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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dead Black Panther?

A new story has come out of Doncaster, North Yorkshire, England, of a body of a supposed dead black panther.

First, The Star reported (Monday):

"The dead body of a 4ft black panther has been removed from the A1 near Doncaster, according to a lorry driver who saw three workers hauling the big cat from the carriageway this morning.
"Trucker Graham Byram says he witnessed a trio of highway maintenance workers struggling to remove the body of the animal, which was found on the northbound carriageway in the Harworth area earlier today.
"There are fears the animal could be a big cat that was spotted in the Doncaster area earlier this year.
"Mr Byram said: 'I'm not one for being dramatic, but what those workers were removing was definitely something more than a domestic cat.
"'One guy was moving it and one end was up above his waist and the other end was right down by the floor. It was definitely cat like - I have my own domestic cats so could tell instantly.
"'It looked like a big cat of some kind to me, a bit like a black panther.' 
"Mr Byram, a self-employed lorry driver, was traveling from Cambridgeshire to Hull when he spotted the incident unfolding on the A1 northbound about ten miles south of the junction with the M18 at around 11.15am.
"He said: 'These guys were in the southbound carriageway. I could see they were removing something that was in the central reservation.
"'As I got closer, I could see it was a dead animal and then realized it was a cat of some kind. It was far bigger than any cat I have ever seen.
"'It was huge. All I can assume that it was hunting for animals in the dead of night and ended up being hit by a truck or something.'
"Mr Byram, who comes from Peterborough, says he was traveling at about 35mph to 40mph when he saw the incident and estimates that he watched the workers for about 30-40 seconds.
"'I had to do a bit of a double take when I saw what they were moving,' added Mr Byram, 57.
"'I'd say it was about ten times the size of a domestic cat. I'd love to know if anyone else saw it and would love to know the story around what they found.'
"In January this year, another motorist said he had seen a 'panther stalking the Doncaster countryside after he spotted one by the side of the road.
"Alan Tomlinson believes he saw a 'panther' near to junction one of the M180, close to Doncaster services just after midnight on January 4."

But was it really a black panther? According to the road workers, it was not. Below is the relevant part from a new article up on Lincolnshire Live:

"And he [Byram] was right about one thing, it was definitely not a domestic cat.
"It was a different species entirely, Highways England have now confirmed.
"'It was a black dog that was being removed from the side of the A1. We recovered the dog from the lay-by in that area on the southbound carriageway at 10am,' a spokesperson said.
"'Very sadly animals do tend to escape and can stray on to the highways.'"

So who is right - Byram, or the workers? Could he make out that it was a black cat while going by at 40 mph? If he was right about what he saw, why did the workers say it was only a dog?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mothman: Evil Incarnate

A new book from Loren Coleman, coming out on the 15th of next month (which happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse).

Mothman: Evil Incarnate was announced on Loren's CryptoZooNews the other day. It is his second book on the Mothman.

Here's some info from CryptoZooNews:

"Mothman, Evil Incarnate: The Unauthorized Companion to The Mothman Prophecies (Cosimo, 2017) by Loren Coleman is a completely new Mothman tome. It has material on the 2017 Chicago sightings, background biographical insights on John A. Keel, the Michael Winkle annotations and links between The Mothman Prophecies book and film, an analysis of significant Mothman documentaries, and the updated Mothman Death List containing 200 named individuals and their stories. The cover art is by Claudio Bergamin."

The book comes out December 15th and can be pre-ordered from the International Cryptozoology Museum online store.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Crypto-Kid: Ben Radford & Lake Monsters Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, one of my favorite guests joins me once again. Ben Radford is hopping on the show to discuss his research into lake monsters, specifically Champ and the Loch Ness Monster. This is going to be a great episode."

Listen live on WCJV Radio, at 8 o'clock.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Better Odds for the Loch Ness Monster?

Do this year's sightings raise the odds for Nessie?

