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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bigfoot Cheeto on Ebay

Remember that Harambe-shaped cheeto that sold for a ton of money on Ebay? Well, now someone is trying to sell one they think is "Bigfoot shaped." And it can be yours! If you want to spend $500 on a cheeto, that is!


The Lake Worth Monster, Hoaxes, and a Movie



A while back I put up a post about some stories of people who say that "they" were the Lake Worth Monster in 1969. Why am I bringing this up now? Well, its because Nick Redfern has a new article up on Mysterious Universe on this very subject - and a horribly bad monster movie that may have inspired the monster of Lake Worth.

The article in question is called "Did A Movie Inspire The Goat-Man Legend?" It starts out like this:

"A couple of nights ago I had the distinct misfortune of watching what was probably the worst movie I have ever seen. If not, it's certainly near the top of the list. It's title: Night Fright,  which was filmed in 1967 and released in 1968. It's an extremely unimpressive piece of very badly acted, laughable hokum - but oddly watchable and even a bit engaging. Night Fright starred John Agar, a man for whom B-movies were made. He appeared in such unmemorable pieces of work as Zontar, the Thing from Venus; The Brain From Planet Arous; The Mole People; and Women Of The Prehistoric Planet. The movie was actually a reworking of a 1964 screenplay written by Russ Marker and titled The Demon of Devil's Lake. 
 "The location of the filming of Night Fright was just outside the city of Dallas, Texas. Most of the 'action' takes place in thick woods and on the shores of a local lake (in The Demon of Devil's Lake, the location was Lake Texoma, which borders Texas and Oklahoma). As we learn very quickly, something monstrous is lurking in the woods and near the lake. But, what is it? Well, this is where things become not just strange, but downright deranged. It turns out that NASA has been secretly dabbling with cosmic-rays and animals - an operation called 'Noah's Ark.' Of course, the project goes awry (how could it not?) and a monster is unleashed.
 "As the death count rises, the local police are determined to solve the mystery (Agar plays Sheriff Clint Crawford). Strange tracks are found in the area. They resemble those of alligators, but are much larger. Chris and Judy - two of the main characters, who are boyfriend and girlfriend - are hot on the trail of the beast, too. We see lots of Austin Powers-style dancing near the lake, we hear lots of 'groovy' '60's music (baby), and we catch brief glimpses of the monster that lurks around the lake and in the woods. 
"In typical B-movie style, NASA's dastardly experiments with cosmic rays have led to the creation of a strange monster with the feet of an alligator, the body of what looks just like a Bigfoot, and a head that... well... we never really get to see the head too clearly, which is probably not a bad thing. It's a distinctly bad-tempered beast that spends most of its time killing the local kids - in classic 'Lover's Lane'-type scenarios. Of course, the day is finally saved when the half-Bigfoot/half-alligator gets blown to pieces and out heroes escape unscathed."

Now why did Redfern bring this up? And why am I also bringing it up?

Well, it's because in my other post I wrote about some people who claim that their family members were the Lake Worth Monster, and that they were seen and thought to be it, because they jumped on some cars in a "rabbit coat" and rolled a tire down a hill, which then bounced on something and flew through the air (to explain the sighting by 30-40 people, some of whom were police officers, who said the LWM hurled a tire towards them from on top of a bluff). Now, if this movie, which was filmed in the area, was seen by people there, could it have inspired them (the ones mentioned above, or others) to creature some real life "monster" sightings, which were in reality nothing more than someone in a costume? In his article, Redfern mentions quite a few parallels between the Night Fright movie and reported sightings of the LWM.

To conclude, he says: "If not a literal monster, I think there is a good chance that at least a significant portion of the Goat-Man saga might have been born out of a bunch of kids watching Night Fright and, in the wake of its release, having a bit of fun." Maybe he's right.

Me with Nick Redfern, Mothman Fest, 2016

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Orang Pendek Filmed? Or A Lost Pygmy?

A new video has appeared online that shows something very interesting.

The video was caught on a Go-Pro camera by a guy on a dirt bike  in Sumatra and shows a "little man," what some think is an orang pendek.



The Daily Mail posted this about the encounter:

"A mysterious half-naked 'tribesman' was seen running down a dirt track in Indonesia by a group of bikers.
"The small man was spotted near Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra.
 "Some viewers guessed the man could be a member of the mythical Mante tribe, who are said to be forest dwellers. 
"The motorcyclists were traveling down the track when they saw the bald man leap out of the trees.
"The footages shows one of the bikers falling on the ground as the mystery figure runs away from the group.
"One of the bikers continues down the track in pursuit of the skittish man, who jumps into the bushes by the side of the road.
"The group stop at the spot where the man disappeared and look for him in the bushes.
"The grass is so high that they can no longer see the figure as he slipped into the trees behind.
"A couple of the motorcyclists venture into the bushes to try and see where the 'tribesman' went and find the large stick he was carrying.
"Some viewers think that they mysterious man is a member of a lost pygmy tribe in Indonesia.
"The mythical Mante tribe are said to be smaller than the average man and flee when they see people from the outside world.
"The only record of the supposed tribe was in the 17th century, when it was claimed two Mante tribesmen were captured and presented to the Sultan.
"But most people think the Mante people are simply legend.
"In 2003, archaeologists found evidence of an ancient race of small 'hobbit-like' humans on the island of Flores, on the other side of the archipelago.
"Homo floresiensis are believed to have been around 3-and-a-half feet tall and lived around 50,000 years ago. 
"Fossils of the 'Flores hobbit' showed that the early people had small brains and no chin.
"While some scientists believe the species were completely separate from the modern human, others argue Homo floresiensis just had growth problems. 
"Since being released on March 22,  the video has been watched more then two million times.
"There are thought to be seven tribes who still live in the northern province of Aceh.
"The groups, who live in remote stretches of Sumatra, are mainly farmers and gatherers who live off the land.
"It is unknown where in the northern province the video was taken.
"The Alas tribe, work in forests to fell timber and collect resin, rubber and incense in the south-east of the province.
"The people farm rice and coffee, and also raise livestock such as horses and cows.
"The group, who practice Islam, also use shamans to ensure they enjoy good harvests.
"It is thought that there are as many as 150,000 of the tribesmen living in Aceh.
"Indigenous groups in the province also live high in the mountains and by the sea.
"The Gayo tribe, who have a population of more than 300,000, live in the mountains in the center of the province.
"The live 12,000 feet above sea level in the Bukit Barisan range of mountains and earn money by farming coffee and fishing.
"The Alas Kluet people are thought to live around 12 miles from the nearest main road and grow rice and coffee, as well as vegetables.
"The small tribe were also recognized as hunters and guerrilla warriors when the Dutch held Indonesia in the 19th century." 
Was it a tribesman who lives in the jungle of Sumatra? The video doesn't really seem like it is a fake to me, though I'll have to look at it some more. If this is just a tribesman who lives in Sumatra, could fleeting sightings of them in the jungle have something to do with some orang pendek reports?

