Category Archives: Cryptozoology

A California Story plus 200+ Faces of Bigfoot

Does bigfoot exist? Join the debate here. There are several supposed bigfoot videos plus other claims of evidence, still photos, prints, dna, hair samples, nests/beds, and so on.

I personally heard an interesting second hand story recently about a Bigfoot sighting. A man saw Bigfoot walk up a steep cliff fast like it was nothing a few years ago near the ocean in California. His friend who told me the tale said the man was very unhappy about having had the experience. He said,

You do NOT want to see Bigfoot. No one will believe you.

Some of you who have seen strange things yourselves can identify with this perhaps.

After hearing this story I did a quick sweep of several image apps and search engines and pulled together these 200+ faces of Bigfoot.

There are duplicates, but this was just a quick scan and I didn’t want to spend too much time editing.

The BRFO site has a tons of reports and they have had eye-witnesses do sketches and revisions to come up with a few commonly seen types of Bigfoot. Some of those sketches are above. Here’s a link to reports and eye-witness sketches. See BFRO.net for the full details if you like Bigfoot information.

Are any real? It seems possible to me. What’s your view? Hoaxes? A real undiscovered ape? Aliens? The pets of aliens? Descendants of Neanderthal man or some other human species? Time travelers? The space suits of aliens? I’ve heard many theories.

I have a high tolerance for odd stories and true strange events, but some people feel anyone who sees anything highly unusual is crazy. I do not share this view if the witness is otherwise credible. And even if they are a little nutty, they may still be telling the truth.

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Live Giant Squid + Lightning Coincidence

How smart is a giant squid? Do they have comprehension and powers beyond our imaginations? Just a week ago, in the Gulf of Mexico (June 18, 2019) a curious live giant squid was recorded for only the second time in history.  It approached the faintly blinking lights on a decoy which was disguised as a bioluminescent jellyfish.

… eight legs unfurl, revealing its large suckers that it uses to inspect the device. The moment the giant squid realizes that the lights aren’t a jellyfish, it jets away. …

“We’re talking about an animal that can get to 14 meters [45 feet] in length,” said Nathan Robinson, director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, who was part of the team that recorded the video. “[The giant squid] has captured the imaginations of countless people, yet we have no idea what it’s like, how it behaves or its distribution — where you find it. It remains this mystery. We know it’s out there, we just know nothing about it.”

This highly unusual sighting next gets weirder. As the team is reviewing the footage, lightning strikes the boat and explodes the antenna the crew would have used to transmit the video to a squid expert while at the site.

Before the team could send the footage to a squid expert, lightning struck the ship.

“This all happened during a lightning storm,” Robinson told Live Science. “As we were crowded round watching this footage, we heard a huge crack. We ran outside — there’s a plume of black smoke bleeding out from the back of the boat because our antenna had literally exploded. And then we immediately ran back inside because we were like, ‘Oh my, what if that just fried all of our computers?'”

One of the computers on board was fried, but thankfully, not Robinson’s, which stored the giant squid footage. And if that wasn’t enough excitement, about 30 minutes later, a water tornado, known as a water spout, threatened their ship.

Read the full story at LiveSci

This is so astonishing, something right out of a movie.

As yet no one is claiming that the mysterious giant squid can control the weather to hurl lightning with great accuracy to attack ships, but think about the odds: A lightning bolt explodes the antenna and fries one of the computers as the team is looking at the footage on the boat, about to transmit it. Perhaps the squid can create bubbles of ions that float up past the water’s surface and into the atmosphere to act as a guide to direct lightning.

Below is another image of a different sighting. For perspective, the spooky human-like eye on this creature is as big as your head. The giant squid has eight legs, a parrot beak for ripping flesh and it carries around a CBS logo to help it’s branding for social media.

This video is from the most recent sighting in the Gulf of Mexico:

Now that we’ve had a look, though, could it be that giant squid like and deserve their privacy and we should politely leave them the bleep alone? I think so. If they want to venture out of the blackness and do a funky eight legged squid dance for us, they might, but until these BIG old creatures start broadcasting themselves legally on TV, I’d stop harassing them with fake jellyfish. Let them be. The next time, they may not just hit an antenna with lightning.

Is there anyone else like me who might enjoy seeing some more powerful and more intelligent species bring us down a notch? I think there have been UFO sightings near US military bases where our most powerful weapons mysteriously go offline. I’m not saying it was the giant squid … but then again, we know next to nothing about them. 😉

Are there several other stealthy intelligent species already on earth, smarter creatures than even these Thor Squids, beings who very purposefully stay hidden? We may never know.

