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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Finding Bigfoot "Dronie Loves Squatchie"

A new episode of Finding Bigfoot is airing tonight at ten on Animal Planet.

Tonight's episode is "Dronie Loves Squatchie."

Here's the episode description:

"Cliff has brought the team back to his home state of Oregon for the fourth time in the search of bigfoots. With a bounty of bigfoot habitat, Cliff enlists professional drone pilots, who may provide the aerial support they need to get a beaver state sasquatch."

Be sure to check out Finding Bigfoot, only on Animal Planet. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Boggy Creek Monster and Beast of Whitehall - The Latest from Small Town Monsters

Small Town Monsters jumped into the Bigfoot world last year with their documentary Minerva Monster, which premiered at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference and is about the Bigfoot sightings around Minerva, Ohio.

Last summer, they announced that they were also making a documentary about the many Bigfoot sightings around Whitehall, New York. That documentary will be titled Beast of Whitehall and will be released April 1st, 2016.

At the Boggy Creek Festival, also last year, they announced that a documentary about the Fouke Monster is also being made, and is titled Boggy Creek Monster. A kickstarter campaign for this film will start tomorrow, January 31.

Small Town Monsters documentaries are different from other Bigfoot films. Instead of having lots of reenactments out dramatizing everything, the stories are told by the people who lived them, and that's pretty much it. It makes for a great documentary.

You can buy their first documentary, Minerva Monster, here. 

SEE MORE ON SMALL TOWN MONSTERS ON TYLER'S CRYPTOZOO:




Mountain Monsters "Bigfoot of Central Kentucky: Squalling Savage"

The second episode of season four of Mountain Monsters airs tonight at ten on Destination America. Tonight's episode is "Bigfoot of Central Kentucky: Squalling Savage."

Here's the episode description:

"The AIMS team heads back to Central Kentucky where their quest began last season for a bigfoot known as the Midnight Whistler, which locals believe is at war with another bigfoot clan in the area known as the Squalling Savage. They find themselves caught in the middle of an epic territorial bigfoot battle both on the ground and in the trees. Worst of all, the team must take on the mission with one man sidelined after a brush with death."

Now the show even has warring Bigfoot clans. Fake but entertaining. : )

Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition tonight at 10 on Destination America.

Other episodes are airing leading up to the new one, starting at 4 PM.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Life as a Cryptozoologist - A Kid's Perspective

Most people who are known in the world of cryptozoology are adults. But, there are lots and lots of kids interested in the subject as well. I should know - I became interested in the subject when I was nine.

Last year I met Cal Marks, a young cryptozoologist from New York. From talking with him via email, I found that we have a lot in common, at least cryptozoology-wise.

I asked Cal what it was like (for him) being a kid interested in cryptozoology.

"Being a kid interested in cryptozoology is fun!," he said. "I think it is cool to be different! I love reading books on cryptids and traveling to places to learn more and meet new people (like the Ohio Bigfoot Conference and the Chataqua Lake Bigfoot Expo.) I think I became interested in the subject of cryptozoology when I was 6 or 7 years old. I was mostly interested in Bigfoot in the beginning."

Just like Cal becoming interested in Bigfoot, I first became interested in cryptozoology when I read a book about Scotland's Loch Ness Monster, and since then (as those of you who have looked at this blog before will know) that interest has spread to all cryptozoological creatures, UFOs, and even some paranormal subjects.

Does Cal usually have any problems with people because of his interest in cryptids? The answer is actually no.

"I don't usually have a problem with people making fun of me (except my older brother :) ), most people either don't say anything or are interested," he said.

Again, the same goes for me. You always hear from other people interested in cryptozoology that they get made fun of or called crazy for being interested in the subject, but for me that has happened only once or twice. Sometimes people do joke around about it, but, I do that also. : ) I believe in Bigfoot, but can sometimes still have a laugh about it like everyone else.

When I asked Cal what he would say to other kids interested in cryptozoology, he answered "The advice I have for other kids is read a lot and they should do what they are interested in and makes them happy… no matter what!" I agree with this completely - if people know me, they will know that I always have a book on some sort of cryptid, UFO, etc with me. I think that reading about the subject, and going to things like cryptozoology conferences and meeting other people interested in the subject is the best way to learn about it. From going to conferences around Ohio over the past few years, I have gotten to know other investigators, like Marc Dewerth of the Ohio Bigfoot Organization, and Doug Waller of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation. I've also gotten to meet people from around the country who I'd wanted to meet for years, like Lyle Blackburn, Loren Coleman, Bob Gimlin, Nick Redfern, Linda Godfrey, Cliff Barackman… the list goes on and on.

I also asked Cal what some of his favorite experiences were going to Bigfoot conferences and meeting other researchers…

"Meeting Bob Gimlin was a great experience - you haven't heard the story of Patty until you have heard it from him! [Very true!] Marc DeWerth has been amazing to me as well - he has been so supportive and kind to me. Meeting Loren Coleman was a great experience as well. John Kirk's presentation at last year's Ohio conference was very interesting and I found myself listening to it over and over… I also got to meet Ken Gerhard and Steve Kulls here in NY at the Chataqua Lake Expo - they were really cool and Mr. Kulls offered to take me out on an expedition this spring!"
Cal Marks & Ken Gerhard
(Photo courtesy of Cal Marks)

It was a cool experience to get to meet Cal at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference last year, and I hope I get to see him again someday at future Bigfoot events.

If you are a kid interested in cryptozoology, what I have to say is - do the things I've written about in this article, and what Cal said - read lots of books (they're the next best source behind meeting researchers), and try to get to know others in the field. All the cryptozoologists I've met always think its super cool that I am this interested in Bigfoot, go to all these conferences, have written a book on the subject, etc, etc. I'm sure they probably think the same when they meet Cal.

Let's all keep up the search for cryptids!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Might Have Seen a UFO...

I saw something last night that might have been a UFO. If it wasn't a drone.

I'll get the full story on my UFO Zone blog later…

See it here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Who Let the Cats Out? Reports of Out-of-Place Felines

Some cryptids aren't things that are totally unknown like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monsters. Throughout the years, there have been reports of out-of-place animals, and these reports occur throughout the world. Examples include "phantom" kangaroos, sewer alligators, and alien big cats. The latter will be the focus of this article.

Melanistic leopard


OUT OF PLACE CATS IN THE UNITED STATES

Eastern Cougars and Black Panthers

Cougars are supposed to be extinct in the eastern half of the U.S., but they are still reported here. Some people, though, think the cats still roam this side of the country, which they must, because people still report them. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, says that they are extinct.

Also reported all over the U.S. are reports of "black panthers." Most people will say they don't exist, or are misidentifications. But, there are lots of reports of black panthers all over the U.S.

