Cryptozoology Reports from the Paranormal Database

Cryptozoology tends to be split into two areas of study. The first deals with animals which are classified from fossil evidence, but are currently considered extinct. The classic example of this type is the Thylacine; the creature officially died out in the early twentieth century, though sightings of the Australian animal still occur today. OOP (Out of Place) creatures are also categorised under this heading, such as the hundreds of Alien Big Cats sightings reported in the UK each year.

The second area of research examines creatures for which no tangible evidence exists, but are carried down the ages in the form of folk stories and myths, or the witness reports are too fantastic to be readily accepted. The following list is a collection of both types of report...

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Blobster

Location: Benbecula (Outer Hebrides) - Shores
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A dead four metre long creature was washed up on the beach, with diamond shaped fins sitting along its back - the creature could not be identified.


 


Green Shark

Location: Berwick on Tweed (Northumberland) - River Tweed
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 16 September 1757
Further Comments: An 1.8 metre long shark was discovered in this river, green in colour and no doubt a long way from home.


 


Tailed Bigfoot

Location: Bilington (Kent) - Field near the town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: May 1961
Further Comments: Two girls walking from school reported seeing a large hairy figure running into nearby woods, complete with an unmistakeable tail.


 


Sandwell Vallygator

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Sandwell Valley
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: An American snapper which had either escaped or been set free was first spotted in a lake here, though it was two years before the creature was actually caught.


 


Tall Monkey with Glowing Eyes

Location: Bolam (Northumberland) - Bolam Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: A late night fishing party reported seeing an eight foot creature standing upright, with radiant eyes.


 


Unseen Tarbh-uisge

Location: Borerary, St Kilda (Outer Hebrides) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During one dark and stormy evening one of several men sheltering in a hut wished that he had a fat oxen. No sooner had he wished for one, there could be heard the sound of a bull just outside. However all in the hut were to terrified to look and see what had appeared. It was only next morning when they ventured out they found plenty of cloven hoof track but no sign of what had left them.


 


Tasmanian Wolf

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Western Avenue, Branksome
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 07 April 1974
Further Comments: A strange cat-like creature spotted by a female driver was later identified by her as a Tasmanian wolf, though the creature is thought extinct.


 


Big Bird

Location: Bradford (Yorkshire) - Skies above town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1982 / 83
Further Comments: A large bird seen in the skies above the town was originally identified as an eagle or an escaped condor by its witnesses; twenty years later a few of them now claim it to have been a pterodactyl.


 


The Kerry Carabuncle

Location: Brandon (County Kerry) - Mount Brandon - Lough Veagh and/or Lough Geal
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lake is home to a mythical snake-like beast which is covered in jewels and gold. The monster is said only to appear once every seven years.


 


Grey Horse

Location: Brecon (Powys) - River Honddu
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Home of a Welsh water horse, this creature who tempt people to sit on it before terrifying the rider by dragging them over rough land and through the air.


 


Red Flying Squid

Location: Broadford, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Coast near the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 12 January 1952
Further Comments: Constable John Morrison kicked a squid he found on a beach, only for the creature to wrap a 180 centimetre tentacle around his ankle. The policeman managed to remove his boot and killed the cephalopod with rocks and a set of shears.


 


Monster's Grave

Location: Brynberian (Dyfed) - Prehistoric burial ground
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The people of the village once found a water monster in a nearby lake - they took the creature and buried it on the mountain slope.


 


Buckland Shag

Location: Buckland (Surrey) - Stream near the village, and rock in the North Downs
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water monster set up home in this small body of water, until driven away by a local clergyman. A large rock located in the North Downs is still stained red with the bloody of the Shag's victims.


 


Sea Serpent

Location: Bude (Cornwall) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: October 1883 and/or October 1911
Further Comments: This creature was reported by the vicar of the local parish - he reported it moved at around 25 miles per hour, and left an oily wake.


 


Smelly Creature

Location: Burra Haaf (Shetlands) - Waters in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: Several reports of a creature with a sail-like body and a flipper on the end of its nose exist in this region of water off the Shetland Isles. A fishing crew who encountered it stated the beast destroyed several of their nets, and came so close to their boat they could detect a pungent stench.


 


Swan Eater

Location: Burscough (Lancashire) - Martin Mere
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: An unknown large creature was seen to attack several swans from beneath the water of the lake - it is believed to be a type of large catfish, which can grow up to sixteen feet in length. There has also been at least one mermaid sighting in the lake, and Sir Lancelot's body is supposed to be buried nearby.


 


Water Monster

Location: Cadair Idris (Gwynedd) - Llyn Cau (lake)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: Rumoured to be a bottomless lake, the waters are reportedly home to a water monster that once drowned a man foolish enough to try to swim across it.


 


Famh

Location: Cairngorn Mountain Range (Highland) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This author isn't sure if this isn't a joke, but... the Famh is said to be some kind of dog / mole hybrid (or a dole!), which possesses a vicious set of teeth and a disproportionately sized mouth. It lurks in the mountain range, shying away from human contact. The area is also haunted by a piper, who is seen standing on the tallest peaks, and is heard playing at night.


 


Mer Children

Location: Calf of Man (Isle of Man) - Rocky area, exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1810
Further Comments: Three men from Douglas found two merchildren on the rocks. One was already dead, but they saved the second child and took it to their town. The creature was described as around 60.3 centimetres in length and brown in colour, although the scales around its tail were slightly violet, and the hair on its head light green.


 


Child Killer

Location: Callander (Perth and Kinross) - Loch Venachar
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1800
Further Comments: The water horse in this loch was blamed for the deaths of children who were attempting to cross the water.


 


Shorted Armed Mermaid

Location: Campbeltown (Argyll and Bute) - Kintyre Peninsula
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 18 October 1811
Further Comments: Watched by a farmer for two hours, this mermaid had a pale upper body and a red/grey tail covered in hair. Its face was human, with deep-set eyes and short neck. The creature combed the hair on its head with what looked like short, stubby arms before diving into the water and washing its torso.


 


Long Necked Creature

Location: Campbeltown Loch (Argyll and Bute) - Kilkerran Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1934
Further Comments: Two local men reported this creature after watching it splashing around in the waters. They described it as having the head and neck of a giraffe, and although the body remained submerged, a dorsal fin could be seen.


 


Gorilla?

Location: Cannock (Staffordshire) - Cannock Chase Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa July 2008
Further Comments: A group of friends walking through the area in the early hours of the morning spotted a tall dark figure which quickly ducked down - one of the group approached it, only to hear it run off. Walking back towards their car, two of the group heard a roar which they believed sounded like a silver backed gorilla. One person also reported red eyes glaring at them from the bushes.


 


Red Sea Monster

Location: Canvey Island (Essex) - Exact location unknown
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 1953 and 11 August1954
Further Comments: Two unidentified sea creatures were found dead on the island within a year of each other. Both were less than a metre in size, brown-red in colour, possessing sharp teeth, large eyes, gills, and what appeared to be two legs and feet.


 


Whirlpool

Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - River Taff
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water monster was once thought to live here, a reappearing whirlpool forming as it fed from a drowned body.


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