Tag Archive for cryptozoology

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…

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…

Houston center offers Bigfoot classes

Watch out. Bigfoot (double) crossing.

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…

Will this new technology help find Bigfoot?

Frame capture from the Patterson Gimlin film, to date, the most discussed piece of Bigfoot evidence.

I doubt it. It’s not lack of tech that’s the problem. It’s far more fundamental than that. But will this new technology help spot a hoax quickly? That would be useful. Can MIT Help Solve the Mystery of Bigfoot? Matt Knapp thinks that Bigfoot research is a mess right now. Knapp blames the setbacks on…

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

Photo from Lynn Lacy

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

Diseased canids, like this coyote shot in Texas, are frequently referred to as "chupacabras"

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

Character from the game My Singing Monsters. It's fictional.

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 “

Nessie is MIA

The Surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness monster. Known to be a hoax (click on picture)

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…

A globster appears in the Philippines

Screen shot of globster

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

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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

Photo courtsey of Wiki Commons

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…

10 million up for grabs in new Bigfoot show

Michael Merchant as a team member in the 10 Million Dollar Bigfcot Bounty

Just what we need, another Bigfoot show. This one, however, looks entertaining: less playing scientist and more gonzo. Featuring a blend of silly and serious, sort of like Survivor. “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” Premieres Friday, January 10 at 10pm ET/PT on Spike TV « Spike Press. Spike TV is raising the stakes by not…

The Cryptozoologicon is here!

Image by John Conway, from the forthcoming Cryptozoologicon

Updated from a post announcing that it was on its way on Oct 13, 2013. It is now here! Another do not miss cryptozoology book. The Cryptozoologicon – by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and Darren Naish – is published by Irregular Books. via Tales from the Cryptozoologicon: BUNYIP | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network. Cryptozoologicon…

Tassie tiger expedition aims to “prove science wrong”. Silly way of phrasing. (UPDATE: No good evidence)

Thylacine/Tasmanian Tiger. Extinct.

In an update to this story, the Center for Fortean Zoology is keeping hope alive to find the Tassie Tiger. Zoologists hunting Tasmanian tiger declare ‘no doubt’ species still alive | World news | theguardian.com. It had been considered extinct for nearly 80 years, but the Tasmanian tiger has been declared alive and kicking by…

Michigan dogman story is long line of hoaxes

Artist rendition of the legnedary Michigan Dogman

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

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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

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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…

Dead thing in Houston makes the news

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Slow news day? Or, weird pictures get attention? Yes. Katy man stumbles upon strange animal in George Bush Park | khou.com Houston. A Katy man and his son saw something very strange in George Bush Park and now they are sharing a gruesome photo of it with others. Some folks on the KHOU 11 News…