Lions, but not the Mountain Variety


What may well have been an example of Alien Big Cats on the loose in the U.S. occurred in 1917. That year, the town of Decatur, Illinois, was terrorized by a big cat called "Nellie the Lion."

On July 13, 1917, Thomas Gullett was working in a garden in Decatur when he was attacked by a large cat. And it wasn't a large house cat - it was lion sized. Luckily, Gullett only suffered minor wounds, but the attack gained the press' interest. Reports of the mystery cat, however, had actually started a few days earlier.

The buzz about the attack on Gullett also led to a 300-person hunt in the woods around Decatur on July 15. The hunters did not find anything (as is common with hunts for ABCs), but while they were out a woman named Mrs. Shaw saw what she described as an "African lioness" a quarter mile from the search area.

On July 17, two more reports came in. That day, five-inch tracks, thought to have been left by Nellie, were found, and two boys spotted a large cat near the Sangamon River, east of Decatur.

Panic took over the town. Now, when people went outside and saw a collie, the dog turned into a lion. One farmer even shot an approaching cat because his mistook the headlights for shining lion eyes. When the press heard reports like these, reporters had a great time making fun of them, and called all the other reports jokes as well.

Another reliable report did occur on July 29, however. Chester Osborn, Earl Hill, and their wives were driving near Decatur when Nellie decided to attack again. It was 10:30 p.m., and the men, sitting in the front of the car, saw the cat trying to hide in the weeds beside the road. As they drove by, the cat leaped at the car, smashing into the side of it.

As the cat fell onto the road, probably knocked unconscious, or at least very dazed, from its attempted attack, the couples sped to Decatur to report the incident to police. This time, Nellie was still there when police arrived. She soon disappeared over an embankment, however, and they did not spot her again.

The last Nellie sighting occurred on July 31, when James Rutherford saw a "large, yellow, long haired beast" as he was driving past a gravel pit. Search parties came to the area, but found no lion.

There have been lots of other reports of lion-like cats in the United States, some of which were definitely not mountain lions, because they had manes. Some theorize that the reports of "African lions" and lionesses in the U.S. are actually sightings of Panthera atrox, a cave lion that actually lived in North America during the Pleistocene epoch. The American Lion was larger (about 25%) than the African variety.

Tigers

I have read some cryotozoology books with reports of out-of-place tigers roaming the United States. These cats are most likely escaped or released exotic pets.

The Mysterious Beast of Bladenboro


In the 1950s, residents of Bladenboro, North Carolina, began encountering a bizarre beast. It all started 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.
Drawing of the Beast of Bladenboro

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. It was said to have 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 of blood. Professional hunters were brought in to hunt down the Beast of Bladenboro, and the police chief accompanied them. The only things they found were silver-dollar sized tracks. On January 5, Mrs. C.E. Kinslaw heard dogs whimpering outside and went out to see what was wrong. She saw the beast, a cat-like creature, creeping towards her. She screamed and her husband ran out, scaring the it away.

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 at 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."
The mayor of Bladenboro(right), the bobcat
said to be the beast, and the farmer who shot it(left)

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. In Bolivia, Bill Robinson found his Pit Bull dead. He buried it, and the next day it was  moved back to the spot where he found it dead the day before! Four days later, Leon Williams found his Pit Bull also dead. Other places found ten dogs dead in just two weeks!

In 2008, the History Channel show MonsterQuest did a search for the creature on the episode "Vampire Beast". They thought the beast may be a cougar(although, of course, cougars aren't supposed to live on this side of the country), but they didn't really find anything, like always.
The Beast of Bladenboro on MonsterQuest
Whatever the Beast of Bladenboro is, it remains a mystery, and probably won't be solved anytime soon.


Beast of Truro

Beginning in the autumn of 1981, Truro, Massachusetts was also terrorized by a mysterious cat-like beast that killed many pets and livestock. The New York Times ran a story on the "Beast of Truro" on January 17, 1982, reprinted in its entirety below:

"'BEAST OF TRURO' MYSTIFYING CAPE COD 
"TRURO, Mass., Jan. 16- Who or what is the 'Beast of Truro?' Is it a mountain lion preying on local pets and livestock, a dog or a pack of dogs, an ocelot, a lynx, a wild cat or some yet unidentified creature?
"The purported beast, Cape Cod's answer to Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster, has been a major topic of conversation and news articles since last fall. 
"The first evidence that some unknown predator was loose came when a dozen dead cats were found in the same area in Truro in September. Two weeks ago, a 175-pound hog was so badly mauled, its flanks ripped by deep claw marks and a chunk of flesh ripped out of its neck, that it had to be killed. A few days later, two pigs were clawed in their pens in another part of town.
"Initially, the culprit was thought to have been a dog or a pack of wild dogs on the loose. Then people started reporting seeing a large furry creature that they did not recognize. Others heard strange noises at night.
"The most dramatic description came from William and Marsha Medeiros of Truro. They said they were taking a walk about three months ago on the bike path near Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro when the animal appeared 50 feet in front of them. 'Definite Long Ropelike Tail.'
"Mrs. Medeiros continued: 'My husband put his arm out to stop me and said, 'You see what I see?' Together we said 'It's not a fox.' It had a very definite long rope like tail like the letter J. It hit the ground and went up. We figured it was about as tall as up to our knees and weighed 60 or 80 pounds.
"'We were frightened and froze. He was in the path and didn't see us at first. As we made some noise, he turned and we saw his face with short ears.'
"Mr. Medeiros left the path to get a branch to protect them. The creature did not rush for cover, Mrs. Medeiros said, but walked slowly and casually along the path in front of them before disappearing into the nearby woods.
"The Medeiroses are sure that they saw a mountain lion. 'What we saw fits that description,' said Mrs. Medeiros. At first the couple was reluctant to report what they had seen. 'Who would believe it?' Mrs. Medeiros said.
"Others have reported hearing strange catlike cries in the night. Edward Oswalt, a Truro Selectman and health officer, said a New York man called in mid-December to say he had seen 'something resembling a mountain lion' in North Truro.
"Mr. Oswalt and seashore officers have made efforts to identify the culprit by its tracks near the pigpens, but in the sandy soil they could find no clear impressions. Mr. Oswalt said the 'general consensus is that the beast is a dog or dogs, but I don't know if you can put that together with what happened.' Could it be a mountain lion? 'That seems far out, but it's not impossible,' he replied. Records on Mountain Lions The mountain lion, also known as a cougar o r panther, is said to be the largest cat in North America. Males ca n be six feet long with at three-foot tail, and overall length of more than nine feet, and weigh more than 200 pounds. Records indicate that the last known mountain lion in Massachusetts was killed in 1858. Experts believe the Eastern mountain lion is probably extinct.
"Truro seems as an unlikely, but not impossible, habitat for a wild creature such as a mountain lion. Seventy percent of the town is undeveloped land, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Packs of wild dogs occasionally kill deer in the woods. There is enough small game and domestic pets fro a wild animal to subsist on.
"Donald Rodenhaven of Wellfleet, who formerly worked at the Bronx and Staten Island Zoos in New York and is familiar with the habits of wild animals, says the mode of attack more suggests a cat than a dog. Dogs do not slash like a cat, he said. May Have Left by Camper
"Mr. Rodenhaven said he believes the so-called Beast of Truro may be a mountain lion, ocelot or lynx, that may have escaped or was left behind by a summer camper. Both mountain lions and ocelots are for sale, he said.
 "The official view in Truro holds that the attacks on the pigs were by a dog or dogs. Thomas Kane, Truro's Assistant Town Clerk, said: 'I think it's a figment of the imagination. People I know, the people whose opinions I respect, think the damage was done by dogs. At one point, there was talk that the 'Beast' was a fisher. Finally it got so ridiculous that I ignored it.'
"Others, however, expect the "B east" to strike again."