Orang Pendek
(Tim Bertelink)

Will probably have another post on this later...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ogopogo of Okanagan Lake

Atlas Obscura has a cool new article up about Ogopogo, the monster of Okanagan Lake in Canada. It gives an overview of Ogopogo's description and some history of sightings of the cryptid:

"If Nessie ever makes a reappearance, she has a friend across the ocean in Lake Okanagan's Ogopogo, a Canadian counterpart to the famous Scottish lake monster. the monster with a warm friendly name is thought to lurk below the placid waters of the lake in British Columbia, and apparently pops up every once in a while, giving plenty of fodder for cryptozoologists. 
"Envisioned as a long, dark sea serpent with many humps, Ogopogo has been elusive in the last few years but over time there have been several accounts of visitors catching a glimpse of movement in the lake, with humps appearing briefly above the water. Records of Ogopogo go back as far as 1872, and it was written about in a local newspaper in 1926 when people in nearly 30 cars reported seeing a creature in the lake. This was a few years before the Loch Ness monster gained widespread media attention.
"The supposed creature was first caught on film in 1968 when a tourist spotted 'something large and lifelike' in the water and shot a 60-second video on his camera. In 1991, a widespread investigation was conducted, using underwater technology devices but nothing was found - no Ogopogo and no bones or carcasses either.
"But sightings continue to be reported and in 2011, another tourist recorded what he saw on video - two short log-like objects floating close to each other. Logs or Ogopogo, nobody knows for sure.
"This monster also has a mythical connection. Canadian Aboriginals in the area believed that there was a terrible monster named Naitaka living at the bottom of the lake and feared crossing it. On their journeys across the waterbody, they carried chickens and other small animals and dropped them in as a sacrifice, to ensure their safe passage. These legends may not be referring to the actual lake monster but to a water spirit they believed in.  
 

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Crypto-Kid: Ronald L. Murphy Jr. Tonight



Airing tonight at 8 pm on WCJV Radio - Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid, with guest Ron Murphy Jr. Here is some more info on tonight's show from Colin:

"Join me tonight at 8 pm EST for a new Crypto-Kid episode live on WCJV Digital Broadcasting. Tonight's guest is Ronald Murphy. Ron is a seasoned investigator from Pennsylvania and author of over 10 books. We will be discussing Ron's unique aspect of research and his books. Make sure you don't miss this one! Listen in and join the chatroom at http://www.wcjvradio.com/live.html."

Be sure to check out Crypto-Kid tonight!



-I will be on the show next Monday, April 3-

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Idaho Motorist Crashes Because of Bigfoot

A new report is circulating the news sites, claiming that a woman in Idaho hit a deer with her car because she saw a Sasquatch in the rear-view mirror.

"MOSCOW, Idaho - A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror.
"The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch.
"The woman told Benewah County Sheriff's officials that she saw a sasquatch chasing a deer on the side of the road while driving. She says she checked one of her mirrors to get a second look at the beast and when she looked up, the deer ran in front of her.
"Sheriff's officials marked the incident as a vehicle versus deer collision but did not report any evidence of Bigfoot."

Now this story may just be true, since Bigfoots have been reported many times hunting deer…

(Gnashes30/Wikimedia) 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mountain Monsters - New Season in April!

Coming to Destination America April 8th is season 5 of Mountain Monsters. I don't know if this season will be a "Bigfoot Edition" or not, but I'm assuming it will be since the last two have been, and they are still going against the "Rouge Team."

Check out two promo clips for the new season below:


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Upcoming Radio Show Appearance



A heads up to all readers of TCZ - on April 3, I will be the guest on Colin Schneider's show Crypto-Kid! The show is live from 8-9 p.m. on WCJV Radio.

This coming Monday Colin will have Ron Murphy on the show. You can check out Colin's blog here, and the Crypto-Kid Facebook page here.

Black Panther in Derbyshire, England

The Derby Telegraph is reporting on a sighting of a black panther in Derbyshire, England…

(Derby Telegraph)


"A wildlife expert says the potential sighting of a black panther off the A38 should be taken 'very seriously'.
 "The animal was spotted by dad-of-three Matt Chambers who says he was driving back from work when he saw 'the biggest cat I have seen in my life' in a field on the Derbyshire border between Egginton and Stretton.
"The black cat was spotted not far away from the River Dove. It is the latest in a long string of sightings reported in the Derbyshire area over the past decade.
"And Danny Bamping, from the British Big Cat Society, said it was likely Mr Chambers's eyes were not deceived.
"Mr Bamping argued the availability of big cats for sale as pets in stores like Harrods in London until the mid-1970s, and also to US aircrews as far back as the Second World War, meant there was indeed a black panther on the loose.
"He said: 'During the Second World War, American aircrews brought bob cat and puma cubs over as mascots. By the time the war was over they were fully grown, so they couldn't just put them in their planes and fly home.
"'You could walk into Harrods in London and buy a cheetah until 1973 and the laws on ownership only changed in 1976. At that time, most people gave them to zoos or, unfortunately, had them put down.
"'What the Government failed to legislate against were people with emotional attachments to their animals who simply took them out of the Yorkshire Moors or Pennines and released them.
"'It was only in 1981 with the Countryside Act that the loophole was closed. There was a five-year legal window to introduce wild animals into the British countryside. What we're experiencing now are the offspring from that.'
"Following Mr Chambers's apparent sighting, reader Arthur Smith took to the Derby Telegraph website to add weight to his claim.
"Mr Smith posted: 'I too saw this black panther two years ago bounding across a field next to the Ticknall turn off by Stanton by Bridge, while traveling towards Melbourne. 
"'Unlike in the movies where someone sees a monster, rubs their eyes and then thinks to themselves 'oh I must have been seeing things', I most definitely did see an enormous black cat that could only have been a black panther running at speed across that field.
"'It wasn't a little pussy cat or a black sheep or anything other than a black panther. I do know what I saw.'
"Not everyone is convinced, however. Neil Dorman, Twycross Zoo conservation programs and planning curator, said he doubted the claims.
"He said: 'Having worked in this environment for a number of years, I don't think large wild cats, such as panthers or leopards, live here in the Midlands.
"'When the Dangerous Animals Act came into force 40 years ago, some people did let big cats go but the chances these cats had any offspring and that they survived until now are minimal.
"'The lifespan of big cats in zoos is approximately 20 years and 12 to 14 in the wild so any such cats that were released back then would not be alive now.
"'If there had been more than one released and had they bred, we would get reports of people seeing them far more often. There have been nowhere near enough possible sightings, which makes me believe there cannot be a sustainable wild population.
"'We would now be in a third generation and, even though it only takes one pair to start breeding, the cats would have problems with interbreeding and would not have survived long enough to still be around.
"'I would say that people just misinterpret what they see and I am very doubtful of the reports.'"

Of course, if there were big cats released in the 1980s, I bet there would have been more than just two released, so there may possibly be a breeding population in Britain. It is claimed that Mary Chipperfield, who owned the Dartmoor Zoo, released three big cats into the wild after her zoo shut down in 1978. So there's at least three, not counting all those likely released by exotic pet owners over the years...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Crypto-Kid - Brian Parsons Tonight

The second episode of Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid podcast is airing live tonight at 8 pm on WCJV Radio.  Tonight's guest is Brian Parsons. Ron Murphy was going to be on but had to cancel, so he will be on next week.

Some more info from the Crypto-Kid Facebook page:

"Due to unforseen circumstances, Ronald Murphy had to reschedule for tonight's episode. He will be on the show next week. Instead, I am happy to announce that Dr. Brian Parsons is going to come on the show. Brian is the host of another WCJV show called Paranormal News Insider. We will talk about some of Parson's work and his opinions on various cryptozoological topics."



***As a side note, I will be on the show in two weeks!***

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cryptid Culture #5

Available now is Cryptid Culture Magazine Issue 5, featuring an awesome Ahool on the cover!

The new issue includes articles on the dobhar-chu, fairies and cryptids, SasWhat, the Van Meter Visitor, sea monsters, the Green River Monster, and more, from contributors such as David Weatherly, Colin Schneider, Mark Matzke, Robert Robinson, Scott Marlow, etc.

You can get the new Cryptid Culture here.

