Tuesday 16 August 2022
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
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.
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.
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
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
again a place that seems to have much strangeness going back years.
More reports of Vampires in Yorkshire than in
I came across this article from 2014.Being from
Yorkshire myself,Whitby area I was intrigued,
study shows that there are more reports of paranormal activity in Yorkshire
than anywhere else in the UK.
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
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
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
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