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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beyond Boggy Creek - Coming Feb. 1

Lyle Blackburn's new book, Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, will be published by Anomalist Books on February 1. The book is a follow up to his Beast of Boggy Creek from 2012 but covers sightings in various southern states.

Below is a short promotional video for the book, (complete with a Lyle voiceover with his voice deepened a bit probably so you wouldn't recognize it. But I do!)


Vote for the Best Destination America Show

You can go to Ranker.com and vote for which Destination America show you think is the best... Mountain Monsters and Alaska Monsters got my vote 'cause they're entertaining! Monsters Underground, though... not so much. Didn't see Monsters and Mysteries on the list or it would have gotten a 👍 Too!






Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inside the Goblin Universe: Jonathan Downes and Chupacabras - Tomorrow

The second episode of Inside the Goblin Universe, the new podcast hosted by Colin Schneider and Ronald Murphy Jr., will be on tomorrow from 10 pm to midnight on Paranormal UK Radio. This week's episode features Jon Downes of the Centre for Fortean Zoology during the first half and chupacabras during the second.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

An Old Book...

Received in the mail today - Roy Chapman Andrews' 1926(!) book On the Trail of Ancient Man. About his fossil expeditions to the Gobi Desert and somewhere in it he mentions the Mongolian death worm.


Small Town Monsters - Mothman of Point Pleasant Trailer

Below is the trailer for the fourth Small Town Monsters film - The Mothman of Point Pleasant. A Kickstarter campaign starts February 2nd.

Coming in June…

"Small Town Monsters returns for their fourth cryptozoology documentary! The Mothman of Point Pleasant chronicles the historic happenings that took place over the span of 13 months in 1966-67 in West Virginia. After a late-night run in with a freakish flying 'thing' near an abandoned munitions factory, four people report their sighting to local police which sparks a 'media frenzy'. Over the following year more strange happenings take place as Men in Black and UFOs descend on the town.
"But what actually happened in Point Pleasant? Learn the true story behind the infamous Mothman accounts from the people who lived them in this follow-up to STM's award-winnng 'Boggy Creek Monster.'"



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Finding Bigfoot: "Hawaii's Little Foot"

A new Finding Bigfoot is on tonight. The episode is "Hawaii's Little Foot."

"The team makes a special journey to Hawaii where they hope to say 'aloha' to the islands' little foot: the Menehune. Taking their investigations across the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, they hope to find one of these legendary 3-foot tall creatures."

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Ohio Bigfoot Conference Update #1



The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is scheduled for May 20, 2017. The conference takes place at Salt Fork State Park and is always a blast.

At the time of my last post on this year's conference, three speakers had been announced - Lyle Blackburn, Jeff Meldrum, and Thom Powell. Since that time Robert W. Morgan has been added to the list as well.
Jeff Meldrum

Lyle Blackburn

Thom Powell

Robert Morgan


Also, the documentary film The Back 80 will be premiering at the conference. The doc is about "one woman's journey from a life-changing Bigfoot sighting." Alan Megargle and Jesse Morgan from Fathom Frontiers are producing the film.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Strange Underwater Sounds

A while back I wrote a post about the 52 Hz Whale, and this post is going to be like that one, on the subject of strange underwater sounds.

BLOOP
Soectogram of the Bloop

In 1997, the NOAA recorded an extremely strong underwater sound with an ultra-low frequency. Today, it is known as the "bloop" because of the sound of it. The sound was recorded off the west coast of South America. The NOAA said of the sound: "It rose rapidly in frequency over about one minute and was of sufficient amplitude to be heard on multiple sensors, at a range of over 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles)." The NOAA did not believe that something man-made created the sound. So what was it, being several times louder than the sound of a blue whale, the largest recored animal?

