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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jeff Meldrum - An "Embarrassment to Science?"

Here's an interesting little story about Jeff Meldrum that he shared on Facebook yesterday:

"Just got a phone message from a 'Mike in Boston' who felt the compulsion to look me up and call me to tell me that I am an embarrassment to the scientific community, a hoaxer, obsessed with Bigfoot, etc. He challenged me to call him back and provide one piece of scientific evidence that sasquatch exist.
"I would happily oblige,  except he didn't leave his phone number.
"Anyone know a Mike in Boston?"
Jeff Meldrum is not an embarrassment to science. If anything, Meldrum is doing what all scientists should do. Most other scientists are being very unscientific by not looking into the Sasquatch mystery at all,

 
 

Finding Bigfoot: "Supernatural Bigfoot"

Finding Bigfoot returns tonight at 9 p.m. Tonight's episode is "Supernatural Bigfoot."

Here's the episode description:

"The team joins forces with a paranormal investigation group - the SBC (Supernatural Bigfoot Group), in Mt. Shasta, CA, an area known for its paranormal and Bigfoot activity. Bobo joins the SBC for the week, but will they be able to prove to him that Bigfoots are supernatural?"




Book Review: Paranormal Montana



Earlier this week, I got Greg Strandberg's new book Paranormal Montana: The Odd, Strange, and Unexplainable Things That Happen Under the Big Sky. The book covers all things with the label "unknown" that are spotted in the Treasure State, including UFOs, cattle mutilations, Bigfoot, the Flathead Lake Monster, ghosts and haunted places, Indian legends about giants, giant beavers, and much more.

Anyone who checks this blog regularly will probably have seen that I got the book Monday, and am now finished with it. Yes, it's not that long of a book and it is a quick read. But a good one nonetheless.

Strandberg splits the book into sections, each on a different topic. The sections in the book are:


  1. UFOs in Montana
  2. Cattle Mutilations
  3. Montana Bigfoot Sightings
  4. The Flathead Lake Monster
  5. Indian Legends
  6. Other Phenomena

Strandberg discusses sightings of all these odd things dating from hundreds of years ago and up to 2016. Each chapter is pretty short, but there's a lot of them, each discussing something different. 

There's the occasional spelling or grammar error in the book, but overall I enjoyed it. I definitely recommend Paranormal Montana to anyone interested in any sort of strange phenomenon. More than likely you'll find something about it in this book.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finding Bigfoot Returns Tomorrow



New episodes of Finding Bigfoot return to Animal Planet tomorrow, March 31, at 9 p.m.

The premiere is "Supernatural Bigfoot." The team will be in North Carolina where they meet up with the Supernatural Bigfoot Group who believe Bigfoot is something more than flesh-and-blood. It is a two-hour episode.

Other episodes will be:


  • Southern Oregon - "Century-old legends of bigfoot have haunted the expansive Klamath Reservation in Southern Oregon. The team investigates this new location as unexplained lights mystify the team on the first night and leave them wondering if this could be connected to bigfoot."
  • Mississippi - "The team takes their first squatching trip to the Magnolia State after a local man sends them a video he claims to show a line of large footprints in the mud. They decide to follow a page out of his playbook and take the cameras into their own hands, personally filming their entire investigation in the swamplands in hopes of unearthing similar prints."
  • Arkansas - "There is a group known as the Fayetteville Freethinkers which challenge the belief that Bigfoot is real and offer an $80,000 home in the area to anyone who brings one in. The FINDING BIGFOOT team sets out to try to enlighten those who don't believe."
  • Tennessee - "The team is heading back to Tennessee with their sights on the bright lights of Nashville. They attend a sasquatch-based festival - Squatchytonk - and meet with country music singer Kase Lansdale. Kasey accompanies the team out into the forest hoping to serenade some country-music-loving bigfoots."
  • Appalachian Trail - "In the two-hour season finale, the team tackles an area a little too squatchy for them to handle alone, so they recruit friends and family members to help: Matt Moneymaker is assisted by his son Leo; Ranae is joined by her cousin Laura; Cliff brings his brother Rob; and Bobo brings along Bud Gaugh - his friend for over 20 years and former drummer for the band, Sublime."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Strange Things Under the Big Sky

Received in the mail today a copy of Greg Strandberg's new book Paranormal Montana: The Odd, Strange, and Unexplainable Things That Happen Under the Big Sky. Looks good! I'll post a review when I finish reading it.


Here's the book description:

"Paranormal Montana explores the weird, strange, and out-of-this-world stories that have taken place in Montana's recent past.
  • UFOs and alien encounters
  • Bigfoot sightings and close calls
  • Lake monsters and strange appearances
  • Cannibal giants and what goes bump in the night
 "You'll get all of that and a lot more in this fun and exciting book
"These amazing stories come straight from the state's newspapers and the Montana Historical Society's archives. Full of wondrous tales that are great for any age, this Montana book is one that you'll remember for years!"


 

Women in Black out on Kindle



I found on Amazon today Nick Redfern's new book Women in Black: The Creepy Companions of the Mysterious M.I.B. Right now the Kindle version is out. I'm expecting a paperback version soon, because that's the way things went with his Men in Black: Personal Stories and Eerie Adventures from lsat year, which was published by the same publisher.

