Thursday, 23 June 2022

The Screamer

 

DREKAVAC

Drekavac,literally "the screamer" or "the screecher " is a creature in South Slavic mythology. In Eastern Serbia it has been described as a dog like  creature that walks on its back legs.

In Arilje it is depicted in form of a long-necked ,long-legged creature with a cat-like head.

In Sredačka župa it is said to appear  in the form of a one-legged humanoid creature with glowing eyes that wanders around during night time and scares people.

In Gruža it has been described as a creature having an elongated , spindle-thin body with a  large head.

Between  1956-58 it was resported frequently as being heard and seen.Described as a cross between a dog and a kangaroo.

In the 1990s appeared at Bashaid and people left the area because of the noise it produced.

It was reported again in 2001 .There have been no other recent reports.

Could  it be an unknown species of animal? It is certainly a strange one.

 

 

The Waa Wee

 

The Waa Wee Bunyip

The bunyip is a  creature from Australia. It is said to live in watery places like swamps and rivers. . The bunyip is part of the Indigenous peoples  stories but it is called by several different names by different tribes. One of these is WaaWee. The name bunyip comes from the Wemba-Wemba tribe and translates as devil.

The word bunyip first appeared in the Sydney Gazette in 1812 James Ives  described it as  "a large black animal like a seal, with a terrible voice which creates terror “

In July 1845 a newspaper reported the finding of fossils that the local people said belonged to a buntyip.It was  described it as having a head like an emu and the body and legs of an alligator. It was both water dwelling and land dwelling and standing on its hind legs about 12 feet tall (4 metres )

In January of 1846 a skull was found in the Murrumbidgee River near Balranald. The skull was put on display in the Australian Museum in Sydney.

In 1851, a newspaper called The Australasian published a report about a Bunyip being speared after killing a man. The creature was eleven paces long and four paces in width. The Indigenous people used to visit the site  where the creature was slain,every year and outline its form, but those outlines have been lost over time.

William Buckley wrote in 1852 that in many of the lakes he had visited, there lived an "amphibious animal, which the natives call Bunyip". He wrote that he only ever saw the back of the animal.

The Waa Wee bunyip appeared in Midgeon Lagoon NSW in April 1872.Three witnesses heard a rushing sound of something swimming fast through the water.They watched for 30 minutes whilst a creature about  7 feet ( 2 metres) long with glossy black hair disported itself in the water before submerging.

Some  believe the Bunyip is a prehistoric marsupial, the Diprotodon australis, which was thought to be extinct 46,000 years ago.  Others think it is a seal or a southern cassowary bird. Hopefully more recent sightings may be reported.

 

 

Saturday, 18 June 2022

A View of Lake Baikal


Siberia's Lake Baikal is 49 miles (78.8 kilometers) wide and 395 miles (635 kilometers) long, it's the world's largest freshwater lake.It  dates back 25 million years. Lake Baikal is home to more than 3,700 different species, many of the which are only found in the Baikal region. Its unique biodiversity and its array of hydrothermal vents are normally only  found in oceans. Gigantism( larger than normal lake creatures) in the lake is thought to be due to high levels of dissolved oxygen in the water. 

If you have ever wanted to know what its like see this video:


https://www.adventure-journal.com/2022/06/lake-baikal-really-doesnt-feel-like-its-part-of-this-world/


However there is said to be a large creature living in the lake. What will it make of the telescope?The local  Buryats call the monster “Lusud Khan” - “The Master Water Dragon” Fishermen state that they have seen a huge, black creature visible through the clear water of the lake.The creature looks like a giant sturgeon with a huge snout and an armored fin along its entire giant back.There is a large stone located on the bank of Yenisei, it has an image of a huge lizard with a forked tongue, big claws and plate armour along its back. Some say it resembles an ancient crocodile or ichthyosaur.

In the early 1900s a merchant bringing cattle to the Olkhon Island across the Mukhorsky Bay by boat ,lost a  horse as it  fell overboard into the water. All attempts to  save it failed. A few minutes later people saw blood-stains in the water  and its head floated to  the surface.

People have been said to have disappeared .The Local residents  have always considered the territory of the Mukhorsky Bay to be sacred land .An annual ceremony of offering sacrifices has been held there since ancient times: meat and fish were placed rafts and  released into the water.One presumes for the monster. They say the monster swims to the surface at night, and makes  a kind of “gurgling” harsh sound.Cattle going down to drink often disappear.