The official answer is that it is nothing more than an icequake. But, there are some who think it may be a massive animal, a true leviathan. Dr. Christopher Fox of the NOAA has said that it may actually be from an animal. David Wolman, a journalist, describes Fox's idea:

"Fox's hunch is that the sound nicknames Bloop is most likely to come from some sort of animal, because its signature is a rapid variation in frequency similar to that of sounds known to be made by marine beasts. There's one crucial difference, however: in 1997 Bloop was detected by sensors up to 4,800 kilometers (3,000 mi) apart. That means it must be far louder than any whale noise, or any other animal noise for that matter. Is it even remotely possible that some creature bigger than any blue whale is lurking in the ocean depths? Or, perhaps more likely, something that is more efficient at making sound?"

Why would it be impossible for something bigger than a blue whale to exist? The oceans are a vast, largely unknown place.

UPSWEEP
Upsweep

The NOAA first recorded this odd sound in 1991. Called the "Upsweep," it "consists of a long train of narrow-band upsweeping sounds of several seconds in duration each. The source level is high enough to be recorded throughout the pacific."

Since 1991, the source level of the sound has decreased but it can still be heard, and appears to reach peaks in the spring and autumn.

JULIA

On March 1, 1999, the NOAA recorded a sound called "Julia." The sound lasted 15 seconds and was loud enough to be heard over the whole Equatorial Pacific Ocean autonomous hydrophone array. The NOAA's conclusion concluded the sound most likely come from a large iceberg that had run aground in Antarctica.
Julia spectogram

SLOW DOWN
Slow Down

The "Slow Down" was recorded by the NOAA on May 19, 1997. The sound lasts several minutes and decreases in frequency over that time (hence the name). The sound, like Upsweep, has been recorded each year since '97. Again, it is thought to be from a large iceberg.

WHISTLE
Whistle

The Whistle was recorded by the NOAA on July 7, 1997. It is "mysterious audio of what resembles distant whirring." It is thought it is caused by eruptions of underwater volcanoes.

TRAIN

The "Train" sound was recorded on March 5, 1997. Again, the NOAA concluded it is likely from a large, grounded iceberg.

Train sound


BIO-DUCK

The "Bio-Duck" sound was first detected by submarines in the 1960s. It was recorded in the open ocean, along the Australian coast, and Perth Canyon. It has now been identified as coming from Antarctic minke whales.

Inside the Goblin Universe - Premieres Tonight

Ronald Murphy Jr. and Colin Schneider are hosting the new podcast Inside the Goblin Universe, premiering tonight from 10pm to midnight on Paranormal UK Radio. Colin posted some info about the show on his blog:

"The first episode of Inside the Goblin Universe (hosted by Ronald Murphy and myself) airs at 10 pm to Midnight EST tomorrow [now today] on the Paranormal UK Radio Network. We discuss how Ron and I met, our research, and what the Goblin Universe is as well as have Timothy Renner, the author of Beyond the Seventh Gate. I am extremely excited to hear what everyone thinks about the show. Ron and I are extremely proud to be the hosts of a show, especially being on such an excellent network. If you are unable to listen to the episode when it airs, you can listen to it on any of several archives which can be found on the website. After the episode airs, I will post a link to the episode."


Check out the show tonight!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Review: The Monster Book by Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern is my favorite author, so it should be no surprise to those who read this blog that I got his The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts and Fiends of Nature. Earlier today I finished said book, and this is my review.

The Monster Book is similar to his Bigfoot Book from 2015, in that it covers a wide variety of creatures from across the globe. But, unlike The Bigfooot Book, this one focuses on all types of creepy cryptids, not just big ape-men.
Nick Redfern & I

The book is split into parts, each focusing on a different "type" of cryptid, which are 1.) Unearthly Cats, Deadly Dogs, Werewolves, 2.) Nature Gone Mad, 3.) Reptilians, Amphibians, Dinosaurs, and Worms, 4.) Lake, River, and Ocean Menaces, 5.) Cryptic Apes and Wild Men, 6.) Not So Human, 7.) Flying Beings, 8.) Vampires and Bloodsuckers, 9.) Monsters of Magic and Mind, and 10.) UFO Creatures. Everything from the Loch Ness monsters, to the Flatwoods Monster, yowie, dragons, Dogman, El Cucuy, Mothman, black panthers, and chupacabras is covered, as well as everything in-between.

