Tuesday, 9 July 2019

The Prespa Lake monster ?

The Prespa Lake is a  freshwater lake in southeast Europe, shared by North Macedonia, Albania, Greece.The deepest part is said to be  100 feet deep.A monster has been filmed and photographed in the lake.
 In 2012 at the Greek area of the lake ,fishermen from the village of Nivica caused a sensation by claiming they had seen the monster.It was described like a classic long necked type of creature such as Nessie.
Then five years later The creature was filmed in the Albanian section of the Great Prespa Lake. The footage  appears to show the head and neck of a large creature emerging from the water.It submerges again and disappears.

Most of the locals don't believe that the creature is a monster . They believe  it to be a giant catfish.
 "I remember when a ship sank in Albania, near Mali grad, a lot of children drowned in Prespa Lake. Then I found out that the divers who searched for them saw great catfish," said Sima Jonosk, a Geography professor, according to Daily Star."They were so scared that they stopped the search. I think that it was one of those catfish that the Greek fishermen saw," Jonosk said.
Others believe it was a hoax to attract tourists to the area .Those who saw it swear it was real. The film is the usual unclear quality. What do you think, catfish, hoax or a nessie type creature? Scientists have long said that plesiosaurs would not be able to lift their necks in the way described so not a prehistoric relic but perhaps a new creature. I am inclined towards a hoax as large catfish do not look like the film but are said  to live in the lake. Large catfish are capable of dragging a child under the water and can be enormous in size.They are real monsters .

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Mysterious Somerset

As it’s been Glastonbury festival last weekend I thought I would look at some mysterious tales about the Somerset area.
There are lots of stories of dragons in the Somerset area over the ages so stories of a  dragon  on the Tor would not be out of place. Glastonbury Tor ,a hill topped by a tower, stands out in the landscape and on misty mornings you can imagine being the gateway to another world. Around the sides of the Tor is terracing .It is much weathered but still visible. There are seven terraces cut deep into the hillside. Some say it was used for farming, others that it was part of a maze. Legend whispers  it was where a huge wyrm or dragon wrapped itself around the hill.
Shervage Wood between Crowcombe and Holford was said  to be the haunt of at least one dragon. In one story it was a long dragon hacked to death by a forester from Holford.Another story states two men from Crowcombe engaged a double-headed winged lizard that terrorised the area, winning the battle by forcing the creature to eat burning pitch. Carvings on the benches in the Church of the Holy Ghost show some of the battle.
At Clevedon,  between Dolebury Hill and Cadbury Camp a dragon was reported to guard a secret stash of treasure concealed in this area. The same  story is associated with Castle Neroche south of Taunton where treasure is reputed to hidden around the iron Age Hill Fort. On Castleman’s Hill another dragon is supposed to have been vanquished.   Stapley Farm near Churchstanton, a dragon was killed by a knight and the swinging  of its tail carved out a hollow in a field known as Wormstall.
Kingston St.Mary, near Taunton,a fire-breathing dragon terrorized the region. A local hero rolled a boulder up a hill opposite the dragon’s lair and rolled the boulder down into the dragon’s gaping maw, choking it.
In Low Ham church is a spear supposed to have been used by a local  to kill a dragon that lived in the Athelney Marshes and fed on local livestock.
The village of Aller is reputed to be named after a local hero, John Aller, who slew a dragon. In one version of the story he was poisoned by the creature’s dying breaths, while in another he found a brood of hatchlings in a cave and blocked it up.
After a battle at the hill fort at Norton Fitzwarren, a dragon appeared and began to  devour children and destroying crops. Fulk Fitzwartine fought the creature  and after a long  struggle ,put a spear in its heart and cut off its head. In All Saints Church, a 16th-century rood screen depicts the story.
In Wells the cathedral is built on the area where the villagers were afraid to access seven holy springs because of a wyvern, which was driven away by Bishop Jocelyn. At Wiviliscome  in the late  1820s, when the church was being constructed , the devil riding a green dragon is supposed to have thrown rocks at the reconstruction work until driven away by St. Andrew.
Then there are mysterious animals.
The book  ‘Unexplained Phenomena: A Rough Guide Special’ (2000) by John Michell, Bob Rickard and Robert J M Rickard, refer to a Black Dog that is thought to have haunted the road between St Audries and Perry Farm. They quoted their source as the Somerset Volume of County Folklore. The Dog is thought to have been witnessed by two people in 1960 shortly before their deaths.
There is also a  black dog  thought to be attached to Gold Hill in Batcombe, described as having a chain around its neck. Locals suggest that the dog’s owner is buried  in woodland nearby and the dog haunts the spot looking for him or her.
Alien Big cats are also common in Somerset.
On 22 August, 2001 the BBC News website published an article entitled ‘Lioness’ spotted by motorists’ Motorists at a Somerset petrol station raised the alarm when they spotted a “big cat” in an adjoining field. Witnesses said the animal crouching in the grass near the A38 in Churchill looked like a lioness. About 15 people reported seeing  the animal and they were all convinced it was a big cat. Avon and Somerset police said they had received several calls about the beast and their Yatton officer was keeping a watch in the area.The RSPCA were also investigating the reports. The local Big Cat group said sightings of alien big cats  were thought to be the offspring of big cats let into the wild illegally in Devon nearly 15 years ago.
An  article entitled ‘Hunt is on for the Beast of Badcox’ appeared in the Frome & Somerset Standard on 7th September 2006 and concerns a big cat that was sighted in Victoria Park, Frome.
In September 2007 an unidentified creature nicknamed the Beast of Banwell was seen by Helen Stokes whilst she walked her dog.

