Posted by: John Kirk on January 19th, 2006
Make no bones about it, Cryptomundo is a new destination for anyone who has even the remotest desire to explore the incredible realm of unknown animals. I feel privileged to team up with explorers like Craig Woolheater, Loren Coleman and Rick Noll in bringing blogreaders the insights and news about some of the greatest cryptids in the world.
For 16 years I have been part of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, a core-group of people who have searched to the ends of the earth for evidence that might reveal that there are hidden animals among us. In starting off my first blog on Cryptomundo, I want to pay tribute to field investigators like Paul Leblond, Jason Walton, Ed Bousfield, Gavin Joth, Sebastian Wang, Tom Steenburg, Troy Tunstall, Ron Enns, Scott Norman, Bill Gibbons, Rob Mullin, Pierre Sima and the late Jim Clark for boldly going where few have gone before.
Imagine yourself in a forest in the dead of night broadcasting sounds designed to attract a huge hairy sasquatch into your locale. Or imagine yourself in the dead of a Canadian or Scottish winter watching the sonar screen as your boat with a quarter inch of fiberglass standing between you and a depth of a thousand feet and an unknown animal below you that some people think eats humans. These are the types of field work BCSCC members do and in the coming weeks and months I will be bringing to this wild and woolly website their stories and all the cryptozoology news that is fit to print.
When you visit Cryptomundo, you’re going to discover that we are not afraid of controversy, are willing to talk about just about anything that takes place in the cryptoworld and will be spanning the globe to find stories and issues that affect the cryptozoological realm and detail them here so that you can be informed and take part in our online forums where you can have your say.
Don’t think the Patterson film is real? Say so. Don’t think the Loch Ness monster exists? Then tell the world. That’s what Cryptomundo is about. We want to get the cryptid message out to the world because we can’t think of a more exciting and observing field of investigation to be in.
I personally welcome you aboard and when you visit my site during the week you can get my perspective on things and I’ll be ready to hear yours. I won’t be able to answer individual emails, but if you join me in my weekly forums you will get the chance to vent your spleen on any topic you want.
We’re going a on wild ride, so hold onto your jockstrap!!!
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.