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.

Hungry Worm

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - Llyn-y-Gadair
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth Century
Further Comments: A group of men swimming across this lake were attacked by a large worm-like monster. One of the people was grabbed and consumed by the beast.

Speared Serpent

Location: Solway Firth (Dumfries and Galloway) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After finishing off the local fish population, a large serpent came ashore and started snacking on the local population. Survivors set a trap for the creature; a long line of sharpened wooden stakes were placed along the waterline, which the beast impaled itself upon.

Glassy Eyed Mermaid

Location: Sound of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Becalmed in their skiff after setting out from the Sound of Mull, two men spotted a creature in the water which had the head, neck and upper torso of a woman, although the hair was more coarse and the eyes glassy.


Location: South Cockerington (Lincolnshire) - Mill Hill Way
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 13 August and 15 August 2010
Further Comments: On two separate occasions, two different police officers reported seeing a monkey along this road. Both described the creature as 'a similar size to a squirrel, dark brown in colour with a long, straight, upright tail'.

Long Grey Creature

Location: Southwold (Suffolk) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 October 1938
Further Comments: While casting their nets, two fishermen watched a long grey creature from a distance of around thirty metres. They stated that the beast was grey in colour, moved at great speed, and estimated the length to be around twenty metres. However, a story later appeared in the local press that the 'creature' was nothing more than several pieces of lumber bound together.

Wild Man

Location: Sproughton (Suffolk) - Unknown
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 16th Century
Further Comments: No further information


Location: St Asaph (Clwyd) - Cefn Caves
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1870
Further Comments: Measuring around one hundred and forty centimetres in length, a crocodile was said to have been killed by a local man in this cave.

Rabbit Hunting

Location: St Audries (Somerset) - Unnamed area near the town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1994
Further Comments: John Corbett reported seeing a wolverine hunting rabbits close to St Audries.

Large Water Horse

Location: St Brides Bay (Dyfed) - Shore line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Caught by a ploughman, the water horse allowed itself be use on nearby fields for a few weeks, before dragging both plough and man into the sea from which they never emerged.


Location: St Kilda (Outer Hebrides) - Small loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mythical water bull was said to live in a lochan on St Kilda until it was killed by the islanders. It was said that any calf born with small or deformed ears was as a result of a union between a Tarbh-uisge and a cow.

Great Auk

Location: St Kilda (Outer Hebrides) - Stac-an-armin
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1840s
Further Comments: The last known Great Auk sighting in the UK took place on the little island of Stac-an-Armin. The unfortunate bird was beaten to death by three men who mistook the creature for a witch that had summoned a storm.

Long Sea Beast

Location: St Margaret's Bay (Kent) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1912
Further Comments: This sea serpent was observed moving swiftly through the water, vanishing from view after a sailing boat moved too close to it.

Howling Creature

Location: St Pierre du Bois (Guernsey) - Rocquaine Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: prior to a storm
Further Comments: Heard but never seen, a creature was said to howl close to the reef when a storm was due.

Cow Bone

Location: Stanion (Northamptonshire) - Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The church is home to a bone just under two metres in length, which is claimed to have come from a giant cow. The cow would provide free milk for the whole village, but was finally approached by a jealous witch who made the creature try to fill a perforated bucket - the cow dropped dead of exhaustion.


Location: Strichen (Aberdeenshire) - Deep pool near Braco Farm (likely to no longer exist)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Faced with crossing a flooded stream by foot, one man spotted a black horse nearby and mounted it. Unfortunately the horse was actually a kelpie, and dived into the deepest part of the stream, drowning the man. On another occasion, the kelpie took the form of an old man, only revealing its true form when bashed on the head.

The Stronsa Beast

Location: Stronsay (Orkney) - Beach
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1808
Further Comments: This grey, seventeen metre long creature was first seen floating dead in the sea, before a storm washed it on the beach. It reportedly possessed six legs, and had a mane along its back and tail. Another storm which hit the island soon after the discovery destroyed the corpse. The creature was finally declared to be a rotting basking shark carcass, though the body was five metres longer than the largest basking shark ever recorded.

Black-Browed Albatross

Location: Sula Sgeir (Outer Hebrides) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Named Albert, the Black-Browed Albatross spotted on the island was considered lost, as he was several thousand miles from his normal habitat.


Location: Swansea (West Glamorgan) - Pluck Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 27 April 2008, and July 2015
Further Comments: In 2008, a witness reported seeing an one metre long crocodile in this body of water. The location was checked by a member of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, Gwilym Games. Seven years later, video footage was captured of a bird being attacked by something in the water, with various people claiming the creature was a terrapin or a pike rather than a croc.


Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - A1066 at Snare Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1979
Further Comments: Several witnesses reported seeing a bear on the outskirts of the nearby forest.

Strange Animals

Location: Thornaby-on-Tees (Yorkshire) - Bassleton Woods
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Perhaps more legend than cryptozoological, but this wooded area is said to be home to strange water creatures and colourful non-native birdlife.

Creature with Many Humps

Location: Thorpeness (Suffolk) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1931
Further Comments: Witnessed by three women, this creature was said to move at great speed.

Wild Dogs?

Location: Thundersley (Essex) - Wensley Road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: A pair of large dog-like creatures have been observed in this area, and are thought to live in the nearby woodland. The disappearance of neighbourhood cats has been blamed on the creatures.

Naked Mermaid?

Location: Thurso (Highland) - Sandside Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1798
Further Comments: William Munro, a schoolmaster from Thurso, watched a naked woman combing her hair on a rock in the bay. After a few minutes she diving under the water and vanished.


Location: Thurton (Norfolk) - A146 northbound, between Ferry Road and Hall Road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 12 October 2012, approximately 20:30h
Further Comments: A taxi driver reported seeing a large, silver grey creature resembling a wolf eating something in the middle of the road. As the driver passed the creature, it looked up briefly before continuing to eat.

Sea Serpent

Location: Tintangel (Cornwall) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1907
Further Comments: A student and a chaplain watched a large sea beast swim by while watching from this point.

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