Here's the description of Women in Black:

"'May I come in?'
"'I had a very strange feeling when I saw this woman.'
"'It was as if she were dead.'
"'She shrank from him with a hissing sound.'
"Everyone has heard of the Men in Black. But what about the Women in Black? Just like their creepy, male counterparts, the WIB will stop at nothing to silence those who get too close to the truths behind the UFO phenomenon and paranormal activity. Dire warnings, intimidation, and menacing death threats are their cold-hearted calling-cards. Like the vampires of old, these black-cld, pale-faced women prefer to do their hunting by night. Their prey: us. Women in Black is the first, full-length study of the WIB mystery. The story is a dark and disturbing one. It encompasses such issues as alien abductions, Mothman, strange and unearthly monsters, the secrets of alchemy, time-travel, and the dark domain of all things supernatural. Fearless and fearsome, the Women in Black just might be your worst nightmare."

About the author:

"Nick Refern is the author of 36 books on UFOs, lake-monsters, the Roswell UFO crash, zombies, and Hollywood scandal, including Men in Black; Chupacabra Road Trip; The Bigfoot Book; and Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind. Nick has appeared on many TV shows, including: Fox News, the BBC's Out of This World, the SyFy Channel's Proof Positive; the History Channel's Monster Quest, America's Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel's Paranatural, and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He can be contacted at: http://nickredfernfortean.blogspot.com." 

Check out Nick's blog here - Nick Redfern's World of Whatever...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Small Town Monsters Stuff...

Some cool stuff I got today...




Minerva Monster soundtrack and DVD

shirt
Beast of Whitehall mini-poster
Bigfoot drawing by Eric Miner
Beast of Whitehall test DVD.
The first and only one.


Thanks Seth!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mountain Monsters: "Raven Mocker: Back to Trapper"

After last week's "Best of Bigfoot," new episodes of Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition are returning. On the last hunt, the team went after a Bigfoot they call the "Raven Mocker" and also ran into what they think is a witch. Now, they're going to get help from Trapper.

"The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings meet up for the first time with Trapper to talk about how they should confront the legendary Raven Mocker, but they soon realize that a showdown against it is their only option."

Check out an all new Mountain Monsters, tonight at 10 on Destination America. Older episodes will also be playing, starting at 4 p.m.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Recent Tasmanian Tiger Sighting

Thylacines

A surviving Thylacine/Tasmanian Tiger may have been seen recently.

The Star reports:

"ANOTHER Tasmanian tiger sighting has been reported in South Gippsland.
" After Venus Bay Caravan Park owner Tony Holgate came across a tiger at the park in December, Barrie Murphy reported a sighting at Inverloch last Wednesday.
"The Inverloch resident said he was positive he caught a glimpse of the nocturnal marsupial and added jokingly he had just one glass of wine for the whole night.
"'Last Wednesday at about 10.30pm, I was driving along Ullathorne Road when it crossed the road in front of me,' he said.
"'First of all, I thought it was a fox or a cat, but as it moved off the bitumen on to the green verge, I realized it was dog sized, about the same as an Alsatian.'
"Mr Murphy said as he got closer to the animal, its tail captured his attention.
"'It was the long, straight tail, which could have been a metre long. It was straight out, white and strong looking,' he said.
"Because he was in his car, Mr Murphy was unable to see the creature's head, but he did recognize one of the Tasmanian tiger's most distinctive traits.
"'The thing that really made me twig was, as I drove past it, I saw the stripes down its side and onto its flank,' he said.
"'I thought to myself, I have seen something exceptional here, so I turned around and went back, but it had disappeared.'
"Mr Murphy said in the past, he has heard two accounts of Tasmanian tiger sightings, both from reliable sources.
"'After seeing one myself, I thought I would report it so other people can keep a lookout,' he said.
"According to the Australian Museum, the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, is a large carnivorous marsupial now believed to be extinct.
"It was sandy yellowish-brown to grey in colour and had 15 to 20 distinct dark stripes across its back from the shoulders to tail.
"Although the large head was dog or wolf-like, the tail was stiff and the legs were relatively short. Body hair was dense, short and soft.
"In recent times the thylacine was confined to Tasmania where its presence has not been established conclusively for more then 70 years, however it became extinct on the Australian mainland not less than 2000 years ago."

Was a thylacine really spotted? If Barrie Murphy is not lying, his description of a dog-sized animal with a long, stiff tail and stripes certainly sounds like one of these odd marsupials.

The other sighting that was mentioned at the beginning of the article occurred last December. Tony Holgate spotted what he says was a thylacine in South Gippsland, Australia. A few others claim to have seen the creatures in the same area.

Still alive?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"Bigfooticus"

What the heck is "Bigfooticus," you ask? Well, I don't know.

I stumbled upon bigfooticus.com the other day. It honestly is one of the worst websites I've ever seen, and probably tops the list on bad Bigfoot sites.

The whole thing is just one page about baby Bigfoots, how they're related to us, how one guy has apparently met several Bigfoots, has pictures of them (that are zoomed in and enhanced. Yeah, because that always screams "real!") Fake as heck.

Whoever made the site apparently can't spell or write well either. That's all I've got to say about that.

Honestly, the "Bigfooticus" site is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Which Finding Bigfoot Member are You?

Here's a new little thing on the Animal Planet website… it's a little quiz to see which Finding Bigfoot team member you are most like.

