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Nov. 30 Synchronicity

Synchronicity, by definition, is "events that occur with no casual relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related" and was first explained by a psychiatrist named Carl Gustav Jung.

Today, November 30th, is Remembrance Day for Lost Species. I did not know that until I saw it on David Weatherly's blog about ten minutes ago. Why I am surprised by the day it happens to be today? It's because earlier this afternoon I posted a piece on this blog about three animals - the dodo, moa, and thylacine - which are though by some to still be alive (hence they are cryptids) although science says they are officially extinct.

I first got the idea for that post a long time ago, and for some reason decided to finish it and publish it today, on Remembrance Day for Lost Species, which, like I already said, I didn't know was today until I saw it on David Weatherly's blogafter I wrote my post on some lost animals. And I would never have known the significance of today if I hand&…

The Moa, The Thylacine, and The Dodo: Extinct - Or Not?

Some cryptids are creatures that we know existed. They are animals that are thought to be long gone - and yet people still report seeing them. This post is about three such animals - the moa, thylacine, and  the dodo, too.

A FILM OF A LIVE DODO BIRD - THAT TURNED OUT TO BE NOTHING OF THE SORT

Earlier this year, a video appeared online that supposedly showed a live dodo bird. The video made the rounds on many cryptozoology sites and blogs, including this one.

Was it really a live dodo bird? No. The video was only made to raise awareness for endangered animals. If someone wanted to do that, why didn't they make a video showing actual endangered animals, instead of one that's already extinct?

TASMANIAN TIGERS

The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, was one of the most amazing animals to ever live. It looked somewhat like a dog, had a stiff tail, and had stripes like a tiger's on its hindquarters. And, it was a marsupial - so it had a pouch, too. The last confirmed living thylacine d…

Cryptid Culture Issue 1 - Reviewed

Last week I received in the mail the first issue of Cryptid Culture Magazine. I was very impressed with it!

The first issue featured articles written by cryptozoologists such as Loren Coleman (writing about Bernard Heuvelmans & the International Cryptozoology Museum), Linda S. Godfrey (on the Beast of Bray Road), and Ken Gerhard (on life as a cryptozoologist). Also featured is lots of cool artwork by crypto-artists (including Thomas Finley). Tea Krulos, author of the great book Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigatorshas an article about the "pro-kill or no-kill" argument about Sasquatch. There is an article on "Elements of a Successful Sasquatch Search" excerpted from The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual, articles on "what is cryptozoology" and the wendigo, and a "Cryptid Q&A" with George Eberhart.

This is a very cool magazine. If you like cryptozoology, check it out…

Bigfoot in Pop Culture

Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, you at least know about it, and probably see it on TV all the time. In recent years, TV shows like Finding Bigfoot and Mountain Monsters have made Bigfoot somewhat cool and not just something crazy people talk about! But, as we shall see, Bigfoot goes back a long way in his television and movie appearances.

Bigfoot's TV appearances go all the way back to the 1970s, when it appeared in films like Bigfoot (1970), The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), The Mysterious Monsters and Creature From Black Lake (both 1976), and Snowbeast and Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot (both 1977), among other films, and was also on The Six Million Dollar Man. 

The 1980s kicked off with Night of the Demon that year. But, out of all the Bigfoot movies of that decade, the most famous is definitely Harry and the Hendersons (1987.) That movie also inspired a TV series about Harry the Bigfoot that aired from 1991 to 1993.

In the 1990s, Bigfoot appeared in several films, inc…

Bigfoot and "Cloaking"

Some people say the reason Bigfoot can never be caught or can seem to disappear right before a witnesses eyes is because they can "cloak."

I saw a post about this theory on Mysterious Universe the other day. The subject of the post is a photo of a deer, whose head and neck are seemingly gone (although I, at least, can see it very faintly.) The photo was taken near Dadeville, Alabama and was posted on Facebook. It was analyzed by Samantha Ritchie, who believed the deer's head is blocked by a cloaked Bigfoot. Ritchie also claims to see faces of two Bigfoot in the picture.

I do not think this photo shows cloaked Bigfoots, just some photo-manipulation. You can still see the deer's head and neck. And, the Bigfoot "faces" were apparently found after Ritchie zoomed in on the photo a bunch, and then outlined them in red. Does that show Bigfoots? No. It's just your mind seeing something that looks somewhat like a face, so your mind makes it look like a face. An…

Fortean Phantom Clowns (Updated Nov. 21)

What do clowns have to do with cryptozoology? The answer may actually surprise you.

