Coming Halloween: CryptidHunt

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 1st, 2008

Coming at the end of October 2008, “CryptidHunt,” on a computer near you….

Jordan Warner, 15, the “CryptidHunt” Producer/Director informs me his web-based series will begin broadcast on YouTube on Halloween 2008.

Here is his overview and episode guide, with a listing of some interviews, upcoming:

From Bigfoot to America’s Loch Ness Monster, CryptidHunt deals with the search for various cryptozoological creatures reportedly seen around the world. With hidden cameras and underwater photographic equipment, each episode examines the most compelling and credible evidence from photos, video, footprints, hair, bones, and even eyewitness accounts! From ship captains to scientists, to police officers and credible eyewitnesses. CryptidHunt searches for the hidden and the unknown.

Episode Guide (revised 4 pm, October 1, 2008)

America’s Loch Ness Monster

Does America have its own Loch Ness Monster? The locals call it Champ. Over the years, hundreds of witnesses claim to have seen a dinosaur-like creature, 12-45 feet long most resembling the extinct plesiosaur. Examine the mystery surrounding Lake Champlain especially with the latest underwater camera technology. The 1977 Mansi Photograph will be examined by experts to see if it’s a hoax, fake, or a real animal.

Sasquatch Encounter

What is the Creature of Whitehall? In 1976, in upstate New York, several police officers reported encounters with a hairy beast. It was described as a “large creature, monster, seven to eight feet tall,” “walking like a gorilla hunched over” and making a sound like “a woman screaming or pig squealling.” 30 years have passed and the reports are coming in. Examine the history of wildman encounters all over the globe. CryptidHunt will set out on a expedition with researchers and into the area where witnesses claim to have seen the creature.

Giant Squid Caught

The Kraken, known as the Giant Squid today is a tentacled beast that can grow as big as a blue whale. In 2006, inventor Doug Hajicek was the first human to capture a live giant squid on video. But can these sea monsters actually grow up to monsterous size? Examine the evidence of giant squid and learn the legend of the Kraken.


Indian legends told stories of giant winged creatures called Thunderbirds. Between November 1966 and December 1967, residents of West Virginia reported multiple encounters with a bizarre winged creature that the media nicknamed Mothman. Most of the sightings occured in Point Pleasant around a abandoned explosive dump known as the TNT area. On December 15, 1967 the silver bridge suddenly collapsed. Could this disaster be a link to the Mothman? CryptidHunt travels to Point Pleasant, to investigate the Mothman and determine what happened in November 1966 and December 1967.


Bigfoot has been sighted in the Pacific Northwest than any other region on earth. The concentration is Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State. Today sightings and physical evidence are gathered on a regular basis. CryptidHunt will examined the best pieces of evidence of bigfoot’s existence. The 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film has always been blurry. But with the help of digital experts. Can they tell that if the creature in the Patterson footage was a man in suit? Or a real flesh and blood creature?

Beast of Gevaudan

In the mid-18th century, villagers throughout Gevaudan were terrorized by a ferocious mystery mauler that killed and mutilated 300 human victims in a three year period. Eyewitnesses described the beast having formidable teeth and an immense tail. Its fur had a reddish tinge, and was said to have emitted an indescribable odour. It killed its victims by tearing at their faces with its teeth. CryptidHunt will examine the evidence and seeks answers to find out what was prowling the French countryside.

Monster Fish

Sharks and Eels are called monsters of the deep. But do real monsters exist in are lakes, rivers and ponds too? People report seeing monster-size fish as big as a boat and as giant as a crocodile. But are they real or just a really big fish story? CryptidHunt will join experts and fishermen to try to catch a monster fish.

Swamp Ape

The foggy swamps of Southern Florida is home to many creepy creatures. Including a beast locals call The Swamp Ape. At 5-8 ft tall, with red hair, and a foul-smell this beast has been nicknamed The Skunk Ape, Flordia’s version of Bigfoot. CryptidHunt will prepare a expedition into the Florida everglades will researchers to search for the foul-smelling monster.

