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Thursday, November 16, 2017

STM Casefiles: Ep. 3 - The Abair Road Incident

"Unlocking the Abair Road Incident," the third episode of Small Town Monsters' new Casefiles series, is now up on YouTube. This episode takes a look at the Whitehall monster.

"For many, the Abair Road Incident (examined in Small Town Monsters' Beast of Whitehall) was simply a string of Bigfoot sightings spread over one week in 1976. However, investigators of the paranormal know that something far more bizarre was taking place. In addition to hairy creatures, an outbreak of UFO reports erupted around Whitehall at the same time, leading many to wonder if perhaps the area was a window to something far more sinister..."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Loch Ness Monster Photographed by 9-Year-Old?

The Daily Star has a new article up on a recent "sighting" of a Loch Ness Monster. A nine year old boy believes he captured it in a photograph.
Sam Knight and his mom think they photographed Nessie
(Daily Star)

It reads:

"A NINE-YEAR-OLD believes he spotted the legendary Loch Ness  Monster after taking a snap of what looked like [the] mysterious sea beast floating in the water.
"Sam Knight took the amazing photo during a cruise on the Scottish loch with his mum Dr Jo Knight.
"The picture shows a dark triangle shape breaking the surface in an area known as a top Loch Ness monster spot. 
"And experts - who at first were divided over whether it was a wave or an animal - have credited it as an official sighting of the monster at the centre of the 1,500-year-old Highlands legend.
"The sighting is the eighth this year, the highest annual total so far this century.
"The youngster was so keen to go monster-spotting during a family holiday in the area he even brought ropes in the hope of tying Nessie to the boat and a kit to take genetic samples.
"And during the cruise Sam took hundreds of pictures of the sea creature which have now emerged online.
"Dr Jo, a genetics expert at Lancaster University, said: 'Sam is very excited.
"'It appears to be a very dark shape somewhere in Urquhart Bay. It is part of the mystery.'
"She also said her and Sam do not think Nessie is a long-necked dinosaur, but possibly a giant eel or sturgeon.
"Nessie records keeper Gary Campbell said 2017 had been a 'vintage' year for sightings, with newlyweds Rebecca and Paul Stewart spotting a large fin just last month.
"Meanwhile in October, strange footage emerged shooting a mysterious finned creature lurking in the River Thames.
"A black creature appeared on the surface near the University of Greenwich and people had no idea what it was."

Now, a couple observations:

First, Nessie could not be a "long necked dinosaur" since dinosaurs were land animals. The plesiosaur, a long necked marine reptile, is often mistakenly called a dinosaur and that is a popular theory as to what Nessie could be.

Regarding sightings of the monster this year, there have been eight now that made major news. However, I bet that most of them are not a Nessie. And some definitely aren't - for example, this one here.

And this one is not either.

It is obvious to me, from seeing the picture, that the "monster" in it is nothing of the sort. What does it look like? A wave. And stuff like this happens all the time at Loch Ness. The waves on the water can look like the humped back of an unknown animal, and when eager seekers like Knight go there to see that, that is what the waves are mistaken for.

So should this be counted as Nessie sighting #8? No.

Monday, November 13, 2017

STM Casefiles Ep. 2: The Secret History of the Boggy Creek Monster, Pt. 1

The second episode of Small Town Monsters' Casefiles series is up on YouTube. This episode focuses on the Fouke Monster (AKA Boggy Creek Monster) of Arkansas.

"For decades - possibly, centuries - the Fouke Monster has stalked the creeks, roads and waterways of Miller County, Arkansas. Now, learn some of the lesser known tales of run-ins with the furious beast that inspired one of the most influential horror films of all time!"

Crypto-Kid: Andy McGrath Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on WCJV Radio's Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by author Andy McGrath to discuss his new book Beasts of Britain and the interesting theories and ideas he presents in the work. This will be an exciting episode that you do not want to miss!"

 Listen live at 8 pm here.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bigfoot Filmed in Ohio?

I've seen in a few places a new YouTube video posted by user TheSquatchDog of a supposed Bigfoot video he caught back in early 2017. There's lots of stills from the video with lots of red letter and arrows (which always screams real!) and then the actual video, which doesn't look too legit to me.

What do you think?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cryptid-Kid: Seth Breedlove Tonight

Speaking of Small Town Monsters...

Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin Schneider has on Seth Breedlove, documentary filmmaker and Cryptozoologist of the Year. They will be discussing "Seth's films and his approach to these iconic cryptid stories."

Listen live on WCJV Radio at 8 o'clock.

Small Town Monsters Casefiles: Ep. 1 - Indrid Cold

The first episode of Casefiles, a new series from Small Town Monsters, is up. Episode one focuses on Indrid Cold, a strange MIB-style character who had quite a few encounters with a certain family in the late 1960s, around the time of the Mothman sightings.

