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Ivan Sanderson, Mokele-Mbembe, and Kongamato

Ivan T. Sanderson was one of the first people to seriously investigate reports of strange creatures, UFOs, and other things of the sort. While he is probably best known for his bookAbominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life(1961), he also investigated many other cryptids, including the Minensota Iceman, and the mokele-mbembe and other cryptids in Africa. The latter cryptids are the subjects of this post.

THE MOKELE-MBEMBE

Before we get to Sanderson, the mokele-mbembe was first described in 1913, when Captain Freiherr von Stein zu Lausnitz went to explore the Cameroon when he was sent to do so by the German government. While there he was told of an animal called mokele-mbembe.

He described the creature:

"The animal is said to be of a brownish gray color with a smooth skin, its size approximately that of an elephant; at least that of a hippopotamus. It is said to have a long and very flexible neck and only one tooth, but a very long one; some say it is a horn. A few spoke about a long …

Juan Acavar's Surviving Smilodon

In 1975, a strange cat was shot in Paraguay. After it was killed, Juan Acavar, a zoologist, examined it. What he concluded it was is amazing.

Acavar said that the cat had foot-long saber teeth in its mouth. Now, the only cats known to have that were the saber-toothed cats which are supposed to have gone extinct thousands of years ago. Acavar thought that the cat was a living saber-tooth, to be specific, a smilodon.

It is said that, fearing ridicule for saying he had seen an animal supposed to be extinct, Acavar instead said that the cat was a "mutant jaguar." But was it really?

If anyone out there knows more about this strange cat seen by Juan Acavar in 1975, let me know!

Book Review: Monstro Bizarro by Lyle Blackburn

I guess there will be one last book review on this blog for 2016. The book today is Lyle Blackburn's Monstro Bizarro: An Essential Manual of Mysterious Monsters. The book is part of the Rue Morgue library collection.

The book is 130 pages and includes lots on cryptids in movies, TV, and pop culture, as well as articles on cryptozoology museums, festivals, cryptids, men in black, and other things by Blackburn and others including Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, and David Weatherly.

This is an excellent book for those interested in cryptozoology. You can get it here.

MONSTRO BIZARRO DESCRIPTION:

"You've heard of Bigfoot, Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster and maybe even the menacing Mothman who once brought terror to Point Pleasant, West Virginia. But how about Ogopogo, the Mongolian Death Worm or the Bishopville Lizard Man? "Welcome to a world of mysterious, real-life monsters, featuring a roster of cryptozoological marvels including the legendary Chupacabra, Jersey Devil, Boggy C…

The 52 Hz Whale

The loneliest whale in the world?

Somewhere in the ocean, there is a whale with a very unusual call, with a frequency of 52 Hertz. The call of this whale does not resemble the calls of known whale species. For example, a blue whale's call is between 10 and 40 Hz, and a fin whale is 20 Hz.

The 52 Hz whale was first recorded in the 1980s and has been detected many time since, in different areas of the ocean. Some people think this whale is the last of its kind and is hopelessly searching the ocean for a mate.

The first recording of the whale's call was made in 1989. It was detected every year afterwards as well, at least up to 2004. Bill Watkins, a marine mammal researcher who worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, first realized the significance of the first recordings of the whale made by the Navy in 1989. He researched the mystery whale until his death in 2004, and found that it seemed to be a unique animal. As in, possibly the only one of its kind. Watkins wrote…

Owner of the Mothman Diner Dies

Saw this on Loren Coleman's CryptoZooNews yesterday…
Carolin Harris, owner of Harris' Steakhouse (A.K.A. The Mothman Diner) in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, passed away yesterday morning. In addition to owning the diner, Harris was co-director of the Mothman Festival.

