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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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King Hares and Giant Rabbits – Keeping Cryptozoology on the Hop!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 8th, 2014

Closely related to America’s familiar jack rabbits, hares are among the most delightful and enigmatic of British mammals, and down through the ages they have been many things to many people – symbols of fertility, the moon, and Easter, to name but a few. They have also been described in many ways – magical, mystical, […]

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An Explosive Enigma From Kalmykia – The ‘Other’ Mongolian Death Worm?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 23rd, 2014

A very curious type of vermiform mystery beast that may (or may not?) be allied to the notorious Mongolian death worm, but which is much less well known even in cryptozoological circles, has been reported from the steppes and desert dunes of Kalmykia. This is a region of Russia to the north of Chechnya and […]

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Whither the Lost White Eagles of Europe and America?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 21st, 2014

To misquote Oscar Wilde: To lose one white eagle may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness. In the annals of ornithology, only two types of white eagle have been reported – one in Europe, and one in North America. Both, however, are long vanished, not only from our planet but […]

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Wrong-Footing A One-Legged Mystery Snake From China

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 15th, 2014

Some zoological photographs are so bizarre that long after they first hit the news headlines, they still continue to circulate online, like restless ghosts doomed to wander forever down the highways and byways of the worldwide web, resisting all attempts to expose them as hoaxes or explain them as grotesque yet nonetheless natural phenomena. One […]

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Did I See an Undescribed Species of Giant Praying Mantis in South Africa?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 8th, 2014

The longest species of praying mantis currently known to science is the giant stick mantis Ischnomantis gigas. Brown in colour, enabling it to blend in with the bushes upon which it lives and lies in wait for unwary prey to approach, this mighty mantid is native to Senegal, southern Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, northern Nigeria, […]

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When Flying Cats Were Flying Lemurs

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 4th, 2014

Colugos must surely be among the most bizarre yet bewitching of all mammals. Native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia, most famous for the extensive gliding membrane (patagium) connecting their limbs, tail, and even the digits of their paws, and as big as a medium-sized possum or very large squirrel, the two modern-day species […]

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Portraits of a Potoo – Neither an Avian Alien Nor the Bird From Hell!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 25th, 2014

Facebook never disappoints me as a rich source of the exceedingly weird but also very wonderful when it comes to the animal world, and yesterday was no exception. During its early hours, I was browsing the recent posts of various FB friends when I came upon a quartet of photographs depicting a truly remarkable- (and […]

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Look Out For The Invisible Catfish!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 23rd, 2014

By definition, no-one has ever seen such a creature, because if they have done, it can’t have been invisible – or can it?

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Exposing Online Fakes and Frauds of the Cryptozoological Kind

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 10th, 2014

The internet is the natural home of some very unnatural creatures – fakes, frauds, and the falsely identified. Many of them attract only fleeting, transient attention before being soundly exposed and permanently discredited. However, there is also a hardcore set whose members simply refuse to die – being revived time and time again by unsuspecting […]

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Pigging Out At Christmas – It’s Grim With The Gloso

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 11th, 2013

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In Skåne and Blekinge, the two southernmost provinces of Sweden, a very daunting creature pervades the Season of Goodwill, and its presence is anything but good. Scarcely known outside its Scandinavian provenance, outwardly it resembles a pig, but no ordinary one, for this preternatural entity is in many ways the porcine equivalent of Britain’s phantasmal Black Dogs, and is just as dangerous!

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Behold – The Giant Pink Slugs of Mount Kaputar

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 5th, 2013

Sometimes, the most surprising discoveries can be right before our eyes, without even being recognised. Take the remarkable case of the giant pink slugs of remote Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, Australia.   (© NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service)   Measuring a very sizeable 8 in long, and boasting an extremely bright, fluorescent […]

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