Cryptid of the Day: Orang Dalam
Description: The Malaysian Bigfoot, the Orang Dalam means “man of the interior”, although it is known by other names, such as “Jarang-Gigi” and “Kaki Besar”. Sightings were first documented in the 1950s, and large four-toe tracks were found in January of 1995.
The Origin of “Bigfoot”
a video by artist and researcher of anomalous phenomena Nathaniel Brislin (yours truly).
GAMBO, THE GAMBIAN SEA SERPENT – OR, HOW A VERY MYSTERIOUS STRANGER ON THE SHORE LAUNCHED MY CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL CAREER
Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! As I write this introduction to the present ShukerNature blog article, I can scarcely believe that over 30 years have gone by since I penned what became my very first investigative cryptozoological article, published as a two-parter in the September and October 1986 issues of a now long-defunct British magazine, The Unknown. And what was my article’s subject? Why, none other than a certain mysterious sea beast found dead a few years earlier on a beach in The Gambia, West Africa – the very same creature whose extraordinary history I am writing about now. Clearly, time not only flies but also on occasion takes delight in looping the loop!
Back in 1986, I became the first cryptozoologist to write about the Gambian sea serpent, and went on to document it further in a number of other publications, including various of my books, but most extensively of all within my two works on putative prehistoric survivors – In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors (1995) and Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors (2016). Indeed, it was this remarkable case that single-handedly (or even single-flipperedly!) transformed me into a full-time independent researcher and writer on the ever-fascinating subject of mystery beasts. Although I have since investigated and duly introduced a very sizeable number of other hitherto little-publicised or wholly-unpublicised cryptids to the general international reading public, Gambo (as it was subsequently dubbed, although not by me – see later) remains one of the most intriguing, tantalising, and controversial cryptids that I have ever investigated.