A CryptoZoo Birthday

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 14th, 2007

Even a hard-working cryptozoologist needs to take a break for his birthday party, once a decade, right? Aren’t we all kids inside, sometimes?

Snapshots from the July 12th celebration at the Portland Sea Dogs game:

Loren's CryptoZoo Birthday

During the event, an unknown cryptid mascot showed up to pose with the specially made Bigfoot birthday cake and some guy in a red shirt. Actually, this creature is the Yarmouth Clam Festival mascot clam. Strange but very cheerful.

Loren's CryptoZoo Birthday

Loren's CryptoZoo Birthday

In the two above photos, you can see how different camera angles and light bouncing off Bigfoot created the illusion that the brown primate may sometimes be viewed with seemingly white strands of hair. More indepth analysis and computer enhancements may have to occur, no doubt, to get to the bottom of this, but no YouTube videos will be posted.

Loren's CryptoZoo Birthday

In this wider view, it is obvious that the Sasquatch was reaching out for a party favor given out during the party, which was a copy of Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology for each guest.

Loren's CryptoZoo Birthday

Finally, the Portland Sea Dog mascot appeared for a photo op, but demonstrated the perturbed side of itself, as per usual.

Weirdly, as this picture was being taken, a man walked by in the background, in apparent coincidential imitation of the Bigfoot in the Patterson-Gimlin film. Of course, none of us saw this happen at the time, but there it is.

The names of the real guests and their images will not be shown here to protect the innocent. However, my sincere thanks to all who came, making it a wonderful and fun night.

See you all and more in 2017.

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.

20 Responses to “A CryptoZoo Birthday”

  1. Craig Woolheater responds:

    Happy Birthday, my friend. I wish I could have been there to share in the occasion.

  2. Hawkeye responds:

    Happy Birthday. Now I know what I can have put on my next birthday cake

  3. Lee Murphy responds:


  4. thatericn responds:

    Yet another frosting-squatch. Or was it Photoshopped onto the cake?

  5. Ceroill responds:

    Happy birthday, Loren! I do seem to recall having heard rumors about the texture and deliciousness of that cake, but I cannot find any corroborating documentation. The man in the background of the last photo is obviously part of a ‘mascot patrol’, an attempt to keep neighborhoods safe from these roving mutants.

  6. Daniel Loxton responds:

    I frankly don’t believe a word of it.

  7. harleyb responds:

    Happy B-day Mr. Coleman, how old are you 38? ha,ha,ha, thanks for making cryptomundo one of my favorite sites.

  8. ponyboy responds:

    Happy late birthday, Loren! Looks like you had a good one!

  9. mystery_man responds:

    I believe that giant clam is real and have seen no other ability to make such a suit. If this is so possible, why can’t anyone else reproduce that clam suit? Notice how realistic the texture is and the mobility of the fingers. I am sure it won’t be matched for, oh, say 40 years. 🙂 Hey is it me, or does that guy walking past in the bottom picture seem to be doing the same kind of look around as Patty? Happy Birthday, Loren. May this be another great year for you and cryptozoology.

  10. darkshines responds:

    Nah that cake looks fake to me. Clearly a load of otters, swimming in a line….

  11. Mothmanfan responds:

    DUDE bigfoot went to a costume shop and put on a HUMAN costume and walked into the shot unexpected!! then got her cousin, the yeti, and forced him into a clam costume. no doubt about it. just dont know who is in the cake…


  12. Grant responds:

    Happy birthday.

  13. Saribou responds:

    Looks like an otter to me

  14. Lesley responds:

    Happy B-day Loren!!!

  15. YourPTR! responds:

    Happy Birthday Loren. Love the cake!

  16. Valen responds:

    Finally! Proof of giant clams!!

    Happy birthday Loren!

  17. mrdark responds:

    Man, I don’t know why you guys keep posting these useless things. That’s clearly just a guy in a fur coat, or maybe a bear. Definitely not a sasquatch, sheesh. The gait is ALL wrong. Look at that fur, it’s far too glossy!


    Happy birthday, Loren!

  18. mitchigan responds:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love the tan line on the arms! Is it THAT sunny in Maine?

  19. Loren Coleman responds:

    They don’t call Maine “Vacationland” for nothing. The state is seen as naturally air-conditioned in the summers, and we have lots of tourists visit the state from Europe, Japan, hot Florida, NY, CT, and other foreign countries in New England. 🙂

    The autumns are well-known for the leaves changing colors (the annual invasion of “leaf peepers”), and the winters for winter sports (“snow birds”). Most activities are done on sunny days in Maine.

    The coast and hinderland of the state, in general, are very sunny. For example, Portland, Maine has an average of about 200 sunny or partly sunny days each year. Compare this to Portland, Oregon, which has less than 150 such days or Phoenix in the hot SW, which has close to 300. (Forecast for today, a pleasant and welcome 81-83 degrees, a slight ocean breeze, and sunny.)

    Also, while it can be cold and snowy in Maine (but not as cold and snowy as, for example, Buffalo, New York), along the coast in Portland, Maine, the weather is milder and with global warming, getting even more comfortable for most of the year.

    Furthermore, as opposed to people thinking I spend all my time inside on my computer, I am outside quite a bit (especially on sunny days). However, I was out in about three hours of thunderstorms yesterday, and enjoyed it greatly. They reminded me of the Midwest. 🙂

  20. DARHOP responds:

    Biiiiirrrrrrrrrtttttttthhhhhhh Daaayyyyyyyy
    Toooooooo Yooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!

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