Cryptozoo 0.5 For 2009

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 1st, 2009

Okay, what do you think have been the top stories for the first half of the year?

What stories would you rank as your top five?

Remember, this would be January through June. I let all those slow end of June stories trickle in during July, but now it’s August.

What do you say?

Look, I could give you a list, but I want this survey to be unbiased.

What do you remember from the first part of the year as the cryptid stories that made the biggest splash for you, what new species discovery did you like the best, what photo or film do you recall with interest, and so forth.

Leave your choices below.

Thank you.

To make it visually engaging and interactive, I’ll update this posting with images that directly relate to your choices for awhile, as you post your picks.


Diplodocus and Pterosaurs, creative images courtesy of Boki.


Bernard Heuvelmans’ Super-Otter (above) compared to an image from Eric Olsen’s May 31, 2009, cellphone camera footage taken at Lake Champlain, from the Vermont side (below).

But what black panther sightings for 2009?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “Cryptozoo 0.5 For 2009”

  1. lukedog responds:

    Number 1 . Eric Olsen Champ video . A breath of fresh air, a long clear video of at least something living, although some see driftwood.

  2. vicki18 responds:

    1.Mystery black cats

  3. maeko responds:

    1. Homo floresiensis is a new species.
    2. Attempted resurrection of ibex, barbary lion, aurochs, tazmanian tiger, etc.
    3. Jaguars on the move.
    4. Champ video.
    5. Any mystery photos are always fun.

  4. springheeledjack responds:

    I don’t know if there has been any one story that has trumped everything else…except for the one about the actual finding of a BF…oh wait that hasn’t happened yet…

    However, the Champlain video brought out a great line of discussion on Crypto, from lots of people discussing the footage. I think there have been some good solid discussion blogs going on this year which says to me that the Cryptomundo community is sharp and looking for the right kinds of things in the right kind of way.

    I think the new species of animals that have popped up even this year gives credence to our line of research and investigation. The giant 550+ lb stingray that was caught in Thailand just gives me even more confidence that there are plenty of big critters out there that have yet to be identified, or even seen…land and water.

  5. cryptidsrus responds:

    Top stories:

    1) Undeniably the Eric Olsen video. Whatever one’s ultimate opinion on it—definitely provocative. Wonderfully ambiguous. Most here still can’t build a consensus on what it is, for the most part.

    2) Panther sightings in the UK. There is a brand-new one of some weeks back where a Bobbie actually may have filmed one. Story is still spreading around Britain. Should give CryptoEnthusiasts hours in which to speculate.

    3) Homo floresiensis is a new species. Agree with Maeko. More information about the true “origins” of our race on this Earth is coming out every year than ever before. “Hobbits” existed after all.

    Those are the main ones. Overall, a very “fruitful” year. 🙂

  6. CryptoInformant 2.0 responds:

    1. – The Olsen Video. Maybe because that’s the only one I was actually here to discuss in some part, maybe because its behavior is so interesting, this is the one that I feel deserves the top spot.

  7. nzcryptozoologist responds:

    In all honesty I think you would be hard-pressed to find anything to beat the Olsen video. I think I would have to place second the new “Gable footage” simply for its curiosity value.

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