Monday 28 December 2020

New Nessie Sighting ?

Nessie filmed again?

A mother has been left 'baffled' by a mysterious grey object on the surface of Loch Ness, she spotted during a walk- which has become the 13th Nessie sighting of this year.   

Mother-of-two Louise Power, 38 and her mother Jennifer Macrae, 60, said they spotted the lake monster during a stroll along the Great Glen Way above Temple Pier at Drumnadrochit - where Mrs Power, 38, has lived all her life next to Loch Ness. 

Mrs Power, a local high school clerical assistant said: 'Mum saw it first and said 'look!' and I just said 'be quiet'. 

'I expected to see a seal or something but we spent 20 minutes watching this thing moving slowly along the middle of the loch. 

'There was a wake after it and during that time it did not disappear - it just kept moving slowly.

'Then it turned towards Dores with a big wave and just went under the water and disappeared.

'I just couldn't believe it. It was quite big and whitish grey. I couldn't put an exact size on it - other than it was big.  

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Thanks to Mike Playfair for sending me this x

Wednesday 23 December 2020

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays

 Merry Cryptid Christmas

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas or if you prefer Happy holidays. Thank you for reading and supporting the blog for another year. Its been a very tough year for us all. There have been quite a few Nessie sightings and Bigfoot reports to lighten the gloom somewhat. Lets hope the Covid vaccine is soon available to all and is a success. Its not a monster that ground the world to a halt but a microbe.I wish you all the very best  time you can have and will be back in the new year .xx

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Wednesday 16 December 2020

Creatures of Long Lakes



Long Lakes Creatures

There are several lakes called Long Lake in the USA. At least two of them are said to have monsters.

Long Lake State Park

In 1993  a Milwaukee newspaper carried an article about a monster sighting in Long Lake by several campers from the Milwaukee area.They said it was dark,serpent like and  had an undulating movement causing waves to hit the shore.

In the Summer of 1994, Beth Quinn was vacationing on Long Lake when she witnessed a  strange sight. Quinn said that "I saw a big black swan type sea monster. It had a dragon type face." She was close enough to the creature to clearly see that it was not a swan or a duck - in fact it wasn't like anything she'd ever seen before. She ran into a nearby cabin to fetch her companions . When she came back out with the rest of the group, the creature had already disappeared back under the surface of Long Lake.

In 1998 a woman reported seeing a huge dark object several hundred feet off shore. It moved with a violent undulating motion which sent waves rolling over a pier and then crashing into the shore.

Four years later a couple who were staying in the Long Lake state park stopped at the Din's Garage, Dundee for some ice. They told the proprietor that they spotted an eel like monster about 28 feet long swimming along the shore of the state park beach. It was dark brown with light brown spots. It gradually submerged out of sight.

A 3 foot long salamander like creature was reported crossing Highway  67 that runs along Long Lake. I have no date for this but it was speculated it was a baby lake monster.

I could find no recent reports but something was causing a stir in Long Lake State Park.


Long Lake Massachusetts.

In 2018 two local scientists claimed they saw a  long-necked aquatic animal rising above the surface of Long Lake in Littleton, Massachusetts.

Dr.Timothy Ahearn and Dr, Lawrence Millman, were boating along the shores of the lake around 11 PM when they saw a large serpent-like form rise out of the water. The creature stared at them briefly and then arched its back and submerged.

“It looked like your classic Loch Ness Monster, “ Millman said. “Or descriptions I’ve read of Lake Champlain’s creature, Champy, and I would have thought I imagined it, except that Tim saw it too.”

It rose about five feet above the water and  had a snake-like body and a head that resembled some sort of reptilian otter.

Dr. Ahearn, who lives on the lake, has seen a giant water scorpion just below the ice. Eels, black water snakes and an unusually large snapping turtle have also been seen in the lake over the years.

A legend among the local indigenous people the Nashobah talks of a of a lake creature known as the Ap’chinic, although that was described more like an octopus.

On the one hand the lake is quite shallow so not the usual depth for a lake monster,on the other scientists are unlikely to be involved in a hoax. What do you think,is there a monster in Long Lake Littelton?

Wednesday 9 December 2020

The Grassman ,Ohio Bigfoot?


The Ohio Grassman

The Ohio Grassman sometimes called Orange Eyes is reported to be a type of bigfoot that lives in the Ohio woods. It gets its name from eating tall grass and wheat  although it has been seen hunting game.Three-toed footprints have been reported as being  seen in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Grassman is reportedly  7 to 9 feet tall and weighs approximately 300-pound.

In the 1700s the  Indigenous people  of the Ohio grasslands told stories  of a race of ape-men, called the Wild Ones of the Woods. They would leave out food and offerings for them.

In 1869 there was a spate of sightings reported near the Ohio River . One man claimed a hairy biped tried to drag him from his horse and carriage .It ran off  when his daughter threw stones at it.