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Indian Army Tweets Yeti Print Images

Something or someone made these prints. The Indian Army spokesperson (Directorate of General Public Information) with over 5.9 million followers on Twitter said it was a Yeti. The tweet says:

For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past.

Here are some photos:

Many non-believers have made jokes, but none have offered a better solution to the mysterious prints.

The Indian army has had an avalanche of mocking messages after it posted images of what it claimed were Yeti footprints.

Largely regarded by the scientific community as a myth, the Yeti, or abominable snowman, is part of Nepali folklore and is said to live high in the snow-capped Himalayas.

In a tweet accompanied by pictures, the Indian army said members of its mountaineering expedition team had discovered footprints measuring 32×15 inches (81x38cm) close to a camp near Mount Makalu.

The discovery was made on 9 April, but officials were waiting to verify details with previous sightings.

Via SkyNews

My best guess, if it is not a Yeti (I want to believe) is this:

These prints were created by an eagle carrying a goat. The bird is bouncing the mountain goat on the snow repeatedly as it flies low, to try to knock it out … and to have some fun with the approaching Indian Army expedition. 😉

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Giant Spotted Salamander Found in Florida

The mythical leopard eel is real, but it is in fact, a salamander known as a reticulated siren and not an eel of any kind. An animal was first collected as early as 1970, but a paper confirming it as a new species was only published almost 50 years later in 2018.

THERE HAVE BEEN whispers for decades that a creature with the spots of a leopard and the body of an eel lurked in the swamps of Florida and Alabama. Rumor had it the animal was as long as a man’s arm, with glistening gray skin, and frills on either side of its face.

But unlike Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, this animal is real. And today scientists have given it a name: the reticulated siren. …

Via NatGeo

A giant salamander that is spotted like a leopard and has fronds resembling a Christmas tree on its head.

The scientific journal PLOS One published a study about the supersized salamander on Wednesday.

The salamander, officially called the “reticulated siren,” measures up to 2 feet in length when fully grown, and are completely aquatic, according to National Geographic.

David Steen, a wildlife ecologist at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center who discovered the creature said its existence has been rumored for decades.

“It was basically this mythical beast,” Steen told National Geographic.

He first saw the creature in 2009, but his team wasn’t able to find other samples for another five years. An official study was finally completed in 2018 and just published in PLOS ONE.

Some locals have called the animal a leopard eel, though it is neither a leopard nor an eel.

Via HuffPost

A specimen of this creature was collected as early as 1970, and it was briefly mentioned in a paper in 1975. It has also been known to locals as the ‘leopard eel’, said to be yellow with purple spots (it’s closer to greenish-yellowish with greenish-purplish spots).

But for some reason no one had taken the time to actually sit down and properly describe it as a species … a bird with comparable uniqueness to this animal would have looked something like an ostrich with polka dots.

Via SciAlert

Here are a few images from the published paper:

Mythical beasts and where to find them.

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Xenothrix, A Strange Extinct Rat-legged Tree Monkey

Some DNA has been extracted from bones found in a cave in Jamaica, comfirming a unique strange extinct monkey with rodent-like legs.

Some 11 million years ago, a group of monkeys settled on the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean. With no natural predators in sight, the monkeys were able to simply kick back and enjoy a relaxed Caribbean life. Their care-free lifestyle allowed these monkeys to thrive — they led a peaceful existence on the island up until a few hundred years ago when they suddenly went extinct — but also left a striking mark on their appearance.

“It was a really weird animal indeed,” Prof. Samuel Turvey from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) told the BBC. “Possibly with legs like a rodent; body maybe like a slow loris. Because it’s so weird no-one’s been able to agree what it was related to.”

… The team believes that Xenothrix mcgregori used to be a titi monkey that got to Jamaica probably on floating vegetation and went through a remarkable evolutionary change after colonizing its new environment.

“Ancient DNA indicates that the Jamaican monkey is really just a titi monkey with some unusual morphological features, not a wholly distinct branch of New World monkey,” said MacPhee, who is a scientist at the AMNH’s Mammalogy Department. “Evolution can act in unexpected ways in island environments, producing miniature elephants, gigantic birds, and sloth-like primates. Such examples put a very different spin on the old cliché that ‘anatomy is destiny.’”

Since no living descendants of Xenothrix mcgregori survive to this day, we can only speculate on what this species looked like when it was still alive. 

