Blog of cryptozoologist Tyler Houck, author and one of the world's youngest Cryptid researchers. Co-director of the CFZ's Next Generation Initiative. Follow the blog for the most recent news in the cryptozoology world + new folklore and urban legends series posts every Saturday.
There's an article from last week on Fox19.com about a Sasquatch statue. It kinda surprised me, because you don't usually see articles on bigfoot statues. Apparently, a man in Delhi Township owns a sasquatch statue nicknamed "squashy", and it was stolen recently. Later, the 4-ft. tall, 400 pound statue was returned, wearing a green sweater and a baseball cap.
After the Kinslaw incident, newspapers picked up the store about the beast and hunters rushed to Bladenboro. Some people thought the beast was a panther, others thought it was a stray dog. No one went out a night. On January 13, a local farmer shot a very large bobcat, and hung it on a flagpole in the middle of town, with a sign under it that said "THIS IS THE BEAST OF BLADENBORO."
It seemed that the beast was gone. Was it really only a large bobcat that had terrorized the town? Maybe, except that strange attacks started up again fifty years later!
In 2003, goats and dogs started showing up dead and drained of blood. People thought the beast was back. This time, however, animals were found dead in a 120 mile radius of Bladenboro. People started finding strange tracks.
In 2007, 60 goats were found dead with their blood drained and their heads crushed near Lexington. I…
In the 1950s, residents of Bladenboro, North Carolina, began encountering a bizarre beast. On December 29, 1953, a woman heard her neighbor's dogs barking wildly. She went out to see what they were barking at and saw a cat-like creature. On New Year's Eve the police went to a farm where two dogs had been killed by something. More reports of the creature, now called the Beast of Bladenboro, started coming in.
Bladenboro is located in Bladen County, NC. All across the county, reports of dog attacks surfaced. Residents said they saw something "like a bear or panther"(although I don't think bears and panthers really look alike). They said the thing, whatever it was, was about three feet long and twenty inches high. They said it had a cat's face and a long tail. Some people said they had heard it scream and said it sounded "like a woman with a knife stuck in her back."
On January 1, 1954, two more dead dogs were found, and their bodies had been drained o…
This is the third "Cryptids of the Week." To see the first two posts about Cryptids of the Week, click the label. These are the two Cryptids of the Week for November 23 thru 29, 2014.
Native Americans always told stories of giant birds that could carry off deer, and people! They called these creatures Thunderbirds and believed that they caused thunder when they flapped their wings and could bring bad storms with them. These might not just be indian legends, though, because people still see giant birds today! Some people who have seen T-birds say they look like a huge black bird, almost like a condor, but others call creatures that look like living pterosaurs Thunderbirds. In 1977, a "flap" of Thunderbird sightings happened in Illinois, and one of the huge birds being seen swooped down and picked up a ten year old boy named Marlon Lowe. The bird carried Marlon across his yard but eventually dropped him. A Thunderbird was seen in Alaska in 2002. There ha…
Nick Redfern posted on Cryptomundo awhile ago about "Doll-Headded Monkeys of Jakarta." The post was a link to another post written by Brent Swancer at Mysterious Universe. The people there apparently put doll heads on the faces of monkeys and are apparently supposed to help get money. These things are really creepy, and that's why I'm not putting a picture of any of them here. Click here if you dare to see the rest….
Karl Shuker has a new post on his ShukerNature blog about an old Thunderbird photo taken in the 1880s. It is a very interesting article, and starts like this:
"One of the most perplexing sagas in the fascinating chronicles of cryptozoology is the long-running search for the thunderbird photograph, supposedly missing, presumed lost, for over a century. Here is an investigation that I conducted quite a while ago with regard to this mystifying picture, which has never previously been published in full, but is presented here now as another ShukerNature exclusive."
Some of you may have seen my earlier post about Karl Shuker's new book The Menagerie of Marvels: A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals. Well, the book is now out! It is Dr. Shuker's 21st book. Maybe I'll have written that many books someday, but for know I'm just trying to publish 1.
