephants”. It is said to be highly territorial and has been known to disembowel elephants with it’s long snout horn. The horn has been reported to be made of either ivory or bone unlike that of the rhinoceros which is made of compressed hair. There has been much debate over what the horn is made of and how it helps classify this animal. If it is made of Ivory it would be a tusk (tooth) and not a horn. If it is made of bone this would make the animal a reptile. It could also be made of Keratin like the horns of the African Rhinos.

J.E. Hughes published his book Eighteen Years on Lake Bangweulu in 1933, in which he reported that an animal that fits the description of an Emela-Ntouka (although not referred to by this name) was slaughtered by Wa-Ushi tribesmen, along the shores of the Luapula River, which connects Lake Bangweulu to Lake Mweru.

The Emela-Ntouka was mentioned by name for the first time in 1954, in an article in the journal Mammalia, authored by formerLikouala game inspector Lucien Blancou. He stated the Emela-Ntouka was “larger than a buffalo” and dwelled throughout the Likouala swamps. It was also Blancou who first mentioned the fact that an Emela-Ntouka kills elephants, buffaloes or hippos when disturbed, much like the Mokele-mbembe’s allegedly renowned hatred for hippos. While both animals are supposedly herbivorous, they also supposedly share a fierce sense of territoriality, and it is for this reason the pygmies are claimed to “fear it more than any other dangerous animal”. In about 1930, an Emela-Ntouka was supposedly killed near Dongou.

In 1981 Dr. Roy Mackal traveled to the Congo searching for the rumored sauropod dinosaur Mokele Mbembe. But he was surprised to hear reports of another mysterious animal called the Emela-ntouka or “killer of elephants”. The natives in the northwest region of the Likoula swamp told how it would gore elephants with its single horn.

Emela-ntouka seems to resemble a ceratopsian, a type of dinosaur with horns like Styracosaurus and the famous Triceratops according to Dr. Roy Mackal. Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, however, believes it is an aquatic rhinoceros rather than a ceratopsian.

Surviving dinosaur?? New sub-species of rhinoceros?? Without a specimen we may never know.

Sources:

http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Emela-Ntouka

http://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/cryptozoological/ceratopsian/emela-ntouka/

May 28

Brosno Dragon

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The Brosno Dragon, also known as Brosnya, is the name given to a lake monster which is said to inhabit Lake Brosno, near Andreapol in West Russia.

Described as being a 16-foot long, “iridescent,” dragon-like creature, with a fish-like or serpentine head, this animal is said to have spread terror throughout the small fishing communities located not only on Lake Brosno, but situated on the Volgo river as well.

This bizarre form of bio-luminescence is rare among cryptids, and has been reported in only two other animals, the winged predators known as the DUAH and the ROPEN, both of which are reputedly “flying” creatures that hail from across the globe.

Although most descriptions of Brosnya suggest it is reptilian, some researchers believe that due to the often frigid climate around lake Brosno, this creature cannot be a reptile. They have surmised that this animal is likely mammalian, although what manner of mammal they do not know.

Although there have been some (admittedly blurry and difficult to find) photos taken of this creature, not everyone is taking the reports of this animal so seriously. This was evidenced by the flippant remark made by an obviously skeptical scientist – Lyudmila Bolshakova, of Moscow’s Institute of Paleontology – in the same article, who refused to even entertain the notion of investigating this phenomenon:

“It sounds like a country fairy tale, the kind of story told over the years in the countryside.”

Thankfully, not all scientists seemed to share Bolshakova’s limited assessment of the situation. Tver region paleontologist, Nikolai Dikov, was quoted as saying that based upon the photographs this creature was probably related to an animal of decidedly prehistoric origin:

“The creature’s alleged shape suggested an extinct order of reptiles with teeth like mammals.”

The “extinct order of reptiles,” which Dikov was referring to is probably of the family known as Synapsids, whose teeth were differentiated into molars, canines, and incisors, similar to mammal’s teeth.

In 1996, an anonymous tourist from Moscow allegedly snapped a picture of this beast after his 7 year-old son screamed that he saw a “dragon” in the Lake. Sadly, this photograph, like so many others, is seemingly impossible to find.

brosno1Legends

Rumors of a strange, giant creature living in Lake Brosno have existed for several centuries.

One legend says that the lake monster scared to death the Tatar-Mongol army that headed for Novgorod in the 13th century.

Batu Khan stopped the troops on the sides of Lake Brosno to rest. Horses were allowed to drink water from the lake.

However, when the horses ventured down to the lake, a huge roaring creature emerged from the water and started devouring horses and soldiers.

The Batu-khan troops were so terrified that they turned back, and Novgorod was saved. Old legends describe an “enormous mouth” devouring fishermen. Chronicles mention a “sand mountain” that appeared on the lake surface from time to time.

According to another legend, some Varangians wanted to hide stolen treasure in the lake. When they approached the small island, a dragon came to the surface from the lake and swallowed the island up.

It was rumored in the 18th and 19th centuries that the giant creature emerged on the lake surface in the evening, but immediately submerged when people approached.

It is said that during World War II the beast swallowed up a German airplane. Today, there are lots of witnesses who say they chanced to see Brosnya walking in the water. Locals say that it turns boats upside-down and has to do with disappearance of people.

Theories

brosno2Many treat the existence of Brosnya skeptically and still say that the creature may be a mutant beaver or a giant pike of 100-150 years.

Others conjecture that groups of wild boars and elks cross the lake from time to time.

Rather than a mutant beaver explanation, I have heard that wild boars of unusually large size swimming in the water, as well as the typical swimming elk (moose) account for most modern sightings at this lake.

These are the lake monster sightings that are like the ones from Loch Ness and elsewhere and cause people to think of Plesiosaurs and Brontosaurs. But they are not the origin of the large swallowing dragon.

To some extent, all bodies of water are said to suck down and drown people and animals and this is ordinarily understood as a sort of poetic mythological personification of the waters themselves.

In this case, however, it becomes quite clear that what people were originally describiong was a very large, very old and very evil-tempered Pike and pride in the notoriety of that pike (possibly the family of pikes even) made the locals brag and exaggerate their stories of their monstrous pike until it could swallow up enemy warships sent against them, or Nazi planes.

http://www.americanmonsters.com
http://www.mysterycasebook.com/2011/brosnodragon.html

Mar 01

Am Fear Liath Mor

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bgm(THE BIG GREY MAN)

There are many tales of Bigfoot type creatures all over the world that have been reported for centuries. Today I would like to give a version from Scotland’s Cairngorm Mountains. Specifically the summit of Ben Macdui.

This creature is reported to be between 10 and 20 feet tall. He is covered in thick short gray hair or fur. His head and neck are disproportionately large in comparison to the rest of his body. His ears are pointed. He has very long legs with extra long toes that end in sharp talons. The Grey Man walks erect, not slumped over like some reports of other Bigfoot type creatures. He is often semi shrouded in mist and is reported to have some type of psychic power which he uses to send people into a blind panic.

Most encounters with the Grey Man are more of a physical sensation rather than visual. Sensations of this type include vast, dark blurs which obscure the sky, strange crunching noises, footsteps which pursue the unlucky visitor, an icy feeling in the atmosphere, and a humming or “singing” sound. People are also reportedly gripped by feelings of absolute despair, fear and blind panic.

The first report of Fear Liath is from the late 1800s and comes from a prominent and respected scientist and mountaineer Professor J. Norman Collie. In 1925 he stood to give a speech at the 27th Annual General Meeting of the Cairngorm Club. He related this experience he had 34 years earlier in 1891:

“I was returning from the cairn on the summit in a mist when I began to think I heard something else than merely the noise of my own footsteps. For every few steps I took I heard a crunch, and then another crunch as if someone was walking after me but taking steps three or four times the length of my own. I said to myself, “This is all nonsense”. I listened and heard it again, but could see nothing in the mist. As I walked on and the eerie crunch, crunch, sounded behind me, I was seized with terror and took to my heels, staggering blindly among the boulders for four or five miles nearly down to Rothiemurchus Forest. Whatever you make of it, I do not know, but there is something very queer about the top of Ben MacDhui and I will not go back there again by myself I know”

His comments drew a lot of attention and soon other reports from hikers and climbers who had been to afraid of ridicule to come forward before came pouring in.

Alastair Borkwiths superb 1939 book about climbing in Scotland,”Always a Little Further” relates the accounts of two climbers he knew who had experienced what by then was becoming known as Am Fear Liath Mor or Ferlas Mor, or the Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui, because of its appearance when briefly glimpsed by a few of those who encountered it.

The first was alone, heading over MacDhui for Corrour on a night when the snow had a hard, crisp crust through which his boots broke at every step. He reached the summit and it was while he was descending the slopes which fall towards the Larig that he heard footsteps behind him, footsteps not in the rhythm of his own, but occurring only once for every three steps he took.

“I felt a queer crinkly feeling in the back of my neck,” he told me, “but I said to myself, ‘This is silly, there must be a reason for it.’ So I stopped, and the footsteps stopped, and I sat down and tried to reason it out. I could see nothing. There was a moon about somewhere, but the mist was fairly thick. The only thing I could make of it was that when my boots broke through the snow-crust they made some sort of echo. But then every step should have echoed, and not just this regular one-in-three. I was scared stiff. I got up, and walked on, trying hard not to look behind me. I got down all right – the footsteps stopped a thousand feet above the Larig – and I didn’t run. But if anything had so much as said ‘Boo!’ behind me, I’d have been down to Corrour like a streak of lightning!”

The second man’s experience was roughly similar. He was on MacDhui, and alone. He heard footsteps. He was climbing in daylight, in summer; but so dense was the mist that he was working by compass, and visibility was almost as poor as it would have been at night. The footsteps he heard were made by something or someone trudging up the fine screes which decorate the upper parts of the mountain, a thing not extraordinary in itself, though the steps were only a few yards behind him, but exceedingly odd when the mist suddenly cleared and he could see no living thing on the mountain, at that point devoid of cover of any kind.

“Did the steps follow yours exactly?” I asked him. “No,” he said. “That was the funny thing. They didn’t. They were regular all right; but the queer thing was that they seemed to come once for every two and a half steps I took.” He thought it queerer still when I told him the other man’s story. You see, he was long-legged and six feet tall, and the first man was only five-feet-seven.

A second hand account exists that the mountaineer Henry Kellas, and his brother witnessed a giant figure on the mountain around the turn of the 20th Century, which caused them to flee down Corrie Etchachan. This has never been verified as Henry Kellas died on the Everest reconnaissance mission of 1921, before Norman Collie’s speech to the Cairngorm Club.

Sara Owens's photo.In 1945 a climber named Peter Densham reported hearing footsteps and fleeing the mountain in panic. Peter was part of the team that was responsible for aeroplane rescue in the Cairngorms during the war.

Another witness encounter involved a friend of the author Richard Frere, who wished to remain anonymous. He was camping on top of the mountain when he saw a large brown creature swaggering away down the mountainside in the moonlight. He estimated the size of the figure at around twenty feet tall. Author Wendy Wood heard footsteps following her in the vicinity of the mountain, after hearing Gaelic music, and there have been other reports of phenomena on the mountain, from ghostly music, feelings of panic to the discovery of huge footprints in the 1940’s.

There are reported photographs of the footprints which like a lot of other things concerning the Fear Liath are unusual. The footprints are reported to be 19 inches long and almost as wide.

Reports are not wholly confined to Ben MacDhui either. One day during the early 1920s, while coming down alone from Braeraich in Glen Eanaich. which is close to Ben MacDhui. experienced mountaineer Tom Crowley heard footsteps behind him. When he looked around, he was horrified to see a huge grey mist shrouded figure with pointed ears, long legs and finger-like talons on its feet. He did not stay for a closer look.

There are many theories as to what is happening on Ben Macdui. Some believe it is as simple as a mixture of Brocken Spectre ( a phenomenon occasionally seen in mountains where a hugely magnified climber’s shadow is cast on a lower level of cloud through a particular combination of atmospheric conditions.) and ‘Mountain Panic’ which is basically a blind panic in wild places. Either as a feeling of a powerful presence, or just an overwhelming sense of fear about nature or something that lies behind nature. Others believe there are one or more Bigfoot type creatures guarding the summits of the Cairngorm.

With so many reports from respected mountaineers and naturalists there is obviously something going on in the Scottish Mountain Range. What it is remains to be seen.

Sources:

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usscotfax/outdoors/greyman.html
http://thecryptozoologist.webs.com/apps/blog/show/16218919-am-fear-liath-mor-the-big-grey-man-of-scotland-s-ben-macdhui

Feb 23

The Oklahoma Octopus

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okaNearly 200 years ago, before the man-made lakes of Lake Thunderbird, Lake Oolagah and Lake Tenkiller were formed, Native Americans told tales of a water demon in the rivers of Oklahoma. Between 1962 and 1965, Lake Thunderbird was made, and not long after tales of what is now known as the Oklahoma Octopus began to be reported.

The Oklahoma Octopus Is said to have reddish-brown, leathery skin and is roughly the size of a horse. Skeptics raise a couple points to ponder. Lake Thunderbird is a freshwater lake, but to date, there is no known species of octopus that can live in fresh water. Did the octopus learn to adapt? Also, the lake didn’t exist before 1962, so where did the octopus come from? Nay-sayers suspect the lake has giant catfish in them, up to 6 feet long, with large whiskers that could be mistaken for tentacles. The giant catfish is carnivorous, so could that be the beast in the lake that drags swimmers down to their deaths?

Lake Thunderbird, Lake Oolagah and Lake Tenkiller all have higher mortality rates reported and have larger numbers of unexplained drownings than other lakes report. Could there be an octopus that came in through the streams, has settled in the lakes, and has adapted itself to fresh water?

This clip is from the TV show “Lost Tapes” on Animal Planet. While “Lost Tapes” is a fictitious show, it explores criptids in a mockumentary setting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdM_ILb9Dvk

Conspiracy Weekly, an Oklahoma college radio show, also covered the Oklahoma Octopus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn_SD2SZHlo

Sources:

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/01/beware-of-the-oklahoma-octopus-2

http://cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com/2010/06/more-on-oklahoma-octopus-creature.html

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

Feb 23

Lake Worth Monster

Samuel Sanfratello

Samuel Sanfratello

My name is Samuel Sanfratello (Sam). I am a NY state dual-certified Mathematics and Special Education teacher and a nationally certified Consulting Hypnotist. I am also the proud owner and operator of two companies: Monroe Hypnosis and Rochester Analytics. I am a 2nd generation Spiritualist (American Spiritualism) and a certified Medium with the Plymouth Spiritualist Church (the mother church of modern spiritualism). I am an organizer of the Rochester Paranormal Researchers, founded in 2007 and a lead investigator for the Paranormal Science Institute’s F.R.I.N.G.E team. In my spare time, I give back to my community by doing volunteer work for my church and for my local chamber of commerce. I became interested in the paranormal when I spoke with a spirit in my grandmother’s house in the early 1980s. I enjoy reading publications and scientific articles about the fringe sciences and I enjoy sharing these understandings with others.
Samuel Sanfratello

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lwmDuring the summer of 1969 a goatlike headed creature was sighted on Greer Island new Lake Worth in Texas. “ A local reporter, Jim Marrs broke the story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on July 10th. It ran on Page 2 with the headline Fishy Man-Goat Terrifies Couples Parked at Lake Worth” (Bourgeois).

Author Sallie Ann Clarke reports it “was not bobcat nor was it a sheep skin. It wasn’t a person dressed in a Halloween costume. It was really the terrorizing monster. It stood on its hind feet and ran like a man. It had white hair over most of its body and scales, too. It was a goat-fish-man. I’m sure it stood about six feet and nine inches tall and was undressed… it looked like it weighed 250 or 260 pounds” (Bourgeois).

During a keg party in a nearby parking lot, the creature appeared and “started yelling and threw tires like Frisbees… it was total panic and everybody was running into each other and burning rubber to get out of there” (Bourgeois). This account was later reported by a local Fox affiliate to be the work of a man named “Vinzens” who was in a gorilla suit as a high school prank (cryptidz.wikia).

Further adding to the burden of proof, the photographer of the picture provided, Allen Plaster, is now convinced it was a prank saying, “Looking back, I realize that when we drove by it stood up…Whatever it was, it wanted to be seen. That was a prank. That was somebody out there waiting for people to drive by. I don’t think an animal would have acted that way” (Saginaw-texas.com).

Of course, there are still those that claim the sighting was that of a monster. Author Sallie Ann Clarke, claims she saw the monster 3 more times after she published the book. Had she published later, her writing style would have changed from semi-fiction to a documentary (saginaw-texas.com). Clarke even posted a $5000 reward for anyone who could pass a polygraph test confirming that they were responsible for the hoax and no one ever claimed the reward. (bigfootevidence.blogspot.com).

What do all of you think? If this was a real being, why has there been no body located? If this was a prank, why has no one shown up and claimed the reward money by passing the polygraph test?

Citations
Bigfoot Evidence: What Happened to the Lake Worth Monster? The Summer of the Goat-Man. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2015, from http://bigfootevidence.blogspot.com/…/what-happened-to-lake…

Bourgeois, P. (n.d.). 32 years ago, a strange whatever terrorized Lake Worth. Retrieved April 15, 2015, from http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/lakeworth.htm

Lake Worth Monster – A.K.A. The Goat Man. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2015, from http://www.saginaw-texas.com/lake-worth-monster-a-k-a-the-…/

Lake Worth Monster. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2015, from http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Lake_Worth_Monster

Feb 23

Shunka Warak’in – “Ringdokus”

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shuThe Shunka Warak’in traces back to the Ioway Indians. It is a legendary creature said to resemble a cross between a large wolf and a hyena with a large head, sloped back, very dark fur but the cries of a human.It is pronounced shoon-kah wah-ray-keen. The name translates to “carries off dogs” because it was said to sneak into the Ioway camps at night to carry off and kill the dogs.

The first modern reporting of something that resembled this creature was in the 1880’s by Israel Hutchins , a prominent Montana rancher with a spread near Ennis, Montanta. Israel’s grandson, zoologist Ross Hutchins, described his grandfather’s encounter with the creature in his book “Trails to Nature’s Mysteries: The Life Of A Working Naturalist” published in 1977. He writes:

“One winter morning my grandfather was aroused by the barking of the dogs. He discovered that a wolflike beast of dark color was chasing my grandmother’s geese. He fired his gun at the animal but missed. It ran off down the river, but several mornings later it was seen again at about dawn.”

Other homesteaders and ranchers in the area also saw the creature. Hutchins recorded the description in his book as :

“Those who got a good look at the beast describe it as being nearly black and having high shoulders and a back that sloped downward like a hyena.”

