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Monday, September 18, 2017

"Sea Monster" Beached After Hurricane in Texas

A dead "sea monster" has been washed ashore in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Photos of the carcass have been making rounds on the internet as of late and people were wondering what the heck it was.
Image shows the fanged creature washed up on the beach
A close-up of the 'thing'
BBC News reports:
"A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified.
"Preeti Desai found the decaying fish on a beach in Texas City, and asked Twitter for help.
"She posted several photos with the caption: 'Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?'
"Her request was passed to biologist and eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe, who believes it is a fangtooth snake-eel.
"He said it may also be a garden or conger eel, because 'all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth.'
"It is thought that Hurricane Harvey, which brought strong winds and flooding to Texas, could explain why the creature was washed up.
"The fangtooth snake-eel, also known as a 'tusky' eel, is usually found in waters between 30 and 90 metres deep in the western Atlantic ocean.
"Ms Desai, who was at the beach assessing the damage from the hurricane, told the BBC: 'It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach. I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore.
"'My main reaction was curiosity, to figure out what the heck it was,' she added.
"Ms Desai said she posted the images on Twitter because she knows a lot of scientists use it, and a friend soon responded and contacted Dr Tighe. 
"'I follow a lot of scientists and researchers. There's such a great community of these folks that are very helpful, especially when it comes to answering questions about the world or identifying animals and plants,' she said.
"She said she left the eel on the beach 'to let nature take its course.'" 
 
So, no surprise, this 'sea monster' is nothing of the sort like other supposed carcasses...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LNM Sightings "On Course to Hit Ten-Year High"

The Glasgow Evening Times reported on September 5th that Loch Ness Monster sightings are "on course to hit a ten-year high."

The article reads:

"Sightings of the world's favorite legendary monster are heading for a ten-year high after being spotted six times in the past five months alone.
"The findings come from The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register which says Nessie is usually spotted six times over the course of a full year.
"The most sightings recorded in the last ten years are seven in 2016.
"This year, though, the very first sighting came on April 28 when a Ms Cairney from Dunbartonshire was at the loch with three friends when they saw a 20-meter long series of waves move 'at about 5mph' along the surface 500m out.
"'It came out of nowhere and then disappeared the same way - they have confirmed there was no boat traffic in the area,' says the report.
"With one sighting reported in May, and three in June, the most recent was just two weeks ago on August 22 when Mr Stuparich and three friends were out walking from the Dores Inn to Tor Point.
"The reports adds: 'As they came to the shore on the point, all four saw something huge in the water. They said it was an unusual shape - it arched out of the water then turned and went down underwater.'
"The sighting lasted about 10 seconds.
"The most sightings in the 21st century, so far, were recorded in 2000 when there were 11 sightings.
"Nessie, along with the tourists who come to look for it, are thought to be worth about £30 million to the Highland economy.
"Visit The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register here to see the full list of 1,091 sightings dating back to 565AD." 

It will be interesting to see if there are any more LNM sightings reported this year...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Review: The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes


In 1976, sightings of a truly strange being began. Since that time, it has become known as the Owlman. The creature has been seen in Cornwall, England, an area that has also had many sightings of the sea monster called Morgawr and mystery cat reports.

Jon Downes, director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology covers all this and more in his book The Owlman and Others. The book follows his research into the subject and also focuses a lot on the "Wizard of the Western World," Tony "Doc" Shiels, who is a key player in the Owlman and Morgawr sagas.

Jon includes accounts of the Owlman, how it could be connected to Tony Shiels and/or witchcraft, sightings of Morgawr and photographs purporting to show it, and lots of other odd things that went on in the Cornwall area at the same time like ABCs, UFOs, and poltergeist activity. He also writes about some of the odd things that sometimes happen to investigators of the strange like "psychic backlash." Links to other Owlman-like flying monsters from around the world are discussed as well. Towards the end of the book, Jon focuses more on if the Owlman should even be labeled a "cryptid," or if if falls somewhere in forteana.

The Owlman and Others is a very good book, and if you are interested in the strange, check it out.


***SIDE NOTE***

Readers of TCZ will have noticed that posts are not as frequent as they usually are. While I do still have a lot of stuff I want to write about, I have been having internet problems since August and right now getting on the computer at home and doing this just won't work. So I'm doing this on a laptop right now, but I can't do that all the time. But I might try to get a post up tomorrow too. And to all readers - thanks.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lots of New Books

Got a lot of cool new books recently…

The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes…

Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research Volume 2 by David Weatherly….

Sea Monster Carcasses - Scotland by Glen Vaudrey...

Does Champ Exist? by Gary S. Mangiacopra and Dwight G. Smith...

And Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton


Friday, September 1, 2017

Nick Redfern's "Shapeshifters" - Coming Very Soon



Nick Redfern's book Shapeshifters: Morphing Monsters and Changing Cryptids will be published in a week…

"Shapeshifters are real.
"You're about to meet them, in all their savage and sinister glory.
"While most people think of shape shifters as little more than the werewolves and vampires of mythology and pop culture, the truth is much more fascinating. And dangerous. Shapeshifters are real, they come in all kinds and sizes, and they have existed for countless millennia. This thrilling guide invites you to meet each of them… if you dare.
"Shapeshifters presents a menagerie of otherworldly creatures and half-human monsters, from were-cats to blood-suckers to aliens. Discover legends and lore from around the world and experience first-hand encounters with shape-changing beasts that lurk in the night. Nick Redfern takes you deep into their domain, opening your eyes to paranormal secrets and cryptozoological wonders. Just be sure to keep some silver bullets close at hand."


