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.

World Famous Monster

Location: Loch Ness (Highland) - Water and surrounding banks
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Varies
Further Comments: A creature that needs no introduction, Nessie varies in size and shape, and with countless books and websites dedicated to proving and disproving its existence, I can offer little more information on the (possible) creature. One nineteenth century account says that the loch was the home of a demonic horse. The saddled creature would wait by the roadside, and if mounted by an unsuspecting passerby, would drag the rider into the water and drown them. According to an 1898 feature in the Llangollen Advertiser and North Wales Journal, a slightly less fantastic creature, the roe deer, would occasionally take to the waters of the Loch to escape man. While it cannot explain all Nessie sightings, perhaps a bobbing deer isolated in the dark waters could freak out the occasional tourist to the area.


Child Killer

Location: Loch Oich (Highland) - The Children's Pool, and general area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A local legend states that an apparently peaceful creature here once let a child climb upon its back - having done so, the monster dived to the bottom of the water, and the child was never seen again. A serpent like beast was seen in the waters during the twentieth century.


Dark Water Horse

Location: Loch Pityoulish (Highland) - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature would wait until a bather submerged their head, before moving in to drown them. It was particularly fond of children, and in one attack managed to drown nine simultaneously.


Water Beast

Location: Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen as it moved towards a small boat, the crew reported that the tail of this creature thrashed about above the water, while the rest of the body remained submerged.


Three Humped Monster

Location: Loch Shiel (Highland) - Waters and land around the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1880s onwards
Further Comments: With a sail running along its back, this serpentine 'Seileag' has even once been seen on land. A sailor, while transporting two old ladies across the water on an old boat, paused to take a pot-shot at it with a rifle he had at hand. In 1926 the creature was seen emerging from the water at Sandy Point.


Water Horse

Location: Loch Shin (Highland) - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature was friendlier than many of the other Scottish water horses, and assisted in the construction of a local church. It may have been yellow in colour.


Lamb Eater

Location: Loch Suainaval, Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1856
Further Comments: It has been reported that lambs were thrown into this loch to feed the creature which lived within.


Kelpies

Location: Loch Treig (Highland) - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1933
Further Comments: During the construction of the Laggan dam, some divers requested transfers after encountering something under the water. One legend says that the water horses at Treig were the fiercest in the world, and would tear anyone who strayed too close into a thousand pieces.


Wattie

Location: Loch Watten (Highland) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 April 1923
Further Comments: Peter Haining wrote that Colonel Arthur Trimble had spotted a creature with a long neck and large head was seen in this loch. Karl Shuker has written a rather detailed article on his website which dismisses the encounter as highly likely to be fiction.


Killer of Dogs

Location: Loch Watton (Highland) - Waters of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1923
Further Comments: Witness Colonel Trimble claimed to have watched his dog be eaten by a creature with a long neck.


Big Slug

Location: Longdendale Valley (Derbyshire) - Road from Glossop
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: Mr John Davies reported having to stop his motorbike to let a giant slug like creature cross the road - he compared the monster to a whale.


Two Saurians

Location: Looe (Cornwall) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 5 July 1949
Further Comments: A pair of green sea monsters were observed chasing fish off the coast here, and were said to resemble Chinese dragons.


Monster

Location: Lough Abisdealy (County Cork) - Waters
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: January 1914
Further Comments: Three witnesses observed the giant black snake as it crossed the lough. The creature was estimated to be some ten and a half metres in length with its head held clear of the water. Its body formed two large loops breaking the surface of the lake as it moved. The creature was said to have developed a taste for the local sheep.


Peist

Location: Lough Allen (Aillionn) (County Leitrim) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lough is said to be home to a water monster, although no further information is available.


Large Swimming Creature

Location: Lough Auna (County Galway) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A local farmer spotted a grey creature in the lough during the sixties, while in 1969 Royal Netherlands Air Force Commodore Kort claimed to have witnessed a life form with a pointed back swimming through the water.


Long Creature

Location: Lough Bran (or Brin) (County Leitrim) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1940
Further Comments: Stories of this creature date back many years, thought the description varies considerably. The more recent sightings imply the monster to be like a giant eel, in excess of four metres in length.


Pig-like Creature

Location: Lough Brin (County Kerry) - Water near Moll's Gap
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1954 and 1979
Further Comments: This area was visited in 2004 by a Japanese TV crew looking for the monster said to live here. The entity is reputedly similar to a black pig, but blows water out of its back like a whale. It was spotted in 1954 by a farmer taking his cattle for milking, while in 1979 two more farmers spotted a black three metre long creature swimming in the waters.


Hump

Location: Lough Cullaun (County Clare) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 24 June 1996
Further Comments: Tony 'Doc' Shiels watched a hump glide through the water, the sighting lasting several seconds.


Brief Visitor

Location: Lough Graney (County Clare) - Waters of the Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Every seven years (exact time unknown)
Further Comments: Said to resemble a giant eel, this monstrous creature appears only once every seven years.


Peist

Location: Lough Leane (County Kerry) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lough is said to be home to a lake monster.


Dobhar Chu

Location: Lough Mask (County Mayo) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Seventeen century, and 16 June 1963
Further Comments: A man walking along the bank of Lough Mask had a narrow escape when a water beast jumped from the water and tried to drag him into the water. The man managed to escape and ran for his life. Another version of the story says the beast killed him. A creature was seen in the lough during the 1960s and was described as being eel-like with two humps.


Peist

Location: Lough Melvin (County Fermanagh) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Site of Special Scientific Interest is home to another local peist.


Frightful Beast

Location: Lough Ree (County Westmeath) - Waters of the lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 800 AD and twentieth century
Further Comments: A swimmer was torn to pieces by a monster after trying to leave a small island in this body of water. A creature was seen in 1954 by several people while out fishing. One of the witnesses, Georgina Carberry, was said to have suffered nightmares weeks after the event. Possibly as a result of this sighting, Captain Lionel Leslie set out to capture the beast using explosives in the first instance and a long net in the second, but with no success. More recently, it has been speculated that the lake is home to a giant eel.


Abducted Woman

Location: Lough Sheelin (County Meath) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer spotted a beautiful woman leave the lough and forced her to return to his farmhouse. Eventually she agreed to stay with him, on the condition that she never glazed upon the lake again. Twenty years passed and the farmer and the mermaid had several children. While waiting for the farmer to return from the fields on a clear day, the mermaid spotted the lough in the distance and fled towards it, never to be seen again.


Suileach

Location: Lough Swilly (County Donegal) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Sixth century
Further Comments: Suileach was a huge creature with many eyes and spread terror throughout the county. The creature is thought to have been killed by Saint Colum Cuille in the sixth century.


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