Ross Hutchins finishes his grandfather’s account with this:

“Then one morning in late January, my grandfather was alerted by the dogs, and this time he was able to kill it. Just what the animal was is still an open question. After being killed, it was donated to a man named [Joseph] Sherwood who kept a combination grocery and museum at Henry Lake in Idaho. It was mounted and displayed there for many years. He called it “Ringdocus.”

The youngest Hutchins, who had a Ph.D. in zoology, examined the beast and had no idea what the animal was, he speculated that it may have been a hyena that had escaped from a circus; however he did note that the nearest circus was hundreds of miles away. Over many years the Hutchins story was all but forgotten, that is until cryptozoologist Mark A. Hall uncovered the story after of a creature or group of creatures resembling the Shunka Warak’in were sighted in Nebraska, Iowa, Alberta and Illinois. Mr. Hall also uncovered that a photograph of the a mounted hyena like animal, the so called “Ringdocus” originally shot by Ross Hutchins grandfather, existed, however its whereabouts remain unknown.

In 1995, following the discovery by Mark A. Hall, Lance Foster, an Ioway Indian, told renowned cryptozoologist Loren Coleman of a creature he and his tribe called the Shunka Warak’in that looked something like a hyena and cried like a person when it was killed. Foster, who heard of the mounted “Ringdocus” carcass speculated that it may be an example of Shunka Warak’in, which he knew from his own experiences and those of relatives in Montana and Idaho.

In December 2005 a strange wolf like animal began killing livestock in the McCone, Garfield and Dawson counties of Montana. By October of 2006 the animal, now known as “The Creature of McCone County,” had killed more than 120 various forms of livestock and appeared in several news articles including one in the May 2006 issue of USA Today. On November 2, 2006 the Montana Wildlife Service shot and killed a creature that may have been responsible for these killings.

Originally thought to be a wolf, the animal that was shot showed characteristics that were not common with any wolf species known in the area. The animal that was killed appeared to have orange, red and yellow fur, where as wolves known to live in the area are of a grey, black and brown color. Muscle tissue was sent to the University of California Los Angeles where DNA samples were taken in an attempt to compare it to the Northern Rockies wolf. The carcass was sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon for genetic study, however no record of the results of these studies could be found at this time.

One theory suggests that the Shunka Warak’in may be a form of prehistoric mammal called the Borophagus, an ancient hyena like canine known to inhabit North America more than 13 ,000 years ago during the Pleistocene era. Another theory, which could only explain the 2005 to 2006 encounters and not the 1880’s ones , is that the creature shot in Montana was genetically altered and raised in captivity only to later escape it’s captors.

In 2007 , something remarkable happened. After reading a story about the “Ringdorcus” another grandson of Isreal Hutchins, Jack Kirby, managed to track down the exhibit to the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello where it had been on display unbeknownst to everyone in the cryptozoology community. Taking the specimen on loan, Kirby reported measurements of 48 inches from snout to rear (not including the tail) and 28 inches high at the shoulder. It is nearly black in color, just as Hutchins had originally described. Even stranger, the thing has faint impressions of stripes on its flanks making it a true mystery.

It is not easily identifiable as any known dog, hyena or wolf. So what is it? There are calls for DNA testing on the specimen, however this is where it gets a bit sticky. The creature is on loan to the museum where it currently resides, so the museum has no legal rights to order DNA testing. The museum that actually owns the creature is resistant to having the testing done, allegedly to retain the mystery surrounding it. For now, the mystery remains…………

Sources:

http://cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/dna-sw/
http://lyleblackburn.com/blog/mystery-of-shunka-warakin/
http://www.unknownexplorers.com/shunkawarakin.php

Jan 28

Sea Monk

by Virginia Carraway Stark

The descriptions of the Sea Monk vary vastly from person to person and from era to era.

It was first reported by the Danes in the 1500’s and the descriptions evolved to something that looked like a cross between a banana and a human or something that could have been a shark, a walrus, a sea ray or nearly anything else that was reported by what would appear to be frequently inebriated people. It is sometimes described as having legs and sometimes as having a tail.

Some people have taken the legend much further claiming that they are magicians of the ocean that help to direct the growth of coral reefs and to control other aspects of oceanic life. These claims do nothing to increase the validity of the concept of the Sea Monk in the legitimate scientific communities eyes.

There has never been any legitimate pictures or sightings by groups of people which seems to suggest that the sea monk is likely a specter born of the imagination. No bodies have ever washed ashore and the further claims that they somehow have supernatural powers over the ocean sound more like folk tales than like traditionally proven cryptid sightings (like the gorilla). The stories that tell of them make them more magical than mortal creatures and this seemsVirginia Carraway Stark's photo. to put them in the realm of legend.

The only connection to valid cryptology that the Sea Monk has is the possibility that it is actually connected to the Sea Bishop.

The Sea Bishop was allegedly captured by Polish sailors in the 16th century and was shown to a group of Catholic Priests. The Sea Bishop is said to have made the sign of the cross and fell before the priests and begged for its life. The priests ordered it released as which time it oncVirginia Carraway Stark's photo.e more made the sign of the cross and disappeared into the waves.

Another Sea Bishop was brought to Germany in 1531 and refused all food that it was offered and starved to death.

Whatever the case with this old story, the Sea Bishop and Monk are highly elusive but the depths of the ocean hide many cryptids. While there is little proof that these sorts of Mermen exist at all it is go
od to remember that nearly every deep sea mission that has ever been made has discovered at least one new species. While there is less evidence of these dramatic criptids that most they cannot be fully ruled out until we have thoroughly explored the depths of our ocean world.

Jan 26

The Ayia Napa Sea Monster

Ashley Ann Lewis

Ashley Ann Lewis

Director / Dept Chair Occult at National Paranormal Society
Ashley became interested in the paranormal at a young age, but at that young age she did not have much understanding in it at all. I wasn’t until 2010 that she really became interested. Thanks to a Resolve carpet cleaning can that flew across the room, Ashley among three others who witness what happen that night, they pulled a team together. Ashley is a heavy researcher and though she may find the answer to what she is searching for she’ll search even harder. She’s overly determined and takes her part in the paranormal field very seriously. Between working hard and spending every dime she had she became a found of a paranormal team that is based out of Historic Louisiana and was honored to take on a position as a Representative with The National Paranormal Society. There is still so much she does not understand which drives her to work even harder and to further educate herself on everything.
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ayiaThe Ayia Napa Sea Monster is a cryptid, claimed to inhabit the coast off of Ayia Napa in Cyprus, a popular tourist resort on the Mediterranean. Most sightings occur around Cape Greco (Cavo Greko). It is known by the local fishermen as “To Filiko Teras”,which translates as “The Friendly Monster”. There have been no reports of it causing any harm, although it has been reported at times to rip and drag away fishing nets. There have been countless sightings of the “Creature from the Depths”, with some local newspapers calling the mystery the “Cyprus Loch Ness”. It has been speculated to be something like a crocodile or serpent.

There is no evidence that the monster actually exists, except in folklore and through various sightings by tourists and locals alike. There exists little photographic evidence, except unverified short-films and pictures. A search for the monster was recently featured in a Destination Truth episode on the SyFy (formerly Sci-Fi Channel) series in Series 04 (episode 13).

Many believers of the myth of the Ayia Napa Sea Monster like to link it with the common mythical sea monster of Greek mythology called Scylla, which is depicted in the mosaics that remain in the House of Dionysus, a Roman villa from the 2nd century AD in Paphos, Cyprus. Many ancient authorities describe it as a monstrous form of a giant maiden in torso, with a serpent for its lower body, having six snarling dog-heads issuing from its midriff, including their twelve forelimbs. This is the form described by Gaius Julius Hyginus, the Bibliotheca and the Suda, among so many others, and it is this form most often depicted on vase paintings. According to a description from Hyginus, a Latin author, actually it possessed “more heads than the vase-painters could paint”, and whoever encountered it was killed almost instantaneously.

Government officials have started a search for the monster and its existence. The hope of spotting the Ayia Napa Sea Monster remains a highlight for many tourists on boating day-trips. Many hotels boast to being close to sightings. There is no possible link to any such sea monster and any monster said to be living in Kouris Dam, which according to reports are more likely to be crocodiles that had been kept as pets but unlawfully released.

Jan 26

The Beast of Gévaudan

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

bgThe Beast of Gévaudan (French: La Bête du Gévaudan; IPA: [la bɛːt dy ʒevodɑ̃], Occitan: La Bèstia de Gavaudan) is the historical name associated with the man-eating wolf, dog or wolf-dog hybrid which terrorised the former province of Gévaudan (modern-day département of Lozère and part of Haute-Loire), in the Margeride Mountains in south-central France between 1764 and 1767. The attacks, which covered an area stretching 90 by 80 kilometres (56 by 50 mi), were said to have been committed by a beast or beasts that had formidable teeth and immense tails according to contemporary eyewitnesses.

Victims were often killed by having their throats torn out. The French government used a considerable amount of manpower and money to hunt the animals; including the resources of several nobles, the army, civilians, and a number of royal huntsmen.

The number of victims differs according to sources. In 1987, one study estimated there had been 210 attacks; resulting in 113 deaths and 49 injuries; 98 of the victims killed were partly eaten. However, other sources claim it killed between 60 to 100 adults and children, as well as injuring more than 30.

Description
Descriptions of the time vary, but generally the beast was said to look like a wolf but about as big as a calf. It had a large dog-like head with small straight ears, a wide chest, and a large mouth which exposed very large teeth. The beast’s fur was said to be red in colour but its back was streaked with black.

History
Beginnings
The Beast of Gévaudan carried out its first recorded attack in the early summer of 1764. A young woman, who was tending cattle in the Mercoire forest near Langogne in the eastern part of Gévaudan, saw the beast come at her. However the bulls in the herd charged the beast keeping it at bay, they then drove it off after it attacked a second time. Shortly afterwards the first official victim of the beast was recorded; 14-year-old Janne Boulet was killed near the village of Les Hubacs near the town of Langogne.

Over the later months of 1764, more attacks were reported throughout the region. Very soon terror had gripped the populace because the beast was repeatedly preying on lone men, women and children as they tended livestock in the forests around Gévaudan. Reports note that the beast seemed to only target the victim’s head or neck regions.
By late December 1764 rumours had begun circulating that there may be a pair of beasts behind the killings. This was because there had been such a high number of attacks in such a short space of time, many had appeared to have been recorded and reported at the same time. Some contemporary accounts suggest the creature had been seen with another such animal, while others thought the beast was with its young.

On January 12, 1765, Jacques Portefaix and seven friends were attacked by the Beast. After several attacks, they drove it away by staying grouped together. The encounter eventually came to the attention of Louis XV who awarded 300 livres to Portefaix and another 350 livres to be shared among his companions. The king also directed that Portefaix be educated at the state’s expense. He then decreed that the French state would help find and kill the beast.

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Source: Wikipedia

Royal intervention
Three weeks later Louis XV sent two professional wolf-hunters, Jean Charles Marc Antoine Vaumesle d’Enneval and his son Jean-François, to Gévaudan. They arrived in Clermont-Ferrand on February 17, 1765, bringing with them eight bloodhounds which had been trained in wolf-hunting. Over the next four months the pair hunted for Eurasian wolves believing them to be the beast. However, as the attacks continued, they were replaced in June 1765 by François Antoine (also wrongly named Antoine de Beauterne), the king’s harquebus bearer and Lieutenant of the Hunt who arrived in Le Malzieu on June 22.

On September 20, 1765, Antoine had killed his third large grey wolf measuring 80 cm (31 in) high, 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in) long, and weighing 60 kilograms (130 lb). The wolf, which was named Le Loup de Chazes after the nearby Abbaye des Chazes, was said to have been quite large for a wolf. Antoine officially stated: “We declare by the present report signed from our hand, we never saw a big wolf that could be compared to this one. Which is why we estimate this could be the fearsome beast that caused so much damage.” The animal was further identified as the culprit by attack survivors who recognised the scars on its body inflicted by victims defending themselves. The wolf was stuffed and sent to Versailles where Antoine was received as a hero, receiving a large sum of money as well as titles and awards.

However on December 2, 1765, another beast severely injured two men. A dozen more deaths are reported to have followed attacks by la Besseyre Saint Mary.

Final attacks
The killing of the creature that eventually marked the end of the attacks is credited to a local hunter named Jean Chastel, who shot it during a hunt organized by a local nobleman, the Marquis d’Apcher, on June 19th, 1767. Writers later introduced the idea that Chastel shot the creature with a blessed silver bullet of his own manufacture and upon being opened, the animal’s stomach was shown to contain human remains.

Theories
According to modern scholars, public hysteria at the time of the attacks contributed to widespread myths that supernatural beasts roamed Gévaudan, but deaths attributed to a beast were more likely the work of a number of wolves or packs of wolves. In 2001 the French naturalist Michel Louis proposed that the red-colored mastiff belonging to Jean Chastel sired the beast and its resistance to bullets may have been due to it wearing the armoured hide of a young boar thus also accounting for the unusual colour.

In popular culture
Robert Louis Stevenson traveled through the region in 1878 and described the incident in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, in which he claims that at least one of the creatures was a wolf:

For this was the land of the ever-memorable Beast, the Napoleon Bonaparte of wolves. What a career was his! He lived ten months at free quarters in Gévaudan and Vivarais; he ate women and children and “shepherdesses celebrated for their beauty”; he pursued armed horsemen; he has been seen at broad noonday chasing a post-chaise and outrider along the king’s high-road, and chaise and outrider fleeing before him at the gallop. He was placarded like a political offender, and ten thousand francs were offered for his head. And yet, when he was shot and sent to Versailles, behold! a common wolf, and even small for that.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_of_Gavaudan

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

Dec 13

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Dec 05

Orang Pendek

Ted Milam

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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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orangpendekThe Orang Pendek is a small bipedal primate cryptid that reportedly lives on the island of Sumatra in the South Pacific. The creature has been identified as 30 to 60 inches tall and covered in grey to reddish brown fur. Orang Pendek is Indonesian for “short person”.

The Orang Pendek is thought to be mostly herbivorous, but like all bipedal cryptids and known primates, they are fiercely territorial.

What is interesting is the creature has been reported by not only local villagers and farmers, but Dutch colonists and Western scientists. Think of them like miniature Bigfoots.

The most recent sightings have been in central Sumatra in the Kerinci Seblat National Park. Have sightings of the Orang Pendek been misidentified Orangutans? Scientist Debbie Martyr conducted a 15 year field study on the creature in the early 1990’s and even reported seeing the creature.

It is not unheard of for new species of primates that are discovered. A new species of a large chimpanzee was discovered in the last few years in equatorial Africa. The locals referred to it as the “Bili Ape”. The Bili Ape is an approximately 6ft tall chimpanzee. But like all known modern primates except for humans) chimpanzees and orangutans use both arms and legs to move around.

Two recent discoveries that can change this are the discoveries of the Gigantopithecus in South East Asia and Homo floresiensis in Indonesia.  Both discoveries have been either whole skulls (Homo floresiensis) or partial including jaw bones (Gigantopithecus). Both have the scientific community in controversy.

Why the controversy? It has to do if the creature is bipedal (walks on two legs like humans) or walks like known primates. How can scientists determine whether they are bipedal or not from partial skulls? It has to do with the jaw line and the spinal column that can determine if it walked upright or on all fours.

Is the Orang Pendek jst misidentified Orangutans? It certainly is possible and probable, but with the discoveries of the Gigantopithecus and Homo floresiensis…there could be non-human primates that were bipedal.

Oct 01

Altamaha Ha

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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10377078_10203954074105368_571155959256182066_nDarien is a small town on the Georgia Colonial Coast, with a large river basin that empties into the ocean. The Altamaha River branches off and dumps into the Atlantic Ocean in Darien Georgia.

Darien is probably one of the earliest settlements in America, and the area is relatively unknown as far as the early settlers. But it is there, one of the earliest American settlements known. It was settled originally by the Scotts in the 17th century, from Inverness.
From the earliest recorded history of the area, there has been sightings of a large sea/river monster called the Altamaha Ha. Accounts of the creature have it as a large(up to 70ft), gunmetal grey colored, cylindrical as one of the earliest sightings from Captain Delano, the Captain of the schooner “Eagle”…here is an excerpt of his account near St Simons Islands in Georgia:

He repeated the…particulars precisely,describing the animal he saw as being about 70 feet long and its circumference about that of a sugar hogshead, moving with its head (shaped like an Alligator’s) about 8 feet out of the water.” – Savannah Georgian, April 22, 1830.

There are two possibilities for these sightings, a modern Plesiosaur or a Basilosaurus.  The Plesiosaur is a Marine Reptile that was common throughout the world’s oceans during the Jurassic period of about 200 million years ago and it was thought to have went extinct during the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event about 65 million years ago. Is it possible that it survived? It is known that sharks and crocodilian species survived the event, and being it was a reptile and not of the avian species most dinosaurs were part of…possible.

The Basilosaurus is a very early toothy whale that lived about 50 million years ago just after the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. It had a head shaped much like a crocodile/alligator, long cylindrical body and like whales and dolphins, had a tail the moved up and down vertically.

Most sightings occur around little St Simmons Island area, Butler Island inland on the Altamaha River and Doughboy Point just north of the Altamaha River.

Is it possible that one of those two extinct marine animals survived in a small number and is hiding in our rivers and oceans?

Aug 12

Oklahoma Paranormal & Cryptozoological Society

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Feb 01

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Hi everyone! My name is Jericho Ibanez you can call me Jeric, I’m from the Philippines. Since I was a child I had vast experience into the world of paranormal and the one that most intriguing by having a dream that when I found-out later on a situation or events happened was related one of my dreams. That’s why I study psychology, parapsychology, metaphysics and other related fields to understand most the hidden powers of the mind.I also a finished various certification courses such as in Paranormal Investigation, Clinical Hypnotherapy (Past Life Regression), Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Career Life Coaching and a Certified Reiki Master. I am also a degree holder in Psychology, an ordained minister with an honorary degree in Doctor of Divinity, and a Doctor of Philosophy Specializing in Metaphysical Science.My advocates is to disseminate and value the importance application of Parapsychology and Metaphysical Science for the holistic development of an individual, from basic to higher degree that can be useful in various areas of our lives. And to accept and understand of being sensitive into the psychic world by through this basic formula that transcribe into my simple quotes: “The existence of our inner sense, is the dissect revelation of our own universe…”
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An Aswang (or Asuwang) is a vampire-like witch ghoul in Filipino folklore and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories. Spanish colonists noted that the Aswang was the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century. The myth of the aswang is well known throughout the Philippines, except in the Ilocos region, which is the only region that does not have an equivalent myth. It is especially popular in the Western Visayan regions such as Capiz, Iloilo, Negros, Bohol, Masbate, Aklan, Antique and Siquijor. Other regional names for the aswang include “tik-tik”, “wak-wak” and “sok-sok”.