There are also UFO sightings and ghosts in many public houses reported. Somerset is a mysterious area indeed.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Living Dinosaurs in Chile?

There were  reports of possible raptor like creatures seen in the Arica area of Chile in 2004

The first sighting occurred at around 9:40 p.m on Thursday, July 29, 2004. Dario Riquelme was driving a vehicle from Iquique to Arica. Chilean Army official Hernan Cuevas, his wife, and his two young children were with him in the car. The sighting happened when  they were only a few minutes away from arriving at Arica. They saw something strange darted across the road in front of their car. Riquelme then stopped the vehicle.It was followed by another a few minutes later. This time they could clearly see the creature and thought  that it was around 2 meters.( 6 feet) Riquelme stated that the creature was  like a dinosaur, walking on two legs and was grey and hairless .The daughter ,Tania ,said that the creatures  had  short arms and moved very fast.
  Then another sighting two weeks later by the  Abett de la Torre Diaz family who described how four “dog faced kangaroo like” creatures  surrounded their car as they travelled home. Carmen Diaz described how one of the creatures stared at them while they were seated in their car.She drew the footprints of the creatures from memory, and it showed a three-toed foot with claws on the tips of the toes.
 Other people have also reported sightings Other motorists have also reported coming into contact with a creature  that looks a raptor, with thick leathery skin,  three-toed feet, an upright stance and razor sharp teeth.Sounds like a creature from Jurassic park but there may be an explanation.

By Mauricio Silva El Mercurio (Santiago de Chile) August 5, 2004
Amazement spreads over accounts from drivers claiming to have encountered strange beings like Jurassic Park animals.   ARICA -- The alleged dinosaurs allegedly seen in the desert by some drivers and their passengers, whose stories have caused certain expectation in the city, would have been no more than simple and peaceful ostriches. Claims of strange, enormous creatures galloping across the Pampa come from drivers who were making their way at night on the road linking Arica with Iquique. The local press has broadcast these stories profusely, causing both wonderment and some incredulous smiles. Ricardo Arancibia, a breeder of these African flightless birds, located in the vicinity of the alleged sightings, has 12 specimens on Lot 53 of Acha, very near the road and area where the apparitions occurred.  It is believed that some 200 ostriches exist in the Pampa today, distributed in scattered pens in northern communities such as Acha, Chaca and Lluta. Concerned by these accounts, Arancibia contacted the media to offer background information that could bring an end to the mystery and turn what threatened to become a new modern myth, like the so-called Chupacabras or UFOs, into a harmless episode. He acknowledged that the birds can escape from their pens and give the wrong impression, especially if seen at night.  A total of 11 people claim having seen alleged dinosaurs in two separate incidents--last Thursday and two weeks ago--both at night. The descriptions agree that the apparitions were dog-headed birds, standing nearly 2 meters tall with long legs, developed thighs and small, inverted upper extremities. It is said that they moved swiftly with wide strides.  Municipal Veterinarian Alfrodin Turra ratified that said characteristics coincide with those of ostriches. But Dario Riquelme,44, a fiberglass contractor who has been driving the same road for 10 years and made the first sighting, rejects this explanation. "I know what ostriches look like and there's no deal. [It] crouched in front of my pickup truck, I saw it clearly. They were just like the ones from Jurassic Park."  
Translation (c) 2004. Scott Corrales, IHU.Special thanks to Liliana NÒez.

 So people who have seen them reject the big bird explanation. It is however easy to be fooled at night in the light of car headlights. Raptors and large birds are very alike in the way they move, so what do you think, escaped Ostrich or Raptor?
Since the sightings some new discoveries of fossils have been found.

New Tyrannosaurus-like vegetarian dinosaur discovered in Chile 2015
Anatomical comparisons have shown that the bipedal Chilesaurus had relatively short but strong forelimbs similar to the T.rex and other carnivorous therapods. However its hands had two blunt fingers, unlike the sharp, dagger-like claws of meat-eaters such as Velociraptor.
Unknown DINOSAUR' bones discovered 2018
A young man discovered some strange bones.

In view of these discoveries could the creatures sighted   be  descendants  of the early dinosaurs? They sound so similar and bird like but would have evolved somewhat hence anomalies in descriptions  from any original creatures. There have been no sightings since 2004 that I could find reported so where did they go? One can only hope that they reappear and are seen again so an investigation may turn up answers .