With Nick Redfern,
Mothman Fest, 2016
 
 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Werewolves and Dogmen - A New Book



There's a new book out from FATE edited by Rosemary Ellen Guiley called Werewolves and Dogmen
Below is the book description from Amazon:

"Are werewolves real? Find out the chilling truth about werewolves and their kin - dogmen and spectral black dogs - in this unique collection of 31 well-researched articles by leading writers and investigators, including Loren Coleman, Brad Steiger, Mark Chorvinsky, Scott Corrales, and many others. Learn about: The bizarre history of werewolf origins; real cases of bloodthirsty beasts; how humans transform into wolves; modern cases of deadly supernatural werewolves; and the dogmen and black dogs that roam lonely landscapes. This stellar collection from the best of FATE magazine will have you looking over your shoulder the next time you are out in a full moonlit night."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Three Book Reviews

I haven't done a book review in a while, though I have read several great books, so here's a three-in-one of what I read over the summer.

Dragons: A Natural History
By Dr. Karl Shuker

Karl Shuker is a world famous cryptozoologist and one of my favorite authors. Dragons: A Natural History is his first book on the subject and was published in 1995. He also has another, called Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture from 2013. 

This book looks at many dragon stories and legends from around the world, including tales of "worms," dragonets, battles with knights, etc, etc. Creatures like sea serpents and mokele-mbembe that could be considered dragon-like are also mentioned, and "known" animals like the komodo dragon as well.

Now if you are someone who wants a very thorough examination of dragon legends, this might not be the book for you, but its a quick read with some good info on many of the dragon legends of old.

Out of the Shadows:
Mystery Animals of Australia
By Tony Healy and Paul Cropper

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I found one in fantastic condition at a Half Price Books that is even signed by both authors! Now these authors, both researchers from Australia, have also written a book called The Yowie published in 2006 that is available on Amazon, though this older one is extremely hard to find.

The book has six chapters on six different cryptid creatures of Australia: surviving thylacines, mainland thylacines, anomalous/alien big cats, the Queensland tiger, the yowie, and the Bunyip. Now while there is lots more on the Yowie in their book fully on that, this book has the most info on the Queensland tiger, Bunyip, and Australian big cat sightings that I have ever found.

This is a fantastic book and it is a shame that it is so rare. If you ever find a copy of it for a reasonable price, don't pass it up!

Beast:
Werewolves, Serial Killers, and Man-Eaters:
The Mystery of the Monsters of the Gevaudan
By Gustavo Sanchez Romero and S. R. Schwalb

This is the most recent book on the list here, published in 2016. It is an examination of the Beast of the Gevaudan, which terrorized France in the mid-1700s. From 1765 to 1767 it killed many people in that region of France and was hunted by scores of people, but to no avail. It seemed as though the Beast just could not be killed, and some thought it was a werewolf of a "scourge from God."

Once the Beast was thought to be killed, but attacks still continued. A "second Beast" was killed in 1767 and that is where the story really stops. But what were these "Beasts?" The authors discuss many possibilities, including a hyaena, man-eating wolves, possible prehistoric survivors, or human serial killers dressed as wolves or using animals to do the dirty deed. 

This is the most thorough examination of the Beast of Gevaudan that I have ever seen and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.


Monday, August 21, 2017

"Sarah the Sea Hag" - Cousin of Caddy?

The remains of this "sea monster" were fond on Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, Canada, in 1941. The press dubbed it "Sarah the Sea Hag" and said that it was a Cadborosaurus, the legendary sea serpent seen on the west coast of Canada and the USA.

"She had a large horse-like head with flaring nostrils and eye sockets; a tapering snake-like body 12 feet long; and traces of long coarse hair on the skin."

Dr. W.A. Clemons and Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan went to examine the remains and Clemons stated that "We're not sure if it's a basking shark, but there is no doubt that it is of the shark family."

G.V. Boorman, a whaler who had taken photographs of a supposed Caddy carcass before was then a private in the army, and was stationed nearby. He had seen close to 4,000 whales in 10 years, and was familiar with sharks in various degrees of decomposition. "If that's a shark," he said, "I'll eat my uniform. I've seen the skeletons of scores of varieties of sharks and they had no resemblance to these remains."

Boorman said that the "marine monster discovered in the stomach of a sperm whale in 1937 [the Naden Harbor carcass] was the twin sister of odoriferous Sarah."

Just like the remains of the Naden Harbor carcass of 1937, "Sarah's" remains were not preserved either, so what "she" really was remains unknown.


This post is excerpted from my future book Global Globsters, which examines reports of "sea monster" carcasses from around the globe...

Crypto-Kid: Ken Gerhard Tonight



Tonight at 8 on WCJV Radio, Colin Schneider has cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard on his Crypto-Kid show.