The wide variety of descriptions in the aswang stories makes it difficult to settle upon a fixed definition of aswang appearances or activities. However, several common themes that differentiate aswangs from other mythological creatures do emerge: Aswangs are shape-shifters. Stories recount aswangs living as regular townspeople. As regular townspeople, they are quiet, shy and elusive. At night, they transform into creatures such as a cat, bat, bird, boar or most often, a dog.

They enjoy eating unborn fetuses and small children, favoring livers and hearts. Some have long proboscises, which they use to suck the children out of their mothers’ wombs when they are sleeping or their homes. Some are so thin that they can hide themselves behind a bamboo post. They are fast and silent. Some also make noises, like the Tik-Tik, (the name was derived from the sound it produces) which are louder the farther away the aswang is, to confuse its potential victim; and the Bubuu, an aggressive kind of aswang that makes a sound of a laying hen at midnight. They may also replace their live victims or stolen cadavers with doppelgangers made from tree trunks or other plant materials. This facsimile will return to the victim’s home, only to become sick and die. An aswang will also have bloodshot eyes, the result of staying up all night searching for houses where wakes are held to steal the bodies.

Aswangs are physically much more like humans at daytime; they only change their appearance at night when they feel they are in need of food. It has been said that if an aswang married a human, upon their wedding, his or her mate would become an aswang as well but rarely can they reproduce. The couple may hunt together at night but will go in separate directions, either to avoid detection or because they do not like to share their meal.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/

Jan 19

Wucharia

Courtesy of:  http://en.wikipedia.org

wuchWucharia or Wucharia jackal is an unrecognized canid species or subspecies (Canis aureus lupaster or Canis lupus arabs), reported from the very dry Danakil Depression desert on the coast of Eritrea in December 2002. The animal was seen by Mr. Jugal Kishore Tiwari and reported to the Canids SG by Satish Kumar. Some authors suppose that the animals were individuals of the Arabian wolf, an isolated form of the Egyptian jackal, or a totally new species related to both of them. It might have been a Xenocyon lycaonoides, q canid that was thought to be extinct 126,000 years ago.

 

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

Jan 19

Yowie

Courtesy of:  http://cryptidz.wikia.com

yowieYowie, also known as Yayhoo, Youree, or Yahoo is a fanged humanoid marsupial, more likely a great ape, featured in Aboriginal mythology along with Australian Raptors and Burrunjor. The Yowie is considered to be the Australian Bigfoot, and contain many primate like features, possibly indicating that it is an undiscovered species of great ape (gigantopithecus) or prehistoric human. The Yowie is described as being one of the most aggressive Sasquatch species, and has been reported tearing heads off of kangaroos and dogs. It has been seen attacking humans as well. However that is rare.

The Yowie is described to be around 4 to 9 feet tall, with a large red mouth and talon-like claws according to Aborginal legends. It is also noted that the Yowie contained two large fang-like canines which distinct the Yowie from other bigfoot species. It usually has brown or reddish fur.

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

Jan 19

Yeren

Courtesy of:  http://cryptidz.wikia.com

yerenThe Yeren is China’s Bigfoot, variously referred to as the Yiren, Yeh Ren, Chinese Wildman or Man-Monkey. The Yeren is a mysterious primate living in the mountains of China, with most of the sightings coming from a park in the region. It has reddish brown hair (though very rare, sighting of white Yeren have been seen–this may indicate either albinism or elderly members of the species) and a large jaw. It is six to eight feet tall (in a few extreme cases they were reported to up to 10 feet tall), and is very aggressive to humans. According to Xinhua, over 400 people have reported seeing the Yeren. The Chinese government has searched China to find the Yeren. Many footprints and hair have been found. However much like the Yeti or Sasquatch, the species has never been confirmed by scientists and remains in the realm of legend and cryptozoology. Despite its size, it is said to be less robust and stocky than its other relatives like Sasquatch.

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

Jan 19

Rougarou

Courtesy of:  http://www.history.com/

rouJust like the creature itself, the Cajun legend of the Rougarou can take on multiple forms. Originally derived from French stories of the “loup-garu,” or “wolf man,” the monster is most commonly described as a bayou-dwelling werewolf with glowing red eyes and razor-sharp teeth. The beast is usually said to be a cursed man who must shed another’s blood in order to break its spell and reassume human form, but the tale varies according to the teller. In some versions, the Rougarou can turn its victims just by locking eyes with them; in others, it takes the form of a dog or pig rather than a wolf. Still others paint it as a shape shifter that can assume different human and animal forms at will. Because it can switch its appearance so easily, some even conflate the creature with the legendary Skunk Ape of southeastern U.S. swamp lore. In most Louisiana parishes, the Rougarou myth is employed as a kind of cautionary tale. Children are told that the fiend will come for them if they don’t behave, and Catholics are warned that it hunts down those who break Lent.

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http://www.history.com/shows/cryptid-the-swamp-beast/articles/cryptids

Jan 19

Fouke Monster

Courtesy of:  http://www.foukemonster.net/

lynn1The “Fouke Monster” – or “Boggy Creek Monster” as it is sometimes referred to – is a Sasquatch-like creature said to haunt the network of creeks extending from the Sulphur River Bottoms in southern Arkansas to the small town of Fouke. Over the years, the creature has been seen by countless people, including respected citizens, experienced hunters, famous musicians, and even a police officer. It has inspired several movies, most notably The Legend of Boggy Creek, which became a drive-in sensation netting nearly $25 million during its run.

The newspaper accounts of the early 1970s may have brought the creature to worldwide fame, but sighting reports did not stop after Hollywood moved on. Near the small town of Fouke, southeast of Texarkana, people are still reporting encounters with this mysterious creature even today.

The Beast of Boggy Creek will always be a stand-out among America’s spooky legends due to his movie fame, continued popularity, and modern sightings. The creature is often mentioned on television documentaries including Monsters and Mysteries in America, Finding Bigfoot, MonsterQuest, Lost Tapes, and Weird Travels.

If you visit Fouke, Arkansas, just remember to keep an eye on the woods just as the sun begins to set. You never know when you just might see the legendary Beast of Boggy Creek!

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http://www.foukemonster.net/

Jan 19

Beast of Exmoor

Courtesy of:  http://monstrumathenaeum.org/

Beast_of_ExmoorExmoor is an area of moorland in the northern Devon and west Somerset areas of South-West England.  It is named for the River Exe that has its source in the area and runs down to the sea at Exmouth.  It is also the home of the mysterious cat-like cryptid known as the Beast of Exmoor.

The original sightings of the Beast of Exmoor came from the 1970s but it gained fame in 1983 when a farmer from South Moulton reported the loss of over 100 sheep in a three-month period.  All of them had been killed due to violent injuries to the throat that were unlike those caused by a dog or fox.

Initial explanations were that it was a cougar or a black leopard which had been released before the 1976 Exotic Pets Act came into force, making it illegal to keep big cats unless in a zoo.  However, both these cats have a lifespan of 12-15 years so there is little chance that the same creature killed the sheep in 1983.

Eyewitnesses have variously reported the beast as resembling puma or a panther and up to eight feet from nose to tail.  It stands low to the ground and has excellent jumping skills, clearing 6-foot fences either ease.  The beast was described as either black, tan or dark grey.

In 1983, due to the reports of livestock deaths spreading, the Ministry of Agriculture sent the Royal Marines to the Exmoor area with the brief of catching and killing the Beast.  A number of the marines reported seeing glimpses of the creature but none were able to take a shot.  Some of this may have been in concern that the high-powered sniper rifles they were using could cause serious damage to any bystander accidentally caught in the firing line.  The Marine’s commanding officer reported that the Beast always moved with surrounding cover in woods and the hedges and behaved with high ‘almost human’ intelligence.

One witness in 2010 was a man who worked for the National Park for seven years and described seeing a black cat slightly larger than an Alsatian dog that ran across the road in front of him, hesitated for a moment then disappeared into a hedge.  He described it having emerald green eyes and a tail that was nearly the length of its body. Another witness report from July 2012 stated that she saw the beast on a hillock 15 metres from the road she travelling on, the A361.  It was brown-black and was crouched ready to strike at something.  It had a long tail and black pointed ears.  When she reported it to the police, she was told that emergency vehicles and the RSPCA were being sent.  No details of their findings have been publicised.

Reports have continued up until current times, with statements from locals as well as visitors to the area all reporting the same black-brown large cat.  This adds further evidence to the fact that this is either not the same animal as the original Beast, meaning there is a breeding population, or this is not a cat at all but merely a cryptid which resembles one.

Source:

The Beast of Exmoor. (2014, April 27). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from http://monstrumathenaeum.org/the-beast-of-exmoor/

Jan 19

Werewolf

Courtesy of: http://www.newanimal.org/

werewolf_helsingIn folklore, werewolves are people who sometimes shapeshift into wolves. Because werewolves are usually thought to be part of the supernatural, they are seldom investigated by people working in the field of cryptozoology. After all, cryptozoologists are trying to discover new species of animal to be accepted by the mainstream scientific establishment, not resurrect mythical beasts. And werewolves seem to be about as far to the mythical side as beasts can get.

However, a certain number of sightings of wolf-like hairy humanoids are reported to cryptozoologists, and some of these sightings are so well-documented that they are taken seriously by those who are investigating them. Once these reports are taken seriously, they need some kind of explanation. Some of these reports describe unusually intelligent, odd-looking wolves who like to walk around on their hind legs. Other reports describe hairy humanoids that sound like Bigfoot, except that the head is described as looking like a wolf.

The reports come from a wide variety of people, including those who are grounded in a cultural tradition that accepts the idea that werewolves might exist and those who are not grounded in such a tradition. In other words, these sightings are not limited to heavily traditional ethnic groups. However, the exact features described do tend to vary according to cultural patterns. For example, a sighting made in the southwestern United States by a Navajo is likely to conform to skinwalker lore, but a sighting from nearly the same area made by a person of Hispanic ancestry will tend to includes features from the brujo, or Mexican witch.

For those cryptozoologists who don’t simply dismiss “werewolf” sightings as being too silly to look into, there are two main kinds of explanation put forth for what these werewolf-like creatures could actually represent. Some researchers think that these sightings may represent a hidden species of hyper-intelligent wild dogs that evolved to become bipedal and therefore, these dogs coincidentally ended up looking something like a cross between a person and a wolf. Other researchers try to classify these cryptids as a subcategory of Bigfoot with long snouts and pointed ears, or as sightings of Bigfoot where the witnesses panicked so much that they superimposed werewolfish features on what was actually an ordinary Bigfoot.

Beyond these two main explanations, there are also a number of minor ones. Only a few cryptozoologists think that werewolves are actually people who can shapeshift into wolves, because it is hard to think of a scientific, biological explanation for shapeshifting that doesn’t involve dozens of absurdities. The few researchers working in fringe cryptozoology who actually believe in shapeshifting tend to ascribe this power to aliens in one way or another, either by saying that werewolves are actually aliens masquerading as human, or by saying that werewolves are the result of alien experiments on human beings.

There is also the idea, widespread in fringe cryptozoology, that most hard-to-explain creatures are actually visitors from some parallel dimension of reality, and this idea is sometimes applied to reports of lupine hairy humanoids. In this scenario, “werewolves” are generally thought of as animalistic humanoids that are native to some alternate reality. Which also neatly dispenses with the need for physical evidence, as any dead body is supposed to return to its native plane of existence.

However you want to explain it, it seems that werewolf sightings just refuse to completely die out. There are many nonfiction books about werewolf lore and fairy tales that I won’t bother to list below; the sources cited below are works that concentrate to some extent on modern superstitions or beliefs about werewolves, such as the series of reports from southeastern Wisconsin made by many witnesses who claimed to have seen the creature called the Beast of Bray Road.

Sources:

http://www.newanimal.org/werewolves.htm

Jan 19

Dogman

Courtesy of:  http://cryptidz.wikia.com/

dogmanThe Michigan Dogman is a werewolf type creature first reported in 1887 in Wexford County, Michigan. Sightings have been reported in several locations throughout Michigan, primarily in the northwestern quadrant of the Lower Peninsula. In 1987, the legend of the Michigan Dogman gained popularity when a disc jockey at WTCM-FM recorded a song about the creature and its reported sightings.

HISTORY

In 1987, disc jockey Steve Cook at WTCM-FM in Transverse City, Michigan recorded a song titled “The Legend”, which he initially played as an April Fools Day joke. He based the songs on actual reports of the creature.

Cook recorded the song with a keyboard backing and credited it to Bob Farley. After he played the song, Cook received calls from listeners who said that they had encountered a similar creature. In the next weeks after Cook first played the song, it was the most-requested song on the station. He also sold cassettes of the songs for four dollars, and donated proceeds from the single to an animal shelter. Over the years, Cook has received more than 100 reports of the creature’s existence. Cook later added verses to the song in 1997 after hearing a report of an animal break-in by an unknown canine at a cabin in Luther, Michigan. He re-recorded it again in 2007, with a Mandolin backing.

SIGHTINGS

The first known sighting of the Michigan Dogman occurred in 1887 in Wexford County, when two lumberjacks saw a creature whom they described as having a man’s body and a dog’s head.

In 1938 in Paris, Michigan, Robert Fortney was attacked by five wild dogs and said that one of the five walked on two legs. Reports of similar creatures also came from Allegan County in the 1950s, and in Manistee and Cross Village in 1967.

Linda S. Godfrey, in her book The Beast of Bray Road, compares the Manistee sightings to a similar creature sighted in Wisconsin known as the Beast of Bray Road.

In 1961 a night watchman was patrolling a manufacturing plant in Big Rapids Michigan. When he saw a peculiar figure. At first he thought it was a person until he saw the doglike features. He pulled his gun and was about to shoot when he remembered his camera and took it out and took a picture of the horrific beast. The photos have not been analyzed yet and the photo still remains a unsolved mystery.

Source:

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

Jan 19

Ngoubou

Courtesy of:  http://www.redorbit.com/

Styracosaurus_BWThe Ngoubou is cryptid in the savanna area of Cameroon and is claimed to fight elephants for land. The pygmies of the region call the creature a Ngoubou that translates to rhinoceros, but the pygmies say that it is not a normal rhinoceros. While a rhino has one horn, the Ngoubou has six horns around its frill. According to locals, the Ngoubou is about the size of an ox.

William Gibb and David Wetzel visited the area in 2000 and spoke with the local residents. They claimed an elder of the community had killed a Ngoubou with a spear years before and a decline in the population makes the creature hard to find.

Gibbons compared the Ngoubou similar to a Styracosaurus, but they were only found in North America. The creature has ceratopsian (beaked dinosaur) features, but fossils of this type have not been found in Africa — only in Eastern Asia, North America, and one found in Australia.

On November 17, 1919, a man named Lepage was in charge of the construction of a railway and claimed to have seen a creature resembling a Ngoubou. He said he fired his weapon at the creature as it charged him, but fled as it continued to chase him. He escaped and observed the animal through binoculars.

It was described, as written in The Times, “about 24 feet in length with a long pointed snout adorned with tusks like horns and a short horn above the nostrils. The front feet were like those of a horse and the hind hoofs were cloven. There was a scaly hump on the monsters shoulder.”

Image Caption: Artistic illustration of Styracosaurus albertensis, a Late Cretaceous North American ceratopsian similar to the Ngoubou, which has been sighted in Cameroon. Credit: Nobu Tamura/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)

Source:
http://www.redorbit.com/education/reference_library/general-2/cryptozoology/1112967684/ngoubou/#Wh145HFtSt8m0ggI.99

Jan 19

Sasquatch

Courtesy of:  http://www.infoplease.com/

patty_the_sasquatch_by_rowdyrobert-d2yqftmBorn: c. 1811

Birthplace: North America

Best known as: Big, elusive humanoid beast of North America

Sightings of Bigfoot, also called Sasquatch, were first reported in parts of the United States and Canada in the early 1800s. Since then there have been hundreds of reports of a large, hairy hominid or ape, with the distinguishing characteristic of a 16″-20″ footprint. There have also been many obvious forgeries and hoaxes, wild guesses about UFOs or supernatural connections. Some suggest the beast is a relative of Gigantopithecus, an extinct primate of China, but no hard, factual evidence of a Bigfoot has ever been produced. A famous grainy home movie from 1967 by Roger Patterson still stands as one of the most significant — and controversial — pieces of visual evidence. In 2008 two men, Matt Whitton and Rick Dyer, held a press conference to claim they had found a Bigfoot body in the forests of Georgia. The “body” was later revealed to be a rubber gorilla suit.

Extra credit: Similar stories from around the world about giant and elusive ape-like humans include the Yeren of China, the Yeti of the Himalaya mountains, the Yowie of Australia and the Mapinguari of South America… In December 2002 Ray Wallace of Centralia, Washington died and his family claimed that Ray started Bigfoot frenzy in 1958 when he left behind giant footprints (made with special shoes carved from alder wood) near a logging site as a practical joke.

Source:

http://www.infoplease.com/biography/var/bigfoot.html#ixzz3PDqNdhgf

 

Jan 19

Mokele-mbembe

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

mokele08Amidst the dry leaves and fallen branches, nearly indistinguishable, lay the footprint. It was rather small yet puzzling. After examining it intently, Dr. Roy P. Mackal concluded that, despite the lingering possibility, it might have also been made by a small elephant. Yet, what is this lingering possibility? He believes it may be a dinosaur, one of many creatures that once roamed the earth, and vanished. Could it indeed be that a prehistoric relic still roams the jungles of the African Congo, could it just be a case of misidentification, or is it nothing more than a vision that drives our imaginations? Or perhaps, is it something totally new to science? After all, humanity needs mysteries, and solving all of them would be a shame. But the sheer thrill of learning of these mysterious and puzzling conundrums pushes us, and so we must push into the past, where the enigmatic beginning of this story lies.

Humankind itself originated in Africa, and it comes as no surprise that the story of Mokele-mbembe stretches far into history. The first written accounts came from odd claw marks found in the Congo in the year of 1776. After 134 years passed, Captain Freiherr von Stein zu Lausnitz spoke to the natives and was shown footprints of the creature.

“The animal is said to be of a brownish-gray color with a smooth skin, its size approximating that of an elephant; at least that of a hippopotamus. It is said to have a long and very flexible neck and only one tooth but a very long one; some say it is a horn. A few spoke about a long muscular tail like that of an alligator. Canoes coming near it are said to be doomed; the animal is said to attack the vessels at once and to kill the crews but without eating the bodies. The creature is said to live in the caves that have been washed out by the river in the clay of its shores at sharp bends. It is said to climb the shore even at daytime in search of food; its diet is said to be entirely vegetables. This feature disagrees with a possible explanation as a myth. The preferred plant was shown to me; it is a kind of liana with large white blossoms, with a milky sap and apple-like fruits. At the Ssombo River I was shown a path said to have been made by this animal in order to get at its food. The path was fresh and there were plants of the described type nearby.”