One of the most reported sightings was in 1978 at Evelyn and Howe Cayton’s home. Evelyn and Howe were relaxing indoors  when suddenly their children and some friends came running into the house screaming. They said  that whilst they were playing outside they came across a monster in a gravel pit. The pair headed outside and saw a creature covered in matted  dark hair that was about 7 feet tall and weighed about 300 pounds. The Grassman simply stood there but the Claytons fled.

The Claytons would see the Grassman again several times. One night they saw it peering at them through their kitchen window. Howe went to get his gun, but the creature  was gone before he returned. The police were called  and several footprints were spotted  in the mud and a terrible smell still lingered in the air. On another day the Grassman was seen by the Claytons on a hill near the strip mine. The next month the couple observed two hairy bipeds on the same hill. Some days before  the Claytons' German Shepherd was found dead, its neck broken,thought to have been  killed by the Grassman.

 Over 36 sightings have been reported to Don Keating of Newcomerstown since the middle 1980s. Keating decided to host the ‘Annual Bigfoot Conference’ at Salt Fork starting in 2005.

More recently this year whilst hiking in the woods at Salt Fork State Park, two Ohio men claim they saw a Bigfoot .On January 12th, the two hikers said they found themselves staring at a figure that had characteristics of Bigfoot: a hairy, upright-walking ape creature. “Seeing the creature was scary,” said Nathan Gray, of Winterset, a crossroads located just east of Salt Fork State Park. “When I couldn’t see it anymore, that was terrifying.”

With so many reports going back to 1700s ,there must be something that people are seeing. Whether it is the Grassman or Bigfoot we won’t know until definite evidence turns up.

Monday 7 December 2020

Christmas Monsters!

Christmas is also for Monsters!

 Not all Christmas creatures are benign like Santa Claus. Krampus looks like a demonic goat who walks on its hind legs like a human. He punishes naughty children, beating them with birch branches and carries a basket on his back so he can carry off a child to eat later.The 5th of December is Krampusnacht ,men in homemade Krampus costumes run around Alpine villages causing havoc. These 'Krampus Runs' continue today. The Karakoncolos looks like a cross between the Devil and a Sasquatch. In Turkey, the legend says he would stand at street corners on winter nights setting riddles for passers-by. If the traveller gave an answer that included the word ‘black’ they were free to go on their way. If not, he would strike them dead .Sometimes the Karakoncolos would just put them in a trance and leave them to roam free. In Serbia, the story says the Karakoncolos jumps on the victim’s back and uses them as a ride. The exhausted person was only released at dawn. Jólakötturinn is the Icelandic Yule Cat or Christmas Cat. Jólakötturinn, who first appeared in the 19th century, a huge, ferocious beast with razor-like whiskers, blazing eyes and terrible claws who consumed any child who did not receive new clothes on Christmas Day.It is tied into an Icelandic tradition in which those who finish their work on time received new clothes for Christmas, while those who were lazy did not . Jólakötturinn could tell who the lazy children were because they did not have at least one new item of clothing for Christmas and these children would be eaten by the Yule Cat. Then there is the macabre skeleton mare of Welsh tradition,Mary Lwyd, which rises from the dead and wanders the streets with her undead attendants, to remind the living of their existence. Mary Lwyd wants to to get into your house. To keep the zombie horse out, you must engage in a battle of rhymes . Usually singing the rhymes to which the zombie horse replies.On New Year’s Eve, the undead mare is represented by a puppeteer parading a horse skull on a pole draped in white cloth around the towns and villages. Next there is a creature from Scandinavian folklore who looks like a gnome and lives among the dead inside burial mounds called the Tomten.He can act as a caretaker of the household, that is if you keep on his good side. The Tomten has quite the temper and is known for biting people who upset him. The bites are poisonous and deadly. People leave a gift of food out on Christmas Eve for the Tomten. One of Iceland’s creatures associated with Christmas is Gryla a giant troll who is bad tempered with an insatiable hunger for children. Each Christmas, Gryla comes down from her mountain dwelling to hunt for naughty children. She catches them in a sack and takes them back to her cave where she boils them alive for her favourite stew.

 A Cryptozoology Christmas Carol To be sung to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas: 

 On the first day of christmas I received in the post an owlman in a large tree
 On the second day of christmas I received in the post two thunderbirds 
 On the third day of christmas I received in the post three almas
 On the fourth day of christmas I received in the post four ozark howlers
 On the fifth day of christmas I received in the post five gold ogopogos
 On the sixth day of christmas I received in the post six bunyips laying
 On the seventh day of christmas I received in the post seven Nessies swimming
 On the eigth day of christmas I received in the post eight chupacabras sucking
 On the ninth day of christmas I received in the post nine yetis dancing
 On the tenth day of christmas I received in the post ten spring heeled jacks leaping 
 On the eleventh day of christmas I received in the post eleven black dogs howling 
 On the twelfth day of christmas I received in the post twelve bigfoots drumming And an owlman in a large treeeeeee. 
(First posted 2009)

Wednesday 2 December 2020

More Discoveries About Megalodon.