First off, we're not talking about clowns at a circus. We're talking about clowns that are even creepier - phantom clowns. (You may think I'm talking about ghosts from the name, but ghosts have nothing to do with it.)

So what are phantom clowns?

Phantom clowns may be "normal" people dressed up like creepy clowns - or they may not be. Whatever the case, they are sinister, and like to try to lure children into vans and such.

The year 1981 saw some phantom clown encounters that have been written about on cryptozoology sites and which Loren Coleman documented in his book Mysterious America. That May, police in Boston, Massachusetts, began getting reports of men dressed in bright clown costumes and riding in a black van. The clowns had tried to lure several elementary school students into said van, using toys and candy. Another very creepy factor was the fact that one of the clowns was…

Book Review: The Bigfoot Book by Nick Redfern

It's been awhile since I've done a book review here on Tyler's Cryptozoo, but I feel that this book deserves one.

The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti, and Cryptid Primatescame out back in September and is by author & cryptozoologist Nick Redfern. As the title suggests, this is a book on all things cryptid that are tall, hairy, man-like, and have big feet.

Redfern does not only delve into the stuff about Bigfoot any Bigfoot enthusiast already knows. Lots of entries in the book are about things like Bigfoot in England, paranormal Bigfoots, and more. There are also lots on Bigfoot or Bigfoot-like creatures in movies and TV shows, most of which I'd never even heard of.

And, of course, there is stuff on famous Bigfoot sightings, like William Roe's, and the Patterson-Gimlin film, and on cryptid primate creatures from around the world, including Orang-Pendek, Yowie, Yeren, Yeti, and many, many others.

I definitely recommend The Bigfoot Book to anyone …

King John and Werewolves

Some people say that King John (who ruled from 1167 to 1216) was something evil - that something being a werewolf.

After he died, rumors circulated that weird noises could be heard coming from King John's grave. Others said they actually saw him roaming the countryside.  Those stories probably aren't true, but there may be a real reason people thought the king was a shape-shifter.

At the time, and probably today, too, werewolves were seen as something evil, and that is how people saw King John. His nickname was "Bad King John," so it probably wouldn't have been too hard to convince people that he was a werewolf. Some think the rumor was just used to scare people.

So, it is very likely that King John was not a werewolf. But, werewolves themselves may have some basis in fact, even if they aren't of the shape-shifting kind. Reports of creatures that sound decidedly like them, commonly called "Dogman," come from all over, in the present day. So, who kn…

"Men in Black..."

Received in the mail today the last of Nick Redfern's new books I didn't have... Men in Black: Personal Stories & Eerie Adventures. 

I'll have a review of it on my UFO Zone blog sometime soon.


Sasquatch Necklace

A cool Sasquatch necklace I got last week…



The design is a Native American "Hairy Man" drawing from somewhere out west...

Shipton Yeti Tracks - 64 Years Ago

Although the exact date was a few days ago, it has been 64 years since mountain climber Eric Shipton found tracks of the "Yeti" in the Himalayas.

The photos of these tracks have long been considered some of the best evidence for Bigfoot-like beasts roaming the unexplored regions of the world.

I feel that at least some Yeti stories are actually about bears, but I don't think bears made these prints. Some people said Shipton was a hoaxer, but others who talked too them felt they were extremely credible and were telling the truth.

As to what made the tracks, the mystery remains that - a mystery - to this day.

The Fur-Bearing Trout

This critter is one that falls in the same category as the jackalope.

The fur-bearing trout is a fictional creature that is supposed to be found in Arkansas, northern North America, and Iceland. As the tales go, the trout have grown a coat of fur to maintain their body heat, because of the cold waters they live in. Another story says they have hair because four jugs of hair tonic were spilled into the Arkansas River. According to furbearingtrout.com, they are also referred to as "…the Beaver Trout, or (incorrectly) as the Sabled Slamon."

Stories of the furry trout date back to the 17th century. In Iceland, the fish is called the Lodsilungur and is said to be the creation of demons and giants. In 1900, the Scottish Review featured an account about the Lodsilungur, saying it was a "poisonous shaggy trout."