I got Cliff Barackman. : )


Ohio Bigfoot Conference Stuff



Just some updates about this year's Ohio Bigfoot Conference, which will take place May 14…

As I've already mentioned in other posts, this year's speakers are fantastic - Bob Gimlin, Guy Edwards, Sybilla Irwin, Cliff Barackman, and James "Bobo" Fay!
Bob Gimlin at the 2015 OBC

Now for some other updates…

Tom Yamarone will once again be back to be and will once again be the musical entertainment at the event. He's got some pretty cool Bigfoot songs!

John Kirk III will also be back. He and Winona Alexis will be the emcees at the conference. Lyle Blackburn will also be there.
John Kirk speaking at the 2015 OBC

I will be attending this amazing event and I am donating some items for the door prizes… copies of Cryptid U.S. and some paintings I've done of the Ape Canyon Bigfoot encounter and the Bishopville Lizardman. There's gonna be lots of other cool door prizes and auction items as well, including some great books by other authors, lots of other awesome artwork, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and much more…

If you can, check out the conference in May. It really is the best of the best!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Paranormal Montana

Found on Amazon yesterday another new book on a number of unexplained subjects, including Bigfoot, lake monsters, UFOs, cattle mutilations, ghosts, etc…

Paranormal Montana: The Odd, Strange, Unexplainable Things That Happen Under the Big Sky by Greg Strandberg. This one looks interesting.

"Paranormal Montana explores the weird, strange, and out-of-this-world stories that have taken place in Montana's recent past. UFOs and alien encounters, Bigfoot sightings and close calls, Lake monsters and strange appearances, Cannibal giants and what goes bump in the night - You'll get all of that and a lot more in this fun and exciting book. These amazing stores come straight from the state's newspapers and the Montana Historical Society's archives. Full of wondrous tales that are great for any age, this Montana book is one that you'll remember for years!"

You can get Paranormal Montana  here. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Mountain Monsters "Best of Bigfoot"

Tonight's episode of Mountain Monsters will be "Best of Bigfoot." I'm assuming this will be like the "Scariest Moments" episode they had earlier this season, but this one will just be Bigfoot moments.

I can't find an episode description right now, but if I do, I'll update things.

Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters on Destination America tonight! The new episode is at 10 p.m., but other episodes start at 4 p.m.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Dogman Symposium Again

The Dogman Symposium is happening August 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.

A website is now up for the event which you can check out by clicking this link.

Speakers at the conference will be Linda Godfrey, Stan Gordon, Nick Redfern, David Weatherly, John E.L. Tenney, Ken Gerhard, and Lyle Blackburn.

Below is some information about the conference:

"A family-friendly, public event that will address the phenomenon of, accounts of mysterious monsters in the Midwest that are characterized as resembling real-life 'werewolves.' Featuring lectures by several leading investigators of unknown creatures. The community of Defiance, Ohio is notable for its own rash of Dogman encounters during 1972."


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Big Sky Bigfoot Conference 2016

The Big Sky Bigfoot Conference will be happening again in 2016. This year's conference will take place October 21 and 22 at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center in Hamilton, Montana. So far that's all the info. When speakers are announced I'll update things!

Legend Tripping: The Ultimate Adventure

This is an interesting looking book coming out this June...

Legend Tripping: The Ultimate Adventure is by Robert Robinson and has a forward by Loren Coleman.

Below is the book description:

"Look outside the box and go on the ultimate adventure! Enter the exciting world of myth and monsters, the paranormal, UFOs and extraterrestrials, lost treasures and mysterious places. Delve into these awesome legends and learn how easy and inexpensive it is to search for the subjects of these stories, and what you'll need to look for them. Robert Robinson [resents this epic guide to the stranger sites in America and gives you some valuable pointers on legend tripping out your back door. Chapters: Legend Tripping; Bigfoot; Other Cryptids; Bigfoot Legend Trip; Aquatic Cryptids; Aquatic Cryptid Legend Trip; Haunted Sights and the Paranormal; Paranormal Legend Trip; UFO Sites and Ghost Lights; Extraterrestrial Legend Trip; Treasure Legends; Treasure Legend Trip; Critical Thinking; The Experience; Legend Trip Location; Outdoor Survival; Equipment and Tools; Your Legend Trip Begins Now!; Who's Who in Legend Tripping; Legend Tripping in Popular Fiction; more."

You can pre-order Legend Tripping here. 


Flying Snakes from Africa to Texas

Flying snakes, you ask? Yes!

I first planned to write this post about a month ago, but, with 700-some posts on this blog published (and a good number of drafts as well) I forgot about it as others were written and it was pushed down the list. But, now, after seeing Nick Redfern's Mysterious Universe article on an old story of a "flying serpent of large dimensions", I have remembered about this post, which is about the same subject.

The idea of a flying snake sounds impossible. But, there are a few odd reports of this very thing. And no, I'm not talking about snakes that "fly" by jumping from tree to tree. I'm talking snakes that are legitimately seen flying, as in floating through the air. Stories of these snakes come from around the world, as you shall soon see.

FLYING SNAKES IN AFRICA

To start things off, lets take a look at flying snake reports from Africa.

Roy P. Mackal, cryptozoologist and famous Nessie seeker, notes in his 1980 book Searching for Hidden Animals: An Inquiry into Zoological Mysteries, tales of flying snakes from this continent.  From the city of Keetmanshoop came a very strange story.

