Monday, August 8, 2011

New Bigfoot Blog!

Hello to all! Recently I have started a new blog about Bigfoot.  In this blog I will try to bring to your's, and the public's attention some very interesting Bigfoot sightings!

I will give you different names for Bigfoot, I'll show you some very old but highly interesting Bigfoot reports, and I will even show you some reports of a Bigfoot being captured!

So, come and visit my new Bigfoot blog, Bigfoot Reporter, at:
http://bigfootreporter.blogspot.com/

I hope you enjoy this new blog of mine, and, don't worry, I'll still post on this blog, for sure!

Enjoy!


Friday, August 5, 2011

New Ogopogo Sighting - 2011

Here is the Ogopogo sighting made by Bill Gibbons, Dave Woetzel and their families on Saturday, July 2, 2011:
WITNESSES
Bill Gibbons (male adult
Terri Gibbons (female adult)
Andrew Gibbons (17)
Dave Woetzel (male adult)
Gloria Woetzel (female adult)
Jonathan Woetzel (14)
Heidi Woetzel (11)
DETAILS
Date of sighting: Saturday, July 2nd @ approx. 20.00hrs
Weather: clear, sunny, flat calm lake conditions at encounter location
Depth at location: 140 feet
Length of encounter: 10-12 seconds
Observation: three-four humps and a brief head observation
Colour: Dark green, and possibly a spinal ridge that briefly broke above the waves.
Disturbance: Waves approximately 1.5 feet in height
Length: visible part of body & waves 10-12 feet.
Equipment used: Bushnell Trophy 8×42 Waterproof/fogproof Binoculars; Sony Super 8 Digital camcorder
We met on the afternoon of Saturday, July 2nd at the Okanagan Lake Resort, 2751 Westside Road, Kelowna, where both our families were staying for the weekend. After dinner, we decided to rent an 11-seat powered boat to explore the lake, but only had an hour left before the boat had to be returned to the resort boat rental. Dave wanted to visit an Ogopogo ‘hotspot,’ which I believe was just south of  Beach Bay on the NE side of the lake. It took about 30 minutes to arrive at location from the resort. The conditions were sunny with good visibility, and the water was flat calm at the location.
Dave was piloting the boat while myself, my son Andrew and Jonathan Woetzel were at the bow.  We arrived at the target area at 8.00pm and powered down the engines, beginning a slow cruise in the area. At first we noticed small fry beginning to boil at the surface, followed by a large disturbance about 30-40ft directly ahead of us. There were no boats in the vicinity and no waves on the surface or a wake of any kind that may have confused the issue.
The waves that appeared seemed to  be generated by something directly under the surface.  The waves themselves were standing about 1.5 feet out of the water, followed by a sudden appearance of about three humps (possibly four) and a snake-like head that broke the surface only for two or three seconds.
I was able to zero in on the disturbance using a pair of  Bushnell Trophy 8×42 Waterproof/fogproof Binoculars, while Dave Woetzel filmed the object with a high definition Sony Super 8 camcorder. The object was a dark green colour with (possibly) a small dermal ridge running the length of the visible humps. My impression was that we were observing an animate object at least 12 (visible) feet or more in length.  Then object moved at about 3mph directly across our bow, moving from west to east, diving under the water after about 10-12 seconds, leaving the waves in its wake to dissipate. We slowly trawled the area in a circular motion hoping to make a second observation, but the animal did not reappear.

Source: http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/gibbons-ogopogo/
I'm happy to hear of an Ogopogo sighting occurring this year, 2011!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Nessie's back!

Hello to all!


I'm sorry that have not been blogging as often as I would like.

Below is what seems to be a sighting of Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster.  I believe that this sighting occurred this year, 2011.



