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Monday, June 29, 2015

2016 Cryptozoology Book: Monster Trek

I saw the first news for a 2016 cryptozoology book on Cryptomundo today….

Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot by Joe Gisondi comes out February 1st, 2016. Below is the book description from Amazon.

"Bigfoot sightings have been reported in every state except Hawaii. Interest in this creature, which many believe as mythical as a leprechaun, is as strong today as ever, with he wildly popular show Finding Bigfoot persisting on the Animal Planet network and references to bigfoot appearing throughout popular culture. What is it about bigfoot that causes some people to devote a chunk of their lives to finding one?
"In Monster Trek, Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting - and in many cases, harrowing - expeditions. 
"Gisondi travels to eight locations across the country, trekking into swamps, mountains, state parks, and remote woods with people in search of bigfoot as well as fame, fortune, adventure, and shared camaraderie. Many of the people who look for bigfoot, however, go counter to stereotypes and include teachers, engineers, and bankers. Some are private and guarded about their explorations, seeking solitude during a deeply personal quest. While there are those who might arguably be labeled "crazy," Gisondi discovers that the bigfoot research network is far bigger and more diverse than he ever imagined."
Matt Moneymaker

Jeff Meldrum

Cliff Barackman

This sounds like a pretty good book. It sounds like it will be a bit like Monster Hunters by Tea Krulos.

You can check out more about Monster Trek on Amazon. 

Loch Ness and My Quest for the Yeti

I got some more new books today….

My Quest for the Yeti, by Reinhold Messner.

And Loch Ness by Adrian Shine of the Loch Ness Project.

Loch Ness came with a pleasant little surprise, too!

It's the first signed book I've ever gotten for $3. : )

These two will probably be reviewed on here later this year.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Finding Bigfoot: "A Squatch in the Ozarks"


Finding Bigfoot: "A Squatch in the Ozarks" airs tonight at 10:03 PM.
Here's the episode description:

"The team delves into the Ozark hollows in search of sasquatch, colloquially known as the Blue Man. A packed town hall verifies that bigfoots have been here for generations and an eventful final night has them convinced the Ozarks are the real deal."
I actually just read some old accounts of the Blue Man in Chad Arment's The Historical Bigfoot today. Weird coincidence.

Be sure to check out Finding Bigfoot tonight at 10:03 PM on Animal Planet. 

"Monster Fish" Lurking in Cambridgeshire River

Fishermen are being terrified by a "monster fish" in a Cambridgeshire, England, river.

Two local anglers recently said that the six-foot-fish, whatever it is, came very close to tipping over their boat! The fish was so big one of them thought it could be a dolphin. The two fishermen are now warning others as they go on the River Nene to watch out for the giant fish.
The River Nene

Here's some more about the encounters from the Cambridge News: 

"One of them described their frightening encounter to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"He said: 'I enjoy going out on my boat. One day we were on our boat going up towards Whittlesey and the boat suddenly juddered as if there was something large in the water.
"'My friend and myself looked at each other and I looked down to see what we hit.'
"'I saw the most extraordinary thing. I saw the biggest fish I have ever seen in my life.'
"'I like boating and I like wildlife, but I had never seen a fish like this before. It was absolutely huge - it was over six-foot long.' 
"'It was swimming alongside us and our boat had struck it and it was as if it was showing us the side of itself where the propeller had hit it and we could see the white flesh.'
"'My friend saw it and exclaimed 'blimey is that a dolphin?'"
"'It was so big. We're going to go out again this year and see if we can see it.'"

They think the big fish could be a large sturgeon. These fish are known to grow to twenty feet in length. The Environment Agency said the men probably saw a seal or an otter that was swimming in the River Nene because it is linked to the ocean. No fish known to be in the lake have ever been known to reach six feet in length.
Some fishermen with a giant sturgeon

The "monster fish" was sighted again later by Michelle Cooper while she was kayaking. She had a very good look at it and said it was a American Eel.

