Wednesday, 28 September 2022

The Bigfoot of Kent?

 

The Kentish Beast.

The Beast of Tunbridge Wells is a  bigfoot type creature  reported to have been seen in Kent.

An elderly couple  claimed to have seen it in 1942.They were sitting on a bench when they became aware of a shuffling noise behind them.When they turned around they saw a tall, ape-like creature with red eyes moving slowly towards them. They both fled . It was reported to the police as they thought   that a gorilla had escaped from a zoo. Local people  laughed  on hearing of it ,thinking it a joke and they were not believed.

In 1991, five members of the Territorial Army claimed to have chased  off the beast with stones and shouting  on Blue Bell Hill, outside Maidstone.In Chatham a young girl with her partner saw the apeman appear then run off into the bushes.

In 2012 over six months a number of sightings of the mysterious beast were again reported.

It was first spotted by a walker in the woods beside the town's common.The man   ran off after the beast roared at him.

A girl named Charlotte was driving home from the University of Kent, when "she saw a creature with long arms and knees which came up under its chin as it walked".

The locals are split into those who believe and those who think it is a man in a fancy dress ,a joker.

This article appeared in November 2012:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236709/The-Beast-Tunbridge-Wells-Terrified-walker-claims-8ft-tall-creature-demonic-red-eyes-long-arms-roared-historic-towns-woods.html

It could be simply a person living wild in the woods.In these days of unemployment etc. there are many homeless people. However the original sighting of one being 70 years ago ,it would be unlikely to be the same person. There has been a lot of discussion over the years of the possibility of a British Bigfoot but it seems unlikely as we don’t have the large areas of wilderness or jungle that other places have. I live in an area of Scotland known years ago as a hideout for outlaws etc as it is wild and remote but in these modern times of drones,mobile phones and people walking the hills for pleasure ,it would be hard for anything not to be spotted.So a British bigfoot seems unlikely as we have no unexplored areas.What do you think wildman, joker or Bigfoot?

Monday, 26 September 2022

The Royal Family and Lake Monsters

 

Royal Cryptozoologists.

 

As most people will know we have ben mourning the death of  Queen Elizabeth in the UK. It came to my mind about some articles I read over the years about the royal family and cryptozoology so I went in search of the same.

 

Queen Elizabeth was interested in Nessie as letters from the 1960s revealed.She  encouraged an investigation by Sir Peter Scott into the Loch  which is about 70 miles from the royal Scottish Balmoral estate.

Sir Peter, the son of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott, wrote to the Queen's assistant private secretary Martin Charteris revealing his proposals to track down Nessie in May 1960. 

According to the Independent, Mr Charteris replied to say the Queen was 'very interested'.

He wrote: 'Her Majesty has seen your letter and was very interested in its contents, and I hope that you will keep us in touch with the progress of your investigation.'

Sir Peter,a co-founder of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau also wanted to name Nessie after Elizabeth.  Martin Charteris, replied  that there would have to be “absolutely irrefutable evidence” that the Loch Ness Monster was real before it could be renamed after the then queen. In the letter, he wrote: “It would be most regrettable to connect Her Majesty in any way with something which ultimately turned out to be a hoax.“Even if the animal does prove to exist I am not at all sure that it will be generally very appropriate to name it after Her Majesty since it has for so many years been known as 'The Monster'."The private secretary also wrote  that it would be a “great day in the zoological world if it can be proved that a hitherto unknown animal exists.”

Sadly it was not discovered before the queen died aged 96 years old.

 

In the 1980’s ,the then Prince Charles ,now King Charles ,also showed an interest in Lake creatures.

The Daily Star newspaper reported: "Prince Charles has joined the great Scottish monster hunt. He has asked to see a film made last year that is said to 'prove conclusively' that there are monsters in some Scottish lochs. “

The film was  shot by monster-hunter Sidney Wignall who said : 'By the time he's finished watching it, the Prince will no longer be in any doubt that these creatures are real and not just a figment of people's imagination.”  The footage was not taken at Loch Ness, but at Loch Morar . It was claimed that Sidney, 59, shot the seven-minute cine film from a hang glider at Loch Morar in the Western Highlands. He claims it shows Morag, a relative of the Loch Ness Monster. 'Part of the film shows two creatures leaving wakes behind them in the otherwise still water.' he said. ‘Another part shows a 1,000 yard wake similar to a torpedo’s. But the most frightening bit shows a creature - or something - lying perfectly still at the side of the loch. Whenever I get to that bit, my hair stands on end - and I’m sure it will do the same to the Prince.'

Whether the then Prince saw the film was not reported. The film appears to have been lost and could not be found today. Even the royal family wants to believe!

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Tasmanian Tigers Return?

