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Friday, November 24, 2017

Another Loch Ness Monster Sighting

Yet another sighting of something strange in Loch Ness, the ninth for this year, has been reported. It actually happened back in September but the witness did not report it until now.
Is it Nessie?

Here's the story from the UK Mirror:

"The Loch Ness monster has been spotted for ninth time this year - all the way from America.
"Diana Turner from Michigan recorded the sighting after spotting it on the Loch Ness webcam, which scans the water near Urquhart Castle in the Scottish Highlands.
"Diana said she was watching the water where several recent sightings have been made when she spotted a strange wake movement on the water.
"'The sighting lasted about two minutes and other than a boat in the distance, she saw no other traffic on the loch.
"'She saw a wake and it does not appear to be that of a boat,' said Gary Campbell, the recorder and keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
"'She made the recording on September 29, but has only notified us of it now. But we have accepted it and it means the number of sightings is the most we have had this century.'
"Sightings of Nessie reached their highest this century after a nine-year-old boy who visited Scotland earlier this month especially to see Nessie did just that.
"Genetics expert Dr Jo Knight, a lecturer at Lancaster University, saw staggered to see an unexplained strange 'fin' shape when looking through her and son Sam's holiday snaps.
"In June a Canadian woman also took two videos from the Loch Ness Webcam while watching the water from more than 5000 miles away.
"Mr Campbell said two of last year's sightings were also by webcam, including one from an online watcher in America.
"'It means that there are more people than ever before are looking for Nessie,' said Mr Campbell.
"'In recent years the most sightings in a year we have had is 17 - and that was in 1996. Before that the 1960s and 1930s were the times that had most sighings - sometimes more than 20 in a year.'
"Previously newly wed Rebecca Stewart was touring with husband Paul on October 2 when she became the seventh person to spot Nessie this year.
"Mrs Stewart from Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, photographed and saw an large fin shape for five minutes. Her husband also saw the creature which gatecrashed their honeymoon.
"Mr Campbell said 2017 was a 'fantastic' year for Nessie sightings.
"'This year is turning out to be a vintage one for Nessie and we have a few more weeks left for any more sightings.'
"After fears that the world's most famous monster had gone 'missing,' the first official sighting of Nessie this year was logged on April 28 - to the relief of her worldwide fans. The last previous sighting was August 21, 2016. 
"Mr Campbell stressed that the majority of claimed sightings do not get included on the register - as more can be explained.
"'Anything that is later proved to a hoax or can be subsequently explained is removed from the register,' said Mr Campbell, 51, a chartered accountant from Inverness.
"It was in 1996, Mr Campbell saw something resembling a 'mini whale' - with a black shiny back - at the south end of the loch.
"'I have spend the last 21 years trying to explain it,' admitted Mr Campbell. 'Like most sightings I only saw it for a few seconds. When I went to record it, I found there was no register, so I started one, the following May.'
"Since then Mr Campbell has logged over 1080 sightings.
"According to Google, there are around 200,000 searches each month for the Loch Ness Monster, and around 120,000 for information and accommodation close to Loch Ness. The monster mystery is said to be worth £30m to the region.
"Irish missionary St Columba is first said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD.
"Among the most famous claimed sightings is a photograph taken in 1934 by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson.
"The image was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who, on his deathbed, revealed that the pictures were staged.
"The Home Office recently rejected a cheeky bid by a group of artists from Glasgow to grant the Loch Ness Monster permanent UK residency after Brexit.
"And a scientist has revealed his plans to DNA test the waters of Loch Ness in another bid to determine once and for all if Nessie exists.
"Professor Neil Gemmell will look for traces of unusual DNA by gathering water samples from the Scottish loch before analyzing them using police forensic techniques.
"Professor Gemmell, of New Zealand's University of Otago, thinks this could solve the monster mystery." 

So there you go - another "sighting" from Loch Ness that could probably be anything but a monster. I really don't see anything in the photo. Do you?

The first sighting was at the beginning of May, after fears that the monster was "missing." I found that one suspicious since it was reported right after articles on "missing Nessie." It looks like a log to me, and none of the others this year seem real either. And some are definitely fake.

STM Casefiles Ep. 4 - UFOS of the Ridge

The fourth episode of Small Town Monsters' Casefiles is now up on YouTube…

"Invasion on Chestnut Ridge explored the history of strange craft seen in the skies of Pennsylvania, but there's so much more to the story. Stan Gordon discusses the various types of sightings, craft and lights that have been seen along with one particularly bizarre account of a 'flying iPad in the sky.'"

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dead Black Panther?

A new story has come out of Doncaster, North Yorkshire, England, of a body of a supposed dead black panther.

