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.

 
Sea Horse

Location: West Wemyss (Fife) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1939
Further Comments: A six metre long monster with the head and mane of a horse and large eyes was spotted by a team of fishermen.


 
Long Neck

Location: Westcliff on Sea (Essex) - Mouth of the Thames
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1923
Further Comments: Two crew members, one of whom being the captain, spotted a two metre long snakelike neck twice rise from the river, the monster's head briefly looking around before vanishing.


 
Four Legged Beast

Location: Western coast (Isle of Man) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1910
Further Comments: The Captain of the HMS Caesar reported seeing a reptilian creature leaping out the sea, which he compared to a 'skinned chow dog'(!), though much larger in size.


 
Long Necked Creature

Location: Weston-super-Mere (Somerset) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 02 December 1988
Further Comments: Three witnesses watched for several minutes a strange creature possessing a long neck swimming around in the mist covered sea.


 
Nygole

Location: Whalsay (Shetlands) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water horse known as a Nygole was found by a traveller returning from the kriegs at Skura. Mistaking the creature for a normal horse, the traveller mounted it, only realising his mistake after the Nygole set off at a fantastic speed. The traveller escaped the creature after driving his knife into its back.


 
Cockatrice

Location: Wherwell (Hampshire) - Wherwell Priory
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Taking up residence under the priory, this monster was finally killed (after many, many failed attempts) when a man named Green tricked it into attacking a large mirrored sheet of polished steel - when it dropped to the floor semi-conscious, he penetrated its scales with a spear. The building is also reported haunted by a couple of nuns.


 
Wolf

Location: Whitburn (Lothian) - Polkemmet Country Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 25 August 2009
Further Comments: Keith McDowell reported seeing a Alsatian sized creature, silver in colour with a black streak running along its back, with a bushy tail. The animal was circling calves in a field, before running off into the nearby country park.


 
Sea Beastie

Location: Wick (Highland) - Off the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 September 1938
Further Comments: The crew of a cargo ship reported having a strange fish follow their craft for half an hour. It was described as having a three metre long body, 1.2 metre long neck and an oval head.


 
'Ostrich'

Location: Wickham Market (Suffolk) - Railway Line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 24 May 2012
Further Comments: A rhea, though referred to as an ostrich in the local press, spotted on the line between Ipswich and Saxmundham forced a train to slow near Wickham Market.


 
Smelly Creature

Location: Winterfold (Surrey) - Unknown road, near deserted mansion
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 16 December 1967
Further Comments: A driver who had pulled over to wipe his windscreen spotted a strange creature standing around 140 centimetres tall, with a glowing, oblong shaped head. The beast emanated an acrid smell. The driver jumped back into his car and quickly drove off.


 
The Peel Street Monster

Location: Wolverhampton (West Midlands) - Peel Street and Brickkiln Street
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Winter, 1933 - 1934
Further Comments: After several attacks on children by an unknown creature, one seventeen year old boy managed to kill the 'monster'. No one could identify the creature, larger than a rat with bulging eyes, although another unknown entity was found dead within 24 hours and was named as a coatimundi, a mammal from the raccoon family.


 
Man Monkey

Location: Woodseaves (Staffordshire) - Bridge along Birmingham / Liverpool Canal
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Jan 1879
Further Comments: This strange black creature with glowing white eyes leapt onto the back of a horse pulling a cart - when its owner tried to hit the mysterious creature, his whip passed straight through its body.


 
Giant Eel

Location: Wookey Hole (Somerset) - Flooded Caverns
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A huge eel, some ten metres in length was chased into this cave system by angry fishermen.


 
Water Cows

Location: Yarrow (Borders) - St Mary's Loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer managed to capture and breed a herd of the mythical water cows found in the loch. His herd returned to the loch when the mother of the cattle called out from the water - the roar caused nearby hills to shake.


 
Trow

Location: Yell (Shetlands) - Area around Windhouse, exact spot said to be known to the local population.
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre mid-Eighteenth century, Christmas Eve
Further Comments: A shipwrecked sailor made his way to Windhouse on Christmas Eve, only to find the family in the process of leaving. They explained to the sailor that every Christmas Eve, terrible things would happen, and a death would normally occur. The sailor offered to spend the night in the house, and sure enough, after sunset, the sailor encountered a huge Trow. The sailor grabbed an axe and gave chase, catching up with the creature outside and giving it a whack (or two). When the family returned home, the sailor took them to the spot, where the body had vanished, leaving only bright green holly.


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