Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 15th, 2008
Reporter Mark LaFlamme has written:
Name that beast
Went to a lecture by famed Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman this weekend and it was quite good. The man knows his stuff and he engages an audience well. He went through the history of his field and then introduced some of the cryptids. You know. The Montauk Monster. The Dover Demon. The Maine Mutant. Other beasties with great alliterative monikers.
If I’d had had more time to plan, I would have brought along the following photo, manufactured by the exceedingly twisted photographer Russ Dillingham, and demanded of the crypto dude: “What do you make of this, Mr. Coleman! If you reach into that bag of pithy nicknames you carry around everywhere, what will you pluck away to describe this horror! What, Mr. Coleman? What?”
Okay, for a little intellectual fun, I’ll throw this open to everyone here. The mystery monster has a memorable moniker, and is known to be linked to ancient festivals. Can you name the beast?
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.