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"A Sort of Odd Marine Dimetrodon"

In the summer of 1849, four people fishing at the entrance of St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia, had an encounter with a sixty-foot long sea serpent:

"It was proportioned like an eel, i.e. tapering towards the extremities, with no caudal fin perceptible, but one very high fin, or a row of spines, each of about an inch in diameter at the base, erected along its back, serving indeed for a dorsal fin, like the folding fin of the Thynnus vulgaris, or albicore. The spinal erection seemed to occupy about one third of its length, each end of it being about equi-distant from the Serpent's extremities, and at a distance, somewhat resembling, in size and appearance, the sail of a skiff. The animal's back was covered with scales, about six inches long and three inches wide, extending in rows across the body, i.e., the longer diameter of the scale being in the direction of the circumference of the body. The color of the back was black. The men had no opportunity of seeing the belly…

Outlandish Ohio - Saturday

Coming up this Saturday, June 3, in Ravenna, Ohio - my friend Colin Schneider will be having a talk at the Reed Memorial Library about all the strange things in the Buckeye State!

"Have you ever thought about the possibility of Bigfoot? Do you think that there might be unidentified craft flying around the sky? Join the Crypto-Kid Colin Schneider, one of the youngest active paranormal researchers in the world, on a journey into the weird corners of Ohio's history and culture. Colin will give a lecture on some strange cases and encounters from his case files and lead the audience in a discussion and story sharing. If you've ever wondered about what might be lurking around Ohio, you won't want to miss this event!"
 The event starts at 2 pm and is open to everyone.

Some New Books

While recently on Vacation in Michigan, I stopped at a used books store and found a couple interesting titles: Where Bigfoot Walks by Robert Michael Pyle, The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs by Adrian Desmond, andSea Monsters by Walter Buehr.

I also did some filming around an area that has had Bigfoot activity and Lake Leelanau, supposedly the home of a very strange Lake Monster. I'm going to try to put together some short videos on those subjects with the footage I got...

Mountain Monsters: "The Secret of the Little Girl"

A new Mountain Monsters is on tonight at 10 on Destination America. Tonight's episode is "The Secret of the Little Girl;"

"The team discovers what Jeff was doing at the three rings; the team learns what Buck found on his phone; Buck heads to the Three Rings to contact the little girl, who seems to be turkey to the Dark Forest."


Crypto-Kid: Tobias Wayland and Emily Bartos Tonight

"Tonight on The Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by Tobias Wayland and Emily Bartos from the Singular Fortean Society. We will discuss what the Singular Fortean Society is and their various ideas concerning cryptozoology."
Listen live here (8 pm).

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Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2017 - Pics

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference this year was a blast! We headed down to Salt Fork State Park Friday afternoon to go to the VIP dinner in Cambridge. The dinner was at a new venue this year, and I must say it was a lot better than previous years, because you couldn't really even move at the last place, it was so packed!

Friday night also had the meet and greet and ticket pickup, so I hung out for a while talking to some people I know and meeting some others, including Lyle Blackburn, Thom Powell, Robert Robinson, Jeff Meldrum, and Robert Morgan. I also happened to run into James "Bobo" Fay too!

Below are some of the many pics from the conference.

Ohio Bigfoot Conference - This Weekend!

The coolest Bigfoot event of the year is coming up this weekend at Salt Fork State Park, OH - the Ohio Bigfoot Conference!

The OBC Facebook page has posted the schedule for this year's events, which you can see here.

The speaker lineup for this year is fantastic, as always. This years speakers are:

Jeff Meldrum, author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets ScienceLyle Blackburn, author of The Beast of Boggy Creek, Beyond Boggy Creek, Lizard Man, Monstro Bizarro, Thom Powell, author of The Locals and Edges of ScienceRobert W. Morgan, who has appeared on In Search Of…, The Search for Bigfoot, etc.Robert Robinson, author of of Legend Tripping and Skunk Ape researcher

Cliff Barackman is going to be the Master of Ceremonies and James "Bobo" Fay will be at the conference as well!
There will also be a ton of awesome vendors like there are every year. I'm assuming there will be a door prize raffle like usual so I'm going to take a few copies of my book. I will also have some extra …

Another "New" Bigfoot Book

Tim Renner isn't the only person with a new book out on Bigfoot...

Barton Nunnelly has a 2nd, updated and expanded edition of his book Bigfoot in Kentucky (originally published in 2011).