An odd story involving UFOs, psychic abilities, and more...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Escaped Lynx Loose in Wales

At the end of October, it appears, a Eurasian lynx escaped from a zoo to roam freely in the Welsh countryside.
Lillith, the escaped lynx
(The Guardian/Borth Wild Animal Kingdom)

The Guardian reports (Nov. 1):

"Zookeepers with thermal imaging equipment, nets and cages step up search for Lillith, who escaped from zoo last week.
"The net appears to be closing in on a lynx that has been roaming free on a Welsh hillside after escaping from her zoo enclosure.
"Zookeepers have got within three metres of the lynx, which is called Lillith, and even managed to take a photo of her, but she has remained just out of their grasp.
"The young lynx was last seen in her enclosure at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in west Wales on Thursday last week [Oct. 26]. At first, staff thought Lillith may have clashed with her mother, Dee, and was lying low in her enclosure.
"On Sunday morning, zoo owners Dean and Tracy Tweedy went to check on Lillith to find she had disappeared. They called the police, who scrambled a helicopter and warned the public not to approach the big cat.
"Zookeepers kitted out with thermal imaging equipment, nets and cages baited with rabbit have been scouring a craggy hillside and the gardens of the seaside town in search of the animal, which is about twice the size of a domestic cat. A team of trackers armed with tranquilizer darts was on standby.
"On Tuesday afternoon, Dean Tweedy came face to face with her in the gorse on a small hill just metres from the zoo's gate. Unfortunately the rest of the tracking team were on the other side of the zoo and he had no equipment or protective clothing.
"Tweedy said: 'I sat watching her for about 10 minutes. She sat washing herself not more than 10 metres away from me. She looked in good health and relaxed. It was a magical moment seeing her like the but the sooner we get her back now the better.'
"The Eurasian lynx is thought to have climbed a spindly sapling growing in the pen she shared with her mother and two siblings and dived over a four-metre fence and two electrified wires, possibly in pursuit of a bird."
While this article may not have a direct cryptozoological topic, escapes like this or releases from owners are probably how many of the British Alien Big Cats got to be where they are...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Loch Ness Monster Britain's 'Top Supernatural Phenomena'

What is the Number One mystery of Britain? In a recent article, The Scotsman lists the top mysteries of the U.K., with Nessie coming in at No. 1:

"It has been one of the country's most intriguing mysteries since the sixth century, when Irish monk Saint Columba is believed to have saved a man swimming across a Scottish river from a terrifying beast.
"Now the phenomenon of the Loch Ness monster has been named Britain's top supernatural phenomena in a nationwide poll. 
"Nessie attracted 42 per cent of votes, setting it well ahead of the prehistoric Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, voted top British supernatural mystery by almost a third of people.
Who made Stonehenge?
"The mystery of the Beast of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall -  the belief there is a wildcat that has killed livestock in the area since the mid-1990s - was ranked third. The haunting of a suburban council house in north London between 1977 and 1979 when 11-year-old Janet Hodgson was repeatedly possessed by the spirit of an old man was named fourth.
"Another Scottish mystery - the conundrum of suicidal dogs at Overtoun Bridge in West Dunbartonshire,  where 50 dogs have leapt to their death in the past 70 years and hundreds more have survived the fall - also made the top ten, coming in at number five in the poll by TV channel Really.
"The unexpected tale of the monster living in the Highland loch dates back to 565 AD, when St Columba's encounter with a monster took place in the nearby River Ness. However, it was 19 centuries later, in the 1930s, when a string of reports were published in a local newspaper of sightings of a so-called monster in Loch Ness, sparking the modern day interest in the monster.
"Richard Williams, general manager for UKTV Play, which is hosting a Halloween season on Really, said: 'Britain has stories of unexplained phenomena dating back centuries, but we have seen new mysteries unfold in more recent decades. We continue to be fascinated by things we can't quite unravel. That's why we are celebrating the things we are at a loss to explain with our Halloween season.
"Other mysteries ranked in the top ten include the whereabouts of crime writer Agatha Christie after she disappeared in 1926 to be found 11 days later in a hotel with no knowledge of what had happened to her.
"The conundrum of people seeing unexplained lights shining into Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk in December 1980 and finding burn marks, but no debris also made the cut.

"The Devil's Footprints, a supernatural mystery that saw hoof-like marks branded in deep snow across towns in southern Devon in 1855, garnered 10 per cent of the vote. The Highgate Vampire, which is said to stalk a cemetery in the London district, and the Hampton Court Ghosts - the palace supposedly haunted by Henry VIII and two of his wives - won 8 and 7 per cent respectively.
"Mysteries that just missed out on a top-ten placing included The Spinning Relic of Manchester Museum - a 4,000-year-old statuette of an Egyptian called Neb-Senu that made global headlines when it was caught on a time-lapse camera in 2013 rotating 180 degrees while locked in a sturdy glass museum case.
"There was also no mention of one of Scotland's most mysterious occurrences - the disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers, who were never to be seen again after January 1990 when a relief boat turned up to their ghostly lighthouse only to find ashes in the grate and stopped clocks." 
So there you go - an interesting article on some of the biggest mysteries of the U.K. What do you think about them?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

London Loch Ness Monster?