First, The Star reported (Monday):

"The dead body of a 4ft black panther has been removed from the A1 near Doncaster, according to a lorry driver who saw three workers hauling the big cat from the carriageway this morning.
"Trucker Graham Byram says he witnessed a trio of highway maintenance workers struggling to remove the body of the animal, which was found on the northbound carriageway in the Harworth area earlier today.
"There are fears the animal could be a big cat that was spotted in the Doncaster area earlier this year.
"Mr Byram said: 'I'm not one for being dramatic, but what those workers were removing was definitely something more than a domestic cat.
"'One guy was moving it and one end was up above his waist and the other end was right down by the floor. It was definitely cat like - I have my own domestic cats so could tell instantly.
"'It looked like a big cat of some kind to me, a bit like a black panther.' 
"Mr Byram, a self-employed lorry driver, was traveling from Cambridgeshire to Hull when he spotted the incident unfolding on the A1 northbound about ten miles south of the junction with the M18 at around 11.15am.
"He said: 'These guys were in the southbound carriageway. I could see they were removing something that was in the central reservation.
"'As I got closer, I could see it was a dead animal and then realized it was a cat of some kind. It was far bigger than any cat I have ever seen.
"'It was huge. All I can assume that it was hunting for animals in the dead of night and ended up being hit by a truck or something.'
"Mr Byram, who comes from Peterborough, says he was traveling at about 35mph to 40mph when he saw the incident and estimates that he watched the workers for about 30-40 seconds.
"'I had to do a bit of a double take when I saw what they were moving,' added Mr Byram, 57.
"'I'd say it was about ten times the size of a domestic cat. I'd love to know if anyone else saw it and would love to know the story around what they found.'
"In January this year, another motorist said he had seen a 'panther stalking the Doncaster countryside after he spotted one by the side of the road.
"Alan Tomlinson believes he saw a 'panther' near to junction one of the M180, close to Doncaster services just after midnight on January 4."

But was it really a black panther? According to the road workers, it was not. Below is the relevant part from a new article up on Lincolnshire Live:

"And he [Byram] was right about one thing, it was definitely not a domestic cat.
"It was a different species entirely, Highways England have now confirmed.
"'It was a black dog that was being removed from the side of the A1. We recovered the dog from the lay-by in that area on the southbound carriageway at 10am,' a spokesperson said.
"'Very sadly animals do tend to escape and can stray on to the highways.'"

So who is right - Byram, or the workers? Could he make out that it was a black cat while going by at 40 mph? If he was right about what he saw, why did the workers say it was only a dog?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mothman: Evil Incarnate

A new book from Loren Coleman, coming out on the 15th of next month (which happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse).

Mothman: Evil Incarnate was announced on Loren's CryptoZooNews the other day. It is his second book on the Mothman.

Here's some info from CryptoZooNews:

"Mothman, Evil Incarnate: The Unauthorized Companion to The Mothman Prophecies (Cosimo, 2017) by Loren Coleman is a completely new Mothman tome. It has material on the 2017 Chicago sightings, background biographical insights on John A. Keel, the Michael Winkle annotations and links between The Mothman Prophecies book and film, an analysis of significant Mothman documentaries, and the updated Mothman Death List containing 200 named individuals and their stories. The cover art is by Claudio Bergamin."

The book comes out December 15th and can be pre-ordered from the International Cryptozoology Museum online store.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Crypto-Kid: Ben Radford & Lake Monsters Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, one of my favorite guests joins me once again. Ben Radford is hopping on the show to discuss his research into lake monsters, specifically Champ and the Loch Ness Monster. This is going to be a great episode."

Listen live on WCJV Radio, at 8 o'clock.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Better Odds for the Loch Ness Monster?

Do this year's sightings raise the odds for Nessie?

From The Scotsman:

"Bookmakers have slashed odds on the myth of the Loch Ness Monster being proved true after the eighth verified sighting this year.
"Betway has cut the odds on the existence of Nessie being confirmed from 5000/1 to 500/1.
"It comes after Dr Jo Knight, a lecturer at Lancaster University, spotted an unexplained 'fin' shape in photographs taken by her son Sam on a recent holiday to Loch Ness.
"She forwarded her image to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings register, which investigates alleged sightings of the mythical beast, which agreed it could be a picture of the famous beast.
"Gary Campbell, the recorder of the register, said the latest confirmed case made 2017 the busiest year for sightings this century.
"Following the adjustment in odds, Betway now believes there's more chance of Nessie's existence being confirmed than there is of royals William and Kate naming their baby Wayne (750/1), AFC Wimbledon winning this season's FA Cup (750/1) or New Zealand lifting the 2018 World Cup (1000/1).
"Experts at the register were split 50/50 on whether the shape captured in the Knight family photograph could be classed as an official sighting.
"Some members believed it was a wave or possibly an animal. It was finally accepted as an official sighting after the case was given the 'benefit of the doubt.'
"Mr Campbell said: 'In recent years the most sightings in a year we have had is 17 - and that was in 1996.
"'Before that the 1960s and 1930s were the times that had the most sightings - sometimes more than 20 in a year.'" 
I don't think that this year's sightings should be the basis for betting if the LNM exists or not, since, as Campbell said, there have been many more reported in past years, and many of the ones this year are definite misidentifications or hoaxes. For example, this one was a fake; this one from October is too indistinct to make out; and the most recent photo is just a wave.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

STM Casefiles: Ep. 3 - The Abair Road Incident

"Unlocking the Abair Road Incident," the third episode of Small Town Monsters' new Casefiles series, is now up on YouTube. This episode takes a look at the Whitehall monster.

