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Monday, October 13, 2014

River Monsters and Other Crazy Creatures - Cryptid U.S. is almost here!

Starting in the 1930, a strange creature began being seen in Arkansas' White River:

"The next sighting occurred in 1937, when a local farmer named Bramblett Bateman saw the monster. This is his story:

'On the first of July, 1937, I was standing on the bank of the White Rive at about one o'clock, and something appeared in the river about 375 feet from where I was standing. From the best I could dell at that distance, it would be about 12 feet long and four to five feet wide. I did not see the head nor tail when it rose to the surface. It stayed in that position for five minutes. It did not move up or down the river, but afterward I have seen it move up and down the river, but never have I been able to determine the full size of the creature.
Two weeks ago from this date, September 22, 1937, I saw the thing upstream about 200 years from where I first saw it. At this time the monster was in the current of the river, all the times before it had been in the eddy.'

Mr. Bateman gave a brief background of himself in his letter and said he knew of at least 25 others who had seen the creature."

Strange creatures, thought to have gone extinct 65 MYA, are still seen today:

"A pterosaur is an extinct creature that lived during the age of the dinosaurs. Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs; they were flying reptiles. Some were tiny, about the size of your hand, while others were as big as airplanes! Most people believe pterosaurs died out 65 million years ago, but they may all be wrong. Today, people report seeing giant, flying creatures whose description matches that of a living pterosaur!"  

The pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus was as tall as a giraffe and had
a wingspan the size of a small plane.

Beasts called "werewolves" by some are also spotted in the United States:

"in the late 1980s, people driving along Bray Road, which is located near Elkhorn, Wisconsin, reported running into a large, werewolf type beast. Linda Godfrey, a news reporter at the time, covered the stories in the early 1990s and called the creature 'The Beast of Bray Road.' The name stuck, and that's what cryptozoologists have called it since."

This post was excerpted from my book Cryptid U.S. which will be published very soon!
Keep watching for more previews and news about the book!

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