Unicorn, Royal Mail postage stampCryptozoology 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.

 
Dog Faced Beast

Location: Pentland Firth (Orkney) - Waters of
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1919 / 1920s
Further Comments: The body of water was home to a sea creature with a long thick neck and a small head similar to that of a dog. It swam under one witness's boat.


 
Tall Creature

Location: Pentland Skerries (Orkney) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: Observed by a lone lighthouse keeper, this sea monster was seen to rise almost ten metres clear of the waves. A smaller creature had been seen fifteen years earlier by a fishing boat crew and a holiday maker.


 
Mermaids

Location: Perranuthnoe (Cornwall) - Cudden Point, off the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is another haunt for the Cornish merfolk.


 
Big Black Horse

Location: Peterhead (Aberdeenshire) - River Ugie by Inverugie Castle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having seen a big black horse grazing on the banks of the Ugie, a local man was warned that it was a kelpie. He found a 'waith-horse' bridle and managed to control the creature, setting it free once it had carried enough stones to make a bridge over the river.


 
Protected Boats

Location: Port Henderson (Highland) - Rocks along the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Local boat builder Roderick Mackenzie managed to sneak up on a sleeping mermaid and grabbed her by the hair. She requested that he let her go and in return would grant him a wish. Mackenzie wished that any boat he made would never sink, a tradition that was said to hold true throughout his career.


 
Merman

Location: Portgordon (Moray) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 15 August 1814
Further Comments: This figure normally warned of ill fortune at sea - if the crew of a fishing vessel spotted him, they would return to port for the day. Two fishermen spotted two of the creatures in 1814 - one they described as black in colour, with curly hair and long arms, while the other was female with long hair.


 
Mermaid

Location: Portland (Dorset) - Church Ope Cove
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that a mermaid came ashore here, but died soon after being found by local people heading to church.


 
Veasta

Location: Portland (Dorset) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1457, 1757, 1995
Further Comments: This sea monster is reported to have the head of a seahorse but the tail of a fish. Robert Westwood, in his 'Mysterious Places of Dorset', points out that the earlier sighting in 1457 was actually a giant cockerel which emerged from the sea and crowed three times before submerging.


 
Creature

Location: Portree, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Woman's Loch, by Sithean Beinne Bho'idhich
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water monster has been reported inhabiting the loch.


 
Battered Serpent

Location: Portscatho (Cornwall) - Gerrans Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1876
Further Comments: Caught by two fishermen who found the beast wrapped around their offshore crabbing equipment, they proceeded to hit it with an oar before finally killing the creature on nearby rocks.


 
Pooka

Location: Poulaphouca Reservoir (County Wicklow) - Beneath the waters
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre 1944
Further Comments: This valley was reported to be home to a pooka before it was flooded to create the reservoir.


 
Rotting Sea Serpent

Location: Praa Sands (Cornwall) - Beach
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1933
Further Comments: The body of what was thought to be a sea monster was later identified as a rotting basking shark.


 
Serpent?

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - River Ribble
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1999
Further Comments: Sheila Smith reported seeing a serpent in the waters of the river. It was thought that the creature was likely to have been an eel.


 
Black Shape

Location: Red Wharf Bay (Gwynedd) - Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: Staff at the Minydon hotel watched a ten meter long black shape swim by, both the front part of the creature and the end of the tail protruding from the water. Several other sightings of strange sea creatures were reported in the area throughout the year.


 
Rake

Location: Rendlesham (Suffolk) - Pond shaped like an 'S'
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This freshwater mermaid was reputed to be armed with a rake, ready to drag in any children who strayed too close.


 
Cockatrice

Location: Renwick (Cumbria) - Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1733?
Further Comments: This mythical creature, made up of pieces of dragon, serpent and cock, took up residence in the church when it fell into ruin. A local man named John Tallantire (or Tallantine) killed the creature using a branch from a rowan tree (or hawthorn), though some locals say it is still seen flying about at dusk.


 
Beast of Bodalog

Location: Rhayader (Powys) - Area around Bodalog Farm
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: September 1988 to December 1988
Further Comments: Thirty five sheep were killed over several months by an unknown creature which dispatched livestock with a bite just below the neck. It was speculated that the creature came from the nearby river at night. Due to flattened grass around the kills, some speculated it was the work of a large snake.


 
Mermaid

Location: Rinns of Islay (Highland) - Small island off Rinns of Islay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: There are several entities said to haunt this small island, including a mermaid, the sound of rattling chains, and water horses. A woman supervising cattle on the island was attacked by something tall and hairy, with no skin upon its face. She managed to survive by throwing boiling water over the entity and creating a magic circle, remaining inside it.


 
Afanc

Location: River Conwy (Clwyd) - Llyn yr Afranc (aka Beaver Pool)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Afanc was a monster, thought to resemble a beaver, which attacked locals and dragged them to the bottom of the river. The beast was defeated after being tricked into sleeping by a fair maiden.


 
Gipping Girl

Location: River Gipping (Suffolk) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The mermaid that frequented the Gipping would prey on children who played near the deeper waters of the river.


 
Goat Headed Monster

Location: River Stour (Suffolk) - Exact location not known (and possible that it is not the Suffolk Stour)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1500s?
Further Comments: Taken from 'Suffolk', by Lady Eveline Camilla (Newton) Gurdon: Fishers toke a disfigured divell, in a certain Stoure (which is a mighty gathering togither of waters from some narrow lake of the sea), a horrible monster with a goat's head, and eyes shyning lyke fyre, whereuppon they were all afrayde and ranne awaye ; and that ghoste plunged himselfe under the ice, and running tippe and downe in the stoure made a terrible noyse and sound.


 
Strange Animals

Location: Rochester (Kent) - Blue Bell Hill, near Rochester
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: An ostrich was seen by a driver during the 1990s near the haunted hill, but when he stopped to investigate, the creature had changed into a large black cat which ran away. The cat (or another one) had been seen there in the past, as has a large hairy beast, thought by the witness to be a gorilla.


 
Mermaid

Location: Rostherne Mere (Cheshire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Easter Sunday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Her reasons unknown, this mermaid returns once a year to ring a bell hidden deep underwater and sing.


 
Horse o' Hillaroo

Location: Rothiesholm, Stronsay (Orkney) - Mound of Hillaroo
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A winged horse was said to be found atop of the mound of Hillaroo. The horse would swoop down on unlucky travellers, favouring children, and carry them off to an unknown fate.


 
Nuggle

Location: Rousay (Orkney) - Loch of Knitchen
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing as a beautiful black horse, this creature would hide amongst other 'real' horses near the waters edge. True to water horse form, if anyone tried to ride the beast it would head straight for the water in an attempt to drown the person.


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