"For many, the Abair Road Incident (examined in Small Town Monsters' Beast of Whitehall) was simply a string of Bigfoot sightings spread over one week in 1976. However, investigators of the paranormal know that something far more bizarre was taking place. In addition to hairy creatures, an outbreak of UFO reports erupted around Whitehall at the same time, leading many to wonder if perhaps the area was a window to something far more sinister..."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Loch Ness Monster Photographed by 9-Year-Old?

The Daily Star has a new article up on a recent "sighting" of a Loch Ness Monster. A nine year old boy believes he captured it in a photograph.
Sam Knight and his mom think they photographed Nessie
(Daily Star)

It reads:

"A NINE-YEAR-OLD believes he spotted the legendary Loch Ness  Monster after taking a snap of what looked like [the] mysterious sea beast floating in the water.
"Sam Knight took the amazing photo during a cruise on the Scottish loch with his mum Dr Jo Knight.
"The picture shows a dark triangle shape breaking the surface in an area known as a top Loch Ness monster spot. 
"And experts - who at first were divided over whether it was a wave or an animal - have credited it as an official sighting of the monster at the centre of the 1,500-year-old Highlands legend.
"The sighting is the eighth this year, the highest annual total so far this century.
"The youngster was so keen to go monster-spotting during a family holiday in the area he even brought ropes in the hope of tying Nessie to the boat and a kit to take genetic samples.
"And during the cruise Sam took hundreds of pictures of the sea creature which have now emerged online.
"Dr Jo, a genetics expert at Lancaster University, said: 'Sam is very excited.
"'It appears to be a very dark shape somewhere in Urquhart Bay. It is part of the mystery.'
"She also said her and Sam do not think Nessie is a long-necked dinosaur, but possibly a giant eel or sturgeon.
"Nessie records keeper Gary Campbell said 2017 had been a 'vintage' year for sightings, with newlyweds Rebecca and Paul Stewart spotting a large fin just last month.
"Meanwhile in October, strange footage emerged shooting a mysterious finned creature lurking in the River Thames.
"A black creature appeared on the surface near the University of Greenwich and people had no idea what it was."

Now, a couple observations:

First, Nessie could not be a "long necked dinosaur" since dinosaurs were land animals. The plesiosaur, a long necked marine reptile, is often mistakenly called a dinosaur and that is a popular theory as to what Nessie could be.

Regarding sightings of the monster this year, there have been eight now that made major news. However, I bet that most of them are not a Nessie. And some definitely aren't - for example, this one here.

And this one is not either.

It is obvious to me, from seeing the picture, that the "monster" in it is nothing of the sort. What does it look like? A wave. And stuff like this happens all the time at Loch Ness. The waves on the water can look like the humped back of an unknown animal, and when eager seekers like Knight go there to see that, that is what the waves are mistaken for.

So should this be counted as Nessie sighting #8? No.

Monday, November 13, 2017

STM Casefiles Ep. 2: The Secret History of the Boggy Creek Monster, Pt. 1

The second episode of Small Town Monsters' Casefiles series is up on YouTube. This episode focuses on the Fouke Monster (AKA Boggy Creek Monster) of Arkansas.

"For decades - possibly, centuries - the Fouke Monster has stalked the creeks, roads and waterways of Miller County, Arkansas. Now, learn some of the lesser known tales of run-ins with the furious beast that inspired one of the most influential horror films of all time!"

Crypto-Kid: Andy McGrath Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on WCJV Radio's Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by author Andy McGrath to discuss his new book Beasts of Britain and the interesting theories and ideas he presents in the work. This will be an exciting episode that you do not want to miss!"

 Listen live at 8 pm here.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bigfoot Filmed in Ohio?

I've seen in a few places a new YouTube video posted by user TheSquatchDog of a supposed Bigfoot video he caught back in early 2017. There's lots of stills from the video with lots of red letter and arrows (which always screams real!) and then the actual video, which doesn't look too legit to me.

What do you think?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cryptid-Kid: Seth Breedlove Tonight

Speaking of Small Town Monsters...

Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin Schneider has on Seth Breedlove, documentary filmmaker and Cryptozoologist of the Year. They will be discussing "Seth's films and his approach to these iconic cryptid stories."

