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.

 
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.


 
Growling

Location: Carlton-in-Cleveland (Yorkshire) - Hills in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early 2011?
Further Comments: While moving equipment ready for a rave, this witness and several friends reporting hearing growling from the darkness which appeared to follow them. The witness described the sound as 'seriously weird', a cross between a snarl and a howl.


 
Fiery Water Horse

Location: Carmarthen (Dyfed) - River Towy
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water horse which would wait by the banks of the Towy had balls of fire for eyes, and breath of a furnace.


 
Grey Water Horse

Location: Carmarthen Bay (Dyfed) - Shore line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water horse waits on the shores of the bay for a gullible person to approach. One man took the horse and used the creature to drive his cart. Shortly after, the horse dragged man and cart into the sea where they were never seen again.


 
Large Black Figure

Location: Carmyllie (Angus) - Close to a disused sandstone quarry (area now redeveloped)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early 1980s
Further Comments: A woman walking her dog encountered a seven foot (2.13 metre) tall black figure with wide shoulders and no neck. The dog became excited; the witness screamed and fled.


 
Strange Creature

Location: Carrigaline (County Cork) - Drake's Pool
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1860s
Further Comments: A large animal was said to have made this location its home. Although no description of the creature was properly given, it was said to have been large and hunted for food on land. Local men tried to capture the beast, but were unable to do so. After several years the creature left the area, thought to have gone out to sea.


 
Teenager

Location: Castlemartin (Dyfed) - Off the coast in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1782
Further Comments: Henry Reynolds spotted a merman off the coast which he initially believed to be a pale skinned teenager before noticing its brown tail which waved about. While the body and arms looked human, the arms and hands looked too short and thick, while the creature's nose was long and sharp. Reynolds went to find other witnesses, but by the time he returned, the merman had gone.


 
Horse-Like Monster

Location: Cauldshiels Loch (Borders) - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late eighteenth / early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Sir Walter Scott wrote that people he had known had encountered a horse-like monster in this loch.


 
Dark Blue Bird

Location: Chapel le Dale (Yorkshire) - Cave system in village
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Three people reported seeing a large flying creature, 'much larger than a bat', slowly glide past them as they explored the first cavern of these caves.


 
Pointy Humps

Location: Chapel St Leonards (Lincolnshire) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 16 October 1966
Further Comments: Two witnesses reported seeing seven pointed humps coming out of the sea, together with a serpentine head.


 
Mermaid

Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith (Derbyshire) - Mermaid's Pool, Mill Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Midnight, Eve of Easter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Staring long and hard into this pool at midnight was said to result in a glimpse of this water nymph.


 
Large Bird

Location: Chard (Somerset) - High Street
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: A witness watched a huge bird, with a fourteen foot wingspan, pass overhead. Moving with great haste, it quickly disappeared over nearby shops.


 
Bear

Location: Charlbury (Oxfordshire) - Wychwood area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: A bear was said to have taken up residence in the surrounding woodland. Described as dark brown and the size of a sheepdog, the creature's footprints were also discovered, although it is not known whether they were formally identified as belonging to a bear.


 
Mermaid

Location: Child's Ercall (Shropshire) - Pool
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mermaid was so upset at the way she was treated by onlookers, she drove to the bottom of the pool and never returned. It was thought that she guarded a mass of treasure.


 
Green Faced Monkey

Location: Churston (Devon) - Woodland
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: This four foot high fella was seen over a dozen times over the summer months, running along the floor of the woods. He may not have survived the winter, as no reports were forthcoming the following year.


 
Flapping Serpent

Location: Clevedon (Somerset) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 28 April 1907
Further Comments: A man rowing towards Portishead claimed to have been attacked and pushed overboard by a long snake-like creature which jumped out of the water at him. He managed to climb back on board his boat and row onwards.


 
Loathsome Creature

Location: Clifden (County Galway) - Lough Fadda
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1954 onwards
Further Comments: After spotting this strange water creature, one of the witnesses had nightmares for weeks after the event, and refused to return alone to the lake. She said the creature was long and black, with smooth skin and a head like a shark.


 
Sea Creature with Horses Ears

Location: Cliftonville (Kent) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This sea monster was seen briefly off the coast.


 
Petticoat Loose

Location: Clogheen (County Tipperary) - Large pond in the Knockmealdown Mountains
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The monster known as Petticoat Loose has a body similar to that of a horse, while the head takes the form of a woman. When it appears (which is rare), the creature asks 'When will the day of judgement come?' before disappearing back under the water.


 
Each Uisge

Location: Cnoc-na-Beist (Outer Hebrides) - Loch a Mhuileinn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local girl had a narrow escape after encountering a water horse which had taken the form of young man by the edge of the loch, only realising his true nature after spotting sand and mud in his hair. She fled home and told her brother, who killed it with his sword the following morning.


 
Black Hound

Location: Cobh (County Cork) - St Colman's Cathedral
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom dog is said to hide around the base of the building.


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