Archive for the “Weird Animal News”

Climate Change vs. Bigfoot

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 19th, 2017

You’ve heard we’re killing off the animal kingdom? Well, the crypto-animal kingdom is poised for a boom, says researcher Benjamin Radford.

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Count Dracula, Van Helsing, and Giant Spiders in the Cathedral

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 9th, 2017

Many years ago, while reading Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel Dracula, which was originally published in 1897, I was intrigued by the following short but memorable aside spoken by the eminent vampire hunter Prof. Abraham Van Helsing to his former student Dr John Seward:

“Can you tell me why, when other spiders die small and soon, that one great spider lived for centuries in the tower of the old Spanish church and grew and grew, till, on descending, he could drink the oil of all the church lamps?”

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Mystery Mud Monster From Down Under

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 12th, 2017

What IS that? Mystery creature pokes its head out of a mud pool by a Queensland river – before slowly sinking beneath the surface when it realises it has been spotted

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Feral Monkeys in Texas

Posted by: Chester Moore on November 6th, 2015

In 1995, while spending time in the thorn and cactus-filled wilds of South Texas, I heard a crazy story about a bowhunter who was startled by unusual loud cries coming from the creek bottom he was hunting.

As his adrenaline production went into overload, he pondered what might be making that sound and why it was coming his direction. The sounds got louder and louder, so he readied an arrow just incase.

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Austin Stevens talks ultra rare rattlesnake

Posted by: Chester Moore on November 4th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_84233" align="alignnone" width="300"]Austin Stevens with a rare tzabcan rattlesnake in Yucatan, Mexico. Austin Stevens with a rare tzabcan rattlesnake in Yucatan, Mexico.[/caption]

Last week I communicated back and forth with Austin Stevens, renown wildlife television host and author of Austin Stevens Snakemaster: Wildlife Adventures with the World’s Most Dangerous Reptiles.

In the dialogue for an upcoming magazine feature came information on what is likely the world’s rarest snake.

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A Manifestation of Monsters is Here!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 13th, 2015

I’m delighted to announce that my latest book, A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Subjects, is now in print, published by Anomalist Books. It contains a superb foreword by my good friend and fellow cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard, and its front cover is sumptuously illustrated with a truly spectacular cryptozoological painting by hugely-talented artist Michael J. Smith that directly inspired me to write this book.

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Investigating the Locust Dragon of Nicolaes de Bruyn

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 1st, 2015

As a fervent browser of bestiaries, illuminated manuscripts, and other sources of antiquarian illustrations portraying a vast diversity of grotesque, extraordinary beasts that ostensibly bear no resemblance or relation to any species known to science, I am rarely surprised nowadays by any zoological depictions that I encounter in such sources. A few days ago, however, I was not just surprised but also thoroughly bemused – bewildered, even – by a truly remarkable picture that I happened to chance upon online.

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Reviewing Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 19th, 2015

After extensive research, I finally wrote my long-planned second dragons book – entitled Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture – and saw it published in 2013 by Coachwhip Publications of Greenville, Ohio. It constitutes one of the most comprehensive dragon-themed factual books ever published, is sumptuously illustrated throughout in full colour, and very recently I was delighted to see not one but two positive, encouraging reviews of it.

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Strange Catch: A Real Fur-bearing Trout?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 8th, 2015

Cryptomundo received the following image by email two days ago.

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Strange Creatures Seldom Seen

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 16th, 2015

People see strange things up North, and John Warms has collected stories of some very strange creatures in his travels throughout Manitoba. From well-known mystery animals like Sasquatch and lake monsters to lesser-known cryptids like giant beavers, “beaver ducks,” and “underwater moose,” these tales add breadth and depth to Canadian zoological folklore with plenty of material for cryptozoology enthusiasts to investigate. Strange Creatures Seldom Seen includes both eyewitness sketches and full color illustrations by artist Jarmo Sinisalo.

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My Menagerie of Marvels is Here!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 9th, 2014

…the publication of The Menagerie of Marvels, whose subtitle, A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals, reveals that it is volume #3 in my series dealing with extraordinary animals from both cryptozoology and mainstream zoology.

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A Novel Case of Red Eye-Glow Potentially Relevant to Cryptozoology and the Paranormal

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 13th, 2014

The anomalous phenomenon of red eye-glow is one that has been reported both with tangible, corporeal creatures of cryptozoology (including bigfoot, mystery dogs, and mystery cats) and with zooform entities of a seemingly supernatural, paranormal nature (such as phantasmal Black Dogs and pookas). The instance of red eye-glow presented here, however, provides a uniquely clear-cut, […]

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Giant Spiders – Monstrous Myth or Terrifying Truth?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 1st, 2014

Monstrous spiders of gargantuan size are perennially popular subjects in science fiction ‘B’ movies as well as in classic fantasy novels such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, but could such beasts exist in reality? The current record-holder for the title of world’s largest spider is Rosi – a […]

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Glowing Mudskippers and Flashlight Frogs – Two Bioluminescent Mystery Beasts?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 14th, 2014

Bioluminescence is the emission of light by certain life forms. These include many known species of bacteria, fungi, protozoans, invertebrates, and fishes, but there are also several controversial examples, including the following couple – both of which may constitute remarkable new species still undescribed by science. (c) Connor Lachmanec (aka The Morlock on Deviantart.com) One […]

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The Partridge Creek Monster – A Living Dinosaur in the Yukon?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 13th, 2014

The Arctic wastelands of the Yukon Territory, on the borders of Canada and Alaska, are surely the last place anyone might expect to meet a dinosaur – which is why the following case merits a prominent place among the dubitanda of cryptozoology. The extraordinary tale of the beast from Partridge Creek debuted on 15 April […]

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