Check out the website or Facebook.

Book Review: Beyond Boggy Creek by Lyle Blackburn

It's time for the first review of a cryptozoology book from 2017! And I was not disappointed with the one I read first - Lyle Blackburn's Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch.

As you can probably tell from the title, this book is a sort of follow-up to Blackburn's 2012 book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, about the Fouke Monster. While this new book starts out going over some more recent occurrences around Fouke, Blackburn also expands to other states in the south, and there are many tales of "wooly boogers," "swamp apes," and other mysterious, ape-like monsters, like the Honey Island Swamp Monster, skunk ape, Lake Worth Monster, etc.

Some of the cryptid tales in this book took place many years ago - as far back as the 1800s - while some have occurred very recently. Blackburn uses this to show that sightings of Bigfoots in the south go back to Native American times, and continue to today. That in itself shows that there is probably something roaming around the swamps, forests, and waterways.

Lots of famous accounts are covered, as well as many you'll have never heard before. Overall, Beyond Boggy Creek is an excellent book. And it has one of the coolest covers in my collection!

- Just as I always do, I'll  be reviewing 2017 CZ/unexplained books on this blog all year, and at the end of the year I'll post a list of my favorites. Next 2017 review will probably be Nick Redfern's 365 Days of UFOs. -

With Beyond Boggy Creek author Lyle Blackburn,
Ohio Bigfoot Conference, 2016

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Red Fairy Man of Transylvania

I'm currently reading Janet Bord's book Fairies: Real Encounters with Little People and I came across this account in it, which is quite interesting. It occurred in Transylvania in 1883:

"Mrs A.G., of Szemerja, coming home last Friday night, found a little red man sitting by the oven: the moon shone on the oven, and the outline of the little man could therefore be distinctly seen: his size was about that of a man's arm; a black cap crowned his head, his dress was red; his face and hands covered with hair. The woman's blood ran cold, as she stood staring at the strange being, who sat immovable in the moonlight: after some time, the creature advanced a few steps and disappeared. The night was spent in prayer; and in the morning she scrubbed the place where the little man had sat with garlic, and fumigated the whole place: but all in vain, for that very night the little red man sat by the oven again. As the woman entered the room, he approached her; when (either actuated by fright or by returning courage) the woman threw the can she held in her hand at the goblin: in one moment, he was on her back, thrust her head down and scratched her forehead. She fainted! and was bedfast for three days; nor did she recover until she had taken some dust from the place where the goblin sat, and drank of it three times, and she herself and the place had been fumigated three times! The little man was seen by other people last Saturday, after he had left the fainting woman, but has since disappeared. No doubt she must have seen some stray monkey, which had got loose by accident: but the good people of Szemerja are fully convinced it was a goblin, if it was not the devil himself, as it has left traces of its footsteps behind, which are exactly like those of a goose."

An interesting account - but what was it the woman (and others) saw? While some may find it hard to believe she actually saw a little "goblin," there are tales from around the world of "little people." I can't say for sure what it was, though I can say I don't think it was a monkey, like some speculated, because 1.) Why would a monkey be wearing a hat and clothing?, and 2). It was said to have left tracks like those of a goose. Last time I checked, monkeys don't have goose feet!

Maybe there really was a little fairy man seen in Transylvania in 1883...



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More on Bunyip Bones

Drawing of the supposed Bunyip skull


A while ago I put up a post about a possible Bunyip skull found in 1846. While the skull was examined by multiple scientists, they each concluded that it was something different, thus it is likely that it was not readily identifiable. But the skull, however, may not be the only physical remains of a bunyip ever found.

In 1818, nearly 30 years before the strange skull was found, Hamilton Hume and James Meehan found some odd bones at Lake Bathurst, in New South Wales, Australia. They described the bones as like those of a hippo or a manatee. The Philosophical Society of Australia offered to reimburse Hume for any costs of capturing a live specimen of the animal, but he never returned to the lake where he and Meehan found the bones.

Some other, fossilized bones were found by George Rankin and Thomas Mitchell in the Wellington Caves in 1830. The bones were of "some quadruped much larger than the ox or buffalo." Reverend John Dunmore Land announced that the bones were "convincing proof of the deluge." Sir Richard Owen (who also examined the supposed skull), however, concluded that the bones were either those of a Diprotodon or Nototherium. (Make a note of this, as it will come up again later…)

Another interesting bit of this story is, at the same time the fossilized bones were found, settlers mentioned that "…all natives throughout these… districts have a tradition of a very large animal having at one time existed in the large creeks and rivers and by many it is said that such animals now exist."
A bunyip attacking

Fifteen years after the fossilized bones were found, on July 2, 1845, the word bunyip was first used in print, when the Geelong Advertiser ran an article on more mystery bones found near Geelong. The article was titled "Wonderful Discovery of a New Animal" and read:


"In our last number we give an account of the finding of a fragment of the knee joint of some gigantic animal, which, from there being no such animal hitherto known to exist in Australia, we supposed to be the fossil remains of some early period. Subsequent information, however; coupled with the fact that the bone was in good preparation, and had altogether a 'recent' appearance, has induced us to alter out opinion.
"One the bone being shown to an intelligent black, he at once recognized it as belonging to the 'Bunyip,' which he declared he had seen. On being requested to make a drawing of it, he did so without hesitation. The bone and the picture were then shown separately to different blacks who had no opportunity of communicating with each other; and they one and all recognized the bone and picture as belonging to the 'Bunyip,' repeating the name without variation. One declared he knew where the whole of the bones of one animal were to be found; another stated his mother was killed by one of them, at Barwon Lakes, within a few miles of Geelong, and that another woman was killed on the very spot where the punt crosses the Barwon at South Geelong. The most direct evident of all was that of Mumbowran, who showed several deep wounds on his breast made by the claws of the animal. Another statement was made, that a mare, the property of Mr Furlong, was, about six years ago, seized by one of these animals on the bank of the Little River, and only escaped with a broken leg. They say that the reason why no white man has ever yet seen it, is because it is amphibious, and does not come on land except on extremely hot days when it basks on the bank; but on the slightest noise or whisper they roll gently over into the water; scarcely creating a ripple. 
"We have adduced these authorities before giving a description of the animal, lest, from its strange, grotesque, and nondescript character, the reader should have at once set the whole down as fiction. The Bunyip, then, is represented as uniting the characteristics of a bird and of an alligator. It has a head resembling an emu with a long bill at the extremity of which there is a transverse projection on each side with serrated edges like the bone of the stingray. Its body and legs partake of the nature of the alligator. The hind legs are remarkably thick; and strong, and their fore legs are much longer, but still of great strength.  The extremities are furnished with long claws but the blacks say its usual method of killing its prey is by hugging it to death. When in the water it swims like a frog, and when on shore it walks on its hind legs with its head, erect, in which position it measures twelve or thirteen feet in height. Its breast is said to be covered with different colored feathers: but the probability is that the blacks have not had a sufficiently near view to ascertain whether its appearance  might not arise from hair or scales. They describe it as laying eggs of double the size of the emu's egg, of pale blue color, these eggs they frequently meet with, but as they are 'no good for eating,' the black boys set them up for a mark, and throw stones at them.
"We intend, in a few days, to give a lithographic facsimile of the drawing made by the Black, so that our bush readers may be enabled to question the blacks in their own neighborhood, and should any new facts be elicited, we shall take it as a favor in any one who may transmit an account of them to us for publication."

So there is the first mention of the "bunyip" in print. But I wonder what became of the bones found? (Also interesting is the mentioning of bunyips laying eggs!)
A very weird-looking bunyip...

