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.

Therianthropy

Location: North Ronaldsay (Orkney) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Goodman of Wastness, a farmer by trade, stole a selkie's seal skin and hid it, forcing the woman to become his wife. After many years of marriage and a house full of children the selkie found her seal skin and ran off back to the sea, never to be seen again.


Mermaid's Grave

Location: Nunton, Benbecula (Outer Hebrides) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The area reportedly contains the grave of a mermaid killed in the early nineteenth century. The mer-creature had been seen for a couple of days, before a teenage boy threw a rock at it, killing the entity. Accounts stated that the upper part of the creature was the size of an infant, while the bottom was like a salmon.


Knight or Bear?

Location: NW8 (Greater London) - St John's Wood - general area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1830
Further Comments: A strange entity was rumoured to frequent NW8 and the surrounding areas during the 1830s. Some reports said it wore chainmail, others saying it was more bear-like.


Road Crossing Serpent

Location: Oban (Argyll and Bute) - A85 between Oban and Perth
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 30 September 1965
Further Comments: Two independent motorists reported a six metre long legless creature alongside the road, grey in colour. One witness said it propelled itself along like a giant caterpillar.


Coiled Serpent

Location: Oban (Argyll and Bute) - Oban Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 18 November 1873
Further Comments: A one hundred foot (thirty metre) long black creature was observed swimming in the bay for around fifteen minutes. A story which may be a hoax states that the same or similar creature was killed in 1877, and the locals dragged the carcass above the high water mark to use as fish bait.


Boar

Location: Odiham (Hampshire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: Odiham and the surrounding area appeared to be home to one or more wild boars during the autumn of this year.


U-28 Monster

Location: Off Coast (County Cork) - Iberian Wreck
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 30 July 1915
Further Comments: U-boat commander Freiherr George G von Forstner claimed to have encountered a giant 'crocodile-like' creature as the U-28 torpedoed the British steamer Iberian. As the Iberian sank, a huge explosion occurred from under the sea. Moments later, the monster appeared, blown out of the water before travelling back down and sinking beneath the sea.


Rostron's Monster

Location: Off coast of Cork (County Cork) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 26 April 1907
Further Comments: Sir Arthur Rostron, while the Chief Officer of the Campania, sketched a long necked sea monster off the coast of Cork. Rostron later became the Captain of the Carpathia, involved in rescuing Titanic survivors.


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.


Tarroo Ushtey

Location: Onchan (Isle of Man) - Exact Location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: The entity known as Tarroo Ushtey, or water bull, was a bovine version of the water horse - the creature looked like a normal bull, although had fairy traits and would live under the water. In Onchan, one was seen crossing the road, and was recognised as a Tarroo Ushtey due to the fire burning in its eyes.


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 discovered by local people heading to church.


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