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by the one, the only, Ken Gerhard. Ken is one of the stars of the show 'Missing in Alaska' and is the author of several books including 'Big Bird! Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters' and 'A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts.' Ken and Colin will discuss his research into the Thunderbird and the Beast of Gevaudan.

Advisories on Bigfoot and Lizard Man Sightings During Eclipse

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is advising people to be aware of lizard man and Bigfoot sightings during today's solar eclipse.
(Post and Courier)

The Post and Courier reports that "SCEMD does not know is Lizardmen become more active during a solar eclipse, but we advise that residents of Lee and Sumter counties should remain ever vigilant."

The NASA Scientific Visualization Center also published a "sunsquatch" map showing the eclipse's path with locations of sasquatch sightings…


Sunday, August 20, 2017

SC Police: "Do Not Shoot Bigfoot"

People has a new article up on a statement from South Carolina police who are saying "don't shoot bigfoot."



"Please do not engage with the man or woman - or thing - with the big furry coat.
"A South Carolina police department cheekily issued just such a warning against firing at the mythical backwoods creature Bigfoot after a supposed sighting one state over.
"'After watching this video from nearby Boone, North Carolina, Facebook followers and friends, I think we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us,' the Greenville Police Department wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
"'If you see Bigfoot, please do not shoot at him/her, as you'll most likely be wounding a fun-loving and well-intentioned person, sweating in a gorilla costume.'
"The humorous post linked back to a 2015 video attached to a recent article from the Charlotte Observer, with covered the claims of a group of Sasqatuch hunters, Bigfoot 911.
"According to the Observer, Bigfoot 911 - a group that investigates so-called sightings of the creature - purports they saw a 'large bi-pedal animal covered in hair' on Friday while stalking out an area in McDowell County, North Carolina.
"Group member John Bruner claimed he chased the ape-like animal before engaging it in a stare-off, according to the Observer
"'Its face was solid black, no hair on it,' Bruner said. 'The hair looked shaggy all over.'
"But some commenters to the Greenville police Facebook post this week were less than impressed. One wrote, 'Let me break it down for you… someone bought a costume on Amazon. Story solved.'"

 

Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery



Coming out soon… a new book by Daniel C. Taylor called Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery. Currently priced at $45 on Amazon, though it is over 400 pages and hardcover.

"This book explains the mystery of the Yeti or Abominable Snowman, the creature that has left mysterious footprints in Himalayan snows. The book also explores why people are so fascinated with the possibility that a wild hominid might still reclusively live (the idea of a wild humanity alive in people's hopes.) Here also is the extraordinary story of one man's conservation impact-a quest for a mysterious animal caused him to lead in creating two massive national parks around Mount Everest, one in China/Tibet and one in Nepal.
"This book narrates how the author explores much of the 2,000-mile breadth of the Himalaya, from his childhood in India to his work years in Nepal, China/Tibet, and Bhutan. From 1956 until 2015 he visited almost all valley systems. The book recounts his ascents of Himalayan summits and even a first descent of a major river, Nepal's Sun Kosi.
"This book not only explains scientifically the Yeti and describes a range of Himalayan animals and plants, it also brings forward a wide scope of ecological understanding. Significant among these is the author's postulate about bioresilience as a parallel dynamic to biodiversity. Additionally, the author explores what it means (and how important it is) for people to be part of 'the wild' in today's increasingly domesticated world. Taylor's breadth of Himalayan knowledge is massive, the story captivating and full of surprise-and what he has accomplished includes 'discovering' the Yeti as well as creating two huge national parks." 

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Central Asiatic Expedition and the Mongolian Death Worm

In 1920s, Roy Chapman Andrews and others from the American Museum of Natural History went to the Gobi Desert in search of fossils of ancient man, which the team thought they would find there. While they didn't find that, they did find the first ever fossilized dinosaur eggs.
Roy Chapman Andrews in Mongolia, 1920s

In 1926, Andrews published a book on the adventures called On the Trail of Ancient Man, which I am lucky to have a copy of.

Along with their discoveries, Andrews also recorded something else in that book, something of a decidedly cryptid nature. He wrote:  

"Then the Premier asked that, if it were possible, I should capture a specimen of the allergorhai-horhia. I doubt whether any of my scientific readers can identify this animal. I could, because I had heard of it often. None of those present ever had seen the creature, but they all firmly believed in its existence and described it minutely. It is shaped like a sausage about two feet long, had no head nor legs and is so poisonous that merely to touch it means instant death. It lives in the most desolate parts of the Gobi Desert, whither we were going. To the Mongols it seems to be what the dragon in to the Chinese. The Premier said that, although he had never seen it himself, he knew a man who had and had lived to tell the tale. Then a Cabinet Minister stated that 'the cousin of his late wife's sister' had also seen it. I promised to produce the allergorhai-horhai if we chanced to cross its path, and explained how it could be seized by means of long steel collecting forceps; moreover, I could wear dark glasses, so that the disastrous effects of even looking at at so poisonous a creature would be neutralized. The meeting adjourned with the best of feeling; for we had a common interest in capturing the allergorhai-horhai. I was especially happy because now the doors of Outer Mongolia were open to the expedition."

