Do you have any recommended books to buy?
Cryptozoology A to Z – A wonderful book for those that are just starting to learn about Cryptozoology to people like me that prefer short blurbs per creature rather than chapters and chapters on the same thing. This book has just enough info on each cryptid that it reports on.
Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter – This is the book Josh Gates wrote about his time filming the TV show Destination Truth. Not an informational book like the first recommendation but it is a fantastic read.
Investigating the Unexplained – Ivan T Sanderson is always a must read at least once. Not only is this book investigating things like cryptids, but many other mysteries that have plagued Earth.
The Beasts That Hide From Man – Another reference-type book like the first reccomendation. It’s a good read, and keeps the attention of people like me that have no attention span.
Monster Hunt: The Guide to Cryptozoology – Another reference-type book complete with a beautiful cover that is like faux-lizard skin and lovely images inside.
Globsters – A personal interest to me, this book dives into the subject of Globsters. Of course, most Globsters are whale blubber, decaying basking sharks, etc, but this book introduced me to a number of unknown Globsters that I had never heard of.
The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep – Holy long title. But a very good resource for any people that love those water cryptids.
The Mysterious Iowa Dragon | Sightings & Encounters
The mysterious Iowa dragon | sightings & encounters. In this video we take a look at the mysterious Iowa dragon people are seeing.
What makes this case interesting is that it would be hard to mistake a dragon.
The measurements witnesses give don’t really match any known bird.
Another witness that wishes to remain anonymous had this to say “I was sitting out in the garden with my grandad 2 years ago. The weather was warm and we getting ready to go out to do some night fishing. As we were setting off it was dusk. We arrived at the lake and kept seeing something large flying above us. At first I thought it was a bird of prey or even a bat, but as the creature flew closer we could tell it wasn’t any of those things. The creature looked like what I can only describe as a dragon.
Reinvigorated interest in the new case of the “Chicago Phantom” case that recently has died down has lead me to find this interesting case. Take a look.
Sketch drawn by witness’s girlfriend
Hello, I just found your email and want to tell you what I saw. Please do not contact me. I live near the elementary school on Central Park Ave. Last night (Tuesday September 26, 2017) at 9:15 PM I heard the neighbor dog barking like crazy. I looked out the back door and turned on the porch light. We saw this monster bat spread open its wings in my back yard. My son saw it too. It took off into the air in just a second or two. We both fell to our knees. I am so scared by this. My son drew this sketch. The red eyes were very bright and it looked at us.
Original Source Material – Phantoms and Monsters
DEMYSTIFYING THE DODO OF NAZARETH
The Indian Ocean’s Mascarene archipelago – of which the islands of Mauritius, Réunion, and Rodrigues are its largest, principal members – has acquired everlasting fame as the former home of one of the world’s most celebrated and curious subfamilies of extinct birds. I refer, of course, to those flightless hook-billed pigeons of gargantuan stature and grotesque appearance known to zoologists as Raphinae but to everyone else as the dodos and solitaires.
Indeed, the dodo of Mauritius, Raphus cucullatus (the still commonly-applied but obsolete genus Didus being a junior synonym of Raphus), has become the modern-day epitome of obsolescence. “As dead as the dodo” is the ultimate phrase used to describe anything, avian or otherwise, that is irrevocably dated, destroyed, or deceased.
The most ironic aspect of the dodos’ extinction is that at one time there was every opportunity to save them. Quite a number of dodos were brought back to Europe, and unlike so many of the tropics’ much more delicate avifauna they appeared to be physiologically robust.
Bat Beast of Kent
In 1963, four British teens saw a UFO land in a nearby forest, but what started happening next was much more bizzare.
On the evening of November 16, 1963, 17-year old John Flaxton, 18-year old Mervyn Hutchinson and two other friends were walking home from a party on Sandling Road in the county of Kent — a region apparently full of cryptozoological and paranormal activity — when they saw a silent, glowing, orb-like object descending from the sky.
The unusual, self illuminated, ovoid object, which was described as being just a few meters in diameter, hovered above a field. It eventually made its way behind the trees and settled into the woods at Sandling Park.
While the teenagers were still stunned, because of the encounter, something much more unsettling would soon grab their attention. Moments after the extraordinary craft apparently landed behind the trees, the teens noticed a shaking in the brush and what came out was one of the most unique “varmints” ever to be mentioned in ufology.
Later the four eyewitnesses would explain that an erratic, shambling, quasi-humanoid figure emerged from the woods and waddled towards them. The beast apparently looked like a headless bat that was approximately 5-feet tall, with large webbed feet and wings protruding from its back.
In Hutchinson’s own words:
“It didn’t seem to have any head. There were huge wings on its back… like bat wings.”
