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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"Loch Ness Monster" Photographed in the River Thames

It probably isn't the "Loch Ness Monster," but something has been photographed in the River Thames, supposedly.

The Daily Star is reporting that Jonathan Jones spotted the "so-called beast" in London.

"I've never seen anything like it. Me and my friend came down to London to see the sights, but we never expected this," he said.

He spotted the thing when:

"We were sitting there for about five minutes when the dark shadow emerged. It looked like a shark at first, but it was much bigger and it definitely wasn't reeds like my friends keep saying. Who knows what it was. I'm hoping it was Nessie though - if not some other kind of lost sea creature."

It almost looks like there is something in the water, but who knows. It could just be a shadow or something, or it could be a fake.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Evidence Proves Wessie the Snake is Real?

Since the end of June, stories have circulated about "Wessie," the giant cryptid snake of Westbrook, Maine. The only thing for investigators to go on were eyewitness accounts.

Now, evidence has been found. Or has it?

On Saturday, August 20, police in Westbrook found a shed snake skin along the Presumpscot River.
Does this prove that Wessie the snake is real?

Now, the police are warning people about the 10-foot snake.

"Until the type of snake is determined and we can assess the safety risk, we caution people who recreate along the Presumpscot River to remain alert, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife, and report any sightings of the snake to the Westbrook Police Department," Police Chief Janine Roberts said. The police department is going to send samples of the skin to be tested.

Others believe that the skin could have been put there by a person, as a hoax. The President of the Main Herpetological Society, Rob Christian, said "It's very suspicious to find a shed that's laid out like this that wasn't laid out by someone."

Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman mentioned on his CryptoZooNews blog recently that the International Cryptozoology Musuem at Thompson's Point, Portland, Maine, has offered service in the search for the snake, and they hope to be able to obtain the skin for exhibit at the museum.


WCSH6 Portland also mentioned that Michael Rice spotted the snake three weeks ago. He said "I was using my binoculars and saw the snake's head in the water, popping out of the water." I hadn't heard of this sighting before.

At this time, it is unknown if the snake skin is really from Wessie or if it was planted there as a hoax by someone. Like I've done before, I'll update things if there's any more on the mysterious snake.

SEE MORE ON WESSIE:






Woman Photographs Loch Ness Monster?

Calley Tulleth thinks she photographed one of the Loch Ness Monsters.

The Mirror reports:

"A holidaymaker reckons she has captured the Loch Ness Monster on camera.
"Gobsmacked Calley Tulleth, 28, was having lunch on the balcony of her holiday let when she saw a mysterious ripple on the surface.
"She said her eyes 'popped out' of her head and she grabbed her camera to capture a few snaps yesterday.
"The mother-of-three said: 'I was having my lunch on the balcony looking over Loch Ness and all of a sudden I saw this blue thing swimming across.
"'I wasn't scared by my eyes popped out of my face.
"'I quickly took my phone out and started snapping away - I tried to soon in and got a better view but then it just disappeared.
"'It looked so much like the Loch Ness monster.'"

Tulleth took her photos while vacationing at Loch Ness with her family.

Below are her photos.

Something can be seen in the middle of the photo.
Is it a monster? Or just a ripple?
(Mirror.co.uk)



 
Zoomed in (Mirror.co.uk)


Do you think Tulleth photographed a Loch Ness Monster, or is it just a wave?

 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"Real Life Lake Monster" Found in Lake Champlain

Not a real "lake monster," per se, but something pretty cool nonetheless.

Recently a 6-foot 9-inch sturgeon washed up on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont.
The sturgeon found in Lake Champlain
(Vermont Game Warden Association)

Anyone interested in cryptozoology will know that Lake Champlain is said to be home to the lake monster Champ. Some people think that sturgeon can explain sightings of Champ and other lake monsters, but I don't think that is the case.

Mansi photo taken in 1977

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cryptid Culture #3 Review

A few weeks ago I got the third issue of Cryptid Culture Magazine.

The first article in this issue is written by Bill Munns and is titled "Is the Patterson-Gimlin 'Bigfoot' Film A Skeptical Conundrum?" In it he discusses people who have said the Patterson-Gimlin film is fake just because they want to think it is fake or because of unfounded rumors. Munns has studied the film from a filmmakers standpoint and has also written a book on the subject called When Roger Met Patty.

Next is an article by Eric Penz on "crypto fiction," and how it is becoming more popular.