Many people at the time thought the Beast of Truro was a mountain lion. By the witness descriptions, I would not be surprised if that is what it was. It would still be of interest to cryptozoologists, though, because of the "surviving Eastern Panther" theory. If mountain lions are still in Massachusetts, and are thought to have gone extinct there in the 1800s, that would still be a great discovery.

OUT OF PLACE CATS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

There are a large number of reports of mysterious cats in the United Kingdom. These are more mysterious than reports of cats in the U.S., because some U.S. cats, like mountain lions, are known to live in the country. On the other side of the ocean, though, there aren't supposed to be big cats. Lets take a look at a few cases of big cats in Britain.

An early account of a big cat in Britain comes from the 1760s, when writer William Cobbett said in his Rural Rides that he had once seen a "cat as big as a middle-sized spaniel dog" climb into a hollow tree near Farnham, in Surrey, England.

The year 1903 saw a Canadian lynx shot in Devon. The cat is now in the Bristol Museum's collection, and its teeth show that it spent a large amount of time in captivity before it was killed, meaning it either escaped or was released.

The 1980s saw a puma captured in Inverness-shire, Scotland, and a large cat hit by a car in Shropshire, England. A Eurasian lynx was shot in Norwich, Norfolk in 1991, after it killed 15 sheep in two weeks. A report arose in 1994 that a cat with a leopard pattern on its fur had been shot on the Isle of Wight a few years earlier.

OUT OF PLACE CATS IN AUSTRALIA

Perhaps the weirdest weird cat reports are those that come from Australia. Reports of cats like cougars here are especially strange, because they would have no way to get to this continent - unless brought there by people, of course. Escaped exotic pets probably account for ABC sightings in Australia.

There have actually been a few books written on the subject of Australian ABCs, including Australian Big Cats: An Unnatural History of Panthers (2010), Savage Shadow: The Search for the Australian Cougar (2011), and the new book by Patrick Gallagher, The Tantanoola Tiger: And Other Australian Big Cat Sightings (2016).

The Tantanoola Tiger

The cat who the last book on the list above is named after will be the focus of this part of the article on ABCs. During the late 1800s, the cat was said to roam the area around Tantanoola in South Australia. In 1895, the beast was shot and killed by Thomas John Donovan, and it was concluded that it was actually an Arabian wolf. The animal is now on display at the Tantanoola Hotel.



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Reports of out-of-place cats are nothing new, as demonstrated by this article. They also are not going away. While they aren't something like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monsters, or a Yowie, if someone could someday prove that mysterious big cats are roaming the eastern U.S., the U.K., or Australia, it would still be a great discovery. Finding a cryptid like a black panther could add some credence to reports of other cryptids, no matter how big or small. If panthers, lions, tigers, and other big cats are living in places where they shouldn't be, why couldn't a creature like Bigfoot be hiding in the vast forests of the world, or sea serpents be hiding in the depths of the oceans?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Loch Ness Monsters and the Plesiosaur Theory

The most popular theory to explain the Loch Ness Monsters (from the believers' point of view, at least) is that the creatures are surviving plesiosaurs.

Plesiosaur

Plesiosaurs were marine reptiles that lived during the age of the dinosaurs. The first plesiosaurs appeared during the Triassic Period, about 205 million years ago, the same time some of the first dinosaurs appeared. They had four paddle-like flippers and long necks, like the sauropod dinosaurs. Plesiosaurs breathed air (being reptiles) and gave birth to live young.

Most witness descriptions of the Loch Ness Monsters describe a creature that looks similar to one of these ancient marine reptiles.

I used to be one to support the theory that the Loch Ness Monsters were surviving plesiosaurs. They definitly look quite similar. But, in the last year, I began to have some doubts, as many others have. It would not surprise me if creatures like plesiosaurs were still alive in the deep oceans. But in Loch Ness?

First off, Loch Ness is a cold lake. Plesiosaurs were reptiles. Could they maintain their body heat in the Scottish lake? Some people think that plesiosaurs were actually warm blooded, so if they were, they probably could survive in the lake.

One theory to what the Loch Monsters are is that they are some sort of giant pinniped with an elongated neck. Simply put, a giant long necked seal. As crazy as it seems, this theory could actually fit lots of descriptions of lake and sea monsters. If the Loch Ness Monsters are long necked seals, that would mean they are mammals, which would make them warm blooded. It would not be hard for a species of pinniped to survive the cold temperatures of Loch Ness. And, if there was a species of pinniped that grew to a large size, and had a long neck, it probably would look somewhat like a plesiosaur.

The website www.loch-ness.org has a page on the subject of what the Nessies may really be. Concerning the plesiosaur theory, the page points out that if Nessies are plesiosaurs, then there would have had to have been a population of them in the  North Sea about 12,00 years ago, and some of them (enough for a breeding population) must have gotten stuck in Loch Ness. But, the site goes on to say, if there were plesiosaurs in the North Sea that got stuck in the Loch, why aren't there reports of plesiosaurs in the sea today? And, why would they have moved to Loch Ness?

There is one theory, however, that may explain why the Loch Ness Monsters could be plesiosaurs, and why they can remain undiscovered in Loch Ness.

If you are someone who does not like it when people speculate that some cryptids could have a paranormal or supernatural aspect to them, you're going to probably be annoyed right now.

Some think that the Loch Ness Monsters are supernatural creatures. Now, as crazy as that sounds, it actually could explain why no one has ever found a population of 30-ft plesiosaur-like animals in a lake that has been searched many, many times, and where sightings of the creatures have been reported for literally thousands of years.