Three years later, another German expedition into the area stumbled upon the natives. They were also told about Mokele-mbembe, which translates into “one that stops the flow of rivers.” It is then that legends, stories, and encounters were put forth in detail and revealed to the rest of the world, sparking interest that would lead to many journeys and expeditions set out to capture the beast, and bring back evidence of its existence back to civilizations.

One fantastic tale, not bearing much difference from a legend, tells how the locals, or pygmies, built a barrier of stakes to keep the Mokele-mbembe from entering Lake Tele. That way, the pygmies could fish in a safe haven. This particular story is actually quite recent, somewhere around the 1930s to be precise. As the story goes, two of the creatures, obviously displeased with the course of action taken by the natives, attacked the wall of stakes. The pygmies attacked and speared one of the creatures to death. To memorialize this achievement, the pygmies cooked the animal and feasted over its flesh. It is said that all who tasted the meat died. This, of course, might just be an exaggeration, an effect evident on all stories that travel through time. The pygmies believe that the magical and mystical properties of the Mokele-mbembe were released after this event.

Since then, there have been many major expeditions to this particular region in the Congo, all concentrating on this mystifying creature. Yet, what could it be? Long neck and tail, massive body and thick legs? It comes as no surprise that people immediately considered the Mokele-mbembe as a surviving sauropod. A sauropod is one of many dinosaurs beneath which the ground once trembled. They are herbivorous beasts, typical, with their long necks and tails, small heads, bulky bodies, and thick, elephantine legs. It must be emphasized that throughout the millions of years since the demise the “terrible lizards”, Africa has changed relatively little, climatically and physically. To lend support to the theory that Mokele-mbembe is a remnant of the dinosauria, the pygmies have been given a certain test many times over. The test involves a group of pictures of animals that live in the area. The pygmies would recognize the drawings of leopards, gorillas, and elephants, among other creatures. After this, they would be shown a depiction of a typical sauropod. The pygmies usually replied with a simple, instantaneous reply, “It’s Mokele-mbembe!”

When recently repeated, this experiment bore different results. The BaAka tribes recognized the gorillas, calling them Ebobo. They easily recognized the elephant, calling it Doli. Then, they were showed a picture of a rhinoceros, and replied just as before, “Mokele-mbembe!” Indeed, a rhinoceros seems a likely candidate for a misinterpretation of this mysterious creature. Some reports point toward Mokele-mbembe having a horn, being like a hippopotamus, yet bigger. This truly seems like a fitting description of a rhinoceros.

Mokele-mbembe is reputed as a rather aggressive animal. It is known to turn over boats, and even to have killed by biting or hitting with its tail. One important detail, as stated by Captain von Stein, is that the creature never fed on its victims. This particular detail shows that this behavior is not hunting, but more of a territorial aggression.

So Mokele-mbembe is herbivorous, just like the rhinocerous or dinosaur some say it is. The river-stopping animal is particularly prone to the Malambo plant, or so say the natives. There is the Landolphia manni genus and the Landolphia owariensis genus, both of which are referred to as the Malambo plant. The Malambo plant is a shrub, with berry-like fruits covered in seeds. According to Mackal, these fruits have an “acrid sweet taste”. Both, state the pygmies, are a favorite aliment of the Mokele-mbembe.

The story of Mokele-mbembe spread when increasing amounts of trustworthy sources began reporting tales no stranger than legends. African hunter Nicolas Mondongo later recalled: “Without warning, the waters parted and a huge animal surfaced-beginning with an extremely long, slender neck and well-defined head, followed by a very bulky, elephantine body rising up on four massive legs, and finally revealing lengthy, tapering tail.”

From the early 80s, up until today, there have been numerous expeditions to the Congo in search of this elusive animal. A large portion of them, including the first one in 1980, was led by American biochemist from Chicago, Roy Mackal. He would later lead an expedition in December of 1981 and lead the Congo Ministry of Water and Forests in April and May of 1983 to search for this animal once more. Despite his persistence, Mackal did not once catch sight of anything. But, he did come close.

It began with a loud splash behind the boat, which was floating down the Likouala River. Not long after came a large wake. The pygmies that accompanied Mackal started yelling, “Mokele-mbembe! Mokele-mbembe!” Mackal never saw the creature behind the commotion, but he does believe it was indeed the creature that he was seeking. He figured the only logical explanation for the splash would be a large water-dwelling animal such as a hippopotamus, yet no hippopotamuses have been recorded in that part of the Congo. Could Mokele-mbembe perhaps be just that? Nonetheless, Mackal is convinced that is chasing more than the wind. “I admit that my own views are tinged with some romanticism, but certainly not to the extent that I would endure extreme hardship, even risk my life, to pursue a dream with no basis in reality.”

Marcellin Agnagna, a Congolese biologist who had accompanied Mackal on his second expedition, led his own expedition in 1983. It was in Lake Tele, the lake where it is believed that the Mokele-mbembe resides. He claims that he saw the creature’s neck and back, but the legs and tail were submerged. For 20 minutes, the creature moved about the lake. The Congolese biologist had a camera and started filming. However, because of his excitement (some say to his convenience) he forgot to remove the lens cap, thus the creature once more slipped away from what could have been conclusive proof. It seems odd that this man would lead his own expedition and immediately find the creature, even odder that he did not get it on film. We must keep in mind that Agnagna is a respected biologist. Something of this sort could indeed happen, people behave erratically when excited.

owever, the man claims he observed the creature for 20 minutes, and that should have been enough time for him to finally come to some realization, and to actually get some hard evidence. We may never truly know whether it was excessive excitement or a way to earn publicity.

Another encounter involved Herman Regusters from Seattle during the September of 1981, when he led his own expedition into the Congo. Through his binoculars, he observed an animal that “appeared to have a slender neck about 6 feet long, a small head and about 15 feet of back.” He estimates that a counterbalancing tail would put the creature’s length at about 30 to 35 feet long. He never saw the body, legs, or tail. One way to rationally explain cases of this sort would be an elephant. The elephant swims by being mostly submerged with its trunk held above the water so the animal can breathe. It is entirely plausible that the trunk could be mistaken for a neck. Herman Regusters, however, disagrees. “It certainly was much larger than an elephant.”

His story has a twist that does not differ much from Marcellin Agnagna’s. He shot 23 rolls of film, all of which came underexposed, because of jungle conditions. This is more believable, however. The jungle is moist and a rough place to be, leading to a more plausible excuse. But, he did not return completely empty-handed. With him, he carried droppings, casts of footprints, and even sound recordings of the alleged Mokele-mbembe.

Rory Nugent’s luck was no better. After four months of searching for the beast in Lake Tele, he returned empty handed, but not without his own mild encounter. He claims to have seen a shape like that of a thin neck. He naturally wanted to get closer, but his pygmy guides held him back. “The god can approach man,” they told him. “But man never approaches the god.”

Without a doubt, the most tantalizing evidence for the Mokele-mbembe has come in the year of 1992 from a Japanese television crew that was not particularly looking for the animal. Instead, they were shooting a documentary. From a small plane above Lake Tele, while getting aerial shots for the documentary, they spotted something moving about the lake. The cameraman focused, and got something quite extraordinary for about fifteen seconds before the ‘thing’ plunged back down into the murky lake.

Upon analysis, a black object can be seen, with clearly discernible protrusions above the water. A neck, some suggest. The object is moving at a rapid pace, leaving a V-shaped wake behind it. If one looks for it, they can also see a hump and tail. However, as with most lake monster videos, it is a Rorschach test where one can see whatever he or she wants. Still, because of its protrudances, a crocodile can be ruled out. Its rapid pace also rules out elephant. One thing that it does somewhat resemble is a boat with persons inside it, some say, but its rapid pace and mysterious sinking oppose this explanation.

So, where does all of this evidence point? The prospect of a surviving dinosaur intrigues us all, but we must also be realistic. Everyone should keep an open mind and ponder at the mysteries of the earth. When, and if, Mokele-mbembe is revealed, many will be disappointed, for it will be the death of yet another mystery. This story of adventure and wildlife will drive our imaginations forth, well into the next decade. Our imagination or not, humanity needs great mysteries. This is one of them.

Source:

http://www.cryptozoology.com/cryptids/mokele.php

Jan 19

Wolpertinger

Courtesy of:  http://crptidz.wikia.com

280px-The_wolperWolpertinger is a creature said to inhabit the alpine forest of Bavaria-Germany. It has a body comprised from various animal parts — generally wings, antlers, tails and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal. The most widespread description is that of a horned rabbit or a horned squirrel.

Stuffed “wolpertingers”, composed of parts of actual stuffed animals, are often displayed in inns or sold to tourists as souvenirs in the animals’ “native regions”. The Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum in Munich, Germany features a permanent exhibit on the creature. But this creature regarded same with its counterpart the Jackalope and Skvader as a hoax.

Source:

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

 

Jan 18

Appalachian Black Panther

Courtesy of:  http://waypastnormal.blogspot.ca/

appA cryptid is an animal whose existence is unconfirmed. But a cryptid can also be a known animal in an unexpected place, and black panthers fall into this category. A panther is a term applied to several species of big cat when they occur as solid black. Leopards, bobcats and jaguars for instance are usually spotted – but melanism (an increased amount of dark pigment caused by melanin) can cause any of these species to be all black. Spotted and all-black kittens can occur in the same litter. Black may even be able to become the dominant color in a small breeding population.

But is there such a thing as a black mountain lion (also called cougar or puma)? Wildlife experts say no because no one has ever photographed or shot one. However, verbal accounts exist from history. Black panthers were well-known to the early settlers in the Appalachian mountains and the Ozarks. Frightening encounters with black panthers were published in Texas newspapers in the 1800s. The history of Montgomery County, Arkansas, is said to contain the experience of one Emily Stacy. Home alone with her children, she was forced to load a musket and shoot through the door at a panther that was trying to get into her house. In the morning, the panther – described as a black mountain lion lay dead on her porch.

If the many sightings of black panthers in recent years are not of melanistic cougars, what else could they be? Many people don’t know that the American West, especially the Southwest, was the natural home of jaguars. They were almost completely hunted out by the early 1900s, and the last known pair were shot in Arizona by 1965. It was 2001 before photographic evidence proved that jaguars had returned to the United States.

Is it possible that black jaguars are responsible for some of the black panther sightings? Are black jaguars newly returned to the US also or have they been here all along? Perhaps natural selection played a role in their survival – black cats might have been better able to stay out of sight and avoid being killed by hunters.

In many instances, witnesses to the black cats may be misjudging their size. A jaguarondi is a cat closely related to the cougar but much smaller. It can occur in several colors including solid dark gray or chocolate brown. The cat is known to live in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Florida. Jaguarundis have also been reported in several states bordering these ones. From a distance, people would notice the jaguarundi’s build is unlike that of a house cat and it has a very long, thick tail like a cougar’s. It could easily resemble a black panther. Plus, the jaguarundi likes the daylight hours, making it easier to be spotted by humans.

The exotic pet trade might provide another reason for black panther sightings. In 2009, the Humane Society of the United States pointed out that of the estimated 5,000 to 7,000 tigers in the country, only 10 percent are in zoos: the rest are privately owned. It’s the same with many other big cat species, as it has been unbelievably easy to purchase these animals as pets in the past (more and more legislation is being written now to ban exotic pets). Dealers may employ selective breeding to create a more attractive (and expensive) “product”, including black panthers. Big cats may escape or may be deliberately set free by owners who can no longer afford to keep them. Most don’t survive on their own for long – but some just might.

Another possibility exists because most big cat species can interbreed, and many big cats possess the genes for a black coat. If a pet leopard escaped or was released, is it far-fetched to imagine that it might breed with an indigenous mountain lion? For that matter, a wandering wild jaguar might meet up with a wild cougar. In either case, some new DNA might be introduced into the existing wild population.

Meanwhile, there’s no doubt that confirmed sightings of normal-colored cougars are on the rise in places other than the western United States and Canada. These creatures once roamed almost all of North America, and may be regaining some of their former territory. In recent years, cougars have been spotted in Michigan , Alaska, Kansas, Indiana and even West Virginia. Since there are several subspecies of mountain lion, perhaps one or more of the subspecies are able to naturally produce black offspring. And a black lion might be found anywhere their usual-colored siblings are. For instance, the Florida Panther is really a cougar – and there have also been reports of black cougars in that state.

While many plausible explanations exist for the existence of an American black panther, there is also the slimmest, slightest chance that it’s a true cryptid – a brand new species or subspecies that we know nothing about. Just such an animal is appearing in other countries. Hundreds of black panther sightings are reported in Britain every year and also in Australia.

Source:

http://waypastnormal.blogspot.ca/2010/06/north-american-black-panther-myth-or.html

Jan 18

Giant Sloth

Courtesy of:  http://www.newanimal.org

slothThe mapinguary (also spelled “mapinguari”) is a hairy biped reported from the Amazon Rainforest of South America. It is firmly embedded in local folklore, and some legends show characteristics that would tend to classify this beast as supernatural, scaring away researchers who work in the field of cryptozoology. The mapinguary sometimes speaks, likes to punish hunters who violate religious holidays, and is often bulletproof. Certain lore seems to link it with the South American werewolf. The more werewolf-like version of the mapinguary is called the “wolf’s cape” and is thought to have originally been human.

Other sightings describe what sounds more like a real animal. The mapinguary looks something like Bigfoot, being a bipedal hairy giant, but it is less human-looking than Bigfoot. In fact, it resembles a giant sloth, an animal that was alive during the last Ice Age. Even its footprints resemble those of the giant sloth. Therefore, cryptozoologists who are investigating this creature usually think that if it exists, it is really a giant sloth. All the weird characteristics are regarded as being added on by superstition.

Ornithologist David C. Oren is the researcher who is most strongly associated with the theory that mapinguary legends represent sightings of living giant sloths who survived the Ice Age extinctions, but there are many other scientists and adventurers who have looked into the problem. Charles Fort was perhaps the first to suggest the survival of giant ground sloths in South America, in reference to legends about the “blonde beast” of Patagonia.

Source:

http://www.newanimal.org/mapinguary.htm

Jan 18

Alma

Courtesy of: http://www.unknownexplorers.com/

almasAlmas, Mongolian for ‘wild man, is the name given presumed hominid reputed to inhabit the Caucasus and Pamir Mountains of central Asia as well as the Altai Mountains of southern Mongolia. As is typical of the unknown hominids throughout central Asia, Russia, and the Caucasus, Almas are generally considered to be more akin to “wild people” in appearance and habits than an ape, unlike other hominids such as the Yeti of the Himalayas which is said to be more ape like than man.

Almas are typically described as human like bipedal creatures, between five and six and a half feet tall, their bodies are covered with reddish-brown hair, and they have anthropomorphic facial features including a pronounced brow-ridge, flat nose, and a weak chin. They are usually described as unclothed, although a handful of sightings refer to primitive clothing, made from animal skins, most likely used to keep warm. Many researchers have been struck by the similarity between descriptions of the Almas and modern reconstructions of how a Neanderthals might have appeared.

There is some evidence that would suggest the Almas may be more than a legendary creatures, mainly eyewitness accounts, footprint finds, and long standing native traditions, which have been documented over the years though investigations into the Almas. Almas appear in the legend of local people, who tell stories of sightings and interactions between villiages and Almas dating back several hundred years.

Some of these accounts describe primitive communication between the two parites via the use of hand gestures and exchange of goods. Drawings of Almas also appear in a Tibetan medicinal book, British anthropologist Myra Shackley noted that “The book contains thousands of illustrations of various classes of animals including reptiles, mammals and amphibia, but not one single mythological anima, like its medieval European counterparts which often listed many fantastic animals in its medical books. Being that every creature in the Tibetan medicnal book are well documented actualy species, with the exception of the Almas, gives some validity to the creatures existance.

Sightings recorded in writing go back as far back as the 15th century. In 1430, Hans Schildtberger, a bavarian nobleman recorded his personal observation of the Almas in a journal of his trip to Mongolia as a prisoner of the Mongol Khan. He chronicled the existence of these so called wild people who lived like animals and were allegedly covered with hair, with the notable exceptions of their hands and faces. Schiltberger himself encountered two of these beings himself after an unnamed warlord presented them as a gift to his captor.

Nikolai Przhevalsky observed the Almas in Mongolia in 1871, he noted that Almas are part of the Mongolian and Tibetan apothecary’s materia medica, along with thousands of other animals and plants that still live today.
Between 1890 and 1928, Professor Tysben Zhamtsarano reportedly conducted research into the existence of the Almas but, as was too often the case in Stalin’s Russia, the esteemed scientist was sent to a gulag and apparently his notes and illustrations, which detailed his numerous expeditions, a perished with him. Zhamtsarano’s assistant, Dordji Meiren, even claimed to have seen an Almas skin, which was preserved in a Buddhist monastery near Mongolia’s Gobi region.

In 1963, a man by the name of Ivan Ivlov’s reportedly observed a whole family of Almas. Ivlov, a pediatrician, decided to interview some of the Mongolian children who were his patients and discovered that many of them had also seen and even interactied with the Almas. It seemed to Ivlov that neither the Mongol children nor the young Almas were afraid of each other.

There is a local legend about wild woman named Zana who is said to have lived in the isolated mountain village of T’khina, fifty miles from Sukhumi, Abkhazia in the Caucasus; some have speculated she may have been an Almas, but hard evidence is lacking. The legend says that she was captured in the mountains in 1850, at first she was violent towards her captors but soon became domesticated and, indeed, was able to assist with simple household chores. Zana is said to have had sexual relations with a man of the village named Edgi Genaba, and later gave birth to a number of children of apparently normal human appearance. Several of these children reportedly died in infancy, their deaths attributed to Zana’s genetic incompatibility, as an Almas, with humans genetics. Zana herself is said to have died in 1890.

The legend continues to tell how the father, Edgi Genaba, gave away four of the surviving children to local families. The two boys, Dzhanda and Khwit Sabekia, born 1878 and 1884, and the two girls, Kodzhanar and Gamasa Sabekia, born 1880 and 1882, were assimilated into normal society, married, and had families of their own.. The skull of Khwit, the younger of the two boys. was examined by Dr. Grover Krantz in the early 1990s. He pronounced it to be entirely modern, with no Neandertal features at all. If Krantz’s verdict on the skull is correct, and the skull itself is indeed that of Zana’s son, it would indicate that Zana may have not been an Almas at all, but perhaps a member of an isolated hunter gatherer tribe so culturally different from her captors’ society that it would make Zana seem non human to them, even though she was indeed a modern human.