A writer called "Wen" contributed an article on the Beast of Gevaudan, a "werewolf"-like creature that terrorized France in the 1700s. Something I found interesting in this article is that the beast was apparently thought to be female, because it was called "La Bete du Gevaudan," and "La Bete" is a feminine noun in French.
Beast of Gevaudan
The Beast attacking

Heidi LaMoreaux contributed an article titled "Cryptids: Fact and Fiction: An Experimental Liberal Studies Course at Sonoma State University." LaMoreaux taught a class on cryptids there and discusses some of the things she did with it.

John Mezaros wrote an article about a cryptid I had never heard of, the Tuttle Bottoms Monster of Illinois. Reports of the creature began in the 1960s, and was described as an "eight-foot tall, shaggy ape-like creature." It didn't sound like a Bigfoot, however, because it also had "a long, anteater-like trunk." A very strange creature indeed.

Next was "In Search of Strange Beasts: My Journey to Cryptozoology" by well-known cryptozoologist and author Lyle Blackburn. He discusses his interest in "monsters" throughout his life, and how he became a researcher and author on the subject.
Me with Lyle Blackburn at the 2016
Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Ashley Wamsley-Watts contributed an article about the 15th Annual Mothman Festival, which is taking place on September 17 & 18. More on the festival can be found here.
Mothman Statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Robert C. Robinson has an article about "Who's Who in Legend Tripping" from his new book, Legend Tripping: The Ultimate Adventure. The article basically discusses people who research the unexplained, including Loren Coleman, Cliff Barackman, Josh Gates, Marc DeWerth, Lyle Blackburn, Nick Redfern, Percy Fawcett, Ivan T. Sanderson, Ken Gerhard, and others.

Dr. Steven Mizrach wrote an article called "Wakinyan and the Trickster." The article is about the thunderbird in Native American culture, and I found it very interesting, because the Native Americans did not say the thunderbird was like the cryptids called that today.
Thunderbird drawing

Last, but certainly not least, is an article on the Tasmanian Tiger by the Thylacine Research Unit. It is about some of their methods of investigating thylacine reports, and a history of sightings of the supposedly extinct creatures.
Thylacines

There's also a cryptid word search in the back and lots of cool artwork by many different artists.

If you are someone who is interested in cryptozoology and the unexplained, definitely check out Cryptid Culture.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The "Graveyard Ghoul" of Fostoria

In January 1884, it was reported that a "graveyard ghoul" had been spotted around Fostoria, Ohio. James Bates, "an old hunter and a gentleman," gave a description of the "ghoul:"

"Its neck and breast are white, and the rest of the body black; its front tracks are about eight inches long and three wide, making tacks in the snow with its claws about twice the length of a man's finger; the tracks made by the hind feet are nearly round, and about the size of a large dog's, except the claws, which are longer and sharper. The animal is about three feet long and eighteen inches high. It burrows into the ground in the graveyard, and penetrating the coffins therein contained, devours the contents thereof. It travels with much rapidity and all attempts thus far to kill it have proved futile. The gentleman who last saw the animal says it was in the middle of the road, having gone from a farm by literally tearing the fences to pieces. His dog gave chase to the animal, but soon returned scared almost to death. The people living in the vicinity have frequently heard strange noises, which are supposed to have emanated from this peculiar, unnamed, unknown beast. The animal is said to be slowly making its way towards Toledo."

A few months later, in March, it was reported that the animal had been captured. The Fort Wayne, Indiana, Daily Gazette said that: "The ghoul is about the size of a large terrier, and resembles in form a badger. It is of a reddish-brown color, and its claws are very long and sharp. Its genus has not yet been determined. It refuses to eat until yesterday when it devoured a ground-hog thrown in the cage. Al Richards, the general agent and brother-in-law of W.W. Cole, the showman, lives in Fostoria, and is negotiating with Branderberry for the purchase of the prize."

Later, it was revealed that the creature was not a cat, or a "ghoul," but an American badger, Taxidea taxus.



This post is excerpted from The Ohio Monster Guidebook, my upcoming book on Ohio cryptid sightings.

My first book, Cryptid U.S., can be bought on Amazon.com. If you like it, leave a review!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's Raining Fish in Scotland

A few days ago, Kevin Bain, a man from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, went outside to find about 75 fish in his back garden.

Bain posted pictures of the fish online to try to find out what kind they are.

He believes they were sucked into a waterspout and then dropped into his yard.

"It has been stormy for the past few nights, so it's possible that a water spout has lifted the fish from the sea during the bad weather. It's a really strange phenomenon."
Kevin Bain found 70+ small fish in his
garden

It would not surprise me if Bain's theory about the waterspout is true.