From The Scotsman:

"Bookmakers have slashed odds on the myth of the Loch Ness Monster being proved true after the eighth verified sighting this year.
"Betway has cut the odds on the existence of Nessie being confirmed from 5000/1 to 500/1.
"It comes after Dr Jo Knight, a lecturer at Lancaster University, spotted an unexplained 'fin' shape in photographs taken by her son Sam on a recent holiday to Loch Ness.
"She forwarded her image to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings register, which investigates alleged sightings of the mythical beast, which agreed it could be a picture of the famous beast.
"Gary Campbell, the recorder of the register, said the latest confirmed case made 2017 the busiest year for sightings this century.
"Following the adjustment in odds, Betway now believes there's more chance of Nessie's existence being confirmed than there is of royals William and Kate naming their baby Wayne (750/1), AFC Wimbledon winning this season's FA Cup (750/1) or New Zealand lifting the 2018 World Cup (1000/1).
"Experts at the register were split 50/50 on whether the shape captured in the Knight family photograph could be classed as an official sighting.
"Some members believed it was a wave or possibly an animal. It was finally accepted as an official sighting after the case was given the 'benefit of the doubt.'
"Mr Campbell said: 'In recent years the most sightings in a year we have had is 17 - and that was in 1996.
"'Before that the 1960s and 1930s were the times that had the most sightings - sometimes more than 20 in a year.'" 
I don't think that this year's sightings should be the basis for betting if the LNM exists or not, since, as Campbell said, there have been many more reported in past years, and many of the ones this year are definite misidentifications or hoaxes. For example, this one was a fake; this one from October is too indistinct to make out; and the most recent photo is just a wave.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

STM Casefiles: Ep. 3 - The Abair Road Incident

"Unlocking the Abair Road Incident," the third episode of Small Town Monsters' new Casefiles series, is now up on YouTube. This episode takes a look at the Whitehall monster.

"For many, the Abair Road Incident (examined in Small Town Monsters' Beast of Whitehall) was simply a string of Bigfoot sightings spread over one week in 1976. However, investigators of the paranormal know that something far more bizarre was taking place. In addition to hairy creatures, an outbreak of UFO reports erupted around Whitehall at the same time, leading many to wonder if perhaps the area was a window to something far more sinister..."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Loch Ness Monster Photographed by 9-Year-Old?

The Daily Star has a new article up on a recent "sighting" of a Loch Ness Monster. A nine year old boy believes he captured it in a photograph.
Sam Knight and his mom think they photographed Nessie
(Daily Star)

It reads:

"A NINE-YEAR-OLD believes he spotted the legendary Loch Ness  Monster after taking a snap of what looked like [the] mysterious sea beast floating in the water.
"Sam Knight took the amazing photo during a cruise on the Scottish loch with his mum Dr Jo Knight.
"The picture shows a dark triangle shape breaking the surface in an area known as a top Loch Ness monster spot. 
"And experts - who at first were divided over whether it was a wave or an animal - have credited it as an official sighting of the monster at the centre of the 1,500-year-old Highlands legend.
"The sighting is the eighth this year, the highest annual total so far this century.
"The youngster was so keen to go monster-spotting during a family holiday in the area he even brought ropes in the hope of tying Nessie to the boat and a kit to take genetic samples.
"And during the cruise Sam took hundreds of pictures of the sea creature which have now emerged online.
"Dr Jo, a genetics expert at Lancaster University, said: 'Sam is very excited.
"'It appears to be a very dark shape somewhere in Urquhart Bay. It is part of the mystery.'
"She also said her and Sam do not think Nessie is a long-necked dinosaur, but possibly a giant eel or sturgeon.
"Nessie records keeper Gary Campbell said 2017 had been a 'vintage' year for sightings, with newlyweds Rebecca and Paul Stewart spotting a large fin just last month.
"Meanwhile in October, strange footage emerged shooting a mysterious finned creature lurking in the River Thames.
"A black creature appeared on the surface near the University of Greenwich and people had no idea what it was."

Now, a couple observations:

First, Nessie could not be a "long necked dinosaur" since dinosaurs were land animals. The plesiosaur, a long necked marine reptile, is often mistakenly called a dinosaur and that is a popular theory as to what Nessie could be.

Regarding sightings of the monster this year, there have been eight now that made major news. However, I bet that most of them are not a Nessie. And some definitely aren't - for example, this one here.

And this one is not either.

It is obvious to me, from seeing the picture, that the "monster" in it is nothing of the sort. What does it look like? A wave. And stuff like this happens all the time at Loch Ness. The waves on the water can look like the humped back of an unknown animal, and when eager seekers like Knight go there to see that, that is what the waves are mistaken for.

So should this be counted as Nessie sighting #8? No.

Monday, November 13, 2017

STM Casefiles Ep. 2: The Secret History of the Boggy Creek Monster, Pt. 1

The second episode of Small Town Monsters' Casefiles series is up on YouTube. This episode focuses on the Fouke Monster (AKA Boggy Creek Monster) of Arkansas.