The first account of a furry trout in the United States was published in 1929, in the Montana Wildlife magazine. The magazine said:

"When the fish is caught, …

Bigfoot (Not) Captured: Yet Another Fake Crypto "Documentary"

History. Animal Planet. Discovery.

These TV channels have angered me many times in the past few years.

Last night, History aired Bigfoot Captured. This is my review (or, more specifically, rant) on the show. There will be some spoilers here, so if you actually want to watch it and see what happens (ore doesn't happen), you've been warned.

The show starts off with some guy talking about how he wants to be the first guy to capture a Bigfoot. He is then interviewing someone who says they saw Bigfoot seven years ago. They stay in the area where the guy supposedly had a sighting. Then, at night, (of course!), they hear something. And then they hear it on the other side of them. And then they're running around in the dark and cussing and such, and the show moves on.

Next, the filmmaker meets up with some "Bigfoot hunters" who are going out to look for the creature. They set up some trail cameras. Of course they find footprints. That night they hear screaming out in the…

Cryptid Culture Magazine

Here's a cool looking new cryptozoology magazine…

Cryptid Culture just came out this month and looks like it's a pretty good magazine. It's got some cool cryptid art, and articles written by well-known cryptozoologists, including Linda S. Godfrey, Loren Coleman, and Ken Gerhard.

You can find out more about Cryptid Culture here. 

Bigfoot Captured

A Bigfoot has not been captured - but what if one was?

A new TV special will take a look at that question. Bigfoot Captured airs on the History channel tomorrow night, November 9, at 9 p.m.

Here's some info about the show from History.com:


"Bigfoot is America's most legendary creature, and has always inspired more questions than answers. Could something resembling a massive man-ape really be roaming forests and hiding in the shadows undetected? Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, there's something provocative about the idea that we could be living with an unseen monster. But what if one day we did more than catch a glimpse of one? What if we captured the creature? This two-hour special, compiled by a director who traveled the world looking for proof Bigfoot actually exists, takes and unexpected turn when a Sasquatch capture is caught on camera. What happens when what most of us if fiction becomes fact? And what does it mean for us all if the creature is really out …

Did Mothman Cause the Silver Bridge Disaster?

On November 15, 1966, Mothman was spotted by two couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, in the TNT Area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. That sighting sparked media interest in the thing (even though it wasn't the first), and sightings continued for the rest of 1966 and into 1967, culminating with the Silver Bridge collapse on the Ohio River on December 15, 1967, exactly 1 year and 1 month after the famous Nov. 15 sighting.

Many people say Mothman was a heir bring of doom and caused the Silver Bridge collapse. But, is it really to blame? The answer to that question may actually be no.

During the time Mothman was seen in Point Pleasant, there were also sightings of UFOs, weird telephone and TV interferences, and encounters with the sinister Men in Black. The latter of these other  occurrences may actually be to blame for the Silver Bridge collapse.

Here's the official story about the Silver Bridge collapse.

It all happened on December 15, 1967. It was …

Big Sky Bigfoot T-Shirts

The Big Sky Bigfoot Conference happened a few weeks ago, and for a limited time Sasquatchprints.com is printing Big Sky Bigfoot Conference T-shirts for anyone who didn't attend the conference and wants one.

If you want one of the shirts, you can check out the Big Sky Bigfoot Conference on Facebook and send them a message saying you want one.


Reminder: Book Signing Event

I'll be at a book signing event this afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio.

I'll be selling copies of Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America ($15.) There will be some other authors with their books there as well.

If you want to check out the event, come on down to Main Street Books this Saturday! It is located at 104 N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio.


Bigfooter Rob Riggs has Died

I saw some sad news yesterday...

Bigfooter Rob Riggs, 70, of Texas has passed away at 4:36 p.m. on November 3rd.

Riggs was best known for his research into the Big Thicket area of Texas, which has many reports of "wild men" (possibly Bigfoot,) ghost lights, and other odd occurances.

Riggs was born on September 7, 1945. He first heard about stories of the "Big Thicket Wild Man" in the 1950s (before the term "Bigfoot" even existed) growing up in Sour Lake, Texas. He got his first journalism job in 1979, and wrote many newspaper and magazine articles. In later years wrote some books on Bigfoot and mysteries. His three books are In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man(2001), Weird Texas (with Wesley Treat and Heather Shade, 2005) and Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truth(with Tom Burnette, 2014.)

