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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Creature Weekend - Pictures

Some pictures from Creature Weekend, which took place yesterday at Salt Fork State Park…

Jeff Wamsley speaking on Mothman

Adam Davies speaking on his adventures
in search of the yeti
Tom Sewid speaking on Native American

Scott Mardis on Champ

"Mysterious Sea Creature Washes Up" in Australia

NT News is reporting:

"An NT News reader spotted this monster from the deep at the Lee Point Beach, describing it as a 'fairly large' skeleton.
"Efforts to identify the Lee Point Kraken have so far proved fruitless.
"If you're an expert in marine life and able to help us out, drop the newsroom a line."

Looks like some kind of decomposing mammal. If it were a shark there would not be bones like the ribs as their skeletons are made of cartilage.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Patterson-Gimlin Film 50th Anniversary

50 years ago today, on October 20th, 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin encountered a Sasquatch, which Patterson managed to catch on about 60 seconds of film. Since that day the film has become legendary in the field of cryptozoology and even those not interested will know it as "the Bigfoot film."

Now while many will argue that is hasn't been proven 100% real, no one has been able to prove in fifty years that it is fake, either...

Because it's not.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Bob!

Wishing a happy 86th birthday to Bob Gimlin, one of the most famous Bigfoot witnesses ever, and a super nice guy!

Bob Gimlin and I, at Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Monday, October 16, 2017

Crypto-Kid: Brian Parsons Tonight

Tonight at 8:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by Dr. Brian D. Parsons as a rescheduled interview due to last week's cancellation. We will be discussing the field of cryptozoology, issues that exist within the field, and how it can be improved."

Listen live on WCJV radio.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Surviving Megalania - Monster Lizards in Australia?

50,000 years ago, Australia was home to a gigantic monitor lizard called Megalania. In appearance, it would have resembled modern day Komodo dragons, except for one thing - its size. While Komodo dragons are known to reach lengths of about eight-and-a-half feet, Megalania is thought to have been anywhere from fifteen to almost thirty feet long!
Megalania (3A and 3B) size compared to other monitors

Could something that large have survived, relatively hidden, into the present day? If eyewitness reports are true, it seems that this giant lizard may still be with us.

Peter Hancock, an author and journalist who also happens to be an expert on Aboriginal legends of Australia, has noted one story the Aborigines tell about a Megalania that fought a great white shark and dragged it out of the ocean. While this is likely just folklore, it does show that the people know about giant lizards that may have survived long past their supposed extinction date.

Australian cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy has collected several stories of supposed Megalania sightings in recent times. The first comes from the 1890s, when, in the first year of that decade, the town of Euroa was terrorized by a "30 foot reptile" that "raided farms and killed livestock." Many people were said to have seen the creature.

Moving into the 20th Century, there are several stories of Megalania encounters. In 1968, a man named Steve, a member of the Australian military serving in Queensland at the time on the Normanby Range, and several other people taking part in a military exercise found the remains of a cow. They were quite concerned, since the cow had been ripped to pieces and had apparently been dragged a long distance. Around the dead cow, they found two foot long lizard prints in the mud.

Over 10 years after Steve's experience, in 1979, Gilroy received a phone call from a farmer living in Moruya. The farmer told Gilroy that he had seen a 20-foot lizard and that he had found tracks as well. Gilroy went to the location and made a plaster cast of one of the tracks left by the creature. In 2008, Gilroy found tracks along a forest trail located 185 miles from Moruya that were very similar to the ones he saw in 1979.

New Guinea may also be home to surviving Megalania - in the 1960s, a French priest traveling along a river there saw a "large lizard on a fallen tree in the sun."

If the witnesses are to be believed, there may possibly be something like a Komodo dragon on steroids hiding out in Australia.

This post is excerpted from an article I did for Cryptid Culture #6 (July 2017) on sightings of prehistoric survivors in Australia.

