Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 29th, 2013
Tim gave me a copy of a most interesting Nessie sighting that an eyewitness had recently sent to him. He didn’t provide me with the eyewitness’s name, because he no doubt intended to publish an exclusive report of it in some future publication.
Read: What May be a Hitherto-Undocumented Sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, Given to Me by Tim Dinsdale on July 25 1987 »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 19th, 2013
The discovery of supposedly blood-drained animal carcases hit the cryptozoology headlines with monotonous frequency (I noticed yet another one being discussed online just a few days ago), accompanied by the usual (and sometimes decidedly unusual) media speculation as to what diabolical entity could have been responsible for such a hideous, unnatural act. In reality, of […]
Read: Why Blood-Drained Carcases are NOT the Work of Chupacabras or Other Supposedly Vampiric Cryptids »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 15th, 2013
Today, the classic, pre-eminent image indelibly engrained in everyone’s mind when speaking of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster (LNM), is that of a plesiosaur lookalike, complete with long slender neck and tail, small head, and four large diamond-shaped flippers. However, this was not always the case.
Read: Does the Loch Ness Monster Have a Split Personality? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 4th, 2013
It is widely known that many remarkable species of animal have become extinct or at least highly endangered in modern times. However, it is far less well known that during this same time period, a startling number of equally spectacular species have been newly discovered (having been previously unknown to science) or rediscovered (after having […]
Read: My Top Ten New and Rediscovered Animals of Modern Times »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 29th, 2013
One of New Zealand’s most iconic species of bird was the huia, famed for the male and female possessing beaks of dramatically different shapes. It officially became extinct in 1907 – but did it? “The huia’s morphology is unique. No other bird in New Zealand, whether native or introduced, can be readily confused with it […]
Read: Remembering the Huia – Mysteries of New Zealand’s Extinct(?) Bird With Two Beaks »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 8th, 2013
Down through the centuries, several remarkable, unique species of mammal have become extinct on various West Indian islands in the Caribbean. One of these was a truly mysterious monkey, which may have survived into much more recent times than currently confirmed by science. “Today, some monkey species inhabit Jamaica, but none of them is native; […]
Read: Xenothrix – A Mystery Monkey From Jamaica »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 4th, 2013
Many different hybrids between the smaller species of wild cat have been recorded over the years, but I would like to mention one particular interspecific (indeed, intergeneric) cross featuring smaller cats here – because, as far as I am aware, when I originally included details of it in the article of mine (Wild About Animals, […]
Read: A Surprise of Servicals »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 1st, 2013
Following Animal Planet‘s mermaid ‘mock-umentary‘, here are some cases of supposed merbeings that do remain intriguing and unsolved: Further details can be obtained here on my ShukerNature blog.
Read: Mermaid Body Found? In Search of Folk With Fins »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 23rd, 2013
With almost 900,000 hits since I uploaded it on 12 June 2012, by far the most popular of all of my 300+ ShukerNature posts is my exposure of three online black lion photographs as computer-modified fakes (click here). In that same post, I also included some information concerning various alleged sightings in the wild of […]
Read: A Hitherto-Unseen Photo of Ranger, Scotland’s (Nearly) Black Lion »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 21st, 2013
Here’s a scaly humanoid from the same bestiary in the Vatican Library (and clearly not intended to be a merman as its hands are not webbed and it has normal legs instead of a fish-tail). A severe case of ichthyosis, perhaps, as exhibited by certain supposed ’fish boys’ displayed at various travelling sideshows and carnivals of the past?
Read: What Is It? (2) »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 21st, 2013
Here’s a curious illustration from a medieval bestiary in the Vatican Library. I’ve seen attempts on various websites to identify it as a sea-lion, though its trunk is surely more suggestive of an elephant seal – but what about its hoofed forelimbs?? Weird.
Read: What Is It? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 11th, 2013
Things are rarely what they seem in cryptozoology, as epitomised by the following case investigated by me.
Read: A Celtic Capybara?? I Don’t Think So!! »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 8th, 2013
There have been many searches for living thylacines or Tassies in Tasmania and mainland Australia, but should cryptozoologists be seeking it in New Guinea instead?
Read: The New Guinea Thylacine – Crying Wolf in Irian Jaya? »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 3rd, 2013
Surprising as it may seem, not all black panthers are black… “Black panthers, i.e. melanistic leopards, are exotic-looking felids at the best of times, but the individual constituting the principal subject of this present ShukerNature blog post was a truly exceptional female black panther, purchased from Dublin Zoo during the early 1980s, and exhibited for a few years at […]
Read: Cobweb Panthers – A Silvered Surprise »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 1st, 2013
Pierre Sonnerat was a famous 18th-Century French explorer and naturalist. As will be revealed here in the following ShukerNature post of mine, however, he was also a blatant hoaxer – confirmed by the curious case of New Guinea’s non-existent penguins, and kookaburra. ”Pierre Sonnerat’s publications include Voyage à la Nouvelle-Guinée (1776), documenting an expedition that he […]
Read: Sonnerat’s Non-Existent Penguins (and Kookaburra) of New Guinea »