Loch Ness Monster sighting reported by locals:
FOYERS shop and cafe owner Jan Hargreaves and her husband Simon believe they caught a glimpse of Loch Ness’s most elusive resident — Nessie.
It was while taking a break on the store’s front decking — looking out to the loch — when Mrs Hargreaves and kitchen worker Graham Baine spotted an unusual figure cutting a strange shape through the water.
“We were standing looking out and saw something that looked bizarre,” said Mrs Hargreaves.
“I said to my husband to come and have a look.
“We stand here all the time and look out and we see boats and kayaks but it didn’t look like anything we have seen here before.”
Despite the unidentified creature being quite a distance from their vantage point, 51-year-old Mrs Hargreaves said it had a long neck which was too long to be that of a seal and it was black in appearance.
“It went under the water and disappeared for probably 30 to 40 seconds and then came back up again,” said Mrs Hargreaves.
“It was around for a good four to five minutes. It was just so strange.”
Keen to stress she is not seeking publicity, Mrs Hargreaves does firmly believe what she saw was the Loch Ness Monster.
“It was so exciting,” she declared.
Since August last year, The Waterfall Cafe and Foyers Stores with post office, opposite the village’s famous Falls of Foyers, has been run by Mr and Mrs Hargreaves.
Nessie hunter Steve Feltham, who lives in a former mobile library turned research centre on Dores beach, said he heard about the possible sighting when he popped into the store last week and believes because it was from residents rather than tourists, it is more credible.
“I’m excited by the fact it was locals who had seen it,” said Mr Feltham.
“It’s quite a distance from the shop to the water and they watch everything that goes on there.
“For them to be impressed then there is a possibility it could have been Nessie.”
What particularly excited Mr Feltham was that it was from the exact same vantage point where Tim Dinsdale shot the best footage of the legendary creature back in 1960.
“I’ll put the sightings with the other sightings,” said Mr Feltham. “I will also continue to carry out surface observations.”
The sighting was recorded on Wednesday afternoon between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Source: Inverness Courier

Friday, June 3, 2011

Lake Khaiyr Monster Sighting


To all my followers:

I am very sorry that I have not written much over the last few months.  Life has gotten very busy.  Thank you for your patience with me.  

I would now like to share with you a very interesting story:

In 1964, an expedition led by G. Rukosuyer arrived at the lake, searching for the alleged monster.  A biologist and staff member of the Yakut Branch of the Academy of Sciences, N. Gladkika, went to lake to get to water, when he saw a strange creature on shore.  It had a small head, long neck, black skin, and a fin on it’s back.  It appears in his sketch that the monster had large flippers.  Later the expedition leader and several others saw the animal in the center of the lake.  It was slapping the water with it’s long tail.  A geologist, named Rukosuyer, wrote, “You can imagine our astonishment when we saw with our own eyes that the stories were true.”

Source: http://lakedragons.livingdinos.com/russianmonsters.html

I find it truly amazing that there are so many undiscovered creatures in this world which God has so wonderfully created!  What other creatures are out there which we have never heard of!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pterosaur in Pennsylvania

A sighting of a pterosaur in Pennsylvania:

In 2006 myself and two of my students were standing outside of my karate school. My school was located on route 119 . . . In Southwest Greensburg PA. This is by no means a rural area.

I noticed a large black bird in the sky. . . . I observed it for about two minutes as it flew towards us very slowly (it seemed slow) until it was maybe another 50 feet away from the tree line . . .  Being that far up the “birds” body still appeared to be much larger than my 100 pound dog (wider and longer).

I called my students attention to it and they were both instantly mesmerized. The wing span appeared to be at least six feet . . . you could clearly make out a long “horn” or “cone” type protrusion coming out of the back of its skull, which was at the end of an elongated neck . . .

This “bird” also seemed to have a long tail . . . As it was almost directly over us we all agreed we couldn’t see feathers anywhere and my student Carrie said “It looks like pterodactyl . . .  doesn’t it?”

 It flew over top us and landed in the water behind the school. It was like city run off or whatever and was in a concrete ravine about 15 feet deep [the water itself is shallow] . . .

We could here it splashing around, and Carrie ran around the building to see it. There are always ducks in that water as well as rats and other things. When she came back . . . she said it had taken off, Carrie said it was in the water splashing and eating or grabbing something in its mouth.

Source: http://www.modernpterosaur.com/?p=483

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bow-Nessie seen and photographed?

BOW-NESSIE
 
Mystery photo of 'English Loch Ness Monster' taken in Bowness
 
A MYSTERIOUS 'monster' - dubbed Bow-nessie - appears to have been caught on camera for the first time.
 