If you have an interest in cryptids, monsters, and strange beings, definitely check out The Monster Book. 


Coelacanths and Secrets...

Not new by publication date, but new to me as I just got them today… A 2001 book, A Fish Caught in Time (about the Coelacanth) by Samantha Weinberg and Nick Redfern and Andy Roberts' 2003 book Strange Secrets: Real Government Files on the Unknown.

Both look quite interesting!


Monday, January 9, 2017

"Milwaukee Lion" Filmed on Security Camera

Security camera footage captured January 1st has led some to believe that a mysterious cat is roaming Milwaukee.

UPI.com reports:

"MILWAUKEE, Jan 4 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin resident's outdoor security camera captured some mysterious feline footage that has reignited rumors about a so-called 'Milwaukee Lion.'
"Isaiah Hair said he received an alert on his phone early Jan. 1 alerting him to movement detected by the security camera in his front yard, leading him to check the footage.
"The video revealed what appears to be a large feline strolling across Hair's yard.
"'People gonna say it's like a regular house cat,' Hair told WISN-TV. 'I've seen house cats on my camera before, and they didn't seem that long, that tall.'
"The footage reignited rumors that stemmed from a July 2015 video that showed what looks like a mountain lion wandering Milwaukee's Brewer's Hill neighborhood. Police and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources investigated the sighting, but no animal was ever located or positively identified.
"DNR officials say they suspect the animal in Hair's video was a common house cat." 

Check out a news clip from WISN 12 News about the cat below:



Doesn't look like a house cat to me! "It's not your average ally cat."

The one thing I do know, is that the new news coverage is better than the one from a few years ago… yeesh.

"It's a lion lion!"

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Finding Bigfoot Returns Tonight



Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot is returning tonight at 9pm with a new season premiere. The BFRO team of Matt Moneymaker, James "Bobo" Fay, Cliff Barackman, and Ranae Holland are back, with some help.

Tonight's episode is called "The Family that Squatches Together:"

"With the help of family and friends, the team is investigating sightings along the Appalachian Trail. With a possible squatch in their midst, the group descends on a location along the trail, hoping for a squatchy night in the wilds of Appalachia."

 Recently, Bobo also posted a photo of what may be a Bigfoot on his Facebook page. The return of the Jacobs creature?

Book Review: Monsters Among Us by Linda S. Godfrey

Linda Godfrey is one of my favorite authors, and in October of 2016 her most recent book Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, and Odd Phenomena was released.

This book focuses on the idea that portals and other things of the sort might have some connection to sightings of Bigfoot, Dogman, and other strange creatures, and things like "ghost lights" and UFOs.

There's many an odd story in this book, including some about shape shifters (yes, people turning into Dogman-like monsters), underground monsters in caves and tunnels, the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, mysterious, disappearing lights and UFOs, shadowy, home invading things, and invisible beings. It all makes for an excellent read.

I must say that this book is definitely one of the creepiest I've read in a long time. I've been interested in this kind of stuff for years and something has to be really creepy to,.. creep me out at all. And some stories in this book did. So, with that said, be sure to read it late at night when the lights are off and you can't see outside….

You can get Monsters Among Us here.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jacobs Bigfoot or a Bear?

The other day James "Bobo" Fay from Finding Bigfoot posted this photo on Facebook. The return of the Jacobs creature?
Bigfoot?

Here's what he had to say:

"The return of The Jacobs Creature? Trail cam photo from Clara Country PA. Date was actually Fall 2015. I think it's a bear but others not so sure. What do y'all think? PS 2 hr Season Premiere of all new Finding Bigfoot this Sunday 1/8/17 9pm!! Update: Not a hoax. It's a living animal in PA. super solid witness."

Some people, like Bobo, are saying a bear, others think its a hoax, and others think it looks like the Jacobs Bigfoot, caught on  a trail camera in Pennsylvania in 2007. Some think the creature is a juvenile Bigfoot. Below are the Jacobs photos for comparison to the new one.
1- bear cubs can be seen
2- something strange
Bigfoot?!

What do you think?