A man had sent his sixteen-year-old son to watch over his flock of sheep. The boy was supposed to return that evening, but didn't. A search party went to the area and found him unconscious. After he came to, he could not speak for three days because of the shock of whatever had happened, and very rightly so.

The boy said that he had been sitting in the shade under a tree when he heard a roaring noise, which he thought might be from a "wind devil." When he looked up, he saw a giant snake flying down the mountain. When the creature landed it caused a giant cloud of dust to fly up, and a smell of "burnt brass." The boy then lost consciousness.

The incident was investigated by the local farmers and police who actually saw the ginormous serpent. When they watched it disappear into a crevice in the side of the mountain, they threw sticks of dynamite in after it. The dynamite went off and they heard a "low moaning sound" for a while, and that was it.

Did the boy really see a giant flying snake coming down the mountain? It may sound unbelievable, but as we shall soon see, there are more reports of this kind, from other parts of the world.

FLYING SNAKES IN TEXAS

From Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern's book Monsters of Texas comes a report of a flying snake from that state.

In June, 1983, the Bonham Express published an account of a flying snake seen in that town. The article stated:

"There appeared to be an enormous flying snake, as large and as long as a telegraph pole. It was of a yellow striped color, and seemed to float along without any effort. They (the eyewitnesses) could see it coil itself up, turn over, and thrust forward its huge head as if striking at something, displaying the maneuvers of a genuine snake. The cloud and serpent moved in an easterly direction, and were seen by persons a few miles this side of Honey Grove."
A fake story for a slow news day, or was there really a flying snake, as unbelievable as it may sound?

THE BOREHAM STREET "SERPENT"

Before we get to an examination of flying snake reports, let's check out one more.
Boreham Street

In 1857, the village of Boreham Street, in East Sussex, England, was terrified by a "flying serpent," or so it was said. What the "serpent" actually was, however, is something far different.

Nick Redfern retells the whole story in his Mysterious Universe article, so I won't go through the whole thing here.

Basically, the Sussex Advertiser reported an account of a "flying serpent of large dimensions" that had attacked a cow in Boreham Street. The "serpent" was wrapped around the panicked cow's head, and villagers really didn't know what to do, until one of them thought to shoot the snake. What a good idea!

Eventually the cow shook the "snake" from its head, and villagers ran terrified as it approached them. The man who was supposed to shoot it became so terrified that he couldn't, so the town blacksmith had to take the gun and do it! As he approached, the serpent "raised its head and spread its wings." The blacksmith managed to shoot it and the villagers found that it measured about four feet long. But was it really a flying snake?

The answer: no, not at all. What the villagers mistook for a "flying serpent" was really, to quote the Sussex Advertiser:


"...nothing more nor less than as a black silk handkerchief as any person might wish to place around his neck, and which the cow had by some means no doubt taken from the hedge while it had with other wearing apparel been washed and hung out to dry."
Are we to believe that the villagers really mistook a handkerchief for a serpent? To me this account is just something thought up on a slow news day.

TRUE REPORTS?

The account of the "Boreham Street Serpent" is not one of a genuine flying snake, so it will not be examined in this part of the post. The other two, from Texas and Africa, will be.

The Texas report describes a flying snake that was "as large and as long as a telegraph pole" and "of a yellow striped color." It was said to fly while moving like a snake would if it was moving along the ground. But, is it a report of a genuine flying snake? I honestly don't think so. From reading many old newspaper reports of cryptids, I know that a good number of them are hoaxes. And this one probably falls into that category.

The report of the flying snake in Africa I find more believable than the other two. But was the snake actually flying down the mountain? That I doubt, but it wouldn't surprise me if there was some sort of giant snake living in Africa.

Flying snake reports in cryptozoology are most likely hoaxes, but they're not the weirdest things I've heard about while researching the unknown.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cryptid Culture #2

Received in the mail today Cryptid Culture Magazine number 2…

This issue features articles by Robert Robinson (Legend of the Gowrow), David Weatherly (In Pursuit of Monsters), John Meszaros (Cryptids State by State), Katy Elizabeth (The Search for Champ), Dave Gibson (Living Among Sasquatch), John Hairr (Carolina Mermaids and Mermen) and lots of cool artwork by Adam Benedict, Joseph Carter, Shari Jenkins, Magdalena Furmanek, Brent Giles, Sam Shearon, and  Paul Woodruff. There's also a "Cryptid Crossword" in the back.

Looks good!

You can get Cryptid Culture here. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Finding Bigfoot Returns March 31

Did it seem like the most recent season of Finding Bigfoot was a little too short? Well, that's because it was.

Don't worry, though, Finding Bigfoot fans.

New episodes are returning later this month, on a new night - Thursday, March 31. The first episode will be a two-hour special starting at 9 PM.


The premiere this month is "Supernatural Bigfoot." The team will be in North Carolina where they meet up with the Supernatural Bigfoot Group who believe Bigfoot is something more than flesh-and-blood.

