Cryptozoology 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...

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Mermaids

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


 


Creature from Curridge

Location: Curridge (Berkshire) - Passageway behind the Women’s Institute Hall
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: October 2012
Further Comments: A sixty centimetre tall, long necked creature was seen by Don Prater as he walked his dog. He described the creature as being dark or grey in colour, having a head like a deer, a neck similar to a swan and a bushy tail. The picture he sketched of the creature resembled an alpaca, although all local alpacas were accounted for.


 


Devil's Footprints

Location: Dawlish (Devon) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 8 / 9 February 1855
Further Comments: Thousands of cloven footprints covered Devon on the evening of 8 Feb 1855, resembling that of a donkey - apart from they ran in a straight line, covered roofs as well as roads, and stretched around one hundred miles across the county - Dawlish is just one of many places touched by the strange event.


 


Mermaids

Location: Deerness (Orkney) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: These women of the water were seen dozens of times during the last twenty years of the nineteenth century.


 


Gorilla?

Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - Unnamed Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: March 2013
Further Comments: A teenager photographed a strange creature close to her home in parkland, before it ran up a tree and disappeared. The teenager said the creature resembled and moved like a small gorilla, although the nearby Monkey World attraction denied they were missing any of their animals.


 


Wildmen

Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - Yellowham Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown (but not recent)
Further Comments: This area was once thought to be the home of large hairy men, who abducted women.


 


Humanoid Creature

Location: Dorrington (Lincolnshire) - Area near the Railway bridge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 1970
Further Comments: A man who spotted a half-man, half-animal entity was so scared he called the police. Various postmen in the village talked of seeing strange things, but it is unclear whether these are the same entity as the November sighting. It has also been speculated that the sighting may be connected to an old Anglo-Saxon burial ground close to the bridge. Reports of the area being haunted by a Shag Foal go back almost one hundred years.


 


Centaur?

Location: Drogheda (County Louth) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Two people travelling by car had to stop and wait for a couple of minutes after a horse with a human's face blocked the road. The terrified couple were frozen with fear and when the creature suddenly vanished they turned around and drove home.


 


Playful Creature

Location: Dunbar (Lothian) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1939
Further Comments: A father and daughter watched a sea monster playing in the waters just off the coast for 30 minutes.


 


Treasure Guardians

Location: Duncansby Head (Highland) - Cave system off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A team of mermaids and mermen are reported to guard a hidden cave full of treasure.


 


Tall Hairy Man

Location: Dundonald (Ayrshire) - Dundonald castle area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: While out with her dogs, a holiday maker saw a three metre tall man, with red glowing eyes and long grey hair that covered his body. The creature moved away, and the woman thought it better not to pursue.


 


Muirdris

Location: Dundrum (County Down) - Dundrum Bay, was known as Lough Rudraige
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When Fergus mac Léti, a king of Ulster, first encountered the monster known as Muirdris, his face was left permanently contorted in terror. To prevent the king from finding out, all mirrors were banned in his company. Seven years later, Fergus discovered the truth and returned to Dundrum Bay to kill the monster. After a battle which lasted two days, the king killed the beast but himself died soon after from exhaustion.


 


Enchanted Eel

Location: Dunkettle (County Cork) - Lake close to small graveyard
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This eel must have been of great size, as it terrorised the neighbourhood, eating sheep and cattle. A man tending the graveyard encountered the creature one morning and severed its tail with a hook. Enraged, the creature attacked but the man managed to run away. What happened to the creature after that is undocumented, but the man in question died a few days later, and one of the headstones in the graveyard is said to be decorated with a hook and an eel.


 


Water Horse

Location: Dunmanway (County Cork) - Lake Attariff
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1963 (or 1966)
Further Comments: Mr W.J. Wood was trout fishing at this lough when he observed a three metre long dark brown creature some ninety metres away. Wood said that the creature had a head like a calf which was held above the water line. After a couple of minutes the creature sank beneath the water. A Japanese film crew visited the lake in 2004 to search for the monster said to live here.


 


Captured Fisherman

Location: Dunnet Bay (Highland) - Underwater sea cave
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A good looking fisherman once caught the eye of a mermaid who fell in love with him - she kidnapped the fellow and held him in a secret cave under the sea, where he remains to this day...


 


Long Serpent

Location: Dunrobin (Highland) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1873
Further Comments: Observed a number of times around this period, this creature would remain visible for long periods of time.


 


Dun Cow

Location: Dunsmore Heath (Warwickshire) - Fields in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been used to scare children into going to bed, the Dun Cow of Dunsmore Heath was of massive size, and sported eighteen teats. The beast was slain by Guy of Warwick.


 


Hairy Creature

Location: E11 (Greater London) - Hollow Ponds area, Epping Forest, Wanstead
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 2008
Further Comments: During an evening fishing trip, Michael Kent reported encountering a dark hairy figure, standing around four foot tall. The creature vanished into the bushes.


 


Short Hairy Creature

Location: E18 (Greater London) - Love Lane area, Woodford Bridge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 2008
Further Comments: A local paper reported that Irene Dainty encountered a four foot, hairy creature with large feet and animal-like eyes close to her home. The creature ran off and jumped over the wall of the nearby Three Jolly Wheelers public house.


 


Swan Eater

Location: E20 (Greater London) - Lea River, Olympic Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late 2011
Further Comments: Users of the river had reported the swan population had been dropping, and in November 2011 one witness watched a large Canada goose being quickly pulled under the water. Opinions of what is snacking on the local bird life have ranged from the exotic (escaped or released alligator or python) to the reasonable (catfish or pike).


 


Bear Hunt

Location: E8 (Greater London) - Hackney marshes
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 27 December 1981, and May 2012
Further Comments: Four children reported seeing a bear in the marshland at Hackney in 1981- investigators discovered large paw prints in the snow, but failed to find the animal. In 2012, student Helen Murray took two photographs of a large black haired creature in the area.


 


Croc

Location: E8 (Greater London) - River Lea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: After witnesses watched a Canada goose pulled under the water never to reappear, several people declared the attack must have been by a crocodile. However, experts said the attacker was much more likely to have been a large pike.


 


Green Serpent

Location: Easington (Yorkshire) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late 1930s
Further Comments: This sea creature was snakelike, possessing a flat head. It appeared to gasp for air as it skimmed across the waves.


 


Large Wormlike Creature

Location: Eccles-on-Sea (Norfolk) - Coastline off Eccles
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 5 August 1936, evening
Further Comments: Observed by the Mayor, a MP and four other people, a creature twelve metres long moved like a worm on the surface of the water. One witness estimated the speed to be up to ninety mph.


 


Pale Ape?

Location: Elveden (Suffolk) - A134
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 19 May 2011
Further Comments: A lorry driver reported seeing a hairy, light grey creature on all fours moving through grass around ninety metres away. The driver could see the creature had forward facing eyes, a long snout, and upright ears. The creature then stood on its hind legs and approached the driver, moving like an ape, before dropping once again to all fours and running off, peering over its shoulder as it left.


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