Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 5th, 2009
Let me highlight the latest news items on seemingly out-of-place animals or ones that are extending their ranges for the regular readers of Cryptomundo.
A Minnesota family’s Fourth of July backyard barbecue drew an interesting guest this weekend. A 3-foot alligator. Linda Savage was walking in her yard in Eagan when she spotted the gator in a pond, reports local media. It was recovered (pictured above) and here’s the video.
Staff Photo/James L. White
Simon Reeks of the Valley Springs area of Arkansas points to the spot he said he saw an alligator in Dry Jordan Creek on Wednesday, July 1st, just upstream of the low-water crossing between Main Street and the Bypass. Reports of an alligator in a lake at Harrison, Arkansas, have been common during the last month. There’s a news report for July 5th on that unfolding drama here.
The wildlife officials are becoming convinced that bull sharks are getting real comfortable in the freshwater habitat of the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp in southern Louisiana. Check out this July 3rd update.
Also in the same state, two teenagers, Travis Singleton and his younger brother, Dylan, found a five foot long black tip shark while fishing in the Amite River Diversion Canal near Sorrento, Louisiana, on July 2, Thursday afternoon and pulled it out of the water to have proof behind their amazing fish story. More here.
Besides Rumford, Maine remaining abuzz with talk of the “17 ft long” snake, there have not been any new sightings and it has not been captured.
Meanwhile, Migaloo, the white humpback whale of Australia, has moved farther north.
Art by Sam.
Finally, as a special treat for those who read this update all the way to the end, see the long Eddie Middleton-authored report of a Bigfoot near the Lakeview Castle at Hartford, Illinois, here. Hartford is a village in Madison County, Illinois, near the mouth of the Missouri River. Just goes to prove that you never can tell when and where the next Bigfoot sighting will show up, out there or here at Cryptomundo.
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.