Three Best Ohio State Parks for Bigfooting

Ohio State Park Lodges has a new article up on three SPs in Ohio where Bigfoot may be seen…

"Bigfoot. Is there a mythical creature with a stronger hold on the popular imagination than this ape-like beast? Whether the product of folklore, misidentification, or hoax, this large, hairy humanoid - also known as Sasquatch - continues to fascinate believers and attract countless 'spotters' around the country.
"One popular place for reported sightings is Ohio, which ranks in the top five states nationally. Many of those eyewitness accounts come from visitors and rangers at Ohio State Parks. In fact, three Ohio State Park Lodges are the center of that activity, making them convenient home bases for Bigfoot enthusiasts who want to join in organized events and hikes or just head out on their own in search of the elusive creature.
"Punderson State Park in rural northeast Ohio has a number of documented sightings. In the heart of the woods is Punderson Manor State Park Lodge with homey rooms, cabins, and old manor-style lodging available for those on the hunt for Sasquatch in the region.
"Mohican State Park in Central Ohio has seen an increase in Bigfoot sightings since 2010, particularly in the woods near Big Lyons Falls. There are occasional Bigfoot hikes that draw more than 500 people. Nearby Mohican State Park Lodge is centrally located among the spots of documented sightings. The lodge provides easy access to hiking trails that run throughout the 1,000-acre state park.
"Perhaps the most noted Bigfoot location in Ohio is the dense forest cover in Ohio's largest state park at Salt Fork. Located in Southeastern Ohio, Salt Fork State Park Lodge is ground zero for Bigfoot enthusiasts. One reason for the attention is that Sasquatch has long been rumored to live in Salt Fork State Park.
"The park's rolling landscape, plush with hickory and oak trees that surround a nearly 3,000-acre lake, is the backdrop for the annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference, held in May each year. It is the world's longest running Bigfoot conference attracting more than 3,000 participants from as far away as Australia. The Bigfoot enthusiasts and researchers who attend share stories, compare scientific discoveries - and, of course, search for the hairy beast.
"Salt Fork State Park Lodge is the home base for those who want to stay in the middle of the wooded grounds. Each lodge room has a patio or balcony for a constant view of the woods. Cabins are also located on site.
"Creature Weeked, scheduled for Oct. 20-22 in 2017, is another themed event at the lodge that Bigfoot hunters attend. It centers on cryptozoology, which is the study of hidden animals, including Sasquatch.
"In addition, Salt Fork hosts other opportunities throughout the year focused on the legend that makes this region famous. Join in a Bigfoot Adventure Weekend, a three-night campout with workshops, demonstrations, and hikes, or take a monthly Bigfoot Night Hike in the park with Bigfoot experts who are familiar with the landscape and reported sightings. 
"To tackle your own search during your stay, pick up a Bigfoot Hikes map from the lodge's front desk, and follow the trails where there are documented sightings. Take a hike on the Bigfoot Ridge, Morgan's Knob, or the Buckeye Trail, which have some of the most namable Sasquatch activity.
"Whether you believe or not, the Legend of Bigfoot is alive in Ohio, allowing you to be a part of the phenomenon at whatever level you choose. And, you never know, you just might spot the mysterious beast yourself during your stay."

I have been to Mohican and Salt Fork and must say that they are both fantastic parks, even if you aren't searching for Sasquatch.

Creature Weekend is this coming weekend at Deerassic Park in Salt Fork. It looks to be a great event! Small Town Monsters will be premiering their Invasion on Chestnut Ridge film as well.

Review - Invasion on Chestnut Ridge

Small Town Monsters' 5th film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, comes out soon. STM director Seth Breedlove let me check out an advance copy of the film to put up a review on here. Though I've been quite busy for about the last month and a half, I finally got a chance to check out the film, and these are my thoughts on it.

Invasion is about the strange happenings along the Chestnut Ridge in Pennsylvania. Local residents who have had strange encounters are interviewed, as well as researchers Stan Gordon and Eric Altman.  Along the ridge, witnesses have reported ghost lights, UFOs, Bigfoot, werewolves, thunderbirds, and many, many other odd things.

Many well known sightings happened in the early 1970s, when reports of UFOs and Bigfoot were very frequent. The strangest thing of all this was that sometimes the two would be seen at the same time, or shortly after on another. Some witnesses even saw a white colored Bigfoot that was holding a ball of light.