A shape claimed to be a giant beast — said to be up to 50ft long — was spotted emerging from the depths of Lake Windermere near Bowness in Cumbria, last week.  In the grainy picture, which is eerily reminiscent of classic snaps of the famous Loch Ness Monster, an animal's humped back seems to be visible.  Enormous ripples can be seen in its wake as the dark shape passes in front of foliage growing from the misty lake.  But can it really be the beast of legend?  Kayakers Tom Pickles, 24, and Sarah Harrington, 23, who took the picture, told today how they were left "petrified" and quickly paddled to the safety of the shore after encountering the monster.  IT graduate Tom said: "At a distance I thought it was some sort of large dog then I realised just how long it was. There was no way a dog would be out that far in any case." Each hump moved in a rippling movement and it appeared to have a huge shadow around it suggesting it was much bigger underwater. "Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was completely abnormal. We watched for about twenty seconds before it plunged out of sight."
 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Loch Tay Monster

Loch Tay is a freshwater loch in the central highlands of Scotland, in the district of Perthshire.  It is a long narrow loch of around 14 miles (23 km) long, and typically around 1 to 1½ miles wide, following the line of the valley from the south west to north east.  It is the sixth largest loch in Scotland by area, and it is over 150 metres (490 ft) deep at its deepest.

Supposedly, in Loch Tay there dwells a monster; the Loch Tay Monster.

A man, Cody Duncan, accidentally photographed the apparent head and neck of the Loch Tay Monster.  He put this on his blog: "I was doing some editing and saw this weird looking thing. Object enlarged to 300%. Nothing appears in the photo I took 25 seconds before. Perhaps Nessie has a cousin?"

The photograph, apparently taken in 2007, shows a black, periscope-like head and neck. 

The photo is most interesting and I would highly recommend that you take a look at it for yourself.  You can find the photo of the Loch Tay Monster on Cody Duncan's blog: http://codyduncan.com/blog/2007/12/loch-tay-monster/.

Source: http://codyduncan.com/blog/2007/12/loch-tay-monster/

Monday, February 7, 2011

Emela-Ntouka: Killer of Elephants

The Emela-Ntouka is a fierce dinosaur living in the Likouala swamp in the Republic of the Congo.  His name, Emela-Ntouka, means "killer of elephants."  It is about the size of an elephant (sometimes reported to be even bigger), it has a curved horn on it's head, and the sound it makes is compared to a snort, howl, roar, rumble, or growl.  It's legs are heavy, and support the body from beneath, it's footprints are the size of an elephant, and it has a heavy crocodile-like tail.  It's skin is brownish to gray colored.  It has no scales and no hair.  Emela-ntouka is semi-aquatic, and comes out at times to feed on vegetation, such as the Malombo plant and other leafy plants.  The inhabitants of the area treat Emela-Ntouka with great fear.

In December, 1919, the London Daily Mail published a letter from C.G. James, who had lived in Africa. He reported that an enormous beast with a single ivory horn lived in the waters of Lakes Bangweulu, Mweru, and Tanganyika, as well as the Kafue swamps. James said this animal was called chipekwe by the natives, and that it was reputed to leave tracks similar to, but different than, those of a hippopotamus.

About 1930, an Emela-Ntouka was supposedly killed near Dongou.  A planned season 2 episode of the New Zealand documentary World Mysteries included an interview with a man who claimed to have encountered a dead Emela-Ntouka.  He claimed to still possess the animal's horn, which he removed from the body.  The episode was filmed but never aired.  Maybe this is the same Emela-Ntouka that was supposedly killed near Dongou.

J.E. Hughes published his book Eighteen Years on Lake Bangweulu in 1933, in which he reported that an animal that fits the description of an Emela-Ntouka (although not referred to by this name) was slaughtered by Wa-Ushi tribesmen, along the shores of the Luapula River, which connects Lake Bangweulu to Lake Mweru.