 

Tasmanian tiger: Scientists hope to revive marsupial from extinction

Researchers in Australia and the US are embarking on a multi-million dollar project to bring the Tasmanian tiger back from extinction.

The last known one, officially called a thylacine, died in the 1930s.

The team behind the bid say it can be recreated using stem cells and gene-editing technology, and the first thylacine could be reintroduced to the wild in 10 years' time.

Other experts are sceptical and suggest de-extinction is just science fiction.

The thylacine earned its nickname of Tasmanian tiger for the stripes along its back - but it was actually a marsupial, the type of Australian mammal that raises its young in a pouch.

The group of Australian and US scientists plan to take stem cells from a living marsupial species with similar DNA, and then use gene-editing technology to "bring back" the extinct species - or an extremely close approximation of it.

It would represent a remarkable achievement for the researchers attempting it, and require a number of scientific breakthroughs.

"I now believe that in 10 years' time we could have our first living baby thylacine since they were hunted to extinction close to a century ago," said Professor

Andrew Pask, who is leading the research from the University of Melbourne.


Read rest herehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-62568427?fbclid=IwAR2p-0ci_TS0MV0M67llk0Q9IKmL6QCSP57d0FnvB0B0Ag7S4c2hNdDXbdQ


I wonder if it can adapt to the  polluted air.etc of the modern world? Much as I would love to see an extinct animal I wonder if it is the right thing to do.Most extinct creatures are used to air with higher oxygen content and may have trouble breathing today.


Tuesday, 16 August 2022

The Beast of Barrisdale

 

 Barrisdale Monster.

The Beast of Barrisdale is said to have been seen in the area around Loch Hourn in Scotland.It is classed as a lake monster by some but it can fly. The description is that it has three legs, two in front and one in back and  huge wings . It is said to have a home/nest  in the Knoydart Hills, near Ladhar Bheinn. It has a very loud roar often heard at night.

In the late 1800’s  a crofter from Barrisdale said he often  saw it flying  over the Knoydart hills. Once it chased him  but he made it home to safety. An old man by the name of Ranald MacMaster also claimed to have found the tracks of the monster in the hills .

In 1845 a wild roaring was heard  Alasdair Macdonald said  that he was there  near Arnisdale, on the north side of Loch Hourn. A few local men  had got together to push a boat out to go fishing. As they  were pushing the boat out a wild roaring was heard. The boat was dropped and they ran into the house scared.

 In 1903, two men, gamekeepers,John MacMaster and John MacGillvary, were  up on a mountain on the east end of Loch Hourn. There were  six small dogs with them. The roaring started coming across the valley. The dogs tried to get under the legs of the two gamekeepers, hiding with their hair standing on end, frightened out of their wits.

In 1866 it was seen by another gamekeeper. Described as  the size of a donkey but with a mane and a tail like a horse. The head was broad at the top like that of a wild boar but there was no snout. It was a heavy over-hanging jaw and terribly, terribly ugly.It left tracks in the snow, almost round, and about 4 inches(10 cms) in diameter, and gave the impression of a very heavy animal.Behind the impression of the paw there was the mark of a long powerful claw.

No other sightings have been recorded .What was it? Some say it was a dragon,some a wild hybrid,a cross between a boar and something else.

It however is not the only monster in the area.

Loch Hourn runs inland from the sea opposite the island of Skye. Sometimes described as the most fjord-like of the sea lochs of Scotland. It is open to the sea which is important to remember when looking at explanations for sightings in the Loch.  Hourn is Gaelic for Hell, and the Loch is so  named because of the spin drifts which capsized many sailing boats. Quite a few lives have been lost on the Loch . Around a hundred years ago Loch Hourn was busy with small boats fishing for herrings.

Most people will have heard of the famous sea serpent sighting in the Loch that was reported in The Zoologist . According to R T Gould in August 20 and 21 of 1872 6 people on board the cutter Leda saw the creature described as a line of black humps with a  head and neck occasionally seen above the surface on the Loch. In the 1950’s Willie MacKenzie was 9 years of age when he was sitting on a small knoll, near the sea, waiting for his father, to return from delivering the mail, by boat. The head of a creature, that could only be described as a big eel or a serpent emerged, ten feet out of the water, moving its head from side to side, about 250 yards in front of him. Willie had to be forced back in the boat to go home, and to this day, his heart still races when he crosses that part of the Loch. It was suspected that Rob Foster, a fisherman from Corran also saw the monster, around this time

Read more here : https://cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com/2010/06/more-loch-hourn-creature-sightings.html

Once again a place that seems to have much strangeness going back years.

Yorkshire Vampires?

