Exploring American Monsters: Alaska

From Mysterious Universe:

Alaska is big. At 663,300 square miles, it’s about the size of Germany, Poland, and France. To put its size into perspective, if Alaska were a sovereign nation, it would be the 18th largest country on the planet. This picturesque state is filled with scenic (if not cold) ocean views, thick forests, the highest mountains in the United States, 100,000 glaciers, and abundant wildlife, but with a population of 737,259 (about the size of Detroit, Michigan, half being in the Anchorage metropolitan area) the one thing it’s not filled with is people; just 1.2 per square mile. Alaska also has 6,640 miles of coastline, which is greater than all the other states combined. That’s a lot of open area for bear, moose, and killer whales, but it’s also a haven for monsters.

Kodiak Dinosaur

Kodiak Island lies just 176 miles from Iliamna Lake, and is the scene of another sighting of a water monster. The shrimp boat Mylark, equipped with state-of-the-art sonar equipment, spotted something in the waters off Kodiak the people aboard could only describe as a dinosaur.

The boat coasted past the island in 1969 attempting to map the sea floor when the equipment detected an object swimming about 330 feet below the Mylark – the object was 200 feet long. The largest living sea creature, the blue whale, only reaches 100 feet in length, and doesn’t fit the description of what the crew of the Mylark saw that day – a creature with a long, thin neck topped with a small square head, two pairs of flippers, and a long, slender tail.

The crew thought they’d seen a dinosaur.

Read about the other monsters from Alaska like Living Mammoths and Giant Birds here.

See also:

Exploring American Monsters: Alabama

Steller’s Secret Fauna – Gargantuan Sea-Cows, Inaccessible Sea-Ravens, and Bewhiskered Sea-Monkeys

Dr Georg Wilhelm Steller was a German physician and naturalist participating during the early 1740s in the last of Danish explorer Vitus Bering’s Russian expeditions to the Arctic waters (now called the Bering Sea) separating Siberia’s Kamchatka Peninsula from Alaska. During this expedition, Steller documented many new species of animal, including four very contentious forms that continue to arouse cryptozoological curiosity even today.

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(c) William M. Rebsamen

I have previously documented one of these, Steller’s sea-bear. So here now are the other three. Namely, Steller’s sea-cow (officially long-extinct but possibly still surviving today); Steller’s sea-raven (a mysterious black-and-white bird only occurring in the least accessible of localities); and Steller’s sea-monkey or sea-ape (a mandarin-moustached mystery sea mammal, seemingly lacking forelimbs and reported not only by Steller but also by modern-day eyewitnesses).

Further details can be obtained here on my ShukerNature blog.

Caterpillar Bears, Bulldog Bears, and God Bears – Ursine Cryptids of Kamchatka

In spring 1987, amid the far northeastern Kamchatka peninsula region of what was then the Soviet Union but is now Russia, hunter Rodion Sivolobov obtained the skin of a giant white bear. To most eyes, it might simply look like the pelt of an over-sized polar bear, but according to Sivolobov, and the area’s local reindeer breeders, it is something very different – and very special. They believe it to be from a huge and extremely distinctive species of bear still awaiting official scientific discovery – a formidable, highly ferocious creature known as the irkuiem (aka irquiem).

Me and short-faced bear Arctodus simus, life-sized model, Dr Karl Shuker

Sivilobov may  have good reason for being optimistic that the irkuiem’s eventual discovery will prove to be a major cryptozoological triumph – for according to no less august an authority than internationally-esteemed Russian zoologist Prof. Nikolai K. Vereshchagin (d. 2008), this elusive creature could prove to be a surviving representative of one of the Pleistocene’s most impressive mammalian carnivores, the short-faced bear Arctodus simus.

Further details can be accessed here on my ShukerNature blog.

Sasquatch Like Bacon and Other Interesting Monsters! Facts

Sasquatch Like Bacon and Other Interesting Monsters! Facts

Did you know Sasquatch are believed to like bacon? That’s just one of the interesting facts you’ll find at the San Diego Museum of Man’s newest exhibit.

Monsters! (real or imagined) is open for this Halloween weekend when all the little goblins are thinking about vampires, mummies and other spooky things.

The San Diego Museum of Man has a new Monsters Exhibit showcasing different monsters from around the world and the history behind them.

Photographic Evidence of the White Death Monster

These Alaskan Snowmobilers Have Photographic Evidence of the White Death Monster

The team heads north to the outskirts of the deserted town of Paxson, Alaska, to investigate sightings of a huge feline roaming the area. Legend has it the area is inhabited by a vicious, white tiger who gains a stripe on his coat with each human kill.

Alaska Monsters: The Alaskan Tiger

Airs on Destination America:

Friday, October 17 at 7 PM CST
Friday, October 17 at 10 PM CST
Tuesday, October 21 at 12 PM CST

See also: Alaska Monsters: The Alaskan Tiger

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