The Emela-Ntouka was mentioned by name for the first time in 1954, in an article in the journal Mammalia, authored by former Likouala game inspector Lucien Blancou.  He stated that the Emela-Ntouka was "larger than a buffalo" and dwelled throughout the Likouala swamps.  It was also Blancou who first mentioned the fact that Emela-Ntoukas will kill elephants, buffaloes or hippos when disturbed, much like the Mokele-Mbembe‎'s allegedly renowned hatred for hippos.  While both animals are both supposedly herbivorous, they also are supposed to share a fierce sense of territoriality, and it is for this reason that the pygmies are claimed to "fear it more than any other dangerous animal".

Here is more information on the above report by Lucien Blancou:

Lucien Blancou, chief game inspector in French Equatorial Africa in the 1950's wrote of a ferocious creature in the Congo, larger than a buffalo, that was considered the most dangerous animal by the Kelle pygmies. "...the presence of a beast which sometimes disembowels elephants is also known, but it does not seem to be prevalent there now as in the preceding districts. A specimen was supposed to have been killed twenty years ago at Dongou, but on the left of the Ubangi and in the Belgian Congo." (translated by Heuvelmans, Bernard, On the Track of Unknown Animals, 1959.)

In 1981, American engineer Herman Regusters led his own expedition in search of Mokele-mbembe.  He returned with a sound recording of a "low windy roar [that] increased to a deep throated trumpeting growl", which Herman Regusters believed to be the Mokele-mbembe's call.  Herman Regusters' conclusions about this tape were later contradicted by Dr. Roy Mackal, who asserted that the Mokele-mbembe did not have a vocal call.  Dr. Roy Mackal asserts that vocalizations are more correctly associated with the Emela-ntouka.
    
Here is the link to Herman Regusters sound recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2-KjHmXbUc.

Sources:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Living Dinosaur? In Search of Mokele-Mbembe  Dr. Roy P. Mackal

http://www.genesispark.org/genpark/emela/emela.htm

For more information:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Living Dinosaur? In Search of Mokele-Mbembe  Dr. Roy P. Mackal

http://www.genesispark.org/genpark/emela/emela.htm

http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/emela-ntouka/

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bigfoot 2011

On January 16, 2011, about a mile and a half into the Elwha River Trail, a man had an encounter, though, he never actually saw any Bigfoot. 

He said, "My three friends and fellow soldiers recently spent a three day camping trip into Olympic National Forest Elwha River Trail. We had to return to cell coverage, so myself and my buddy headed out of the forest and north on the main trailhead.

The night before was a heavy thunder storm so the trail was very muddy. I was a leading us out and stumbled upon a very clear muddy print of a left foot. I wear a size 11 mens boot and to me this was clearly a size 14-15. The print seemed recent and had clearly defined toes and arch. We only had a cellphone to take the picture with and regrettably only took the one. The tracks, that seemed to be from the same source (none as clearly defined), went on heading north on the trail an additional 25-30 feet.

That night we decided it was in our best interest with the horrible weather to make camp at one of the historical cabins on the trail. We retrofitted a poncho in one of the open windows to shelter us from the rain and wind. We secured it by weighing the bottom half down with a 2x2 piece of wood. During the heaviest gusts of wind it seemed to hold up.

At approx 0100 hrs the tarp was opened and something knocked the piece of wood onto one of my fellow campers. Being woken up by this, I saw the tarp movement with no wind source being observed. These events could have easily been a bear... I do note, however, that the large garbage bag that was littered with foodstuff was untouched throughout the night. I include these occurrences to make sure and give you a thorough recording of events substantial or not."

Source: http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=28739

For more information, a follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman, and to see the footprint photo, see: http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=28739

To directly see the footprint photo, see: http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E2vUpjF2Ino/TUDyFv21KlI/AAAAAAAABF0/LzTETO4uWMQ/bigfootcircled.jpg

While this is not an actual sighting of a Bigfoot, it is still valuable because of the footprint photo and because of the story itself.  It is also valuable in showing that people are still coming forward with their Bigfoot encounters.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Cryptozoology Book!

A good friend of mine, Jonathan David Whitcomb, has recently had the second edition of his book, Live Pterosaurs in America, published!

He wrote a little bit about me in his book; it was very kind of him to do so!

Below is an excerpt from his book; the part where he mentions me:

"A sighting in Missouri was reported to me by a researcher asking advice on how to interview the eyewitness.  I suggested questions, he added some of his own; I was thus only indirectly involved with interviewing BG.  We are indebted to this new researcher, Peter Theiss; thank you, Peter." 

