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.

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.


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.


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.

Kentish Apeman

Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells (Kent) - Tunbridge Wells Common
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1940s onwards, last seen October 2012
Further Comments: A two and a half metre tall hairy hominid with glowing red eyes has periodically been reported in this area since World War 2.


Location: Rufford (Lancashire) - Woods around the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It has been reported that woodland around this area is home of a green and red lizard the size of a large dog. The creature is also said to have been seen digging in the parish church...

Water Horse

Location: Rysa (Orkney) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says this island was home to a water horse, although nothing more is known.


Location: Saffron Walden (Essex) - Exact location unknown
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This medieval creature which killed people with its eyes took up residence near the town, only to be defeated by a man wearing mirrored armour.

Barking Beast

Location: Salcombe (Devon) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1970
Further Comments: A serpent like creature which was reported in the area was claimed to be a large conger eel, though this wouldn't explain the strange barking sounds that were also accredited to the sea monster.


Location: Salisbury (Wiltshire) - Laverstock area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 2005
Further Comments: This sixty centimetre tall creature, christened 'Catgarookey' because it looks like a cat-kangaroo-monkey hybrid, was spotted several times in the region. The fact that the animal possessed a black and yellow tail with a white tip suggests the 'beast' is little more than an escaped racoon family member.

Wild Man of the Woods

Location: Salisbury (Wiltshire) - Woodland near the town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1877
Further Comments: A wild man who lived in the woods was shot at when he attacked and tried to kidnap a local farmer's wife. The creature was never seen again.

Naked Man

Location: Sandford Orcas (Dorset) - Woodland
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century?
Further Comments: A naked figure who was said to haunt these wooded areas was said to be a wild man of the woods.


Location: Saxmundham (Suffolk) - Railway Line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 11:20h, 09 July 2012
Further Comments: A train driver reported spotting an emu crossing the Ipswich / Lowestoft track.

Remains of the Bay

Location: Scalloway (Shetlands) - Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1810
Further Comments: The remains of a large mystery sea creature drifted into Scalloway Bay. Described as a looking like an upturned vessel, it remained in the bay for two weeks before disappearing - during this time, no one was brave enough to approach it for a closer look.


Location: Scalloway (Shetlands) - Waters around the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area in particular was thought to be home to humanoid sea creatures that drowned their victims before partaking of the deceased flesh.

Humped Creature

Location: Scalpay Island (Highland) - Waters off the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: Four witnesses in a yacht reported seeing two humped creatures swimming off the coast of the island. One witness estimated the length of the serpents to be at least forty feet (twelve metres).


Location: SE13 (Greater London) - Beckenham Place Park, Lewisham
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Footprints resembling those of a kangaroo were reported in the park, while another witness reported the creature had kicked her dog. No sightings of the roo have been reported since.


Location: Seaton Burn (Yorkshire) - Skies over the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1990
Further Comments: A Pterodactyl-shaped creature with a six metre wingspan flew around six metres over the top of houses. The creature moved at around 30mph and made absolutely no sound.

Killer Octopus

Location: Sedmouth (Sidmouth?) (Cornwall) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1890s
Further Comments: An octopus was said to have killed several people along the coast here during a year in this decade, although the story is likely fake.

The Deaf Adder

Location: Sevenoaks (Kent) - Woodland in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This terminator-like serpent was said to be completely deaf, but if the snake spotted anyone, it would pursue its victim, never giving up the chase until it had bitten its prey. The bite was always fatal.

Each Ceannan Dubh

Location: Shandra (County Antrim) - Loch an Eich
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Each Ceannan Dubh was a magical horse with fire burning in its eyes. The creature also had a large spear embedded in its chest. Each Ceannan Dubh died after galloping into a wall, the impact pushing the spear further into its chest and piercing its heart.


Location: Shannon Estuary (County Clare) - Close to Scattery Island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa AD 500
Further Comments: Saint Senan engaged a peist in this body of water. The creature, with fiery eyes and venomous mouth, fell after the saint made the sign of the cross, and was bound and thrown into Doo Lough (or Doolough).

Scaly Horse

Location: Shapinsay (Orkney) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1902
Further Comments: A creature with the body of a horse was observed by several fishermen, who reported it had scales like a fish, and a spotted effect over its body.

Each Uisge

Location: Shawbost, Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Valley in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two cousins, Dark Mary and Fair Mary, spent the night in a shieling in a valley near to Shawbost. One night an each-uisge (a water spirit) appeared in the guise of little old lady and tricked the cousins into letting her spend the night with them - Fair Mary was murdered by the each-uisge, and it escaped into the night.

Upright Beast

Location: Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire) - Deep within the forest
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local teenage myth says that the forest is home to a tall hairy man, whose eyes glow red in the dark. There is a chance that this is a modern version of the tree spirits that were once said to live here.

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