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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. 

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 MONSTER…

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.


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&…

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.



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 …

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.


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 co…

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.

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'sLoch Ness: From Out of the Depthsfrom 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 pop…

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 …

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 o…

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.

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 ab…

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…

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 Creatureswould 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 …

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.

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.


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 fi…

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.

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 walke…

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 m…

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.

"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…

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. 


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, a…

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.

Serpents of the Sea

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



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…