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

 
Live "pterodactyls?" In the United States? Many scientists have long assumed all pterosaurs died millions of years ago. Now take a whirlwind tour of many years of investigations in cryptozoology, and prepare for a shock: At least two pterosaur species have survived, uncommon, not so much rare as widely and thinly distributed.

Nocturnal pterosaurs have always lived among us, but hidden by something. Enter now the realm of a new branch of cryptozoology, a branch overshadowed by the dogma of a "universal extinction." How did scientists miss living pterosaurs? Get the answers here, hidden secrets about how these amazing flying creatures of the night have gone mostly unreported: Until recently, almost nobody would listen to eyewitnesses; but for the past seven years many of them have been interviewed by the author of this book.

Many modern pterosaurs are much larger than any bat, many with long tails, many with head crests. What about news headlines? How did these creatures avoid media attention? Get the answers from years of work by American cryptozoologists. The old "fruit bat" explanation for reports of pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea--that bat idea has now been shot down; the tail length of the larger creatures has been estimated at a minimum of ten feet and a maximum of over twenty feet.

More shocking, these giant long-tailed flying creatures are not confined to the southwest Pacific: They are seen in the contiguous United States of America. Most pterosaurs in North America, however, are smaller, with many wingspan estimates at less than fifteen feet; nevertheless, how shocking! What amazing encounters! In California, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and many other states, eyewitnesses have seen strange featherless creatures flying overhead. These are not bats; most have long tails and are bigger than any bat.

Dive into eyewitness testimonies; compare sightings through the author's detailed analysis. Expanded second edition, nonfiction.
 

From the Back Cover

 
The Truth About Pterosaurs:

Susan Wooten was driving east on Highway 20, towards Florence, South Carolina, when something flew just above and in front of her car. With a long tail but no feathers, "it looked as big as any car."

Scott Norman did not believe he would see a living pterosaur, as he sat alone, taking his turn watching the night sky. A bird is what his friends had probably seen. But at 2:00 a.m., less than forty feet away, what flew over the shed was no bird. The head alone was about four feet long; the head crest, two feet long, like that of a Pteranodon.

Americans, for years, have reported obvious living pterosaurs, with sightings in Washington state, California, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri.

Discover for yourself these amazing yet true stories and why they are usually absent from news headlines. Learn of the searches and research done by a few American cryptozoologists who stand up to ridicule and proclaim the truth. At least two pterosaur species (quite uncommon, mostly nocturnal) still live in North America.
 
The product details, as given to me by Jonathan David Whitcomb, are as follows:
 
Publication Date: Nov 20 2010
ISBN/EAN13: 1456341359 / 9781456341350
Page Count: 146
Language: English
Related Categories: Nature/Wildlife
SRP: $13.65
 
You can purchase Jonathan David Whitcomb's second edition of Live Pterosaurs in America from these websites:
 
Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Live-Pterosaurs-America-second-Eyewitness/dp/1456341359/

Directly from the publisher (Createspace.com) (helps fund more research):
https://www.createspace.com/3499921
 
Enjoy!
 
 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Loch Linnhe Monster

Loch Linnhe is a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland.  Loch Linnhe is 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) long, and an average of 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) wide.

In the 1940's, a witness said that she had seen a creature with a long neck swimming in Loch Linnhe.  It had a long, dark brown neck, small black eyes, and stubby rounded horns.

On June 21, 1954, Mr. Eric Robinson, for two minutes, observed three humps which were low in the water.  The humps were moving at 30-35 mph and the water was churning at the rear.

On June 22, 1964, Mrs. Preston saw the head and neck of a creature 25 yards away.

On, July 16, 1967, John Rankin Muir, William S. Muir, and some others saw, for ten minutes, a serpentine head and neck with two or three humps.  It surfaced, and then it submerged; wether it continually did this or not, I do not know.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Linnhe;
http://www.paranormaldatabase.com/reports/cryptodata.php?pageNum_paradata=6&totalRows_paradata=269;
The Monster of Loch Ness (First Paperback Edition) Mackal, Dr. Roy P. The Swallow Press 1976

Cloning a Mammoth

The woolly mammoth could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology.