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Famous Cryptid and Alien photos

A collection of some of the famous  photos taken over the years of monsters and UFOs. If you haven't seen them ,worth a look,from Nessie to Bigfoot .


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Mysterious creature of Lake Tota

Lake Tota  is, the largest lake in Colombia, situated deep in the mountainous region of Boyaca, it is the source of the Upia River which flows into thOrinoco River basin. It has a length  of 7 miles (55 kilometres), 4 miles wide (6 kilometres) and a depth of 58 metres (190 feet).The average water temperature is 13 °C.
It is the habitat for rainbow trout and several threatened bird species Including the Least Bittern and Apolinar’s Wren.The area around Lake Tota is one of the major onion producing regions and  the western shore  is a popular tourist destination. The river was considered a religious centre for the local Muisca  indigenous community, who once inhabited the area.
 Since the 16th century the story goes that a monster inhabits the lake, often referred to as the diablo ballena (devil whale). For centuries the Muisca tribe believed in the mysterious animal and  passed the tale down through generations. It is described as  ‘a big black snake, with eyes that shine’.
The earliest note of it was by the  conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Later it was written  down by priest and historian Lucas Fernández de Piedrahita in 1676 who described the monster as a ‘fish with a black head like an ox and larger than a whale’ Then the  French explorer Gaspard Théodore Mollien wrote in 1823, an  ‘evil creature inhabits its depth in dwellings’ in his book The Journey of Gaspard Théodore Mollien by the Republic of Colombia.
In 1852 Manuel Ancízar a Colombian writer and politician recorded the monster in his book The Pilgrimage Alpha for the northern provinces of New Granada. He wrote in his introduction ‘this tall story involved the freshwater devil’.
José Jerónimo Triana, a Colombian physician and explorer, noted the monster’s presence in his book Myths, legends, traditions and folklore of Lake Tota, when referring to the lake he wrote the ‘lagoons were the residences of a sublime divinity and the soulful Indians’.
The monster was also defined as "a monstrous fish", "a black monster",and even as "the Dragon" and as a "divine animal archetype" In 1880, Lilia Montaña de Silva stated in her book, that the story that a black monster lived in the enchanted waters of the lagoon still persisted among the residents surrounding Lake Tota, in the town of Cuitiva."
Tourists who flock to the Western shore of the lake still look out for sightings of the creature. There are no recent sightings I could find. The creature sounds like a large eel or snake or even a primitive whale. It may have long since died if it existed. If a sighting is reported of course ,then it still perhaps inhabits the lake.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

New Ogopogo Sighting

Pretty creepy’: Okanagan man believes he’s captured ‘definitive Ogopogo sighting’ on video
A south Okanagan man is convinced he’s captured the most conclusive piece of evidence yet of the legendary and elusive lake monster in the Okanagan known as the Ogopogo. Jim La Rocque was enjoying his mother-in-law’s lakefront property with his two children in Kaleden, B.C. on June 1 when he says he noticed an inexplicable wake on Skaha Lake.La Rocque scrambled to record the mysterious ripples breaking through the lake’s glassy surface.His son was wading on a paddle board nearby.
“Eventually he turns and sees a flipper come out of the water and hit the water, and that’s when he… turned around and started coming back in,” La Rocque said.The longtime Okanagan resident said he couldn’t believe his eyes.
La Rocque believes he witnessed a giant, serpentine creature swimming across the lake with at least seven fins paddling in sync.He estimates it was at least 36 metres (120 feet) long.“I’d describe it as like a dragon boat race, like with oars, so if you flipped the dragon boat upside down, you would see all those oars coming out of the water,” he said.

Lake Okanagan in Canada is said to be the home of a water monster called Ogopogo The lake is approximately 120 kilometres long; 3.5 kilometres wide and is 235 metres at its deepest point. Indigenous people have legends about a monster in the lake. Sightings are reported of a creature 20 to 50 feet long, with a horse shaped head and an undulating serpent like body.The first recorded sighting was by John Allison in 1872.
In 2000 marathon swimmer, Daryl Ellis, reported being accompanied for a short distance during his swim by two large creatures as he passed Rattlesnake Island. He described them as one being 6 - 9 metres (20 - 30 feet) long and the second being smaller. They followed him for quite awhile and then disappeared. When he swam near Okanagan Lake floating bridge in Kelowna, a creature with a large eye the size of a grapefruit came within 9 metres to get a close look at him."
The most recent search for Ogopogo was on Okanagan Lake the week of November 3rd, 2008. A documentary was filmed for the History Channel

New Nessie Sighting.

