Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Loch Lomond Monster

The Loch Lomond beastie mystery .

Located in both the lowlands and the southern Highlands of Scotland, Loch Lomond is second only to Loch Ness in volume of water. For years there have been reports by residents living near the loch of a strange creature seen in the water. Some eyewitnesses describe the creature as being like the Loch Ness monster, a plesiosaur like creature, others say it looks like a large crocodile. Then several eyewitnesses in 1997 said they had seen a 12 foot long beast eating the ducks in Loch Lomond. This article appeared in the press:
Croc Lomond Monster ~ Mystery Of 'Beast' Caught On Film.
By Ray Notarangelo.
A mystery monster has been seen gobbling ducks in Loch Lomond. the 12ft long beast, now captured on video, has left scientists baffled.One even said it looked like a giant crocodile? SSPCA chiefs yesterday confirmed they had received several reports about the new Nessie.A five-minute film of the beast has been shot by pals making a pop video on the banks of Loch Lomond, near Rowardennan. Edinburgh freelance journalist Nick Taylor, who owns the film, said: "When the group were packing up they discovered this creature swimming in the water. The thing was gliding through the water slowly, but it often picked up speed and swam against the tide. They got quite a shock, especially when it started to swim towards them at one point. They thought it looked like some giant crocodile or alligator. They had never seen anything like it before.SSPCE spokeswoman Doreen Graham said: "People came on the phone saying to us: 'I hope you don't think I'm mad, but I've seen a strange creature in Loch Lomond.' ~ One man told us they were looking at a flock of ducks on the loch when suddenly one was pulled under the surface. If anyone can solve the mystery we'd love to hear from them."
Source: Daily Record: 10th April 1997.
The film ended up on the desk of Dr. Andrew Kitchener, of the Royal Museum of Scotland. After viewing the tape he admitted that the creature it showed did appear to be a crocodile; however he made it clear that a crocodile would be unable to survive in Loch Lomond. Dr. Kitchener was able to rule out a mink or an otter as the creature in the videos identity.
So what was it? Well our old friend the sturgeon is a contender and does look reptilian , or even huge pike perhaps, they are known to eat ducklings. Could it have been an abandoned pet croc which got too big to look after? It would have survived for a short time but the cold would eventually have killed it. The mystery remains . If anyone knows of any more recent sightings please post a comment.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Zombie worms and marine cryptids

Zombie worms ate plesiosaur bones
A type of deep-sea worm that eats whale bones has existed for 100 million years and may have chewed up chunks of the fossil record, a study suggests.Researchers found bore-holes indicative of Osedax worms in the fossilised flipper of a plesiosaur, and the rib and shell of an ancient sea turtle.This implies that these scavengers, also known as zombie worms, may have influenced which fossils remain today.The research appears in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters.
"Our discovery shows that these bone-eating worms did not co-evolve with whales, but that they also devoured the skeletons of large marine reptiles that dominated oceans in the age of the dinosaurs," said the study's co-author Dr Nicholas Higgs, a researcher at Plymouth University's Marine Institute. "Osedax, therefore, prevented many skeletons from becoming fossilised, which might hamper our knowledge of these extinct leviathans."

Interesting, could this be why no remains have been found of some marine cryptids?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Yeti Theme Park?

A new Yeti resort in Siberia is to be opened to encourage tourists to find the elusive Abominable Snowman

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 January 2013
The development is in an area of the world that claims to have one of the highest number of sightings of a legendary creature also known as Bigfoot.
The new Yeti Park will be constructed at Sheregesh ski resort, in the stunning Shoria Mountain area of Kemerovo region in southern Siberia. The development comes with a pledge by the region's governor Aman Tuleyev to offer a one million rouble ($33,000) reward to anyone who can catch a Yeti and prove its existence.
'I'll pay a million to anyone who will find the Yeti and bring it to see the me. I'll sit down with him, chat and have a cup of tea', he promised.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The beast of the Danube aka a monster fish

 The beast of the Danube

Not all large creatures are cryptids. Fish can grow to enormous size.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Loch Fyne Monster?

Loch Fyne is about 41 miles long and is one of the longest sea lochs in Scotland. The journey from Glasgow takes about 2 hours by car .It is well known for it’s oysters and kippers (smoked herring).
There are tales about a monster in the Loch but from many centuries ago.
A paragraph in the book by Sir Archibald Dunbar ‘Scottish Kings’ (1899) stated that in July 1570  a creature which was the size of a ship’s mast was seen to surface in Loch Fyne. It was described as having“great eyes”. It was said locally that sometime later a huge unidentified carcass was found on the banks of the loch. No further information was available. It is not the supernatural event that is supposed to take place on the Loch, in the waters  close  to Inveraray there is supposed to be a phantom ship which marks the imminent death of a senior member of the Campbell clan. It was last sighted in 1913 when three members of the ship’s crew were seen on  deck. It also moves over land.
So folk tales you may think but then I came across an article in The Glasgow Herald from 17th August 1949.
Mr P Talbot of Caernarvonshire was on a yachting holiday. His chauffeur was with him according to the article. They saw a great creature in the Loch. It was described as 25-30 feet long with a dorsal hump or fin. It had a long neck about 2 feet out of the water and a white face. He was about an hour away from Ardrishaig sailing in the yacht and the creature was about 80 yards away.
See the original article here:

Basking Sharks are known to enter the Loch and in 1939 it was reported that one 30 feet long startled two fishermen. However that does not explain the long neck and white face of the creature reported. I wonder if there are any other more recent sightings? Please comment if you know of any.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Mystery Amphibian found in Vietnam

Vietnam: Officials try to trace 'mystery amphibian'
By News from Elsewhere...
Officials in Vietnam are on the hunt for a mystery amphibian which was apparently captured and then sold in the north of the country, it's reported.Photos of the metre-long animal were posted on Facebook by a man who says he pulled it from a pond near his home in the Vinh Phuc region, Thanh Nien News website reports. But local environment officials don't know what it is, despite searching records of native species. While it bears some resemblance to a giant salamander, native to neighbouring China, officials say even if it's a related species there is no explanation for how it came to be found hundreds of miles away in northern Vietnam. And tracking it down now could prove tricky - the man who uploaded the images told Thanh Nien News that he has sold it, and won't give any more details.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Lorna McNessie

Toymaker Mattel creates new doll Lorna McNessie

The toymaker behind Barbie has created a new doll inspired by the Loch Ness Monster myth.Lorna McNessie is one of the latest additions to Mattel's Monster High, a range of characters that also includes zombies, ghosts and werewolves. She is described as the daughter of the Loch Ness Monster and is from Rotland - Monster High's version of Scotland. Loch Ness Bid, an organisation that promotes the loch and surrounding area, has welcomed the doll's creation.
Read rest see photo here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31535505