Listen live on WCJV Radio at 8 o'clock.

Small Town Monsters Casefiles: Ep. 1 - Indrid Cold

The first episode of Casefiles, a new series from Small Town Monsters, is up. Episode one focuses on Indrid Cold, a strange MIB-style character who had quite a few encounters with a certain family in the late 1960s, around the time of the Mothman sightings.

An odd story involving UFOs, psychic abilities, and more...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Escaped Lynx Loose in Wales

At the end of October, it appears, a Eurasian lynx escaped from a zoo to roam freely in the Welsh countryside.
Lillith, the escaped lynx
(The Guardian/Borth Wild Animal Kingdom)

The Guardian reports (Nov. 1):

"Zookeepers with thermal imaging equipment, nets and cages step up search for Lillith, who escaped from zoo last week.
"The net appears to be closing in on a lynx that has been roaming free on a Welsh hillside after escaping from her zoo enclosure.
"Zookeepers have got within three metres of the lynx, which is called Lillith, and even managed to take a photo of her, but she has remained just out of their grasp.
"The young lynx was last seen in her enclosure at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in west Wales on Thursday last week [Oct. 26]. At first, staff thought Lillith may have clashed with her mother, Dee, and was lying low in her enclosure.
"On Sunday morning, zoo owners Dean and Tracy Tweedy went to check on Lillith to find she had disappeared. They called the police, who scrambled a helicopter and warned the public not to approach the big cat.
"Zookeepers kitted out with thermal imaging equipment, nets and cages baited with rabbit have been scouring a craggy hillside and the gardens of the seaside town in search of the animal, which is about twice the size of a domestic cat. A team of trackers armed with tranquilizer darts was on standby.
"On Tuesday afternoon, Dean Tweedy came face to face with her in the gorse on a small hill just metres from the zoo's gate. Unfortunately the rest of the tracking team were on the other side of the zoo and he had no equipment or protective clothing.
"Tweedy said: 'I sat watching her for about 10 minutes. She sat washing herself not more than 10 metres away from me. She looked in good health and relaxed. It was a magical moment seeing her like the but the sooner we get her back now the better.'
"The Eurasian lynx is thought to have climbed a spindly sapling growing in the pen she shared with her mother and two siblings and dived over a four-metre fence and two electrified wires, possibly in pursuit of a bird."
While this article may not have a direct cryptozoological topic, escapes like this or releases from owners are probably how many of the British Alien Big Cats got to be where they are...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Loch Ness Monster Britain's 'Top Supernatural Phenomena'

What is the Number One mystery of Britain? In a recent article, The Scotsman lists the top mysteries of the U.K., with Nessie coming in at No. 1:

"It has been one of the country's most intriguing mysteries since the sixth century, when Irish monk Saint Columba is believed to have saved a man swimming across a Scottish river from a terrifying beast.
"Now the phenomenon of the Loch Ness monster has been named Britain's top supernatural phenomena in a nationwide poll. 
"Nessie attracted 42 per cent of votes, setting it well ahead of the prehistoric Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, voted top British supernatural mystery by almost a third of people.
Who made Stonehenge?
"The mystery of the Beast of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall -  the belief there is a wildcat that has killed livestock in the area since the mid-1990s - was ranked third. The haunting of a suburban council house in north London between 1977 and 1979 when 11-year-old Janet Hodgson was repeatedly possessed by the spirit of an old man was named fourth.
"Another Scottish mystery - the conundrum of suicidal dogs at Overtoun Bridge in West Dunbartonshire,  where 50 dogs have leapt to their death in the past 70 years and hundreds more have survived the fall - also made the top ten, coming in at number five in the poll by TV channel Really.
"The unexpected tale of the monster living in the Highland loch dates back to 565 AD, when St Columba's encounter with a monster took place in the nearby River Ness. However, it was 19 centuries later, in the 1930s, when a string of reports were published in a local newspaper of sightings of a so-called monster in Loch Ness, sparking the modern day interest in the monster.
"Richard Williams, general manager for UKTV Play, which is hosting a Halloween season on Really, said: 'Britain has stories of unexplained phenomena dating back centuries, but we have seen new mysteries unfold in more recent decades. We continue to be fascinated by things we can't quite unravel. That's why we are celebrating the things we are at a loss to explain with our Halloween season.
"Other mysteries ranked in the top ten include the whereabouts of crime writer Agatha Christie after she disappeared in 1926 to be found 11 days later in a hotel with no knowledge of what had happened to her.
"The conundrum of people seeing unexplained lights shining into Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk in December 1980 and finding burn marks, but no debris also made the cut.