On another occasion, two Bigfoot creatures were seen after what was apparently a UFO landed in a field. Multiple witnesses saw the creatures, and after the UFO left, the whole area was illuminated with an wood light, bright enough to "read the newspaper" in. Stan Gordon and his WCUFOSG study group arrived, and while there one of the witnesses started going crazy and having visions of the end of times.

Another big case in the film is the Kecksburg UFO incident. It occurred in December of 1965 when a UFO supposedly crashed in Kecksburg, PA. Local residents said the UFO was shaped like an acorn, and that military personnel showed up and took it away.
Model of the UFO in Kecksburg

Cases involving Men in Black are also in the film, including one where a strange man took photos of Bigfoot footprints from a young boy and then destroyed the footprints. When witnesses there got mad, he sped off in his car and was never seen again.

This film is a bit different from the others from STM, in that it doesn't focus on just one odd creature, but all sorts of odd phenomena as well. No one really knows why these unexplained things seem to happen frequently around the Chestnut Ridge.
UFOs have been seen in conjunction with other
odd things along the ridge...

Invasion on Chestnut Ridge will be available on October 20th, and will be premiering next Saturday at Creature Weekend at Salt Fork State Park.

Check out the STM website here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review: On Wildman by Ronald Murphy Jr.

Last month at the Mothman Festival I met Ronald L. Murphy Jr. and picked up a couple of his books. I recently read one of those books - On Wildman: Tracking Bigfoot Through History.

On Wildman takes a look at hairy, man-like creatures throughout history. Ron examines legends of giants, Grendel, and tales of apeman beings from the Bible and Epic of Gilgamesh, etc. He explores Greek and Roman legends of wild men, satyrs, the Green Man, and things of the sort.

Ron's book shows that the archetype of a large, hairy, man-like creature (like Bigfoot or Yeti) is nothing new. Though it isn't very long, it is packed with information and is probably one of the best books on historical Bigfoot-type stuff I've read (and I have over 200 cryptid books!).

If you are someone who has an interest in Bigfoot, definitely check out this book. And, if you are someone who is more skeptical, you should check it out too - and see that Bigfoot is not just a modern legend!

Get On Wildman here.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Crypto-Kid: Brian Parsons Tonight

Tonight at 8 on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin will be joined by Dr. Brian Parsons. Dr. Parsons is the host of the Paranormal News Insider also on WCJV Radio. Colin and Dr. Parsons will discuss the state of cryptozoology today and how it can be improved. Also, if time allows, will delve into some recent information concerning mystery feline sightings in America."

Listen live on WCJV Radio.

*cancelled and rescheduled for next week due to technical issues*

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Stunned Newlyweds" Spot Loch Ness Monster

The UK Sun is reporting on a recent sighting of a Loch Ness Monster.

It reads in part:

"A stunned woman enjoying her honeymoon at Loch Ness had a monster surprise.
"Newly wed Rebecca Stewart was touring with husband Paul when she become the seventh person to spot Nessie this year.
"Mrs Stewart from Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, photographed and saw the large fin shape for five minutes.
"Her husband also saw the creature which gatecrashed their honeymoon.
"Shop manager Mrs Stewart's sighting on Monday at Fort Augustus has now been accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
"'It was hard to tell on size, however birds would fly near it and (they) looked try small in comparison to the ting in the water. We were on the pier and the thing was over near what looks like a small boat house. Birds would fly near it and quickly fly away from it,' she said in her report.
"'A boat came from the canal and the thing then disappeared. We didn't have binoculars unfortunately and I used my iPhone to take the photos.
"'I zoomed in as much as I could then zoomed the photo I took and screen shot it. The shape of the thing looks like a fin. My husband was with me. We are here on honeymoon and the sighting took us by surprise.'
"The couple, who took several photos of the object were convinced it was the large fin of a shark, although admitting to being confused as to how such an animal could have travelled so far from the sea, surviving the change from saltwater to freshwater."

Mrs. Stewart said that "my opinion is it looks more like a shark in shape, but I can't think of any shark that big that could survive in could fresh water. There is access to the sea but it's a long way away." Mr. Stewart said "it had to be something big and very much alive!"

"Whatever they saw and for several minutes was clearly animate and something quite large," said Gary Campbell, keeper of the LNM sightings register. He said 2017 has been a "fantastic" year for sightings with seven so far.

