Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 2nd, 2014
Ben MacDhui’s principal claim to fame is that, at 4296 ft (1309 m), it is the highest mountain in the Cairngorms range and is second only to Ben Nevis throughout Scotland. However, it is also famous – indeed, infamous – as Scotland’s ‘haunted mountain’, thanks to the sinister entity known as Am Fear Liath Mor, […]
Read: The Big Grey Man of Ben MacDhui – Britain’s Very Own Bigfoot? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 23rd, 2014
A very curious type of vermiform mystery beast that may (or may not?) be allied to the notorious Mongolian death worm, but which is much less well known even in cryptozoological circles, has been reported from the steppes and desert dunes of Kalmykia. This is a region of Russia to the north of Chechnya and […]
Read: An Explosive Enigma From Kalmykia – The ‘Other’ Mongolian Death Worm? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 22nd, 2014
Almost 9 miles long, 2.5 miles wide, and up to 260 ft deep in one particular section, Lake Labynkyr in far-eastern Russia‘s Yakutia (Sakha) Republic is not only a large but also a very remote body of icy-cold freshwater. It is not frequently visited by outsiders, but those hardy local hunters that have braved its […]
Read: Some Fishy Findings Regarding the Monsters of Russia’s Lake Labynkyr »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 21st, 2014
To misquote Oscar Wilde: To lose one white eagle may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness. In the annals of ornithology, only two types of white eagle have been reported – one in Europe, and one in North America. Both, however, are long vanished, not only from our planet but […]
Read: Whither the Lost White Eagles of Europe and America? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 15th, 2014
Some zoological photographs are so bizarre that long after they first hit the news headlines, they still continue to circulate online, like restless ghosts doomed to wander forever down the highways and byways of the worldwide web, resisting all attempts to expose them as hoaxes or explain them as grotesque yet nonetheless natural phenomena. One […]
Read: Wrong-Footing A One-Legged Mystery Snake From China »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 8th, 2014
The longest species of praying mantis currently known to science is the giant stick mantis Ischnomantis gigas. Brown in colour, enabling it to blend in with the bushes upon which it lives and lies in wait for unwary prey to approach, this mighty mantid is native to Senegal, southern Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, northern Nigeria, […]
Read: Did I See an Undescribed Species of Giant Praying Mantis in South Africa? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 4th, 2014
Colugos must surely be among the most bizarre yet bewitching of all mammals. Native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia, most famous for the extensive gliding membrane (patagium) connecting their limbs, tail, and even the digits of their paws, and as big as a medium-sized possum or very large squirrel, the two modern-day species […]
Read: When Flying Cats Were Flying Lemurs »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 16th, 2014
As so often happens during my cryptozoological researches, while seeking something entirely different while browsing online this morning I came upon a remarkable engraving that may have some bearing upon the speckled mystery cat saga.
Albertus Seba (1665-1736), a Dutch pharmacist by trade but inflamed by an unquenchable passion for collecting zoological specimens, was so successful financially in his work that he was able to assemble not one but two truly spectacular, prodigious collections of unprecedented size and scope that gained international acclaim.
Read: Albertus Seba and a Pair of Speckle-coated Mystery Big Cats from the 1750s »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 13th, 2014
Jardine’s enigmatic 19th-Century illustration of a putative speckle-coated jaguar
Read: Anomalous Jaguars and Other Speckled Mystery Cats From South America »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 4th, 2014
Of all of my 20 books, none has attracted such acclaim but also such controversy as In Search of Prehistoric Survivors. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of its original publication in 1995, and having received countless requests from readers over the years for its republication (after having been out of print for a number of years now), I am happy to say that following a protracted period of time doing the rounds of prospective publishers, it was accepted for publication just over a year ago, and I am working upon it with a view to its achieving a timely 2015 reappearance.
Read: In Search of Prehistoric Survivors »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 3rd, 2014
Nessie and family ((c) Richard Svensson)
What do Cannock Chase, Renwick, Exmoor, Drummans, Falmouth Bay, and Bala Lake all have in common? If I added Loch Ness to the list, I’m sure that you’d guess much more readily. Yes indeed, they are all locations in Britain linked to sightings of mystery creatures.
Read: My Top 10 Cryptozoological Locations in Britain »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on February 23rd, 2014
In various of my books, magazine articles, and ShukerNature blog posts, I have documented a number of mystery birds that have appeared in paintings by famous artists and which may conceivably represent lost species undescribed by science. In recent times, several additional examples have come to my attention, but perhaps the most significant of these is the following one, which may feature a hitherto-unrecognised depiction of a long-extinct bird officially known only from a single verbal description.
Read: Dominica’s Dead Parrot – A Perfect Picture of Mystery? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on February 16th, 2014
When it debuted in his classic tome In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents (1968), Dr Bernard Heuvelmans’s bold classification of sea serpents into no less than nine well-defined types was widely hailed within the cryptozoological community as a milestone in cryptid research, and it is still widely referred to today. However, the validity of certain […]
Read: Contemplating the Con Rit »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 25th, 2014
Facebook never disappoints me as a rich source of the exceedingly weird but also very wonderful when it comes to the animal world, and yesterday was no exception. During its early hours, I was browsing the recent posts of various FB friends when I came upon a quartet of photographs depicting a truly remarkable- (and […]
Read: Portraits of a Potoo – Neither an Avian Alien Nor the Bird From Hell! »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 23rd, 2014
By definition, no-one has ever seen such a creature, because if they have done, it can’t have been invisible – or can it?
Read: Look Out For The Invisible Catfish! »