Monday, 31 May 2010
The Nyaminyami , legend or based in fact?
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Bigfoot hunters and Raystown ray in the news
NBC affiliate investigates Huntingdon lake monster By Jeff Gill, For the Mirror
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Irish Nessie appearance 1999?
Friday, 28 May 2010
Did Tim Dinsdale film Nessie?
Thursday, 27 May 2010
The other Lake Trout monster
Source including video: http://ksax.com/article/stories/S1566237.shtml?cat=10230
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
The Ucu, a South American Yeti?
The Ucu, also known as Ucumar or Ukumar-zupai, is Bigfoot type creature reported as being seen in the Andes range of mountains in South America particularly in Chile and Argentina. The Ucu is said to be the size of a large dog and walks erect. Unlike the Yeti it prefers the more tropical regions of the
In 1956, geologist ,Audio L. Pitch, while walking on the Argentinean side of the Andes, found foot prints 17 inches long ( about 42 cms)at a height of about 6000 feet( 2000 metres).( some reports say 16000 feet( 5333 metres) which sounds a bit high up).
In 1957 similar tracks were reported in the
In May 1958 a group of campers in Rengo, 50 miles from
The stories sound very similar to traditional bigfoot and yeti reports. There appears to have been no recently reported sightings. As always the similarity of sightings and creatures in different parts of the world does make you think, could there be a population of unknown hairy bipeds still alive in the world today. Well gorillas were considered a myth at one time, now they are on TV documentaries, so maybe not as impossible as some sceptics would have us think.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
The Ahool, the howling giant bat of Java.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Sea Serpent sightings and Bears over at Fortean Times.
RAF navigator believes he saw one of the last of the large dinosaurs By Dr Karl Shuker
Kent-based cryptozoological researcher Neil Arnold recently passed on to me, with kind permission from its source to publish it here, a remarkable, previously undocumented sea serpent sighting from the late 1950s. Neil’s source was a correspondent called Nick (whose email address I have on file), and one of the eyewitnesses in question was his father. Nick is anxious that the sighting be preserved, so here is his account of it:
“I am 39 years old with three children and my father is now 72. He was one of the last people to have been conscripted to national service, serving as navigator on RAF Shackleton aircraft in 1957, flying missions over Europe and much of
One zoologist who read Nick’s account suggested that perhaps they had seen a tentacle from a giant squid rise above the water surface, but Nick’s father emphatically discounted any such possibility. If by any chance any other Shackleton crewmember who saw this creature is reading this item and would like to contact FT, we’d love to hear from you!
Nick, via Neil Arnold, 28 Nov 2008. Source¨http://www.forteantimes.com/strangedays/cryptozoology/1529/sighting_a_sea_serpent.html
Read the comments under the article as well on site as there is another report from the 70’s.
If You Go Down To The Marsh...
The bears - dead and alive - that lurk in the wilder reaches of
On 11 November 2008, the Walthamstow Guardian reported that a young man, fishing with his father and brother at Hollow Ponds saw a “strange dark figure. It was hunched over and I could see it had a really hairy back… It definitely looked like a bear.” A local park keeper, however, remained sure that it wasn’t: “The biggest animals we’ve got in the woods are foxes.” The newspaper maintained the expected degree of scepticism, with a headline reading “Is Bigfoot on the loose in the woods?” and comments along the lines of “keep taking the tablets”. Following the initial report, another witness came forward (Wanstead & Woodford Guardian, 17 Nov 2008; see FT246:25). What the newspapers failed to point out was that these were not the first ‘bear’ sightings in the area. Read the rest here: http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/3415/if_you_go_down_to_the_marsh.html
You may have to sign up to the site to access everything, but it costs nothing and is worth it!
