Category: Cryptozoology

15 Credibility Street #30: Bear with us, yeti again

This episode has two cryptozoologically-themed topics. We have a follow-up on the Bigfoot-naming show from last episode and there is a new paper about Yeti DNA just out that is not making cryptozoologists too happy. See the comments on this post about the new proposed name for Bigfoot and why it’s bad science and not…

15 Credibility Street #29: Amateur Hour

Trump nominates Brett Talley, an unqualified lawyer and former paranormal investigator, for Federal Court in Alabama. Being a former ghost hunter is the least of his problems. Bigfoot gets another “official” name: Kryptopithecus gimlinpattersonorum. What does this all mean? Can you name a species from a photo? Yes. A classic case of taxonomic vandalism: Raymond…

Alternative healer proposes legitimate species name for Bigfoot

An alternative healer with a PhD and background in entomology (study of insects) has exploited an opportunity to officially name Bigfoot as a new species. The being portrayed in a famous film that some believe depicts an actual Bigfoot has been designated the type specimen for the as-yet non-corporeal animal. Dr. Erich Hunter, who specializes…

15 Credibility Street #28: Defense against the dark art of scare-mongering

It was just Halloween, the media is out to scare you into believing dumb things. Don’t. Tricks in treats? Not-too-deep-thinking about marijuana-laced candy warnings will bring quick realization this hazard is not worth worrying about. One incident in New Brunswick, Canada may have been nailed down but who would eat that anyway? The condition called…

15 Credibility Street #25: A spray a day keeps monsters away

In this jam-packed episode, we run through updates on still active news stories, discuss some current cool and not so cool things from the last two weeks, and check out a hyped anomaly that probably wasn’t as described. Closing out the episode is a great conversation about what transpired at Cryptid Con 2017 – a…

15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

Poestenkill big cat story is irresponsible reporting

Another typical story from local news where a resident is reporting a strange animal and the reporter dramatically jumps on the story, taking the assumption of the witness as the headline. In all probability, it’s just a dog!  UPDATE: Wildlife officials did what they were supposed to do and tested for size. They determined it…

Money monster of Loch Ness must be fed (Update: Hoax)

UPDATE It looks for all intents and purposes that this was a deliberate hoax. Someone has manufactured a fake Nessie “head”. Dick Raynor appears to have found what was left. Earlier this month a video was published showing Nessie swimming towards the south shore of Urquhart Bay. Monster huggers continue to speculate as to its biological…

Continuing miseducation on Bigfoot

Community and small local colleges typically provide non-credit continuing education courses for the locals at low cost. As I’ve written about previously, it’s often art or history classes, computer training, those sorts of things. But also frequently offered are “classes” on paranormal nonsense like “How to develop your psychic powers,” “Ghost Hunting 101,” and “Tarot Reading”.…

Small, naked, human-like-creature-running-away video goes viral

A viral video claims to show evidence of a legendary and ancient tribe of people on the Indonesian island of Aceh, the suku mante (or Orang Mante). The video has been viewed nearly 7 million times. It’s really awful, as these things almost always are. But people really believe this stuff. Here it is, in…

Charlestown beach carcass in Cornwall is a whale

A UK paper reports that a Mysterious sea creature washes up on Charlestown beach near St Austell and no one knows what it is  Chris Crane was walking on the beach in Charlestown on Monday when he came across the washed-up animal. He said he believed the creature had already been there for a few days…

Philippine globster is mass of collagen, remains from marine animal

Lots of hits for “globster” today relating to the new remains found at Dinagat Islands in the Philippines. As is typical with mystery carcass remains, people wildly speculate what it might be. It has, however, a good explanation. The remains of a large animal believed to be a sea cow washed up on the shore in…

Group uses ploy: “I don’t know, therefore, Thylacine”

Another terrible example of evidence of the existence of the Tasmanian Tiger is in the news. The The Thylacine Awareness Group sets up cameras where people report strange animals. The results they get are less than convincing but they promote these to the media as possible thylacines because they so very much wish it was true. The…

Wessie most certainly dead: The top monster-related stories of 2016

The Portland Herald revisits the Wessie story now that we are deep into the Maine winter. They fail to mention that it could have been a hoax. The evidence – eyewitness testimony and a snakeskin of dubious origin – is highly questionable. “We have had no further sightings,” said Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts. Interested residents…

15 Credibility Street #7 – Big old problem: they might be giants

In this episode, I talk with Jason Colavito about giants, angels and monsters. Or, giant monster angels, who may be anti-diluvians or Atlantians, and who watch, though I’m not sure what and why the hell they are watching. They may be Bigfoot ancestors, or space aliens, or demons, or sons of God, or just “men…

Rare black bobcat confirmed in Canada

A mysterious photo appeared on Facebook showing what looked to be a solid black bobcat caught in a snare and dispatched by a trapper. The photo came with no hints of time, place or other details and was being posted in various places disconnected from a source. You could not see the hands of the…

Huge snake found floating in Ohio river

Fisherman this week discovered a very large dead snake floating in the icy cold Chagrin River in northeastern Ohio. They fished out the body and reported it to officials, but also took pictures documenting the retrieval. The news anchor in the Fox News piece notes that the snake was a “boa constrictor” but the rest…

15 Credibility Street #5: UFOs over Turkey and I ain’t too surprised

We’re back with another news chat episode. The news is weird, as usual. Strange days indeed… Mothman reappears close to the 50th anniversary. Howard suspects pecuniary interests might be involved in the promotion of these local legends. The same can be suggested for the many YouTubers and websites that promote “weird news” like anomalies, natural…

Mothman “reappears” coincidentally close to the 50th anniversary date

A man driving along State Route 2 in West Virginia near Point Pleasant, legendary home of the bad omen, Mothman, says he captured pictures of the creature. The local news covered the story. Man photographs creature that resembles legendary ”Mothman” of Point Pleasant | WCHS He said he stopped when he saw something jumping from tree…

Pedals the bipedal bear is dead

Back in August of 2014, we brought you the story of a bear spotted in New Jersey suburbs walking on two legs while searching for easy food in garbage cans. “Pedals” the bear had a severely injured front paw and had adapted a quite adequate bipedal gate. Pedals reappeared in October 2015 and several people…

Blobsquatch caught on Michigan webcam

Here is a fun story with video. A live web camera trained on a bald eagle nest revealed a dark figure walking among the trees below. The object is too far away to be in clear focus but there is little doubt it is not a bear. Speculation erupted that it is Bigfoot who ever so conveniently…

Hope dashed for those who believed in demon fairies

A creature promoted as being a “demon fairy” or “winged nightmare” by those who thought it matched a description in Revelation, has been revealed as a hoax. Synchronicity. Or something. Coincidences can seem very strange some times. Earlier today, I received an inquiry from Dr. Michael Heiser asking if I knew of anyone who had…