Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 1st, 2010
I shall appear briefly in the documentary “Beasts of the Bible,” which is scheduled to be broadcast tonight, on April 1st, on Animal Planet. It will examine extraordinary creatures from biblical stories and uncovers some “shocking” truths, say the filmmakers, who shot in Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Israel and the United States.
Nuremberg Bible (1483) illustration shows a mermaid, merman and mer-dog swimming near Noah’s Ark.
From the AMNH site, in conjunction with the “Mythic Beasts” exhibition; Image courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum, London/Art Resource.
Homosassa Springs, above, 2008, was the location of the Mermaid-manatee portions of the program.
Beasts of the Bible
North American Premiere
Thursday, April 1, 2010, which will be broadcast at 8 pm, and repeated at 11 pm (ET/PT) on Animal Planet.
The Bible is full of strange and fantastic creatures. Legendary and horrific beasts like the Behemoth, Leviathan, Jonah’s whale and the legged serpent have captivated our imagination for centuries – did they really exist? Can they be found today or are they just myth? New investigations into the origins of these beasts have uncovered shocking truths; for centuries there have been monsters hiding from us in plain sight.
Welcome to the world of Beasts of the Bible, a new, 90-minute documentary that explores the most extraordinary creatures in the Biblical tales. This eye-popping, myth-busting, film decodes the ancient writings, unlocks the hidden meanings inside the symbols and legends, and uncovers the most famous and most mysterious Beasts of the Bible.
Weeki Wachee Springs, above, 1940s.
For more information on the production, see here and previous postings on this television event, as noted on Cryptomundo. My appearances, of course, will only be a few seconds, here and there, in the 90-minute-long program.
Some of the “beasts” being discussed, of course, are cryptozoological, such as Merbeings and Mokele-Mbembe.
…watch for the surprise beast that appears behind me as I am being interviewed about Mokele-Mbembe!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.