"The Devil's Footprints, a supernatural mystery that saw hoof-like marks branded in deep snow across towns in southern Devon in 1855, garnered 10 per cent of the vote. The Highgate Vampire, which is said to stalk a cemetery in the London district, and the Hampton Court Ghosts - the palace supposedly haunted by Henry VIII and two of his wives - won 8 and 7 per cent respectively.
"Mysteries that just missed out on a top-ten placing included The Spinning Relic of Manchester Museum - a 4,000-year-old statuette of an Egyptian called Neb-Senu that made global headlines when it was caught on a time-lapse camera in 2013 rotating 180 degrees while locked in a sturdy glass museum case.
"There was also no mention of one of Scotland's most mysterious occurrences - the disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers, who were never to be seen again after January 1990 when a relief boat turned up to their ghostly lighthouse only to find ashes in the grate and stopped clocks." 
So there you go - an interesting article on some of the biggest mysteries of the U.K. What do you think about them?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

London Loch Ness Monster?

Something likened to the Loch Ness Monster has been filmed in the River Thames in London.
(Daily Star)

The Daily Star reports (Oct. 27):

"A MYSTERIOUS finned creature  has been filmed lurking in the Thames.
"The strange footage shows ripples in the water near the University of Greenwich.
"Moments later, a black creature appears on the surface and no one has any idea what it is.
"The man who filmed the phenomenon yesterday (October 26) from the University, said: 'I was at work today.
"'I'm about the eighth floor up when me and my workmate noticed a weird fin-like object coming up and down and making some weird swirls in the water.
"'We kept our eyes out for about five minutes and it came up again right by the shore. And then it disappeared again.'
"And it's not the first time strange animals have been caught on camera in the capital's iconic river.
"Earlier this month, Londoners were terrified after news a crocodile was spotted in the river.
"But after the footage went viral, the wacky claims were quashed after it was revealed it was simply and ornament.
"And back in March, a deadly 'shark' was supposedly caught by former Olympic swimmer Andy James.
"Marine experts were quick to wade into the discussion on what the animal actually was, with some suggesting it looked like a dolphin, while others simply a harbor porpoise."

(Daily Star)

While definitely not the "Loch Ness Monster," this isn't the first time that something strange has been seen and filmed in the River Thames. But I would bet it is a dolphin or porpoise or something else of that sort. Not a monster.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded

A new Loch Ness Monster book by Ronald Binns that came out in August…

Binns also wrote The Loch Ness Mystery Solved in 1983. Now he has published The Loch Ness Monster Reloaded.

Here's the book description:

"On the fiftieth anniversary of the local newspaper report which made the Loch Ness Monster world famous, Ronald Binns published his now classic but controversial book The Loch Ness Mystery Solved. Over three decades later it remains both influential and a source of fierce debate. In this new book Binns takes a fresh look at Nessie in the light of later evidence and recent analysis of the classic photographs and film. He considers the relationship between the Loch Ness Monster and the water kelpie tradition of Scottish folklore. He also scrutinizes the role played by central figures in the Loch Ness story such as Rupert Gould, Tim Dinsdale and Ted Holiday. Ronald Binns is a former member of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau. He has made numerous visits to the loch in search both of the Monster and a greater understanding of this enduring phenomenon."

Check out the book here.

I will probably check out this and his older book sometime...

Crypto-Kid - Halloween Special!

Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin Schneider will have a special mystery guest on for a Halloween special. They will be discussing "popular Halloween monsters and the folklore behind them."

Listen live and join the chatroom on WCJV Radio.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fossil Shark Teeth

Some fossilized shark teeth I got at Creature Weekend...

The teeth are from Otodus obliquus, a shark that lived about 60-45 million years ago. It grew to a large size (about 30 feet long) and was an ancestor of the gigantic megalodon shark.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Hunt for Champ Continuing"

The Sun Community News has a new article up on the search for Champ, the Lake Champlain monster…

It reads:

"PORT HENRY - Champ Search Director Katy Elizabeth is continuing her hunt for the Lake Champlain monster.
"Now residing in Ferrisburg, Vt., she was in Port Henry recently to talk about some of the high technology she's acquired to help her in the search for Champ.
"'I've got a drone,' she said. 'I'm building an airboat. I have a 17-foot (power) boat now.'
"She's been setting up remote wildlife cams around the lake.
"'I can monitor them on my smartphone,' she said. 'One has sound and nightvision [sic]. That's going at the best spot.'
"Many Champ sightings have been in Port Henry's Bulwagga Bay and Button Bay in Vermont, and Elizabeth is keeping an eye on both.
"She also has a thermal imager to look for the creature's heat signature, a nightvision scope, and an electronic thermometer to check lake temperature, which presumably will rise when Champ is near.
"One late night she may have detected something while on the lake.
"'I saw glowing eyes on the bay,' she said. 'Night is the best time to look. It's quiet out on the lake.'
"She has sound recordings that be the creatures communicating with each other underwater, whale-like sounds in Lake Champlain.
"'I think they're nocturnal,' she said. 'I've been watching the marshlands. Ninety percent of Champ sightings are in shallow water.'
"She estimates the creature is about 15 to 20 feet long when fully grown, not the 100 foot long monster that many imagine.
"'I've got glowing eyes on game cams; it was about three feet out of the water.'
"The airboat will enable her to get further into the marshlands on the lake to look for the creature, she said.
"'I'm excited for sure,' she said. 'It has been a very busy Champ season. I am worn out, but that doesn't stop me, I'm taking advantage of being out there all the time, because before we know it Champ season will be over.'"