What do you think the Loch Ness Monsters are? Are they really surviving plesiosaurs? Are they some sort of long necked seal? Could the supernatural be involved? Do you think the whole thing is stupid and that the Loch Ness Monsters don't exist? If you think that, why are you reading this? There are many questions I'd like the answers to.



Finding Bigfoot "A Few Good Squatchers"

Today's Sunday, which means there's a new Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet tonight.

Tonight's episode is "A Few Good Squatchers." The episode description is below.

"The team is in Georgia investigating sightings in and around the Ft. Stewart Army base. After meeting with a witness who saw a bigfoot through a thermal imager the team looks for the best place to hold their final night investigation."

Be sure to check out Finding Bigfoot, all new tonight at 10 PM.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

People are Seeing Something - A New Lake Monster Book

Here's another brand new cryptozooloy book… this one is on lake monsters.

Below is the description for Denver Michaels' new book People are Seeing Something: A Survey of Lake Monsters in the United States and Canada:


"In this book, Denver Michaels examines reports of lake monsters in the United States and Canada. Simply put, Michaels' title says it all - people are seeing something - sincere, honest people report seeing strange creatures in the water on a regular basis. The reports are real; moreover, there is much more to the plethora of sightings than just the misidentification of known animals and hoaxes. Michaels also takes the time to examine the bodies of water where cryptids are said to dwell. Could the nature of the lakes themselves point to some sort of link that could help explain lake monster sightings? Although Michaels believes that uncategorized creatures exist, he approaches the topic with a skeptical eye."

You can buy the book here.

The Tantanoola Tiger and Other Australian Big Cat Sightings

While looking for new cryptozoology books on Amazon today, I found this one by Patrick J. Gallagher.

It's The Tantanoola Tiger: And Other Australian Big Cat Sightings. The book is "Original early newspaper accounts of Anomalous and Mysterious big cat sightings in the Australian bush." It is a collection of old newspaper accounts just like Gallagher's Loch Ness: From Out of the Depths from 2015, only this time, its on out-of-place big cats.

Here's the book description:

"At the end of the 19th Century, and even into the early 20th Century, large areas of eastern Australia were still in a state that could be regarded as 'wilderness' despite the proximity of cities and towns. Dense scrub, rough bushland and imposing mountains all combined to create places that had little appeal for human habitation by any but the hardest of souls. It's probably little surprise then that it was easy to give credence to stories of strange, unknown animals roaming the populated fringes of the country. Legendary creatures, such as the Yowie (Australia's answer to Bigfoot) and the Bunyip, received their share of accounts in the newspapers of the time. But the most common 'strange animal' reports concerned creatures that would be somewhat more mundane in comparison were it not for out-of-place nature of their appearances. Tigers and lions. Presented here, then, is a collection of original newspaper reports of 'big cat' sightings spanning the years 1885 to 1955. In cryptozoology circles, these creatures are known as 'Alien Big Cats' or ABC's. The 'alien' in this case refers to something foreign to the environment and not something from space. Whether it was a case of mistaken identity, people seeing thylacines (the marsupial 'Tasmanian Tiger,' not yet declared extinct at the time), or people had not yet come to terms with how large feral cats could become in the wild, there were many sighings of something prowling the Australian bush."

You can but The Tantanoola Tiger here.

Patrick J. Gallagher

Mountain Monsters "Bigfoot of Harrison County: Stonish Giant"

Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition returns to Destination America tonight at 10. For the season premiere, the team is traveling to Ohio.

Tonight's episode is "Bigfoot of Harrison County: Stonish Giant." The episode description from Destination America is below:

"Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings travel to Harrison County, Ohio to investigate 'The Stonish Giant,' a Bigfoot that Native American folklore says has a coat of fur so thick that it cannot be pierced by arrows."

And, here's a longer description of the episode from Cryptomundo:

"AIMS resumes their epic quest to prove the existence of bigfoot in Appalachia as they head north to Harrison County, Ohio, after a legendary bigfoot known as the Stonish Giant. Native American folklore says this bigfoot has a coat of fur so thick that arrows are unable to penetrate it. The team soon learns that a local hunter claims to have shot and injured it with his rifle and the race is on to try to find this wounded beast before it succumbs to its injuries. After the AIMS team's nemesis reemerges during the hunt, one team member has to be rushed to the hospital and is left fighting for his life."

 Mountain Monsters is playing all day leading up to the season premiere.

"Bigfoot of Clay County" is on right now, until 12 PM.

"Werewolf of Webster County" is on from 12 PM to 1 PM.

"Kentucky Hellhound of Pike County" is on from 1 PM to 2 PM.

"Grafton Monster of Taylor County" is on from 2 PM to 3 PM.

"Cave Creature of Greenbrier County" is on from 3 PM to 4 PM.

"Yahoo of Nicholas County" is on from 4 PM to 5 PM.

"Wolfman of Wolfe County" is on from 5 PM to 6 PM.

"Death Cat of Cherokee County" is on from 6 PM to 7 PM.

"Snallygaster of Preston County" is on from 7 PM to 8 PM.

"Grassman's Revengeance" is on from 8 Pm to 10 PM.

The season premiere is on at 10, and episodes continue playing afterward.

Be sure to check out Mountain  Monsters today!

Here's a funny clip to get ready for the new episodes!

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Season of Mountain Monsters Tomorrow

Tomorrow, January 23, a new season of Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition will begin on Destination America at 10 PM.

Tomorrow's episode will be "Bigfoot of Harrison County: Stonish Giant." Below is the description of that episode.

"AIMS resumes their epic quest to prove the existence of bigfoot in Appalachia as they head north to Harrison County, Ohio, after a legendary bigfoot known as the Stonish Giant. Native American folklore says this bigfoot has a coat of fur so thick that arrows are unable to penetrate it. The team soon learns that a local hunter claims to have shot and injured it with his rifle and the race is on to try to find this wounded beast before it succumbs to its injuries. After the AIMS team's nemesis reemerges during the hunt, one team member has to be rushed to the hospital and is left fighting for his life."

Well, this sounds interesting. I can say, however, that a rifle most likely wouldn't kill a Bigfoot. And, there is no legend of a "Stonish Giant" here in Ohio. I have heard stories of creatures like it, but they were from New York or Pennsylvania.

Apparently someone gets hurt in the first episode (its surprising thats the first time its happened, if it really did happen), and Trapper apparently reveals what he found at the "Bigfoot burial ground" in Kentucky on the second episode on January 30. Also, the people that had been following the AIMS team are back.

Be sure to check out an all new season of  Mountain Monsters, tomorrow at 10 PM on Destination America.