The group of friends, understandably overwhelmed with terror and adrenaline, sprinted away from the freakish bat-thing and made their way to the nearest police station. Once there they related their tale to what one must assume were highly skeptical officers. Flaxton would later state that he had “felt cold all over” during the episode.
Less than a week later, on the 21st of November, a young man named Keith Croucher confirmed the teens’ claim of an object soaring over Kent, when announced that he too had seen a oddly shaped craft hovering over the local soccer field, not far from where Flaxton and his friends had claimed to have their encounter with a UFO and its occupant .
On November 23rd, John McGoldrick decided that the reports coming from Sandling Park were simply too outrageous to be ignored. So, after soliciting the help of an unnamed friend, McGoldrick and his cohort made their way to the site of all the unusual goings on, hoping perchance to have a face to face encounter with the strange alien creature.
Once inside the wooded area, McGoldrick claimed that he and his companion discovered no less than three “footprints” — each 24-inches long and nine inches across. He also stated that they had stumbled across a area where the foliage bracken had been flattened, as if by some tremendous weight.
McGoldrick’s claims caught the ear of the local press, who were no doubt eager to feed the public’s ever growing appetite for new information regarding this strange phenomenon. To that end, the newsmen accompanied McGoldrick back to the scene of the “weirdness” on December 11th.
While the reporters did not manage to turn up any new evidence, it was stated that thickets were still bathed in an eerie glow, which continued for some days before subsiding. The case was reported in scads of newspapers as well as a 1971 issue of “Flying Saucer Review,” under the title the “Saltwood Mystery,” due to its proximity to the area.
In the 1970s, ufologist Chris Wolfe also re-opened the case of this almost avian anomaly. According to records, he interviewed Flaxton and also inspected the scene of the unearthly encounter.
Following his investigation, Wolfe came to the dubious conclusion that what Flaxton, Hutchinson and their chums actually saw was an ordinary crow oddly illuminated by the flashing of an electric train passing not far away in the chilled autumnal air. He apparently did not attempt to explain, however, how the crow managed to appear to be nearly 5-feet in height, web footed or headless. Other skeptics have even more dubiously suggested that the quartet saw nothing more than a scarecrow.
Thus ends the apparent saga of the Bat Beast of Kent, but it has been pointed out by numerous investigators that — as unusual as this creature’s description was — it bears an uncanny resemblance to its British crypto-cousin (and Cornwall’s most famous monster) the Owlman.
The headless, bat-like description also begs comparison to a bizarre, yet eerily common, breed of cryptid that includes West Virginia’s Mothman, Germany’s Freiburg Shreiker, China’s Man-Dragon and the former Soviet Union’s Black Bird of Chernobyl —
While, admittedly, none of the young eyewitnesses saw the thing actually exit the UFO, one would be hard pressed to deny at least some connection between the unusual aircraft seen landing in the woods at Sandling Park and the monster that soon was sighted… and ever after into the lore of both ufology and cryptozoology.
Mysteries and Oddities: Mysterious Sasquatch Tree Structures
Here’s the link to the amazing website showcasing so many pictures of this phenomenon: http://sasquatchinvestigations.org/bi…
10 Philippine CRYPTIDS You’ve (probably) Never Heard Of.
Cryptozoology is the study of creatures whose existence has yet to be—or else cannot entirely be—proved or disproved by science. These creatures are known collectively as cryptids. Around the world, these include the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Mothman, the Himilayan Yeti and others.
The cryptid category in the Philippines is a bit trickier than in other countries around the world. You see, folklore and mythology in the Philippines is already full of colorful beings and creatures, so it is often easy to overlook stories that fall into cryptozoology. I mean, how can an unconfirmed sighting of an “ape-like” being contend with the Manananggal (self segmenting fetus eater), Tikbalang (part horse, part man), Kapre (giant, cigar smoking tree-dweller), and the Sigbin (were-dog) – all of which I have seen incorrectly placed on cryptid lists.
To compile a proper cryptids list for the Philippines, we must first realize the foundations in early animist belief structures. We need to examine the influences from the Indianized Kingdoms, China, Islam, and Catholicism. To complicate things further, there are 7,107 islands, 81 provinces, 19 regional dialects, and 182 native languages in the Philippines. This results in similar creatures having different names with different evolutions over time. But that’s the easy part! Now we have to look at what is considered a spirit being that can appear in physical form, and which is believed to always be in physical form, as a cryptid would be. For the sake of this list, I have excluded beings which transform from human to creature.
With over 200 beings in the Philippine creature pantheon, there are dozens of fascinating beings that you may never have heard of? Here are 10 which I believe fall into the cryptid category – meaning they do not transform, are not spirits, and do not have the power of invisibility.