So what are the bones from in these three reports? Earlier in this article I mentioned Sir Richard Owen, who thought that the fossilized bones found in 1930 were from a Dirpotodon and/or Nototherium. 
Diprotodon size, compared to a human

Diprotodon  is the largest known marsupial ever, having lived between 1.6 million years ago and 46,000 years ago. A few characteristics of Diprotodon match curiously with those of bunyips. For example - "…The largest specimens where hippopotamus-sized: about 3 meters (9.8 ft) from nose to tail, standing 2 meters (6.6 ft) tall at the shoulder and weighing about 2,790 kilograms (6,150 lb)." This is interesting because the Hume bones found in 1818 were described as "very much like a hippopotamus or manatee." Another interesting note is that Diprotodons "inhabited forest, woodlands, and grasslands, possibly staying close to water, (emphasis mine), and eating leaves, shrubs, and some grasses." What is also said to live in and near water? The bunyip.

*Nototherium was related to Diprotodon, and was similar in appearance.

Could the "bunyip" bones found in the 1800s be bones of Diprotodon? Quite possibly, they could, but it is interesting that the native people could described the creature and claimed to have seen it and that some of the bones were not fossilized. Maybe the bunyip is some sort of Diprotodon that has survived, or at least survived longer than they are known to have lived. The size and the bones sound similar, the habitat is similar, and I bet that a scared or angry Diprotodon wouldn't be too nice to a human. Maybe, just maybe, the bunyip is one of these creatures…

Diprotodon skull

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Crypto-Kid - The Podcast

In January, Ron Murphy, Jr. and my friend Colin Schneider started a podcast called Inside the Goblin Universe on Paranormal UK Radio. It was going good for awhile, until Colin was suddenly booted off of the podcast for a stupid reason by the people that run PAUK. He told me what happened afterwards, but that's not important here.

What is important, however, is that Colin is now going to have a new podcast - starting tomorrow, March 13th! The new show is going to be called Crypto-Kid (same as his blog) and will air live from 8pm to 9pm EST on Mondays. It's tagline on WCJV broadcasting, out of Youngstown, New York, is "A fresh look at cryptozoology." Being friends with Colin, I know that is what he brings to research. Sometimes he will have guests on and sometimes it will just be him, and since all the shows are live, people can call in to share stories and opinions. It's also nice that it's on at an earlier hour (especially for me, because I'll actually be able to listen to them when they are actually on now!).

Be sure to tune in to WCJV tomorrow night and check out Crypto-Kid! The website can be found right here.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Killing Bigfoot: "Swamp Beast"

A new Killing Bigfoot is on tonight, still following the staged adventures of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization as they attempt to kill  one of the marauding man-monsters that we are supposed to believe are constantly terrorizing people in the south.

Tonight's episode is "Swamp Beast:"

"Jessica and her physically challenged husband Bret live in a heavily wooded area of Texas. They say they're being terrorized by Bigfoot pounding on the walls of their house, and screaming and wailing in the night. Bret also believes he saw a huge Bigfoot run in front of his car, and so he calls GCBRO to try and locate the creature that is frightening them. The team finds tracks around the house, including a huge handprint in the mud that's twice the size of a human hand. The final night hunt of the season sends GCBRO in search of a giant, rogue Bigfoot."

And apparently this is the season finale.

It also bugs me that in the descriptions it always says they "called GCBRO" when its meaning the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization. It should be "they called the GCBRO."

Anyway, if you have absolutely nothing to do tonight you can check out Killing Bigfoot. I won't be.


Ilkley Moor Big Cat

A new photo has emerged that was taken at Ilkley Moor, in Yorkshire, England. Those who research the unexplained will know Ilkley Moor is famous in this type of stuff for the photo of a supposed alien taken there on December 1, 1987. The new photo isn't of an alien though, at least not of the extraterrestrial type. This time, an alien big cat has been photographed on the moor.

Billy Holmes was visiting Ilkley Moor last Friday when he and others spotted what they say was a big cat. "I was walking across the Cow and Calf area as it was a beautiful day, and there was this animal that was for more muscular than anything I had seen before," he said. "It was sort of lurking about and then got away as we got closer."

He continued: "I reckon we were about 20 meters away and we saw some markings that were similar to that of a leopard or snow leopard. It literally looked like a huge cat. A group of men also saw it who were closer and were just as confused as us."

Billy Holmes' photo of a big cat on Ilkley Moor
(Yorkshire Evening Post)
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on the story on Monday, and adds:

"It's not the first time there have been rumors of big cats roaming the moorland above the West Yorkshire town,
"Back in 2010, several residents of the nearby village of Burley-in-Wharfedale claimed they had seen one living wild.
"The creature was described as 'black and puma-like' and was spotted by a couple on Hag Farm Lane. Other witnesses later came forward to say it was about the size of a labador and could be seen in fields.
"An Otley man claimed to have nearly crashed into a similar animal in Harden, near Bingley - and said that a gamekeeper he spoke to on Ilkley Moor seemed aware of the cat's presence.
"Police logged a call back in April 2005 from a member of the public reporting a big cat sighting in neighboring Menston."
Does this prove that there is a big cat living around Ilkley Moor? Maybe.

"The Gate" April 2017

Got this in the mail the other day… The latest issue of "The Gate to Strange Phenomena." Covers recent things about UFOs, cryptozoology, paranormal stuff, etc, etc…


Friday, March 10, 2017

Evidence for Bigfoot - An Essay

For our freshman project in school last year, a friend and I decided to do an examination of evidence that points to the existence of the Sasquatch in North America. Part of the project was writing an essay on whatever subject we chose, so of course mine was on evidence for Bigfoot. Now I've decided to post my essay on here, so others with an interest in Bigfoot can read it. So feel free to comment what you think about it below!


 (Originally written in April 2016)