Another case is said to date from around 1941, shortly after the German invasion of the USSR. A wild man was reportedly captured somewhere in the Caucasus by a detachment of the Red Army. He appeared human, but was covered in fine, dark hair. Interrogation revealed his apparent inability, or unwillingness, to speak, the wild man was later shot as a German spy. There are various versions of this encounter in the cryptozoological
literature, and, as with other Almas reports, hard proof is absent.

Myra Shackley, a British anthropologist, and Bernard Heuvelmans, a renowned French cryptozoologist, have speculated that the Almas are a relict population of Neanderthals, while Loren Coleman, a well known figure head in the world of cryptozoology, suggests the the Almoas may be a surviving specimens of Homo erectus, or upright man. Still other researchers insist that Almas are related to the Yeti of the Himalayas, being closer to apes than to humans. The locals, for their part, often see no appreciable difference between Almas and humans, regarding them simply as “wild men” who remain untouched by civilization.

Recently, controversy surrounding the Almas was rekindled , when in October of 2003, the BBC reported that mountain climber Sergey Semenov discovered the foot and leg of an unknown creature, approximately 3,500 meters up in the permafrost of the Altai Mountain range. Scientific tests and X-rays show that the bones are several thousand years old, but attempts to identify the creature they belonged to remain inconclusive. Upon further testing this mystery limb could very well be the best proof to date of the existence of hairy, bipedal humanoids in the Altai Mountains. And if the Almas can be proven as fact, its only matter of time before the worlds other mysterious hairy hominids are thrust into the spot light of science.

The Evidence
Despite a handful of sightings, footprint casts, and even photos that are debatable, no physical evidence of the Almas has been reported. This creature, like Bigfoot and other hominid cryptids will need to be captured or a body found in order to show it exists.

The Sightings
In 1420 the first known printed reference to the Almas was documented by Hans Schiiberger as he traveled through the Tien Shan mountains as a captive of the Mongols. During his imprisonment wrote the following in his journal:

“In the mountains themselves live a wild people, who have nothing in common with other human beings, a pelt covers the entire body of these creatures. Only the hands and face are free of hair. They run around in the hills like animals and eat foliage and grass what ever else they can find. The Lord of the territory made Egidi a present of a couple of forest people, a man and women, together with three untamed horses the size of asses and all sorts of other animals which are not found in German lands with I cannot therefore put a name to.”

In the mid 1850 a wild reddish-black hair covered woman with both human and Neanderthal features, dark skin, broad body, large hands and feet and a sloped forehead, was reportedly captured in the western Caucausus region of Abkhanzi, and given the name Zana. According to accounts, she was very physically powerful, able to perform feats of exceptional strength. While in captivity, Zana was passed on through a succession of owners, including noblemen, and also mothered several children. According to the legend she has as many as 6 offspring, by different men. Of these, the first 2 perished, due to Zana washing them in cold water after birth. The other 4 survived with the help of the local village women, who took care of the children. They were fairly normal, except for being dark and physically powerful, and grew up accepted among the villagers. Each of these children reportedly had children of their own.

In 1906 Badzare Baradyine, while on a caravan in the desert of Alachan, reports seeing a hairy man standing on the top of a sand dune, outlined against the sunset. After being approached by the Imperial Russian Geographical Society’s president and asked not to publish the encounter Baradyine reluctantly complied, but relays the information about his sighting to a personal friend, Mongolian professor Tsyben Zhamtsarano, who in turn
begins a lengthy and determined investigation into the existence of the Almas. 1907 through 1940 Tsyben Zhamtsarano compiles eyewitness’ accounts and recruits an artist to draw the likeness of the Almas based on the gathered descriptions. He also plots sightings locations and dates on a map of the region. After being imprisoned in Russia for a number of years, the Zhamtsarano dies in 1940. His files vanish, and are rumored classified.

In 1937 Dordji Meiren, an associate of Professor Zhamtsarano, reports seeing a carpet made of out Almas hide being used in ritual ceremonies in a monastery. In 1941 a Russian unit fighting the Germans in the Caucasus near Buinakst is asked by some partisans to look at an unusual prisoner. According to the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. Vargen Karapetyen, the captive man was naked, hairy and covered with lice, he obviously did not under stand speech and appeared to be dim witted, blinking often, the man was evidently afraid, but made no attempts to defend himself when Karapetyen pulled hairs from his body. The man was kept in a barn because inside in a headed room he smelt terrible and dripped sweat. Stories vary from that point, but they do agree that the prisoner was later executed as either a deserter or a German spy.

In 1957 Alexander Georgievitch Pronin, a hydrologist at the Geographical Research Institute of Leningrad University, sees a figure standing on a rocky cliff about 500 yards above him and the same distance away while on an expedition to the Pamir mountains for the purpose of mapping glaciers. Initially surprised by seeing someone at a known uninhabited area, Pronin subsequently realized that the creature was not human. It did resemble a man but “it was very stooped, with long forearms and covered in reddish grey hair”. Prorin reported seeing the creature again three days later, walking upright.

In 1963 Ivan Ivlon, a Russian pediatrician, sees a family of Almas consisting of a male, a female and a small child, standing on a mountain slope.

In 1964 Russian historian Boris Porshnev vists the place where Zana had reportedly lived. Several Centenarians claimed to have known her and to have attended her funeral. Doctor Porshnev also claimed to have meet a couple of Zana’s descendents and wrote the following:

“From the moment that I saw Zara’s Grandchildren, I was impressed by their dark skin and negroid looks. Shalikula, the grandson, has unusually powerful jaw muscles, and he can pick up a chair, with a man sitting in it, with his teeth.”

In 1972 an unnamed Russian doctor met a family of Almas, according to British anthropologist Myra Shackley, who adds that their “very simple lifestyle and the nature of their appereance suggests strongly that the Almas might represent the survival of a prehistoric way of life, and perhaps even of an earlier man.

In 1980 a worker at an experimental agricultural station operated by the Mongolian Academy of Sciences at Bulgan, encounters the dead body of a strange humanlike creature. He went on to describe the following:

“I approached and saw a hairy corpse of a robust human-like creature dried and half buried by the sand. I had never seen such a human-like being before covered by camel colored brownish yellow short hairs and I recoiled, although in my native land I had seen many dead men killed in battle… The dead thing was not a bear or ape and at the same time it was not a man like Mongol or Kazakh or Chinese and Russian. The hairs on its head where longer than on its body.”

In 1985 Maya Bykova, an assistant to Doctor Boris Porshnev, at Moscow’s Darwin Museum, is reported to have actually observed a humanoid of unknown identity, a creature nicknamed by the ethnic Mnasi people as Mecheny, which translates into marked, because of the whitish skin patch seen on its left forearm, the only part of its body not covered by reddish brown hair.

In 2003, the BBC reported that mountain climber Sergey Semenov discovered the foot and leg of an unknown creature, approximately 3,500 meters up in the permafrost of the Altai Mountain range. Scientific tests and X-rays show that the bones are several thousand years old, but attempts to identify the creature they belonged to remain
inconclusive.

The Stats – (Where applicable)

  • Classification: Hominid
  • Size: Adults appear to be between 5 and 6 and half feet tall.
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Diet: Almas are most likely hunter gatherers which means there diet would consist of both local plant and animal life.
  • Location: Caucasus and Pamir Mountains of central Asia as well as the Altai Mountains of southern Mongolia.
  • Movement: Walking
  • Environment: There are a wide variety of environments which encompass the areas said to be inhabited by the Almas, and it would appear that the creature can thrive in almost any of them.

Source:

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

Jan 18

Mande Barung

Courtesy of: http://monstrumathenaeum.org/

ManddeThe Mande Barung is a lesser known relative of the Yeti and Bigfoot living in the remote Garo Hills of Northeast India and Bangladesh. Translated directly as ‘forest man’, the Mande Barung are creatures very similar in description to other ape-type hominids around the world – large in stature, completely covered with hair and standing around 10 feet tall with an estimated weight of 600lbs. Until recently, hard evidence of Bigfoot-type cryptids in India has been almost non-existent except for tribal folklore.

Generally regarded as a part of the landscape for those living in the area; it’s uncertain when the first sighting of the Mande Barung was reported. However, the cryptid has been enjoying a recent surge in notoriety thanks to a famous sighting which occurred in April 2002.

Forestry officer James Marak and his team of fourteen were conducting a routine survey of the tiger population in Balpakram. The team reported observing a figure which they described as Yeti-like in stature and appearance. However, Marak isn’t the only one in his family claiming to have seen the creature. According to the family, Marak’s son also saw it and his grandson claims to have seen unusual foot prints eighteen inches in length. Despite the multiple sightings, his family members believe the matter wasn’t seriously investigated at the time because authorities were ‘uninterested and lazy’.

Five years later, similar sightings reported in 2007 forced Indian authorities to announce a scientific study to examine the credibility of the tribal villager’s claims regarding the Mande Barung. Not only did at least half a dozen villagers report seeing the Mande Barung during a three week period, but they also saw more than one creature at a time. They observed a group of two adults and two smaller creatures resembling a family. They were huge and bulky, covered in blackish-brown fur and their heads looked as if they were wearing a cap.

Until recently, hard evidence of Bigfoot-type cryptids, the Mande Barung, in India has been almost non-existent except for tribal folklore. The Achik Tourism Society (ACT) has been searching for the truth about the Mande Barung since 1997. The group claims they’ve confirmed there are no gorillas or similar creatures in the region which could be misidentified as the cryptid. They also claim to have photographs and images of footprints as large as fifteen inches in length as well as information about their eating habits and nesting. No surprise, the creatures are suspected herbivores – living on berries, bananas and plantain tree shoots. The ACT also claims to have a hair sample collected after a sighting and is planning to conduct DNA analysis on it.

Critics of the Mande Barung claim the creature is nothing more than a fairy tale. The area where the sightings have occurred is primarily populated by Garo tribespeople. Culturally, these people are a matrilineal community where property is inherited through the female line. Stories and fables are a considerable and inseparable part of their culture. Since they accept the presence of the Mande Barung as part of their world, the creature may be nothing more than an attempt to aggrandize or embellish the folklore. However, even the most hardened critic must admit the local environment lends itself well to conceal Bigfoot-type creatures. Most of the area is thick jungle only accessible by foot which makes investigation both difficult and dangerous. As one researcher pointed out, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Source:

http://monstrumathenaeum.org/mande-barung-evidence-bigfoot-india/

Jan 18

Agogwe

Courtesy of: http://www.thecryptocrew.com/

agogwe

The agogwe is a purported small human-like biped reported from the forests of East Africa. It is 1 to 1.7 m (3.3 to 5.58 ft) tall with long arms and long rust-coloured woolly hair and is said to have yellowish-red skin under its coat. It has also been reported as having black or grey hair. Its feet are said to be about 12 cm (5 in) long with opposable toes. Alleged differences between it …and known apes include a rounded forehead, small canines and its hair and skin colour.

The first recorded sighting was in 1900 by a Captain William Hichens who reported his experience in the December 1937 edition of Discovery magazine thus:

“Some years ago I was sent on an official lion-hunt in this area (the Ussure and Simibit forests on the western side of the Wembare plains) and, while waiting in a forest glade for a man-eater, I saw two small, brown, furry creatures come from dense forest on one side of the glade and disappear into the thickets on the other. They were like little men, about 4 feet high, walking upright, but clad in russet hair. The native hunter with me gazed in mingled fear and amazement. They were, he said, agogwe, the little furry men whom one does not see once in a lifetime.”

When Hitchens was criticized and ridiculed, Cuthbert Burgoyne wrote a letter to the magazine in 1938 recounting his sighting of something similar in 1927 while coasting Portuguese East Africa in a Japanese cargo boat. They were close enough to shore that they could view the beach using a “glass of twelve magnifications” they watched a troupe of Baboons feeding and… ” As we watched, two little brown men walked together out of the bush and down amongst the baboons. They were certainly not any known monkey and yet they must have been akin or they would have disturbed the baboons. They were too far away to be seen in great detail, but these small human-like animals were probably between four and five feet tall, quite upright and graceful in figure. At the time I was thrilled as they were quite evidently no beast of which I had heard or read. Later a friend and big game hunter told me he was in the Portuguese East Africa with his wife and three hunters, and saw a mother, father and child, apparently of the same species, walk across the further side of the bush clearing. The natives loudly forbade him to shoot.” Without the quote, an account of Mr. Burgoyne’s making such a report is given in. Charles Cordier, a professional animal collector who worked for zoos and museums, followed the tracks of the kakundakari in Zaire in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Once, said Cordier, a Kakundakari had become entangled in one of his bird snares. “It fell on its face,” said Cordier, “turned over, sat up, took the noose off its feet, and walked away before the nearby African could do anything”.

The agogwe is also known as the kakundakari or kilomba in Zimbabwe and the Congo region. About 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in) tall and covered with hair, they are said to walk upright like humans.

In the Ivory Coast it is known as the sehite. In Tanzania and northern Mozambique, they speak of the agogure or agogue, a human-like, long-armed pygmy with a coat the colour of fired earth. Although its appearance is said to be grotesque, the agogue is said to be more mischievous than menacing.

Name:Agogwe

Similar to: Bigfoot, Orang Pendek, Batutut

Location: East Africa

Movement: Bi-pedal

Size: 2-6 Feet tall

Photos/Videos: None

Source:

http://www.thecryptocrew.com/2013/12/know-your-cryptids-agogwe.html

Jan 18

Yeti

Courtesy of:  http://www.newanimal.org/

yetiThe words “yeti” and “abominable snowman” are applied to several types of hairy humanoids similar to North America’s Bigfoot, but these creatures are distinct from Bigfoot because they are reported from a different continent altogether. The Himalaya Mountains of Tibet and Nepal are the homeland of these legendary creatures. The two terms “yeti” and “abominable snowman” are sometimes applied to creatures from other remote areas of Asia as well.

Cryptozoologists and other serious researchers prefer the term “yeti” over “abominable snowman” because “yeti” sounds more scientific and because it is not based on a mistranslation of a native word, as “abominable snowman” is. The most picky cryptozoologists refer to each individual type of yeti by its own native name, dzu-teh for the biggest, hulking giants who sometimes walk on all fours and seem half bear, half ape, meh-teh for the “classic” yeti that stands about six feet tall and has a pointed top of the head, and teh-lma for the three-foot-tall frog-eating yeti that makes its home in steamy jungle valleys between mountains (sometimes thought to be a juvenile yeti by researchers).

The teh-lma is the most human-like of the yetis and is thought to be a race of primitive humans by some researchers, compared to the proto-pygmies. It is also the most ignored of the yetis. Very little research has been focused on it recently, although several decades ago, when it was lumped in with the meh-teh more often than not, this little yeti was more in the spotlight.

The dzu-teh is thought by many researchers to be a bear. It has claws and carnivorous habits, in addition to its bear-like appearance. However, many cryptozoologists think that, if it is a bear, it must be a new species of bear, because the descriptions don’t sound like any known species. The meh-teh is the subject of the most research, and is the only variety of yeti that most people hear about these days. Whenever you’ve read about the yeti before, it is likely you were reading about the meh-teh, the classic yeti that sounds most similar to Bigfoot.

It looks something like a cross between a gorilla and a man. It could not easily be mistaken for a bear. Even though it has long, shaggy hair, it is actually supposed to be a valley-dweller, like all other varieties of yeti. The snow-capped peaks don’t contain enough food for such a creature to live there, but it is said the meh-teh often has to go through high mountain passes to travel from one valley to another, where it becomes highly visible to human observers and sightings are most likely to take place. In its forested, remote valleys, it is supposed to be nearly impossible to locate, living in a remote territory much like the panda, which eluded researchers for sixty years after its discovery.

Even though the yeti (at least the meh-teh) is one of the best documented of the hairy humanoids, it is also one of the most disputed. Native folklore has heavily obscured whatever real animal or animals that might possibly exist behind the mythology. According to legend, the yeti is a spiritual being, not an animal. It is sometimes worshiped, attributed with many supernatural powers, and is said to interbreed with humans.

In addition, some legends say that there is no actual breeding population of yetis. Instead, each yeti is actually the transmogrified quasi-solid ghost of a dead human.

Other local mythology states that the yetis are actually demons that have been assigned to guard mountains, so that humans do not ascend to the peaks and disturb the gods who live there. If this is true, then the yetis have failed miserably in their task to keep people from climbing Mt. Everest.

With western observers involved, the picture can get clouded too. The yeti has been shown to be confused with actual humans, bears and even suggestive-looking rocks on some occasions. In popular culture, the picture gets even more confusing, with the label “yeti” being applied haphazrdly to any Bigfoot-like creature anywhere in the world, even though it should technically apply only to those creatures reported from Himalaya Mountains of Tibet and Nepal, or at the very least to those from Asia.

Source:

http://www.newanimal.org/yeti.htm

Jan 18

Maero

Courtesy of:  http://www.newanimal.org/

The maero are described by the Maori (the native race of New Zealand) as looking much like themselves, except that the maero were bigger and had shaggy hair growing all over their bodies. The maero were exceptionally strong, even for their size. They did not wear clothes and had few of the trappings of civilization, though they did use stone clubs. According to traditional history and folklore, the maero were more or less constantly at war with the Maori. As a result of this war, the maero had been driven into the most rugged and inhospitable areas, where they barely survived, in small numbers. The maero would kill any human beings they happened to come across, and they seemed to have no cannibalism taboo, because they generally ate these victims. The maero, unlike other mythical creatures of New Zealand, are endowed with little or nothing in the way of supernatural powers. They usually seem quite natural. Also, there are tales about humans of gigantic stature that are supposed to represent crossbreeding between Maori and maero. This trait is said to run in families, such as the Kaihai family of Waikato and the Haupapa family of Rotorua. Although these families produce big people today, it is said that these are nothing compared to the specimens they once produced – gigantic, muscular men who were perhaps between 8 feet and 11 feet tall. This idea parallels Tibetan reports of the yeti and humans interbreeding.

It is thought that the maero, if they ever existed, might be extinct today. To complicate the picture, the maero is often confused with two types of fairy folk from Maori mythology. One is the patu-paiarehe, the fair-skinned “mist people” with supernatural powers, who sound curiously like Europeans (with instances of red hair and blue eyes) but reportedly date from long before any European influence. The other is the Maori ogres, flesh-eating giants who are usually not so hairy as the maero and are also endowed with supernatural powers. The maero is sometimes called the mairoero.

