Happy Birthday Cryptomundo!

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 29th, 2006

Mystery Fish Enhanced

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It is a few minutes beyond midnight in the East, and a year ago today – on September 29, 2005 – Cryptomundo was born. Thank you everyone, for a wonderful first year of Cryptomundo! The images here are a quick trip down memory lane.


Mawas sketch by Peter Loh

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Loren Coleman at Willow Creek

Oregon Game Camera Photo

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Wallace Casts


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.

38 Responses to “Happy Birthday Cryptomundo!”

  1. Dan responds:

    I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but that last image was funny to me now that all the questions about who she is have been answered.

    Happy birthday, Cryptomundo! I hope there are many, many, many, many years ahead with many monumental discoveries ahead.

  2. YarriWarrior responds:

    A VERY Happy Birthday to the greatest cryptozoology blog on the entire web! I am sure this site will be here for many more years to come, you have my deepest regards and respect, YarriWarrior

  3. Tobar responds:

    Woo happy birthday everybody! Twas a great year!

  4. Sky King responds:

    Has it been a year ALREADY? Very, very happy birthday Cryptomundo, Craig, Loren et al, and may you/we/they have many, many, MANY more!


  5. Whip responds:

    Happy Birthday, Cryptomundo!

    The first Year was a landrush of information and news about cryptozoology. I hope, the Future will bring more fantastic Stuff all about the hidden Animals worldwide.

    Great work! Thanks to Loren, Craig, John and Rick!

  6. jackowenspillman responds:

    Congratulations and Thank You!

  7. MrInspector responds:

    Happy Birthday, Cryptomundo.

  8. lastensugle responds:

    One year already, happy birthday to all of you at cryptomundo! Each of the above pictures reminds me of a great story, hope there’s many more birthdays to come. I can’t help myself to mention this once again, but isn’t that a young David Bowie standing above the mystery fish in the first picture?

  9. Craig Woolheater responds:

    Yes, it has been quite a year. And in light of the latest news concerning the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker news from Florida, here is the very first post from Cryptomundo from September 29, 2005.

    Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Rediscovered

  10. Valen responds:

    Happy B’day to Cryptomundo. It has become a daily stop for me and I always learn something new on each visit. Cheers!

  11. Demian66 responds:

    Happy Birthday from Germany!

    Great Job, best Cryptosite in the universe and one of my most favourite sites in the whole www-world.

    Hope you have lots of great stories to report in the coming months and hopefully also years: may be on the issue of the Malaysian Bigfoot (I do not dare to call it Johor Bigfoot, yes I still believe in some truth behind this story ;-)), may be on giant hominoids closer to (your) home.

    Two questions:
    1) any new developments on the alleged 17th century Bigfoot in the Sankt Petersburg museum;
    2) what is this astonishing fish-like creature pictured on the top photo?

    For all the fun of the past 12 months: cheers!

  12. Dudlow responds:

    Thank you Cryptomundo; you always brighten my day.

  13. Sharm responds:

    Happy Birthday and thank you for all those interesting posts and comments 🙂

  14. rdcoolman responds:

    Yes, Happy Birthday! And here is something you might want to check into:

    You may have already heard this, but our local CBS affiliate (WANE Ft Wayne, IN) reported this morning that home video had been made of what appeared to be a large felid in neighboring Adams County. The clip was shown and looked quite convincingly cat-like, though it was not terribly close-up. It also appeared to be quite large – leopard sized possibly. They checked with the local zoo & they admitted it looked like a large cat & suggested that one may have escaped captivity. The cat appeared to be darker than I think of a Puma being, but was very cat-like. This is either authentic or a very good hoax, because it couldn’t really be anything but a cat. The tail, the walk, were very convincing. Thought you might be interested. BC

  15. mystery_man responds:

    Man, do I love this site.

    I spent a long time just reading it until I finally registered. Now getting on here is one of the things I look forward to everyday when I get home from work. This site has the best articles and the most intelligent, knowledgable posters of any other cryptozoological site I know of. Keep up the good work and I look forward to more good things to come here.

    Happy Birthday, Cryptomundo!

  16. smylex responds:

    Happy birthday!

  17. fuzzy responds:

    Loren, Craig, Rick & John!

    Great concept, intriguing site, fascinating subjects, evocative images, dynamic visitors, challenging commentary, stimulating debates, and an exciting introduction to a whole new view of Nature’s cryptic creatures!

    Thanks for a first year-ful of entertainment and education ~ and best wishes for many more ahead!


  18. Autumnbelle responds:

    Happy Birthday Cryptomundo! For such a youngster, this site packs a lot of information! Congratulations on the first year, and here’s to all of those to come!

  19. bill green responds:

    hey Loren, Craig, John, Rick, happy birthday to Cryptomundo. I hope you all put more new stories about sasquatch & cryptozoology animals that are throughly investigated etc. thanks 🙂

  20. maceman444 responds:

    WOW! I found this website a few months ago and had no idea it was still in its rookie year. I had lost my interest in cryptozoology for many years until I came to this site, and now its become a daily ritual to visit the site.

    Thanks to everyone who has made this website possible and thanks to the bloggers as well. I’ve learned a lot from all of you in these few months and hope to learn much more in the years to come. Happy Birthday!

  21. planettom responds:


    Here is to many more successful years for Cryptomundo!

    Happy Birthday Cryptomundo.com!

  22. The Dirty Bubble responds:

    Happy birthday! I’m at this site everyday, and it never fails to inform and entertain.

  23. RickMoran responds:

    Happy Happy Birthday! from everyone at the Association for the Study of Unexplained Phenomenon.

  24. Lee Pierce responds:

    I come here everyday. Lots of fun. Thanks Loren and all who make this site possible. A special thanks to Bigfoot. Without you and your Crypto peers, life would be dull.

  25. t3hbigv responds:

    I may say next to nothing, but happy b-day!

  26. Lesley responds:

    Happy Birthday and many more!

  27. twblack responds:

    I Love this site!

  28. a_welch90 responds:

    Fantastic site! A very happy birthday to cryptomundo and continued success to it!

  29. MK2_Bigfoot responds:

    Congratulations on an amazing site!

  30. cromcrom responds:

    Joyeux anniversaire à cryptomundo et toute la communauté 🙂

  31. parkus responds:

    Hey, congratulations,

    I’ve been here for just a few weeks. What’s the deal with that first photo? I’ve never seen that before.

  32. embrynat2000 responds:

    happy birthday cryptomundo!

  33. crgintx responds:

    Congratulations on your one year birthday from the listeners of Elfis.net. What has been hidden will be revealed.

  34. Craig Woolheater responds:

    A several people have asked about the first photo here in this entry. That is the subject of one of the most popular topics ever here on Cryptomundo, the Mystery Fish photo. Click link to read all about it!

  35. dhricenak responds:

    Has it only been a year?

  36. ghost responds:

    Happy birthday to the site!!!!!! It has been good, and I hope it stays that way.

  37. cor2879 responds:

    Happy Birthday Cryptomundo

    Thanks to Loren, Craig, and John for all the hard work you guys put in to this site.

  38. kacoshiajewl responds:

    well i have not been on for long, but I must wish the site a happy birth day. I hope that this site stays up for a long time.

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