This was posted on the Mothman Festival Facebook page:

"It is with great Sadness that we even have to say this, but late last night we lost a wonderful person, the sweet and lovable Carolin Harris, of Harris Steak House (or as you might know it by - 'The Mothman Diner'). She was also the co-director of the Mothman Festival and has given us so much support over the years.  "She was like a mother to so many in our small town… always welcoming to all, with her kind and hospitable heart and a smile on her face. We're not sure that we'll ever be able to fill this void of not having her around. She will be greatly missed, that's for sure."
While I was in Point Pleasant earlier this y…

Inside the Goblin Universe - Coming in January

In January 2017,  Inside the Goblin Universe is coming to Paranormal UK Radio. The show will be hosted by Ronald L Murphy, Jr. and my friend Colin Schneider. Currently they are recording some episodes that with various researchers, including Jonathan Downes and Timothy Renner. Colin recently  asked me to be on it as well, so we will be recording an episode sometime. When there is more info on that, I will post it on this blog.

About the hosts:

Ronald Murphy

"Ron had been called the 'crypto guru' due to his research into the field of cryptozoology, but it is not only strange and hidden creatures that fascinate him. Holding degrees in literature, religious studies, and history, he examines the world of paranormal phenomena from multidisciplinary angles and applies scientific analysis in his examination into his scrutiny of the mysterious. He is currently exploring the possible connections to infrasound and pheromones to accounts given by experiencers. From a psychological a…

My Favorite Cryptozoology Books of 2016 (Updated)

2016 was a good year for cryptozoology books. We got lots of good titles from people such as Bernard Heuvelmans, Nick Redfern, Karl Shuker, Lyle Blackburn, and many others. In this post we will take a look at my favorite books from last year on the subject of cryptozoology and other strange things. (NOTE - Post has been updated March 2017)

MY FAVORITE CZ BOOKS OF 2016
1. Still In Search of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures that Time Forgot? By Dr Karl Shuker
2. A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness By Gareth Williams
3. Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman By Bernard Heuvelmans (Translated by Paul LeBlond, with a new Afterward by Loren Coleman)
4. Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster By Nick Redfern
5. Monster Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena
By Linda S. Godfrey

6. A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts
By Ken Gerhard
7. Monstro Bizarro: An Essential Manual of Mysteri…

Finding Bigfoot Returns in January

Finding Bigfoot is returning next year for a new season.

"Finding Bigfoot is set to return to Animal Planet in January and this season promises new evidence backed up by some compelling testimonials. "The all-new episodes take the team across the U.S. as they search for the ever-elusive cryptid. "The team is made up of Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, skeptic and scientist Ranae Holland plus researchers James 'Bobo' Fay and Cliff Barackman. "In the season premiere they head to North Carolina where an Appalachian family has been reporting Bigfoot sightings for decades.  "A gathering of the locals at the town hall proves to be a goldmine of anecdotes and pointers. "The team decide that with so much information and so many clues to investigate, they need more help. Family members and friends are drafted in and the eight-strong team head to a location where they are hopeful of spotting a Bigfoot. "Later in the…

2016 Cryptozoology Lists (Updated)

As he does every year, Loren Coleman has put up some "top…" lists regarding cryptozoology on his blog CryptoZooNews.

Check them out:

Top Cryptozoology Deaths of 2016

Cryptozoologist of the Year 2016: Karl Shuker (Congratulations Dr Shuker!)

Top Cryptozoology Books of 2016
Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2016
Top Coelacanth Stories of 2016


Happy Birthday Karl Shuker! (And Cryptozoologist of the Year)

I saw on Karl Shuker's blog right now that been award "Cryptozoologist of the Year" by Loren Coleman and the International Cryptozoology Museum (see here). And, today is also Karl's birthday!

Happy Birthday Karl!


Karl's two most recent books are Still in Search of Prehistoric SurvivorsandThe Journal of Cryptozoology, Volume 4. 




Journal of Cryptozoology Volume 4

Now available - the 4th volume of The Journal of Cryptozoology. Currently the only peer reviewed scientific journal concerning cryptozoology.