Source:

http://www.newanimal.org/maero.htm

Jan 18

Kusshi

Courtesy of:  http://mysteriousuniverse.org/

kusshiLake Kussharo is located within Akan National Park in eastern Hokkaido and derives its name from the Ainu word Kuccharo, which means “The place where a lake becomes a river and the river flows out.” It is a caldera lake, formed in the crater of a volcano long ago, and is notable for being the largest lake of this kind in Japan as well as the 6th largest lake in the country overall.

The lake is known for its natural beauty,as well as a mysterious creature that is said to live in its depths, a monster that has come to affectionately be known as Kusshie, emulating the name of its more well-known Scottish cousin, Nessie.

Kusshie is reported as being between 10 and 20 meters in length (30 to 60 ft), and is most commonly reported as having dark brown, leathery skin. The creature’s neck is of a moderate length, and humps are sometimes mentioned. The head of the creature is said to look somewhat like that of a horse, only larger, with silver eyes, and is sometimes described as having two protrusions like giraffe horns on top. A few reports mention the creature making strange grunting or clicking noises. Interestingly, many witnesses also report having felt distinctly uneasy, disturbed, or “icky,” upon seeing the creature.

One very interesting characteristic of Kusshi is the high speeds at which it reportedly can move. In 1974, grainy footage was taken of a mysterious object moving across the lake at breakneck speed, said to be the alleged creature. Other pieces of alleged footage of the creature moving quickly over the water have surfaced over the years as well. Several reports mention this remarkable speed. In Sept, 1974, a group of 15 witnesses reported being surprised by a large, somewhat triangular shaped animal with shiny skin like glistening scales, moving under the surface of the water with the estimated speed of a motorboat. In 1988, a Mr. Takashi Murata was riding in a motorboat and reported being paced by a large animal at a distance of 15 meters away, which he described as having a dark back that looked like that of a dolphin. The animal followed him for a time, keeping up with the fast boat, before disappearing beneath the water.

Lake Kussharo’s alleged lake monster first came to widespread publicity during the 1970s due to a number of high profile sightings. In 1972, a man reported seeing an object that looked like a “boat turned upside down,” swimming quickly through the water. In August of 1973, a group of 40 middle school students on a field trip, as well as their teachers, spotted the creature not far from shore. In July, 1974, another famous case was reported by a Mr. Wada, a farmer who sighted a large, dark animal with several humps at intervals of 4 meters apart. The farmer watched the creature for some time before it submerged with a huge swell of water and a splash.

These sightings and many others like them brought attention to the lake, which culminated in an active search for the animal. For one month in Sept 1974, TV crews, boats equipped with fish finder sonar, and teams of divers explored the lake. These efforts produced some interesting results. Some of the sonar equipped boats reported finding unusual and large images of living creatures at depths of 15 to 20 meters.

Over the years, Kusshi has been photographed and filmed on several occasions, including as recently as 1990. Kusshi continued to be sighted throughout the 70s and beyond, sometimes by large groups of people. In May, 1976, Kusshi was sighted by a group of 22 tour bus passengers and their driver. As recently as 1997, a group of firefighters spotted a strange animal swimming 100 meters offshore, which they estimated as being 20 meters long, with a dorsal fin and banded markings. Another sightings was made by tourists in 2002, and reports occasionally pop up to this day.

Although media attention made Kusshi famous in the 1970s, it would be a mistake to think that this was the first indication of something strange or unknown in the lake. These stories have a long tradition among locals in the area. The indigenous Ainu people who inhabit the area have long told of giant snakes that inhabit the lake. Additionally, pioneers coming to the area during the Meiji era also told of seeing these creatures, which were said to attack and eat deer whole.

Source:

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/06/strange-beasts-of-japans-far-north/

Jan 18

Igopogo

Courtesy of: http://www.americanmonsters.com/

igopogoThis long necked, dorsal finned, canine-featured critter is one of the most unusual lake beasts reputed to dwell in North America.

Located in Southern Ontario — just 40-miles north of Toronto — Lake Simcoe is the fourth-largest lake in the province and a remnant of the colossal, prehistoric freshwater sea known as Lake Algonquin. Algonquin’s basin also included Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Nipigon and Lake Nipissing. When the ice dam melted at the end of the last ice age it dramatically reduced water levels in the region, leaving behind the lakes we see today.

In the 17th century the lake was known by the Huron natives as “Ouentironk” or “Beautiful Water.” In 1687, the Lahontan people changed it to Lake Taronto, an Iroquoian term meaning gateway or pass. Finally, in 1793, by John Graves Simcoe — the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada — renamed the lake in memory of his father, Captain John Simcoe.

This relatively small, island riddled, oval shaped body of water, which is approximately 20-miles long and 16-miles wide, is known for its clean water, fantastic fishing and, most notably, the bizarre beast that’s said to lurk within its gloomy, freshwater depths. This unusual animal was dubbed Igopogo — no doubt, in honor of her famous cousins OGOPOGO of Lake Okanagan and MANIPOGO of Lake Manitoba — by the local fishermen.

That having been stated, there seems to be a bit of a rivalry over the beast’s appellation as, depending on whether or not you hail from Kempenfelt Bay or Beaverton, the monster’s has a few alternate nom de plumes, including “Kempenfelt Kelly,” “Beaverton Bessie” —which is, in and of itself, an homage to Lake Erie’s more notorious BESSIE — and even “Simcoe Kelly.”

It was even suggested by George M. Eberhart in his book “Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology” that its most famous name, “Igopogo,” comes from Walt Kelly’s seminal comic strip “Pogo,” which featured a cadre of memorable swamp critters, including one who ran a mock presidential campaign utilizing the slogan: “I GO POGO.” Considered by many cryptozoologists to be unique, even amongst her amazing peers, Igopogo is a rarely seen beast, which has been described as having a neck which resembles a “stove-pipe,” crowned by an unusual canine-like head.

This ostensibly mammalian description — which, it must be admitted, has in no way remained consistent throughout the many years of Igopogo sightings — has led some to speculate that this creature may biologically akin to AQUATIC ENIGMAS such as the notorious “Irish crocodile” the DOBHAR-CHU or even the Australian BUNYIP. While tales of this cryptid go as far back as aboriginal legends and accounts from the earliest Europeans to settle the area, the first modern report hails from July 22, 1963. The eyewitnesses involved with this sighting, including one Reverend L.B. Williams, claimed that they saw not a typically mammalian, but a serpentine creature — not unlike Newfoundland’s eel-like CRESSIE — with multiple dorsal fins, that was anywhere from 30 to 70-feet in length, undulating in the water. It was also described as having a “charcoal covered” epidermis
This creature was allegedly captured on film while two, uncharacteristically calm, children watch from the shore. While there is no written account of when or by whom the obviously aged, black and white image was snapped, it remains an intriguing — if somewhat controversial — piece of potential photographic evidence of Igopogo’s
existence.

Over two decades later, on June 13, 1983, William Skrypetz — a sonar operator with Lefroy’s Government Dock and Marina — took sonar reading which revealed a creature with a massive body and long tapering neck that seemed to look very much like the archetypal LAKE MONSTERS such as CHAMP or the LOCH NESS MONSTER. During the 1980’s — author, cryptozoologist and president of the BCSCC (British Colombia Scientific Cryptozoology Club) — JOHN KIRK III, investigated this phenomenon and came to the conclusion that whatever might have lived in the lake had either migrated or had become deceased.

Kirk’s assessment of the situation was not without merit, as the sightings of this animal— with the notable exception of Skrypetz sonar hit — had dwindled to virtually nothing since the 1970’s. Kirk’s opinion of this creature’s status changed in 1991, however, when he was given a copy of a videotape by former British army officer and fellow cryptozoologist, Don Hepworth.

The video — which was purportedly shot from the shores of Lake Simcoe during that same year — apparently shows a terrifying lake demon rearing its head during a hydroplane race.

According to the unnamed videographer’s account, one of the racers her knew suffered a mechanical breakdown while on the south end of the lake and was forced to halt and make repairs. Just as the racer lifted the engine hatch in order to assess the damage, a large animal suddenly surfaced directly in front of him, stunning the racer as well as the spectators on the shoreline.

The landlocked crowd began to panic, fearing the worst for the downed competitor. The racer himself would later claim that this possibly prehistoric apparition would continue to stare at him it slowly lowered its head, finally submerging completely beneath the water. Apparently, Kirk — upon repeated viewing of the controversial footage — confirmed that this creature was 9 and 12 feet long and had mammalia or, what he believed to be, pinniped (seal- or sea lion-like) features. Unfortunately the quality of the video and proximity of the creature to the camera did not allow for a more thorough investigation of its species.

This video evidence — which is infamously difficult to find — has raised the profile of this creature considerably, yet skeptics continue to insist that what people are seeing is nothing more than normal seals who have slipped into the lake via the rivers that connect it to Lake Huron. Still others think it may be related to the now famous Pacific Ocean dwelling SEA MONSTERS known as CADBOROSAURUS.

While the “seal” theory may debunk some of the unusual sightings, it in no way explains away the strange sonar hit reported in 1983. Even now, a decade into the 21st century, Lake Simcoe remains one of the most under explored cryptid habitats remaining in North America.

Source:

http://www.americanmonsters.com/site/2010/11/igopogo-canada/

Jan 18

Elwetritsch

Courtesy of:  http://paraisnormal.pbworks.com/

Neustadt_Elwedritsche-Brunnen_10_(fcm)The Elwetritsch (also spelled Elwedritsch) is a cryptid or mythical creature that supposedly inhabits the Palatinate of Germany. It is described as being a chicken-like creature with antlers.It also has scales instead of Feathers. The Elwedritsch had been quite forgotten in a while, till a Gentleman, named Espenschied “rediscovered” them. He began to organize “Huting Parties” which were nothing more than playing a harmless prank on people. One of the bavarian Kings was once served roasted, small birds for dinner, which were declared to be Elwetritsche, but were actually Quail. The Elwetritsch is supposedly very shy, but also very curious. A hunting party consists of a “Fänger” (Catcher) which is equipped with a big potatosack and a lantern and the “Treiber” (Beaters). The catcher is led into the woods where the Elwetritsch is supposed to ive, instructed to wait in a clearing with his sack and lantern, while the beaters will supposedly roust the Elwetritsch. The light of the lantern is said to be attractive to the curious creature, so they come to investigate and will then be caught by the catcher. While he waits, everyone heads back to the Gasthaus or wherever the party had previously assembled, to wait for the patsy to realize, he had been fooled.

Like the jackalope, the Elwetritsch is thought to have been inspired by sightings of wild rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of antler-like tumors in various places, including on the head.

Source:

http://paraisnormal.pbworks.com/w/page/14313765/Elwedritsche

Jan 18

Hell Hound

Courtesy of:  http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/

hellhoundA Hellhound is a supernatural dog in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world. Features that have been attributed to hellhounds include black fur, glowing red – or sometimes yellow – eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, foul odor, and sometimes even the ability to talk.

Certain European legends state that if someone stares into a hellhound’s eyes three times or more, that person will surely die. In cultures that associate the afterlife with fire, hellhounds may have fire-based abilities and appearance. They often get assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds or undertake other duties related to the afterlife or the supernatural. Seeing a hellhound or hearing one howl may be an omen or even a cause of death. Some supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cwn Annwn were actually believed to be benign.

However, encountering them was still considered a sign of imminent death. The Bearer of Death is a term used in describing the Hellhound. Hellhounds have been said to be as black as coal and smell of burning brimstone. They tend to leave behind a burned area wherever they go. Their eyes are a deep, bright, and almost glowing red. They have razor sharp teeth, super strength and speed, and are commonly associated with graveyards and the underworld.

Hellhounds are called The Bearers of Death because they were supposedly created by ancient demons to serve as heralds of death. According to legend, seeing one leads to a person’s death. Sometimes it is said to be once; other times it requires three sightings for the curse to take effect and kill the victim. These factors make the Hellhound a feared symbol and worthy of the name “Bearer of Death”. The Hellhound has been seen several times throughout history, and it is not specific to any one place. The most recent sightings occurred in Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, and Vilseck, Germany, in or near cemeteries.

While considered a bad omen, the hellhound has often helped many as well. The supernatural dog was said to warn people of danger and protect them when they needed it. The dog is often very loyal to those who call upon one and is said to be very watchful. While the creatures are often known as evil, they are not as evil as one would suggest. Hellhounds have been reported all around the globe and about half of the time it is of bad things about to happen. The other half of the time, they cause the bad things to happen.

Hellhounds not only are guards for cemeteries but they are often seen as helper dogs for those who are about to pass. But they also can show up to said loved ones and sort of inform them or a loved ones passing. While most pictures show the Hellhound as being evil and vicious, this is simply not the case. Hellhounds do not have to be evil looking or scary looking. They can look like any large dog only with pure black fur. Hellhounds can be very good creatures and feel remorseful when they do something they do not fully agree with.

Source:

http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Hell+Hound

Jan 18

Devil Bird

Courtesy of:  http://projectparanormal.org/

The devil bird, locally known as Ulama, is a cryptid of Sri Lanka said to emit bloodcurdling human sounding shrieks in the night from within the jungles. In Sri Lankan folklore, it is believed that the cry of this bird is an omen that portends death, similar to the banshee. Its precise identity is still a matter of debate although the Spot-bellied Eagle-owl matches the profile of Devil Bird to a large extent, according to finding in the year 2001 As the bird is not usually seen and its cry only described in vague terms, Ulama records might refer to the Ceylon Highland Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus kelaarti); the males of the latter are known to have a screaming flight-call untypical for nightjars. “Devil Bird or Ulama or Ulalena. The precise identity of this bird is one of the mysteries of the Ceylon jungles. Its eerie cries have been attributed to a variety of birds. The most likely candidates however are: the forest eagle-owl (Huhua nipalensis) for the up country area, the hawk-eagles and the crested honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus ruficollis) in in the lowland jungles.”

Source:

http://projectparanormal.org/parapedia/devil-bird/

Jan 18

Chupacabra

Courtesy of: http://www.newanimal.org

chupaThe chupacabra is one of those cryptids that proves very frustrating to investigators. One of the biggest frustrations hinges on the creature’s appearance. There are only a few features that stay relatively consistent from one sighting to the next; everything else seems to vary enormously. These relatively constant features include large eyes that are usually red or orange and about the same size and shape as an egg, a mouth full of big fangs, sharp claws on the hands and feet, a bunch of spikes or spike-like fins running in a row down the spine, a bipedal stance, three-toed hind feet that might also be webbed, and a hind portion shaped like a kangaroo with over-sized legs for jumping. The top portion of the body looks stunted and scrawny in comparison with its massive hindquarters.

The variable features include what kind of skin the chupacabra has. It may be hairy all over, hairy on some parts, or hairless. When it lacks hair on one or more parts, the hairless skin may be scaled like a fish or reptile, it may be smooth and resemble a frog’s skin, or it may be bumpy like a toad. Some witnesses report that the chupacabra has chameleon-like abilities or a power resembling shape-shifting that only affects its skin.

These witnesses report seeing the chupacabra change the color and texture of its skin dramatically, even turning its body hair green to blend in with foliage. The chupacabra may also have feathers on one or more parts of its body, especially red feathers. It sometimes has wings. Even when the chupacabra cannot fly, it can often jump so high that it is almost as good as flying. Reports of it jumping over buildings are not uncommon.

The other main frustration centers on the sheer number of creatures that have been given the label of “chupacabra.” The chupacabra sightings that came from Puerto Rico in approximately the years 1995-1999 fueled a worldwide interest that caused reports of “chupacabras” to flow in from every location imaginable. Some of these non-Puerto-Rican creatures resembled anomalous kangaroos, others resembled hairy humanoids of various sorts, including winged apes, and a few did sound like the original Puerto Rican chupacabras.

The chupacabra’s behavior also provokes much frustration among cryptozoologists. Its name means “goatsucker” and that it what it allegedly did: it attacked livestock and sucked their blood like a vampire. This habit caused chupacabra reports to get mixed up with another mysterious phenomena that is generally called cattle mutilation, but that can refer to the unexplained violent deaths of any livestock or pets. Cattle mutilation has a bad name because it has been linked to so many weird crackpot theories, it is thought of as successfully debunked by about half of all people who take other weird phenomena seriously, and it has accumulated a great deal of bad evidence among which any good evidence can easily be lost. Many so-called cattle mutilation deaths have been shown to be due to rather mundane causes such as diseases, and cattle mutilation reports have often caused massive hysterias during which many ordinary deaths were wrongly ascribed to this cause. You can see why cryptozoologists find it a headache to have the chupacabras held responsible for all sorts of goat and chicken deaths that may or may not be related to the real chupacabras, if such exist.

A further headache is the chupacabra fad itself, which obscures any important evidence and sensationalizes this cryptid so much that serious investigators become afraid to have their name associated with it. The chupacabra is often held up as a prime example of a fad monster with no historical precedent. People like to say that it popped suddenly into existence in 1995 and died out a few years later. In reality, researchers have found that the sightings, though less numerous, occurred as early as 1974, and that the Taino Indians had folklore about a similar being, the maboya.

As to what sort of animal the chupacabra might be, the question is hard to answer because this cryptid is so weird. Many investigators simply ignore chupacabaras. Some researchers have said it is a really unusual variety of mermaid, some compare it to a gargoyle and others declare that it is an animal from some other planet that escaped from an alien spaceship. In support of this last idea, the chupacabra’s head is often compared to the alien “grays” from modern sightings, with the exception of its big fangs, red eyes and non-gray skin color, of course.

The chupacabra is a very popular monster, but it has not caught on in the realm of fiction. There are only a few chupacabra novels, mostly aimed at children. There are three chupacabra movies, all of them big flops. The titles of these films are Chupacabra Terror (which was originally named Chupacabras: Dark Seas), Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras and Legend of the Chupacabra.

Source:

http://www.newanimal.org/chupa.htm

Jan 18

Jersey Devil

Courtesy of:  http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/

jdevilOne of my favorite modern American myths, the Jersey Devil has been seen by several people over the course of many years all along the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

The Jersey Devil is described as having a face shaped like a horse, with a small goat-like body and bat-wings. It has a high-pitched scream and is said to have eaten hundreds of farm animals in the South New Jersey region over the years. The image below is an artist’s rendering featured in the Philadelphia Post in 1909. As you can see, it’s a rather impractical creature that doesn’t seem that it would be able to get off the ground, let alone move with the speed it is described as having.

In a way this impracticality only makes this myth all the more interesting. Several unrelated witnesses reported seeing the same creature in a short period of time. For them to all describe a creature that doesn’t seem to make much physical sense only makes me wonder why, if it were all a hoax, the witnesses would choose to describe a creature that sounds too illogical and fantastic to be real?