Katy Elizabeth
(Sun Community News)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Creature Weekend - Pictures

Some pictures from Creature Weekend, which took place yesterday at Salt Fork State Park…

Jeff Wamsley speaking on Mothman

Adam Davies speaking on his adventures
in search of the yeti
Tom Sewid speaking on Native American

Scott Mardis on Champ

"Mysterious Sea Creature Washes Up" in Australia

NT News is reporting:

"An NT News reader spotted this monster from the deep at the Lee Point Beach, describing it as a 'fairly large' skeleton.
"Efforts to identify the Lee Point Kraken have so far proved fruitless.
"If you're an expert in marine life and able to help us out, drop the newsroom a line."

Looks like some kind of decomposing mammal. If it were a shark there would not be bones like the ribs as their skeletons are made of cartilage.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Patterson-Gimlin Film 50th Anniversary

50 years ago today, on October 20th, 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin encountered a Sasquatch, which Patterson managed to catch on about 60 seconds of film. Since that day the film has become legendary in the field of cryptozoology and even those not interested will know it as "the Bigfoot film."

Now while many will argue that is hasn't been proven 100% real, no one has been able to prove in fifty years that it is fake, either...

Because it's not.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Bob!

Wishing a happy 86th birthday to Bob Gimlin, one of the most famous Bigfoot witnesses ever, and a super nice guy!

Bob Gimlin and I, at Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Monday, October 16, 2017

Crypto-Kid: Brian Parsons Tonight

Tonight at 8:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by Dr. Brian D. Parsons as a rescheduled interview due to last week's cancellation. We will be discussing the field of cryptozoology, issues that exist within the field, and how it can be improved."

Listen live on WCJV radio.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Surviving Megalania - Monster Lizards in Australia?

50,000 years ago, Australia was home to a gigantic monitor lizard called Megalania. In appearance, it would have resembled modern day Komodo dragons, except for one thing - its size. While Komodo dragons are known to reach lengths of about eight-and-a-half feet, Megalania is thought to have been anywhere from fifteen to almost thirty feet long!
Megalania (3A and 3B) size compared to other monitors

Could something that large have survived, relatively hidden, into the present day? If eyewitness reports are true, it seems that this giant lizard may still be with us.

Peter Hancock, an author and journalist who also happens to be an expert on Aboriginal legends of Australia, has noted one story the Aborigines tell about a Megalania that fought a great white shark and dragged it out of the ocean. While this is likely just folklore, it does show that the people know about giant lizards that may have survived long past their supposed extinction date.

Australian cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy has collected several stories of supposed Megalania sightings in recent times. The first comes from the 1890s, when, in the first year of that decade, the town of Euroa was terrorized by a "30 foot reptile" that "raided farms and killed livestock." Many people were said to have seen the creature.

Moving into the 20th Century, there are several stories of Megalania encounters. In 1968, a man named Steve, a member of the Australian military serving in Queensland at the time on the Normanby Range, and several other people taking part in a military exercise found the remains of a cow. They were quite concerned, since the cow had been ripped to pieces and had apparently been dragged a long distance. Around the dead cow, they found two foot long lizard prints in the mud.

Over 10 years after Steve's experience, in 1979, Gilroy received a phone call from a farmer living in Moruya. The farmer told Gilroy that he had seen a 20-foot lizard and that he had found tracks as well. Gilroy went to the location and made a plaster cast of one of the tracks left by the creature. In 2008, Gilroy found tracks along a forest trail located 185 miles from Moruya that were very similar to the ones he saw in 1979.

New Guinea may also be home to surviving Megalania - in the 1960s, a French priest traveling along a river there saw a "large lizard on a fallen tree in the sun."

If the witnesses are to be believed, there may possibly be something like a Komodo dragon on steroids hiding out in Australia.

This post is excerpted from an article I did for Cryptid Culture #6 (July 2017) on sightings of prehistoric survivors in Australia.

