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.

 
Wolves

Location: Ogmore Vale (Mid Glamorgan) - Forest near the former Abba school
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1990 onwards
Further Comments: A local has claimed that several people in the area have spotted wolves stalking the forest. There is an unsubstantiated report that a boy disappeared in the woodland and was eventually found torn apart.


 
Mermaid's Stone

Location: Old Cambus (Borders) - Road leading to Church of St Helen
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The concave nature of a stone on the road leading to the church was attributed to the foot of a mermaid (an untraditional untailed one) escaping from her jailor.


 
Albino Wallaby

Location: Olney (Buckinghamshire) - Countryside surrounding the village
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: May 2007
Further Comments: After spotting a white creature with red eyes, IT trainer Stacey Purdy pulled out her phone and used it to photograph and video an albino wallaby. Even though wallabies live in several places over the UK, it is estimated by experts that the chances of a white one being born is 100,00-1.


 
Capybara

Location: Outer London: Barnet (Greater London) - Darlands Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 20 September 2009
Further Comments: Normally found in South America, a capybara was spotted by actor David Dayan Fisher and his nephew and niece while walking through this area.


 
Shark Attack

Location: Outer London: Heathrow Airport (Greater London) - Unnamed reservoir south-east of Heathrow Airport
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 16 August 1997
Further Comments: A woman swimming in this reservoir was attacked by a creature under the water that grabbed and held her foot with its mouth. She managed to kick the creature off, and when the bite marks were examined by marine biologist, she was told the creature must have been a shark.


 
Selkie Prince

Location: Papa Stour (Shetlands) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of seal hunters who arrived at the island skinned a large number of seals before a violent storm began to batter the island - unbeknown to the hunters, a selkie prince was amongst the seals. The hunters finally return the skins to the seals, after which the storm ceased.


 
Great Auk

Location: Papa Westray (Orkney) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1986
Further Comments: Reports of an extinct Great Auk being spotted alive on a beach 142 years after the last confirmed sighting turned out to be nothing more than a hoax.


 
Wallabies

Location: Peak District (Derbyshire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A small colony of Red Neck wallabies exists in the Peak District, after escaping their private zoo after World War 2.


 
White Animal

Location: Pen-y-bryn (Dyfed) - Cardigan to Cilgerran road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2008, around 00:30h
Further Comments: While travelling home to Cilgerran, this witness spotted a large white animal behind a fence which was described as a cross between 'a deer and a big cat'.


 
Dog Faced Beast

Location: Pentland Firth (Orkney) - Waters of
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1919 / 1920s
Further Comments: The body of water was home to a sea creature with a long thick neck and a small head similar to that of a dog. It swam under one witness's boat.


 
Tall Creature

Location: Pentland Skerries (Orkney) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: Observed by a lone lighthouse keeper, this sea monster was seen to rise almost ten metres clear of the waves. A smaller creature had been seen fifteen years earlier by a fishing boat crew and a holiday maker.


 
Mermaids

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


 
Big Black Horse

Location: Peterhead (Aberdeenshire) - River Ugie by Inverugie Castle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having seen a big black horse grazing on the banks of the Ugie, a local man was warned that it was a kelpie. He found a 'waith-horse' bridle and managed to control the creature, setting it free once it had carried enough stones to make a bridge over the river.


 
Protected Boats

Location: Port Henderson (Highland) - Rocks along the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Local boat builder Roderick Mackenzie managed to sneak up on a sleeping mermaid and grabbed her by the hair. She requested that he let her go and in return would grant him a wish. Mackenzie wished that any boat he made would never sink, a tradition that was said to hold true throughout his career.


 
Merman

Location: Portgordon (Moray) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 15 August 1814
Further Comments: This figure normally warned of ill fortune at sea - if the crew of a fishing vessel spotted him, they would return to port for the day. Two fishermen spotted two of the creatures in 1814 - one they described as black in colour, with curly hair and long arms, while the other was female with long hair.


 
Mermaid

Location: Portland (Dorset) - Church Ope Cove
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story says that a mermaid came ashore here, but died soon after being found by local people heading to church.


 
Veasta

Location: Portland (Dorset) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1457, 1757, 1995
Further Comments: This sea monster is reported to have the head of a seahorse but the tail of a fish. Robert Westwood, in his 'Mysterious Places of Dorset', points out that the earlier sighting in 1457 was actually a giant cockerel which emerged from the sea and crowed three times before submerging.


 
Creature

Location: Portree, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Woman's Loch, by Sithean Beinne Bho'idhich
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water monster has been reported inhabiting the loch.


 
Battered Serpent

Location: Portscatho (Cornwall) - Gerrans Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1876
Further Comments: Caught by two fishermen who found the beast wrapped around their offshore crabbing equipment, they proceeded to hit it with an oar before finally killing the creature on nearby rocks.


 
Pooka

Location: Poulaphouca Reservoir (County Wicklow) - Beneath the waters
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre 1944
Further Comments: This valley was reported to be home to a pooka before it was flooded to create the reservoir.


 
Rotting Sea Serpent

Location: Praa Sands (Cornwall) - Beach
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1933
Further Comments: The body of what was thought to be a sea monster was later identified as a rotting basking shark.


 
Serpent?

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - River Ribble
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1999
Further Comments: Sheila Smith reported seeing a serpent in the waters of the river. It was thought that the creature was likely to have been an eel.


 
Black Shape

Location: Red Wharf Bay (Gwynedd) - Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: Staff at the Minydon hotel watched a ten meter long black shape swim by, both the front part of the creature and the end of the tail protruding from the water. Several other sightings of strange sea creatures were reported in the area throughout the year.


 
Rake

Location: Rendlesham (Suffolk) - Pond shaped like an 'S'
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This freshwater mermaid was reputed to be armed with a rake, ready to drag in any children who strayed too close.


 
Cockatrice

Location: Renwick (Cumbria) - Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1733?
Further Comments: This mythical creature, made up of pieces of dragon, serpent and cock, took up residence in the church when it fell into ruin. A local man named John Tallantire (or Tallantine) killed the creature using a branch from a rowan tree (or hawthorn), though some locals say it is still seen flying about at dusk.


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