Anyone with an interest in cryptozoology will notice that what Andrews describes sounds exactly like the Mongolian Death Worm, said to be poisonous and also to be able to electrocute people! (So maybe grabbing it with steel forceps wasn't the best idea!)

A cool cryptozoological tidbit from an author I already liked!

And - if anyone is interested in checking this out in Andrews' book itself, the relevant portion can be found on pages 103-104. But be sure to be very careful with the old book! (91 years old now.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cryptid-Kid: Tyler Houck Tonight

I will be on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid show tonight at 8 on WCJV Radio. We will be discussing USA Cryptids and Globsters.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Tecoluta Monster

In March, 1969, a 35-ton carcass was found washed up on the beach of Tecoluta, Mexico. The creature had a "serpent-like body," which was covered in "hard jointed armor," and had a 10-foot bone tusk protruding from its head that was estimated to weigh one ton. Biologists examined the carcass, and though they thought it could be a narwhal, "could not match it with any sea creature known to man."

On April 20, 1969, a seven-man team of scientists reported that the monster was actually a finback whale. Finback whales are the second largest mammals on Earth, only behind the blue whale. But the scientists' explanation did not explain the giant horn on the animal's head.

The Tecoluta mayor allowed the carcass to remain on the beach as a tourist attraction despite the horrible stench that emanated from it.

The monster was never identified, though it may have been some kind of cetacean. Bones of it are on display at the Marine Museum in Tecoluta.


This post is excerpted from my future book Global Globsters, in which I examine discoveries of "sea monster" carcasses from around the world...

Big Cat Sightings - Gloucestershire

The mystery big cat sightings coming from England are almost getting too numerous to keep track of, though I'm going to as best as I can.

So in this post, here are three new reports from Gloucestershire.

First, a report of a "growling big cat" reported on Gloucestershire Live on Aug. 4th. "It was pretty scary - and they all saw the creature, said a witness."

"Seven people were stalked by a 'growling' big cat for more than a mile - and they are all adamant about what they saw.
"The 'panther'-like creature followed the group from Woodchester Park boathouse to the car park, a distance of 1.3 miles, after they became lost.
"One of the group contacted Gloucestershire big cat tracker Frank Turnbridge after we ran a story last week of what appeared to be a big cat roaming near Stroud.
"'I have seen the big black panther - it was a panther, it was as clear as day,' she said.
"'Myself my partner and about five others were walking up Woodchester Park and we got lost in the woods and found ourselves back at the cars at 11pm.
"'On our way back up the drive we saw yellow eyes in the trees, like it was following us. There was a growl the closer we got to the cars at that point we got scared and ran to the cars and put the lights on - there it was right in front of us. It then jumped over the fence in to the long grass where it seemed to be stalking us, growling.


"'We were trying to get a picture but it was just too dark. This was only four weeks ago and again last week we saw the same eyes in the tree line, deeper in by the lakes. It was not a puma, as it was too small 0 it was black with yellow eyes and slinked like a moggy.
 "'It was a big cat - no other animal can move like it.'"

 The cat was first spotted when the people were in the boat house, and proceeded to follow them back to the car.

Mr. Turnbridge, the big cat tracker, said: "It was probably just seeing them off. It could have had cubs, who knows? They were there late at night and the cat would have laid low during the day."
Frank Turnbridge
(GloucestershireLive)
In July, a photograph was taken at Gloucestershire that may show the tail end of a big cat.

Gloucestershire Live said:

 "Cameras set up to catch an elusive big cat near Stroud have captured the moment an animal appears to return to the area a year later.
"Andy Rule and wife Claire set up the trip camera at a secret site near Stroud and caught several fleeting images of what could be the elusive massive moggy - and this week, it seems to have returned.
"'It is only the hind quarter but the typical hook tail is obvious,' said Andy. 'It's the same camera but this time at 4am.'
"The couple put up the cameras three-and-a-half years ago and in July last year captured three images at 10.30pm one evening.
"The contacted big cat tracker Frank Turnbridge after reading about an image he captured on a similar camera near Stroud.
"'It's quite a good picture,' said Mr Turnbridge, who has been tracking big cats across Gloucestershire and beyond for decades.
"'It does appear to be the same creature which was pictured last year and it has the tell-tale hooked 'hockey stick' tail.
"'The only dog which has that is a greyhound and this animal is too big for that.
"'It's most probably a hybrid, perhaps a cross of a leopard and a puma. I think it's a convincing still shot.
"'Put it like this - if it's not a cat, what is it?'
"He said fellow big cat tracker Rick Minter recorded 16 possible sightings from visitors to Stroud Country Show on Saturday.
"Hundreds of suspected big cat sightings have been reported to Mr Turnbridge over the years, including a black cat-like creature captured on video near Stround after deer kills nearby in Woodchester Park and Dursley.
"The remains were tested for DNA by Warwick University for the National Trust but academics said no cat DNA was found, just foxes'.
"Woodland near Taynton in the Forest of Dean between Cinderford and the Speech House are areas a suspected sightings.
"Anyone who believes they may have seen a big cat can contact Mr Turnbridge on 07711 476 715 or send an email to frankturnbridge@hotmail.co.uk."
Tail of a big cat?

