In 1905 an article appeared in the local paper:
Seen by two fishermen - off the "douch"
Divers flock to Orkney for the Scapa Flow wrecks .
In 1905 an article appeared in the local paper:
The Daily Record newspaper published what it considered the best Nessie photos of the decade. For those who missed it here is the link:
What do you think of their choice and do you think the photos are genuine?
Were-Cats Myth or Reality?
People are believed not just to have transformed into wolves (werewolves) but also into cats ,Were-Cats.The belief has persisted for centuries.Were-cats could appear as domestic cats or as tigers,lions,leopards,panthers, in fact any type of cat.
European folklore often has witches transforming into domestic cats whereas African stories are concerned with wild cats such as were-leopards or were-panthers.Were-Lions were thought to be have been members of the royal family reincarnated.
In Africa, there are folk tales that speak of the "Nunda," or the "Mngwa," a big cat of immense size that stalks villages at night. Many of these tales say it is more ferocious than a Lion and more agile than a Leopard,in fact a were-cat .In 1938 a British Explorer William Hichens, whilst in Tanzania, was told by locals that a monstrous cat had been attacking people at night. Huge paw prints were found to be much larger than any known big-cat. William Hichens believed it more likely to be a lion with gigantism.
In India the were-tiger is thought to be a sorcerer who steals livestock or even is a man eater. In a certain part of Bangladesh in the villages near Sunderban, there is a myth there that a certain type of man eater tiger’s bite can turn a person into a were-tiger called 'Maya Bagh' .
Chinese legends often describe were-tigers as the victims of either a hereditary curse or a vindictive ghost. Japanese folklore there are creatures called bakeneko,cat spirit. In Thailand a tiger that eats humans may become a were-tiger.
In South America in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures they believed in the were-jaguar. Among the Aztecs, warriors dressed in jaguar skins and were called "jaguar warriors" or "jaguar knights". Depictions of the jaguar and the were-jaguar are among the common motifs found in ancient ruins.
In the USA, urban legends tell of encounters with were-cats as bipeds similar to Bigfoot but having cat heads, tails, and paws.
Two campers on Mount t Tamalpais in Marin county California in 1964 claimed to have encountered two cat like entities during the night.They could hear the creatures communicating with each other a strange chattering sound in the darkness. Then one ventured into their camp.One witness description stated " It's head was close to it's body and below the shoulders it was very muscular and it was bipedal."The witnesses estimated the weight of the creature at around 200 lbs.
In 1968 Connecticut bus driver claimed to see what he describes as a Tiger walking on two legs down Valley Street in New Haven .Police were unable to find the creature despite a search of the area.
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 .
On Friday April 10th 1970 Mike Busby was on his way to Olive Branch Illinois heading down route 3. About a mile outside of Olive Branch by the Shawnee National forest his car stalled so Busby pulled over and get out to see what was wrong. Suddenly he heard movement on his left. Turning to face it he was startled to find two large green glowing eyes shining in the dark.Then it moved heading for him. He described it as six feet tall( approx 2 meters) black and panther-like but bipedal. The creature struck him in the face with a massive paw, knocking him to the ground .With him on the floor, it climbed on top of his chest and continued to hit him .Busby had injuries to his chest, abdomen and upper left arm. He managed to grab the top and bottom of its jaws preventing it from going for his throat. It had yellowish fangs and hair short and wiry like steel wool .Suddenly the headlights of an oncoming diesel truck lit up the road and he could see the creature more clearly. It had dark black fur and a long tail, just like a huge cat. The lights or perhaps the noise of the truck frightened the creature and it it loped off the highway running on two legs.
The above account was featured on American TV.
In 1967 near the village of Blakeney in Norfolk England on a cold dark winters night, a witness was driving to Blakeney when she caught a brief glimpse of a creature standing by the roadside.The woman said: “It stood like a person, but stooped, but had a cats head. Even the pointed ears.” There was another report in the 1980s but I have been unable to verify it
So could were-cats really exist? There was a 1942 Val Lewton film called Cat People ,in which a woman transformed into a large cat which could have influenced some modern sightings.Could some modern sightings be Alien Big Cats , long being reported in many areas? Certainly intriguing.
Horse Eels of County Galway,Ireland .