Over the years there have been many, many reports of animals raining from the sky. In Jerome Clark's book Unexplained!, he discusses many different occurrences of this sort in a long chapter of the book.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ohio's Monstrous Melon Heads

Melon Head on Monster and Mysteries in America
"Some of the strangest monsters of Ohio are the Melon Heads of Kirtland.
"Supposedly, the Melon Heads were originally children that a mad scientist named 'Dr. Crow' performed strange experiments on. This eventually transformed them into monsters with bulbous heads. It is said that the Melon Heads killed Dr. Crow and burnt down his facility, and now roam around Kirtland.
"Another version of the story says that the Melon Heads are the result of secret government testing. This testing caused the subject's heads to swell. They were all shipped to a secret location in the woods.
"The Melon Heads were mostly calm but sometimes wanted contact with the outside world, so every once and a while one or two would sneak out of their facility.
"The Melon Heads supposedly are cannibalistic and eat what they can catch (including humans.)
"Stories of Melon Heads also come from Michigan and Connecticut. Most seem to be third- or fourth-person or 'friend of a friend' stories. There are, however, some first person accounts.
"The first occurred on July 9, 1978, when two young men walking along some railroad tracks near Butler at about 11 p.m. spotted a humanoid figure which they said was seven feet tall and had a 'huge round head.' The thing also had 'glowing red eyes' and was making a growling noise. Unsurprisingly, the two fled the area quickly.
"Another sighting occurred on October 5, 2001, when four people saw a 'melon-headed figure' keeping pace with their car, which was moving at 45 miles per hour, while going down Chillicothe Road near Chardon.
"The witness, 'Tony,' said:
"'It looked about the same height as me (5 feet, 7 inches) and was wearing ripped-up brown pants held together by what looked like corn husk. It wore a white shirt with brown and red stains all over it. (I'm hoping the red stains weren't blood.) Its head was a very light brown tint with 2 holes in the sides that I think were ears. Its head was swelled up, and its eyes were very big. Just as we turned a curve, it jumped into the woods.'
"On the Melon Head page on the Weird U.S. website, there are several reports and descriptions of the beings.
"Rich Gleir says that close to Kirtland, there is an area of hiking trails. He claims that along these trails mutilated animals can be found. Is it possible the Melon Heads killed the animals?
"'Justin V.' says that the Melon Heads still roam around the area where they were tested on, and that they only come out at night. He says that during a full moon they are 'extremely vicious' and will 'attack any humans they see,' but have bad vision. He claims that wearing bright colors makes it more likely that the Melon Heads will spot you.
"'Jay' claims that Dr. Crow was real, but that the full moon has nothing to do with the Melon Heads' behavior. He also claims that he and his brother once saw one of them while driving along Mitchell's Mills. He saw 'a quick flash out of the corner of my eye,' and when he looked over, saw something by a tree. It was only a quick glimpse, but Jay was terrified by what he saw and screamed. His brother then looked out the window and apparently saw the same thing.
"Paul I. claims that, in the 1960s, some kids driving around one day saw a Melon Head and followed it into the woods.
"The kids followed the Melon Head all the way to an old farmhouse, where a middle-aged couple and several other Melon Heads sat on the porch.
"The man on the porch explained to the kids that he had been a nuclear scientist during World War II and that his exposure to radiation caused his kids to be born as Melon Heads. He said the government gave him money to keep quiet about it and buy the farmhouse where they could stay away from the rest of civilization. He told the kids to not tell anyone about them and to not come back.
"Paul claims that this story was told at a party in 1964 and that he and some others crammed into a few cars and went off to find where the Melon Heads lived. They were stopped by the police, and when they told them what they were doing, the police told them that the Melon Heads did not exist, and took them back to the police station where their parents picked them up.
"Paul concludes the account by saying: 'We all agreed that the police were so intense in trying to convince us that there were no Melon Heads that there had to be Melonheads. If not, why were the police so upset that we were looking for them?'
"I think it is possible that most Melon Head stories are just urban legends, but it is possible that at least some of them could be true. For now, they remain a mystery."


This post was excerpted from The Ohio Monster Guidebook, my upcoming book on Ohio cryptid sightings. More about the book will be posted in the future, so be sure to check back sometime!
My first book, Cryptid U.S., can be bought on Amazon.com. If you like it, leave a review!

A Killer Vampire Cat!

Over on his Paranormal101 blog, Colin Schneider has a preview up from his upcoming book on vampiric cryptids.