The Jersey Devil myth differs from those of other cryptids in that this particular creature seems to have a dark backstory that several long-time residents of the area seem to believe.

As with many myths that become popularized as urban legends, there are many variations on this myth that revolve around similar details. Rather than list them all, I have put together what appears to be the most likely scenario based on historical data and evidence.

While she is commonly known as “Mother Leeds”, the alleged mother of the Jersey Devil was most likely named Mrs. Shourds (not “Shrouds” as is commonly misspelled) and lived in Leeds Point, New Jersey (USA). She was a solitary woman who had 12 children with her husband, believed to be named Samuel Shourds. In 1735 the Shourds moved to New Jersey from an unknown place of origin. Mrs. Shourds was pregnant and ready to give birth to the 13th and final child. It is thought that the 13th Shourds child was not fathered by Samuel but the Devil himself. (The number 13 is widely considered an unlucky number in many regions around the world. Even to this day some hotel floors and airline seating rows even skip directly from 12 to 14.) Many believe Mrs. Shourds to have been involved in witchcraft or demonic worship and intentionally hoped that this 13th child would bear the mark and power of his true father. Almost all variations of the legend have her stating aloud “I hope it is a devil”. She got her wish. The deformed child that she bore became none other than the Jersey Devil, the beast that haunts the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

Regardless of the legend behind the beast, it is hard to ignore the number of sightings of the creature in the Southern New Jersey area in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Even the brother of French Emperor Napolean Bonaparte reported seeing this creature while hunting in the Pine Barrens in the 1820’s. By 1904 the Jersey Devil was thought to be extinct. Most residents of the area believed it to be a local myth and no more sightings were reported for the next few years. In 1909, however, all of that changed.

In January of 1909, over one thousand residents of Southern New Jersey reported seeing a flying creature with a horse’s head. This was by far the boldest outing that the Devil had ever had. For one week beginning Sunday, January 16th, 1909 several people reported seeing a strange creature in towns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey along the Delaware River. Was this the infamous Jersey Devil or was there some other explanation?

While each sighting may individually be criticized by skeptics, it is hard to deny over one thousand people who claim to have seen, heard, and even encountered the same strange creature. Why did the Jersey Devil choose this time to come out in public? No one knows.

But soon after, the sightings went back to being rare. One question that naturally arises over these timelines is how long does this creature live?

If this was merely one creature, then it must have a lifespan of hundreds of years, at minimum. Is it possible that the creature was able to reproduce? Is there just one Devil or are there many? Can the creature even die, or is it of supernatural origin?

These days most people assume that the Jersey Devil is nothing more than a local legend. The thought of such a fantastic creature seems nonsensical and silly to the masses. Still, residents of the New Jersey Pine Barrens have an interesting tendency to stay in after dark.

Source:

http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/jersey-devil.html

Jan 18

Lusca

Courtesty of:  http://beastpedia.blogspot.ca

The Lusca is an oceanic cryptid sighted in the Bahamas. It seems to prefer living in brackish water, as it is usually found in warm bays and lagoons. Luscas usually appear in “banana holes,” which are saltwater pools inland that are connected to the ocean. The Lusca resembles a giant octopus, much like the Kraken. It is about 20-30 feet long and it has immense suckers for its size. In some accounts, unlike a normal octopus, it has small spines and teeth. The Lusca is very fast-moving and can propel a cloud of ink to hide itself. It is known to eat humans. No research has been done into studying the Lusca, though it may in fact be an inland-trapped population of humboldt squid. This creature matches the Lusca’s behavior, though not its size. The Lusca may also be the animal responsible for the oceanic blob-like corpses known as globsters.

Source:

http://beastpedia.blogspot.ca/2008/08/lusca.html

Jan 18

Bessie, the Lake Erie monster

Courtesy of:  http://www.examiner.com/

bessieBessie, the Lake Erie Monster, is sometimes called South Bay Bessie by the locals of Ohio. This cryptid, although now as well known, rivals Nessie of Loc Ness in Scotland.
Reports indicate Bessie is a snake-like creature measuring thirty to forty feet in length.  The body is estimated to be a foot in diameter, and the skin is a grayish color. When
going though the various reports through the years from 1793 to present, the descriptions vary somewhat. Some reports are much like a serpent, while others describe the cryptid as being a Brontosaurus or Plesiosaurus. Then there is the possibility these numerous sightings are not of the same cryptid but the reports are automatically grouped together as being the same creature.

In 1793, the report described the creature much like our description in the paragraph above. The event took place just north of Sandusky, Ohio. The Captain of the Felicity stated they were shooting at ducks when they startled the creature.

July 1817, a large serpent of dark color was spotted by the crew measuring nearly forty feet in length, then later in year another crew spotted the animal. It was estimated to be sixty feet in length and the skin was copper colored. The crew fired at the creature with their muskets, but was ineffective in causing any damage. A third incident happened that year near Toledo, Ohio by the two French brothers named Dusseau. They reported a huge monster on the beach thrashing around as if it was dying. It looked like a sturgeon about 30 feet in length and it had arms. The bothers ran for help, but when they returned the only thing left was some silver scales about the size of silver dollars. Numerous other events and sightings occurred during throughout the years to present day.

Harold Bricker and family spotted the creature as it swam by their boot about one thousand feet away on 4 September, 1990. On 11 September, 1990 Jim Johnson and Steve Dircks reported seeing the cryptid from a third story building while it laid motionless in the water for about six minutes.

Along with numerous reports, there have been attacks attributed to this creature. An article published by the Ottawa Citizen, 13 August, 2001, reported a creature attacking swimmers near the Port Dover pump house. The bites were ruled out as being round gobies, lamprey eels, snapping turtles, walleye, piranhas or muskellunge-type fish. However, the bites may have been by a primitive type fish known as a bowfin.

Source:

http://www.examiner.com/article/cryptozoology-bessie-lake-erie-s-sea-serpent

Jan 18

Qilin

Courtesy of:  http://www.worldheritage.org

qilinThe qilin, kirin, or kylin is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity (Chinese: 瑞, p ruì). It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes called the “Chinese unicorn” when compared with the Western unicorn. Origins The earliest references to the qilin are in the 5th century BC Zuo Zhuan. The qilin made appearances in a variety of subsequent Chinese works of history and fiction, such as Feng Shen Bang. Emperor Wu of Han apparently captured a live qilin in 122 BC, although Sima Qian was skeptical of this.

Qilin have not always been described as vegetarian, though they tend to be depicted that way currently. This influence started when a religion from India known as Buddhism began to sweep over the Chinese Empire. Before it became a more Buddhist-like gentle god, it was often depicted more Taoist-like, and as both religions in China eventually began to merge, these ideals also merged in the Qilin. In legend, the Qilin became tiger-like after their disappearance in real life and become a stylized representation of the giraffe in Ming Dynasty. The identification of the Qilin with giraffes began after Zheng He’s voyage to East Africa (landing, among other places, in modern-day Somalia). The Ming Dynasty bought giraffes from the Somali merchants along with zebras, incense, and other various exotic animals. Zheng He’s fleet brought back two giraffes to Nanjing, and they were referred to as “qilins”. The Emperor proclaimed the giraffes magical creatures, whose capture signaled the greatness of his power.

The identification between the Qilin and the giraffe is supported by some attributes of the Qilin, including its vegetarian and quiet nature. Its reputed ability to “walk on grass without disturbing it” may be related to the giraffe’s long, thin legs. Also the Qilin is described as having antlers like a deer and scales like a dragon or fish; since the giraffe has horn-like “ossicones” on its head and a tessellated coat pattern that looks like scales it is easy to draw an analogy between the two creatures. The identification of Qilin with giraffes has had lasting influence: even today, the same word is used for the mythical animal and the giraffe in both Korean and Japanese.

Description
There are many different ways Qilin have been described, or depicted. Often the Qilin has been mistranslated as “unicorn” however, it can sometimes be depicted as having a single horn. Many books printed in English in the 20th Century reported that the characters for Qilin (麒麟) meant “unicorn” when in fact it did not. The actual word for “unicorn” in Chinese is 独角兽 (Traditional 獨角獸) “du jiao shou”. A Qilin that is depicted as a unicorn, or 1-horned, is called “Du jiao Qilin” 独角麒麟(Traditional Chinese: 獨角麒 麟) meaning “1-horned Qilin” or “Unicorn Qilin”. However, there are several kinds of Chinese mythical gods which also are unicorns, not just Qilin.

It is because of the whimsical, supernatural, mythical, mystical, and religious similarities in antiquity to the Western unicorns that the Chinese government minted coins in silver and gold several times depicting both the Qilin and the Western Unicorn together. Qilin generally have Chinese dragon-like features. Most notably its head with eyes
having thick eyelashes, a mane that always flows upward defying gravity, a beard, and scales on the body ranging either somewhat scaled to totally scaled like a dragon. However the body is depicted often equine-like ranging from deer shaped, ox shaped, or horse shaped but always with cloven hooves; not horse hooves. In modern times, the depiction of Qilin has much fusion with the Western unicorn throughout Asia, and among artists in the West.

The Chinese Dragon has antlers, so it’s most common to see Qilin with antlers. Dragons in China are also most commonly depicted as golden, therefore the most common depictions of Qilin are also golden, but are not limited to just gold, and can be any color of the rainbow, multicolored, and various colors of fur or hide. The Qilin are depicted throughout a wide range of Chinese art also with parts of their bodies on fire, but not always. Sometimes they have feathery features or decorations, fluffy curly tufts of hair like Ming Dynasty horse art on various parts of the legs from fetlocks to upper legs, or even with decorative fish-like fins as decorative embellishments, or carp fish whiskers, or even carp fish-like dragon scales.

The Qilin are often depicted as somewhat bejeweled, or as brilliant as jewels themselves, like the Chinese Dragons. They are often associated in colors with the elements, precious metals, stars, and gem stones. But, Qilin can also be earthy and modest browns or earth-tones. It is said their auspicious voice sounds like the tinkling of bells, chimes, and the the wind.

According to ancient Taoist time period lore, although it can looks fearsome, the Qilin only punishes the wicked, thus there are several variations of court trails and judgements based on the Qilin divinely knowing whether you are good or evil, guilty or innocent, in ancient lore and stories.

In Buddhist influenced depictions it will refuse to walk upon the grass for fear of harming a single blade, and thus is often depicted walking upon the clouds, and it can also walk on water. As it is a divine and peaceful creature, its diet does not include flesh. It takes great care when it walks never to harm or tread on any living thing, and it is said to appear only in areas ruled by a wise and benevolent leader (some say even if this area is only a house).
It is normally gentle but can become fierce if a pure person is threatened by a malicious one, spouting flames from its mouth and exercising other fearsome powers that vary from story to story.

Legends tell that the Qilin has appeared in the garden of the legendary Huangdi and in the capital of Emperor Yao. Both events bore testimony to the benevolent nature of the rulers. It’s been told in legends that the birth of the great sage Confucius was foretold by the arrival of a qilin.

Some stories state that the Qilin is a sacred pet (or familiar) of the deities. Therefore, in the hierarchy of dances performed by the Chinese (Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, etc.), the Qilin ranks highly; third only to the Dragon and Phoenix who are the highest. In the Qilin Dance, movements are characterized by fast, powerful strokes of the head. The Qilin Dance is often regarded as a hard dance to perform due to the weight of the head, the stances involved, and the emphasis on sudden bursts of energy (Chinese: t 法勁, s 法劲, p fǎjìn).

Qilin are thought to be a symbol of luck, good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity by the Chinese.

Qilin are also a symbol of fertility, and often depicted as bringing a baby to a family to decorate homes with.

Variations
There are variations in the appearance of the qilin, even in historical China, owing to cultural differences between dynasties and regions.

China

  • Jin
    During the Jin Dynasty, the qilin is depicted as wreathed in flame and smoke, with a dragon-like head, scales, and the body of a powerful hooved beast such as a horse.
  • Ming
    In the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), the qilin is represented as an oxen-hoofed animal with a dragon-like head surmounted by a pair of horns and flame-like head ornaments.
  • Qing
    The qilin of China’s subsequent Manchu Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) is a fanciful animal. Depictions of the qilin show a creature with the head of a dragon, the antlers of a deer, the skin and scales of a fish, the hooves of an ox and tail of a lion.

Korea

  • Gilin or kirin (both pronounced “kirin”) is the Korean form of “qilin”. It is described as a maned creature with the torso of a deer, an ox tail with the hooves of a horse. The qilin in Korean art were initially depicted as more deer-like, however over time they have transformed into more horse-like. They were one of the four divine creatures along with the dragon, phoenix and turtle. Gilin were extensively used in Korean royal and
    buddhist arts.

Japan

  • Kirin is the Japanese form of “qilin”, which has also come to be used in the modern Japanese word for a giraffe. The Japanese art tends to depict the kirin as more deer-like than in Chinese art. Alternatively, it is depicted as a dragon shaped like a deer, but with an ox’s tail instead of a lion’s tail. The Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd., is named after the animal and uses a picture of one in its labels. They are also often portrayed as partially unicorn-like in appearance, but with a backwards curving horn.  In the Post-Qin Chinese hierarchy of mythological animals, the qilin is ranked as the third most powerful creature (after the dragon and phoenix), but in Japan, the kirin occupies the top spot. This is following the style of the ancient Chinese, as qilin was ranked higher than the dragon or phoenix before the Qin dynasty. During the Zhou dynasty, the qilin was ranked the highest, the phoenix ranked second, and the dragon the third.

Cultural representations
The qilin has been frequently depicted in works of literature and art.

  • In Jorge Luis Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, there is a section on “The Unicorn of China”.
  • In Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War, the hero is bitten during a street festival by the dancer’s kirin head. According to local custom that makes him the next “kirin rider”, a hero who defeats malevolent yokai, and he is seen riding the kirin through the sky at the climax of the film.
  • In Gosei Sentai Dairanger, Kazu of the Heavenly Time Star uses his Chi to manifest the power of the kirin to become the Kirinranger and pilots the Mythical Chi Beast, Sei-Kirin.
  • In The Twelve Kingdoms anime series, based on the fantasy novels by Fuyumi Ono, the monarch of each kingdom is chosen by a kirin, who then becomes his or her principal counselor.
  • The kirin in the manga Genju no Seiza is the only deity who can tell which baby the constantly reincarnating Holy King has taken host of. He is blind and deaf, but able to sense thoughts, and thus unpopular in the palace despite the respect given to him.
  • In the Dungeons & Dragons universe, the Ki-rin are monsters in the Oriental Adventures setting, cited as an example of how D&D uses influences from many places.
  • In the video game series Final Fantasy, Kirin is one of the Espers (summoned monsters) in Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
  • Kirin also makes an appearance as the strongest of the “gods” in Final Fantasy XI.
  • In the computer game Guild Wars Factions, players encounter both helpful kirin charged with safeguarding certain areas, as well as several tainted kirin as enemies.
  • In the Magic: The Gathering set “Saviors of Kamigawa”, there are five kirin, one for each color of Magic: Infernal Kirin, Skyfire Kirin, Cloudhoof Kirin, Celestial Kirin, and Bounteous Kirin.

Source:

http://www.worldheritage.org/articles/Qilin

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/

Jan 07

Mothman

Courtesy of:  http://www.abovetopsecret.com

mothmanThe Mothman legend centers around a horrific event that took place in Point Pleasant, West Virginia on December 15, 1967. On that cold December evening around 5pm, the U.S. Highway 35 Bridge, known as the Silver Bridge, collapsed. The Silver Bridge connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanauga, Ohio. Thirty-seven vehicles were on the Silver Bridge when it collapsed, sending 31 of those cars into the cold river water. Forty-six people perished and nine were seriously injured.

There are many who claim to have seen a mysterious creature that by then had come to be called the Mothman in the Point Pleasant area not far from the bridge. Many believe that this mysterious creature was involved either directly or indirectly with the bridge’s collapse. For almost thirteen months prior to the incident Point Pleasant residents claimed to have seen a man-sized bird creature. Shortly after the Silver Bridge collapsed there were a couple of sightings; then the Mothman seemed to have quietly disappeared.

The first Mothman sighting occurred in the early 1960s when a woman driving her car near the Chief Cornstalk Hunting Grounds stopped to avoid hitting what she thought was a man in the road. The figure turned to face her, its eyes glowing red from the headlights. It spread two large thin wings and took to the air.

Another sighting took place in 1965. A woman living on the banks of the Ohio River informed police her son had come in from playing and told her he had seen an angel in the yard.

A year later a doctor’s wife reported seeing what she described as a giant, thin butterfly. In November of the same year five men digging a grave reported seeing a brown human being with wings fly out of the trees.

Later that same month Mr and Mrs Scarberry and their friends the Mallettes were driving toward Point Pleasant when they saw a tall figure on the side of the road in an area known as TNT. They told officials that it stood at least seven feet tall. They also stated it had large wings folded behind its back. As they drove on the figure took to the air and flew above the car. They reported the incident to the Mason County Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff returned to the scene with the four witnesses, but although his radio acted up, nothing else was seen or heard.

Legend_Of_The_Mothman_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_1600The TNT area became known as the home of the Mothman. TNT is a large tract of land covered in many concrete igloos that were used to store ammunition during World War II. The TNT land tract sits adjacent to the 2,500 acre McClintic Wildlife Station. The whole area is covered in dense forest, steep hills and is riddled with tunnels, making it the perfect hideout.

Only three sightings were recorded in 1967. Then in 1968 the Mothman re-emerged with a vengeance. He was said to have been seen several times on Jericho Road. The Mothman made his last reported appearance on September 18, 1968 when several people witnessed the winged figure, again in the TNT area.

Long-time residents of Point Pleasant say that the Mothman sightings, UFO sightings and encounters with ‘men in black’ are all somehow related. Researchers, investigators and monster hunters descended on the small town.

Between 1966 and 1967, all told over 100 people stated they saw the winged Mothman. All reports had the creature standing close to seven feet tall with bat like wings that glided rather than flapped. They say the Mothman’s eyes were near the top of its shoulders.

Reporter John Keel began collecting information on Mothman sightings in December of 1966. Keel compiled evidence that pointed to a problem with televisions and phones that began in the fall of 1966. Lights had been seen in the skies, particularly around the TNT plant, and cars that passed along the nearby road sometimes stalled without explanation. He and his fellow researchers also uncovered a number of short-lived poltergeist cases in the Ohio Valley area. Locked doors opened and closed by themselves, strange thumps were heard inside and outside of homes, and unexplained voices were heard in the night wind.

The James Lilley family, who lived just south of the TNT plant, were so bothered by the bizarre events that they finally sold their home and moved to another neighborhood. Keel was convinced that the incidents in the intense period of activity were all connected.

