Tag: cryptozoology

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Daedalus sea serpent may have been skimming whale

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…

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

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…

Exotic lion on the loose in California? (Update)

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…

Houston center offers Bigfoot classes

Another one! Do you sense a trend in cheap quality “education”? Note this is a “college-style” class. Not college level AT ALL. Houston Bigfoot hunter offers college-style class for budding cryptozoologists. A Houston-area man who has spent his whole career investigating the existence of the “Hairy Wild Man” known as Bigfoot is now offering a…

Sighting of Essex “black panther” (Update: Dog)

Another reported sighting of a big cat in the U.K. Still, it’s inconclusive. ‘Black panther’ spotted prowling on the edge of Hatfield Forest | Uttlesford village headlines. AN “unfamiliar” creature, suspected to be a black panther, was spotted on the prowl in a field in Great Hallingbury on Monday (March 10). The animal was on…

Mangey coyote makes headlines as chupacabra in Texas

He’s dead. Latest chupa news from Texas. Chupacabra Sighting? – Crossroads Today Many believe the Chupacabra is a mythical creature but one Victoria County couple said they think one was killed on their property Sunday night. Doug and Lucy Ohrt live on a ranch in Victoria County and said Sunday evening they came face to…

Cryptozoology News — It’s fake

Attention everyone (I’m going to brandish my clue stick and hit you with it today). Cryptozoology has a terrible reputation for hoaxing, exaggeration and rampant speculation. There are also many fictional news outlets that mimic real sites. The site “Cryptozoology News” is at least in most instances, a “poe” site. Cryptozoologic stories about monsters, etc are…

Nessie is MIA

There were no credible sightings in 2013. BBC News – No Loch Ness Monster sightings for first time since 1925. For the first time in almost 90 years no “confirmed sightings” have been made of the Loch Ness Monster, a veteran Nessie spotter has said. Gary Campbell, who keeps a register of sightings, said no-one…

Local Maine news does chop job on white “Yeti” story

This is an extremely ridiculous article… It’s hard to know where to begin… Yeti sighting reported in Maine | Local News – WMTW Home. The sighting is being discussed after a person going by the initials M.P. told Cryptozoology News he saw a “white bigfoot” in Litchfield. According to Cryptozoology News, M.P. told them, “I…

A globster appears in the Philippines

Globsters (I prefer to call them blobsters [blob+monster]) are large masses of organic remains. “Globster” was coined by cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson to give a name to these unindentifiable blobs of tissue that wash up on shores around the world. One has appeared recently. Decapitated silver sea blob washes up in Aparri, Cagayan | SciTech | GMA…

Beast of Cumbria still reported

24 sightings in 5 years of a “big cat” is really not that much. Most can be chalked up to misidentifications. The livestock attacks may also have alternative causes. Records reveal growing number of sightings of ‘beast of Cumbria’. The mystery surrounding the controversial ‘beast of Cumbria’ continues as police records reveal a rise in…

Not Bigfoot prints in Malaysia

Footprints on property caused a man to panic and think it was Malaysia’s Bigfoot. Giant footprints are not that of Bigfoot, says Wildlife Department – Nation | The Star Online. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) has poured cold water on bizarre claims by villagers that they found footprints belonging to a Bigfoot…

Michigan dogman story is long line of hoaxes

There isn’t much background to the story of the Michigan dogman and there may be good reason for that. It’s a legend, it’s biologically impossible, it launched in the media as a hoax, continued as a hoax and, as these things go, people now see it all the time. Legendary Dogman seen in Ottawa County?…

Animal Planet’s downward plunge – more mermaids

For some incredibly ridiculous reason*, Discovery Network’s Animal Planet continues to push the idea that mermaid can be real. More spectacularly anti-intellectual, mystery mongering and outright FAKE footage coming your way this weekend with a mini Monster-themed programming schedule. *ad revenue BusinessMirror – Animal Planet’s ‘Monster Week’ creeps back. ANIMAL Planet presents Monster Week, a…

Morag resurfaces – Don’t call it a comeback

Yeah, something lives in the lake, whatever it is. (But a mystery monster? Doubtful indeed.) Tourists’ shock as Morag of Loch Morar – Scotland’s second most famous monster – makes a comeback after 20 years – Daily Record. Scotland’s second most famous Loch monster – Morag of Loch Morar – has made a comeback. Holidaymaker…