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Is the Ozenkadnook Tiger a Cardboard Cryptid?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 12th, 2017

One of cryptozoology’s most iconic images is the so-called Ozenkadnook Tiger Photograph, reproduced below. It depicts a large, seemingly dark-bodied, white-striped Australian mystery beast supposedly snapped in b/w during 1964 by Melbourne-based Rilla Martin while holidaying in Victoria. She had apparently been driving along a dirt track near Ozenkadnook when she saw the creature at the edge of some woods, and after stopping the car she managed to snap a single photo of it before it ran off.

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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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Ivan Sanderson and the Lightbulb Lizard

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 29th, 2017

Illuminating a Herpetological Mystery From Trinidad

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The Jaws of Megalodon – Shark of Nightmare…and Reality?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 17th, 2017

It was only ever going to be a matter of time before my blog ShukerNature boldly went where it had never gone before, by confronting what may well be not only the most terrifying cryptid of all time but also the most controversial one – the cryptid that dare not speak its name, in fact, because that name is…Megalodon!

Read: The Jaws of Megalodon – Shark of Nightmare…and Reality? »


A Picture of Monkey Business – Or, How a Small Furry Pet Became a Giant Mystery Ape. Part 2: The True History of Ameranthropoides loysi

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 14th, 2017

Now it’s time to document this creature’s true history, by presenting the crucial yet all-too-long-overlooked information that conclusively exposed the entire Ameranthropoides episode as a blatant, deliberate hoax.

Read: A Picture of Monkey Business – Or, How a Small Furry Pet Became a Giant Mystery Ape. Part 2: The True History of Ameranthropoides loysi »


A Picture of Monkey Business – Or, How a Small Furry Pet Became a Giant Mystery Ape. Part 1: The ‘Official’ History of Ameranthropoides loysi

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 11th, 2017

There will never be a more appropriate time than right now to document the following case here on Cryptomundo, because this year, 2017, is its centennial – the hundredth anniversary of one of the most contentious zoological events in modern times. Namely, the alleged discovery of a hitherto-unrecognised species of ape in South America – a continent not known to possess any ape forms.

Read: A Picture of Monkey Business – Or, How a Small Furry Pet Became a Giant Mystery Ape. Part 1: The ‘Official’ History of Ameranthropoides loysi »


Fisher Pigs, Swamp Pigs, Hell Pigs, and Terminator Pigs – Entelodonts Emergent?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 5th, 2017

Whereas Arthurian legend had its Fisher King, rural Hungarian lore apparently once included an ostensibly real but presently-unidentified mystery beast known as the fisher pig.

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A Scaly Statuette of the Mokele-Mbembe?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 23rd, 2016

…it portrays a scaly long-necked, sturdy quadrupedally-bodied, long-tailed creature bearing more than a passing resemblance to eyewitness descriptions of the sauropod dinosaur-like cryptid known as the mokele-mbembe in the Congo and by other names elsewhere in tropical Africa.

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Cryptozoologist and Cryptozoology Book of 2016 – Two Awesome Birthday Presents!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 18th, 2016

The second week of December 2016 is not one that I shall long remember – and for all the right reasons! Not only did it contain my birthday but it also presented me with two unique birthday presents – Loren Coleman and his International Cryptozoology Museum did me the immense double honour of presenting me […]

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Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors

Posted by: Karl Shuker on November 29th, 2016

It has been 21 years since the original publication back in 1995 of In Search of Prehistoric Survivors, considered by many to be my finest cryptozoological volume. Not surprisingly, then, in subsequent years there has been a growing, persistent clamour among its numerous fans worldwide for me to prepare a new, updated edition. Now, at last, fulfilling a longstanding promise, I have done so – and what an update it is!

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Phony Photos of the Thunderbird and Bigfoot Kind

Posted by: Karl Shuker on October 31st, 2016

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Shooting Down Another Two Examples

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Here’s Nessie!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 20th, 2016

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The Loch Ness Monster (LNM) is not only the premier mystery beast of the United Kingdom, it also vies with the bigfoot or sasquatch as the most famous one anywhere in the world.

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Remembering Pedro – The Missing Mini-Mummy of Wyoming

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 31st, 2016

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Back in 2009, my article’s documentation of Pedro was fairly brief, but since then I have investigated this mystifying entity in further detail, enabling me to flesh out or highlight various aspects of its story that had previously been somewhat obscure, contradictory, or totally confused in other accounts accessed by me. Consequently, I am now presenting here a much-expanded, updated version of my original coverage of Pedro.

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Linnaeus’s Fury Worm – The History and Mystery of a Hellish Micro-Assassin

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 7th, 2016

Can a tiny creature that doesn’t even exist inflict agonising pain and even death upon its human victims? Ordinarily, I would say no – but the history (and mystery) of a virtually forgotten yet decidedly bizarre micro-assassin known as Furia infernalis, the hellish fury worm, is anything but ordinary.

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A Frog as Big as a Goat – The Most Mystifying Loch Ness Monster Sighting Ever?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 11th, 2016

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Of all of the many Nessie-related subjects documented by me down through the years (and now collected together in my forthcoming book Here’s Nessie: A Monstrous Compendium From Loch Ness), few have incited as many inquiries to me from readers and correspondents as the extraordinary ‘frog as big as a goat’ supposedly sighted one day by diver Duncan Macdonald while underwater in Loch Ness during the late 1800s.

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