She said:
"Im 5'4" tall and it was bigger than me. The water was crystal clear and I had a good look at it. I didn't see any white like the fishermen. I saw dark brown and when I researched what it could [be] I found it looked exactly like the giant eels you get in America."

Cooper had a camera, but the "eel" moved off before she could get a picture.
American Eel

If any more info on the monster fish of River Nene comes out I will post it on this blog. Could it be a huge sturgeon? Or is it a giant eel? A cow?(Well, most likely not, but the other story is neat, too.)

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Cowman of Copalis Beach

Have you ever heard of the Cowman of Copalis Beach? This cryptid isn't actually a cow-man(I actually don't think I've ever heard of those), but a Bigfoot. Well, actually, multiple Bigfoots.

In the 1960s, a family living in Washington state had encounters with some Bigfoots on their property.

"A family in Washington had terrifying encounters with a Bigfoot in the mid-1960s. A man working for a logging company came in late one Monday and told his boss he didn't get there on time because 'something destroyed our house this weekend.'
"His boss asked if he meant 'someone,' but the man told him it was not a person. His boss asked him to explain what happened.
"When the man, Jon, got home the previous Friday, his youngest son, Tim, told him he had seen a 'cowman' walking in their field. Jon asked him if he meant he had seen a neighbor wearing a cowboy hat. 'No daddy, he was a cowman, furry and stinky like the cows.'
"Jon went and asked his wife is she knew about what Tim had seen. She said he had come running into the house that afternoon saying there was a cowman stuck in the fence. She could tell he was very excited, and went back outside. Of course, when she went out, the cowman was gone. She did, however, smell a horrible odor and saw the barb wire fence moving where Tim said the cowman had been stuck."

The above text is excerpted from part of the Cowman of Copalis Beach chapter in my next book United States of Monsters. It will cover U.S. cryptids like Cryptid U.S., but will have information on many cryptids that I didn't write about in the first book, including the "cowman."

See more on U.S. of Monsters on Tyler's Cryptozoo:

You can buy Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America on Amazon.  

Something in the Woods is based on the
reports of the "Cowman" and the Ruby Creek

Australia's OTHER Bigfoot: The Wakki

Most cryptozoologists know about the strange cryptids seen in Australia. There is the aquatic Bunyip, and a Bigfoot-like creature called the Yowie. But, the Yowie is not the only mysterious ape-man in Australia.

Nick Redfern has a new Mysterious Universe article on this mysterious creature, called the Wakki. This also isn't your average giant bigfoot. It's actually a lot smaller.

Here's how Redfern's article starts:

"There is no doubt that Australia's most famous cryptid ape is the Yowie. It resembles Bigfoot in both size and appearance to an incredibly close degree. It stands around seven to ten feet tall and is covered in a thick coat of hair. Far less famous, though no less fascinating than the Yowie, is Australia's Wakki, also known as the Njmbin, the Junjudee, the Waladherahra, as well as by many other names, depending on the relevant Aborigine tribe that tells of its existence.
"Like the giant Yowie, the Wakki (as Richard Freeman notes in Orang-Pendek: Sumatra's Forgotten Ape) is covered in hair and walks upright. It rarely, if ever, however, exceeds five feet in height. Two, significantly different, unknown apes in Australia? It may sound unlikely, but read on."

You can see the rest here.  

Chewbacca had Bigfoot Protection While Filming Star Wars VI

Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, had to be accompanied by crew members wearing bright orange suits while filming scenes set on Endor. Why? Because they film the scenes in the Pacific Northwest, and they didn't want anyone to mistake him for a Bigfoot!
Peter Mayhew
I guess that is good, wouldn't want anyone to see a "Bigfoot" that was really Chewbacca on the set of Star Wars VII. They also didn't want anyone to mistake Mayhew for a Bigfoot and then shoot him. I guess that's good, too.

You can find out more about the story on Bigfoot Lunch Club. 

