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.

Shaggy Creature

Location: A1075 (Norfolk) - Between Thetford and East Wretham, half a mile from the level crossing
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1986, and 22 December 2007
Further Comments: Driving towards Thetford from the direction of Watton, this witness spotted a large, long haired creature coloured greyish white. It had small ears, a long snout, large eyes, and stood on four legs. The witness drove past the beast three times in total, in order to take a good look at it; on the third pass the creature rose up on its hind legs, taking an almost human form, and stood between six to eight feet tall. The driver quickly returned home, only returning two days later to look at the area again - the creature had gone, but there were tracks at the site suggesting something had been dragged. Another witness, a similar creature in December 2007, but said it was more grey in colour with black patches.

Earth Hound

Location: Aberdeen (Aberdeenshire) - Churchyard, Mastrick
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1915
Further Comments: Earth hounds are said to be the size of a rat, but with a dog-like head and feet of a mole. They live in churchyards in order to eat the recently buried. A dead earth hound was reportedly ploughed up in the Mastrick churchyard.


Location: Aberfoyle (Stirling) - Goblin's Cave, north base of Ben Venue
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cave and the surrounding area are said to be the meeting place of many Urisk.


Location: Abersoch (Gwynedd) - Burrows in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown - twentieth century?
Further Comments: Also known as a cenaprugwirion, this lizard is around thirty centimetres long with an orange head and large eyes. Karl Shuker has speculated that the creature is a tuatara, a living fossil found in New Zealand.

Bathing Mermaid

Location: Aberystwyth (Dyfed) - Cliffs near the town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1826
Further Comments: Twelve people watched a beautiful pale woman washing herself in the sea, with what appeared to be a black tail splashing around behind her.

Scaled Creature

Location: Achill Sound (County Mayo) - Glendarry Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1960s
Further Comments: One witness said that this lake monster looked like a dinosaur, thought the creature had scales running down its back. Another viewer saw the monster on the lake bank - he described it as four metres in length, with a long neck and a sheep's head. It moved in little 'hops'.

Humped Creature

Location: Achmore, Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Loch Urabhal
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 27 July 1961
Further Comments: While fishing, two teachers watched a small headed creature with a single hump swim past their boat at a distance of around thirty-five metres. It surfaced three times before disappearing.


Location: All over isles (Orkney) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hybrid, sea living creature, the Nuckelavee was described as having the features of both a mighty horse and its rider. The rider was legless and appeared to grow straight out of the horse's back. Its head was ten times the size of a normal human head, possessing a very wide mouth that jutted out like a pig's snout, and a single red eye that blazed with flame. It was both hairless and skinless. Nuckelavee's breath was toxic and it was responsible for the 'Mortasheen', a fatal disease of cattle.

The Otter King

Location: All over the region (Outer Hebrides) - No exact location given
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Martin Martin recorded the tradition of a large otter with a white spot upon its breast. It was said that the king otter was always accompanied by seven normal otters. The pelt of the Otter King was said to offer magical properties to those who owned it.

Horse Dog

Location: Alloa (Clackmannanshire) - Inglewood Pond
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1975 and 1997
Further Comments: Previously spotted in 1975 by two women, the 1997 witness reported seeing a strange horse with the legs of a dog prancing around the woods in broad daylight. The entity quickly vanished.


Location: Arbroath (Angus) - Woodland in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Local press reported that Charmaine Frase joined the British Bigfoot Research team having, as a child, twice encountering a tall figure in woodland. The creature was said to be seven foot (2.13 metres) with wide shoulders and no neck.

Shadowy Creature

Location: Bagley Wood (Berkshire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: May 2015
Further Comments: Walking through the woods after dusk, a couple found themselves chased by a large shadowy quadruped that stood just over a metre tall. One of the witnesses said it did not move like a deer or a dog. The woods is also reputedly home to a phantom highwayman.

Lost City

Location: Bala (Gwynedd) - Bala Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: City unknown, Teggie observed 1995 (?)
Further Comments: The first town of Bala is said to be concealed under the waters of this lake. In addition, a monster nicknamed 'Teggie' by locals was described as resembling a humped crocodile, although it would appear that a story published online in 1995 about the creature was a hoax.

Stoned Monster

Location: Ballybay (County Monaghan) - Lough Major
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1911 or 1912
Further Comments: Three boys watched a weird water creature playing in the lake - they threw stones at the creature and ran when it approached them. They stated it had a hairy, horned head.

Large Eel

Location: Ballynahinch (County Galway) - Bridge near to Ballynahinch Castle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: A long eel-like creature remained stuck under this bridge for two days.

Thick Eel

Location: Ballyronan (County Derry / County Londonderry) - Lough Neagh
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1986
Further Comments: Two people in a two man kayak quickly headed towards the shore after spotting a long black creature under the water with a body the thickness of two human legs. A local legend says that Lough Neagh is also home to fairies, who can be heard laughing, and that the lough was created when someone forgot that they had left the cover off a magic well.

Humanoid Beast

Location: Balvaig (Argyll and Bute) - Area in and around sea, and Grador Rock
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Incredibly ugly to look at, this monster would sit for many hours on the rock. One man went too close, and he was later found with his flesh clawed off.

Long Serpent

Location: Banff (Aberdeenshire) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1896
Further Comments: Eight crewmen of a lugger reported seeing a sea creature three hundred feet (ninety metres) long, with three huge humps. The beast made as much noise as a steamer while moving.

Shape Changers

Location: Bantry (County Cork) - Bay cliffs
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The mermaids said to live in this area would be capable of changing their shape as they came on to land. They would also be seen sitting on the rocks play harps.

Snake-like Creature

Location: Barmouth (Gwynedd) - Menai Straits
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1805
Further Comments: A ship was attacked by a sea serpent, which wrapped itself around the ships mast until the crew hit back - it fell back into the sea, but followed the vessel for two more days before disappearing.

Sea Monsters

Location: Barmouth (Gwynedd) - Waters of the bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late twentieth century / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: Several sightings of various strange creatures have been over recent years, from the traditional sea serpent to a creature resembling a giant turtle with an egg shaped head and two spines jutting from its back. A blurred photograph taken in January 2016 that national press claimed was the monster was more than likely to have been a log.


Location: Barnack (Northamptonshire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Similar to (or maybe identical to) a shuck, the Shagfoal is reported to resemble a large, black longhaired bear.

Women with Child

Location: Barra (Outer Hebrides) - Reef in Caolas Cumhan
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Crofter Colin Campbell raised his rifle to fire at what he thought was an otter eating a fish, but stopped when he realised the creature was actually a mermaid holding a child. The creature dived into the sea after Campbell made a noise.


Location: Bath (Somerset) - Brassknocker Hill and surrounding area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1979 / 1980
Further Comments: There was a brief flat of monkey sightings here, the creature said to stand between 3 - 4 feet high (90 - 120cm) and had bright rings around its eyes.

Fast Foot

Location: Bathgate Hills (Lothian) - Area known as Knock Forest
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen running in the forest by a family, this man-like creature travelled at an estimated speed of 70 miles per hour.

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