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Why no one has yet found proof of the Loch Ness creature
Secondly the water is pitch black once you get a few feet down. The water runs off the mountains and down the hillsides surrounding the Loch bringing with it particles of peat which are suspended in
Then there is of course money. To do a sophisticated proper investigation would cost a great deal of money. Most researchers are self financing or get small grants from their workplace. Since the 70s no one seems to have come forward to want to invest in looking for Nessie. Most researchers go up to investigate in their holidays from work, very few are able to afford to spend large amounts of time at the
Which brings us to Nessie. Nessie is seen as a joke due to all the hoaxes perpetuated over the years and very few scientists want to be involved . It can cost you your job and certainly held back some people’s careers. The fact it is seen as a hoax means many people have closed ranks and no longer report sightings and locals laugh when you ask. They don’t want to be seen as foolish. The number of times I have heard “Well I will tell you if you promise not to write it down or anything. I don’t want reporters round”. (I don’t like to tell them that being dyslexic I memorise the conversations but I don’t write them down. It is something I learned to do at meetings at work because I couldn’t write down notes fast enough. By the time I had decided how to spell something they had moved on to something else lol. These days of course I would record them or take a laptop). Though that has been a huge amount of sightings over the years , when you divide them by the number of years , it is not a lot. Nessie is quite shy.( taking the average figure of 3000 sightings since 1930s ,divided by the number of years ( 80) it is an average of about 40 a year ). If you then weed out the unlikely and definite mistaken identity you are left with about 2 unexplained sightings a year. It is not a lot is it? Then the chances of getting a decent photo are even remoter. Most people on seeing something can’t believe their eyes and by the time they have recovered enough to grab a camera ,it is often too late, the whatever it is, has gone. So the odds are against us all. That is a sample of reasons why I think nothing conclusive has never been found to support the existence or non existence of the Loch Ness creature.
The only answer is large amounts of cash and sophisticated equipment and trained people to operate it and interpret results in an all year round expedition to search the loch thoroughly. So if anyone has won the lottery and has a spare million????
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Scottish Beasties and Mer- Folk
I found this article from 2005 which looks at not just Nessie but other strange aquatic creatures in Scotland.
Great water monsters and mer-folk Published Date: 26 May 2005
By DIANE MACLEAN
WATER-DWELLING beasties abound in
Nessie's less well-known cousin is "Morag", who is said to inhabit Loch Morar, northwest of
• A zeuglodon – put forward by biologist Roy P Mackal who thinks the monsters are a type of giant prehistoric snake-like creature thought to have become extinct about 20 million years ago
• A plesiosaur – very similar to the above. Just substitute the word plesiosaur (a water-dinosaur) for zeuglodon
• A log – what more is there to say, except that there are plenty of trees in
• A sturgeon – biologist Adrian Shine thinks these creatures are nothing more exciting than a great, ginormous sturgeon - a freak-fish if you like
• A bona fide monster – yes, yes, well, all right, it's possible.
Another creature currently living in
The kelpie is transposed in the
Kelpies are not the only watery beasties living in
Tail or tale: Did sea monsters and mermaid swim the waters in and around
Friday, 21 May 2010
The Loch Ness creature since 2002
With the summer almost upon us, can we expect more sightings to be reported from Loch Ness? The number of sightings of the Loch Ness creatures varies on whose work you read. Some say as little as 2000 sightings since 1930’s , some say as many as 4000. Since 2002 I can only find a recorded number of 20 sightings. It may be that people aren’t reporting it any more of course or it may just be there are less sightings. Possibly less people are looking for anything, certainly there aren’t the expeditions there used to be. I would have thought with modern technology there would have been more photos people had taken on mobile phones etc. Here are some examples of the sightings:
August 2002 A man travelling on the A82 towards
February 2002 Two local residents of Dores saw something move quickly from Tor point to the Clansman Hotel They said that it created a wake and there was definite splashing from the head of whatever the creature was.
June 2003 The captain of local cruise boat “The Royal Scot” reported seeing a fast moving v-shaped wake on the surface of the loch at 2.10pm. The water was very calm at the time.