It starts like this:

"The Eastern United States used to have large felines roaming its forests. Unfortunately, hunting and human encroachment has resulted in the Eastern cougar (Puma concolor cougar) to be labeled an extinct animal in 2011. Experts believe the animal has been missing from the area since the mid-1930s. That does not stop the cougar from being seen by reliable witnesses all around the Eastern US. Along with the cougar; lions, panthers, and even leopards have been seen in the USA. There are hundreds of cases of ABCs attacking livestock for food, which supports the possibility that there is truly population of cats that shouldn't be in the USA, but there is also many 'high strangeness' reports such as the vampiric ones discussed above. Mutilations supposedly perpetrated by felines are unusually common in America.
"Probably the most extensive and widely known case of ABC mutilation is a series of attacks which occurred around the area of Richland Township, Ohio in the spring of 1977. The first attack occurred on March 22 when a 74-year-old farmer, Elmer Nesbaum found his sheep pen ripped open and most of his sheep killed or wounded. The sheep had deep claw marks on their bodies and Nesbaum reported that blood covered the animals and the pen. There were also deep fang marks on the animal's necks, which suggest a creature of the same ilk as the Bladenboro Beast. Nesbaum quickly called a veterinarian to try and save the few survivors. Only a handful of the animals survived.
"Nesbaum, determined to protect his remaining animals, moved the pen into a more enclosed area between his barn and storage sheds. He put heavy gates in front of the pen and wire around and on top of the pen. Steel muskrat traps were also placed strategically in front of the gates. Nesbaum's strategy seemed to work… for a few days." 
You can check out the whole thing here.

And be on the lookout for some previews from my upcoming book on this blog…


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UFOs and a Werewolf? - The Wausau Whatzit

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a strange, werewolf-like creature was spotted several times by a family in Wisconsin, in conjunction with sightings of strange flying objects. The creature is called the "Wausau Whatzit" by some researchers.

The story starts when:
"A boy (he was 13 at the time of the first encounter) and his friends were out in one of his parent's fields, sitting around a campfire, eating pizza, and throwing snowballs at each other. Suddenly, a strange beam of light appeared in the field and started moving towards the boys. The group got spooked because they could not identify the source of the light, but calmed down when it disappeared.
"Three years later, the boy and another one of his friends saw three of the strange lights above a creek. He and his friend saw those lights several times over a span of a few nights. the boy also saw a large, glowing, oval shaped object (a UFO?) floating towards Lake DuBay one night at 1:56 a.m. Six minutes later, the object came back and shot off towards the creek, leaving a streak trail behind it.

"He would still camp out with friends on his parents' property, and a strange light would illuminate the campsite from time to time. They also saw an odd, triangular head looking at them from a nearby cornfield.
"Not long after that, one of the boy's friends said something rammed into the side of his pickup truck. He said the creature followed him home and tore gardening tools off of a shed, but he never saw what it was. Another one of his friends saw the creature cross the road, running on two legs. He said it was six feet tall and grayish in color. After it crossed the road, it dropped onto all fours and ran towards there river.
"A week later, the boy and his friend Jason saw the creature standing in the middle of the road. It stared at them with yellow eyes and had pointy ears. The boy said the thing had a human-like body, canine legs, and tan, oily skin. It was very thin (they could see its ribs) and it had no tail.
"The boy said that, after seeing the creature, he thinks the UFO he saw could have been picking it up (or maybe dropping it off?) Strange lights and UFOs have been associated with Bigfoot and Dogman sightings before, so maybe it's possible the boy and his friends saw an alien werewolf."

This post was excerpted from my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America.


Minerva Monster Day 2016



Coming up on September 23rd and 24th in Minerva, Ohio - Minerva Monster Day 2016.

Minerva Monster Day is a cryptid-themed film festival. Here is some info from the promo trailer for it:

"Minerva Monster Day in Minerva, Ohio. The event will be held September 23rd and 24th. Minerva Monster day is a cryptid-themed, small town festival that centers around the subject of a famous Bigfoot-type creature said to live near the town. While last years' event acted as the official premiere for the Small Town Monsters' production, Minerva Monster, this one will see screenings of multiple films across a variety of unusual creature topics from Bigfoot to Loch Ness Monster. The Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event which will also play host to a speaking presentation from renowned museum curator, author and lecturer, Loren Coleman.
"Minerva Monster day will kick off on Friday, September 23rd with a short, amateur, monster film festival. Local residents and people who plan on attending the event are encouraged to make and submit their own short, monster-themed, all ages appropriate films to be screened at the historic Roxy Theater in downtown Minerva. There will be prizes for the winning films selected by a panel of judges. Among the movies screening at Saturdays' event are I've Seen Bigfoot, Mystery at Loch Ness, Beast of Whitehall, Minerva Monster, and more.
"The 2015 version of Minerva Monster Day was a blowout success with as many as fifteen hundred people attending, and four sellout screenings of Minerva Monster. Due to over-crowding last year, this years' September 24th screenings and speaking presentations will be held in the high school gym. Monster-themed vendors will be set up at the neighboring Minerva City Park where the annual Oktoberfest will also be taking place. Among the vendors are local Bigfoot research groups, and sellers of apparel and board games, as well as Small Town Monsters. Plan to spend the day, as there will be monster movies playing into the evening.
"For more information on Minerva Monster Day or to enter your own monster movie into the festival, visit minervamonsterday.com."