Jack Hanna Talks Bigfoot!



This is a video of Jack Hanna, director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in Columbus, Ohio, talking about Bigfoot and the Yeti in Nepal. It is from a new documentary about Bigfoot called Modern Monster. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book Review: Monster Trek by Joe Gisondi

Time for a review of one of the first cryptozoology books of 2016. Today, I'm reviewing Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot by Joe Gisondi.

Monster Trek is very similar to Tea Krulos' Monster Hunters from last year - it focuses on the investigators themselves instead of the creatures. This time, though, it isn't on all types of creatures - this book focuses on everyone's favorite ape-man, Bigfoot.

Each chapter of Gisondi's book focuses on a different place/expedition he has been on. Gisondi describes his trips to mountains in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wyoming, the Green Swamp in Florida, Salt Fork State Park in Ohio, and other places throughout the United States. Just like in Monster Hunters, the book is pretty much Bigfooters' personal stories. Gisondi interviews many investigators around the country, including big names such as Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, and Jeff Meldrum.

I found this book very interesting, because, to me, at least, hearing about the lives of Bigfooters and their personal opinions is just as interesting as reading a book full of stories of encounters. I would definitely recommend this book. Both believers and skeptics will enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster - Out Sept. 8



Also coming out on September 8 of this year (along with Ken Gerhard's A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts) is a book from my favorite author, Nick Redfern. This one is Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster. 

Here is the description of the book, available for pre-order now on Amazon.com:

"Deep in the black-as-ink waters of Loch Ness lurks a long-necked, hump-backed monster known as Nessie - a legendary creature that has fascinated the world for many decades. Presenting an in-depth study, complete with supernatural theories, historical data, hot spots, photographs, and more, Nessie is a must-have for anyone interested in the Loch Ness Monster. 
"Join Nick Redfern on a fascinating journey into the supernatural origins of Nessie, exploring ideas that go far beyond normal. Since the first sighting, the creature has been steeped in the world of supernatural strangeness. Discover how Nessie is connected to the occult, the surprisingly dark first-hand encounters, other mysterious monsters that live in Loch Ness, and much more." 


A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts - Out September 8

At the end of December Ken Gerhard announced that his fourth book, A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures would be published this year.

Now, the book is available for pre-oder on Amazon.com. It is going to be published September 8th.

Below is the book description:

"Draw back the curtain and marvel at the astounding assemblage of mysterious beasts within. This compelling compendium presents a wide variety of amazing and bizarre creatures, from the Minnesota Iceman to the Beast of Boggy Creek to the White Bluffs Screamer.
"Join Ken Gerhard on a supernatural journey through the world of mysterious beasts, exploring first-hand encounters with creatures thought only to exist in myths and legends. Discover tales of extravagant menageries from centuries past, including those belonging to Charlemagne, King Louis XIV, and other persons of royalty from around the world. Featuring werewolves, sea monsters, massive amphibians, ape men, and creepy crawlies, A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts is the ultimate resource for cryptid creature enthusiasts."

Monday, January 18, 2016

RIP Smokey Crabtree

Very sad news for the Bigfoot world…

Julius E. "Smokey" Crabtree, 88, of Fouke Monster fame, passed away on January 16, 2016, in Fouke, Arkansas.

Smokey's family had encounters with the Fouke Monster in the 1960s, and he helped make the 1972 dock-drama about the monster, The Legend of Boggy Creek. He served as a wildlife guide and consultant during filming, and helped convince the Fouke residents to help make the movie about their monster.

Smokey also wrote the books Smokey and the Fouke Monster, Too Close to the Mirror, and The Man Behind the Legend

See more on Loren Coleman's CryptoZooNews.

RIP Smokey Crabtree.

My LoBC poster

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Finding Bigfoot "Grand Bigfoot Hotel"

Tonight a new episode of Finding Bigfoot will be airing on Animal Planet. Tonight's episode is "Grand Bigfoot Hotel."

Here's the episode description:

"The team reports to the Mount Washington resort in New Hampshire where bigfoot sightings have been unnerving hotel guests. Mounting evidence points to Franconia Notch, where the team blasts calls from an alpine horn, hoping to herd in a bigfoot."

Be sure to check out Finding Bigfoot, tonight at 10 on Animal Planet.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

What in the World was the Enfield Horror?

A few days ago, I had a post on here about Devil Monkeys and what they might be.

One of the creatures I talked about in that post was something called the "Enfield Horror," seen near Enfield, Illinois in the 1973s. Here is what I wrote about a sighting in that post:

"A notable encounter with a Devil Monkey occurred on April 25, 1973, this time in Enfield, Illinois. That evening, Mr. and Mrs. Henry McDaniel came home to find their kids terrified, because a 'thing' had tried to break into the house by scratching at the air conditioner while their parents were away.
"It might be assumed that the children had overreacted to something not terrifying while their parents had been away, if it wasn't for the fact that it came back later. Mr. McDaniel was there to greet it this time, with a flashlight and a .22 pistol. The creature hopped across the yard, covering a distance of 50 feet in only three jumps! McDaniel fired at it four times. 'When I fired the first shot, I know I hit it,' he said. The creature, however, just disappeared into the brush, and was gone.
"'It had three legs on it,' McDaniel said. 'It had pink eyes as big as flashlights. It had grey fur and was about 4 1/2 feet tall.'"

I included that report in my Devil Monkey post because it has been put into that category before.

But, the Enfield Horror may not be a Devil Monkey at all - it might actually be something even stranger than that!

Let's look at the other reports of the creature.

The McDaniel's encounter wasn't the first with a weird monster in Enfield - the first had occurred a half-hour before Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel got home and found their kids in a panic.

Greg Garrett was a young boy playing in his backyard at the time, when the mysterious beast actually attacked him.

Garrett said the thing that attacked had "no less than three legs, grayish, slimy skin, short claws and reddish eyes." The creature stamped on the boys shoes with its  own clawed feet, tearing them to shreds.  Garrett escaped from the monster and ran back to his parent's house.

After the McDaniel's encounter, police were called and arrived on the scene. But, of course, they found no monster - only some dog - like prints in the yard and some scratches on the McDaniel's house. The tracks, however, were quite odd - they had six toe pads, and showed that whatever made them had three feet. One of the tracks was slightly smaller than the other two.

There was no other activity until  May 6. Mr. McDaniel was awakened in the middle of the night by some dogs howling at something outside. He grabbed his gun and went outside, only to spot the creature again.

"I saw something moving out on the railroad track and there it stood. I didn't shoot at it or anything. It started on down the railroad track. It wasn't in a hurry or anything," he said.