Loch Ness monster filmed by holiday couple and she's 'definitely black and a fair size'
A husband and wife on holiday in the Highlands have had a monster surprise - Nessie !
Gloria and Ian Davison saw a dark creature with a head and neck as they drove alongside Loch Ness on Tuesday.It was seventh sighting of the Loch Ness monster this year.
The stunned couple stopped their car by Urquhart Bay and watched the creature for a minute before it disappeared beneath the water.Stunned Gloria, 57, from from Corbridge in Northumberland, who retired from a career in medical sales, said:"We have been to Loch Ness many times, but never seen the monster before."But I always like to look at the loch - I can't imagine how many pairs of eyes are on that loch at any one time. But I have spent periods looking at the water, because you never know.But at around 1.30pm just after we had lunch, my husband was driving and I was in the passenger seat gazing out at the loch.
"Then I suddenly saw something and I said to Ian 'there's something down there.'"He turned around and we got out of the car and there it was. We were very excited. It was about 300 metres away and definitely black. It seemed to have a neck and head."I could definitely see its back and it was a fair size. It disappeared after a minute beneath the water.
"I had hoped there was something (Nessie) in the loch - you always want to believe in something. All I can say is that we saw something we cannot explain. But it was animate and it was definitely not a seal.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Loch Ness Monster may be real

For years and years, there have been theories that a monster lived in Loch Ness -
 but there has been no real proof that it existed - save for a faked photograph of the 'monster' in 1934.
But now, a research group from the University of Otago, New Zealand, has found some
 'surprising' evidence that would suggest that a monster might have existed.
Read Leader of the team, Professor Neil Gemmell, has explained that they took DNA 
(that's genetic information) from creatures that have lived in the lake.


Be interesting to see what the results show in September .I have my doubts about it though as surely if it was that definite ,they would be shouting it from the roof tops.If it says it is a sturgeon I would be asking what happened to the one Adrian Shine had in a pool in his garden? Was it released into the Loch?

Could jumping genes produce some cryptids?

Thoughts on Cryptid evolution part two.
This recent article caught my attention:

‘Jumping’ genes let fish move from sea to fresh water
One of the most important omega-3s is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential compound for animal health. DHA is abundant in marine ecosystems but is scarce in freshwater environments. In saltwater, various algae that comprise the diet of fish produce DHA, but it can also be manufactured in small amounts by fish themselves.Given how necessary DHA is, how then do marine fish species colonise freshwater ecosystems – something that has happened repeatedly over evolutionary history?Lead author Asano Ishikawa of the National Institute of Genetics and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), in Shizuoka, Japan and a team of international scientists set out to discover the answer.
The team noted that the marine fish known as the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) had successfully colonised freshwater habitats many times and in many continents over its evolutionary past.
Intriguingly, jumping genes, known more properly as transposons, might be the cause of the repetition of Fads2 in the genome of the three-spined stickleback and thus their ability to adapt to freshwater habitats.Transposons, say Jesse N. Weber and Wenfei Tong of the University of Alaska, in the US, “are repetitive sequences that can insert themselves, and any DNA in between them, into other parts of the genome”.This metabolic gene then, might be one of the key elements that has facilitated the adaptive radiation of fish species from marine to freshwater habitats.

If some marine  creatures can change to be freshwater creatures could this mean there may be fresh water Octopii? The Oklahoma Octopus creature springs to mind. It has always been thought that it could not exist as fresh water octopii are unknown but perhaps this species had the jumping genes  to adapt?

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

The Arizona Bigfoot – The Mogollon Monster
The Mogollon Monster  is a beast reported to live in  Arizona along the Mogollon Rim, but has been sighted in Prescott and  the Grand Canyon. It is most often described as a Bigfoot type creature. It is said to be bipedal ,covered in long black or brown hair, sometimes with red eyes, but the eyes are large and a hairless face, chest and hands.
Sightings go back to the early 1800’s when settlers of the area met up with the creature in the canyons and forests of the region. Local Native Americans in the region  told stories about big hairy men who lived within the forests and canyons. One legend told of a rival who stole a chief’s wife, so the chief commanded  the medicine man to  transform the rival  into this creature, which  still roams the area.
In a 1903 edition of The Arizona Republican,  I.W. Stevens reported seeing the creature near the Grand Canyon. His testimony stated “[It had] long white hair and matted beard that reached to his knees. It wore no clothing, and upon his talon-like fingers were claws at least two inches long.” He apparently got closer to it and reported, “Upon further inspection he noted ‘a coat of grey hair nearly covered his body, with here and there a spot of dirty skin showing.” He saw the creature drinking the blood from two felled cougars and when it spotted  him, it picked up a club and screamed at him.
Don Davis, who went on to become a cryptozoologist, saw the creature in the mid-1940s during a Boy Scout trip. He said, “The creature was huge. Its eyes were deep set and hard to see, but they seemed expressionless. His face seemed pretty much devoid of hair, but there seemed to be hair along the sides of his face. His chest, shoulders, and arms were massive, especially the upper arms; easily upwards of 6 inches in diameter, perhaps much, much more . I could see he was pretty hairy, but didn’t observe really how thick the body hair was. The face/head was very square; square sides and squared up chin, like a box.”
The White Mountain Apache Nation, have had encounters as well. In 2006, Collette Altaha said, “We’re not prone to easily talk to outsiders, but there have been more sightings than ever before. It cannot be ignored any longer.”
 Marjorie Grimes, a resident of nearby Whiteriver, said she had seen it and described it as: ‘All black and  tall. The way it walked; it was taking big strides. I put on the brakes and raced back and looked between the two trees where it was, and it was gone!’
Tribal police lieutenant Ray Burnette said, “A couple of times they’ve seen this creature looking through the windows. They’re scared when they call. The calls we’re getting from people – they weren’t hallucinating, they weren’t drunks, they weren’t people that we know can make hoax calls. They’re from real citizens of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.”
A more recent sighting was reported in 2014. A 28-year-old woman, Y. Estevez, a sociology student ,believes she came across an unidentified animal while hiking the Canyon Point trail in the region of the Mogollon Rim. She was alone and described it as looking like a troll and it was drinking from a pool of water.
So myth or monster? Until definite proof is uncovered   the jury is out.         