Evidence for Bigfoot
By Tyler Houck


For hundreds of years, there have been claims that a giant creature, thought to be some sort of ape, has been seen throughout North America. There are those who believe that "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch" is a real creature and those who believe that the whole thing's a hoax. Most people would probably side with the latter category, but there is a large amount of evidence that points to an unknown animal living in North America.
The main reason most people will say that the creatures do not exist is because there is no scientific evidence. The truth, though, is actually the opposite. There is evidence that can prove that something unknown is roaming the forests of North America and other parts of the world, but most scientists refuse to even look at it. The few who have looked at it have ended up having different opinions than the rest of the scientific world.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for Bigfoot´s existence, but the main reason many people do not take it seriously is because scientists refuse to do so as well, which is actually very unscientific. Granted, anecdotal evidence cannot prove that something is real, but evidence the creature leaves behind, like footprints, hair, etc. can, as well as clear photos and videos.
The few scientists who have looked into the Bigfoot mystery have come to the opposite conclusion of the rest of the scientific community - that there is something out there. Wildlife biologist John Bindernagel once stated that "There is so much more evidence for the existence of sasquatch than most people realize. In addition to eyewitness descriptions and drawings, we have hundreds of descriptions photographs, and plaster casts of tracks. For me as a wildlife biologist, it's the tracks that we depend upon for the existence of an animal in a study area. We don't usually see the mammals, but we do see their tracks. In the case of sasquatch, this is the most compelling evidence we have" (Meldrum, 222-223).
While there are some that are made by hoaxers, other footprints show details that could not be from anything but a living being. Jeff Meldrum stated:
"These footprints average between 15 and 16 inches in length, with a reported range of 4-27 inches. Their superficially humanlike appearance is larger the consequence of the inner big toe being aligned with the remaining toes, whereas an ape's inner toe diverges much like a thumb. The resemblance to human footprints largely stops there, however. In fact, the sasquatch footprints lack the principle distinctive features that set the human foot apart from that of its hominoid cousins. Sasquatch footprints are typically flat with no consistent indication of the true hallmark of the human foot - a fixed longitudinal arch. Additionally, there is little indication of differential weight bearing under a specialized 'ball' at the base of the big toe. The sasquatch foot is relatively broader and the sole pad apparently thicker, by comparison to human feet. The heel and toe segments are disproportionately longer" (Meldrum, 223).
Scientists have also found dermal ridges on the bottom of footprints said to be made by Bigfoot. Dermal ridges are the equivalent to human fingerprints. Scientists who have examined these ridges say they are from a primate, but they are different than those of a known primate. Instead of running horizontal like a human's, or slanted like a known ape's, the ridges of supposed Sasquatch footprints run vertically along the foot (Rice, 1).
In 2000, a Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) expedition in the Cascade Mountains in Washington found better evidence than just footprints - what could be the impression of an entire Bigfoot body.
The ten people on the expedition managed to make a cast of the entire impression, which they could tell was from some large animal. The investigators ruled out that the impression could have been made by a deer, elk, bear, or other known animal. The impressions "appeared to include that of a left forearm, buttocks, thigh, and heels" (Meldrum, 113). After the impression was casted, scientists who examined it felt that it had been made by some large hominoid.
Those who have looked into the Sasquatch mystery have found consistencies in witnesses' descriptions not only from North America, but from throughout the world. Reports of creatures that sound like what is called a "Sasquatch" or "Bigfoot" in North America come from every continent on Earth except Antarctica. Other examples include the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman) in the Himalayan Mountains, the Yeren in China, Mapinguari in South America, "Man-Monkey," "Big Grey Man," and others in Europe, the Hibagon in Japan, and Yowie (or Yahoo) of Australia, among others.
In his book Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (considered by many Bigfoot researchers to be the best written on the subject) John Green notes many consistencies in reports of Sasquatch in North America. He says that "Comparing the build of the creature to an average man, most called it very heavy (37), or heavy (22). Only two were thing or very thin" (Green, 446).
Green mentions that most witnesses report longer hair on the creature's head, shoulders, arms, midriff, and legs (Green, 446). Most witnesses also report a dark skin color, flat face (usually without hair), a very short neck (or no neck at all), and wide shoulders (Green, 446).
Reports of other Bigfoot-like creatures from around the world match well with the characteristics of the North American creature listed above. For example, Australian researchers Tony Healy and Paul Cropper write in their book The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot:
"Having read many books about the creatures, spent many months searching for them and interviewed dozens of American eyewitnesses, we have come to an odd, but inescapable, conclusion: in virtually all aspects of their appearance and behavior, sasquatches are identical to yowies. The reactions they trigger in other animals, in indigenous people, contemporary eyewitnesses, believers and skeptics, are also remarkably similar to those created by their Australian cousins" (Healy and Cropper, 181-182).
Healy and Cropper go on in their book to list more ways in which the North American Sasquatch and Australian Yowie are similar, saying that "size, coloration, stench, vocalizations, - almost every detail is, if not identical, then remarkably similar" (Healy and Cropper, 182). They also note that both Sasquatch and Yowies seem to have the ability to cause and uncontrollable feeling of fear in the minds of those who see them, human or animal. Some researchers believe this is because the creatures can use infrasound. Infrasound is sound waves that have frequencies below the audible human range of 20hz. Scientists already know that other animals (tiger, whales, elephants, and alligators, for example) can use infrasound. Healy and Cropper discuss this possibility in their book: "Is it possible that yowies, like tigers, emit ultra-low sounds, inaudible to humans, to disorientate or paralyze their prey? Might they use the same sounds to frighten away humans and their dogs?" (Healy and Cropper, 185).
They continue: "Some yowie researchers have, in fact, reported hearing extremely low, rumbling growls in yowie hot spots. Researcher Tim Power described the noise as resembling that of several large boulders rolling very slowly over each other. In light of all the above, an August 5, 2000, sasquatch incident near Jarosa Mesa, Colorado, becomes doubly interesting. It began when a woman who was camping along 'felt like I was being watched.' Her dogs became extremely nervous. Then an eight-foot-tall bigfoot walked to within 12 feet of the camp. As she and her dogs froze, terrified, it emitted 'a low rumbling sound'" (Healy and Cropper, 186).
The Native people on continents around the world knew of their resident man-beasts before any settlers arrived. In Australia, Aborigines across the continent knew of the Yowie, and called it by a variety of names, including quinkin, dulagarl, joogabinna, jurrawarra, gulaga, and yahoo, among many others (Healy and Cropper, 6-9).
The same goes for the Native Americans and Sasquatch. Across the continent, tribes know of the creature and have different names for it. Perhaps on of the oldest written accounts about what could be a Sasquatch comes from a naturalist named Jose Mariano Mocino, who lived from 1757 to 1820. Mocino was from New Spain and traveled in the Pacific Northwest of what is now California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
In 1792, Mocino wrote a book called Noticias de Nutka: An Account of Nootka Sound in 1792. In the book, he discusses a creature known to the people of the Pacific Northwest that the called Matlox. He described the creature:
"I do not know what to say about Matlox, inhabitant of the mountainous district, of who all have unbelievable terror. They imagine his body as very monstrous, all covered with stiff black bristles; a head similar to a human one, but with much greater, sharper, and stronger fangs than those of a bear; extremely long arms; and toes and fingers armed with long curved claws. His shouts alone (they say) force those who hear them to the ground, and any unfortunate body he slaps is broken into a thousand pieces" (sasquatchhistory, 1).
Mocino's description of the Matlox is quite similar to modern day descriptions of Sasquatch. Some similarities include the "stiff black bristles" (which would probably mean hair) covering its body; the human-like head and bear-like fangs, but the creature is neither bear nor human; the creature's "extremely long arms" (modern day Bigfoot witnesses usually report that the creature's arms hung down to its knees); Mocino's note that the creature has toes and fingers, probably meaning it has hands and feet like a human; the creature's "very loud shouts" (Sasquatch are reported to howl, grunt, and roar); and the note that "any unfortunate body he slaps is broken into a thousand pieces," meaning Matlox would have great strength. Sasquatch are known to be able to toss around heavy objects, including 500-pound fuel drums and trees.
Perhaps the best evidence for the North American Sasquatch is the Patterson-Gimlin Film, which was shot on October 20, 1967, in Bluff Creek, California.
Roger Patterson was a man who became interested in Bigfoot in the late 1950s and dedicated the rest of his life to searching for the creature. He dreamed of making a movie on the subject and wrote a book called Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? in 1966. In 1967, he and his friend Bob Gimlin (from Yakima, Washington) traveled down to Bluff Creek to investigate the most recent reports.
On the afternoon of October 20th, Patterson and Gimlin were riding their horses through Bluff Creek. When the rounded a bend in a dried-out riverbed, they immediately spotted a large, humanoid creature crouched down by a nearby creek. Patterson's horse reared and threw his off when it saw the creature, but luckily he was able to grab his camera out of the saddlebag. By that time the creature had started to walk away.
Patterson's footage of the creature is a little less than one minute long, and is somewhat shaky at certain points, but that is because he was running towards the creature. Since it was shot, the film has been considered the best evidence for Bigfoot's existence.
While there will be plenty of people who will say the Patterson-Gimlin Film is a fake, scientists who have looked at it have pointed out a number of things that point toward it being genuine.
Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark discuss the film in their 1999 encyclopedia Cryptozoology A to Z:
"In the unsung three decades, the 952 frames of Patterson's Bigfoot film have been submitted to all manner of examination and analysis by Canadian, Russian, English, French, and American experts. Because of its apparent breasts, the creature has been classified as female, being nicknamed 'Patty' among Bigfoot researchers. These same individuals conclude that this filmed creature could not be a man in a suit due to the detailed muscle movement visible under the hair of the beast. The faking of such a minutiae seem unlikely to those who consider the film a genuine piece of evidence" (Coleman and Clark, 198-199).
Other evidence that points towards the film being includes how the Bigfoot turns when it looks back at the camera. Instead of just turning its head (like a human would), the creature turns its whole upper body. This is significant because it is the same thing something like a gorilla would do. But, why does a Sasquatch do this?
Jeff Meldrum stated:
"Many eyewitnesses describe the sasquatch as having no neck, with the head apparently sitting squarely on the shoulders. Naturally, the sasquatch has a neck consisting of seven cervical vertebrae just like any other primate. What becomes obvious, as seen in the attached perspective, the combination of the attachment of the vertebral column beneath a small braincase with a flat face and massive deep jaws, appears to obscure the neck, especially combined with the pronounced trapezius with relatively high attachment to the skull, while flaring to span very broad shoulders. This in comparison to the large brain case combined with small jaws and trapezius development associated with the human skeleton" (Edwards, 1).
Basically, Patty turns her whole upper body because she doesn't have a neck, at least not like a human's.
It has not been my goal in writing this to try to get you to think that "Bigfoot is this" or "Bigfoot is that," but to show that there is evidence out there that can prove that something that has not been recognized by science is roaming the forests of North America, and even the rest of the world.
The few scientists who have looked into the Sasquatch phenomenon over the years have come to the opposite conclusion than the rest of the scientific community. If you ask any of them who have paid any attention to it, they'll most likely say "There is something out there that many people are seeing, and that's leaving footprints." It's only those who won't even look into the mystery of Sasquatch that say the creature cannot exist.
There are reports of Sasquatch and Sasquatch-like creature from around the world. Not every person who has ever reported a sighting can be mistaken or lying. Even if only 1 report ever made is true, then that would mean the Sasquatch is real. There is plenty of evidence to prove that the Sasquatch exists, no matter what the majority of scientists say. 
Works Cited
Coleman, Loren and Jerome Clark. Cryptozoology A to Z. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1999. Print.
Edwards, Guy. "Dr. Jeff Meldrum Explains How Sasquatch Necks Seem to Disappear." Bigfoot Lunch Club. http://www.bigfootlunchclub.com/2015/12/dr-jeff-meldrum-explains-how-sasquatch.html. 7 Dec. 2015. Web. 
Green, John. Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us. Saanichton, B.C.: Hancock House, 1978. Print.
Healy, Tony and Paul Cropper. The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot. TX: Anomalist Books, 2006. Print. 
Houck, Tyler. "Matlox: An 18th Century Bigfoot Report?" Tyler's Cryptozoo. http://tylerscryptozoo.blogspot.com/2016/04/matlox-18th-century-bigfoot-report.html. 2 Apr. 2016. Web. 
 "Matlox was a Bigfoot. https://sasquatchhistory.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/matlox-was-a-bigfoot/. 30 Sept. 2013. Web.
Meldrum, Jeff. Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. New York: Forge, 2006. Print
Redfern, Nick. The Bigfoot Book. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 2015. Print. 
Rice, Harvey. "Fingerprint expert tries to debunk bigfoot - reaches opposite conclusion." http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/chilcutt.htm. Web.