Here's a description Dr. Shuker gives on his blog:
"Welcome one and all to my Menagerie of Marvels! Where else would you encounter venomous bis-cobra lizards from India and a never-before-documented flying dragon-lizard from Zimbabwe, minuscule fairy armadillos and clamorous go-away birds, genuine roc feathers and a veritable werewolf paw, whale-headed pseudo-pterodactyls and hammer-headed lightning birds, a park of monsters in Italy and mystery beasts in the Vatican, beech martens in Britain and winged toads in France, an invisible catfish and a dicephalous kestrel, the cryptic comadreja and a controversial Caribbean racoon, reverse mermaids and the music of Ogopogo, Africa…
This is the second "Cryptids of the Week". I posted last week's earlier this week, and these are the two cryptids of the week for Nov. 16 thru 23, 2014.
Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster(also called Nessie) seen in Loch Ness, Scotland, is probably the best known cryptid after the Sasquatch(Bigfoot.) The first sighting of this monster occurred in 565 AD, when St. Columba drove it away as it tired to eat one of his followers. Sightings of Nessie really took off in the 1930, and several famous photos were taken. the most famous of these, the Surgeon's Photo, turned out to be a hoax. Lots of people started looking for Nessie in the '50s and '60s. The people included Constance Whyte, Roy Mackal, Tim Dinsdale, and others. To this day no one really knows what the monster is, although the most common theory to hear is that it is a surviving plesiosaur.
The snallygaster is a flying beast said to live in Maryland and surrounding areas. Early German immig…
There's been a lot on bigfoot/cryptozoology blogs lately about Todd Standig. He's going to be speaking at the Sasquatch Summit this weekend and apparently that has angered people.
Todd is also trying to raise $900,000 for a bigfoot documentary! For those who may not know who Todd Standing is, he claims he has filmed bigfoot multiple times, a couple of times he got clear shots of the faces of the creatures. He was on Finding bigfoot once and was also on Survivorman Bigfoot. Most people don't believe standing, though, And I am one of those people. I just betcha that all of his Bigfoots in his videos are CGI.
I don't believe Todd Standing.
For more on what is going on with him, check out the links below.
I've decided to start doing a "Cryptids of the Week" thing on this blog. I was going to last week but didn't put it on here yet, so here are the two "Cryptids of the Week" from last week. Keep in mind that I just picked two random cryptids.
Beast of Bray Road
The Beast of Bray Road is a so called "werewolf" spotted near Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Beast was first seen in the year 1936, but sightings really took of in the late '80s and continued into the '90s. At the time of the rash of sightings, local newspaper reported Linda S. Godfrey decided to investigate the sightings. She eventually came to believe that the witnesses actually saw something that looked like a werewolf. She went on to write a book about the creature called The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf, which came out in 2003. SHe has since written many more books on werewolves and other cryptid creatures.
Most people know what a Bigfoot is, even if they do…
In the Duck Dynasty season premier this Wednesday, the Robertson clan are in Scotland. In the preview, Jep & Jessica talk about going on a motorcycle ride, and Si wants to come along to go to the Lochs, mainly Loch Ness, to try to, as he said, put a hook in the Loch Ness Monster. Just imagine it: Si Robertson vs. Nessie. Who do you think would win?
There's a new article online about Champ, the lake monster of lake champlain, which is located between New York and Vermont and extends a little up into Canada. Katy Elizabeth and Dennis Hall have been searching for Champ lately and have recorded what they think could be the monster. They think Champ could be a tanystropheus, and Hall even came up with a name for the creature a long time ago: Champtanystropheus. I will correct the article at one point now: it says that tanystropheus was a dinosaur that lived 232 million years ago. Tany was not a dinosaur.
Here's a little on Champ from my upcoming book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America. "By far, the
most famous American lake monster is “Champ” of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain
is located between New York and Vermont and extends a little up into Canada. The
lake is 109 miles long and its maximum depth is 400 feet - that’s plenty of
room for a …
Recently, a man claims to have filmed the Loch Ness Monster. On November 6th, Richard Collis was at the Loch when he saw something unusual about 200 meters out in the water. Here's an image from the video.
What do you think it is? After the video came out, some people said it was only a log or something of the sort, like in the image below.
The new season of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot starts tonight at 9 with a two hour special. The team travels to Alaska to investigate reports of a Sasquatch said to be 12 feet tall! Afterwards, there is a behind-the-scenes episode about the Alaska expedition.
The team will also be in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Scotland this season!
Prof. Mackal passed away last September. He was very well known in the field of cryptozoology for his research involving the Loch Ness Monster and Mokele-Mbembe. He was one of the great Nessie seekers of the 1960s, and wrote three book on caryatids: The Monsters of Loch Ness, Searching for Hidden Animals, and A Living Dinosaur? In Search of Mokele-Mbembe.