It's hard to tell if the object in the photo is a LNM or not, so I can't say if I think this is proof.

It will be interesting to see if there are anymore sightings these last three months of the year...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creature Weekend 2017

Creature Weekend is coming up later this month! This year's event is taking place October 20-22 a Deerassic Park in Salt Fork State Park, Ohio.

Speakers this year are:

  • Tom Sewid, Kwakwaka'wakw and Cree Indian from Vancouver Island, Native American Bigfoot researcher

  • Jeff Wamsley, director of the Mothman Museum and author of the books Mothman: The Facts Behind the Legend and Mothman: Behind the Red Eyes

  • Todd Neiss, "eyewitness turned researcher" of Bigfoot. Todd holds the "Beachfoot" event in the Pacific Northwest each year and his goal is to set up a "Bigfoot Interpretive Center" there

  • Scott Mardis, active Champ investigator since 1992.

  • Adam Davies, explorer/adventurer/cryptozoologist who has searched for Bigfoot, Orang-Pendek, Yeren, Seljord Lake Monster, and more.
Small Town Monsters will also be screening their Mothman of Point Pleasant documentary on Saturday, as well as premiering their 5th film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge!

There will also be lots of other stuff going on. To find out more, check out the Creature Weekend website.

This looks like it will be an awesome event!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Research Material...

Received in the mail today a copy of Michael Newton's Globsters from Jon Downes/CFZ. Looks to be quite interesting and will be very helpful in my research for my own globsters book...

Another Fake Bigfoot Story from Texas

A few months ago, Round Rock, Texas was the site of several fake Bigfoot stories all leading up to a Bigfoot weekend in the area. And now a Texas state park is doing the same thing.

My San Antonio is reporting:

"Everyone needs something, or someone, to believe in and for a Texas state park, that thing might be Bigfoot.
 "Daingerfield State Park, which sits a little southwest of Texarkana, captured what may possibly be Big Foot - the mythical creature, who stands towering on two legs and appears to be covered in hair, only ever spotted running by surveillance cameras or caught as nothing but a blur in photos.
"Employees at the park posted footage on Facebook Wednesday of what kind of, sort of, maybe a little bit looks like Big Foot.
"The video, cast in black and white, shows a figure creeping across what looks like a parking lot. Its lunky arms swing back and forth, and the creature takes large steps to speed across the lot.
"'Legend, lore, myth or ??? What does the legend of Bigfoot mean to you?' reads the post on the state park's Facebook page.
"Of course, as one commenter replied, the thing in the video could be 'a drunk walking.'
 "Steve Killian, superintendent at the park, told the footage was released just days before the park's first ever Bigfoot Weekend. Killian said the park will host Bigfoot-themed events this weekend [last weekend], kicking off with a movie about the legendary creature Friday night.
""I haven't seen Bigfoot in the park, let's just leave it at that,' he said, adding that they posted the footage to 'generate attention to get people out into nature.'"

So another fake Bigfoot video to get some publicity to get people outdoors.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Review: Sea Serpent Carcasses - Scotland by Glen Vaudrey

Today I finished up Glen Vaudrey's book Sea Serpent Carcasses - Scotland: From the Stronsa Monster to Loch Ness. The book is an examination of odd remains that were thought to be sea serpents that have washed up in Scotland from the years 906 to 2011. The book was published by CFZ Press in 2012.

Notable accounts include:

  • The "Giant Woman" of 906
  • The Stronsa Monster
  • The Hunda Monster
  • The Girvan Monster
  • The Orkney Monster
  • A Captured "Loch Ness Monster" in the 1970s
  • Loch Ness Hoaxes from the 2000s
  • And more.
The Stronsa Monster (1808)...

…And the Girvan Monster (1953),
both basking sharks

While its not the longest book in the world (coming in at 112 pages before bibliography, etc.) and isn't the most well-written book I have ever read (although I have certainly read worse!), I would definitely recommend Sea Serpent Carcasses - Scotland to anyone interested in the subject. It is one of two on the subject I have found (the other is Michael Newton's Globsters, also published by CFZ) and will be extremely helpful in researching cases for my book I am currently working on, called Global Globsters: An Examination of "Sea Monster" Carcasses from Around the World.