Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 30th, 2010
MATTHEW Jones was totally unprepared for what he saw as he stood in his garage in suburban Canberra in October last year.
Packing boxes for a house move, he was confronted by a stocky, hairy monster standing in the corner of the garage staring at him.
The creature, according to James, was a juvenile covered in hair, with long arms that almost touched the ground.
“It was inquisitive about what I was doing,” he said. “It was definitely trying to communicate with me.”
At the time, James had no idea what the creature could be. A friend later told him it could be a yowie – the creature described in the newly-published Something Is Out There as “the big daddy of all Australian mystery monsters”.
It is, according to the book about the paranormal, the Aussie cousin of North America’s Bigfoot, the Himalayan Yeti and the Abominable Snowman.
The Aussie monster is as elusive as he is controversial, often seen but never photographed, according to the book’s authors Julie Miller and Grant Osborn. They claim the yowie is an important part of folklore, making numerous appearances in the Dreamtime legends.
The yowie is most often described as a solitary, nocturnal creature with a frightful growl.
If you are chased, the best thing to do is jump into a waterhole, because they cannot wet their feet.
The book claims that there have been almost 10,000 reported yowie sightings during the past 200 years.
Something Is Out There also lists other Aussie monsters, including a mega shark, giant lizards, panthers on the prowl and phantom kangaroos.
The authors have divided their book into three parts: UFOlogy, cryptozoology (the search for bizarre creatures) and the general supernatural.
As they admit, the paranormal is “generally viewed through the prism of pseudoscience”. It lurks in the murky corners on the borderline of accepted knowledge.
Source: Sunday Herald Sun
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.