Lough Auna is a lake/loch in County Galway near Clifden Village..
There is no definite date but late in the 19th century Mrs. Whalen a turf cutter was working along the edge of the lough. A commotion erupted in the water. She claimed a horse eel emerged from the water and onto the shore near her.The front portion looked like a horse and the back end like an eel. The lady fled in shock and fear
Since then, there have been further reports by a number of bog workers who have also claimed to have seen a large creature that has the head of a horse and the body of an eel swimming through the water.
During the 60’s, a sighting of grey creature swimming in Lough Auna was reported by a local farmer
Ted Holiday wrote about interviews with people who had seen the creature in his book. The Dragon and the Disc .( The book is now out of print but second hand copies often come up for sale, I have one myself).
An unnamed man said he and his mother had seen a large eel-shaped creature when they were stacking peat along Lough Auna. Some two hundred yards away from where they were working a 30 to 40 ft ( 10 to 13 metres) eel-like animal could be seen rising out of the water. It had three or four humps. One of the humps, had a large mane that stood up as though it were a fin or composed of bristles. The creature would rise up to the surface and then roll along its side and submerge, causing a commotion in the water . They said they watched it doing this for about 15 minutes.
A group of people at a party held at a cottage by Lough Auna in about 1969 saw a strange shape coursing across the lake at a "walking pace". The object appeared to be about five feet ( 1.6 metres) in length and about a foot (.3 metre) in height. There were projections along the back of the creature . One of the eye witnesses, Air Commodore Kort of the Royal Netherlands Air Force said "the un-canning thing about it was the gliding movement without any disturbance of the water on the surface." The oddity was watched until disappearing into a patch of reeds.
In the early hours in the year 1984 or 1985, Tom Joyce, who lived near the lough, was saying goodbye to visiting friends when a man came running down the road. The man was an off-duty Welsh soldier who had been fishing at Lough Auna. He said he had seen something in the light of the moon, like the head of an animal, floating along the surface. On top of the object were two projections, almost like eyes, which gave the impression it was watching him. The soldier began walking along the shore only to have object begin to follow him .He walked faster but ended up running as it kept pace with him. He told Tom Joyce that in all his years of military service he'd never been so terrified of anything.
Loch Auna is near Lough Fadda ,the home of another horse eel.Read about it here :
Could there be a colony of the creatures moving between the loughs? Or is it just a large eel that scares people because of its size? Have there been more recent sightings, please comment if you know of any. Certainly a strange tale and from several people .
Monster Fish Attack
This article caught my eye:
Winnipeg woman injured in ‘extremely unusual’ Ontario fish attack: ‘It pulled me under’
A Winnipeg woman is healing at home after being left with significant injuries in a rare musky attack near Minaki, Ont., last weekend.Kim Driver says she was wading about chest-deep into waters last Saturday when the unthinkable happened.“All of a sudden I just felt something tap my left leg, like brush it, and then next thing I know it just took a hold of my right leg,” said Driver, an avid angler who has been a seasonal camper in Minaki since 2007.“I looked down and I saw the fish’s head, which looked like an alligator, and it just grabbed it and it moved me from side-to-side and then it pulled me under.”Driver says she called out and friends and family came rushing to help her, before taking her to the hospital in Kenora.“All of a sudden she just went, ‘somethings got my leg’, and then her arms went up in the air, she went under the water screaming,” her husband Terry Driver told Global News.“How do you even know what to do? We’re in Minaki, Ontario, it’s the Winnipeg River; nothing attacks you there.”
Driver was left in severe pain with scrapes on her leg and severe puncture wounds in her calf. Muskies, the largest member of the pike family, are a species of fish that are sought after by many anglers and can grow over 50 inches long. They’re rare to catch and are often referred to as the “fish of 10,000 casts.” Muskies have poor eyesight, and could have mistaken part of her leg for a fish while it was hunting.
Extracted from Source:https://globalnews.ca/news/7232238/winnipeg-woman-injured-musky-attack/
It must have been very large to pull her under water. It got me wondering about some sightings of Lake Monsters and whether a large Muskie could be what is seen. It is also scary that such a large fish could pull an adult woman under the water. We live in a world full of surprises and monsters ,many of them all too real.