Russian Snowman

Wildman are known to have lived 30,000 years ago, yet there are ape man sightings in Russia called Almas, still surviving in the mountains of Mongolia. It is said to have a more human looking face and uses fire and tools. CryptidHunt will set out on a expedition to search for the Almas and investigate a devilish plan by a evil dictator.

Creatures of the Outer Edge

For years eyewitnesses claimed to have captured something on their video cameras. They describe “a torpedo-like creature, with 4 to 6 pairs of wings and going unseen by the naked eye. What are these unusal creatures? Join a scientific experiment to debunk creatures that many have called “Rods”.

The Jungle Yeti

Does a small human-like creature lurk in the jungles of Indonesia? Follow cryptozoologist Adam Davies into the jungles of Sumatra to search for a unknown primate called the “Orang Pendek”.

Phantom Black Cats

Attacks by big cats are becoming more frequent. But some people say they are seeing large black panthers. While they resemble a mountain lion, experts say “there is no such thing as a black mountain lion.” CryptidHunt will prepare a winter expedition into the rolling hills of Pennslyvania. Looking for a animal that can go for the throat and breaking the neck of victims and suffocating their prey which will make this a dangerous expedition.

Forthcoming INTERVIEWS

America’s Loch Ness Monster

-Sandra Mansi (Eyewitness)

-Scott Mardis (Champ Researcher)

-Lohr Mckinstry (Journalist)

-Earl Sprauge (Eyewitness)

-Benjamin Radford (Skeptic)

-Joe Nickell (Skeptic)

-John Kirk (Cryptozoologist)

-B.J. Bombard (Eyewitness)

-Jim Carroll (Eyewitness)

-Rachael Miller (Stormboarding)

Sasquatch Encounter

-Paul Bartholomew (Author “Monsters of the Northwoods”)

-Dan Gordon (Eyewitness)

-John Bindernagel (Wildlife Biologist)

-Thomas Steenburg (Cryptozoologist)

-Cliff Sparks (Eyewitness)

-John Green (Sasquatch Researcher)

Giant Squid Captured

-Doug Hajicek (Inventor)

-Richard Ellis (Marine Biologist)

-Scott Cassell (Squid Researcher)


-Loren Coleman (Cryptozoologist)

-Jeff Wamsley (Mothman Researcher)

New update from Jordan:

1.) I went to Lake Champlain, Whitehall, Point Pleasant, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

2.) I didn’t go to Mongolia and Mexico. Jon Downes of the cryptozoology society in England is helping me out and sending some footage of the Almas expedition they were on this year. Doug Hajicek is also sending me some footage of a interview and squid footage from that expedition to catch the squid.

Pretty much I need support from other investigators and researchers. Gary Mangiacopra is sending me some Champ Articles for the Champ episode and Adam Davies is sending some footage of his Orang Pendek trip. Because I want this series to be mostly with the true cryptozoologists and investigators. I am doing my best to let Cryptid Hunt NOT be Monster Quest or a Destination Truth sidekick.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

12 Responses to “Coming Halloween: CryptidHunt”

  1. Bob K. responds:

    Thanks for posting this, Mr. Coleman. Cant wait!

  2. darkshines responds:

    Two things I don’t agree with:

    Rods have been proven to be moths and other known flying creatures caught on cameras with a slow shutter speed, so I don’t think they fit in with the other cryptids here.

    Also you cannot make such a sweeping statement as “there is no such thing as a black mountain lion”. Maybe this is the only one? Or the first of many to be discovered?

  3. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    Very Nice!! Glad to see this, now we will have this to watch in addition to Destination Truth and MonsterQuest. Very good idea.

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    Do understand this is on YouTube, with much lower productive values, an obviously lower budget, perhaps future copyright problems, and a young producer/director. I posted this to encourage and reinforce youthful cryptozoology efforts. But to compare CH to DT & MQ may be premature, and unfair to all three.