Three Best Ohio State Parks for Bigfooting

Ohio State Park Lodges has a new article up on three SPs in Ohio where Bigfoot may be seen…

"Bigfoot. Is there a mythical creature with a stronger hold on the popular imagination than this ape-like beast? Whether the product of folklore, misidentification, or hoax, this large, hairy humanoid - also known as Sasquatch - continues to fascinate believers and attract countless 'spotters' around the country.
"One popular place for reported sightings is Ohio, which ranks in the top five states nationally. Many of those eyewitness accounts come from visitors and rangers at Ohio State Parks. In fact, three Ohio State Park Lodges are the center of that activity, making them convenient home bases for Bigfoot enthusiasts who want to join in organized events and hikes or just head out on their own in search of the elusive creature.
"Punderson State Park in rural northeast Ohio has a number of documented sightings. In the heart of the woods is Punderson Manor State Park Lodge with homey rooms, cabins, and old manor-style lodging available for those on the hunt for Sasquatch in the region.
"Mohican State Park in Central Ohio has seen an increase in Bigfoot sightings since 2010, particularly in the woods near Big Lyons Falls. There are occasional Bigfoot hikes that draw more than 500 people. Nearby Mohican State Park Lodge is centrally located among the spots of documented sightings. The lodge provides easy access to hiking trails that run throughout the 1,000-acre state park.
"Perhaps the most noted Bigfoot location in Ohio is the dense forest cover in Ohio's largest state park at Salt Fork. Located in Southeastern Ohio, Salt Fork State Park Lodge is ground zero for Bigfoot enthusiasts. One reason for the attention is that Sasquatch has long been rumored to live in Salt Fork State Park.
"The park's rolling landscape, plush with hickory and oak trees that surround a nearly 3,000-acre lake, is the backdrop for the annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference, held in May each year. It is the world's longest running Bigfoot conference attracting more than 3,000 participants from as far away as Australia. The Bigfoot enthusiasts and researchers who attend share stories, compare scientific discoveries - and, of course, search for the hairy beast.
"Salt Fork State Park Lodge is the home base for those who want to stay in the middle of the wooded grounds. Each lodge room has a patio or balcony for a constant view of the woods. Cabins are also located on site.
"Creature Weeked, scheduled for Oct. 20-22 in 2017, is another themed event at the lodge that Bigfoot hunters attend. It centers on cryptozoology, which is the study of hidden animals, including Sasquatch.
"In addition, Salt Fork hosts other opportunities throughout the year focused on the legend that makes this region famous. Join in a Bigfoot Adventure Weekend, a three-night campout with workshops, demonstrations, and hikes, or take a monthly Bigfoot Night Hike in the park with Bigfoot experts who are familiar with the landscape and reported sightings. 
"To tackle your own search during your stay, pick up a Bigfoot Hikes map from the lodge's front desk, and follow the trails where there are documented sightings. Take a hike on the Bigfoot Ridge, Morgan's Knob, or the Buckeye Trail, which have some of the most namable Sasquatch activity.
"Whether you believe or not, the Legend of Bigfoot is alive in Ohio, allowing you to be a part of the phenomenon at whatever level you choose. And, you never know, you just might spot the mysterious beast yourself during your stay."

I have been to Mohican and Salt Fork and must say that they are both fantastic parks, even if you aren't searching for Sasquatch.

Creature Weekend is this coming weekend at Deerassic Park in Salt Fork. It looks to be a great event! Small Town Monsters will be premiering their Invasion on Chestnut Ridge film as well.

Review - Invasion on Chestnut Ridge

Small Town Monsters' 5th film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, comes out soon. STM director Seth Breedlove let me check out an advance copy of the film to put up a review on here. Though I've been quite busy for about the last month and a half, I finally got a chance to check out the film, and these are my thoughts on it.

Invasion is about the strange happenings along the Chestnut Ridge in Pennsylvania. Local residents who have had strange encounters are interviewed, as well as researchers Stan Gordon and Eric Altman.  Along the ridge, witnesses have reported ghost lights, UFOs, Bigfoot, werewolves, thunderbirds, and many, many other odd things.

Many well known sightings happened in the early 1970s, when reports of UFOs and Bigfoot were very frequent. The strangest thing of all this was that sometimes the two would be seen at the same time, or shortly after on another. Some witnesses even saw a white colored Bigfoot that was holding a ball of light.

On another occasion, two Bigfoot creatures were seen after what was apparently a UFO landed in a field. Multiple witnesses saw the creatures, and after the UFO left, the whole area was illuminated with an wood light, bright enough to "read the newspaper" in. Stan Gordon and his WCUFOSG study group arrived, and while there one of the witnesses started going crazy and having visions of the end of times.

Another big case in the film is the Kecksburg UFO incident. It occurred in December of 1965 when a UFO supposedly crashed in Kecksburg, PA. Local residents said the UFO was shaped like an acorn, and that military personnel showed up and took it away.
Model of the UFO in Kecksburg

Cases involving Men in Black are also in the film, including one where a strange man took photos of Bigfoot footprints from a young boy and then destroyed the footprints. When witnesses there got mad, he sped off in his car and was never seen again.

