Cryptozoology

Hairless, toothy mystery carcass in Santa Barbara has a normal ID

It's a dead mammal. No doubt about that. But it's "MONSTROUS" so go viral.

It’s hairless, bloated and decomposing. Of course people will freak out and speculate wildly. Unusual Creature Puzzles People on a Santa Barbara Beach | News – KEYT. A brownish creature, with sharp teeth and claws, is deceased on the beach in Santa Barbara after the latest storm, and many people are wondering what it is.…

Mountain lion captured and killed in Kentucky

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This is extremely interesting news. If the animal was wild, it would be the first such confirmed mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War. Wildlife officer shoots and kills mountain lion in a tree in northern Bourbon County A state wildlife officer shot the mountain lion late Monday afternoon on Redmon Road in…

The (cat) Beast of Bodmin Moor is old news

Photo submitted as evidence in the study.

Dr. David Clarke at Sheffield Hallam University, an expert in journalism in the U.K., has followed the “alien big cat” phenomenon. The ABC idea is that large, out of place (OOP) cats (lions, black panthers, pumas/cougars) have colonized the British Isles. Their presence is responsible for the reported sightings of big cats, livestock kills and mystery…

Todd Standing needs money for Bigfoot DNA testing

"Sylvanic" Bigfoot photo by Todd Standing.

We’ve written about Todd Standing before, back in April. After that, he made a name for himself by riding the coattails of Survivorman Les Stroud and by being associated with Utah Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University, Dr. Jeff Meldrum. While months have passed, oddly enough, nothing has changed. Standings evidence and claims are…

Dubious report of black panther in Queensland

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Claimed sightings of large black cats are widespread, but unless you live in an area where there are leopards or jaguars, you’re almost certainly mistaken. Farmer says he’s spotted black panther twice | Sunshine Coast Daily. JOHN Rourke didn’t always sleep with a cane knife next to his bed. But after seeing a black panther…

This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so

CGI ropen from monster.wikia.com Ropens are not real.

Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns…

Nessie: It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood

log ness monster

The local nature conservancy group has proposed that runoff into the Loch Ness may spark reports of the mythical monster because people mistake logs as the creature. Has the mystery of the ‘Log Ness Monster’ been solved? – Environment – The Independent. After an unprecedented 18 months without a “confirmed sighting”, several people have come forward in…

New York Bigfoot advocate wants the critter on the endangered species list

Who's messin' with who?

It’s been a while since we had a nonsensical Bigfoot story. I know, I know. “Aren’t they all?” Endangered – seriously at risk of extinction. Bigfoot – not established as real, let alone at risk of extinction. Chautauqua legislators hear plea: Put Bigfoot on endangered species list. Wiemer wants the legislature to become the first…

Hippo living in the Chicago River? Are you kidding me? (UPDATE: publicity stunt)

Screenshot from Youtube

As suspected, this was not real. It was a publicity stunt for a mortgage company. Originally published 23 September 2014 Will people believe anything these days? Yep. They will. Is There Really a Hippo Swimming in the Chicago River?. A video posted on YouTube three days ago claims to show a hippopotamus swimming in the…

Newly described animals do not fit into known phylum

Dried Dendrogramma gen. nov., all 15 paratypes of D. enigmatica and (with *) D. discoides. From doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102976.g001

A new kind of animal, Dendrogramma, looks like a mushroom but does not fit into either the jellyfish or comb jelly family. It resembles fossils of some very ancient fauna. Their discovery could change the way scientists currently think organisms evolved. New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification. The tiny animals, less…

Shipton’s iconic 1951 Yeti footprint photos up for auction

Questionable "yeti" print. Shipton.

Christie’s auction house is running their “Out of the Ordinary” online auction, featuring “an eclectic selection of art and ephemera celebrating the joy of the unconventional” through September 3. One of the items up for bids are Eric Shipton’s original photos of “Yeti” footprints. Strange Traces of Mythic Beasts  In the years before Sir Edmund Hillary…

A “real” monster is in the eye of the municipal council – Iceland worm exists

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Ah, I smell tourism, don’t you? This reward is a small price to pay for Loch Ness-sized advertising. Truth Commission: Lake Monster Does Exist. Lagarfljótsormurinn, the giant serpent rumored to inhabit the lake Lagarfljót near Egilsstaðir in East Iceland truly exists, as announced on Saturday by the majority of a 13-person truth commission established in…

Exotic lion on the loose in California? (Update)

Screenshot from surveillance footage in Norwalk

See UPDATE below. Originally published on 4-Aug-2014 Mystery animal roaming California neighborhood was caught on a security camera. Experts say it’s not a cougar but resembles a lion, leopard or older dog. Of course the headlines have to make the most outrageous assumption. African lioness in Norwalk? Experts analyzing grainy video. Grainy surveillance footage of…

Students asked exam question about Bigfoot

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Rather odd way of phrasing this question, not sure I agree it was good. Common core exam includes question about Bigfoot. After reading an excerpt about a mud fossil and an analysis of mysterious hair samples that suggest the existence of a Sasquatch, students were asked: “Which detail from the article best supports the claim…