FATE Magazine

FATE is a magazine on all things unexplained that has been around since 1948. In today's age of digital magazines and e-books, FATE is still going as a paper magazine, too. I personally prefer real books and magazines over the digital kind.

Nick Redfern has a new Mysterious Universe post about FATE Magazine, how it has stayed strog all these years, and a summary of the two most racent issues(no. 726 and 727). You can read his whole article here.

Click this link to see more about FATE Magazine.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Minerva Monster: Bigfoot Encounters in Ohio at Wadsworth Public Library Tonight

The Small Town Monsters crew is doing a presentation on Bigfoot around Ohio at the Wadsworth Public Library in Wadsworth, Ohio, today from six to eight PM. They will be talking about Bigfoot, behind the scenes of the Minerva Monster documentary, and Seth Breedlove will also talk about the River Styx Monster. I actually haven't heard of that one before!

Registrations are now closed, but it should be a good time for anyone going!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Men in Black, Mars Pyramids, Spy Planes on the Moon, and Changes to the UFO Zone

I have a few new posts on my UFO Zone blog. You can check them out below.

The first is about Men in Black, and what they may really be.
Watch your back for the MIB

The other is about strange things found on other planets, like pyramids on Mars and Ceres, and a TR-3 Black Manta spy plane - on the moon!

I also made some changes to the layout of the blog and added some stuff. You can check out all the new things on there, too.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monster Hunters and Mothman

Got these two today: Monster Hunters by Tea Krulos and The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel. Expect to see them both reviewed on here sometime this summer.

The Historical Bigfoot by Chad Arment will be the next book review, but Monster Hunters will probably be after it.

Two Creepy Creatures - The Jersey Devil and Loveland Frogmen

The Jersey Devil legend has been around since 1735. It is supposed to have wings, a serpent tail, horse legs and hooves, short, clawed arms, a horse head, and sometimes it is said to have horns. But, some descriptions differ. Nick Redfern has a new Mysterious Universe post about this New Jersey monster, and it in includes some old accounts of strange animals killed that could be jersey devils.
Jersey Devil

Redfern also has a new post about the frogmen of Loveland, Ohio. These creatures were firs spotted in 1955, and sightings also occurred in 1972. The were about four feet tall, with human-like bodies, by had frog faces and wrinkles on the tops of their heads instead of hair.
Loveland Frogman

You can check out Nick's posts below.

Profiling the Jersey Devil
Ohio's Freaky Frog-Folk

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Edges of Science - Out Today

Thom Powell's new, third book, Edges of Science, is out today. And, only for today, the book is available in kindle for only $1.99! The deal is ONLY for today!

Paperback edition will be available tomorrow.

Here's the description of the book:

"Edges of Science, Thom Powell's third book, is an anthology of scientific mysteries that all relate to a central theme: the place of our Earth within a vast galaxy of stars, many of which are inhabited by sentient beings that are fully aware of Earth and well-meaning but sometimes inept the humans that inhabit it. Thom is a career science teacher who has researched and reports on a plethora of scientific mysteries that are much more related to each other than they first appear. UFOs, crop circles, ancient pueblos, earthen mounds, sasquatches, and lake monsters are just some of the mysterious phenomena that manifest themselves occasionally on Earth and suggest something of profound importance that is going on at the Edges of Science."

Powell's other books are The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon and a novel, Shady Neighbors(also about Bigfoot!)

Thom Powell

Eastern Cougar Officially Declared Extinct

"Officially extinct"
Scientists have officially declared the Eastern Cougar extinct. The cat was on the endangered species list, but after 70 years with "no credible evidence" (which would mean, "No body so we don't believe it"), it has been declared extinct.

The only big cat like it now in the eastern side of the U.S. is the Florida Panther, but only about 160 are left in the wild.