This film is a bit different from the others from STM, in that it doesn't focus on just one odd creature, but all sorts of odd phenomena as well. No one really knows why these unexplained things seem to happen frequently around the Chestnut Ridge.
UFOs have been seen in conjunction with other
odd things along the ridge...

Invasion on Chestnut Ridge will be available on October 20th, and will be premiering next Saturday at Creature Weekend at Salt Fork State Park.

Check out the STM website here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review: On Wildman by Ronald Murphy Jr.

Last month at the Mothman Festival I met Ronald L. Murphy Jr. and picked up a couple of his books. I recently read one of those books - On Wildman: Tracking Bigfoot Through History.

On Wildman takes a look at hairy, man-like creatures throughout history. Ron examines legends of giants, Grendel, and tales of apeman beings from the Bible and Epic of Gilgamesh, etc. He explores Greek and Roman legends of wild men, satyrs, the Green Man, and things of the sort.

Ron's book shows that the archetype of a large, hairy, man-like creature (like Bigfoot or Yeti) is nothing new. Though it isn't very long, it is packed with information and is probably one of the best books on historical Bigfoot-type stuff I've read (and I have over 200 cryptid books!).

If you are someone who has an interest in Bigfoot, definitely check out this book. And, if you are someone who is more skeptical, you should check it out too - and see that Bigfoot is not just a modern legend!

Get On Wildman here.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Crypto-Kid: Brian Parsons Tonight

Tonight at 8 on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid:

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin will be joined by Dr. Brian Parsons. Dr. Parsons is the host of the Paranormal News Insider also on WCJV Radio. Colin and Dr. Parsons will discuss the state of cryptozoology today and how it can be improved. Also, if time allows, will delve into some recent information concerning mystery feline sightings in America."

Listen live on WCJV Radio.

*cancelled and rescheduled for next week due to technical issues*

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Stunned Newlyweds" Spot Loch Ness Monster

The UK Sun is reporting on a recent sighting of a Loch Ness Monster.

It reads in part:

"A stunned woman enjoying her honeymoon at Loch Ness had a monster surprise.
"Newly wed Rebecca Stewart was touring with husband Paul when she become the seventh person to spot Nessie this year.
"Mrs Stewart from Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, photographed and saw the large fin shape for five minutes.
"Her husband also saw the creature which gatecrashed their honeymoon.
"Shop manager Mrs Stewart's sighting on Monday at Fort Augustus has now been accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.
"'It was hard to tell on size, however birds would fly near it and (they) looked try small in comparison to the ting in the water. We were on the pier and the thing was over near what looks like a small boat house. Birds would fly near it and quickly fly away from it,' she said in her report.
"'A boat came from the canal and the thing then disappeared. We didn't have binoculars unfortunately and I used my iPhone to take the photos.
"'I zoomed in as much as I could then zoomed the photo I took and screen shot it. The shape of the thing looks like a fin. My husband was with me. We are here on honeymoon and the sighting took us by surprise.'
"The couple, who took several photos of the object were convinced it was the large fin of a shark, although admitting to being confused as to how such an animal could have travelled so far from the sea, surviving the change from saltwater to freshwater."

Mrs. Stewart said that "my opinion is it looks more like a shark in shape, but I can't think of any shark that big that could survive in could fresh water. There is access to the sea but it's a long way away." Mr. Stewart said "it had to be something big and very much alive!"

"Whatever they saw and for several minutes was clearly animate and something quite large," said Gary Campbell, keeper of the LNM sightings register. He said 2017 has been a "fantastic" year for sightings with seven so far.

It's hard to tell if the object in the photo is a LNM or not, so I can't say if I think this is proof.

It will be interesting to see if there are anymore sightings these last three months of the year...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creature Weekend 2017

Creature Weekend is coming up later this month! This year's event is taking place October 20-22 a Deerassic Park in Salt Fork State Park, Ohio.

Speakers this year are:

  • Tom Sewid, Kwakwaka'wakw and Cree Indian from Vancouver Island, Native American Bigfoot researcher

  • Jeff Wamsley, director of the Mothman Museum and author of the books Mothman: The Facts Behind the Legend and Mothman: Behind the Red Eyes

  • Todd Neiss, "eyewitness turned researcher" of Bigfoot. Todd holds the "Beachfoot" event in the Pacific Northwest each year and his goal is to set up a "Bigfoot Interpretive Center" there

  • Scott Mardis, active Champ investigator since 1992.

  • Adam Davies, explorer/adventurer/cryptozoologist who has searched for Bigfoot, Orang-Pendek, Yeren, Seljord Lake Monster, and more.
Small Town Monsters will also be screening their Mothman of Point Pleasant documentary on Saturday, as well as premiering their 5th film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge!

There will also be lots of other stuff going on. To find out more, check out the Creature Weekend website.

This looks like it will be an awesome event!