So there's my examination of Bigfoot evidence from around the world, which I think points to an unknown species of primate. Leave your thoughts on Bigfoot and the paper below!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Loch Ness Monster and M.A.S.K.

I was looking online at an old M.A.S.K. comic and I found something quite interesting! For those who may not know, M.A.S.K. was an '80s toy brand, with a TV show/comic etc like mostly all of the other things had. Some of the comics came with the toys, and in the second of them, called "A Monster from V.E.N.O.M.," I found something cryptozoology related!



In the comic, Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato, Dusty Hayes, and Brad Turner (all M.A.S.K. agents), battle a "Loch Ness Monster" in Diablo Cannon that is being mind controlled by V.E.N.O.M. Dusty and Brad also battle Sly Rax of V.E.N.O.M. and eventually fool him into thinking the monster is after him using Brad's Hocus Pocus mask that creates holograms of things, after they freeze the real monster.

Just thought this was interesting (especially to me, since M.A.S.K. is probably my favorite '80s toyline), as it is always cool to see cryptozoology integrated into other things.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Some Stupid Stories about the Lake Worth Monster



In 1969, one of the most famous Bigfoot "flaps" occurred around Lake Worth, located near Fort Worth, Texas. People in the area reported seeing a tall, white haired, something, which supposedly jumped on cars, threw tires, and even grabbed a man sleeping in the back of his truck one night until he shoved a chicken at it, which it grabbed in its mouth, and then swam across Lake Worth to Greer Island. Some said the creature looked like a white Bigfoot, while others said it looked like, as the newspapers would call it, a "fishy goat-man."
The only known photo of the LWM, taken by Allen Plaster

There were several theories as to what the monster really was other than those mentioned above. Some said the 7-foot tall, (thought to be) 300 pound monster was a bobcat (!), while others screamed hoax! Over the years, there have been several people who have come forward and said that they were the monster, some saying they used a faceless gorilla costume, and others saying they used a tinfoil mask or hang goat skins in trees about parked cars at make-out spots to then drag the goat across the hood of the car (which, if it weren't more ridiculous than the idea of a Bigfoot or goat man, would be to explain the sightings where the creature jumped on people's cars). Another man, only known as "Vinzens," was tracked down by a reporter for the Fort Worth Magazine and said he and some others rolled a tire down a hill, which was the tire the monster supposedly threw over the heads of 30-40 astonished people witnessing it one day. But, there is another explanation that has been put forward that is even more ridiculous than those!

Jan Galloway is another who claims she knows "who" was responsible for the LWM sightings. Jan Galloway told the Domain of Horror blog:

"It started out as a joke…the teenagers parking on top of the hill across from Greer Island…my two younger brothers thought it would be funny to scare the parkers. They tied ropes and grapevines off in the day time and at night my younger brother Jack Shelby wore my rabbit coat and they would fly across the hoods of the cars and barely touch the hoods…one night my brother Billy Shelby decided to come across the ground on all fours like a monkey…he jumped on top of a car and scratched the windshield and scratched the windshield and made a tarzan sound and jumped off. The two people in the car went to Lake Worth Police Station and said something half goat and half man jumped on their [car]…well that is how it started…people started coming to the pit and we decided to play it to the hilt…Billy Shelby was 15 years old at the time and Jack Shelby was 11 years old I was 17 we decided to dress Billy up he put on cut off shorts and I cut them around the bottom of the legs…then a white t-shirt and I ratted his hair and put black eye pencil on his face, arms and legs and rubbed it in. So every night Billy Shelby,. Jack Shelby. Mike Roper, Dean Carpenter and Deans younger brother went thru the trailer park which came out at the top of the pit. When people started coming Billy would make one appearance a night he would come out on the cliff and hit his chest and make tarzan sounds. The night they said the tire went 500 of whatever feet it was pulled back like a sling shot by 4  boys and let go of it looked like Billy threw it but he did not…after that I don't remember how many days we did that maybe 5 or 6 but then they brought guns to kill goatman and I went up the hill and told them to get they were going to kill them…and that was the end of goatman."