Scientists say the eastern cougar is extinct. They could be right, but what about all the mystery cat sightings on the eastern side of North America? says there have been 108 sightings between 1900 and 2010, but I don't know where they got that. There are a heck of a lot more sightings of eastern panthers.  There are thousands of sightings. Escaped exotics, scientists will say. Some of them definitely are that. Do I think all of the sightings are escapes? No. If people continue seeing panthers on the eastern side of the United States, I think the Eastern Panther lives on. Just because scientists say something is extinct doesn't mean they are right. But, if they are right, this is really sad. : (

You can see more about the extinction of the eastern panther on Mysterious Universe. 

Eastern Panthers - dead because of man

Book Review: In Search of Lake Monsters by Peter Costello

Peter Costello's In Search of Lake Monsters originally came out in 1974, and was re-issued by Anomalist Books this year. I had heard this book was good, and I knew it must be when Anomalist published it, because they only publish the best of the best.

The first three chapters of this book are about Scotland's Loch Ness monster. A book about Nessie is what got me interested in cryptozoology, but the first three chapters in this book are probably better than anything else I've read on the subject.

The rest of the book is on other lake monsters spotted around the world, in Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Africa, Asia, Australia, United States, Canada, and South America. There is also a chapter on sea serpent reports. Ogopogo, the Flathead Lake monster, the bear lake monster, slimy slim, the Patagonian Plesiosaur, and other lake monsters also get a lot of space in the book. Some other well-known ones, like Champ, for example, don't really get discussed at all, and thats because research on them really took off in the late '70s and the '80s - after In Search of Lake Monsters was originally published.

Costello believes that most lake monsters, for example, the ones in Loch Ness, are a sort of long-necked seal. Now, you may think this sounds a bit crazy. I probably thought that too when I read my first Loch Ness Monster book in third grade. But, after reading the reports in Costello's book, and probably now in other books, too, many lake monsters around the world seem to be mammals, and not surviving plesiosaurs, the most popular theory.
An old edition of the book, showing
Nessie as a giant, long necked seal,
which it probably is!

A plesiosaur - not a dinosaur, and not
a lake monster!

Although some info in the book is outdated(like the Surgeon's Photograph from Loch Ness, that turned out to be a hoax,) most of it is not. Even though this book originally came out in the early '70s, I'd still definitely recommend it to anyone interested in lake monsters. It is the best book on lake monsters I've ever read. Anomalist books made a good choice deciding to republish it!

The surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness Monster -
famous, but actually a hoax

Next book review will be The Historical Bigfoot by Chad Arment.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Finding Bigfoot: "Squatchploitation"

Finding Bigfoot: "Squatchploitation" airs tomorrow at 10:02 PM on Animal Planet. Here's the episode description:

"The team returns to Louisiana to a bigfoot hot spot, Caddo Lake. After the team reminisces about the 1970s monster films shot at this location, they meet up with witnesses and finally head out for an eventful night investigation in the bayou."

The bigfoot film Creature from Black Lake was filmed at Caddo lake in the '70s. It is one of the cult classic bigfoot films like The Legend of Boggy Creek.

Update: 6/21/15 - this was a very good episode! Great witnesses and investigations, and Lyle Blackburn was on!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Please Protect Thunderbirds

Many people across North America have reported seeing huge birds. These birds are called thunderbirds and are usually said to have a wingspan of at least ten feet, and a lot of times it is larger than that. A lot of times the birds are said to be about five feet tall.

Native Americans knew of the huge birds, just like they knew of lake monsters and Bigfoot that many people say do not exist today. I, for one, tend to listen to what Native Americans have to say about cryptids. Even though some of their stories could be exaggerated, I still believe they are talking about real creatures, and I respect what they think about them. I do not think we should go against the Native's beliefs. Earlier this year, a rare white moose was killed, and that angered many mi'cmaq tribe people.

I have just finished writing the thunderbird chapter in my second book United States of Monsters today.

