Tag Archive for monster

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

Can't make out much of anything in the video.

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…

Shrimpzilla photo: Don’t grab the cocktail sauce yet

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This was passed to me via @ShadowWolf_32 on Twitter. It’s going around Facebook as from Florida. It’s OBVIOUSLY DOUBTFUL but several clues point to it as outright FAKE. Why I say it’s fake: It’s on Facebook. There is no other corroboration to show it’s a real catch. If it was, this would be all over the…

Tabloids totally wrong about Japanese tsunami mystery creature

Screenshot from 2010 video.

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…

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:…

Image of fabled sea serpent of Ireland retrieved

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An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent – Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster – has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive. Source: Ireland’s Loch Ness…

Just a fish, not a “monster”

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News Morsel: Adele Battersby found the four foot-long beast lying dead on the shore of the Littleborough lake and it’s enough to give you nightmares. Not if you aren’t afraid of FISH. It’s probably a pike. Source: What is this ‘Roch Ness Monster’ washed up at Hollingworth Lake? – Manchester Evening News People might need…

Scape Ore Lizard Man makes appearance

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OK, you can tell it’s getting on into late summer and the news is JUST silly as hell. The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon. Source: Has Bishopville’s ‘lizard man’ returned? Photo apparently shows The photo shows someone in a costume in low light at typical…

Giant fish caught in Italy is a real monster

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UPDATE (26-Feb 2015): Another one! Reel-y? 280-pound catfish reportedly caught in Italy’s Po River – CNN.com. One thing that makes the latest Po River catch unique is that it was done with a spinning reel, said Valla, who called it a record for such fishing tackle. It took Ferrari 40 minutes to bring in the…

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.…

Deja vu: Weird Russian carcass is a beluga whale

This monstrous carcass was discovered on a Russian beach near Japan in 2006. Photo credit: Australscope

I have no idea why this story is recirculating from 2006. But it is. It was known to be a whale at that time so this is not news. I guess the Daily Mail hadn’t had a good monster story in a while. Mystery sea monster washes up on Russian beach. Initial tests suggested the…

Kappa (water spirit) parts to go on display in Japan

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The kappa is a Japanese water imp, one of the most popular yokai or supernatural monsters. They are described as child-sized, scaly, with a cavity in their head that must always have water. A trickster figure, they may harass people or kill. The kappa legend is used to keep kids alert around water. In the…

Stupid Reddit: that’s a beautiful bat, not a monster

Quit smiling, dude. A fascinating creature is dead.

io9 posted a picture from Reddit of what appears to be a vampiric giant bat. Dead. It was soon revealed that this is a flying fox, a fruit eater, NOT a monster. And we are sad that this lovely amazing creature is dead. Giant Monster Bat Slain in Australia. Redditor treemonkey18 posted this image with…

Viral “skinwalker” picture is a hoax

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Monsters obtain new life on the internet. These days, it does not take too long before we can pinpoint the hoax and its origin. For some reason, this photo was reported to freak people out a bit in New Mexico. Recent NM ‘skinwalker’ photo ignites fear | KRQE News 13. A Facebook picture circulating Thursday…

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…

Okie octopus myth pushed by Animal Planet, easily busted

Giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

On December 19, I threw a link into the leftovers from SciAm blogs regarding a legend of a lake octopus. The piece got picked up by Yahoo News and has appeared on several mystery news sites (I wish I had a name for this types of sites just to make things easier in reference). So…

Video of Mekong River Monster explained

It's a fish in the Mekong, not a naga.

The Mekong river of China, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is an amazing place, one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world with plenty of incredible creatures. However, having a river monster is ONLY in the eye of the beholder. This video got the attention of a cryptozoological site and…

Giant sting ray hooked, then released in Florida

Photo credit: ABC News

This monster was quite a catch. Fisherman Hooks Monster Skate Off Miami Beach – ABC News. A Florida fisherman who hooked an 800-pound deep sea beast in the waters off Miami Beach says the mysterious fish was like “a dinosaur.” The monster is better known as a Dactylobatus clarkii, a deep sea species also referred…

A Whale’s Tale: The video of the monster worm

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Sometimes strange stories that are debunked in an early media piece take on a strange life of their own when the story carries on without the reasonable explanation. Thanks, Internet!!! We posted a link to the “What the Hell is this?” giant worm-like monster story from Southeast Asia in the Remains of the day for…

Monster stories sparking fear in Chicxulub Puerto, Mexico

El Chupa. Stalking your goat.

Sightings of a chicken killing monster reported in Mexican town. Unknown big, black, ugly and winged creature is haunting the town of Chicxulub Puerto | The Yucatan Times. An unknown big, black, ugly and winged creature is supposed to be haunting the town of Chicxulub Puerto, creating panic among the population. A gas station worker…

Edwards unrepentant about his Nessie hump photo hoax

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George Edwards’ Nessie hump hoax reads like Scooby Doo episode. Back in August 2012, Edwards came forward with this: It was unimpressive and it took barely any time to discover it was indeed a hoax that was easily explained: Doing the humpty hump: Edwards’ Nessie photo matches fiberglass prop | Doubtful News. Steve Feltham broke the…

Un-Nessie-sarily blaming a monster for a tragic accident

Wake on the Loch near Urquhart Castle

Read the details carefully before jumping to monstrous conclusions. Since not many have heard of this incident, it is fading away. But the media trots it back out on anniversaries. Just so we don’t forget how important Nessie is to the locals. On This Day: Water speed legend John Cobb ‘killed by Loch Ness Monster’…

Van Meter monster as tourist attraction

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110 year old mystery is the focus of a fun festival in Iowa. Bizarre flying creature unites town, sparks fest | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com. If the legend of an eight-foot winged creature with a big forehead horn isn’t fodder for a town celebration, what is? Last spring, Minneapolis monster researcher Chad Lewis…