A ship’s crew was said to have heard hissing and gurgling.. The lake was calm, but the ship suddenly began to sway back and forth. There was an impression that something had  swum under the bottom of the vessel and scratched its back on it.

In the late 1980s a survey of the lake bottom involving echolocation equipment was carried out. The devices recorded a moving object with a length more than 30 metres (90 feet), but the research was not continued.


Monday, 6 June 2022

Three Lochs,one monster?

 

 Loch Assynt

 Loch Assynt is a few miles  inland from the  west coast of the Scottish Highlands in Sutherland. The loch is 9.65 kilometres (6 miles) long and has a maximum depth of 82 metres (280 feet approx). It  is surrounded by mountains and is a freshwater loch. It receives the outflow from Loch Awe,

In 1837 two fishermen claimed to see a strange creature ,not once but twice, once in the water and once on small island in the loch. They reported it as being  about 3 feet tall( 1 metre approx)), with a broad back, bull-dog type head, grey coloured  and hairy .

It sounds like a seal but unusual in an inland loch.

There is also the legend surrounding the ruins of  a castle on the shore of the loch. The story tells of the laird  MacLeod's lost daughter, Eimhir. She flung herself from the castle walls on hearing her father had promised her to the devil as his bride. Instead of jumping to her death, it is  believed Eimhir plunged into the caverns of the loch and became  the mermaid of Assynt .Some  claim to have sighted her weeping on the rocks, her body now transformed into half woman, half sea creature.

Lochan Feith an Leothaid

Lochan Feith an Leothaid is a small  loch in the Scottish Highlands, which  is only a few thousand feet south of Loch Assynt.It takes about an hour and a half to walk from one loch to the other

In 1930, Kenneth MacKenzie described seeing a strange creature with a deer-like head surface close to his boat on Lochan Feith an Leothaid, before diving back under water.People remembered the creature seen many years before in Loch Assynt and wondered if it was the same creature.

Loch Awe

Loch Awe is a large fresh water loch in Western Scotland  with a length of 35km and total surface area of 14.9 miles .It is known for being a good fishing loch, with large trout being caught regularly. There is a  legend about its creation which concerns the holy well on Ben Cruachan. The well had to  be capped by a large stone every day after use. . One day the attendant was too tired to replace the stone and  fell asleep. When she woke up (apparently  three days later )she found that the well had flooded the valley below and created Loch Awe.

There have been stories of a creature in the Loch going back hundreds of years. The creature is said to come ashore during winter and can be heard growling and panting. 

One of the few written accounts of this creature was written by Timothy Pont, who chronicled what he called “gigantic eels” in the Loch. He said he himself was frightened to fish in the Loch because of the large eels and they also frightened fishermen away from the loch. They were  described these eels as being the girth of a horse and reaching huge lengths, such as 33 feet (11metres). The description sounds very much like the horse eels of Ireland.

Further up the Western coast on the Islands this report was printed in The  London Times  March 6, 1856:

The Sea Serpent in the Highlands

The village of Leurbost, Parish of Lochs, Lewis, is at present the scene of an unusual occurrence.  This is no less than the appearance in one of the inland fresh-water lakes of an animal which from its great size and dimensions has not a little puzzled our island naturalists.  Some suppose him to be a description of the hitherto mythological water-kelpie; while others refer it to the minute descriptions of the "sea-serpent," which are revived from time to time in the newspaper columns.  It has been repeatedly seen within the last fortnight by crowds of people, many of whom have come from the remotest parts of the parish to witness the uncommon spectacle.  The animal is described by some as being in appearance and size like "a large peat stack," while others affirm that a "six-oared boat" could pass between the huge fins, which are occasionally visible.  All, however, agree in describing its form as that of an eel; and we have heard one, whose evidence we can rely upon, state that in length he supposed it to be about 40 feet.  It is probable that it is no more than a conger eel after all, animals of this description having been caught in the Highland lakes which have attained huge size.  He is currently reported to have swallowed a blanket inadvertently left on the bank by a girl herding cattle.  A sportsman ensconced himself with a rifle in the vicinity of the loch during a whole day, hoping to get a shot, but did no execution.

 

Could one creature,a large eel ,or its descendants be responsible for the sightings? Loach Awe runs in to Loch Assynt and Loch Assynt is within walking or slithering distance of Lochan Feith an Leothaid.What do you think?

Sunday, 15 May 2022

New Hampshire Monster Tales

 

New Hampshire Lake Monsters

Spofford Lake is a 732-acre lake in the town of Chesterfield in southwestern New Hampshire, United States. In the 1980s a  diver exploring the lake stopped to rest on a log . The log was however alive and was a  22 foot long( 7 metres)  eel or snake which swam off. It was a  grey colour.So just a story?