Something likened to the Loch Ness Monster has been filmed in the River Thames in London.
(Daily Star)

The Daily Star reports (Oct. 27):

"A MYSTERIOUS finned creature  has been filmed lurking in the Thames.
"The strange footage shows ripples in the water near the University of Greenwich.
"Moments later, a black creature appears on the surface and no one has any idea what it is.
"The man who filmed the phenomenon yesterday (October 26) from the University, said: 'I was at work today.
"'I'm about the eighth floor up when me and my workmate noticed a weird fin-like object coming up and down and making some weird swirls in the water.
"'We kept our eyes out for about five minutes and it came up again right by the shore. And then it disappeared again.'
"And it's not the first time strange animals have been caught on camera in the capital's iconic river.
"Earlier this month, Londoners were terrified after news a crocodile was spotted in the river.
"But after the footage went viral, the wacky claims were quashed after it was revealed it was simply and ornament.
"And back in March, a deadly 'shark' was supposedly caught by former Olympic swimmer Andy James.
"Marine experts were quick to wade into the discussion on what the animal actually was, with some suggesting it looked like a dolphin, while others simply a harbor porpoise."

(Daily Star)

While definitely not the "Loch Ness Monster," this isn't the first time that something strange has been seen and filmed in the River Thames. But I would bet it is a dolphin or porpoise or something else of that sort. Not a monster.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded

A new Loch Ness Monster book by Ronald Binns that came out in August…

Binns also wrote The Loch Ness Mystery Solved in 1983. Now he has published The Loch Ness Monster Reloaded.

Here's the book description:

"On the fiftieth anniversary of the local newspaper report which made the Loch Ness Monster world famous, Ronald Binns published his now classic but controversial book The Loch Ness Mystery Solved. Over three decades later it remains both influential and a source of fierce debate. In this new book Binns takes a fresh look at Nessie in the light of later evidence and recent analysis of the classic photographs and film. He considers the relationship between the Loch Ness Monster and the water kelpie tradition of Scottish folklore. He also scrutinizes the role played by central figures in the Loch Ness story such as Rupert Gould, Tim Dinsdale and Ted Holiday. Ronald Binns is a former member of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau. He has made numerous visits to the loch in search both of the Monster and a greater understanding of this enduring phenomenon."

Check out the book here.

I will probably check out this and his older book sometime...

Crypto-Kid - Halloween Special!

Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin Schneider will have a special mystery guest on for a Halloween special. They will be discussing "popular Halloween monsters and the folklore behind them."

Listen live and join the chatroom on WCJV Radio.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fossil Shark Teeth

Some fossilized shark teeth I got at Creature Weekend...

The teeth are from Otodus obliquus, a shark that lived about 60-45 million years ago. It grew to a large size (about 30 feet long) and was an ancestor of the gigantic megalodon shark.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Hunt for Champ Continuing"

The Sun Community News has a new article up on the search for Champ, the Lake Champlain monster…

It reads:

"PORT HENRY - Champ Search Director Katy Elizabeth is continuing her hunt for the Lake Champlain monster.
"Now residing in Ferrisburg, Vt., she was in Port Henry recently to talk about some of the high technology she's acquired to help her in the search for Champ.
"'I've got a drone,' she said. 'I'm building an airboat. I have a 17-foot (power) boat now.'
"She's been setting up remote wildlife cams around the lake.
"'I can monitor them on my smartphone,' she said. 'One has sound and nightvision [sic]. That's going at the best spot.'
"Many Champ sightings have been in Port Henry's Bulwagga Bay and Button Bay in Vermont, and Elizabeth is keeping an eye on both.
"She also has a thermal imager to look for the creature's heat signature, a nightvision scope, and an electronic thermometer to check lake temperature, which presumably will rise when Champ is near.
"One late night she may have detected something while on the lake.
"'I saw glowing eyes on the bay,' she said. 'Night is the best time to look. It's quiet out on the lake.'
"She has sound recordings that be the creatures communicating with each other underwater, whale-like sounds in Lake Champlain.
"'I think they're nocturnal,' she said. 'I've been watching the marshlands. Ninety percent of Champ sightings are in shallow water.'
"She estimates the creature is about 15 to 20 feet long when fully grown, not the 100 foot long monster that many imagine.
"'I've got glowing eyes on game cams; it was about three feet out of the water.'
"The airboat will enable her to get further into the marshlands on the lake to look for the creature, she said.
"'I'm excited for sure,' she said. 'It has been a very busy Champ season. I am worn out, but that doesn't stop me, I'm taking advantage of being out there all the time, because before we know it Champ season will be over.'"

Katy Elizabeth
(Sun Community News)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Creature Weekend - Pictures

Some pictures from Creature Weekend, which took place yesterday at Salt Fork State Park…

Jeff Wamsley speaking on Mothman

Adam Davies speaking on his adventures
in search of the yeti
Tom Sewid speaking on Native American

Scott Mardis on Champ