Below is the book description from Amazon:

"There is little doubt that the state of Kentucky is one of the strangest places in the country. The 'dark and bloody ground' of the Native Americans has given birth to accounts of UFO's, flying creatures, Lizard Men and even werewolves. But one monster stands out above the rest - Bigfoot! There are so many sightings of these hairy giants in the Bluegrass State that it has come to be ranked as one of the most active for Bigfoot sightings east of the Mississippi River! In his latest title, B.M. Nunnelly, author of Mysterious Kentucky, has collected Bigfoot reports, sightings and first-hand accounts from every county in the state, compiling a a fascinating documentation of ordinary people and their encounters with the unknown. Delve into th…

Bigfoot in Pennsylvania - A New Book

Timothy Renner has a new book out called Bigfoot in Pennsylvania: A History of Wild-Men, Gorillas, and Other Hairy Monsters in the Keystone State.

The book description from Amazon is below:

"Though the terms 'Bigfoot' and 'Sasquatch' have only been in our popular vocabulary since the late 1950s, people have been seeing large, bipedal, hairy monsters for as long as we've been keeping record. From the myths of early man, to medieval manuscripts, to the earliest newspapers, these creatures make appearances by various names, but their described appearance and behavior seem to suggest Bigfoot has been hiding in the woods beside us for as long as we can remember. Old newspaper articles call the creatures 'wild men', 'gorillas', 'hairy giants', 'ape-men', and 'spooks' - but the reports described large, hairy, man-like creatures crying out with unearthly, eerie howls and leaving strange footprints in their wake. Collecting news…

Crypto-Kid: Robert Robinson Tonight

A new episode of Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid is on tonight at 8pm on WCJV Radio. Tonight's guest is Robert Robinson, author ofLegend Tripping: The Ultimate Adventure.

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by legend tripper and author Robert Robinson. They will discuss what legend tripping is, how you can go on a legend trip, and the Florida Skunk Ape. This will be a show you don't want to miss!"
You can listen live here.

Mountain Monsters: "Huckleberry's Predator"

A new Mountain Monsters is on Destination America tonight, continuing the stupidness of this season.

"After the AIMS team is split in half, Jeff must come up with answers about the Dark Forest. While the team gets proof of the Black Wolf, Huckleberry reveals that a mysterious creature is stalking the time and finds himself in a fight for his life."
Don't know if I'll watch this tonight or not because I know it will just be Buck freaking out at Trapper because he thinks he's in charge, and I'm extremely sick of that.

***Amazingly, the episode was actually pretty good! Trapper got back in charge so there wasn't a bunch of fighting amongst the team.

New Film of a Loch Ness Monster?

Just after the report of a photo of a "Loch Ness Monster" (that looked more like a bird or a log), which was just after reports that any Nessies had not been seen for 8 months, come this report of one of the lake's monsters on video.

The Daily Mail reports:

"This video shows what looks like a head and a long neck poking out of the tranquil water in the Scottish loch. "It was spotted by Rob Jones, 35, from North Wales, who uploaded the video to YouTube to find out if anyone knew what it was. "He asked: 'What the h*** was it? Did anyone else see it?' "Speaking to the Scotsman, he said: 'I saw it quite far across the Loch near the castle, but by the time I stopped the van, it was very close and other people stopped to take photos too. "'Sadly, I don't believe in monsters, but I would love to know what it was.' "'Nessie' appears to be unfazed by the boat moving past him, as does the man who can be seen standing on…

Big Cat Photographed in England

What could be an Anomalous Big Cat has been photographed in Oxfordshire, England.

The Oxford Mail reports:

"OXFORDSHIRE'S legendary wild panther has been spotted again just a week after the last sighting. "And this time, it was caught on camera. "Lorry driver Billy Williams says he had a close encounter with the best at Oxford Services on the M40 by Wheatley - just ten miles south from the last sighting at Upper Arncott near Bicester. "Mr Williams, who lives near Gatwick airport, drives up the M40 to Birmingham on a regular basis and was making his usual journey when he pulled over for a comfort break on Friday morning about 9am. "With the lorry parking full, he drove down a quiet side road next to the service station. "He said: 'I parked up and stepped out and immediately spotted it and thought - 'that's a big old cat'. "'It took me a few seconds to realize what I was actually looking at. "'It was like a cat on stero…

Point Pleasant Register Covers STM Mothman Movie

The Point Pleasant Register has a new article up on the upcoming Small Town Monsters film The Mothman of Point Pleasant (which I reviewed here):