May 2003 Local coastguard skipper George Edwards saw a six foot long creature surface for about 2-3 minutes close to
August 2004 At 4pm, Tom Clegg of Worcestershire saw three dark humps out from the shore between Invermoriston and
August 2005 Mr Bell and his family from
May 2007 Gordon Holmes of Shipley,
March 2007 Sidney and Janet Wilson photographed a strange animal from the back of cruise boat near
February 2008 Brenda Ellis from Foyers took four snaps on her mobile phone of a creature moving north in the water near Inverfarigaig on the south side of the loch. She said the creature was black/brown in colour and was moving in the water for 10-15 minutes.
June 2009 Douglas MacDougall spotted a hump in the water near the Clansman Hotel.
I haven’t included them all or all the details, I am sure you can find them on the web They vary from seeing wakes to seeing creatures. There seems to be a lack of interest in Loch Ness but maybe some media hype,(I know of one journalist who is going up there to write a piece ,Good Luck with that!), or some good sightings may persuade people to restart another Loch Ness Investigation and put the mystery to bed once and for all. At the moment there is no compelling evidence either way . There are people I have spoken to, local people, who know what they saw .These are not people who would tell their stories to the media or even tell many people. Most of these sightings are not recorded anywhere. I respect their privacy. I think they are honest and believe they saw something. On the other hand we have the non believers , many who were once believers I might add, who deny existence of anything in the
In the news this week Montauk, Big cat and Bigfoot
New Montauk Monster sighting? Bizarre creature washes up in small
By Mail Foreign Service 20th May 2010Locals in a small Canadian town have been stumped by the appearance of a bizarre creature, which was dragged from a lake. The animal, which has a long hairy body with bald skin on its head, feet and face, has prompted wild internet speculation that it is a more evolved version of the famous 'Montauk monster'. The creature was discovered by two nurses in the town of
A 15-year-old schoolgirl has told of her terror after being chased by a big cat she claims was a 'black panther' in the
Bigfoot mating season is underway in the Florida Everglades and the furry, horny creature is out for blood. Dave Shealy, an RV park owner in
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Texas Bigfoot sightings
It seems Bigfoot is being seen and reported more often in Texas :
East Texans recall encounters with Bigfoot
For years, people have claimed sightings of a large, human-like creature in the thick woods of
In 2003, a motorist spotted an 8-foot-tall creature crossing Texas Highway 154 near Harleton and Little Cypress Bayou.
In December 2001, a deer hunter near
In October 1995, a man was looking at land he was considering buying near
In June 1976 near Vidor, a couple moved out of their house because they had enough of Bigfoot sightings in the area.
In summer 1976, a witness reported seeing a 12-foot-tall creature with silver hair eating ears of corn near Hallsville.
Not all of the Bigfoot sightings have turned out to be accurate. In his book “The Search for Bigfoot,” Peter Byrne wrote about a man who claimed to have seen a Bigfoot creature standing with his back to the man, streaked in gray and black hair, huge, broad-shouldered and bent over. When Byrne investigated, he discovered the man had seen nothing but a roadside stump. For more than 400 years, people have been reporting large, hair-covered, manlike animals in wilderness areas of
See also a very good article at phantoms and monsters site with more info:
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Stories of Living Mammoths
There have been many tales about living Mammoths. This is in part due I am sure to the fact that some frozen specimens found look as if they died recently as they are so fresh. With scientists talking about regenerating a mammoth clone ala
In 1873 an article appeared in the Zoologist containing an interview with Cheriton Batchmatchnik, a Russian convict who escaped from Siberia who claimed to have encountered living Mammoths in a valley of the
A Russian hunter claimed to have seen a pair of mammoths in 1918. This story was recorded by M. L. Gallon, the man in charge of the French Consulate in