Find out more about Minerva Monster day here or here.
 Some films that will be playing at Minerva Monster Day:



There will be a sneak preview of Boggy Creek Monster
 





Monday, August 15, 2016

Ohio Cryptid Book Update

A while back I announced that my second book will be fully on Ohio cryptids.

Right now I'm about halfway done with that book and am hoping to have it completed something this fall. So far there are chapters written about things like the Loveland frogmen, Bigfoot, lake monsters and giant catfish, and Mothman. I am also going to include chapters on things like thunderbirds, out-of-place cats, the Melon Heads, Dogman, etc. I'll also probably add a few appendixes and I might change the title.

Be on the lookout for more on the book in the future - as I get more done I'll post about that and might post some previews of some chapters!

My first book is available on Amazon.com. If you like it, leave a review!


Mystery Monster Mummy Found in Siberia

A strange mummy has been found in a diamond mine in Siberia.

The Daily Mail reports:

"The mummified remains of what appears to be a carnivorous mammal were discovered encased in the sandy sediment at the diamond mine in Udachny, 1,160 miles north west of Yakutsk in Russia.
"Miners who found the strange creature have been baffled by it, describing it as a 'monster mummy.'"

Below is a picture of the mummified thing.
One of the miners holding the mummified creature
found in Siberia
(Siberian Times)

The miners who found the "strange ancient creature" (as the Siberian Times called it) think it is, for some reason, a new kind of dinosaur.

Others have said it is probably something like a wolverine, marten, or otter, which it probably is. It is definitely not a dinosaur!


Marten skull
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shooting Bigfoot - Wasted Time

A week or two ago I found the show Shooting Bigfoot playing on Destination America. Since it was a show about Bigfoot I decided to watch it.

When I started watching it was already partway through. Basicsally it was filmed by a guy named Morgan Matthews going around with a camera and going to places where different people were looking for Bigfoot. And, let me tell you, this show is not something that would make any non-believer see that most Bigfooters aren't total nuts or hoaxers. Why? Well, because those appeared to be the only people Matthews filmed for his show.

The people he follows around include hoaxers like Tom Biscardi and Rick Dyer. There's also a few guys from Ohio (I have no idea who they were) and some people from other places. In one that I watched, he was with the two guys from Ohio in the middle of the day when they said they saw a Bigfoot at the edge of the woods. Matthews could not see it. Then one of the guys proceeded to tell him that he (the guy, not Matthews) had been "chosen" (or something like that) and that he somehow had sheep DNA because of a bone in him, etc… and that's why he could see the Bigfoot but Matthews couldn't.

I'm going to skip a lot of this and go to the end of the show.

At that part Matthews is with Rick Dyer and they wake up in the middle of the night after something supposedly attacks Matthews' tent. Then you get to see Rick Dyer running around in his underwear carrying a gun running after whatever it was. Then you actually see something run by!
Yeah, Rick Dyer seriously runs around in his underwear after a "Bigfoot"

Yes, you actually see something. When I first watched, I though - wait a minute? Did they really just see something?

Yes, apparently, they did, because you see it again.

Of course, during this whole time, the dialogue of the show is "bleep-this" and "bleep-that," and Rick starts shooting at the "bigfoot" while he and Matthews become separated. When Matthews heads back to camp his is "attacked" by the "Bigfoot" (which you can conveniently see in the camera for just a second.)
Real Bigfoot? Nope.

My main point of this article is to recommend that any of you out there who haven't seen Shooting Bigfoot should not watch it. It will be a waste of your time.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Dogman Book

Joedy Cook has a new book out on the Dogman.

It's titled Werewolves: Encounters with the Black Dog. 

The book has chapters written by contributors like Joedy, Linda Godfrey, Brian Seech, Ron Murphy, Donna Fink, etc.

You can check it out here.