Riggs appeared on Coast to Coast AM twice in 2002 and once in 2014. He has also appeared on TV. I don't know how many shows he was on, b…

Bigfoot in Britain? Meet the Man-Monkey!

Believe it or not, there are a large number of reports of creatures that look like the North American Bigfoot in Britain.

Some well known sightings of the British creature, which is commonly called the "Man-Monkey," have taken place near Bridge 39 on the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire. They have been investigated by author and cryptozoologist Nick Redfern, who wrote a book fully on the subject in 2007.


Sightings of the Man-Monkey date back to at least 1879, with the first recorded being found in a book called Shropshire Folklore by Charlotte S. Burn, published in 1883. That account follows:

"A very weird story of an encounter with an animal ghost arose of late years within my knowledge. On the 21st of January 1879, a laboring man was employed to take a cart of luggage from Ranton in Staffordshire to Woodcock, beyond Newport in Shropshire, for the ease of a party of visitors who were going from one house to another. He was late in coming back; his horse was tire…

Sasquatch and the Mount St. Helens Eruption

What does the Mount St. Helens eruption have to do with Bigfoot and the U.S. Government? Depending on who you ask, it could be nothing at all, or it could be lots of things. Before we get to Bigfoot and cover ups, though, here's some info about the eruption.

Mount St. Helens erupted after an earthquake on Sunday, May 18, 1980. The entire north face of the volcano slid away, which created the largest landslide ever recorded. Lava, gas and ash clouds spewed from the volcano. The eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and ashes fell in 11 different U.S. states. The eruption also caused glaciers on the volcano to melt entirely, causing mudslides (some of which reached the Columbia River, 50 miles away. )

Over fifty people were killed in the eruption and it decimated hundreds of square miles. There is no doubt that a huge number of wild animals were killed in the eruption - and some of those were Bigfoot, or so some people claim.

Now, let's get to the Bigfoot side of …

Dyatlov Pass, UFOs, and Yetis

Lots of people who look into UFOs or are into conspiracy theories will know about the Dyatlov Pass incident. For those who don't know, here's what happened.

THE INCIDENT

(Before you read on - some of the pictures are not pretty.)

Nine hikers went into the Ural Mountains in 1959, and while there were there, something terrible happened. And we don't know what.

All of the hikers died on the night of February 2. Investigators were able to determine that they had cut their tents from the inside - which means there was something there they were trying to get away from. They all fled in different directions, and some event fled barefoot. (Keep in mind that they were in the mountains, and there was heavy snowfall at the time.) Some of the footprints could be followed and led almost a mile to the northeast.

Mikhail Sharavin was the investigator who found their tent, and said:

"The tent was half torn down and covered with snow. It was empty, and all the group's belongings and…

Official Trailer for Something in the Woods

This is the official trailer for the awesome Bigfoot film Something in the Woods.The movie was shown for the first time at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference in May (and I got to see it!), and even though it wasn't entirely finished then, was very good!

You can watch the official trailer below (most appropriately uploaded on October 31! :) ), and check out their Facebook page by clicking the link up above.


Book Signing Event

I'll be at a book signing event this Saturday, November 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio.

I'll be selling copies of Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America ($15.) There will be some other authors with their books there as well.

If you want to check out the event, come on down to Main Street Books this Saturday! It is located at 104 N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio.


Mill Race Monster - 41 Years Ago

Today, November 1, 2015, marks the 41st anniversary of the sightings of the "Mill Race Monster" in Columbus, Indiana.

On this day in 1974, two groups of girls reported to the Columbus police (separately) that they had seen a creature that was "green, hairy, and large." It was walking upright in the Columbus downtown park.

Even though the sightings are now 41 years old, the monster is still remembered, and was featured on an episode of Monsters and Mysteries in America earlier this year.

Besides the comments that the creature was "green," the description ("large, hairy, walking upright") pretty much sounds like a Bigfoot. Maybe that's what the Mill Race Monster was.

Here's a link to the Mill Race Monster Facebook page…

SEE MORE ON THE MILL RACE MONSTER ON TYLER'S CRYPTOZOO:


The Mill Race MonsterMill Race Monster on Monsters and Mysteries