Via Inquisitr

Xenothrix, unlike any other monkey in the world, was a slow-moving tree-dweller with relatively few teeth, and leg bones somewhat like a rodent’s. Its unusual appearance has made it difficult for scientists to work out what it was related to and how it evolved. However, the scientific team have successfully extracted the first ever ancient DNA from an extinct Caribbean primate — uncovered from bones excavated in a Jamaican cave and providing important new evolutionary insights.

Via SciDaily

Using various indicators, MacPhee and Fleagle (1991) reconstructed the body weight of Xenothrixas lying between 2 and 4 kg (similar to size range found in the extant capuchin monkey, Cebus apella).

Via Amnh

As to what at the creature might have looked like, this is the closest I could find:

During the 1860s, a strange creature referred to in the publicity literature as “a poto from the mountains of Jamaica” was exhibited in London. However, the accompanying engraving of this animal depicts a creature wholly unlike any species known to exist in Jamaica today. Consequently, some researchers have speculated that it may have been a living specimen of X. mcgregori. 

Via Karlshu

If you don’t want to call someone “a slow, few toothed, rat-legged tree monkey,” just call them a Xenothrix.

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Video: The Okapi, Little Known Unique Large Animal

Next on our tour of true strange things is a unique and little known large animal you may have never seen. It’s no hoax, the endangered okapi resembles a zebra and giraffee cross and is actually the giraffe’s closest living relative. The okapi lives a mostly solitary life in the dense forests of the Congo. It remains on the endangered species list as humans have hunted it to half of its previous population. What do you think about the okapi solution to getting along with a mate?

Okapis are primarily diurnal, but may be active for a few hours in darkness. They are essentially solitary, coming together only to breed. Okapis are herbivores, feeding on tree leaves and buds, grasses, ferns, fruits, and fungi. Rut in males and estrus in females does not depend on the season. In captivity, estrous cycles recur every 15 days. The gestational period is around 440 to 450 days long, following which usually a single calf is born. The juveniles are kept in hiding, and nursing takes place infrequently. Juveniles start taking solid food from three months, and weaning takes place at six months.

Okapis inhabit canopy forests at altitudes of 500–1,500 m (1,600–4,900 ft). They are endemic to the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they occur across the central, northern, and eastern regions. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources classifies the okapi as endangered. Major threats include habitat loss due to logging and human settlement. Extensive hunting for bushmeat and skin and illegal mining have also led to a decline in populations. The Okapi Conservation Project was established in 1987 to protect okapi populations.

Via Wikipedia

These interesting beasts may have something to teach us: enjoy time alone in nature. 🦓 🦒 🦓 🦒🦓 🦒🦓 🦒🦓 🦒


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“Ancient Looking” Wolf-Like Creature Killed in Montana, a Theory

It may look like a wild dog, but experts in Montana say this recently killed canine is neither a dog nor a wolf.

A mysterious wolf-like creature was shot dead by a rancher in rural Montana — and even wildlife officials have no clue what the thing is, authorities said Friday.

The beast had oddly long gray fur, oversized claws and an extra-large head — but its ears are too big and its legs are too short to be a common wolf or dog, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials.

“We will have no idea what this is until we get a DNA report back,” Bruce Auchly of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks told The Great Falls Tribune.

The strange discovery was made May 16 by a man who shot the canine because it tried to chow down on his livestock in the tiny town of Denton, officials said in a press release.

Via NYPost

Here is a photo included of the paw. What can it tell us?

This looks most like the hind paw of a domestic dog. A bear tracking site says in domestic dog prints you can notice the oval or egg-shaped appearance. The two front toes in this photo do look almost fused, more primordial.

From the top it looks like a dog. Too bad it was shot instead of captured. Experts say it is a young non-lactating female in the dog family.

DNA results could be back in weeks but might take months.

Could this somehow be a dire wolf? That seems impossible. The last one dates back 10,000 to 125,000 years.

The dire wolf (Canis dirus, “fearsome dog”) is an extinctspecies of the genusCanis. It is one of the most famous prehistoric carnivores in North America, along with its extinct competitor, the sabre-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis. The dire wolf lived in the Americas during the Late Pleistocene epoch (125,000–10,000 years ago). The species was named in 1858, four years after the first specimen had been found

Via Wikipedia

Here’s a possible answer, however, which I have not seen elsewhere: Could this be a dire wolf breed stand-in?