 

More reports of Vampires in Yorkshire than in Transylvania

I came across this article from 2014.Being from Yorkshire myself,Whitby area I was intrigued,

A new study shows that there are more reports of paranormal activity in Yorkshire than anywhere else in the UK.

The findings were compiled by paranormal investigator Rev Lionel Fanthorpe, who says he has uncovered 11,000 reports of unexplained phenomena in Britain since 1914.

There has only been a handful of reports of any kind of paranormal activity in Transylvania over the same time period.

615 'paranormal activity' cases have been reported in Yorkshire over the last 100 years.

In the whole of Britain, 11,204 reports were filed, 206 of them referring to 'vampire encounters'.

The study was commissioned to mark the start of new vampire TV series called The Strain. It looks at 50 years of paranormal investigative records.

Read rest here:

https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2014-09-17/where-ranks-top-for-reported-paranormal-activity

As Bram Stoker set his novel Dracula in Whitby I am not really surprised.Looking up towards the ruined Abbey at dusk and seeing the seagulls flying about it looking like large bats,you can see how he got some of his ideas.Yorkshire is steeped in folklore and legend and I am not surprised people believe in the paranormal.

Monster Fish Spotted

 

A Behemoth

Japanese researchers said they have taken images of a 2.5-meter-long yokozuna slickhead, possibly the world’s largest known deep-sea bony fish.

The scientists, primarily from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), captured the fish on video more than 2 kilometers deep off Suruga Bay in Shizuoka Prefecture in October 2021.

JAMSTEC reported the yokozuna slickhead as a new species only in January last year. It is believed to be an apex predator in deep waters off Suruga Bay.

Six yokozuna slickheads have been caught, but the largest one measures 1.4 meters long.

The research team surveyed ecosystems in four sea areas, including the one off Suruga Bay, that were designated as environmental preservation zones under the Nature Conservation Law in 2020.

DNA was collected from seawater in the zones and analyzed in the study, including samples later confirmed as that of yokozuna slickhead, according to the scientists

Read rest here:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14662408

 

 

Sunday, 17 July 2022

Lake Michigan Strangeness

 

 

Lake Michigan and Monsters

Lake Michigan and the area around it are known for strangeness and  cryptid sightings.

In 1955 a swimmer , George Lawson, was apparently attacked by a shark in Lake Michigan. The story goes that  Lawson lost his leg to the “infamous Carcharhinus Springer.” There was a shark found in Lake Michigan., The attack however is not proven.. The shark caught by two fishermen in 1969  was 29 inches long .  The shark was dead, but for several days fishermen in the area were uneasy.

Read story here :

https://www.chicagotribune.com/history/ct-shark-attack-lake-michigan-20220713-fms3wv7dorbldmbf6nabkptvdy-story.html

There have also been reports of sea serpents in Lake Michigan with  sightings reported between 1867 and 1890 in the local newspapers.  Numerous sightings of  a sea serpent were seen just off the shore in Lake Michigan and further  reports from Evanston down to Hyde Park.The creature was described as bluish black with a greyish white underbelly and a  long neck.

Read more here :

https://cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-straits-of-mackinac-sea-monsters.html

Then a film appeared on the internet:

https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/07/video-captures-sea-monster-swimming-near-pier-in-south-haven.html

Whatever it is, it appears to poke its head out of the water before slinking its way toward the pier. After stopping underneath it for a few seconds, it jumps back into the water quickly. The object appears to have a large tail and a dorsal fin and forked tail. A hoax? Possibly. So many stories about the area are bound to produce some.However there is often some truth in legends and oral history.

There are also reports of bigfoot and a  dogman .

https://cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com/2009/11/possible-michigan-bigfoot-encounter.html

And a report of the Michigan dogman:

In 1986, a man was driving home from the army recruiting station to Ludington late at night. He  saw a reflection of his  headlights off to the left  in a darkened field. They appeared to be eyes. They were  too high to be deer.It ran across the two lane  road in three leaps. It was over 6 feet ( 2metres)tall.

There are also wild cats :According to the Michigan Citizens for Cougar Recognition Web site, there have been 74 sightings of cougars in Emmet County from 1990-2009.

And then there are were-cats:

In 1969 a Chicago man driving at night  down a road in Niels Michigan claimed to have seen a strange cat like creature standing on two feet on the side of the road. He slowed down to get a better look but the creature ran at his car and began attacking it, punching his windshield .It had large clawed fists which  broke  the glass so he quickly drove away.He said the cat like creature made a strange squealing sound .

Read more here :https://cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com/2020/08/were-cats-real-or-legendary.html

There are often areas where more than one type of cryptid is sighted.There are also stories of UFOs in those areas and I am sure there will be some in Michigan.Do particular areas attract cryptids or is it the area attracts those more likely to see them? .Maybe someone can answer that because I don’t know.