"I personally think thunderbirds are quite rare. They are not sighted as often as a Bigfoot or lake monster. Whatever they are, their numbers are probably low.
"I do not think thunderbirds actually bring storms with them like Native Americans thought. But maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps they really do control thunder.
"Whatever they are, they are rare. They also do nor get as much attention in the cryptozoology world as something like Bigfoot. I think more research should be done into sightings of these giant birds. They have been here for hundreds, thousands, possibly millions of years if they are something like Argentavis. I'd hate for this amazing species of giant bird to go extinct before someone even 'proves they exist.'"

That is part of what I had to say about the population of T-birds in the new book.

I do think thunderbirds are quite rare. They are not seen as much a something like Bigfoot, that's for sure. Last year, a commenter did report seeing a thunderbird on my first post about Cryptid U.S.. Stan Gordon had some reports on his website last year. Those are really the only recent reports I've heard, although I do not know when the commenter's sighting occurred, if it's true.

I am now going to start, on this blog at least, a project called Please Protect Thunderbirds. I first became interested in these cryptids years ago when I saw an episode about them on Mystery Hunters. They were the third or fourth cryptid creature I really got interested in. The others were the Loch Ness Monster, Champ, and the Yeti.

My goal with Please Protect Thunderbirds is to try to at least raise awareness (even in the cryptozoology community) about these birds. Each time I write about them I get a strong feeling about trying to protect them if their numbers are low, as it seems they are. If you have seen a thunderbird, please leave a comment and tell me about it. I'd be very glad to hear your story.

I think I am also going to start a new blog with this project, but I will also post on Tyler's Cryptozoo. I don't really know how this will work, because I've never really tried to do something like this before. Maybe I will keep it going. I hope I do, and it doesn't end up like the "cryptids of the week" thing on this blog.

I will try to post any updates on the project when I can, maybe every few weeks, maybe at least once a month, or maybe more often. Any help with trying to find thunderbird sightings and protecting the species would be much appreciated!!!

T-bird on a Native American totem pole

Edges of Science

Thom Powell's new, third book, Edges of Science, comes out this Sunday, June 21. On Sunday, the kindle version of the book will be available for the special price of only $1.99. It's just for one day, though!

The paperback edition will become available on June 22.

This is Thom Powell's third book. His first two were The Locals and Shady Neighbors. Here's the description of the book from his website:

"Edges of Science, Thom Powell's third book, is an anthology of scientific mysteries that all relate to a central theme: the place of our Earth within a vast galaxy of stars, many of which are inhabited by sentient beings that are fully aware of Earth and well-meaning but sometimes inept the humans that inhabit it. Thom is a career science teacher who has researched and reports on a plethora of scientific mysteries that are much more related to each other than they first appear. UFOs, crop circles, ancient pueblos, earthen mounds, sasquatches, and lake monsters are just some of the mysterious phenomena that manifest themselves occasionally on Earth and suggest something of profound importance that is going on at the Edges of Science."

You can find out more about the book on Thom's website.   This book sounds like it will be very interesting.

Powell's first book, The Locals

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What are Lake Monsters and Sea Serpents?

A popular theory among Cryptozoological investigators is that aquatic monsters, mainly sea serpents an lake monsters, are surviving plesiosaurs. Plaseiosaurs are known to have lived in the oceans(and possibly lakes) of the world in the age of the dinosaurs. They had large bodies, short tails, long necks and small heads, and four flippers. But, I you read about lake monsters and sea serpents, many do not sound like surviving prehistoric marine reptiles.
The Loch Ness Monster as a plesiosaur

Many people have many different theories about what these animals are. Some, like I said above, really do think most lake monsters/sea serpents are plesiosaurs. I also thought that for a long time, but do not anymore.

