Cryptozoology

Big snake loose in Maine or is Wessie a hoax?

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Cross posted from DOUBTFUL. Back in June, locals of Westbrook, Maine said they saw a large snake slithering around. After no sign of the beast a week later, a Westbrook police officer witnessed it eating something near Riverbank Park on the Presumpscot River. A second officer called in also saw it. From their Facebook page: On…

Inaugural cryptozoology conference held – New society to be formed

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Science writer and author, Matt Bille (Shadows of Existence and Rumors of Existence) attended the inaugural International Cryptozoology Museum Conference in St. Augustine, Florida last week and reported on the proceedings. You can read his entire review of the 3-day event here but I’ll highlight some of the news and views that came out of…

Proof Nessie is an eel? Not exactly, but not a bad guess.

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The Scotsman newspaper regularly posts stories on its favorite lake monster just so she stays in people’s minds and brings tourists to the shores of Loch Ness. It’s unclear why this story of a video from 2007 is now making news again but it is, as are all Nessie claims, less than impressive and certainly…

Giant squid reveals itself to us, still no Bigfoot

The torpedo-shaped creature is revealed up close and in vivid color.

Last week, we were treated to the clearest video of what was claimed to be a giant squid near the surface from central Japan’s Toyama Bay. A brave diver jumped in to get up close and personal with the rarely seen 12 foot long animal. The video was undoubtedly real but some question remained. Deep Sea…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

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National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

Perhaps people don’t “see” the yeti because it’s not there

Image by John Conway, from the forthcoming Cryptozoologicon

BBC magazine has a story out today that Bigfoot researchers are using to explain why we don’t have reports of the yeti in Bhutan (and, subsequently, Bigfoot in the US Northwest). Is it a GOOD reason or just a convenient excuse for the lack of evidence? Why don’t people see the yeti any more? –…

Paraguay creature is a monkey

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Mystery-mongering sites jumping on a story out of Paraguay of an “alien” “humanoid” “chupacabra” “reptilian experiment”, etc. They prefer to hype the extreme and fantastic ideas instead of explain that it’s… a dead monkey. Last week, when I first saw this story, commented in Spanish, I asked Ron Pine, former curator of mammals at the Smithsonian,…

Halloween with the “Jersey Devil”

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It’s that time of year! Silly stories of ghosts and monsters are everywhere. We are happy to bring you a Halloween treat by Dr. Brian Regal who shares with us an imaginative meet up with a devilish figure from history.  I stopped in at O’Bryan’s Pour House the other night for a drink and ran into…

Daedalus sea serpent may have been skimming whale

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One of the most famous “sea serpent” cases, that of the sighting from the crew of HMS Daedalus in 1848, has long been cited as a mystery animal. Dr. Gary J. Galbreath, an evolutionary biologist, authored an article featured on the cover of the September/October 2015 issue of Skeptical Inquirer that makes an argument that…

Tabloids totally wrong about Japanese tsunami mystery creature

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We are back again to do what we do best, totally bust an inflated story that the tabloids pass off as sensational news. It’s obvious they do NO checking or investigation of the stories, they simply repeat what silly story they make up or are fed from a dubious source. This time, Marcus Hemmler from Group of…

Goat-like prop with wings claimed to be Jersey Devil

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Today’s “Most Read” story on NJ.com’s page is about a ridiculous so-called sighting of the Jersey Devil. The story is even trending on Facebook now as several more news outlets have picked it up. The original story came through an email to Paranormal Corner columnist Kelly Roncase, a paranormal investigator. Her columns are breezy and…

Bigfoot with baby reported in Virginia

Watch out. Bigfoot (double) crossing.

A woman in Virginia put in a call to the Sheriff claiming she saw a Bigfoot cross the road in front of her carrying a baby. The responder was like… “I know this is going to sound crazy,” said the woman in a  call to Bedford dispatch on September 9. The woman told the dispatcher she was driving…

Bigfoot “London footprints” declared a hoax

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Back in February of 2012, we reported on a finding of a long Bigfoot footprint trail found in Eugene, Oregon. Bigfoot researcher, Cliff Barackman, as soon as he could, rushed to the Cottage Grove Reservoir, as researchers used 300 pounds of plaster to cast 122 tracks. At the time, Cliff (of the show Finding Bigfoot) said…

Unexplained report from Vermont reservoir spawns monster talk

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Harriman Reservoir probably doesn’t have a monster but it does have otters. Source: Recent sighting spurs talk about monster in lake “At that point, the humps started moving and submerged,” Kasindorf says. “Then a few yards (to the right) I saw something straight, like a log, and brown moving quickly through the water. If it…

It’s dead, not alien – that’s all you can say for sure

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The absurd and silly UFO mystery site, UFO Sightings Daily, has managed to push this piece of ridiculousness into the media. When the best news source I can find for it is “Yahoo News”, it’s really crap. Conspiracy theorists are in a bit of a flutter after the discovery of what the believe is an…

Yeti shenanigans from Siberia – 2015 edition

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The Siberian Times has a new ridiculous story about a Yeti footprint. This story is on the heels of a recent tale of a telepathic yeti. The alleged footprint – twice the size of a man’s – was spotted close to the Mras-Su River in Kemerovo region, Russia’s main area for alleged Yeti sightings. Denis Alexandrov, 12,…

Kentucky mountain lion appears to be wild; officials not convinced

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Well, this is an interesting development! No agreement on if the mountain lion found in Kentucky in 2014 was wild or a former captive. A wildlife research organization that studies the expanding range of cougars in North America has come to a different conclusion from the one offered by state authorities on how an ill-fated mountain lion…

Portrait of a telepathic Yeti

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Good for a laugh. A Russian artist and sculptor has claimed that he met the mysterious and elusive Yeti in eastern Russia, and that the mythological creature even posed for a sketch. Andrey Lyubchenko, from Tashtagol, says that he had a close encounter with the Abominable Snowman when he was in the Kemerovo region… Source:…

Creationists foiled again: Ancient rock painting is NOT a pterosaur

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The interpretation of ancient rock paintings of Utah’s Black Dragon Canyon should finally be put to rest. But it won’t be. Source: ‘Winged Monster’ Rock Art Finally Deciphered Now, using cutting-edge technology, researchers suggest the red paintings show five separate images, including a tall bug-eyed person, a smaller person, a sheep, a dog and a serpentlike…

Bear DNA quest thwarted by threat of Taliban

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A famous mountain climber was planning to nab a bear in the Pakistan mountains to help Dr. Sykes with his “yeti” research. But the bad guys were tipped off and now the trip is off. Reinhold Messner, an Italian mountaineer, aimed to test Oxford University scientist theory that yeti is ancient hybrid of a brown…