"In the second year I was exploring the taiga, I was very much struck to notice the tracks of a huge animal, I say huge tracks, for they were a long way larger than any of those I had often seen of animals I knew well. It was autumn. There had been a few big snowstorms, followed by heavy rain. It wasn't freezing yet, the snow had melted, and there were thick layers of mud in the clearings.. It was in one of these big clearings, partly taken up by a lake, that I was staggered to see huge footprints pressed deep into the mud. It must have been 70 cm across the widest part and 50 cm the other way, so the spoor wasn't round but oval.. There were four tracks, the tracks of four feet, the first two about 4 m from the second pair, which were a little bigger in size. Then the tracks suddenly turned east and went into the forest of middling-sized elms. Were it went I saw a huge heap of dung; I had a good look at it and saw it was made up of vegetable matter.Some 10 feet up, just where the animal had gone into the forest, I saw a sort of row of broken branches, made, I don't doubt, by the monster's enormous head as it forced it's way into the place it had decided to go, regardless of what was in its path. I followed the track for days and days. Sometimes I could see were the animal had stopped at some grassy clearing and then gone on forever eastwards. Then, one day I saw another track, almost exactly the same. It came from the north and crossed the first one. It looked to me as if they had trampled about all over the place for several hundred m as if they had been excited or upset by their meeting. Then the two animals set out marching eastward one following some 20 m behind the other, both tracks mingling and plowing up the earth together. I followed them for days and days thinking that perhaps I should never see them, and also a bit afraid, for indeed I didn't feel I was big enough to face such beasts alone. One afternoon it was clear enough from the tracks that the animals weren't far off. The wind was in my face, which was good for approaching them without them knowing I was there. All of a sudden I saw one of the animals quite clearly, and now I must admit I really was afraid. It had stopped among some young saplings. It was a huge elephant with big white tusks, very curved; it was a dark chestnut colour as far as I could see.. It had fairly long hair on the hindquarters but it seemed much shorter on the front. I must say I had no idea that there were such big elephants. It had huge legs and moved very slowly. I've only seen elephants in pictures, but I must say that even from this distance (we were 3000 m apart) I could never have believed any beast could be so big. The second beast was around, I saw it only a few times among the trees: it seemed to be the same size.
It sounds like a fantastic tale. Heuvelmans suggested a couple of reasons why the story sounded so fantastic. a) the hunter got caught up in his tale and added some details which are an exaggeration , but these don't effect the basic veracity of the account b) Gallon inadvertently added details in his recording of the account., especially if it was a story for publication. (Plus the story being retold many years apart would suffer from the Chinese Whispers effect and get distorted over time and of course it may not be true. )
Tukeman's story began in the untamed wilds of
“When the following summer melted the ice and snow they were on their way.The trip was arduous but Paul and Tukeman soon found signs they were on the right track. They found a cave "paved" with the numerous remains of mammoths. Surely there would living ones nearby, and the bones provided Tukeman the chance to test the strength of the firearms he had brought for the hunt..On August 29th the hunters finally found their prey, yet they did not immediately try to gun it down. Joe had said that the mammoth he say followed the smoke from the gun his son had fired. Perhaps, Tukeman reasoned, mammoths were attracted to the smoke so that they could stomp out any forest fires before they really got going. “
“When the trap was set in the autumn the mammoth was drawn by the smoke and tried to stamp it out. Everything was going as planned. Paul and Tukeman did not waste their chance. They fired, over and over again, until blood oozed out of scores of bullet wounds in the animal's flesh. The Tee-Kai-Koa was dead. Paul and Tukeman skinned their prize and collected its bones, but by that time winter was setting in. They would not be able to leave until the following spring. Tukeman had hoped that the remains would be purchased by a great museum in Europe or America but Conradi, the man who put a gag order on Tukeman until 1899, offered a much larger sum than Tukeman could otherwise hope for. The plan was for Tukeman to stay silent while Conradi presented the mammoth as a discovery he had made himself.
Ever since the appearance of that number of the magazine the authorities of the Smithsonian Institution, in which the author [F.A. Lucas] had located the remains of the beast of his fancy, have been beset with visitors to see the stuffed mammoth, and our daily mail, as well as that of the Smithsonian Institution, has been filled with inquiries for more information and for requests to settle wagers as to whether it was a true story or not.
Tukeman's story was a work of fiction.
However articles continued to appear:
Heuvelmans, Bernard (1959). On the Track of Unknown Animals.
Newman, Edward. 1873. The Mammoth Still in the Land of the Living. Zoologist (