Dublin Lake is a 241 acre lake also  in Cheshire County in southwestern New Hampshire. It is one of the clearest bodies of water and is cold with depths reaching 100 ft (33 metres).In  the late 1970's or early 1980's, a diver was exploring the bottom of Dublin Lake when he encountered some caves on the shelf floor. Going to  investigate the diver saw horrible  monsters that lived in the oxygen rich pockets in the caves. He was found shocked and wandering by some youngsters near the lake. There is no description  of the monsters.

So another story? It seems strange that lakes within a few miles of each other should both contain some sort of large marine life .Could there be connecting caverns/tunnels ? Until someone else is brave enough to investigate it will remain a story .

A Vietnamese Bigfoot ?

 

The Nguoi Rung is a sort of  Bigfoot that lives  in Vietnam, Laos and Borneo. It is 6 - 7 feet tall  (approx 2 metres) and covered in black or dark red fur. The knees, feet, and hands  and face are all bare. It  walks like a human and the face is human -like with a snub nose.

Along the Loatian border this bigfoot  is called Khi-Trau, meaning "big monkey."

It is said they break into houses to steal food.During the Vietnam War, soldiers believed they saw, and shot at a Nguoi Rung. The injured creature escaped, leaving footprints and a trail of blood. Unfortunately, no samples of the blood were recovered for further analysis.

American veteran Thomas M. Jenkins , a former scout in Vietnam in 1969 , said that he once saw a large group of apes  that looked like people throwing stones at his platoon. That's why American soldiers called these creatures Rock Apes .

 

Mr. A Pho, 60 years old, from Le village, said:

“ I have never seen it, but when my father was alive, every time there was a festival in the village, drinking wine, my father would tell a story about meeting the Forest Man. Father said that the Forest Man has a body like an ape, wears no clothes, because of his hair, dark gray like the skin of a buffalo, howls longer than an ape .”

Talking about the legend of the Jungle, Mr. HRach Lao , Chairman of the People's Committee of Mo Rai commune said:

“ The Story of the Forest Man has existed in the minds of the Ro Ma for decades. Until now, they still believe, deep in the old forests on top of Chu Mom Raythere, the Woodman still exists. Many seniors in Le village have claimed to have seen the Forest Man… And the truth is that many years ago until now, scientists are still learning and researching. As for the fact that the Forest Man entered the village to catch people to eat meat, it was just speculation and had no basis. Two men in the village are missing, possibly because they were attacked by wild animals and venomous snakes while in the forest. Or due to illness, not getting out of the forest in time. Because the forest is too dense, it cannot be found. After all, the stories involving the Woodman have been around for a long time. But in the minds of the Ro Ma, the Forest Man still haunts them. Now, every festival, people gather to drink wine, bring old stories, including the story of the Forest Man, to tell their children and grandchildren all night long .Pausing for a moment, he affirmed: " But I'm sure of one thing, people never lie... ".

So old men’s tales after a drink or does a small bigfoot live in Vietnam? There have been lots of new discoveries of new species since the war ended and so it is quite possible a human like ape creature lives in the forests.

Strange Water Creatures Portland Indiana

 

The Hollow Block  Lake Creature

A fishing trip  to Portland, Indiana’s Hollow Block Lake was cut short when five young men encountered a strange creature.They claimed  a square-shaped monster emerged screeching from the water. It rose like a submarine and was about 8 feet long. This was the third sighting in two years and taken seriously by the local police.

Source : The Indianapolis Star, Indiana, 05 Aug 1960,

Earlier that year another water monster caused a stir .It was called the monster of Craig’s Well.About 30 miles south of Portland is Lynn where the monster appeared in a well.

This monster  described as "an eerie beast with a dome-shaped head, two bulbous eyes and eight flailing tenacles as long as a man's arm," was found  in a cistern on Dan Craig's farm.  Craig eventually  pumped the 12-foot-deep well  dry. At the bottom an  the octopus-like monster could be seen crawling among the debris left there. Craig described the monster  as  "mushroom coloured" and said the tentacles had  grey lobster-type claws on the ends.

Source: Logansport Press  June 9, 1960

The creature disappeared leaving some to speculate it had made a new home in Hollow Block Lake.

The two creatures did not have the same description so unlikely but what was at the bottom of Craig’s well? .In the gloom it could have been an ordinary animal that looked like a monster or it could have been some new species.What do you think?