  5. gooberal responds:

    Uh, has anyone else besides me noticed that the episodes listed are exactly the first season of Monster Quest? The synopsis are the exact with the word CryptidHunt substituting the title Monster Quest. What’s up with that?

  6. jtm_kryptos responds:

    oh yes, i love what Mr. Coleman said, NOTHING is better than MOSTER QUEST, a low budget filmography project will never stand par with it, yet if the budget was higher, and the fact that they got the great cryptozoologists like Mr.Coleman and the John Green, I’m impressed.

    Again thank you Mr.Coleman, i like what you said about encouraging youths about thses creatures and cryptozoology in general. thanks to an encouraging e-mail back from Mr.Coleman i now am starting kryptos a group of youths whom do things in relation directly to cryptozoology, our foundation is on alot of Mr.Coleman’s theories. In gerneral we do well, Kta, my partner in crime and co-founder, is more a paracryptozoology major though, making me HAVE to see the other side of things as well as the scientific.

    Also thank you darkshines, you are correct, not only the only black panther, and also not only are rods animals, but very easy hoax as well, some people believe they are aliens, pish posh, rods are just realy studic excuses for would be cryptids

    🙂 gotta love that monster quest …

  7. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    Loren – No problem, I understand completely. I wasn’t comparing it to the other shows in any way, just saying that we’ll have something else “cryptid” to watch as well since the “new” episodes of MQ and DT are few and far between and there isn’t very much out there in the form of crypto shows to choose from.

    Props to the young producer/director for his/her efforts, the show schedule looks interesting. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the shows on YouTube.

  8. Artist responds:

    With Radford and Nickell in there, we are sure to see lots of in-line otters, floating logs, standing bears and all that – but hope springs eternal, sooo…

  9. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    gooberal – I went to a site that listed the MQ Season 1 episodes, and you are correct. The first several episodes follow in line exactly with the titles for the MQ shows. Every one of the CH shows (except for the last 2 listings) have the same/similar title and fall in about the same order as the MQ Season 1 episodes. I didn’t read all the descriptions, but they do sound eerily familiar.

    Maybe I spoke too soon in giving props, seems like an ambitious young producer/director would be a little more original and not just “cut and paste” his episode line-up!!!

  10. korollocke responds:

    Crypto horror flicks, a cartoon show, youth groups, ripp off low budget you tube vids, what happened here?

  11. dltanner99 responds:

    Jordan is to be commended on his selection of topics, even if they cover those of two shows I have enjoyed, but not been overly-impressed with. (Anyone see the MQ episode this week on giant rats, with the garden variety filling in for their more monstrous cousins?)

    My only recommendation is that he follow through and finish what he starts. It is hard to be innovative in this field, unless you got here first. Those places are already taken, several by the founders and contributors to this blog. What I always enjoy most is to see old friends and true experts in the field interviewed, with credible/well-known eyewitnesses interspersed throughout.

    You always know that with MQ and DT, nothing truly remarkable has ever been seen by the travelling hosts. Even Animal X suffered this anticlimactic ending weekly. Amateur footage is more compelling, and the heartfelt effort to making a personal contribution is promising.

    Here we have a 15 year-old boy who shows more gumption than most, if only in gathering what is already available elsewhere and adding his own commentary. If he has the cooperation of those who are scheduled for interviews or make appearances even in dated footage, I am already looking forward to cryptidhunt.

  12. Loren Coleman responds:

    It appears the program descriptions were taken directly from MonsterQuest materials, and I’ve been told that “interview clips” (not actual interviews by CH) are being used.

    I took this down and put it up because I have very mixed feelings about this being almost on the level of a teenager’s hoax vs a teenager’s attempts to create a YouTube program from pre-existing clips.

    Some of the show descriptions are very misleading, as the youthful creator has admitted to me in an email exchange he ability to travel is limited.

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