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.

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.


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.

Unknown Creature

Location: Lough Waskel (County Donegal) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1940s?
Further Comments: A fisherman is said to have caught a strange brown creature covered in creamy blotches here.

Lough Ness Monster

Location: Loughborough (Leicestershire) - Charnwood Water
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 23 October 2017
Further Comments: A duck was seen being pulled underwater by an unidentified creature. The attacker was christened the 'Lough Ness Monster', though is most likely a pike.

Circular Creature

Location: Lower Lough Bray (County Wicklow) - Waters of the lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 03 June 1963
Further Comments: Two friends watching the Lough spotted a large, dark grey circular body rise from the lake, almost four metres in circumference. The head was slightly away from the body and stood ninety centimetres out of the water.


Location: Lower Lough Erne (County Fermanagh) - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A type of monster which could only be slain by a hero or saint, little more is known about the peist said to lurk in the area.

Cro Sith

Location: Luskentyre, Harris (Outer Hebrides) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Cro sith were fairy cattle that lived under the sea, occasionally coming ashore. When they did reach land, local farmers would try and catch them to add them to their own herds.

Blind Creature

Location: Lydford (Devon) - Farm near Lydford Gorge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 5 April 1983, 03:00h
Further Comments: Maurice Knowles, a farmer, reported encountering a strange dog-like creature on his land. It resembled a Great Dane, though it had a snout like a pig's, and only slits where eyes should have been. The creature ran away only when Maurice shouted at it.

Humped Creature

Location: Mallaig (Highland) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late 1950s
Further Comments: The crews of two fishing boats were reported to have encountered a humped creature several metres in length moving through the water. A column of spines ran down the monster's back and it possessed a head like a tortoise with a large mouth.

Eagle Man

Location: Malvern Hills (Hereford & Worcester) - Exact area unknown
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown - circa late twentieth century?
Further Comments: Two women and their partners out hillwalking were hounded by a large eagle-like figure. All four people were left terrified by their encounter, and one of the women collapsed with shock. One man with whom they discussed their encounter with suggested it was a 'gatekeeper entity'.

Sea Horse

Location: Margate (Kent) - Sea near the Lido Baths
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: A pair of swimmers watched as a 60cm neck rose from the water close to their location - they reported the serpent had horse like ears.

Cornish Owlman

Location: Mawnan (Cornwall) - Near church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 17 April 1976, onwards
Further Comments: This man-sized creature was seen several times over a period of years - a giant owl with glowing red eyes and pincers for feet. All the witnesses would appear to have been teenage or younger girls.

Strange Carving

Location: Melbury Osmund (Dorset) - Church of St Osmund
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A carving in the church shows a strange creature entangled in a thicket.


Location: Mersey Estuary (Lancashire) - Black Rock
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A sailor once fell in love with a mermaid here. The woman gave him a golden ring, informed the sailor that she would be back in five days to meet him. Five days later, the man died.


Location: Middleham (Yorkshire) - River Ure
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the sun goes down, a water beast was said to emerge from the river and start hunting. It was said to take at least one human life per year.

Long Snake

Location: Milford Haven (Dyfed) - Off coast, viable from the Shipwright public house
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 06 March 2003
Further Comments: A small group at the pub watched a snake-like creature, between 10 - 15 metres in length, a short distance off the shoreline.

Battling Bull

Location: Monach Isles (Outer Hebrides) - Loch Nan Buadh
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small village close to Loch Nan Buadh was terrified by an Each-uisge that lived there. Eventually the villagers unleashed a specially bred bull upon the Each-uisge - after an epic struggle, both animals disappeared below the waters.

Two Metre Tall Neck

Location: Montrose (Angus) - Just over a kilometre offshore, 16 kilometres southeast of town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1903
Further Comments: The crew of the Rosa reported this monster's appendage which rose from the sea by their boat. It looked around before diving again.


Location: Morridge Moor (Staffordshire) - The Black Mere, also known as the Blake Mere
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Appears at midnight, daily
Further Comments: This fishy female comes to the surface of the pool at night, ready to pull any witnesses down to the dark waters where they remain forever.

U Boat Sighting

Location: Muckle Flugga (Shetlands) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 28 July 1918
Further Comments: The German submarine U108 encountered a giant marine saurian, estimated to be 18 to 24 metres in length.

Snakelike Beast

Location: Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Sea east of the island, and other nearby areas
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1808, and 1873
Further Comments: This creature, when first observed, possessed no fins, and was estimated to be twenty five metres in length. When seen again almost sixty years later, its speed was estimated to be around 15 kph, and was seen by several independent parties.

Large Creature with Five Humps

Location: Mundesley (Norfolk) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1936
Further Comments: While walking along the beach, a couple watched the creature move at fantastic speed through the water.

Chicken Eater

Location: Myross (County Cork) - Forests in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1921
Further Comments: After the local population of chickens took a dive, the problem was blamed on an unpleasant creature which one local man spotted in the nearby woods. The witness said he passed the monster as it sat on a rock - the size of a dog, the creature resembled a cat, though it had a tapering, bald tail.

Forty Foot Creature

Location: New Quay (Dyfed) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: This sea serpent reportedly took a liking to the local seal population, though the pinniped's objected to the new arrival and their fleeing was an indication the creature was near.

Man Monkey

Location: Norbury (Staffordshire) - Bridge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: January 1879
Further Comments: A man driving a horse and cart crossed this bridge at around ten in the evening. A black creature with white eyes leapt from a bush upon the horse, causing the horse to panic and bolt. The rider used his whip to lash out at the creature, only for the whip to pass through the entity. The man eventually arrived home, with little memory of how he managed to shake off the attacker. Speaking to another local man, he was told the creature was a man-monkey, which came into being after someone drowned in the river.

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