Other episodes will be:


  • Southern Oregon - "Century-old legends of bigfoot have haunted the expansive Klamath Reservation in Southern Oregon. The team investigates this new location as unexplained lights mystify the team on the first night and leave them wondering if this could be connected to bigfoot."
  • Mississippi - "The team takes their first squatching trip to the Magnolia State after a local man sends them a video he claims to show a line of large footprints in the mud. They decide to follow a page out of his playbook and take the cameras into their own hands, personally filming their entire investigation in the swamplands in hopes of unearthing similar prints."
  • Arkansas - "There is a group known as the Fayetteville Freethinkers which challenge the belief that Bigfoot is real and offer an $80,000 home in the area to anyone who brings one in. The FINDING BIGFOOT team sets out to try to enlighten those who don't believe."
  • Tennessee - "The team is heading back to Tennessee with their sights on the bright lights of Nashville. They attend a sasquatch-based festival - Squatchytonk - and meet with country music singer Kase Lansdale. Kasey accompanies the team out into the forest hoping to serenade some country-music-loving bigfoots."
  • Appalachian Trail - "In the two-hour season finale, the team tackles an area a little too squatchy for them to handle alone, so they recruit friends and family members to help: Matt Moneymaker is assisted by his son Leo; Ranae is joined by her cousin Laura; Cliff brings his brother Rob; and Bobo brings along Bud Gaugh - his friend for over 20 years and former drummer for the band, Sublime."

Sunday, March 13, 2016

2016 Dogman Symposium

Coming up this August is a Dogman Symposium happening in Defiance, Ohio. For those who don't know, there was a rash of Dogman sightings in Defiance in the 1970s. I highlight them in my book. 

There really isn't that much info out about the event right now, but it's being hosted by Ken Gerhard. Other cryptozoologists, including Linda S. Godfrey, Lyle Blackburn, Nick Redfern, David Weatherly, and more…

You can get tickets here. 


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mountain Monsters: "Bigfoot of Lee County: Raven Mocker"

An all new Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition, "Bigfoot of Lee County: Raven Mocker," airs tonight at 10 on Destination America.

Here's the episode description:

"The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings travel to Lee County, Virginia, to investigate a Bigfoot that the Cherokee people dread, building a raven wing trap to face something unexplainable that may be haunting the forests."

Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters tonight. 


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Scarberry-Mallette Mothman Sighting



The first sighting of something strange around Point Pleasant, West Virginia that got "Mothman" into the news was a sighting that occurred on November 15, 1966.

Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette were joyriding through the TNT area. Explosives had been manufactured there during WWII. The two couples were driving down the mazes of dirt roads when the spotted a strange figure. They all said it had blood-red, glowing eyes; that's what got their attention in the first place.

The thing didn't seem to notice the four people, and just walked off towards the generator plant. They didn't care where it was headed; Roger turned around and sped out of there. But their encounter wasn't over yet.

As they were leaving, they saw the thing standing on a hill by the road. They said it was 6 feet tall and had wings "like an angel." "It was about six and a half to seven feet tall, and its wings were folded against its back."

The creature's torso looked like a human's, but it had no arms and its face was hard to distinguish; it may have been headless. It walked around clumsily, like a penguin, and had a ten foot wingspan. The creature took off and followed the car. "We were driving 100 miles per hour," Roger said. "And that bird kept up with us, without flapping its wings." The witnesses said it did make a noise, and it sounded like a "squeak" of a huge mouse.

Both of the women in the car were now crying, and the monster followed the four people all the way into Point Pleasant, still "squeaking." At the town limits, the Mothman turned around and they did not see it again.

The couples stopped at a drive in and called the police. Officers came and they told them their story. The officers went to the TNT area, but did not find anything unusual. They did have some scary experiences, though. The couples were there when an officer said he saw shadows circling the old power plant. Deputy Sheriff Mallard Halstead saw a cloud of dust kick up from a coal yard not far away, and he thought the Mothman may have caused it. Steve Mallette, Roger Scarberry, and the deputies returned the Wednesday during the daylight hours and saw something fly up into a boiler when they kicked a door open. No one saw it long enough to determine what it was.

Linda Scarberry was so shaken by the encounter that she had to be taken to the hospital. After that, she and Roger moved back in with her parents.

Hundreds of people flocked to the TNT area after the Scarberry/Mallette sighting, hoping to get a glimpse of Mothman. Marcella Bennett, her daughter Tina, and her brother, Raymond Wamsley, and his wife saw the Mothman. They saw lights in the sky at first, but they dismissed them off as a plane.

They approached the Thomas residence in the area to see Ralph Thomas, only to realize he was not home. Marcella decided to get back in the car and wait until Raymond left, and saw something strange when she reached for the door handle.
She described it as gray, 6 feet tall, and it had feathers. She said it looked like a man, but had wings. It had a bird's head and just stood there. "It looked like he was relaxing," she said. "To me it didn't look like it was of this world."

More on Mothman sightings from Nov. 1966 to Dec. 1967 can be found in my book, Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America.



The Loch Ness Monsters and the Giant Eel Theory

A while back I had a post about the theory that the Loch Ness Monsters are surviving plesiosaurs. This post will be similar, but will be about the theory that the Loch Monsters are some sort of giant eel. Over the years, there have been a number of people who think this may be the case, notably, Loch Ness researcher Roy Mackal.

Could the Nessies be a type of gigantic eel?


MACKAL'S THEORY

One of the best known Nessie researchers ever, Mackal, was born in 1925. Mackal worked as a biologist in Chicago and began investigating the Loch Ness Monsters in the 1960s, and did so until his death in 2013.

In 1976, Mackal wrote a book called The Monsters of Loch Ness. Towards the end of the book, he discusses two of his theories as to what the monsters could be. One was some type of amphibian, and the other was a giant eel, which is what we are looking at in this post.