Soon the press heard of the story, and lots of "monster hunters" scoured the woods. Once, a group of five hunters did run into the thing, and described it just like the earlier witnesses, only adding that it was  hairy. They found it hiding in the underbrush and fired at it, but, like before, it escaped, seemingly unharmed, going faster than any human could.

The last person to witness the Enfield Horror was Rick Rainbow, who was the news director of the WWKI radio station in Kokomo, Indiana. He reported that he and three other people had seen a "gray, sloping, 5-foot tall entity" by an abandoned house, close to the Garrett and McDaniel homes. Rainbow also recorded the monster's "disturbing" screams.

Loren Coleman, one of the world's best known cryptozoologists, traveled to Enfield at the time to investigate the sightings. He did not see the monster, but did hear its screams like Rainbow had. He described them as "strange screeching banshee-like sounds."
Loren Coleman

No one has any idea what the Enfield Horror was, if the witnesses were sincere and actually saw what they described. Some, as shown in my other article, have put it in the devil monkey category. Some say it was a demon, and others think it was an alien.

Whatever the Enfield Horror was, it definitely isn't normal. And it definitely deserves its name!


 
 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Finding Bigfoot Crew Filming in Mississippi

The Finding Bigfoot crew has been busy filming in Mississippi this week.

Below are some behind the scenes from Finding Bigfoot.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Champ Caught on Video?

On December 31 of last year, YouTube user "Enoch" uploaded a video titled "Amazing Lake Monster Footage 'Champ?'" 



Below is the description of the video on YouTube:

"Sent to me by a viewer, they wrote 'Not sure what the hell I saw, but caught part of it on video. This thing was in Lake Champlain and it was massive. I first saw the neck which was sticking out of the water about 6 feet. Could this be Champ?' Any Ideas?"

From watching the video, I can say that the person who filmed it was right - this thing does look massive. Unlike most cryptid videos and photos I see online, I actually thought this one was pretty impressive. Whatever is in it is big, and causes a huge splash near the end.

What do you think this video shows? I

30-Ft "Barmouth Monster" Photograhed - Or the First Fake of 2016

Well, it didn't take long for pictures said to be of cryptids to start appearing in 2016.

This time, the photo is supposedly of the "Barmouth Monster," a creature said to live in the waters in Barmouth, Wales. Recently, the Express published a story called "Is this the Barmouth Monster? Giant creature measuring 30ft spotted in British estuary."

The article reports that sightings of the Barmouth Monster have been reported for decades. The first report was sometime before 1937, when a woman found footprints "as big as a elephant's" on the beach. In '37, someone saw a "crocodile like" animal walking along a river bank. March 1975 saw a sighting by six girls, who said "it had a long neck and a square face and a long tail with a flipper at the back." The skin of the monster was "black and patchy." "It was like a dinosaur… the monster was about 10 feet long, with a long tail, long neck and huge green eyes. It walked towards the sea and entered the water."

And now, someone has a picture of the monster…..

…..Or, maybe not.

Let's check out the photo.

A red circle! Then it must be a real monster!
.. Yeah, right.


Mohammad Tahla says he snapped a picture of a "monster-like shape" he saw in the estuary of the River Aeron, which is located 60 miles from Barmouth. Tahla told the Cambrian News:

"I took one look and thought 'Blimey, that looks just like the Loch Ness Monster."

Tahla says he returned to the spot two days after taking the photo but didn't see the "monster" again.

The Cambrian News says that "stunned residents" have reported the monster, but there aren't any other sightings reported besides Tahla's.

Perhaps the reason there aren't other sightings is because Tahla didn't photograph a monster.

I believe that lake monsters, sea serpents, and Bigfoots exist more than anyone. But that doesn't mean I believe every story I hear. And I definitely don't believe every picture I see, including this one.

What do I think Tahla say and photographed? Easy - a log. And, its pretty obvious that it's a log. First, you can see part of it sticking out in front of the "neck." And, there's no head! So, unless the Barmouth Monster decided to move 60 miles north and doesn't have a head, this is not a picture of it.

Did the other witnesses in earlier years really spot a monster at Barmouth? Possibly. But it has not returned.

It's sad to me that news websites always publish only photos of "lake monsters" and "Bigfoot" that are obviously hoaxes or are obvious misidentifications. And, of course, they can't go and say "This is fake" like I just did, because its a news article. (Trust me, I've written them before.)

Well, so far that's one fake cryptid photo in 2016. There were plenty last year, and there probably will be this year, too, sadly.

Zoomed in… still a log.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Very Weird Mountain Lion...

Wait, what's so weird about a mountain lion? Check out the picture…



This mountain lion was recently killed in Idaho, after a man reported that it attacked his dog on December 30th. A hunter was called in, and the cat was killed near the Utah border.

A mountain lion in itself isn't that mysterious (unless you're a cryptozoologist, and a cat is seen in an area where it shouldn't be.) This one, though, is weird, because… it has teeth on the top of its head.

The Idaho Fish and Game Department said there are two reasons this cat could have teeth growing out of the top of its heads - either, 1. The teeth are the remains of a twin that died in the womb, and became attacked to the top of this cat's head, or 2. The weird growth is a teratoma tumor, which is made of tissue which hair and teeth can grow out of.

I think it's kind of sad that the cat was killed - it would have been nice if someone could have tracked it and studied it while it was still alive. But, hunting mountain lions is legal during certain seasons and in certain areas in Idaho, so there's really nothing that could be done.

See more on this amazingly weird feline…

ABC News
Yahoo News
Express

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Devil Monkeys - Escapees, or Something Else?

Throughout the United States, there are reports of creatures that sound like monkeys - or, that at least the look like them.
Aggressive creatures resembling this
baboon are spotted in the U.S.

"Devil Monkeys" are usually described as being about three to five feet tall, with grey fur and long tails. Their front limbs are considerably shorter than their back limbs, similar to a  kangaroo. They are very aggressive and are said to be carnivorous, having been known to attack livestock, and even try to break into houses! Some people say they have seen Devil Monkeys cover a distance of 75 feet in only a few hops.

In 1934, a "kangaroo-like beast" was seen by several people over a five-day period in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The animal killed livestock including ducks, geese, and even a German Shepard. The "kangaroo" ate parts of some of the animals it killed, which points to it actually not being a kangaroo, because they are vegetarian. The beast of South Pittsburg may well have been a Devil Monkey.

Four decades later, in 1975, a "monster that looks like a huge monkey and hops like a kangaroo" was seen in Oklahoma. Anthony and Steve Ketchum, and their friend Allen Herrin, all saw an "animal taller than a man, with hair all over it. It looked like a big monkey and made a growling noise."

That was not all, however.

"It then hopped towards us, like a kangaroo," the witnesses said.