Previous efforts in the 1990's to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold.  But a technique pioneered in 2008, by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama, of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, was successful in cloning a mouse from the cells of another mouse that had been frozen for 16 years.

Now that hurdle has been overcome, Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University, is reactivating his campaign to "resurrect" the  woolly Mammoth.
"Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," he told The Daily Telegraph.

He intends to use Dr. Wakayama's technique to identify the nuclei of viable mammoth cells before extracting the healthy ones.

The nuclei will then be inserted into the egg cells of an African elephant, which will act as the surrogate mother for the mammoth.

Professor Iritani said he estimates that another two years will be needed before the elephant can be impregnated, followed by the approximately 600-day gestation period.

He has announced plans to travel to Siberia in the summer to search for mammoths in the permafrost and to recover a sample of skin or tissue that can be as small as 3cm square. If he is unsuccessful, the professor said, he will ask Russian scientists to provide a sample from one of their finds.

"The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently but now stands at about 30 percent," he said. "I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years."

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8257223/Mammoth-could-be-reborn-in-four-years.html

Note: Author does not agree with all of the content in the above source.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

WWI Cryptid Sightings

Captain Georg Von Forstner, Captain of the German submarine, U28 in World War I:


On July 30 1915, our U28  torpedoed  the  British  steamer  Iberian,  carrying  a  rich   cargo   in   the North  Atlantic.  The   steamer   sank   quickly,  the bow sticking almost  vertically  in  the   air.  When it had gone for  about  twenty-five  seconds,  there was a  violent  explosion. A little  later,  pieces  of the  wreckage,  and  among  them  a  gigantic  sea animal, withering and struggling wildly, was  shot out of the water to a height of 60  to 100  feet…  It was about 60 feet long,  was  like  a  crocodile  in shape, and had four limbs with  powerful  webbed feet, and a long tail tapering to a point.”

 

At 10:00 P.M., July 28, 1918, Commander Werner Lowisch of the submarine U-109 reported that he and another crew member saw a giant, crocodile-like monster that was near one-hundred feet in length.

 

Also, the British Navy recorded dozens of submarine periscope sightings, where there were no submarines.


Ogopogo 2009 sighting

On July 9, 2009, Wendy Sanderson and Gordon Krug saw a “snake-like creature” in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia.

Wendy Sanderson, in a letter to a newspaper, said, “I saw a large snake-like creature at the surface of the lake for about three minutes.  It was probably 30 feet long and as it slithered across the lake, it made humps at the surface.”

Source: http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/ogobousfield/

For more details: http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/ogobousfield/

Sea Serpents and a Dragon

Some reports from the 1600's of a dragon and sea serpents:
 
St. Lawrence River Monster: In 1609, Samuel de Champlain saw a serpent which he detailed as "a 20-foot serpent, with a horse-shaped head and body as thick as a keg".  He witnessed this creature on the St. Lawrence River near Montreal.1
 
Dragon: In 1619, while visiting Lucerne, Switzerland, Christopher Shores reported seeing a giant winged dragon that had a long neck and tail, and large jaws.2
 
Gloucester Sea Serpent: In 1638, John Josselyn reported, “They told me of a sea serpent, or snake, that lay quoiled up like a cable upon the rock at Cape Ann; a boat passing by with English on board, and two Indians, they would have shot the serpent, but the Indians dissuaded them, saying that if he were not killed outright, they would all be in danger of their lives...”3
 
Gloucester Sea Serpent: In 1641, Obadiah Turner reported the following off Lynn, Massachusetts: “Some being on ye great beache gathering of calms and seaweed which had been cast thereon by ye mightier storm did spy a most wonderful serpent a shorter way off from ye shore. He was big round in ye thickest part as a wine pipe; and they do affirm that he was fifteen fathoms [90 feet] or more in length. A most wonderful tale. But ye witnesses be credible, and it would be of no account to them to tell an untrue tale. Wee have likewise heard yt Cape Ann ye people have seene a monster like unto this, which did there come out of ye land much to ye terror of them yt did see him.”4
 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Morar Mystery

Loch Morar is a freshwater loch in Morar, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland.  Loch Morar's maximum length is 12 miles, and its maximum depth is 1,017 feet.