I find it extremely hard to believe that two kids (15 and 11) could be mistaken for a 7-foot man-like monster. And the way she said they dressed up - in a "rabbit coat" and a white t-shirt with cut-off shorts and markers? No way. Also the "giant slingshot" part of the story just sounds ludicrous!

Another person, "Robert," told Domain of Horror the monster was really his uncles and their friends. He says the men who did it were Billy Shelby, Jack Shelby, and Kenny Goins. Robert's grandfather owned the Liquor Store close to "the pit" and the three would go up there and roll tires down, he said, and scream "goat man!"

Now its obvious that "Robert" is probably related to Jan, and Mr Dark who wrote the post on Domain of Horror concludes that the LWM was "nothing more than some mischievous pranksters just as almost all of the other cryptids turn out to be in the end."

I don't believe that, though, as these stories are too stupid to have been the real deal. They both do say that Billy and Jack rolled the tires down the hill, but Jan mentioned them pulling back the tire like a sling shot and Robert doesn't. Robert also says they did it with one other person, when Jan says they had three acquaintances. Also I don't think someone would mistake some kids in a rabbit coat and a white t-shirt for a seven-foot, hair covered monster.

Also, Mr Dark on Domain of Horror says he has a PhD in cryptozoology and the paranormal, which you can't get, btw, or other people who research this stuff would have it. And he also says he got online and got in in 15 minutes so I bet it's real. 😂 Not.

Anyway, the mystery of the Lake Worth Monster apparently lives on…




Monday, March 6, 2017

The Mysterious (And Missing) Bunyip Skull

The main thing that can never really be found in regard to cryptids is hard, physical proof. But, there may have been proof of one certain water monster found in the mid-1800s.

The cryptid in question is the Bunyip, an Australian water monster of varying description. The Geelong Advertiser described the creature in July 1845:

"The bunyip, then, is represented as uniting the characteristics of a bird and of an alligator. It has a head resembling an emu, with a long bill, at the extremity of which is a transverse projection on each side, with serrated edges like the bone of a stingray. Its body and legs partake of the nature of the alligator. The hind legs are remarkably thick and strong, and the fore legs are much longer, but still of great strength. The extremities are furnished with long claws, and the blacks say its usual method of killing its prey is by hugging it to death. When in the water is swims like a frog, and when on shore it walks on its hind legs with its head erect, in which position it measures twelve or thirteen feet in height."
Other descriptions say the bunyip has a dog-like head, flippers, etc.
A drawing of a vicious bunyip from 1890

But now, on to that possible proof of a bunyip.

In 1846, Atholl Fletcher found a skull on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Multiple aboriginal groups declared that it was the skull of a bunyip. But scientists would disagree.

Naturalist William S. Macleay examined the skull and said that it was that of of "young camel or deformed colt." Richard Owen, the man famous for giving dinosaurs that name and a sea serpent skeptic, dismissed the skull as that of a calf.
A drawing of the supposed bunyip skull

So what was it? A camel? A deformed colt? A calf? Or a bunyip? Karl Shuker finds this interesting in his book Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors:


"It is odd that three different identities [not including bunyip] were proffered for the same skull - thus suggesting that it was by no means readily identifiable with a known species."

The skull was taken to the Colonial Museum of Sydney, which is now called the Australian Museum, and was displayed there, attracting huge crowds of viewers. But here the story ends, as no one knows where the skull is today.
Photo of the Australian Museum (as it is now known) c. 1870
Is there a bunyip skull somewhere inside?

So what was the skull from? I have to agree with Shuker and guess that it may have been from an unknown species of animal, since three scientists all looked at it and each said it was something different from what the other two thought.

But what became of the skull? If anyone ever reads this who might now, I'd love to hear from you.


Look for another post in the future on some other supposed Bumyip bones found in the 1800s...

Fairies: Real Encounters with Little People



Received in the mail today - Janet Bord's book Fairies: Real Encounters with Little People. Below is the book description:
"An impossibly tiny shoe found in Ireland... Fairy dust discovered on Mount Shasta, California... The wonderous sighting of a winged woman inside a rose...
"They have frightened adults, enchanted children, and wreaked so much havoc that homes have been abandoned. Now dramatic proof reveals the real-life existence of fairies, dwarves, gnomes, pixies, brownies, and elves. This fascinating investigation presents tangible evidence that 'Little People' exist and lifts the veil of mystery around these legendary creatures.
"Author Janet Bord has examined ancient records as well as modern accounts of these strange, seemingly magical beings. Carefully sifting hoaxes and cables from documented sightings, she presents the lazing facts she has uncovered, including:

"Startling information on the UFO connection

"Dramatic testimony about the healing power of fairies

"Detailed descriptions of eyewitness sightings

"Fairy sites you can visit in the British Isles

"The stunning truth behind the existence of fairies in the modern world."

Looks interesting!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Killing Bigfoot: "Backwoods Bigfoot"

New tonight on Destination America - Killing Bigfoot. Tonight's new episode is "Backwoods Bigfoot."

"GCBRO member Don goes on a local TV show to reach out to the public to come forward with their Bigfoot sightings in the Mississippi area. GCBRO receives a report from a frightened rural family that claims Bigfoot killed several of their dogs and even attacked a young man. The team to meets Minnie and her family in a rural farming community, where they will conduct a series of night hunts to get to the bottom of the attacks. The hunt is one when another one of the owner's dogs goes missing. A hair sample is brought to Bigfoot forensics expert M.K. Davis."

All of you will be glad to know that I still haven't watched an episode of this show. 😎

Also I'm pretty sure no one out there is a "bigfoot forensics expert" since the species isn't "proven to exist" yet. Though I really don't know that much about M.K. Davis except that he has apparently looked at the P-G film a lot.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Flying Monster of Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine suffered a steam explosion and melted down, and now the area isn't safe for habituation and won't be for about another 20,000 years.

What does this have to do with cryptozoology, you may ask? The answer, possibly, is a lot. And you will now learn why...
Pripyat, a now-abandoned city, with the Chernobyl plant
in the background

Mostly everyone who researches cryptozoology, UFOs, etc knows about the Mothman, famously seen from 1966 to 1967 in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA. The Mothman was seen for thirteen months in conjunction with UFOs, Men in Black, and many other odd things. Then, on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge, spanning the Ohio River and connecting the Buckeye State to WV, collapsed. After that, all the odd occurrences ceased. Many blame the Mothman for the disaster, or say its appearances the 13 months leading to the collapse were an omen of doom.

Now, what does this have to do with Chernobyl? The answer is that, at the time leading up to the disaster, there were reports of a strange, flying something around the plant.

In early April 1986, the month the meltdown would occur, people around the nuclear plant began to report seeing a "large, dark, headless man" that had "gigantic wings" and "piercing red eyes." (Sound familiar?) Around the same time people were experiencing horrible nightmares and strange phone calls.

When the reaction and meltdown happened, those that managed to survive (but later died of radiation poisoning) reported seeing a "large, black, bird-like creature." The creature, they said, had a 20-foot wingspan and was seen flying through the smoke billowing from the reactor. After the disaster, no other sightings were reported.

The similarities between the black flying thing of Chernobyl and the Mothman of Point Pleasant are eerily similar. The descriptions, the other odd phenomena, the disasters... have led some to speculate that the two may actually have been the same thing.

What is interesting here is that reports of a mysterious, red eyed, flying man-like thing were reported around Chernobyl right before the disaster there along with people having terrible nightmares and getting strange phone calls. It is eerily similar to the sightings of the mysterious, red eyed, flying man-like thing of Point Pleasant, which came in conjunction with strange phone calls and lots of other odd things.