An lastly, another sighting, in the same general area near the Forest of Dean, reported on Gloucestershire Live on August 9th:


Susan Pearl, witness
(GL)

"Care worker Susan Pearl claims she saw a black panther sunning itself in the undergrowth near a Gloucestershire visitor attraction.
The 65-year-old, from Churchtown, says she was shocked when she whistled at what she originally thought was a large black Labrador in a small area of trees and bushes and it turned its head to reveal the face of a big cat.
"She says she was so frightened that she ran down the path and into the cafe at Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean where a ranger in a 'Crocodile Dundee' style hat tried to calm her down and showed her images on the interned to try and identify what she had seen. 
"'I thought it was a black Labrador but when it turned round it had a flat face like a cat and a tail shaped like a hockey stick,' said Susan who was brought up on a farm near Hartpury.
"'It was about 200 yards away and I had whistled at it so I panicked and ran like hell down the path.
"'When I told people what it had happened, somebody in the cafe asked if I was sure it wasn't a boar, but I'm a farmer's daughter so I know what a pig looks like. I can tell a cat from a boar.
"'After looking into it, I'm 99 percent sure its as a panther. And before you ask, no, I'm not mad and the only thing I had drunk on that particular day was coffee.'
"After the stranger told her three had been many sightings in the Forest and it was probably an adolescent male panther forced from the park, she contacted big cat man Frank Turnbridge from Gloucester.
"'It's a very credible sighting but I don't think people visiting the caves have anything to panic about because they stay on the move,' he said of the sighting about two weeks ago. 'It has probably long gone by now.
"'There have been lots of sightings in the Forest over the years because it has all the prey, water and cover they need. Not many people see them because they are very elusive and silent. Those that do don't like to say anything in case they are mocked.
"'As far as I am concerned there is no doubt about it. There are big cats in the Forest of Dean and I understand that in 2003 rangers using thermal imaging for a deer census caught a big cat on camera.'
"Mr Turnbridge recently dealt with two sightings near Stroud and says he gets reports at least once every three months.
"He believes they are hybrids of the dangerous animals released into the wild decades ago following strict laws banning them from domestic settings and that the authors stay silent because they don't want to frighten the public.
"Only last year he had a report of a big cat chasing a dog near the Dilke Hospital at Cinderford and another of a sighting near a picnic spot.
"Jonathan Wright of Clearwell Caves said: 'We do have a feral black cat at the caves, but it's quite a small one. When they were clearing the barns out after foot and mouth seven cats came up here and those that could no be re-homed lived in our railway carriage for a time.
"'There's only one left now. He's called Sid. He's black but he's certainly not a panther or Lynx. However i accept people do see things in the Forest of Dean that cannot be explained and a lot of people say they have seen big cats in the past.
"'Who knows? However I don't think people should be worried because I'm around that area a lot and I've never seen one.'
"Susan said: 'It was very exciting exhilarating. The last time I saw something nearly so exciting was when I went to the Grand Canyon.'
"Anyone who believes they may have seen a big cat can contact Mr Turnbridge on 08811 476 715 or send an email to frankturnbridge@hotmail.co.uk."

It seems as though the big cat sightings in England show no sign of stopping anytime soon…


Thursday, August 10, 2017

International Cryptozoology Society Journal Vol. 1



Out now is Volume 1 of the International Cryptozoology Society Journal. The ICS was formed last year by Loren Coleman at the International Cryptozoology Conference which took place in St. Augustine, Florida. The current president is Paul LeBlond.

Below is what you will find in Volume 1:

"A collection of papers presented at the first International Cryptozoology Society Conference, from January, 2016, in St. Augustine, Florida. As affiliated with the International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

St. Albans Big Cat - Skeptic Convinced After Sighting

There has been another sighting of a big cat in St. Albans, this one from the end of July.

The Herts Advertiser reports:

"A disbelieving sceptic has been persuaded that the St Albans big cat is real after it darted out in front of his car.
"At about 5.30am on July 27, the motorist, who would prefer not to be named, was driving his car to work through Jersey Farm - when a large brown or sandy colored feline crossed his path.
"Dash-cam footage of the journey was unfortunately too blurred to show the cat in action.
"He contacted his ex-wife, who told the Herts-Ad: 'He said it definitely wasn't domestic. The tail was massive, very big, he had never seen anything like it.
"'When I first heard about the big cat I had a bit of a panic actually because I walk my dogs around there and there's no way my dogs are protecting me.
"Someone has suggested to her that he may have seen a male Maine Coon pet, which are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat and recently a 35lbs one went viral on the internet.
"She said he used to doubt the validity of reports, but although he is now convinced she remains a little skeptical: 'It's not that I don't believe him, I know he wouldn't lie and I believe he saw something, but like everyone else in this world it would be good to have photos.
"'He may not have seen what he thinks he seen.
"The legitimacy of big cat sightings around St Albans, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Welwyn, and Sandridge has divided opinion - even when a taxi driver obtained footage of his sighting on London Colney last month.
"Some viewers claim the video shows a large pet cat, others it is hard evidence for a wild breed.
"But witnesses have poured in to the Herts Ad over recent months to share their experiences.
"In January two Oaksland College staff members saw 'a large, sandy-colored cat', scratch marks were found on a tree after a 'huge animal' was seen near Welwyn, and a big 'muscled' cat bounded in front of a car across a road near Redbourn.
"A Wheathampstead dog-walker recently found the mutilated corpse of a muntjac deer, stripped of meat, and large paw prints were found in an Aldwickbury golf bunker, preserved after a night of rain. 
"Herts Police have received about 30 big cats reports in the last five years - they advise a safe distance is keep and any sightings are reported on 101." 
 