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Carlingford Lough Creature

Carlingford Lough Monster.
The lough  is 10 miles (16 km) long and 2–4 miles wide. The towns on the lough shores include  Rosstrevor, Carlingford, and the port of Greenore. The name is derived from the Old Norse Kerlingfjǫrðr, which means "narrow sea-inlet of the hag" . It is a glacial fjord or sea inlet that forms part of the border between Northern Ireland  and the Republic of Ireland.
Irish folklore tells of mythological serpent like creatures known as horse eels in the Carlingford Lough region. Foy mountain above Carlingford is said to be the last home of little people or leprechauns . So a place of myths and legends .
The Horse Eels may be more than myth according to this recent article:

Ireland's Loch Ness Monster 'exists' as residents at Carlingford Lough claim they see majestic creatures
Exclusive: These strange sea creatures are described as having a horse-like head with a very elongated eel shaped body
Ireland's Loch Ness Monster exists and lurks beneath the oceans and lakes, according to a top sea serpent hunter.Horse-eels are mythical aquatic beasts and have been regularly sighted by locals at Lough Nahooin and Lough Fadda in Connemara, Co Galway.These strange sea creatures are described as having a horse-like head with a very elongated eel shaped body and have been tipped as Ireland’s answer to the Scottish legend.Now residents at Carlingford Lough claim they’ve seen the majestic creatures and have enlisted the help of renowned naturalist Adrian Shine to help detect the presence of the sea- serpents.The irelands famous scientist has spent over 50 years studying what lurks beneath and has dedicated a life’s work to uncover whether the Loch Ness Monster exists.

There are other loughs which claim to have monsters :

However Moray Eels have been seen in the waters around Ireland so could this be what has been seen? Some can grow to a large size. See article:https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/second-sighting-of-deadly-moray-eel-in-irish-waters-is-alarming-says-expert-35815141.html

I would love it to be a real Horse Eel but quite often the answer is mis-identification or not recognising a known animal.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Ebu Gogo, hobbit, ape or myth?

Reposting of an article from 2009 by request.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Ebu Gogo, hobbit, ape or myth?

Ebu Gogo is a small hairy human-like creature from the mythology of the people of the island of FloresIndonesia.. They are said to be about one metre tall, their grapefruit-sized head covered in hair, pot-bellied, and with ears that stick out. The name translates as some thing like “thing that eats everything”.
The people of Flores believe that the Ebu Gogo were alive at the time of the arrival of Portuguese trading ships in the 17th century, and some hold that they still survive but are rarely seen.

So could these little people be the hobbit “Homo floresiensis” whose bones were discovered by scientists in a cave on the island? Could their descendants still be alive ?