Megalodons  the Ocean’s Most Ferocious Prehistoric Predators, Raised Their Young in Nurseries,

Millions of years ago, monstrously sized sharks named megalodons dominated the ocean. These giants grew larger than modern day humpback whales, casually snacked on animals like dolphins and seals, had the strongest bite force of any creature to ever exist—yes, including T. rex. But despite being fierce predators, a new study published last week in the journal Biology Letters suggests that megalodons were pretty good parents and raised their young in nurseries, reports Mindy Weisberger for Live Science.

Nurseries provide a safe haven for baby sharks to grow before they depart to take on the great blue sea. They are typically found in warm, shallow waters, such as coral reefs and mangroves, that offer an abundance of food. Nurseries also shield baby sharks from predators and protect them as they learn to hunt, reports Melissa Cristina Márquez for Forbes. And this behavior didn't die out with the megalodons—some modern-day shark species, like great whites and catsharks, also raise their young in nurseries.

This discovery also offers a new theory to how the world's most ferocious predator went extinct more than 3 million years ago, which remains a pervasive mystery. They know that megalodons thrived during a period of warm temperatures that lasted for millions of years. But as the climate cooled about 5 million years ago, it could have reduced the availability of suitable nurseries for the sharks to raise their young. And without good nurseries, juveniles wouldn't have survived, which could have helped drive the species to extinction, reports AFP.

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This further substantiates that Megalodon could not survive in today’s polluted dark cold ocean depths.

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Boonville Bigfoot?


The Boonville Creature

Boonville is a city in Boon Township, Warrick County, Indiana, United States .The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters

In 1936, an animal described as a “monster hairy ape,” or a “giant sloth,” was reported in Boonville.The first appearance  of the animal came in 1936, when fisherman Ralph Duff reported that a large hairy animal had attacked  his dog . Duff's wife saw the animal, which ran off when she screamed, describing it as a "towering monster larger than a bear". Ralph Duff set up bear traps along the river to catch it.

On 13th August 1937, Mrs. Duff again saw the animal, which she compared to a giant ape. Other residents of Boonville reported hearing "blood-curdling shrieks and yells". Posses were formed to search the river area. A police dog was supposedly mauled "so bad it had to be shot". Mothers kept their children indoors, traps baited with raw meat were laid with hopes of luring the creature in. Some area residents guessed it was an ape hiding in a cave near the Ohio River.

On 18 th August a man went to  the Boonville newspaper office and claimed that the animal was a giant sloth which he and his uncle had captured during an expedition to Mexico two years previously. He said they lost it near Evansville. When questioned he was uncertain if it was two-toed or three-toed, but averred that sloths came in both varieties. It had apparently been in a circus and escaped from its travelling cage.

On August 19th newspapers announced that the search was being “temporarily abandoned” and no mention was made  of resuming search.An  article, written a month later, points out that the rumours began just as blackberry season started and suggests that Boonville people spread the horror story to keep people away from their blackberry patches.

I find the sloth story not believable. A sloth is not an animal to be kept in a circus as they move slowly and don’t perform tricks. They are not normally aggressive although they can cause some damage with their claws but are not usually bigger than a bear.The fact the man did not know if it was a two or three toed sloth also casts doubt on his story. So what was the creature? A bigfoot perhaps?

Coelacanths-a living dinosaur.


Coelacanths: the fish that 'outdid' the Loch Ness Monster

By Emily Osterloff

The unexpected capture of a living coelacanth in the 1930s was 'the most sensational natural history discovery' of the century. In April 1939, New Zealand's Auckland Star proclaimed that the Loch Ness monster, a sensation that had caught the world's attention not long prior, had been 'outdone'.Making up for the world's disappointment that there wasn't a prehistoric creature living in a Scottish loch was the South African discovery of a strange, steel blue fish with limb-like fins.The fish was a coelacanth, one of a group that was thought to have gone extinct 70 million years earlier. But this one was alive.Coelacanths were first described by Louis Agassiz in 1836 from a 260-million-year-old fossilised fish tail. He named the genus Coelacanthus. Many more fossil coelacanths have been found since, ranging in age from 409-66 million years old.

The living West Indian Ocean coelacanth reaches up to two metres long and 100 kilograms. It's typically found 90-300 metres below the surface, in waters 18°C and below. The fish shelter in caves during the day and venture out at night to hunt cuttlefish, squid and fish. It has been suggested that they have a lifespan of 100 years.

In 1975, scientists discovered that the fish give birth to live young. Eggs hatch in the female's body, and the pups grow to about 30 centimetres before they are born after a gestation of over a year.

Finding a living coelacanth has been described as like finding a dinosaur wandering around your garden. The youngest known fossil coelacanth is 66 million years old, leading to the assumption that these animals were extinct.

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