The 1975 report was not the first of a Devil Monkey acting aggressively towards humans. In fact, several other well-known encounters had occurred, one only a few years before, and some in the 1940s.

The Devil Monkey scare near Mount Vernon, Illinois started in the summer of 1941, as Marsh Harpole was hunting squirrels along Gum Creek. While out one day, he saw a large animal "that looked something like a baboon." The creature jumped out of a tree and ran at Harpole, who hit it with his gun and shot at it. Soon the beast left.

Several other families in the area reported hearing strange screams coming from the woods at night. Other hunters reported finding weird tracks in the woods. In 1942, a dog was killed on a farm near Bonnie, Illinois, a small town of only 397 residents in the 2010 census. A group of hunters went out to look for the animal that had killed the dog, taking nets, ropes, and guns with them. If the Devil Monkey was still in the area, it avoided the hunters, and then reports stopped.

A notable encounter with a Devil Monkey occurred on April 25, 1974, this time in Enfield, Illinois. That evening, Mr. and Mrs. Henry McDaniel came home to find their kids terrified, because a "thing" had tried to break into the house be scratching at the air conditioner while their parents were away.

It might be assumed that the children had overreacted to something not terrifying while their parents had been away, if it wasn't for the fact that it came back later. Mr. McDaniel was there to greet it this time, with a flashlight and a .22 pistol. The creature hopped across the yard, covering a distance of 50 feet in only three jumps! McDaniel fired at it four times. "When I fired the fist shot, I know I hit it," he said. The creature, however, just disappeared into the brush, and was gone.

"It had three legs on it," McDaniel said. "It had pink eyes as big as flashlights. It had grey fur and was about 4 1/2 feet tall."

The encounter above is one with a creature called the "Enfield Horror." While it has been lumped into the Devil Monkey category before, it may be something totally different.

What are Devil Monkeys? Are they escaped from circuses? Could they have escaped or been released by another owner? Some people have described them as looking like kangaroos, but their aggression points to them not being 'roos, as does their carnivorous appetites.
There are lots of reports of out-of-place 'roos
in the U.S. I do not think they are the same
as Devil Monkeys

You can find out more about Devil Monkeys and out-of-place kangaroo reports in my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America. 



Bigfoot Hunter

A while back I got Bigfoot Hunter, an actual good Bigfoot game from the app store. Bigfoot Hunter is a "camera adventure game," and the goal is to travel the world and photograph different kinds of Bigfoots to complete your Bigfoot museum.

If you like Bigfoot, I'd definitely recommend this game. You can check out it's website here. 


Monday, January 11, 2016

The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts, and Fiends of Nature

Yet another new book from Nick Redfern, to be published in Spetember…

The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts, and Fiends of Nature will be published by Visible Ink Press, who also published The Bigfoot Book and The Zombie Book (both by Redfern, the latter with Brad Steiger.)

Here's the description of The Monster Book, available for pre-order now on Amazon:

"For many people, monsters are nothing more than myth, folklore, and legend combined. For others - and particularly those who have encountered monstrous forms surfacing and emerging from shadowy caves, from the dark waters of ancient lakes, and from the vast jungles and forests of our worlds - monsters are all too terrifyingly real. Werewolves, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, Mothman, the Abominable Snowman, and sea serpents may represent the most famous monsters, but they are not alone. In fact, quite the opposite: monsters can be found all across the planet.
"Exploring the history, folklore, pop culture, and the world of the supernatural, The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts, and Fiends of Nature is a comprehensive resource of the monster menagerie that exists on planet earth. This fascinating look at monsters has 120 photographs, drawings, and illustrations to bring the nearly 200 entries to life, including The Mongolian Death Worm; The Beast of Bray Road; The Owlman of England; The Yeren of China; Mokele Mbembe; Living Pterosaurs; The Flatwoods Monster; The Labynkyr Devil; Alien Big Cats; Lizard Man; Lake Worth Monster; The Beast of Gevaudan; Megalania, the Monstrous Monitor; South American Sasquatch; Nessie's lesser known cousin; The Jersey Devil; Sea Serpents; Orang Pendek; and Phantom Black Dogs.
"Stories of these creatures are told around flickering campfires on chilly nights in the woods, before tucking excited kids into bed, on prime-time television documentaries, and on late-night radio talk shows. Tales of terrifying creatures that the world of science assures us don't exist. But try telling that to the witnesses. This richly researched reference overflows with fascinating information to make readers think about - and reconsider - their next visit to the woods.
"The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts, and Fiends of Nature also includes a helpful bibliography and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness."
 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Finding Bigfoot "Bigfoot's Maine Event"

Tomorrow night at ten a new episode of Finding Bigfoot will be airing on Animal Planet. The episode is "Bigfoot's Maine Event," one that was filmed before last season, but didn't air. The team will be visiting Loren Coleman's International Cryptozoology Museum.

Here's the episode description:

"The team travels for the first time to Maine. They split up to interview eyewitnesses and embark on multiple solo investigations. Matt records multiple Bigfoot howls, and is confident they've pinned down a Pine Tree State Sasquatch."

Be sure to check out Finding Bigfoot tomorrow night on Animal Planet. Other episodes will be airing before the new one starting at 3 PM.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Serpents of the Sea

Sea Serpent attacking a ship…
do they exist?

While they really aren't talked about that much in cryptozoology today, sea serpents were once reported quite frequently. Now, some old reports from sailors definetly are misidentifications, or they could have been seeing an animal that we know exists, now, but didn't know existed back then.

I do think some sea serpent reports, however, are genuine accounts of unknown animals.

To start off this article, let's check out some old sea serpent reports.

HANS EGEDE


Sea Serpent described by Hans Egede

On July 6, 1734, Hans Egede, a missionary from Greenland, was sailing past the coast of that country when he spotted a "most terrible creature." Egede said it was like nothing anyone on board had ever seen. He described the encounter:

"The monster lifted its head so high it seemed to be higher than the crow's nest or mainmast. The head was small and the body short and wrinkled. The unknown creature was using giant fins which propelled it through the water. Later the sailors saw its tail as well. The monster was longer than our whole ship."

Egede also said the monster "spouted like a whale-fish."

Some have speculated that Egede and his crew did not see an unknown monster, but a giant squid.
Another drawing of the Sea Serpent


THE SERPENT OF GLOUCESTER

In 1817, a monster was frequently spotted in the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts. That year many sightings of the "Gloucester Sea Serpent" occurred, but they may go all the way back to the 1600s.

