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.

Petticoat Loose

Location: Clogheen (County Tipperary) - Large pond in the Knockmealdown Mountains
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The monster known as Petticoat Loose has a body like that of a horse, while the head takes the form of a woman. When it appears (which is rare), the creature asks, 'When will the day of judgement come?' before disappearing back under the water.

Each Uisge

Location: Cnoc-na-Beist (Outer Hebrides) - Loch a Mhuileinn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local girl had a narrow escape after encountering a water horse which had taken the form of young man by the edge of the loch, only realising his true nature after spotting sand and mud in his hair. She fled home and told her brother, who killed it with his sword the following morning.

Black Hound

Location: Cobh (County Cork) - St Colman's Cathedral
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom dog is said to hide around the base of the building.

Red eyed Figure

Location: Cold Hesledon (Durham) - Lane leading away from the Pemberton Arms
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 10 October 2009
Further Comments: The CFZ website reported that a couple walking along a dark lane encountered a seven foot tall, black, man-shaped figure with glowing red eyes. The couple watched it for around fifteen seconds before it screamed and dropped from view.

Red Monkey

Location: Colebrook (Devon) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For years, this creature was reported in the bushes of the area, attacking anyone who came too close.


Location: Congleton (Cheshire) - Old quarry (now Astbury Mere Water Park)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A lizard-like creature just under a metre in length was seen by several users of this quarry when it was converted to a water sports centre.

Horned Eel

Location: Connemara (County Galway) - Lough Nahioon (also spelt Nahooin)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 22 February 1968
Further Comments: A family watched this creature, almost four metres long, swimming around the lake. It was described as dark and long without hair or eyes, and possessed two horns at the top of the head.

Giant Cow

Location: Corbridge (Northumberland) - Banks of the river
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1660
Further Comments: A giant skeleton, around 6.5 metres in length, which was dug up on the banks of the river was believed (at the time) to belong to a rather large cow.


Location: Corofin (County Clare) - Rath Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1931
Further Comments: Several local farmers reported seeing a giant badger swimming in this lake, and the story made the front page of the local newspaper.

Long Neck with Series of Humps

Location: Covehithe (Suffolk) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1978
Further Comments: The witness described the creature as having a head like a seal, with a long neck and several humps. He also said that the event occurred very quickly...

Playing Creatures

Location: Croagh Patrick (County Mayo) - Lough na Corra
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1911
Further Comments: Four people watched several strange black creatures playing and diving around the surface of the lake. They said the animals were larger than horses, which they could see standing on the shoreline.


Location: Crosby (Isle of Man) - St Trinian's Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This monster, an ogre-like entity, was stirred by the ringing of the bells of this church - it tore off the roof while trying to silence the peals. Another story says that the roof is missing because demons would throw it to the ground after each repair until either the locals eventually gave up trying to fix it, or local tailor Timothy Clucas tricked the Buggane into exploding its own head.

Creature from Curridge

Location: Curridge (Berkshire) - Passageway behind the Women's Institute Hall
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: October 2012
Further Comments: A sixty centimetre tall, long necked creature was seen by Don Prater as he walked his dog. He described the creature as being dark or grey in colour, having a head like a deer, a neck similar to a swan and a bushy tail. The picture he sketched of the creature resembled an alpaca, although all local alpacas were accounted for.

Devil's Footprints

Location: Dawlish (Devon) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 8 / 9 February 1855
Further Comments: Thousands of cloven footprints covered Devon on the evening of 8 Feb 1855, resembling that of a donkey - apart from they ran in a straight line, covered roofs as well as roads, and stretched around one hundred miles across the county - Dawlish is just one of many places touched by the strange event.


Location: Deerness (Orkney) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: These women of the water were seen dozens of times during the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. One was said to have been shot, but the body was not recovered.


Location: Doncaster (Yorkshire) - Martinwells Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: April 2019
Further Comments: The carcasses of two dead piranha were found on the shore of the lake causing concern to people in the area. The environment department of the local council said it was unlikely that the toothed fish had lived in the lake.


Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - Unnamed Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: March 2013
Further Comments: A teenager photographed a strange creature close to her home in parkland, before it ran up a tree and disappeared. The teenager said the creature resembled and moved like a small gorilla, although the nearby Monkey World attraction denied they were missing any of their animals.


Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - Yellowham Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown (but not recent)
Further Comments: This area was once thought to be the home of large hairy men, who abducted women.

Humanoid Creature

Location: Dorrington (Lincolnshire) - Area near the Railway bridge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 1970
Further Comments: A man who spotted a half-man, half-animal entity was so scared he called the police. Various postmen in the village talked of seeing strange things, but it is unclear whether these are the same entity as the November sighting. It has also been speculated that the sighting may be connected to an old Anglo-Saxon burial ground close to the bridge. Reports of the area being haunted by a Shag Foal go back almost one hundred years.


Location: Drogheda (County Louth) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Two people travelling by car had to stop and wait for a couple of minutes after a horse with a human's face blocked the road. The terrified couple were frozen with fear and when the creature suddenly vanished, they turned around and drove home.

Playful Creature

Location: Dunbar (Lothian) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1939
Further Comments: A father and daughter watched a sea monster playing in the waters just off the coast for 30 minutes.

Treasure Guardians

Location: Duncansby Head (Highland) - Cave system off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A team of mermaids and mermen are reported to guard a hidden cave full of treasure.

Ape-like Creature

Location: Dundee (Angus) - A92 Five Roads Roundabout
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 2005, 03:40h
Further Comments: Driving home from work, this witness watched as a tall, dark brown hairy figure crossed the road in three strides. The driver had to stop to avoid hitting the figure.

Hairy Man

Location: Dundee (Angus) - A92, approaching Tay Road Bridge
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A driver reported in the local press that he had encountered a tall (around 2.7 metres) dark figure in woodland as he drove past.

Tall Hairy Man

Location: Dundonald (Ayrshire) - Dundonald castle area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1994
Further Comments: While out with her dogs, a holiday maker saw a three metre tall man, with red glowing eyes and long grey hair that covered his body. The creature moved away, and the woman thought it better not to pursue.

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