In Loch Morar there have been sightings of a strange creature(s) called Morag.  I would like to bring to your attention two sightings from Peter Costello's book, In Search of Lake Monsters.

In 1946, Mr. Alexander MacDonnell was taking a party of schoolchildren from the Comunn na h-Oigridh summer camp at Inverailort from Morar to Meoble in the Lovat estate boat.  As the boat was passing Bracorina Point on the northern shore, some of the children cried out, "Oh look!  What is that big thing on the bank over there?"  Mr. MacDonnell said he then saw an animal about the size of an Indian elephant, which plunged off the rocks into the water with a terrific splash.  Peter Costello, in his book, In Search of Lake Monsters, writes, "I think it must be the sinuous shape of the long neck, which looks rather like a trunk, as well as the dull grey colour [color], which brings an elephant to so many people's minds when trying to describe these animals.

On July 8, 1969, a regular visitor to Loch Morar, Bob Duff, was trolling down across Meoble Bay at about two knots.  The water at this point is very clear, about 16 feet deep with a white sandy bottom --- leaves could clearly be seen on the sand.  Looking over the side of the boat:

Mr. Duff saw what he described as a "monster lizard" lying on the bottom.  It was not more than 20 feet long, motionless, and looking up at him.  The shock of seeing it caused him to rev up and get away as fast as possible so that he only saw it momentarily.  As described and drawn by Mr. Duff, it appears he saw only the front part clearly.  The head was snake-like with a wide mouth and slit eyes.  As it was seen from above, the neck was not visible and its length could not be estimated.  It had four legs and the front legs were clearly seen to have three digits each.  The body, hindquarters and tail were only vaguely seen.  It was a grey-brown, the skin was rough like "burnt coke".

When Mr. Duff recovered his nerve, and came back to look for it, the animal was gone.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Close Encounter

Okanagan Lake is a large, deep lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.  Its depth is approximately 1000 ft.  From Okanagan Lake, there comes many reports of a mysterious creature (or creatures) named Ogopogo.  Below, is a close encounter with two Ogopogos!

In 2000, a marathon swimmer named Daryl Ellis saw two 20 to 30 foot long animals while he was swimming across the lake for nearly two hours.  One of the creatures swam near him and he could see its large eyes which were about the size of a grapefruit.  Their color was grey/black.

Now, this is definitely what I call "a close encounter!"
Sources: Dinosaurs: Dead or Alive? O'Donnell, Phillip Xulon Press 2006 and http://sunnyokanagan.com/ogopogo/

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dragon Reports

Keep in mind that these dragons, while they could be what you see in movies, could also be dinosaurs.  For, the word "dinosaur" was invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1841.  Before that time they were known as dragons.

The following article, from 1405, was discovered in a chronicle from England:

                                                  Close to the town of Bures, near

                                                  Sudbury, there  has lately appear-

                                                 ed, to the great hurt of the country-

                                                side, a dragon, vast in body, with

                                                 a crested head, teeth like a saw

                                                and a tail extend- ing an enormous

                                               length.

 

An official government report from London, England, written in 1793 says the following:

 

       “In the end of November and the beginning of

      December last, many  of  the  country  people

      observed…dragons…appearing in  the  north

     and  flying  rapidly towards   the   east;  from

     which they concluded,  and their  conjectures

    were  right,  that   boisterous  weather would

    follow.”




 

Nessie Onshore

What does Nessie really look like?  Below is an early sighting of the Loch Ness Monster on land, which, to some degree, helps answer the above question.

In 1879, a group of children, apparently at the North shore near a graveyard, observed a strange creature coming down a hillside to Loch Ness.  The color of the creature was that of an elephant; gray.  It had a small head which was turning from side to side on a long neck.  It "waddled" into the water.  This sighting was related to Edward Smith by a woman who related it to him as a childhood memory.

Source: Mackal, Dr. Roy P. The Monsters of Loch Ness The Swallow Press 1976 First Paperback Edition

My "sighting" [Update]

I am now able to upload my photos!  Here they are:





























What could it be?  Please comment.