Mackal looked at a table he had made of features described in monster sightings. He tried to match them up with known animals to see if any of those he compared the sightings to could explain what was being seen in the loch. When Mackal looked at the results, he saw that a "thick bodied eel" matched more of the characteristics than the other animals.

The largest eels known to science are moray eels, which can reach a length of twelve feet. Could a type of eel, 30 feet long, be living undiscovered in Loch Ness?

Moray eel


COULD GIANT EELS LIVE IN THE LOCH?

The average temperature of water in Loch Ness is about 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Eels are cold-blooded animals. Could they survive in that water?

If the Loch Ness Monsters are giant eels (lets say, 30 feet long), would there be enough food in the Loch for them to survive? The answer to that may actually be yes. Eels can actually go quite a long time (a few weeks or more) without eating. If a small population of giant eels lives in Loch Ness, each eel could be fine while not eating for a while. There would probably always be enough food for them.

But, do eels match characteristics of most descriptions of the Loch Ness Monsters like Mackal said they did? They could possibly create the humps reported, but couldn't show the long neck.

Maybe the Loch Ness Monsters are some sort of giant eel. Or, maybe, they're not. In the future I'll have more posts discussing what they could be.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Monsters Among Us

I have seen that Linda Godfrey has a new book coming out this September...

Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena is the title of said book, which will be released September 27th.

So far there isn't much about the book, except for the description, which follows.

"When it comes to thoughtful and well-researched accounts of the paranormal, the buck stops at Linda S. Godfrey. In her latest work, she tackles the very real possibility of portals between worlds - and even other dimensions.
"Shadow wolves, sentient mists, and UFOs...oh my!
"Linda S. Godfrey -- author of Real Wolfmen, American Monsters, and other books reporting on creatures such as Bigfoot, gigantic birds, and strange energy forms -- began to seek answers to the question of where these creatures are actually from. The common thread that she discovered was the reportage of mysterious doorways leading to other worlds. Godfrey here offers a comprehensive look at the mystical, legendary, and scientific angles of these portals, providing a broad sampling of modern day encounters and experiences, interspersed with her own field research and interviews with eyewitnesses. Meticulously researched and expertly written, Secret Portals is a fascinating look into worlds unknown that will challenge the reader's idea of reality."

I'm not really sure why the Amazon page shows the title Monsters Among Us and the description says Secret Portals. If something changes I'll update this post. 
 
 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Mountain Monsters: "Bigfoot of Wirt County: The Ash Man"

It's Saturday, which means a new Mountain Monsters is on tonight at 10 on Destination America. Tonight's episode is "Bigfoot of Wirt County: The Ash Man."

Here's the episode description:

"The team heads to Wirt County, WV after a Bigfoot known as the Ash Man that Huckleberry saw on his family's farm nearly 50 years ago. The team constructs their largest trap to date in order to capture the Ash Man."

If they're building their "largest trap to date" it's gonna be pretty dang big.

Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters tonight!

The Making of a (Good) Bigfoot Documentary

There have been many documentaries on Bigfoot made over the years, especially in the last decade. Shows like MonsterQuest, Finding Bigfoot, Bigfoot: The New Evidence, Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide, and others are on TV quite often. Then, there are those shows that say they're "documentaries," but are really just something totally fake (You know which ones I'm talking about - Megalodon, Mermaids, Russian Yeti, and the horrible Bigfoot Captured), and the ones that are obviously fake (but entertaining) like Mountain Monsters. 

Last year, however, a new sort of Bigfoot documentary appeared. Made by Seth Breedlove and his crew, the series is called "Small Town Monsters," and currently consists of Minerva Monster (2015), Beast of Whitehall (April 2016), and, in production now, Boggy Creek Monster. 

While working on this article, I asked Seth about the process of making the Small Town Monsters documentaries. But, before we get to that, here's what Seth said about his interest in Bigfoot (when it started, and how Small Town Monsters came to be):

"I got into the subject back around 2001. A friend of mine mistakenly thought I was already into the subject of cryptids and he burned me a dvd with a bunch of different monster documentaries. I watched them, grew fascinated with the subject and started looking into it for myself. I started out basically just driving dirt roads near the town where I grew up late at night. When I grew tired of that I started doing research into old newspaper archives and began to unearth a lot of really fascinating articles from the late 1800's and early 1900's that detailed run-ins with giant, upright walking apes. These really piqued my curiosity because, while most people are familiar with the Wildman sightings we always hear as being possible historical Bigfoot accounts, we don't hear as much about these ape reports.
"Anyway, eventually I started SasWhat, which is my podcast about Bigfoot that I do with my friend Mark, and around the same time I put together a book proposal for a series called Small Town Monsters. It was conceived to be a guidebook to unusual creature sightings around the country and sort of highlight the towns where the sightings took place. The proposal was rejected by nearly everyone I sent it to.
"In 2014 I took the idea to these guys who owned a production company and I pitched them the idea of making a movie out of one of the cases I'd researched during the book proposal days about a creature called the Minerva Monster. I guess the rest is history. I've always loved documentaries as it combines my love of writing and research with my love of the visual medium of film. That was what excited me so much about doing independent cryptid docs. It just wasn't something you saw a lot." 
SasWhat

As I noted at the beginning of this article, STM documentaries are not like your "normal" documentary on any type of cryptid.  Why is that? Seth explained:

"Well, in all honesty, our approach was born as much out of budgetary constraints as it was some sort of attempt at a different approach to the subject. I mean, Minerva and Whitehall are both very influenced by what I personally would've looked for in a doc about this subject. However, on Minerva the no-recreations, no-narration, grass roots sort of approach was due more to the fact that we had no money. We had no money on Whitehall either but with that project I was able to wrangle in a narrator.
"We now eschew recreations simply because I find they pull you out of the reality of the film more often than heightening it. I don't really care for recreations in ANY doc let alone one that centers around a hairy, man-like creature that stalks people through the woods. I just think it's too hard to pull off and I find the witnesses' stories much more unnerving than some guy in a bad suit chasing actors around."