By 1969, most of the sightings had come to an end and the Mothman just faded away as quietly as he had appeared. However the Mothman’s legacy lives on in Point Pleasant. In the middle of the Gunn Park, which is in the center of Point Pleasant, stands an imposing stainless steel statue by local sculpture Robert Roach.

Sources:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread928708/pg1

Dec 24

Skinwalkers

Latest posts by Kelly McDowell (see all)

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

Dec 11

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Dec 11

Wendigo

WindigocolorThe strange wendigo is one of the lesser known entries in the encyclopedia of cryptozoology. Most of us today probably know the term as a result of the 2001 horror film, the Algernon Blackwood story or the comic book character. There is some confusion over the names wendigo and windigo. The two terms are often used interchangeably however some say they are actually different, one being a weird living creature the other a spirit.

The legend of the wendigo has a long history. It was part of the folklore of the various Native American tribes – especially the Algonquian – and was to be found in what now makes up the northern US States and Canada.

The wendigo is sometimes considered to be simply a version of Bigfoot or Sasquatch. The creature’s origin is more complex – it’s a little like a cross between a werewolf, Bigfoot and a troll!

The wendigo is a man-beast that lives in alone the forest. It is far from benign, feeding whenever possible on human flesh – especially that of children.

The wendigo originates as a human being. However the person is then possessed by an evil spirit and transforms into the beast. The most common reason for becoming a wendigo is if one eats human flesh. For this reason, it has been suggested that the wendigo legend came about in order to prevent tribes from descending into cannibalism during times of food shortage.

Some say that those bitten by a wendigo will begin to develop a craving for human flesh and eventually become possessed themselves. There is no cure.

The wendigo is also known as the “spirit of the lonely places”.

It is certainly a lone creature, again possibly a reference to the casting out of those who break tribal taboos. The wendigo hides in the forests and tracks you silently, always just out of sight. It waits, biding its time until it can pounce.

Cryptid or Phantom?
If the wendigo is a mythical spirit, what is it doing in the cryptozoology section? Cryptids are real hidden creatures, not myths.

That’s true, however many myths have their basis in fact. Some believe that the legend of the wendigo is itself based on a strange Bigfoot like creature. Many unexplained disappearances have been blamed on wendigo attacks.

There have been many wendigo sightings over the years, especially in Minnesota where the creature is believed to live in the woods and prairies. In particular there was a rash of well publicised sightings around the beginning of the twentieth century; it was probably these that inspired Algernon Blackwood.

It’s interesting to note that the wendigo legend is restricted to the colder parts of the American continent and hasn’t spread south. Could the wendigo be a relative of the yeti?

Source:

http://www.wyrdology.com/cryptozoology/wendigo.html

Dec 11

Tikabalang

tikabalangSome mythical creatures have their origin in tradition and tales from the distant past. However, each culture is associated with a multitude of interesting and odd creatures; many of these beings are humanoids. One of these legendary humanoids is the Tikbalang.

The Tikbalang (many different spellings are used – translates as ‘demon horse’) is a creature of Philippine folklore said to lurk in the mountains and forests of the Philippines. It is generally described as a tall, bony humanoid creature with disproportionately long limbs, to the point that its knees reach above its head when it squats down. It has the head and feet of an animal, most commonly a horse. It has been compared to the half-man, half-horse centaur from Greek mythology. It travels at night to rape female mortals who will then give birth to more Tikbalang. It is sometimes believed to be a transformation of an aborted fetus which has been sent to earth from limbo.

Tikbalangs are very playful with people, and they usually make a person imagine things that aren’t real.  Sometimes a Tikbalang will drive a person crazy. Legends say that when rain falls while the sun is shining, a pair of Tikbalangs are being wed. Since horses only arrived in the Philippine archipelago during the Spanish invasion, there is a theory that the image of a half-horse, half-man creature was propagated by the conquistadors to keep the natives afraid of the night. There are stories claiming that the Tikbalang are actually half-bird, half-man creatures, much like the Japanese Tengu.

A traveler who finds himself lost and suspects that a Tikbalang is leading him astray may counteract it by wearing his shirt inside out. Another countermeasure is to verbally ask permission to pass by, or to avoid making too much noise while in the woods so as not to offend or disturb the Tikbalang.

Folklore says that one can tame a Tikbalang and compel it to be one’s servant by plucking three golden hairs from its mane. There are also stories where a Tikbalang asks its intended prey a riddle. Someone who manages to answer correctly will be rewarded with a pot of gold.

Other legends depict the Tikbalang as a monster of the night, with eyes that glow red. This version of the Tikbalang casts it as a fearsome creature, a real danger to people. It is believed that when it is angered – and it is easily angered – it stomps on people with its hooves until they die. In these tales, the Tikbalang is always accompanied by the stench of burning hair and smokes great big cigars.

It is said that delirious town folk who have stumbled their way into town after long absences tell of how an apparation resembling a Tikbalang pushed and slapped them, often knocking them over and not allowing them to right themselves; all the while shaking with nervous, childish giggling. People say that the cessation of resistance or protest will suddenly lead a victim to find themselves alone in the woods, plunged into darkness; the sun long set. The path home, recalled by the few who return after a disappearance, is hampered by a severe sense of disorientation and a forest that seems to curl in on itself repeatedly.

Sources:
www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com
en.wikipedia.org
www.wisegeek.com
www.monstropedia.org
www.theequinest.com

Dec 11

Moa

MoaThe Moa is a type of Australian Raptor who was reportedly seen over 40,000 years ago. The animal is believed to exist in the remote forests of New Zealand (and possibly Australia as well.)

When people first arrived in New Zealand, they encountered giant wingless birds known as Moas. These birds were a true rarity since all their other relatives (cassowaries, emu, ostriches) possessed wings. Some Moa species could reach up to 4m in size, larger than any other bird on the island. Due to what many believe to be overhunting, Moas became extinct sometime between the late 1300s and early 1500s. However, in the 1840s, Australian bird painter John Gould reported of seeing giant kiwis on the South Island of New Zealand, that were around a meter tall and had spurred feet. Gould’s spurred feet description had matched those of fossilized Moa footprints found on the North Island. In 1978, a Japanese research team investigated the South Island to see if Moas were still living in the area, but didn’t gain any evidence of the Moas’ survival. It is likely that the Moa sightings were just mistaken sighting of other large birds found on the island. Moa sightings are typically considered to be Australian Raptor sightings. Moa bones are found in prehistoric dumps today.

There are many who believe the Moa is possibly alive.

It is almost certain the Moa is extinct, there has been occasional speculation that some may still exist in deepest south Westland, a rugged wilderness in the South Island of New Zealand. Despite many expeditions no hard evidence or actual specimens have ever been found.
It has long neck ending in a small head and covered in reddish- feathers. The thick legs were covered to the knee

Paddy Freaney’s picture of what he claimed was a “moa”. In January 1993, on the West Coast, Paddy Freaney, Sam Waby and Rochelle Rafferty claimed to have seen a large moa-like bird. Analysis of the blurry photograph they claimed was of a moa suggested that the subject could be either a large bird or a red deer. The incident is considered a hoax, especially as Freaney is a hotelier, and may have concocted the story to attract tourists.

Moa experts say the likelihood of any moa remaining alive and unnoticed is extremely unlikely, since they would be giant birds in a region often visited by hunters and hikers. Freaney cites the rediscovery of the Takahē as evidence that living birds could still exist undiscovered. However, while the hen-sized Takahē could successfully avoid humans, a large moa would have considerably more difficulty in doing so. The Takahē was rediscovered after its tracks were identified, but no reliable evidence of moa tracks has been reported.

Source(s)
http://cryptids.net/cryptopedia/flying/moa.htm
http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Moa

Nov 22

Successes of Cryptozoology

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

Various animals have been discovered, but to be discovered by the cryptozoological method the existence of the animal must have been predicted. A cryptid may be an invertebrate rather than a vertebrate, and the existence of a sphyngid (Xanthopan morgani praedicta) discovered in Madagascar in 1903 was predicted by Charles Darwin in 1861. This moth has a 25 cm long proboscis and the existence of this animal was predicted to explain the shape of an orchid flower.

Inaccessible Island, in the Atlantic, is inhabited by a flightless rail of the genus Atlantisia that inhabits dense tussock grass and was only described in 1923. In 1935, Skinnear predicted the existence of a flightless rail on Accension Island that was confirmed by the discovery of the subfossil remains of a second species of Atlantisia there in 1970. In 1981, Michel Raynal predicted the existence of a flightless rail similar to the takahe on Hiva-Oa. In 1986, the discovery of subfossil remains there from a rail congeneric with the takahe confirmed this suspicion.

The existence of a population of bears in the Atlas mountains has been controversial since classical times, with some arguing that there were no indigenous bears in North Africa whilst others argued against this. The radiocarbon dating of bear bones from Algeria in 1998 has confirmed that bears, Ursus (arctos?) crowtheri, once inhabited North Africa around 420AD to 600AD. Another large animal, the Vu Quang ox, was predicted to exist because this animal was described by the Chinese.

Source: http://cryptozoology.freeservers.com/success.htm

Nov 22

What is Cryptozoology?

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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

Devil Monkey

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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For the first article in the newly formed Cryptozoology department, we are going to discuss the Devil Monkey. This is a cryptid with multiple sightings that range from as far south as Georgia, USA to as far North as Alaska. What is very interesting about these sightings, is that in almost all of these encounters or sightings the witnesses describe almost the exact same creature with slight variations gave to its height. However the majority of the sightings or interactions with this creature place it as roughly four feet tall. They are said to reside primarily in the Appalachian mountains which could indicate an undiscovered species of primate. These creatures closely resemble the known species of primates, the baboons. However they are also compared to kangaroos because of their supposed powerful back legs which allow them to jump incredible lengths. Some have claimed these creatures can jump very fast and up to 20 feet.

Some people believe these creatures kill stray people but more often they are reported as having attacked pets though there has been no confirmed cases of any person or pet being killed as of yet. These creatures are said to have long canines, three toed razor sharp feet, kangaroo like legs, long tails that are often bushy, and short tiny pointy ears. They are said to be very dangerous when encountered. So far the earliest report of these creatures stems from a report made in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee in the year of 1934. These witness claim they saw a monkey like creature moving very fast and jumping great distances. The first official sighting came in 1959 and was sighted by the Boyd couple who claimed this creature attacked their car leaving a total of three scratches. The most recent sighting was in June of 2009 by a biologist who described seeing a creature running towards a field, that closely matches the overall description of this creature. The question that remains is whether or not this creature is real. If it is, what is it? Is it an undiscovered member of the primate family, living relatively undetected in the Appalachian mountains? To date the scientific community has no answer to what these people have reported seeing and interacting with.

Sources Cited:

Devil Monkey Copyright 2002-2011 Rob Morphy: http://www.americanmonsters.com/site/2010/12/devil-monkeys-north-america/

Devil Monkey’s Cryptid Wiki: http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Devil_Monkeys

Nov 22

Loch Ness Monster

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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In this article we are going to take a look at the famous Loch Ness Monster! There have been many sightings of this creature over the years, most of them in the modern times. There have been many photos, videos, and audio samples turned in, with people claiming to have found proof of this creatures existence. Most were found to have other explanations behind them, some were hoaxes designed to attract fame and fortune, and the rest were inconclusive. The Loch Ness has also had many theories created to try and explain what is in there. There are theories that talk about the Loch Ness Monster being a dinosaur that survived the extinction, being a magickal beast that can travel between dimensions, being a misidentified animal, and being an undiscovered species of animal that had survived, unnoticed for centuries.

Regardless of your personal feelings towards this beast, the fact remains that this cryptid has enraptured the minds of not only the Scottish, but the rest of the world also. So it certainly warrants further exploration and study. We will start with the earliest known sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, called Nessie by many. The earliest known sighting of Nessie  comes from the 6th century tale of Saint Columba. Saint Columba visited the Scottish Picts while doing missionary work and encountered a man burying another man near the loch. He inquired as to what had taken place, where he was given the account of the deceased man being killed by a large water beast. Saint Columba had one of his followers then swim across the Loch as bait for the water beast. Sure enough, the water beast arose to kill the man and Saint Columba repelled it with his faith in the Christian God. There is a lot of debate regarding whether or not this account actually talks about Nessie or refers to a different animal all together (some believe its simply a tale designed by the Church to awe the Pagan masses in Scotland) however many people point to this tale as a foundation for their belief that Nessie has always inhabited the Loch.

The modern interest in the Loch Ness Monster started with the account given by George Spicer and his wife, in 1933. They claim they were driving when a large beast, which they described as having a physical appearance that lined up with the majority of modern descriptions (except they could not see any limbs, they believed a dip in the road kept them from seeing its limbs) regarding Nessie. Also in 1933a man named Arthur Grant, a vetrinary student, claimed to have hit Nessie while driving his motorcycle. He claimed that the creature he hit, looked like a seal mixed with a plesiosaur. Lastly in 1933 construction workers claimed to have spoted the creature multiple times as they were working on a road near the Loch.

In 1938 a police chief in Scotland, wrote an official letter stating his beliefs regarding Nessie being real and talking about a group of hunters determined to bring Nessie in, dead or alive. 1954 sonar contact was made with a strange object or creature, by the fishing boat, Rival the third. According to the statements of the crew, this strange object kept pace with their fishing boat for almost half a mile. They claim the sonar pinged on some thing that was roughly 480 feet below the water.

The earliest known photograph to be captured was by a man named Hugh Gray in 1933. He claimed he saw Nessie rise up from the lake so he snapped a few pictures. Only one picture turned out and in it, is a rather blurry image of what appears to be an animal in the water. The most famous picture and indeed the most controversial, is the Surgeon’s Photograph that was taken in 1934 by a man named Robert Wilson. Wilson, a respected doctor in his field of medicine, claimed to have spotted Nessie. He then reacted by snapping a few pictures. One turned out to show what looks like a large animal, with a horse like head and long neck swimming slightly above the water’s surface. The photo is black and white, very blurry but one of the most clear photographs ever captured of Nessie.

Many attempts have been made to capture evidence of Nessie from Sir Edward Mountain’s 1934 attempts to BBC’s widely watched special in 2003. Monsterquest even attempted to find the Loch Ness Monster as the subject of one its episodes. So far no concrete evidence has been found of Nessi’s existance. Though the hunt still continues!

Sources Cited:

Loch Ness Monster (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_ness_monster

Legend of Nessie: Official Website: http://www.nessie.co.uk/

Nov 22

The Thunderbird

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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For this article we are going to discuss the Thunderbird. There have been many accounts of giant birds all over the world and indeed some famous birds that many have heard of (from a mythological or cryptozoological standpoint) are the phoenix and African Lightening bird. So what is the basis for these giant bird sightings? Are people simply misjudging the size of these birds? Are they lying to get attention? Are they perhaps mistaking other known creatures for these allegedly unknown birds? Or is there some thing more to these accounts of giant birds? Indeed we are going to examine a well known giant bird, called the Thunderbird.

The Thunderbird is commonly talked about in Native American legends. Many of these legends describe a giant bird with a wingspan of 20 feet or longer. Some of these legends say that these birds are really Gods that protect their territory by flapping their massive wings which causes thunderous booms to scare people away. They describe what many believe are the now extinct, pterosaurs. These Thunderbirds are said to have eaten everything from killer whales, to small animals, to even human children.

So apart from the Native American legends are there any modern accounts of these creatures? In fact yes, there are many. One famous account comes from a group of cowboys who claimed to have killed this creature, nailed it to the side of a barn, and even photographed it, though the photo has long since been lost (this took places before the 20th century). Another modern account comes from an incident that took place in July of 1977, when a boy claims to have been picked up by a giant bird and carried over 30 feet before escaping unharmed. Another account takes place in Pennsylvania in 2001, when a 19 year old man claims to have seen a giant bird making large thunderous flapping noise, fly above him with a wingspan of 10-15 feet.

Texas, Alaska, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania have reported frequent sightings of these large birds. So do they prefer to live in these states? Do they migrate perhaps from state to state? To date there has been no hard, concrete evidence found to substantiate the existence of the Thunderbird. However sightings continue to happen and people continue to hunt for evidence to prove these birds exists.

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

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

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

Jan 14

Anthony Duda, New England’s Paranormal Investigator Massachusetts

Anthony Duda, New England's Paranormal Investigator Contact Name Anthony Duda
Location Boston, Massachusetts
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Since 1992, Anthony Duda has been New England’s Paranormal Investigator. Ghosts/Hauntings, UFOs, Cryptozoology.

Dec 11

Texas Research and Investigations of the Paranormal Texas

Candy

Candy

Executive Director at National Paranormal Society
I have had numerous experiences in my life that have tied me to thisplane of existence and others. I came to the paranormal field,compelled by curiosity and the need for knowledge. On a very personal level, I understand my connection to this earth. However, I look toscience for clarification, standards of methodology. The mysteries that surround us provide a plethora of opportunities I believe that my professional background and my spiritual experiencescomplement each other, allowing me to bring my strength andperspective to the NPS.
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Texas Research and Investigations of the Paranormal

Melissa Allen: melissa-allen@tripinc.org
Team, organization, or location name: Texas Research and Investigations of the Paranormal
Website: http://www.tripinc.org
Phone: 469-877-7182
Location: Dallas, TX
Specialties: We research and investigate all things Paranormal. Ghosts, Cryptids, and UFO’s.

Nov 01

Third World Paranormal

Third World Paranormal Contact Name Destiny Gonzalez
Location Central Oklahoma
Phone (918) 608-4988
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We are a paranormal research and response team based in Central Oklahoma, although we are willing to travel. Our team focuses on collecting data from investigations, and also to help aide the clients. We investigate any claim of unexplainable phenomena: hauntings, dark cases including the demonic, ufology, cryptids, and anything in between. Our team does offer cleansings based on the type of haunting, and the level of the activity, we also cater to people’s respective religions when cleansing. Our team also have a few sensitives that we take with us, as well as outside psychic consultation. We do not charge for investigations, or to do cleansings. We enjoy helping people and take great pride in doing so!

Sep 21

RISEUP Paranormal

RISEUP Paranormal of CT Contact Name Kenneth J. DeCosta
Location Tiverton, RI
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The investigation of paranormal activity within the realms of Hauntings, UFO experiences, and Cryptozoology.

Aug 30

Alabama Paranormal Exploration Society (APES)

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Aug 29

East Texas Paranormal Texas

 

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Name:  East Texas Paranormal

Location:  Kemp, TX

Website:  http://etxhaunted.com

Email:  etxparanormal@gmail.com

Phone:  903-340-7405

 

Aug 18

Kandy Lee Babin-Brunet

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Aug 10

North Eastern Anomalous Research New York

 

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Jul 26

Traveling Researchers of the Paranormal Realm

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