Maybe whatever the two creatures were/are (if they are not, possibly, the same thing) arrive here from wherever-they-are-from the warn us of impending disasters… If so, those of us who research these types of things should pay close attention if something like them is seen again…

Was something like Mothman seen near the
Chrenobyl nuclear plant?
("Spirit of '66" by Andy Finkle)

Book Review: Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors by Karl Shuker

In late 2016, Karl Shuker's book Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures that Time Forgot? was published. It is an updated edition of his 1995 book In Search of Prehistoric Survivors, but is almost like a new book in itself. Whereas the 1995 PS is close to 200 pages, SISPS comes to around 600! It's a truely massive book, and one that should not be overlooked by those with an interest in cryptozoology.

While being close to 600 pages long, the book only has 5 chapters (plus forwards, introduction, stop press etc), each focusing on a different type of potential prehistoric survivor. Chapter one focuses on dinosaurs and creatures of that sort, like mokele-mbembe, "river dinosaurs" in the USA, a strange stegosaur-esque carvings on a Cambodian temple, the Partridge Creek Monster, etc, etc. Chapter two is all about flying things, from pterosaurs to teratorns. Chapter three focuses on aquatic cryptids that may be prehistoric survivors, featuring of course many lake and sea monsters that people think could be surviving plesiosaurs, plus things that sound like surviving pliosaurs and other aquatic beasties. Chapter four takes a look at prehistoric mammals, from saber-toothed cats to ground sloths, chalicotheres, and giraffes with moose horns. Chapter five is basically a summary of everything Shuker discusses in the book, and there are a few more stories added at the very end that he received more recently than all the others.

This book is one of the best on cryptozoology I've ever read, and those interested in paleontology would enjoy it as well. It has actually re-ignited my interest in prehistoric animals that I had for many years but which had died down in more recent ones.

You can get Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors here.

Check out Karl's blog here.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Linking Australia's Burrunjor to Known Dinosaurs

One of the most interesting aspects of cryptozoology is the prospect of surviving dinosaurs. Australia is said to be home to one of these creatures, which is known as the burrunjor. But could it really be there? While it could be possible, it would probably seem very unlikely to most that a dinosaur that size could be hiding in Australia. That, and the fact that it would have to have survived there for tens or hundreds of millions of years.
Burrunjor compared to a human. But is it really that big?
(Cryptid Wiki/Connor Lachmanec)

The burrunjor is said to be a theropod dinosaur similar in appearance to something t-rex-esque, usually said to be around 20-30 feet long. Some say it can be 20 feet in height as well, though I doubt that if it is 20-ish feet long. But are there any known, prehistoric dinosaurs that fit its description from Australia? The answer - yes.

AUSTRALOVENATOR

Australovenator is the first of Australia's dinosarus we will look at. It lived during the mid-cretaceous period (about 95 mya) and was a member of the megaraptora family of dinosaurs. These were large theropods that are very mysterious. Some scientists think megaraptora are related to the spinosaurs, while others think they are more closely related to tyrannosaurs, or the allosaurs or charcharodontosaurs.
What Australovenator may have looked like
in life

Australovenator's remains were first described in 2009, by Scott Hocknull and his colleagues. So far, only one specimen is known from leg, arm, jaw, and rib bones. Hocknull guesses that Australovenator was about 6 1/2 feet tall, and about 20 feet long and weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. He called it "the cheetah of its time."

Australovenator had long arms with large claws, and is quite similar in description to the burrunjor.



RAPATOR

Rapator is the second Australian dinosaur to take a look at. Its remains were found in New South Wales and it is currently known from a single finger bone. That bone, however, is quite similar to finger bones of Australovenator and some think the two may actually be the same species. If they aren't the same species, they are both megaraptorian theropods. However, since only one bone of Rapator is known it is not possible to be certain if the two are the same.

Rapator is estimated to be in the same size range as Australovenator, at around 30 feet in length. Again, the corresponds with burrunjor size estimates.

Estimated size of Rapator compared to a human
(Prehistoric Wildlife)
"LIGHTNING CLAW"

A third theropod dinosaur from Australia has been nicknamed "lightning claw" due to the fact that it was discovered near the town of Lightning Ridge, in New South Wales.

Sci News published an article about "lightning claw" in 2015:

 "A remarkable new species of theropod dinosaur has been unearthed in an underground mine in north-central New South Wales, Australia.
"Nicknamed Lightning Claw, the new dinosaur lived roughly 110 million years ago during  the Early Cretaceous period.
"It belongs to a group of large carnivorous theropod dinosaurs called Megaraptora (megaraptorid theropods).
"The species grew up to 20 feet (6 m) in length. It is the largest and only the second theropod dinosaur in Australia known from more than a single bone.
"The partial skeleton, including a foot bone, parts of the hip, ribs, forearm, and a giant clae from the hand, was discovered by miners Rob and Debbie Brogan in an underground mine at the Carter's Rush opal field, 18.6 miles (30 km) southwest of the town of Lightning Ridge, north-central New South Wales.
"It was analyzed by a team of paleontologists from Australia and Italy, led by Dr Phil Bell of the University of New England.
"'Some of the bones were recognized and manually removed by miners and eventually donated to the Australian Opal Centre in 2005,' Dr Bell and co-authors wrote in a paper published in the journal Gondwanna Research. 
"'An unknown number of bones were not recognized and presumably destroyed prior to or during excavation of what was almost certainly a  more complete skeleton that is currently represented.'
"Dr Bell said: 'I immediately recognized this fossil was something new. When I compared it to other Australian and South American dinosaurs, it was clear it was a megaraptorid which is [a] relatively rare group of dinosaurs, mostly known from Argentina.'
"The hand claw of the dinosaur would have been 10 inches (25 cm) in length and would have been used like a grappling hook to catch its prey.
"'What is fascinating about this discovery is it changes the popular notion that Australian dinosaurs came from ancestors derived from Africa and South America - instead the Lightning Claw appears to be the ancestor of all megaraptorids, meaning this group appeared first in Australia,' Dr Bell said.
"'This specimen provides new evidence that Australia played an active role in the evolution and radiation of at least one group of apex theropods. Significantly, the Australian origin of megaraptorid theropods is echoed by eusuchian crocodylomorphs wherein Isisfordia duncani from the earliest latest Lower Cretaceous of Queensland suggests the origin of this clade also has an Australian root,' the scientists said."
Illustration of what "Lightning Claw"
may have looked like in life
(Julius Csotonyi)

Again we have a megaraptorid theropod that grew to around 20 feet in length.

IS BURRUNJOR A MEGARAPTORID?

The descriptions of Australovenator, Rapator, and the Lighning Claw are all quite similar to reports of the burrunjor in modern times. Is it possible that it could be a surviving member of one of these species, or at least a type of megaraptorid dinosaur? If it is there at all, it could very well be. But, of course, that's if it is there. And, if it is real, and a dinosaur, possibly a megaraptorid of the same species or related to any of the three examined here, it wouldn't necessarily be the same as it was millions of years ago. As Karl Shuker notes in his book Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors, any potential prehistoric survivor (not necessarily dinosaurs) wouldn't be the exact same as it was when it was known to be alive, because there would be thousands if not millions of years of evolution between the time it was thought to have gone extinct and the present day.

And this also doesn't necessarily mean that the burrunjor and other potential prehistoric survivors have survived to the present day - they could have just survived longer than they were thought to, but are now extinct today.

Either way, if the burrunjor is or was a real creature and a prehistoric survivor, I find it likely that it could be a megaraptorid theropod, since the descriptions of the known megaraptorids from Australia seem to closely match its description.