Nick Redfern notes in a Mysterious Universe article on the subject that "So far as can be determined, the earliest sighting of the Gloucester Sea Serpent dates from 1638. The witness was a man named John Josselyn, who said: 'They told me of a sea serpent, or snake, that lay qouiled [sic] up like a cable under the rock at Cape Ann; a boat passing by with English on board, and two Indians, they would have shot the serpent, but the Indians dissuaded them, saying that if he were not killed outright, they would all be in danger of their lives."

Another sighting of a sea monster occurred shortly after that, but the well known sightings occurred almost 200 years later.
Gloucester Sea Serpent

On August 10, 1817, Amos Story spotted the Gloucester serpent "between the hours of twelve and one o'clock."

"I was setting on the shore, and was about twenty rods from him when he was the nearest to me. His head appeared shaped much like that of the sea turtle, and he carried his head from ten to twelve inches above the surface of the water. His head at that distance appeared larger than the head of any dog I ever saw. From the back of his head to the next part of him that was visible, I should judge to be three or four feet. He moved very rapidly through the water, I should say a mile or two or, at most, in three minutes. I saw no bunches on his back. On this day, I did not see more than ten or twelve feet of his body."

Lots of sightings followed. Once, someone even found something on the shore, thought to be a "baby sea serpent!" The Linnean Society of New England examined the dead animal, which looked like a black snake with three humps on its back. They published an article about it in their journal, saying it was a baby sea monster.

One French naturalist looked at the pictures they had published of the "baby serpent" and said it looked like it was only a normal snake with some weird growths on its back. When the animal was examined again, and more closely, that's exactly what it turned out to be.

Just because there was only a snake on the shore doesn't mean that the sightings of the large sea serpent, which some people said had thirteen to fourteen humps on its back, weren't true.

THE DAEDALUS SIGHTING

The HMS (Her Majesty's Ship) Daedalus was a warship of the Royal Navy first launched in 1826.

In 1848, the crew of the Daedalus recorded one of the most famous sea serpent sightings ever.

On August 6, Captain Peter M'Quhae and the crew spotted the monster near the Cape of Good Hope, off the coast of Africa. The witnesses said the animal had four feet of head/neck above water, and they estimated that another sixty was below the surface.
Daedalus sighting

Captain M'Quhae commented on how close the "enormous serpent" was to the Daedalus, saying:

"The creature passed rapidly, but so close under our lee quarter, that had it been a man of my acquaintance I should have easily recognized his features with the naked eye."

The crew watched the creature for about twenty minutes. Some thought it was "more of a lizard than a serpent." Sir Richard Owen, the man who named dinosaurs, thought the crew had seen a giant seal. Evolutionary biologist Gary J. Galbreath thinks the crew saw a sei whale.

If the monster was really as close to the ship as Captain M'Quhae said, and the crew really had such a good view, I think that they really saw a sea serpent.



THE VALHALLA

Sea Serpent sightings continued into the 20th century. In 1905, two naturalists, Michael J. Nicoll and E. G. B. Meade-Waldo, spotted something while on a scientific cruise aboard the yacht Valhalla. While off the coast of Brazil, Nicoll and Meade-Waldo spotted a creature with a long neck, turtle-like head, and a dorsal fin that was squarish of ribbon-like.

The two scientists both agreed that they had just seen the "great sea serpent," but they couldn't agree on what type of animal it was. One thought the creature was a mammal, because the mouth did not extend past the eye like with a reptile. The other thought it was a reptile because of the turtle-like head.
Bernard Heuvelmans

Bernard Heuvelmans also thought that the Valhalla creature was some sort of mammal. Others have suggested that it was a giant squid, swimming with one arm and fin visible above the surface! (I think that idea is ridiculous. If it was a squid with one arm above the surface mistaken for a head, it would have to be moving Backwards!)

SOME OTHER REPORTS

Encounters at Kilkee

In 1850, a sea serpent was seen "sunning itself near the Clare coast off Kilkee," in County Clare, Ireland. Another was seen near Kilkee in 1871, described as a "large and frightening sea monster." The people that saw it "all had their nerves considerably upset by the dreadful appearance of this extraordinary creature."

The Umfuli

In 1893, Captain Cringle of the ship Umfuli saw a sea serpent off the Cape of Good Hope, the same area of the Daedalus sighting. The crew watched the serpent for half-an-hour through field glasses. The captain's mate described the encounter in the ship's log, saying that the creature was shaped like a conger eel, but was 80 feet long. The sighting occurred in calm water. Captain Cringle was so worried about being laughed at after the encounter that he didn't tell anyone about it for 35 years.

A Halloween Sea Serpent? 

A more recent sighting occurred on October 31, 1983, off Stinson Beach, north of San Francisco, California. A construction crew doing cliffside roadwork spotted a serpent 100 yards offshore and less than a quarter mile away. Matt Ratto, a witness, said:


"The body came out of the water first. It was black with three humps, there were three bends like humps and they rose straight up."

Ratta made a sketch of the creature showing a snake-like creature with a blunt nose and three coils out of the water.

Steve Bjora, another witness, said:

"The sucker was going 45 to 50 miles an hour. It was clipping. It was boogying. It looked like a long eel."

Marlene Martin said:

"It shocked the hell out of me. That thing's so big he deserves from page coverage. It was hard to describe how big it was. I have no creative imagination. It was a snake-like thing that arched itself up and was so long it made humps above the water. It had a wake as big as a power boat's and it was going about 65 miles per hour. It looked like a great big rubber hose as it moved. If someone had gotten in its way it would have plowed right through them."

Martin saw the creature lift its head out of the water and open its mouth before it submerged. "It was like it was playing."

Martin said the animal was:

"A giant snake or a dragon, with a mouth like an alligators. It was at least 15 or 20 feet in circumference, but it was hard to tell how long it was. I mean, how long is a snake? He should have the whole damn ocean. It's his territory. He's the king of the sea!"

Did the workers really see a gigantic sea serpent, or is their sighting just a Halloween prank?

CARCASSES



Since I already have a long post about carcasses of supposed "sea serpents," I will not expand on the subject here.

You can see the post fully about "sea serpent" carcasses here.

SEA SERPENTS TODAY

Looking on cryptozoology sites today, you really don't find that much on sea serpents. I have posts about them on here every once and a while, but like other sites, most of the news here involves Bigfoot.

Sea serpents aren't, I think, seen as much today as they were in the pass. Some people think that is because ships today, powered by engines, are too noisy. Two hundred years ago or so, they would have had sails, and would have been quiet. Sea serpents today might be scared of noisy ships.

Some old sea serpent sightings must also be misidentifications, or the witnesses honestly didn't know what they were seeing, but the animal is already recognized by science. I do think, however, that the reports in this article are of genuine sea serpents.

We know more about the moon than about what lives at the bottom of the sea. There's got to be some big surprises down there.