Tonight, I finished J. Nathan Couch's new book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? I must say that it is very good! Couch wrote about something not usually seen in any books, not even cryptozoology books. Some other authors have written about Goatmen before, though.
This book covers sightings and legends of Goatmen from all across the USA. Creatures featured include the Lake Worth Monster, Pope Lick Monster, Beast of Billiwhack, Sheepsquatch, the Maryland Goatman, and many others.
While most of the book is about folklore of Goatman and not so many actual sightings, it was still a very interesting read, and i think anyone with an interest in cryptozoology should check it out.
There's a new season of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot starting this Sunday. In the 2 hour season premiere, the team travels to Alaska to investigate reports of a Sasquatch said to be 12 feet tall! That almost sounds like a True Giant to me. For those of you who don't know what a true Giant is, it's a creature that looks like a man/Bigfoot, but its a lot taller than each. The link will take you to Loren Coleman and Mark Hall's book on the giants. I also have a section about true Giants in my book Cryptid U.S., which will hopefully be out by the end of the year. More on the Alaska Sasquatch can be found in J. Robert Alley's book Raincoast Sasquatch.
Back to Finding Bigfoot, though. Other places the team will travel to in this season include Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
I also saw this meme on Bigfoot Evidence today, and it totally sums up about half of the show. Sorry it's bad quality, you can see it better if you click the link.
Grover Krantz was one of the first scientists to actually study bigfoot. Today is his birthday, sadly he passed away in 2002. Krantz was criticized by his peers because of his interest in the sasquatch. He wrote several books on Bigfoot, including Big Footprints and Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence.
Yes, fanged deer exist, and they live in Afghanistan. The male Kashmir musk deer do grow fangs. News about the deer has just come up recently on the internet. A team of scientists searched for the deer on expeditions in 2008 and 2009. The deer have now been spotted on three separate occasions this year. It is very extraordinary because it is the first time anyone has seen them since 1948!
The Kashmir musk deer is an endangered species, but poaching and loss of habitat now threaten its very existence. Its sad to see humanity causing yet another animal species to go extinct. We need to stop killing our planet.
For more on the news about the vampire deer, click here.
Les Stroud, (aka Survivorman), has had several encounters with what he thinks may be Bigfoots. During one episode he may have even caught a bigfoot on film moving behind him! To see that clip click here to go to Bigfoot Evidence.
Watch the trees just to the left of the center of the screen in the background!
Today I finished J. Robert Alley's book Raincoast Sasquatch: The Bigfoot/Sasquatch Records of Southeasts Alaska, Coastal British Columbia, & Northwest Washington from Puget Sound to Yakutat. As it says in the title, this book is about Bigfoot encounters in the Pacific northwest, but mainly in Alaska.
Most of the book just discusses actual sightings of bigfoot, and all of the sightings, tracks, etc are on maps on the last few pages. Some chapters discuss footprint finds, and others discuss vocalizations(like howls and wood knocks) and some discuss Sasquatch "nests" and other structures made of forest material. One chapter even discusses 'Squatches swimming, which there are actually a lot of reports of. It is very interesting that Sasquatches can swim, because they would be the only apes able to do so except for humans. Loren Coleman discusses an ape in his book Mysterious America they drowned in a moat at a zoo, in only a few feet of water.
Giant flying monsters in Illinois may be connected to an ancient Indian legend: "Indians
in Illinois connect Thunderbirds with their legend of a creature called the
Piasa. The creatures name means “bird that devours man.” They said Piasas would
eat villagers. According
to Illini legend, the Piasa lived in a cave in a bluff. It coexisted with the
Illini at first, but during one battle, it took a man from each tribe and ate
him, and developed a liking for human flesh. After that, the Illini lived in
fear of the creature, until brave Massatoga came up with a plan. He stood out
in the open and chanted, as bait for the Piasa, while 20 warriors hid in
ambush. The Piasa came, and all the warriors shot their arrows. Massatoga’s
plan worked, and the Piasa was killed."
Forty years ago today, two groups of girls reported to the Columbus, Indiana police that they had seen a monster that was "green, hairy, and large." The creature has since become known as the Mill Race Monster. The legend will come back to life next spring, featured on an episode of season three of Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America.