 
Sightings of the big cat(s) continue and it seems as though they really are there. There have also been some other big cats reports from places like France recently as well, posts on them will probably be up later.

Another Crypto-Kid Show



A heads up to TCZ readers - this coming Monday, August 14th, I will be returning to Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid podcast. The show is live at 8pm on WCJV Radio. Don't know yet what we will be discussing this time but it should be a great time once again.

Another reminder coming on Monday, and more info when it comes...

Crypto-Kid: Jon Downes Archived



On Monday Colin Schneider had Jon Downes of the CFZ on his Crypto-Kid show, and the archived show can be listened to here.

They discussed the Almasty, hyaenas in Russia, sea serpents, and upcoming stuff from the CFZ.




***Readers of this blog have probably noticed the lack of posts lately… that will probably continue for at least a couple more days as I have been very busy this month.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Lowe Files: "Haunted Boys' Reformatory"

Rob Lowe's paranormal Show premieres tonight on A&E.

Below is the synopsis for the first episode:

"The guys visit a condemned former boys' reformatory in Ione, Calif., believed to house vengeful spirits."

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Rob Lowe Claims he Encountered a "Wood Ape"

Rob Lowe has a new show coming soon called The Lowe Files, in which he and his sons go out hunting monsters and things of the sort. Lowe was recently on The Tonight Show and discussed an encounter that he really seems to believe was with a Bigfoot, or, as he calls it, a "wood ape."

"Rob Lowe went wood ape (Big Foot) hunting in the Ozark Mountains in the middle of the night for his series The Lowe Files and had a close encounter of some kind."

Friday, July 28, 2017

Chupacabras Stories from California

Folks in a California neighborhood are having encounters with a strange animal, one that they insist is "no coyote."

The Mercury News reports:

"On a foggy morning more than a week ago, Cary Shuker's cat raced into his Riverside home, terrified of something outside.
"'This thing was standing out there, looking at me,' Shuker said, a private contractor who lives at the base of Box Springs Mountain, which divides Moreno Valley and Riverside. 'It was the ugliest-looking thing.'
"Shuker said the hairless creature, glaring at him about 80 or 90 feet away, had a tail like a rat or possum, with rippled pinkish skin, teeth jutting both up and down out of its jaws and was 'at least two feet or more longer than the biggest coyote you've ever seen.'
"'I yelled at it, in a big deep voice, 'Get out of here!'" Shuker said.
"The creature snarled at him, then made as if to leave. But before it did, it turned back toward Shuker, snarling and chattering one more time.
"'It was cussing me out, basically… I stole its breakfast. It was hunting my cat,' Shuker said. 'This wasn't no coyote, by any means.'
"In the rocky Box Springs Mountain territory, residents say they believe that the strange wild animal they've encountered since the beginning of the year is the legendary chupacabra.
"'I thought, 'That is the strangest-looking animal I've ever seen,'' said M.J. Blunt, a retired child development consultant.
"She saw the creature for the first time a year ago, eating fruit from a tree in a front yard.
"'The ears of a deer, long snout, no hair, tail like a rat, long hindquarters,' she said. 'I thought it might be a sick coyote, a sick wolf. But it had too many different characteristics from any of them.'

M.J. Blunt with a chalk drawing of the thing she saw
(Mercury News/John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

"Chupacabra sightings first occurred in Puerto Rico in 1995, and were soon echoed throughout Latin America. Initial reports focused on the 'goat suckers' preying on livestock. By 1996, the Press-Enterprise was reporting sightings in Fontana and Perris. In 2013, chupacabra sightings were reported in Redlands, northeast of Box Springs Mountain. Officials said the Redlands reports appeared to be of coyotes with mange.
"Mange is a skin condition found in dogs and other canines, caused by scabies mites that burrow under the skin. When dogs (or coyotes) frantically scratch for relief from the itching, they eventually cause their hair to fall out.
"Tom Brundige, an inventor of fire-resistant paint additives and insulation, first saw the creatures this past spring in an area burned in the Opera Fire in April.
"'We're looking at it dead on. It has a body like a Chihuahua, stretched out, with a large thoracic cavity,' Brundige said. 'And it has huge hind legs. It has a very narrow, ratlike face, with undulations in it, more like a marsupial.'
"The creature had a ratlike tail and a grayish black stripe on its midsection, he said.
"'The donkeys that come from central Mexico, Texas, they come right through my gate,' said Brundige, who has lived at the base of the mountain for 28 years. 'These guys, I believe, followed them from central America.'
"He believes the creatures are a hybrid of a canine and a marsupial, like a kangaroo, and has dubbed them 'canis marsupius.'
"'If you don't have a genus or species, (scientists) won't talk to you. It's a fairy tale,' he said. 'It's not.'
"Brundige is right: Animal control officials and academics are skeptical, at best, of their claims.
"'The chupacabra is not a recognized species by the Department of Fish and Wildlife,' said Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 'Chupacabras are not a thing.'
"The department gets one or two calls a year from residents who say they've seen them, Hughan said.
"'There is no such thing, except in the folklore of various communities,' John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services, wrote in an email.
"'Residents living in this area are right in the backyard of coyotes,' Welsh wrote, 'and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is not that far away either; there are bobcats and, in some rare circumstances, reports of a mountain lion in that area.'
"Coyotes, in particular, Welsh noted, are 'constantly preying on small pets,' like Shuker's cat.
"All three witnesses say what they've seen is too big to be a coyote, which they're familiar with from their decades living in the shadow of Box Springs Mountain.
"'It sounds like the craziest, made-up story,' Shuker said. 'But it's not.'"

