Cryptomundo’s Ultimate CZ FAQs

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 6th, 2007

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Fans, friends, and readers of Cryptomundo, I have an idea that it might be good to have a permanent “Cryptomundo’s Frequently Asked Questions” location attached to the Cryptomundo site. Perhaps it would be via a long blog of answers, or series of blogs. Maybe it would be a hyperlinked sidebar dedicated location. I see this as a gift in return to all those who have done so much to keep my blogging alive here. Let me see if this will work.

The details will be ironed out. But the notion is to begin, to see if there’s an interest in this. I challenge you to leave one, or to ask as many questions as you can.

To get this rolling, I want to ask you – everyone reading this – to leave at least one question, via the comments section below. Please ask what questions come to your mind about cryptozoology, cryptids, cryptozoologists, cryptofiction, cryptocinema, cryptotourism, cryptocomix, cryptofakes, cryptozoo museums, cryptoartifacts, Bigfoot, and anything else even vaguely linked to cryptozoology that interests you. Cast a wide net. Expand your horizons to encompass what you are curious about within the study of hidden animals. Recall that question you’ve never gotten answered or the first one you asked.

Here are the rules:

(1) Questions only will be allowed here.

(2) No discussions of the questions.

(3) No answers to the questions.

(4) No question is too mundane, too simple, or too elementary.

(5) You can ask as many questions as you want.

(6) Questions or comments that are hidden flaming of anyone asking a question are not welcome and will be removed.

(7) You can come back often and ask questions about others’ questions.

(8) Repeat or enhanced similar questions are okay, because they may assist me to understand what is important to answer.

(9) Attempt to make the questions able to be asked and answered without the benefit of illustrations or photos, although questions about well-known images (such as the Mystery Postcard here or the Patterson-Gimlin footage) are okay.

(10) One question per comment would be best for later sorting but I’m not going to be obsessive about that.

(11) Finally, again, leave questions only.

(12) And, please, do not leave answers.

The time for answers will come soon enough.

Let’s see how this goes. Let’s see who can ask the most questions. Let’s see how many questions in total will be left. The more the merrier.

Thank you. Enjoy the Quest.

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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.

126 Responses to “Cryptomundo’s Ultimate CZ FAQs”

  1. apocalypsis316 responds:

    In you’re estimation, how long does a bigfoot live?

  2. greenmartian2007 responds:

    I have another question.

    Can we lump in aliens that are seen coming out of UFOs as crypto-zoological?

    These are real creatures, I would think, and since many are viewed on every continent (I have yet to see eye-witness reports of aliens occupying high-rise buildings), then seeing alien creatures in natural habitats would make them…crypto creatures?

    What do you think?

  3. DWA responds:

    What is the orang pendek? What is the status of the search for this animal?

    (And the same questions for the Bili ape.)

    (And for the Sumatran cryptid cat, the cigau.)

  4. wolfman7367 responds:

    When is cryptozoology going to be a fully recognized college course? Something that you can earn a real degree in?

  5. crypto-steve responds:

    What cryptids are known from Arizona?

  6. wolfman7367 responds:

    Regarding the tooth from Loch Ness that was found, was it proven for certain that it was a hoax, a publicity stunt for Steve Alten’s book, the Loch?

    And was Steve himself behind the stunt? I did think it curious they found it just before the release of the book.

  7. wolfman7367 responds:

    I’m a sucker for any bigfoot movies, bad or not, I have to view them myself, just to see how much is wrong. I bought “Sasquatch” 2002, (also known as the untold) it said at the end that it was based on actual events. Has any evidence ever been uncovered to support this claim?

  8. youcantryreachingme responds:

    What do you, Loren, regard as the most fantastic crypto-claim which you believe holds merit beyond reasonable doubt?

  9. hopebird responds:

    If a living population of bigfoot was proven and discovered living in the United States, how would people react? We as a population, are not generally confronted with large, wild creatures who may not stay safely in a state or federal parks.

  10. calash responds:

    Ok here is my question.

    Why is there not more emphasis on collecting feces?