"POINT PLEASANT - Though film crews may cause a stir in most small towns, not so much in Point Pleasant. "Sine the explosion of material on the city's infamous Mothman, including a major motion picture dedicated to it (though that was filmed nowhere near Point Pleasant), seeing a film  crew a the Mothman statue has become commonplace. The attention and tourists have become one of those things people in other small towns sometimes take for granted - like hospitality, or knowing exactly when the church bell rings on Wednesdays and Sundays. "Seth Breedlove, who lives in northern Ohio, is one of those filmmakers recently seen on the streets of Point Pleasant. He is a documentary filmmaker with the production company 'Small Town Monster' who credits the 'Mothman Prophecies' film with his love of paranormal subje…

A Look at the Loch Lochy Monster

Loch Ness, Scotland is not the only lake there that is said to harbor a mysterious water monster. Many other Lochs throughout Scotland are said to be home to similar creatures, one of which we will be looking at today.

The monster in question today is Lizzie, which supposedly lives in Loch Lochy. This creature (or creatures) is said to resemble the Loch Ness Monster in shape - usually having 3 humps and looking like an extinct plesiosaur.

But, before we get on to sightings of the Loch Lochy Monster, lets take a look at the lake itself.


Loch Lochy is located in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It is located 10 miles southwest of Loch Ness and is about 10 miles long. The lake is also the third deepest in Scotland, with an average depth of about 230 feet.

Stories about strange creatures in Loch Lochy are nothing new, as tales of "water horses"  go back many years:

"Folklore tales mention 'a supernatural being' called the River Horse which was said to emerge …

Happy Birthday Cal!

Wishing my friend and fellow "'squatcher" Cal Marks a very happy birthday today! Check out his blog here: Squatch and See.

"Whatever it was Didn't Live Here" - A Review of The Mothman of Point Pleasant

Yesterday, I got to check out the upcoming Small Town Monsters movie The Mothman of Point Pleasant. This is the fourth film in the Small Town Monsters documentary series and is the first one that isn't about Bigfoot sightings. The new film chronicles all the strange goings on that occurred in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1966 and 1967.

One interesting thing I learned from the film is that there were sightings of a "bird man"-like creature in Point Pleasant years before the Mothman flap of '66. This shows that the thing known as Mothman, or something(s) like it, has been around for a long time.

While the other three STM movies are very good, this one goes above and beyond all of them. Throughout the film, there is a timeline listing events during the 13 months the Mothman was seen, and I felt that this worked very well. There's also a nice history of the town of Point Pleasant, and even some new, very well animated scenes recreating Mothman encount…

Loch Ness Monster Seen for First Time in 2017?

After (irrational) fears that Nessie was "missing," a sighting, and I guess the first one in 2017, has been reported from Scotland's most famous lake.

Hayley Johnson, a tourist, was near Urquhart Bay when she saw something strange.

The Daily Mail reports:

"A tourist has captured an image she believes could be the famous Loch Ness Monster - the first reported sighting of the creature in eight months. "Hayley Johnson, from Manchester, noticed a strange and dark shape at dusk in Urquhart Bay, near Inverness, Scotland. "Nessie's official recorder, Gary Campbell, had become 'worried' that there had been no sightings of her for almost a year. "Fans from Adelaide, Australia, and Moscow, Russia, called Mr Campbell - who records every reported sighting - to voice their concerns."
Ms. Johnson spotted whatever it is she saw on May 1st. Mr. Campbell says that she was "taking pictures on her iPhone at dusk when she spotted a dark shape in the…

Bigfoot is a Big Deal

A new article on Sasquatch is up on the Times Reporterwebsite. It is about some goings-on in Ohio, including some recent sightings:

"Bigfoot captures the attention and following of many residents in southeastern Ohio. Frequent meetings are held during the year with devotees telling of their latest sightings and experiences with the illusive Bigfoot. "Last week an employee of Salt Fork State Park saw something large stand up along the road as she was driving past Hosak's Cave in the park. She said this Bigfoot ran into the woods but left behind a large footprint, which Bigfoot investigators made into a plaster cast. "Each spring, Salt Fork State Park has an Ohio Bigfoot Conference, which draws hundreds to listen to the latest information about Sasquatch, another name for Bigfoot. This year those dates are May 19-20. Cliff Barackman from Animal Planet's 'Finding Bigfoot' will be the master of ceremonies. "Several are businesses use Bigfoot as a drawin…