I agree with Seth on many of the points he made about this. One of the reasons I like both Minerva Monster and Beast of Whitehall so much is because there are the witnesses telling what happened, and while they do, you actually get to see the location and see them talking about it. In any other documentary or TV show (take Finding Bigfoot or Monsters and Mysteries in America, for example) there's always a re-creation of the sighting. In the latter show, the re-creation and editing of the witnesses telling their story usually makes it more dramatic than it actually was. Take, for example, the Ohio Grassman episode. One of the sightings featured was one by some kids in Salt Fork State Park a few years ago. The youngest of the kids had gone off by herself, so the older two went to get her. When they did, they saw a Bigfoot. In the show, it seems like the Bigfoot was there to try to get the kids. But, in reality, they said it was looking at some deer. If that sighting was in a STM documentary, it would be "we saw a Bigfoot and it was looking at some deer." Hearing the stories exactly as they're told is better than some dramatized re-enactment.

Lastly, Seth explained what the whole process is like of making a documentary - from the planning, to filming, and editing:

"It's a huge challenge simply preparing these films. You spend months (in the case of Minerva, over a year) just wrangling witnesses or finding witnesses' names and contact info. The actual filming is the fun part, to me. By the time we set out to film we already have a good idea of what we're doing day to day. Basically, we just go shoot the interviews and b-roll and get to experience the fun of filmmaking. But then, once it's all in the can then we have to get serious and that's when the real grind begins. Editing takes a long time and unlike scripted films, on a doc, the story seems to only reveal itself during editing. It's good to have an idea of what you want to do going into the project but if you make a doc I think it's pretty typical to have no idea what the story is until you sit down and start cutting footage. Once it's cut together Brandon starts working his magic on the film score. That's a unique process in itself because he's off along with the film sort of finding the story audibly and he's very much responsible for the 'tone' of the finished product. Watch Whitehall to see what I mean. 
"Interestingly enough, once the film is done and released, that's when the major work begins for us. Due to the fact that we're independently produced and distributed we have to schedule screenings, handle printing of dvds, streaming avenues, all that stuff, ourselves.  So it's and endless sort of cycle right now. I've been working non-stop on STM since mid-2014. It's been an incredible experience."

So, now you know what the making of a Bigfoot documentary is like. If you haven't, I would definitely recommend that you get Minerva Monster and Beast of Whitehall, even if you aren't super interested in Bigfoot. I have no doubt that you'll enjoy them.

If you want to find out more about Small Town Monsters, check out their Facebook page. 

The official premiere of Beast of Whitehall is April 2 in Whitehall, NY. If you're in the area that day, check it out! Minerva Monster Day is also happening on September 24 in Minerva, Ohio.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cabela's "Strange, Rare & Unusual Sightings" Event This Weekend

Cabela's in Wheeling, West Virginia will be hosting their 6th annual "Strange, Rare and Unusual Sightings" seminar this weekend, starting tomorrow, Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.

Speakers at the event include Doug Waller of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation, Jeff Meldrum, Steve Kulls, Billy Willard, Joe Kiray, Dave Dragosin, Fred Saluga, and Brian Seech.

The event is free and for people of all ages. There is a meet and greet tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m., and speakers will talk on Saturday and Sunday.

If you're in the Wheeling, WV area this weekend, check out the event!


Cryptid Culture Issue 2



The second issue of Cryptid Culture Magazine is available now. Articles in this issue include "Legend of the Gowrow" by Robert Robinson, "In Pursuit of Monsters" by David Weatherly, "Cryptids State by State" by John Mezaros, "The Search for Champ" by Katy Elizabeth, "Living Among Sasquatch" by Dave Gibson, "Carolina Mermaids and Mermen" by John Hairr, and more.

Cryptid Culture Magazine can be bought on blurb.com.  I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in cryptozoology.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A "Gorilla" in Ohio?

Ohio is a hotbed for Bigfoot sightings. The earliest possible sighting of one of the creatures in the state was reported in a January 23, 1869 in an article in the Minnesota Weekly Record , with the headline "A Gorilla in Ohio." It is reprinted below. (Keep in mind, the terms "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch" are not used because they had not been invented yet. "Sasquatch" was first used as a name for the creatures in the 1920s and "Bigfoot" in 1958.)