Some thoughts on these sightings and theories:

The "chupacabras" here are probably just coyotes with mange, like all the other canine "chupacabras" have turned out to be, even thought the witnesses always say "it can't be a coyote!" Some of those mange-inflicted coyotes look pretty weird.

The thing(s) wouldn't be a chupacabras anyway - chupacabras are weird (almost alien looking) bipedal creatures with a row of spikes down their back, glowing eyes, and some people have reported wings. Those are the ones reported in Puerto Rico.

California chupacabras probably look like this…
(Huffington Post)

Original description
Scientists might take reports seriously even if it doesn't have a scientific name (how are animals discovered then?), and they probably aren't here because they're coyotes with mange and some guy with not clue about animals has named it "canis marsupius" because he thinks that a canine could cross-breed with a  marsupial. (The only marsupial in North America, by the way, is the opossum.)

The reports of the gigantic teeth on this thing/these things seems very exaggerated, and it probably is. People are probably just seeing a sick coyote and turning it into something else.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Books

Some new books  I found at a Half Price Books today…

How to Catch Fairies by Gilly Sergiev…


And a copy of Out of the Shadows: Mystery Animals of Australia by Tony Healey and Paul Cropper… signed by both authors!



Expect reviews sometime….

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The "Proverbial 'Find of the Century?'" - Strange Creature Caught in Caucasus

An extremely interesting video was posted on YouTube in late May and June on two different channels (same video though) that shows a strange creature.

One Cryptomundo commenter said this could be the "proverbial 'find of the century.'" And it might actually be.

Some think the thing is a monkey in a costume. I think it may not be, however. The creature is said to have been caught in the Caucasus Mountains. The following was posted on Cryptomundo, from Igor Burtsev of the International Center of Hominology:

"It presented on Utube as a captured small hairy creature on the Caucases but not exactly where. Somebody wrote that in Karachaevo-Cherkes republic? but as I could understand they were talking in Azerbaijan language (now it's a separate state by the Kaspian sea)/ And I noticed there on a piece of paper Arabic and Latin letters show the date - November 30, 2016, or ehe year 1395 Hijri (?)and the name Haji Taha - in Russia they don't use such writings, it's another confirmation of Azerbaijan location of the case (my personal investigation, as I know Azerbaijan language and Arabic writings too). The Arabic writings show some figures - 75,11,95, 25 - and a couple of letters."

Azerbaijan location on a map. Caucasus mtns. located here
 as well

 I translated the title of the video I added on this post and got this:


"In the Caucasus caught a strange creature, similar to a brownie."



A "brownie" in this case is not a treat, but a fairy-like creature from English and Scottish folklore. Brownies are "the Scottish and Northern English counterpart of the Scandinavian tomte, the Slavic domovoi and the German Heinzelmannchen.
Brownie illustration from a book of fairy tales

Basically the exact same as a fairy or hobgoblin.

An interesting note is that Thomas Keightley described the Brownie in this way:

"…A personage of small stature, wrinkled visage, covered with short curly brown hair, and wearing a brown mantle and hood." 

"A personage of small stature, wrinkled visage, covered with short curly brown hair…." could be an apt description of this thing. The hair may be a little longer than "short" but the description fits pretty well.

Another interesting note from the video is that they appeared to maybe have put blue socks on it?

Whatever this is, I'm thinking that it isn't a monkey in a suit or anything of that sort. It seems real. When I first saw just the face, I had doubts, but I began to doubt it less when I saw the hand, and then saw it walking around. Someone needs to figure out what this thing is.

Could it possibly be a real "brownie," something that inspired the stories of them???


OK AN UPDATE

A couple people have commented on here, and lots of others have on other sites, saying that the thing really just looks like a monkey. And as a friend said I really "jumped the gun" on this one. Yeah, it does look like a monkey in some sort of suit or with lots of extra hair on it. Walks like one too.


So yeah, not a fairy creature or the "find of the century."

Is Washington State Photo Really a Real Sasquatch?

The other day I put up a post on a picture from Washington State that Matt Moneymaker (you all know who he is) says is of a real Sasquatch. But is it, really?
The photo - box added by me

I had some doubts when first seeing the photo, and even more when some people brought some other stuff to light.

But before we get to that, here is what Moneymaker said about the photo on Twitter:

"Here's photo of real sasquatch in Washington State. An elk hunter witness at recent Colorado town hall says the one he saw almost identical."