  11. greenmartian2007 responds:

    Is Indonesia a place considered by cryptozoologists to be a hotbed of undiscovered creatures?

    Has there ever been an effort to get National Governments to sponsor a month-long or three-month long search for hidden animals in their respective countries? Has it happened recently? Like in the last 5 years or so?

    Perhaps the Indonesian government could be approached to sponsor an Orang Pendak or Olitau or Ropen or any other cryptid search? Has this been done?

  12. mystery_man responds:

    1) Whatever happened to the alleged Navy SEALS footage of hominids in the Congo? What is the status with African hominids in general?

    2) What is going on with Chupacabras?

  13. mystery_man responds:

    1) Whatever happened to to the story about the stuffed Bigfoot in the basement of that museum in Russia?

    2) What are some of the more dazzling marine cryptids?

    3) Are there any crytpids that are so bizarre and out there, that they are fringe even within cryptozoology?

    4) Are there any known cave cryptids?

    5) What would be the best way to capture a sea serpent?

    6) How many animals have been discovered that were ethnoknown by the natives long before being classified by science?

  14. Ceroill responds:

    How have cryptids affected history?
    How have they affected the developlement of religions and mythology?
    What will be the legal ramifications of a cryptid is discovered to share enough genetics with us to be considered human?

  15. thegoblinking responds:

    Has anyone heard or know anything of the Birdman of Rochester Ny?

  16. joppa responds:

    Do you think Bigfoot type creatures can be wiped out by bird flu, wasting disease (from deer and elk) plague, and other humanoid diseases? I often wonder if the European incursion into the new world wiped out a robust population of NAPES.

  17. dontmean2prymate responds:

    If a bigfoot specimen were produced, science (through DNA) would find a seat for it on some branch in the evolutionary system; what would say creationists?

    And despite all the new species of birds, worms, bugs, monkeys and deep-sea fantasia-life, isn’t the only thing that makes cryptozoology even a step-child of science is our hope for living dinosaurs, sea serpents and bigfoot? Are we not mostly a fan club of those three that will be celebrities of the world if/when proven to exist?

  18. Rillo777 responds:

    Animals that have slightly different DNA and slightly different coloring are often hailed as NEW SPECIES!!! Yet mankind also exhibits these same differences between races. So why aren’t the races of man considered different species. Shouldn’t the same rule apply to all creatures?

  19. Rillo777 responds:


    1) How about setting up a sort of network so that we might be able to share information or reports on cryptids within our own states/counties/territories with each other? This has worked for the UFO people. It would be a sort of mutual cryptid network? There are things that just don’t get reported on the national news or in books. Vital clues may have been missed in the past because no one ever investigated the incident.

    2) How about an on-line course to teach the best ways to conduct interviews, collect and preserve evidence, write reports and so forth, put together by you and other experts in cryptozoology? Those who pass it could then be considered “certified investigators” for their localities and would be prepared and could be called upon to conduct thorough, detailed investigations when cryptids show up in their area.

  20. Remobec responds:

    What do you surmise is behind the “blood-sucking” of chupacabra stories? Overactive imagination and urban legend? A genuine new creature that drains blood like a vampire? An old creature with new, disgusting habits? Misinterpeted data (like it’s a natural kill and only appears that the blood was drained) of a cryptid or known creature?

  21. BugMO responds:

    Could cryptomundo put a table of important cryptozoological dates and events on the site?

  22. BugMO responds:

    Will there ever be a book made about Loren’s career in cryptozoology?

  23. harleyb responds:

    When will Loren Coleman come out with a kick-butt action/adventure movie with him trying save the world??

  24. Angel responds:

    What good info is there on the supposed link between chupacabras and human vampires?

  25. lincoln s responds:

    loren I was hoping you could help me gather information on two cryptids they are the rift valley monster and muhuru. I’ve heard descriptions of them but no actual sightings could you help me?

  26. lincoln s responds:

    have there ever been any sightings of megophias megophias ,oudemans serpent (whichever you prefer to call it) in recent times.if not do you think its possible that its extinct

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