"For decades - possibly, centuries - the Fouke Monster has stalked the creeks, roads and waterways of Miller County, Arkansas. Now, learn some of the lesser known tales of run-ins with the furious beast that inspired one of the most influential horror films of all time!"

Crypto-Kid: Andy McGrath Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on WCJV Radio's Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by author Andy McGrath to discuss his new book Beasts of Britain and the interesting theories and ideas he presents in the work. This will be an exciting episode that you do not want to miss!"

 Listen live at 8 pm here.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bigfoot Filmed in Ohio?

I've seen in a few places a new YouTube video posted by user TheSquatchDog of a supposed Bigfoot video he caught back in early 2017. There's lots of stills from the video with lots of red letter and arrows (which always screams real!) and then the actual video, which doesn't look too legit to me.

What do you think?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cryptid-Kid: Seth Breedlove Tonight

Speaking of Small Town Monsters...

Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin Schneider has on Seth Breedlove, documentary filmmaker and Cryptozoologist of the Year. They will be discussing "Seth's films and his approach to these iconic cryptid stories."

Listen live on WCJV Radio at 8 o'clock.

Small Town Monsters Casefiles: Ep. 1 - Indrid Cold

The first episode of Casefiles, a new series from Small Town Monsters, is up. Episode one focuses on Indrid Cold, a strange MIB-style character who had quite a few encounters with a certain family in the late 1960s, around the time of the Mothman sightings.

An odd story involving UFOs, psychic abilities, and more...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Escaped Lynx Loose in Wales

At the end of October, it appears, a Eurasian lynx escaped from a zoo to roam freely in the Welsh countryside.
Lillith, the escaped lynx
(The Guardian/Borth Wild Animal Kingdom)

The Guardian reports (Nov. 1):

"Zookeepers with thermal imaging equipment, nets and cages step up search for Lillith, who escaped from zoo last week.
"The net appears to be closing in on a lynx that has been roaming free on a Welsh hillside after escaping from her zoo enclosure.
"Zookeepers have got within three metres of the lynx, which is called Lillith, and even managed to take a photo of her, but she has remained just out of their grasp.
"The young lynx was last seen in her enclosure at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in west Wales on Thursday last week [Oct. 26]. At first, staff thought Lillith may have clashed with her mother, Dee, and was lying low in her enclosure.
"On Sunday morning, zoo owners Dean and Tracy Tweedy went to check on Lillith to find she had disappeared. They called the police, who scrambled a helicopter and warned the public not to approach the big cat.
"Zookeepers kitted out with thermal imaging equipment, nets and cages baited with rabbit have been scouring a craggy hillside and the gardens of the seaside town in search of the animal, which is about twice the size of a domestic cat. A team of trackers armed with tranquilizer darts was on standby.
"On Tuesday afternoon, Dean Tweedy came face to face with her in the gorse on a small hill just metres from the zoo's gate. Unfortunately the rest of the tracking team were on the other side of the zoo and he had no equipment or protective clothing.
"Tweedy said: 'I sat watching her for about 10 minutes. She sat washing herself not more than 10 metres away from me. She looked in good health and relaxed. It was a magical moment seeing her like the but the sooner we get her back now the better.'
"The Eurasian lynx is thought to have climbed a spindly sapling growing in the pen she shared with her mother and two siblings and dived over a four-metre fence and two electrified wires, possibly in pursuit of a bird."
While this article may not have a direct cryptozoological topic, escapes like this or releases from owners are probably how many of the British Alien Big Cats got to be where they are...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Loch Ness Monster Britain's 'Top Supernatural Phenomena'

What is the Number One mystery of Britain? In a recent article, The Scotsman lists the top mysteries of the U.K., with Nessie coming in at No. 1:

"It has been one of the country's most intriguing mysteries since the sixth century, when Irish monk Saint Columba is believed to have saved a man swimming across a Scottish river from a terrifying beast.
"Now the phenomenon of the Loch Ness monster has been named Britain's top supernatural phenomena in a nationwide poll. 
"Nessie attracted 42 per cent of votes, setting it well ahead of the prehistoric Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, voted top British supernatural mystery by almost a third of people.
Who made Stonehenge?
"The mystery of the Beast of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall -  the belief there is a wildcat that has killed livestock in the area since the mid-1990s - was ranked third. The haunting of a suburban council house in north London between 1977 and 1979 when 11-year-old Janet Hodgson was repeatedly possessed by the spirit of an old man was named fourth.
"Another Scottish mystery - the conundrum of suicidal dogs at Overtoun Bridge in West Dunbartonshire,  where 50 dogs have leapt to their death in the past 70 years and hundreds more have survived the fall - also made the top ten, coming in at number five in the poll by TV channel Really.
"The unexpected tale of the monster living in the Highland loch dates back to 565 AD, when St Columba's encounter with a monster took place in the nearby River Ness. However, it was 19 centuries later, in the 1930s, when a string of reports were published in a local newspaper of sightings of a so-called monster in Loch Ness, sparking the modern day interest in the monster.
"Richard Williams, general manager for UKTV Play, which is hosting a Halloween season on Really, said: 'Britain has stories of unexplained phenomena dating back centuries, but we have seen new mysteries unfold in more recent decades. We continue to be fascinated by things we can't quite unravel. That's why we are celebrating the things we are at a loss to explain with our Halloween season.
"Other mysteries ranked in the top ten include the whereabouts of crime writer Agatha Christie after she disappeared in 1926 to be found 11 days later in a hotel with no knowledge of what had happened to her.
"The conundrum of people seeing unexplained lights shining into Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk in December 1980 and finding burn marks, but no debris also made the cut.

"The Devil's Footprints, a supernatural mystery that saw hoof-like marks branded in deep snow across towns in southern Devon in 1855, garnered 10 per cent of the vote. The Highgate Vampire, which is said to stalk a cemetery in the London district, and the Hampton Court Ghosts - the palace supposedly haunted by Henry VIII and two of his wives - won 8 and 7 per cent respectively.
"Mysteries that just missed out on a top-ten placing included The Spinning Relic of Manchester Museum - a 4,000-year-old statuette of an Egyptian called Neb-Senu that made global headlines when it was caught on a time-lapse camera in 2013 rotating 180 degrees while locked in a sturdy glass museum case.
"There was also no mention of one of Scotland's most mysterious occurrences - the disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers, who were never to be seen again after January 1990 when a relief boat turned up to their ghostly lighthouse only to find ashes in the grate and stopped clocks." 
So there you go - an interesting article on some of the biggest mysteries of the U.K. What do you think about them?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

London Loch Ness Monster?

Something likened to the Loch Ness Monster has been filmed in the River Thames in London.
(Daily Star)

The Daily Star reports (Oct. 27):

"A MYSTERIOUS finned creature  has been filmed lurking in the Thames.
"The strange footage shows ripples in the water near the University of Greenwich.
"Moments later, a black creature appears on the surface and no one has any idea what it is.
"The man who filmed the phenomenon yesterday (October 26) from the University, said: 'I was at work today.
"'I'm about the eighth floor up when me and my workmate noticed a weird fin-like object coming up and down and making some weird swirls in the water.
"'We kept our eyes out for about five minutes and it came up again right by the shore. And then it disappeared again.'
"And it's not the first time strange animals have been caught on camera in the capital's iconic river.
"Earlier this month, Londoners were terrified after news a crocodile was spotted in the river.
"But after the footage went viral, the wacky claims were quashed after it was revealed it was simply and ornament.
"And back in March, a deadly 'shark' was supposedly caught by former Olympic swimmer Andy James.
"Marine experts were quick to wade into the discussion on what the animal actually was, with some suggesting it looked like a dolphin, while others simply a harbor porpoise."

(Daily Star)

While definitely not the "Loch Ness Monster," this isn't the first time that something strange has been seen and filmed in the River Thames. But I would bet it is a dolphin or porpoise or something else of that sort. Not a monster.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded

A new Loch Ness Monster book by Ronald Binns that came out in August…

Binns also wrote The Loch Ness Mystery Solved in 1983. Now he has published The Loch Ness Monster Reloaded.

Here's the book description:

"On the fiftieth anniversary of the local newspaper report which made the Loch Ness Monster world famous, Ronald Binns published his now classic but controversial book The Loch Ness Mystery Solved. Over three decades later it remains both influential and a source of fierce debate. In this new book Binns takes a fresh look at Nessie in the light of later evidence and recent analysis of the classic photographs and film. He considers the relationship between the Loch Ness Monster and the water kelpie tradition of Scottish folklore. He also scrutinizes the role played by central figures in the Loch Ness story such as Rupert Gould, Tim Dinsdale and Ted Holiday. Ronald Binns is a former member of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau. He has made numerous visits to the loch in search both of the Monster and a greater understanding of this enduring phenomenon."

Check out the book here.

I will probably check out this and his older book sometime...