And a little more on that…. on Twitter, "the Mick SSDD" said "Was that picture taken in 2001 with a flip phone?" To which MM said "…cuz yoou would have gotten a much much better photo in that brief unexpected moment. … Right, Trollio?"

Maybe he would have, cause I don't think this is the real deal.

The photo has gotten a few comments about its authenticity on Cryptomundo. Cryptokellie said: "Is this a test? A stretched stock gorilla image added to a forest image. To start, the borders all around the 'Bigfoot' do not match the rest of the forest foliage especially between the right arm and leg. There are other proportional problems as well. Try harder…in fact - don't try at all, wait for the real one."

On my first post, my friend and fellow researcher Colin Schneider commented and said that, if you zoom in on the photo, "it looks like one of those high quality Bigfoot costumes that you occasionally see at Halloween."

He linked to this picture as well.



I decided to get on my Google Drive and put the two photos up for comparison. I zoomed in on the photo of the supposed real sasquatch and adjusted the brightness of it to try to be able to see any more details.


Comparison

When you look closely at the face of the Bigfoot, it does kind of look like one of those costumes. And it almost is in the classic "Patty pose" too.

Not thinking this is a legit photo.

Would Moneymaker try to pull a fast one and say this is a real Sasquatch? It wouldn't really surprise me that much.

Bobo from Finding Bigfoot did the same thing in February of this year. He posted a photo on his Facebook page saying "I promise you this is a legit photo that shows up on the therm as a mammal. Taken last week in Idaho." The photo shows what looks like a human-like body, which I initially thought was a guy in a black coat with brown pants on.
Bobo photo

But as it turns out, it was no Bigfoot, and no man, either. A few days later Bobo said:

"Sorry about the false alarm. Apparently almost no one saw the 2nd pic from down the road showing it being a moose. I should have been more clear that by legit I meant not photo shopped or an intentional hoax. I never specifically said it was a Squatch, just that it was a 7ft mammal in an undoctored photo. I wanted people to go through and try to figure out what it was. Also to show how easy it is to have an honest misidentification. Also how hard it is to make a definitive analysis of a single photo. I'm getting permission right now to post a couple of real Squatch pics. Sorry for the confusion and disappointment of it not being a Squatch."

Well of course there was confusion, if you spend all your time searching for Bigfoot and post something that you "promise is a legit photo," that's what people are going to think you mean! Did he actually think it was one? We don't know. Also I never heard anything else about those "couple of real sasquatch pics."

So should we trust Moneymaker when he shows us this "real" sasquatch pic and then is a jerk to anyone who isn't quite convinced? Has he done any examination? How can he prove it is real? It's just another blurry Bigfoot photo, that happens to have an uncanny similarity to a Bigfoot costume…

It honestly wouldn't surprise me that much if it was fake and MM knew it. Out of the Finding Bigfoot crew, Cliff is the one I would trust.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review: The Roswell UFO Conspiracy by Nick Redfern



Today I finished Nick Redfern's most recent book, The Roswell UFO Conspiracy: Exposing a Shocking and Sinister Secret. It is a follow-up to his 2005 book Body Snatchers in the Desert, also about what came down at the Foster Ranch, Roswell, New Mexico, in July of 1947. Most people, when they hear "Roswell," think of a crashed UFO. But the sources Nick talked with for Body Snatchers in the Desert had a decidedly different story to tell. One that didn't involve extraterrestrials.
With author Nick Redfern

From those four sources, and others who talked to other people and/or researchers, and from information from government files, Redfern concludes that what came down at Roswell in 1947 was definitely not a "UFO" of the alien type. Far more likely, as the evidence points to, it was something from the U.S. government that they wanted (and still want) to keep secret.

The theory that Nick supports in this book is that what came down at Roswell (and there were actually multiple crashes, not just one incident) in the summer of 1947 were secret aircraft and/or balloons being tested by the U.S. government. And the "dead aliens" weren't aliens at all. They were people.

From the evidence presented in the book, it seems that after WWII ended, the U.S. secretly began working with German, Japanese, and/or the Russians on secret prototype aircraft. And they used people in the test flights, not "test dummies" as the Air Force has said years later. And it was these people that have been mistaken for aliens. As it turns out, they were most likely physically and/or mentally handicapped Japanese used in the experiments. People who say they saw the bodies claim they were short, had enlarged heads and small ears and noses, and other deformities of that sort. In other words, deformed dwarves.

Back to the subject of the U.S. possibly working with Germans… it is claimed that the U.S. government had Josef Mengele (the "Angle of Death,"), a German who did horrific experiments on prisoners during WWII, involved in the projects that resulted in the crashed "UFOs." Another, very interesting note is that Mengele had a particular fascination with human dwarves.
Josef Mengele, who did horrific experiments on
people in Germany in WWII

If you read this book, your perspective on Roswell will likely change.

Unless, as Nick notes, you're a UFO researcher who doesn't want to believe that what came down at Roswell wasn't a UFO. The "Holy Grail" case of UFOlogy would be proven to not be a UFO at all. But is it really that horrible? That's not where the evidence points to!

Because guess what - the multiple U.S. experiments that crashed in the New Mexico desert in the mid-to-late 1940s weren't UFOs. As Nick says at the end of the book… Aliens didn't crash at Roswell!