"Gallipolis is excited over a wild man, who is reported to haunt the woods near that city. He goes naked, is covered with hair, is gigantic in height, and 'his eyes start from their sockets." A carriage, containing a man and daughter, was attacked by him a few days ago. He is said to have bounded at the father, catching him in a grip like that of a vice, hurling him to the earth, falling on him and endeavoring to bite and to scratch like a wild animal. The struggle was long and fearful, rolling and wallowing in the deep mud, have [sic] suffocated, sometimes beneath his adversary, whose bringing and maniac eyes glared into his own with murderous and savage intensity. Just as he was about to become exhausted from his exertions, his daughter, taking courage at the imminent danger of her parent, snatched up a rock and hurling it at the head of her father's would be murderer, was fortunate enough to put an end to the struggle by striking him somewhere about the ear. The creature was not stunned, but feeling unequal to further exertion, slowly got up and retired into the neighboring copse that skirted the road."
A "man" who "goes naked, is covered with hair," and "is gigantic in height" certainly sounds like nothing other than a Bigfoot. Was a man really attacked by one of the creatures? Or was the newspaper having a slow news day? Was there really a Bigfoot encounter, just blown out of proportion by the media?

If this account is genuine, then it is probably not a terrifying encounter with a "gorilla" or "wild man" near Gallipolis, but a Bigfoot. Bigfoots do live in Ohio. Gorillas do not.

Beast of Whitehall News

There's now only one month until Beast of Whitehall is released. The film is the second in the Small Town Monsters series (the first was Minerva Monster.) Beast of Whitehall focuses on the Bigfoot sightings around Whitehall, New York. It is an excellent documentary (I got to watch it two months early and review it here.)

Seth Breedlove posted some more news about the film on Cryptomundo today:

"August, 1976: Three teens driving on an isolated stretch of road somewhere in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York have a brush with a bizarre creature. Standing over 7 feet tall and covered in hair, they referred to it as a 'beast.' Hours later, Abair Road was crawling with local and state police. Many of them recounted seeing the creature, as well.
"Beast of Whitehall is part of a series of films called 'Small Town Monsters' that focus on creatures unknown to science that become part of the lore and legend of rural communities. Beast of Whitehall has already screened at film festivals across the country.
"The film is available for pre-order at the Small Town Monsters store at a special price during the month of March." 

You can find the link to pre-order the film on the Cryptomundo post.

Seth continues about the official premiere of the film:

"On April 2nd, the film will have its official premier at the Whitehall Athletic Club in Whitehall, NY and is a free event put on by the Small Town Monsters production company in association with the Whitehall Arts and Recreation Committee. Food and drink will be available. The event kicks off at 3:00 with a speaking presentation put on by Paul Bartholomew. At 4:00 the premier showing of Beast of Whitehall will begin, and it will be followed at 5:00 by a second showing. At 6:00, Seth Breedlove (film director), Brandon Dalo (producer/composer) and members of the film cast will field questions from the audience. There will also be vendors present including Maz Adams who did illustrations featured in the film."

If you live near Whitehall, New York, or can get to the area on April 2nd, I highly recommend that you check out the premiere of Beast of Whitehall. It is not your typical Bigfoot documentary, and that is definitely not a bad thing. It's pretty much what happened told to you straight from the people who lived it. There's no dramatization of anything, and that actually makes it better than other documentaries on cryptid creatures.


40,000+ Views

Yesterday marked the 40,000th view on Tyler's Cryptozoo. If you're looking at this now you'll see the view count is already higher than that. Thanks to everyone who checks out this blog. It's nice to know that there are people who like to read what I write about cryptids.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bigfoot Filmed in Utah?

On February 15 a video was uploaded to YouTube by "The Paranormal Review" that purportedly shows a Bigfoot in Utah. You can watch it below. The description on YouTube says:

"A man sent us this footage of a supposed bigfoot or sasquatch sighting. He says that he took it in the Spring of 2015 but was to nervous or embarrassed to show anyone who might think he was crazy. He found our channel and submitted it to us for our bigfoot breakdown."

My opinion is that this video is a hoax. The person filming zooms in on a little stream of water, but when the Bigfoot is spotted on the other side, he decides to zoom out, and not zoom in again! Why would he/she be filming a stream in the first place? Why don't they try to follow the "creature" with the camera? Not a real Bigfoot.

Mothman - An Omen of Doom?



From November 1966 to December 1967, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was plagued by sightings of UFOs, the Men in Black, and of course, the Mohtman.

Anyone who has looked into the Mothman mystery at all will know that lots of people think it has something to do with the Silver Bridge collapse on the Ohio River. Before we get to the Mothman and MIB side of things, let's take a look at the official story.

It all happened on December 15, 1967. It was 5:04 p.m., and the bridge, which connected Point Pleasant with Ohio, collapsed in the middle of rush hour, while it was completely packed with cars. Forty-six people died in the collapse, and two bodies were never recovered.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said the bridge had collapsed because the number 13 eyebar had failed. But, some people think it was because of something else. And most people think that something else was Mothman.

There were some people who reported the Mothman around the bridge before it fell. Because of this, it has always been blamed for the tragedy. But, Mothman wasn't the only weird thing seen in Point Pleasant that year, and may not be to blame.

Throughout the time of the Mothman sightings, there were also many sightings of UFOs and encounters with the infamous Men in Black in and around Point Pleasant. Some people, including Linda Scarberry, one of the first Mothman witnesses, think the that MIB are actually to blame for the Silver Bridge disaster. My personal opinion is the same - I don't think it was Mothman that caused the Silver Bridge collapse. It might have been, however, trying to warn people of what was going to happen.
Are MIB to blame for the bridge collapse?

More on Mothman, MIB, UFOs, and the Silver Bridge collapse can be found in my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America. 


Mothman at the Mothman Museum!