Posted by: Karl Shuker on February 1st, 2015
European and Middle Eastern medieval mythology is populated not only by such famous examples of fabulous beasts as the dragon, griffin, basilisk, centaur, unicorn, and minotaur, but also by many lesser-known yet no less fascinating fauna, including a small furry mystery beast called the mimick dog. The reason for its name is that the mimick […]
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Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 31st, 2014
On 31 January 1930, the Danish research vessel Dana unexpectedly captured an exceptionally long eel larva (leptocephalus) at a depth of about 900 ft, west of the Agulhas Bank and south of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Whereas leptocephali of the common European eel Anguilla anguilla measure a mere 3 in long at most, and even those of the formidable conger eel Conger conger only reach 4 in, the Dana‘s remarkable specimen was a colossal 6 ft 1.5 in! This in itself was quite staggering, but its implications were even more astounding.
Read: The Curious Case of the Bottled Sea Serpent »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 30th, 2014
One of the world’s most fascinating, spectacular, and mysterious sea creatures must surely be the giant oarfish Regalecus glesne.
Read: Oarfish Origins, and a Very (Un?)likely Sea Serpent »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 28th, 2014
Dr Georg Wilhelm Steller was a German physician and naturalist participating during the early 1740s in the last of Danish explorer Vitus Bering’s Russian expeditions to the Arctic waters (now called the Bering Sea) separating Siberia’s Kamchatka Peninsula from Alaska. During this expedition, Steller documented many new species of animal, including four very contentious forms that continue to arouse cryptozoological curiosity even today.
Read: Steller’s Secret Fauna – Gargantuan Sea-Cows, Inaccessible Sea-Ravens, and Bewhiskered Sea-Monkeys »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 19th, 2014
One of the most perplexing sagas in the fascinating chronicles of cryptozoology is the long-running search for the thunderbird photograph, supposedly missing, presumed lost, for over a century. Here is an investigation that I have conducted with regard to this mystifying, allegedly real picture (which may well – or may not ever – have existed). […]
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Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 10th, 2014
In spring 1987, amid the far northeastern Kamchatka peninsula region of what was then the Soviet Union but is now Russia, hunter Rodion Sivolobov obtained the skin of a giant white bear. To most eyes, it might simply look like the pelt of an over-sized polar bear, but according to Sivolobov, and the area’s local […]
Read: Caterpillar Bears, Bulldog Bears, and God Bears – Ursine Cryptids of Kamchatka »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 9th, 2014
…the publication of The Menagerie of Marvels, whose subtitle, A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals, reveals that it is volume #3 in my series dealing with extraordinary animals from both cryptozoology and mainstream zoology.
Read: My Menagerie of Marvels is Here! »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 6th, 2014
With an area of more than 340,000 square miles, New Guinea is second only to Greenland as the largest island in the world (Australia is bigger than both but is officially deemed an island continent, rather than a mere island). Throughout its length and breadth, however, are dense and often little-explored rainforests where various surprising […]
Read: Dung-Heaps, Devil-Pigs, and Monckton’s Gazeka »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 25th, 2014
My Coast To Coast AM interview from yesterday re giant crypto-spiders is currently on YouTube – my segment is the first hour of it, here…
Read: Coast to Coast AM Giant Spiders Archive »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 23rd, 2014
Just to let you know that at 10 pm on 23 August Pacific USA time and at 6 am on 24 August UK time, I’ll be appearing for an hour-long interview on Coast To Coast AM’s radio show, talking about giant spiders as inspired by my recent ShukerNature blog post.
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Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 13th, 2014
The anomalous phenomenon of red eye-glow is one that has been reported both with tangible, corporeal creatures of cryptozoology (including bigfoot, mystery dogs, and mystery cats) and with zooform entities of a seemingly supernatural, paranormal nature (such as phantasmal Black Dogs and pookas). The instance of red eye-glow presented here, however, provides a uniquely clear-cut, […]
Read: A Novel Case of Red Eye-Glow Potentially Relevant to Cryptozoology and the Paranormal »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 1st, 2014
Monstrous spiders of gargantuan size are perennially popular subjects in science fiction ‘B’ movies as well as in classic fantasy novels such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, but could such beasts exist in reality? The current record-holder for the title of world’s largest spider is Rosi – a […]
Read: Giant Spiders – Monstrous Myth or Terrifying Truth? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 30th, 2014
The legendary basilisk was originally described in Western folklore as resembling a relatively small, unspectacular serpent in basic form. Down through subsequent ages, however, reports of it changed during the endless retellings of myths until it eventually became much larger, and acquired a cockerel’s coxcomb and wattles, as well as the ability to crow like a cockerel too. This marked the beginning of the basilisk’s gradual transformation into a much more dramatic-looking yet equally fictitious monster – the cockatrice.
Read: The Crowing Crested Cobra – A Cryptozoological Cockatrice? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 28th, 2014
Although it can often equal or even exceed the leopard Panthera pardus in overall size, the puma Puma concolor is not a ‘big cat’ in the strict scientific sense – its throat structure, for example, is quite different from that of true big cats (i.e. belonging to the genus Panthera). It is particularly surprising, therefore, that successful matings between pumas and some of the Panthera species have occurred – the resulting hybrids thereby being intergeneric rather than merely interspecific.
Read: Pumapards and Lepumas – Unusual Feline Hybrids of Hagenbeck »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 27th, 2014
Veteran cryptozoological explorer Bill Gibbons has searched for a number of notable mystery beasts in the field over the years, such as the Congo’s mokele-mbembe and emela-ntouka. He has also brought several hitherto-obscure examples to widespread cryptozoological attention, including Nepal’s crocodile-jawed limbless ‘dragons’, the New Guinea pterodactyl-like ropen, and the giant Congolese spider or j’ba fofi.
Read: The Deadly Dodu of Cameroon – A Belligerent Grub-Eating Bigfoot? »