The following article Source: Daily Telegraph Date: 28 October 2004
Richard Roberts, discoverer of the Hobbit, says local tales suggest the species could still exist. When I was back in Flores earlier this month we heard the most amazing tales of little, hairy people, whom they called Ebu Gogo - Ebu meaning grandmother and Gogo meaning 'he who eats anything'. The tales contained the most fabulous details - so detailed that you'd imagine there had to be a grain of truth in them. One of the village elders told us that the Ebu Gogo ate everything raw, including vegetables, fruits, meat and, if they got the chance, even human meat. When food was served to them they also ate the plates, made of pumpkin - the original guests from hell . The villagers say that the Ebu Gogo raided their crops, which they tolerated, but decided to chase them away when the Ebu Gogo stole - and ate - one of their babies. They ran away with the baby to their cave which was at the foot of the local volcano, some tens of metres up a cliff face. The villagers offered them bales of dry grass as fodder, which they gratefully accepted. A few days later, the villagers went back with a burning bale of grass which they tossed into the cave. Out ran the Ebu Gogo, singed but not fried, and were last seen heading west, in the direction of Liang Bua, where we found the Hobbit, as it happens.
When my colleague Gert van den Bergh first heard these stories a decade ago, which several of the villages around the volcano recount with only very minor changes in detail, he thought them no better than leprechaun tales until we unearthed the Hobbit. (I much prefer Ebu as the name of our find but my colleague Mike Morwood was insistent on Hobbit.).The anatomical details in the legends are equally fascinating. They are described as about a metre tall, with long hair, pot bellies, ears that slightly stick out, a slightly awkward gait, and longish arms and fingers - both confirmed by our further finds this year. They [the Ebu Gogo] murmured at each other and could repeat words [spoken by villagers] verbatim. For example, to 'here's some food', they would reply 'here's some food'. They could climb slender-girthed trees but, here's the rub, were never seen holding stone tools or anything similar, whereas we have lots of sophisticated artefacts in the H. floresiensis levels at Liang Bua. That's the only inconsistency with the Liang Bua evidence. The women Ebu Gogo had extremely pendulous breasts, so long that they would throw them over their shoulders, which must have been quite a sight in full flight. We did ask the villagers if they ever interbred with the Ebu Gogo. They vigorously denied this, but said that the women of Labuan Baju (a village at the far western end of Flores, better known as LBJ) had rather long breasts, so they must have done. Poor LBJ must be the butt of jokes in Flores, rather like the Irish and Tasmanians.
A local eruption at Liang Bua (in western Flores) may have wiped out local hobbits around 12,000 years ago, but they could well have persisted much later in other parts of the island. The villagers said that the last hobbit was seen just before the village moved location, farther from the volcano, not long before the Dutch colonists settled in that part of central Flores, in the 19th century. Do the Ebu Gogo still exist? It would be a hoot to search the last pockets of rainforest on the island. Not many such pockets exist, but who knows. At the very least, searching again for that lava cave, or others like it, should be done, because remains of hair only a few hundred years old, would surely survive, snagged on the cave walls or incorporated in deposits, and would be ideal for ancient DNA analyses. Interestingly, we did find lumps of dirt with black hair in them this year in the Hobbit levels, but don't know yet if they're human or something else. We're getting DNA testing done, which we hope will be instructive.
Richard "Bert" Roberts is a University of Wollongong professor and one of the team investigating the Hobbits.

There is also this extract from a larger article also 2004:
Chief Epiradus Dhoi Lewa has a strange tale to tell. Sitting in his bamboo and wooden home at the foot of an active volcano on the remote Indonesian island of Flores, he recalls how people from his village were able to capture a tiny woman with long, pendulous breasts three weeks ago. "They said she was very little and very pretty," he says, holding his hand at waist height. "Some people saw her very close up." The villagers of Boawae believe the strange woman came down from a cave on the steaming mountain where short, hairy people they call Ebu Gogo lived long ago."Maybe some Ebu Gogo are still there," the 70-year-old chief told the Herald through an interpreter in Boawae last week.The locals' descriptions of Ebu Gogo as about a metre tall, with pot bellies and long arms match the features of a new species of human "hobbits" whose bones were recently unearthed by Australian and Indonesian researchers in a different part of Flores in a cave known as Liang Bua. The unexpected discovery of this tiny Homo floresiensis, who existed until at least 12,000 years ago at Liang Bua, before being apparently wiped out by a volcanic eruption, was hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds in decades when it was announced in October. The chief adds that the mysterious little woman in Boawae somehow "escaped" her captors, and the local police said they knew nothing of her existence when he quizzed them. Source:http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/12/05/1102182161157.html
Interesting isn’t it? Could the chief be trying to attract more researchers or even tourists to the area or do they genuinely believe the Ebu Gogo still exist on the island. If they still exist what a find that would be for crypto zoology and science. A question that occurs to me is could they also have existed in other places in the world and could the orang pendek be a relative?

The sea serpent in Orkney Waters

 Orkney Sea monsters.

The north of Scotland has many tales of sea serpents from around the islands especially so the Orkney Islands and Scarpa Flow.
On a summer day, in the 1850s, a young boy, Alec Groundwater, was spending a  day by the shore in Orphir. The sea was flat calm and young Alec was sitting on a rock, looking out over Scapa Flow, his legs dangling out over the water. Not too  distance from where the boy was sitting , the water began to surge  and a strange beast rose from the depths. The boy's description of the beast was vague, but he described a broad, flat head with a wide mouth that contained some large  teeth, and had a long mane, similar to that of a horse.The creature stared  at the boy , with "cold baleful eyes", before rearing up from the sea and trying  to seize the his dangling legs. The boy stood up frozen  in terror as the monster  made a number of attempts to reach him.When at last it gave up, it plunged beneath the sea, where it:
"rose once more to shake its head and mane till the water cascaded from it on all sides, then disappeared."
In 1905 an article appeared in the local paper:

The sea serpent in Orkney
Seen by two fishermen - off the "douch"
From The Orcadian, November 11, 1905
The sea serpent has again made its appearance, and at present it is enjoying itself in the boisterous waters of the String, with a tendency to sun itself near Shapinsay, quite close to the .rocks under Balfour Castle.Last Saturday two fishermen were working their creels off the "Douch" when the monster suddenly raised itself out of the water at the side of their boat.
The visit was so sudden and unexpected that the men cannot give a very particular description of the monster. Of one thing they are certain, however, and that is that the serpent had an awe-inspiring appearance, and was quite different from anything they had ever seen before.The body is described as massive as that of horse, covered with a scaly surface, and spotted. It was the eyes of the monster, however, that attracted most attention. These are said to have been as large as a bowl, and had a most fascinating attraction for the beholder.After gazing at the occupants of the boat for a second or two the uncanny visitant, gradually sank out of view, much to the relief of the fishermen. The same men, when fishing near the same place on Wednesday last, had another glimpse of the sea serpent..
It is needless to add that the reported visit of the far-famed monster to Shapinsay has caused somewhat of a sensation, and arguments are rife and strong as to what it can be.The more superstitiously inclined lean to the belief it is the sea serpent; but more level-headed people are of opinion that it is nothing more than an extra large seal, attracted to the vicinity by large numbers of sillocks which are at present swarming around Elwick Bay.
Who knows? Some day a more than ordinarily plucky fisherman may succeed in laying a drop of salt on the tail of the real sea serpent. Maybe a Shapinsay man. There are no more plucky men in Orkney.
It would be dismissed by most as mistaken identity and so forth if it were not for many other sightings reported over the years.
In August 1919, five men fishing off Brims, in Hoy, encountered another  creature.. The boat, carrying the men, was  between the headlands of Brimsness and Torness, when the long-necked monster appeared .It  was described as having a neck "as thick as an elephant's foreleg". On top of the neck was a head that, "very much smaller in proportion".
Speaking to The Orcadian newspaper at the time, one man reported :
"The neck I should say stuck about five to six feet, possibly more, out of the water. My friends thought it (the creature) would weigh two or three tons, some thinking four to six, If the neck stretched say to eight feet the neck and body would be eighteen to twenty feet long."
(Some speculated that a colony of monsters were living in caves beneath the islands after this sighting)
Mr John R. Brown, a lightkeeper on the Pentland Skerries, sighted another massive sea creature in August 1937. Mr Brown stressed his sighting was definitely not a killer whale.
A few weeks before this  Pentland Skerries sighting, workmen on the Fair Isle reported seeing a large creature  approach them. Alarmed for the safety of a colleague in the water, the  men were about to signal or him to return when the creature "sheared off" to deeper water. It remained some distance from the shore, where the witnesses observed it swimming for most of the afternoon.
That same month, the author of The Orcadian’s nature notes, James Marwick, reported an another  sighting from Rousay.
“It was in the sea about 200 yards off the shore, straight opposite Nethermill, Sourin. Two friends, along with my brother, saw it also. My brother, a friend and I first had a good look with the spyglass at it. All we could see was a big head, with long ears and very long neck. We were not satisfied with that so my brother and I launched a boat and went off to get a better look.
“As we came near, it turned round, head-on towards us about 12 or 14 feet away.“This is what we saw: A big round head with small black eyes, big drooping ears, long tapered neck and a very heavy-looking thick body, altogether about nine or ten feet long; slate grey in colour and smooth-skinned like a porpoise.”
I came across this but was unable to find confirmation:
    Many years later, a diver reported descending to investigate a sunken German ship, only to realise he was standing on the back of a large sea monster that had made its home in the wreck.
     Divers flock to Orkney for the Scapa Flow wrecks

All the reports have similarities but I suspect the 1850’s sighting by the boy was a walrus. Walruses have been known to make the occasional appearance in the area. That would not explain the long necked sightings however. The fishermen and the nature reporter would know what walruses, dolphins, killer whales ,seals etc looked like so would not mistake the creature for them. So what was visiting the waters around  the Orkney Islands with  a long neck?

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Wolpertinger ,legendary or real?

wolpertinger (also called wolperdinger or woiperdinger) is a legendary hybrid animal which  inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany.
 The most common  description portrays the Wolpertinger as having the head of a rabbit, the body of a squirrel, the antlers of a deer, and the wings and occasionally the legs of a pheasant. Sometimes the feet are webbed like a duck. It  is known from woodcarvings dating back to the 17th Century. The Brothers Grimm mention the creature in one of their books.
The name is thought to have originated in a town called Wolterdingen, which is famous for making shot glasses in the form of various animals and calling them wolterdinger. Bavarians view these creatures as being mischievous not malicious. The belief in their existence is till strong.
It looks like a small monster but it is in fact quite shy and not normally aggressive. Usually its  only seen at the full moon. In order to catch one ,one must first persuade a beautiful young maiden to come with the hunter and expose her breasts to attract the Wolpertinger. It will be apparently transfixed and easily caught. There are stuffed Wolpertingers in museums in Bavaria supposedly caught in this manner. There is one on display in the Deutsches Jagd-und Fischereimuseum (German Hunting and Fishing Museum).
( I think the hunters were pulling a fast one and that young women these days would be less reluctant to follow a hunter into the woods and do the same.)
Another way to catch one is to put salt on its tail. What effect this has is not documented but salt is used to protect from evil so perhaps its stops it running away.
There are no recent recorded sightings despite the tales going back generations but maybe people do not report seeing them anymore.
One theory put forward is that the creatures are deformed rabbits that  have contracted a virus. Local people would surely know what a rabbit looks like ,even a diseased one?
It will be just another legend like the Jackaloupe, unless someone photographs one or catches one. Until then it remains a myth ,a story, to amuse the tourists.

