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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Loveland Frogmen

Loveland Frogmen

There's 9 weeks left until the Ohio Bigfoot Conference in Salt Fork State Park on April 26, so I'm going to do a blog about a different Ohio Monster each week until then, and here's number 3: The Loveland Frogmen.(Sorry this one is a week late.)

The "Frogmen" were first seen in Clermont County in 1955, just on the outskirts of Loveland, OH. They were described as creatures that looked like men, but they had frog faces, and wrinkles on their heads instead of hair. they also carried "wands" that shot blue sparks.

The first sighting occurred when a business man saw one of the creatures at 3:30 in the morning. He saw "three bipedal creatures by the side of the road. They were 3 to 4 feet tall, had leathery skin, and had webbed hands and feet." One of the frogs lifted a "wand" above it's head and shot sparks as the man left.

A police officer named Ray Shockey saw one of the creatures seventeen years later, on March 3, 1972. He was driving near the Little Miami River when he saw what he thought was a dog, but when he got closer he realized it was something else. The creature looked like the ones seen years earlier, and jumped over the guard rail and ran down into the river.

Just two week after Shockey's encounter, Mark Mathews saw the creature, once again sitting in the middle of the road. He stopped his car and got out, and the thing started running at him. He fired three shots at it.

A farmer saw four of the creatures that same year(1972). He said they had grey skin, large, circular eyes, and sharp teeth. He watched them until they disappeared into the brush. A school student saw one of the creatures two months after the two policemen had, and said it was a "green, 150 pound thing, 3 feet tall, and 11 inches long."

No one knows what the frogmen were or are. Ironically, the first sighting happened just one year after Universal's Creature From the Black Lagoon hit theaters. The mystery is still unsolved, and will probably be like that forever.

                                                       Drawing of a Loveland Frogman

The first Loveland Frogs sighting occurred one year after the movie The Creature From the Black Lagoon hit theaters

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