Here is what you will find in this volume, from Karl Shuker's blog ShukerNature:

"An insightful examination by Paul Michael Donovan of the original occurrence and subsequent dispersal and gradual generalization in meaning of a famous cryptid term - 'bunyip.' "An exhaustive and exceedingly valuable checklist compiled by Dr Charles G.M. Paxton and Adrian J. Shine of identities proposed over time for what must surely be the world's premier cryptid - the Loch Ness monster. "A very pertinent application of DNA analysis by Dr Haskell V. Hart to alleged cryptozoological (bigfoot) samples, a practical approach that I anticipate becoming ever more important in this field. "The presentation by Bruce A. Champagne of a very comprehensive, novel type proposal for water monsters."
You can get it here.

The Valhalla Serpent - 111 Years Ago Today

75 years ago today, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked. Also on this date, 111 years ago, one of the most famous sea serpent sightings occurred.

While on the yacht Valhalla, two naturalists (Yes, scientists saw a sea serpent!), Michael J. Nicoll and E.G.B. Meade-Waldo, were fifteen miles east of the Parahiba River in Brazil on a research cruise when they spotted something strange around 10:15 a.m.
Nicoll spotted the thing first, and asked Meade-Waldo, "Is that the fin of  a great fish?"

They both saw a fin moving through the water about a hundred yards away from them, which Meade-Waldo described as "dark seaweed-brown, somewhat crinkled at the edge." The fin was rectangular, about six feet long, and about two feet high.

Meade-Waldo grabbed some binoculars to see the creature better, and when he did, a long neck, "about the thickness of a slight man's body" rose out of the water. The neck of the creature, he said was "from seven to eight feet out…

Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures That Time Forgot?

In 1995, Karl Shuker's book In Search of Prehistoric Survivors was released. Now, the book has been re-published, updated, and expanded, as Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures That Time Forgot?

"It has been 21 years since the original publication back in 1995 of In Search of Prehistoric Survivors, considered by many to be Dr Karl Shuker's finest cryptozoological volume. Not surprisingly, then, in subsequent years there has been a growing, persistent clamor among his numerous fans worldwide for him to prepare a new, updated edition. Now, at last, he has done so -- and what an update it is! "At over 600 pages long, with a  word count of almost 260,000 and more than 300 color and b/w illustrations, this is both a massively-expanded new edition of the original volume and a valid stand-alone book in its own right, because it contains many entirely new cryptids as well as updates for all of those previously included here. The result is the most comprehe…

Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2017

The 2017 Ohio Bigfoot Conference will take place May 20th.

Speakers so far are Lyle Blackburn, Thom Powell, and Jeff Meldrum. Recently there was an announcement saying there will be two more speakers and some special guests announced.

Tickets sold over the weekend. VIPs sold out in less than five minutes.

I will have updates as more speakers are announced.


Small Town Monsters - Mothman of Point Pleasant

Small Town Monsters announced their 4th film yesterday - The Mothman of Point Pleasant, coming spring 2017.


OMGB Update

I have edited the final draft of my next book, The Ohio Monster Guidebook. Now, the only thing left is publishing. Currently I don't know if i'll self publish again or look for a publisher.Check back later for more, I'll have more  updates as it gets closer to being published.

The book covers many different cryptids seen in Ohio, like bigfoot, lake monsters, mothman, Loveland Frogs, Melon heads, thunderbirds, black panthers, dogmen, etc, etc. There's even a bit on UFOs.


The Lachlan Stuart Loch Ness Photo - Hoax or the Real Deal?

One of the most famous photos of a supposed Loch Ness Monster is the one taken by Lachlan Stuart on July 14, 1951.

The original story goes like this:


On that day, Stuart had woken up around 6:30 a.m. to milk his cow. He was about 100 feet above the loch and on the opposite shore from Urquhart Castle. He happened to look at the loch and saw what he at first thought was a motorboat.

He soon realized, however, that it was no boat, when a second hump appeared behind the first one. He called out to his wife and Taylor Hay. Hay and Stuart ran down to the shore, and now saw a third hump. The creature had changed direction and was moving southwards through the lake, about 50 yards from the witnesses.

Stuart had his box camera with him, so he took a picture of the three humps. Afterwards, a long neck with a head "like a sheep but without the ears" appeared. There is a tiny black dot in front of the first (furthest left) hump in the photo, and some say that is the head of the monster.