Friday, 10 May 2019

The Iliamna Lake Monster Latest.

Search renewed for Iliamna Lake’s ‘monster’ with DNA testing and underwater video
By Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

If there really is a lake monster in Alaska’s largest lake, a group of researchers using cutting edge technology this summer might have the best chance yet of finding it. People around Iliamna Lake have reported seeing the creature – only in quick glimpses – since the late 1940s. But there’s never been proof of what exactly it is. Now, a team has plans to sift through DNA in the lake and drop a camera down to its deepest spots, a thousand feet down, in an attempt to solve the decades-old mystery. The group of researchers includes camera specialist Charlotte Levy [lee-vee], who, by day, is assistant director of Natural Resources at the Aleutians East Borough. Levy told Alaska Public Media’s Casey that people who’ve reported seeing the monster tend to have a similar story.
The Iliamna Lake Monster:
Lake Iliamna is the largest lake in Alaska and the second largest freshwater lake within the U.S.A. Proportions are , 80 miles (129 km) long and 25 miles(40 km) wide with an area of 1,000 sq mi (2,600 sq km). The Iliamna Volcano, 10,016 ft (3,053 m) high, lies northeast of the lake and is still active.The lake was named by Tanaina Indians, whose mythology held that it was inhabited by a giant blackfish capable of biting holes in canoes. Lake Iliamna is still an isolated body of water, its shores largely unpopulated. The largest village, Kakhonak, counts only 200 permanent residents. The lake cannot be reached overland. Summer visitors must come by boat or fly in to a single airstrip.
Reports of a monster in Lake Iliamna go back to the Aleut and other indigenous tribes. The Aleuts did not hunt the lake's creatures as they believed them to be dangerous. Some early white settlers and visitors reportedly saw the things, too, but the stories only took off in the 1940s, when pilots began spotting monsters from the air. The flyers' descriptions generally matched the native tales. The lake's creatures were usually described as long, almost slender animals, like fish or whales, up to 30 feet in length. 

Good Luck, lets hope they find some answers.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Evolving Cryptids ?

Cryptids and evolution.

I have often speculated that crpytids could only be relic survivors from ancient times if they evolved hugely in order to survive. In prehistoric times oxygen levels were higher, the seas were shallower, clear and warmer etc. So in order to be alive in any form in modern times they would have to adapt to polluted air and colder darker polluted seas.I came across the article below in which small fish had evolved to withstand high levels of pollution in the Houston Ship Channel.
A small fish somehow evolved resistance to the heavily polluted water of the Houston Ship Channel by mysteriously acquiring genes from another fish from thousands of miles away, according to a new paper.The Houston Ship Channel’s filthy water is the result of 60 years of industrial dumping, contaminating the water out into Galveston Bay. But despite the grime, a population of Gulf killifish have managed to evolve resistance to the otherwise lethal pollution. Genetic sequences revealed that the fish have integrated a small bit of DNA from another species of fish, the Atlantic killifish. These results show the extreme luck and difficulty required for animals to adapt to environments changed quickly by humans.
But the incredible realization of how this fish evolved its pollution resistance came from genetic testing. A pair genes from the pollutant-resistant Gulf killifish, including a segment with deleted DNA that seemed to account for the resistance, appeared to come directly from another species, the Atlantic killifish. The mystery, now, is how the fish managed to make it from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Mexico. “We can only speculate,” said Whitehead. “It was almost certainly human assisted. These fish aren’t capable of swimming around the straits of Florida.” Perhaps an Atlantic killifish was scooped up in a ship’s ballast water and dumped into Galveston Bay.
However it happened in 34 generations the fish had evolved to cope with high pollution levels. If the fish could do it then so could other creatures. Perhaps an ice age creature mated with a more modern creature to produce a hybrid that could survive in polluted seas etc. It could explain some lake monsters surviving in lakes formed during the ice age. A sea creature trapped in a newly formed lake which then  mated with a fresh water creature and evolving into a hybrid that could be surviving today. Nessie could be a hybrid of a seal and a sturgeon! That would be one for the books! Seriously  though it could be the answer to how something could still be surviving hundreds of years after it supposedly went extinct .An interesting theory for you to ponder. Please feel free to comment.
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