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Ontario Mystery: What Is It?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 9th, 2010

Bonnie Bodine has shared the following image with me. She wonders what it is.

She says her friend found “it while walking and wondered if anyone knew what it was.”

“I guess it’s from around Sturgeon Falls, Ontario,” she writes.

Frankly, it looks like a constructed fake Chupacabras. I am reminded of the faux taxidermy of Sabrina Brewer.


Chupacabras by Sabrina Brewer.

Or the photos of Rosamond Purcell.


Ray by Rosamond Purcell.

Or even the art of Juan Cabana.


FeeJee Mermaid by Juan Cabana.

I’m not buying that this Ontario one is real without more details and confirmation of its origin.

About Loren Coleman
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.


8 Responses to “Ontario Mystery: What Is It?”

  1. F15Pilot responds:

    I’m guessing it is the desicated body of a Chameleon. Just sayin’

  2. Crafticus responds:

    I live about an hour away from Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, and I’ve not heard of any stories about any creatures that look like that.

    There’s certainly no local lore (that I’m aware of) about an odd creature like that.

  3. Artist responds:

    >> “I’m not buying that this Ontario one is real without more details and confirmation of its origin.”

    Not to mention Xray, Fluoroscope, MRI, Projectional radiograph, CT, Gamma, scintigraphy, SPECT and PET images, before the necropsy and peer review!

  4. korollocke responds:

    Just a poorly made arts-n-crafts gaff, you can get these phoney whats its on ebay a lot better looking too.

  5. Gingerbread_Forest responds:

    I first saw this creature on either “Pink Tentacle” or “Boing Boing”. It is the work of Hajime Emoto, and is “sculpted from paper, modeling paste and bamboo.”

  6. Harold responds:

    Bingo. You nailed it, Gingerbread_Forest. Here it is:

    That site is really cool. Here’s an English-language gateway.

  7. cryptidbeliever4life responds:

    Looks like part of a fish mixed with other things. I’m getting tired of people faking things like this its just giving cryptids a bad name and making them seem ”make believe”.

  8. Cryptidcrazy responds:

    If it is indeed real, there is no doubt in my mind. It is a petrified Iguana. Probably, it escaped and couldn’t survive the cold climate. They are fairly popular pets.



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