Early Nessie investigators, like R. T. Gould, thought the monster could be some sort of gigantic newt or salamander! Tim Dinsdale believed the monsters were plesiosaurs. Dr. Roy Mackal first thought it could be a giant water slug, but afterwards changed his mind and thought the monsters could be some sort of huge amphibian or giant eel. F. W. Holiday believed the creatures were similar to the Tully Monster, an very strange prehistoric creature. The Tully Monster, however, only got to about 14 inches long, and Nessie is usually said to be 15 to 30 feet! He later thought that the monsters were connected with UFOs! On the documentary The Loch Ness Monster Revealed, the seekers came up with a theory that Nessie could be some sort of animal that looks like a plesiosaur/turtle. A witness who saw Nessie in the 1930s said it looked like a "camel-horse!" (More on that sighting can be found in an earlier post.)
R. T. Gould
Roy Mackal
Reconstruction of the tully monster
F. W. "Ted" Holiday
Roy Mackal(left) and Champ researcher Joe Zarzynski

Champ researcher Dennis Jay Hall believes the creatures in Lake Champlain are Tanystropheus, and even has a name for his creature: Champtanystropheus.
Hall's Champtanystropheus on the 2003
documentary America' Loch Ness Monster

Bernard Heuvelmans, the "Father of Cryptozoology", believed there were several different kinds of sea serpents, and these could also account for lake monster accounts. He believed there were:

  1. A long necked, tailless mammal
  2. The merhorse
  3. A short necked mammal, with many humps and one pair of flippers
  4. A mammal with many triangular fins
  5. Something that looked like a giant otter
  6. An enormous crocodile
  7. Giant turtle
  8. Giant tadpole
  9. Giant eel
Bernard Heuvelmans,
the Father of Cryptozoology

Heuvelmans' book In the Wake of
the Sea-Serpents

Some people think cryptids, like the Mokele-Mbembe, seen in Africa could be surviving dinosaurs. The Mokele-Mbembe is commonly seen in water, so many classify it as a lake monster.

Other lake/sea monster researchers think the creatures are some sort of pinniped, like a giant, long-necked seal. This is the theory I think is correct, after reading many accounts of Scotland's Loch Ness Monster, that certainly sound like a mammal, and not a reptilian plesiosaur. It is also the theory in Peter Costello's great book In Search of Lake Monsters, which I will review on here in the near future.
Peter Costello

Costello's book, showing Nessie as
a long-necked, seal-like mammal,
probably what it actually is

What do you think lake/sea monsters are? Do you believe any of these theories? Are some of them totally nuts? (Yes!) Do you have any different theories? If you do, please comment, I'd love to hear them!

A Sighting of a Little Bigfoot - In Central Park!

Nick Redfern has a new Mysterious Universe article about a strange cryptid sighting from 1997. And, of all places, it happened in Central Park in New York City! Maybe it's a bit like the UFOs seen over Loch Ness in Scotland recently?
Was a small bigfoot-like cryptid really seen in Central Park?

The article is about a guy named Barry who saw the strange creature. He said it was covered in rust-colored hair, almost looking like a Bigfoot - except for the fact it was only about three feet tall! Barry didn't tell anyone about his sighting at the time. Who would believe he had seen a mini-bigfoot in Central Park?

You can read the full account of the sighting in Nick's MU article - Bigfoot? No! Mini-Foot? Maybe!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Loch Ness Monster - A "Camel-Horse?"

Nessie as a plesiosaur

There are many varying descriptions for the Loch Ness Monsters. I just got through reading about many of them in Peter Costello's In Search of Lake Monsters, and Nick Redfern has a new Mysterious Universe post about a Nessie sighting from 1932. It was first reported in the 1990s, when the witness was very elderly.

The witnesses were McP Fordyce and his fiancé. They had to travel to an area near Loch Ness, and decided to drive beside it on their way home. When they were driving, they saw something strange - not in the water, but on land! The creature, they said, looked like a "camel-horse", with a hump on its back, a long neck, small head, and it apparently had legs, not flippers. (If you read Costello's book, you will see that lots of witnesses say Nessie actually has legs, it seems, not flippers!)
Drawing of the creature Fordyce saw

You can read the whole story about this extremely strange sighting of an extremely strange critter on Mysterious Universe. 

You can also find out more about the Fordyce sighting and Nessie on land on the Loch Ness Monster blog and on ShukerNature.