The real thing is long gone, but we may still be able to create some pretty convincing stand-ins. Since 1988, the American Altisan Breeder’s Association has been combining various dog breeds “in order to bring back the look of the large prehistoric Dire Wolf.” The resulting pooches have been described as calm, shaggy, and “distinctly wolfy.” But be warned: one pup will set you back $3000, and there’s a sizable waiting list.

Via MentalFloss

That’s my best guess so far: a human breeding line, designed to imitate a dire wolf, which escaped or was released into the wild.

Thoughts?

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Mystery: Artificial eyelashes appear, but no kinkajou

This morning I woke up, rolled over, and found what appears to be a woman’s artificial eyelash(es) in my bed.


Weird, eh? Do objects ever just appear out of thin air? I think quantum theory says that it is possible. It is more likely, however,  that I acquired it unknowingly at the music video shoot last night.  It probably stuck to my clothing.

A far as true strange stories, however, no mysterious eyelashes can top the randomness of a 99-year-old woman waking to this loving cat-monkey.

An elderly woman in Miami woke up to quite a surprise when she found an exotic animal caressing her face.
Late Monday night, the woman was startled when she woke up staring at a kinkajou, which looks like a cross between a raccoon and monkey.
The 99-year-old woman, who has not been named in reports, screamed in panic and the animal scurried away into the attic, according to a Cathy Moghari, a family friend who helped rescue the animal. Moghari came over to the house to try to catch the feisty 2-foot-long creature, which she recognized as a kinkajou because of her experience with exotic animals, according to CNN affilaite WPLG.
“I start thinking, ‘How are we going to get this animal out?’ So I googled kinkajou sounds and found a video,” Moghari told WPLG. After doing an Internet search for kinkajous, Moghari played some kinkajous sounds with the speaker held up to the ceiling, the animal emerged. Moghari then used cherries to help lure the hungry and frightened animal into a cage.
Tuesday morning, the animal arrived at South Dade Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center where veterinarian Don Harris was able to check over the health of the anxious creature.
“I had to tranquilize her,” said Harris. “Because this animal was scared and could have struck back with a bad bite.”

… Kinkajous are nocturnal animals and spend most of their time in trees, according to National Geographic. They are able to turn their feet backwards to run easily in either direction along branches or up and down tree trunks. Although they are typically timid, they can be dangerous, because of their sharp teeth.

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Just to be clear, as cute as they are, I would rather wake up next to artificial eyelashes than a cat monkey.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve woken up to?

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Bigfoot Suit Sold For $2,500

There’s no telling where the purchaser will use the suit, but in case you have a bigfoot sighting, you may want to compare what you saw to this movie suit which was sold Oct 31, 2016 in Henderson, Texas.  The movie release date was 18 July 2016.

Handcrafted Bigfoot Creature Suit and Silicone Mask
This is a full body suit and silicone mask that was featured in the film, Something in the Woods. The hands and feet are made of silicone. The body has a built in muscle structure, and is covered with fur from NFT (National Fiber Technology). Over 300 hours of work went into this handcrated suit. Contact me with any further questions.
Ebay (link)

 

Here is a bigfoot report in Texas on the same date as the movie release 18 July 2016.

LOCATION DETAILS: Incident occurred near several huge wild game ranches, very remote area.

NEAREST TOWN: Jacksboro

NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 281

OBSERVED: I think I may have seen a Sasquatch near the Montgomery Game Ranch in Jack county last night, slightly before midnight. A few friends and I were dirt road driving through several very wild and remote parts of our county. We stopped to look and listen. I put my generation one night vision monocular on the edge of a clearing. I noticed a large, black, and roundish shape. I thought it might be a cow but when I focused on it, it stood up slowly on two legs, appeared to be very tall, and took three or four really long, liquid, and smooth steps to get behind a nearby mesquite tree. It appeared to be a huge, man like figure. It appeared to me to be moving slowly to avoid detection, i.e. moving slowly and smoothly with no sudden movements. I tried to zoom in but all I could make out was a huge black shape behind the tree. I was not able to record it and I was the only one in the group who saw it. It’s size and the fluidity of its movements are what stuck in my mind the most. It was more coordinated and smoother than even a wild cat. After growing up on a cattle ranch in this part of the country and spending many years as a park ranger, I have seen many wild animals. This was like nothing I have ever seen before. I can’t say for sure I saw a Sasquatch but feel strongly that I might have.

BFRO (link)

If you’ve never explored the Bigfoot Research Organization website, I recommend it. The sightings there are very interesting.

I thought it might be useful to share this so you can say if your own big foot sighting looked like this costume. 

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