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.

Small Bear

Location: Fiskerton (Lincolnshire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This displaced animal was seen by several witnesses in different places, all within the same evening.


Luminous Water Horse

Location: Flemingston (South Glamorgan) - River Thaw and marshy land in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The water horse found here helped an old man cross the marshland without incident. Within hours of appearing, the marsh was flooded by a freak tide. Another story says that people can often feel frightened in the area for no real reason.


Moose-Pig

Location: Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1802
Further Comments: A massive wild boar was said to live in the forest, large enough to knock down trees. A group of farmers hunted the creature but were unable to find the beast.


Well Dweller

Location: Fornham All Saints (Suffolk) - Well in the village (exact location unknown)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An old story, most likely told to prevent children playing too close to the well, said a mermaid waited in the water at the bottom. She was ready to drown children who touched the water's edge.


Nygel

Location: Foula (Shetlands) - Mills with water wheels
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Nygel was a water horse that appeared to hang around locations with water wheels, using its teeth to stop the wheel turning. It had a tail that arched over its back. One story said the creature once entered a home; the occupant fled and the building was left empty for thirty years.


Monster Attack

Location: Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1903
Further Comments: The fishing boat Glengrant reported coming under attack by a sixty metre long beast, with a horse's head, though the teeth were long and pointed. The monster only stopped ramming the boat after being shot by a crewman.


Water Cow

Location: Gairloch (Highland) - Loch na Beiste
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1840
Further Comments: In an effort to kill the water cow, said to be the size of an upturned boat, the landowner tried to empty the loch. When this failed, he poured quicklime into the water to poison the creature.


Gallan Whale

Location: Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1690
Further Comments: Martin Martin reported that a large mystery whale terrorised the fishing boats of Gallan Head. It would deliberately sink the boats before returning to eat the crew.


Charging Beast

Location: Gare Loch (Argyll and Bute) - Mouth of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: Two fishermen out collecting lobster pots reported seeing an unidentified creature which rose thirty feet out of the water and charged towards them. They quickly rowed ashore. A sixteenth century text states that a water horse the size of a greyhound emerged and killed three people.


Great Beast

Location: Garloch (Argyll and Bute) - Shores of the loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre 1527
Further Comments: A hunting party was attacked by a monster on the shores of the loch. The beast knocked down trees, and killed three men with as many swipes of its tail; the remainder of the group survived by running away or climbing the trees.


British Bigfoot

Location: Gentleshaw (Staffordshire) - Wooded area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 2007
Further Comments: A small group of teenagers sitting in a car spotted a hairy humanoid in woodland close by. They drove off at speed, only to be pursued by the creature, even though it remained in the tree line.


Dead Sea Serpent

Location: Girvan (Ayrshire) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1953
Further Comments: When fishermen discovered the rotting body of a creature just under ten metres in length, possessing a head of a camel and a neck resembling a giraffe's, the media immediately compared the creature with the Loch Ness Monster. However, natural history scientists dismissed the creature as either a decaying whale or basking shark.


Fachan

Location: Glen Etive (Highland) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mythical creature has set up home in Etive, though it is said to travel for miles around the area of the Glen. It is described as possessing only one leg, a single hand which protrudes from the middle of its chest, and a solitary eye in the centre of the head.


Beithir

Location: Glencoe (Argyll and Bute) - Ben Vair (aka Ben Vehir), in a mountain to the south of the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A beithir is an unknown savage animal, sometimes thought to be a serpent or dragon. One such creature was said to have made its home in the mountainous region.


Drowned John

Location: Glenelg (Highland) - John MacInnes' Loch (six miles out of village)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Struggling to maintain his farm, John MacInnes was told by a strange being that help would be provided, but certain conditions would have to be followed. John agreed, and a short time later found a stray horse which he used to plough his land. He would bless the creature every evening and it continued to work, but unfortunately on one occasion forgot. The horse picked John up and dashed into the loch, where man and beast vanished forever.


Humped Creature

Location: Glenelg (Highland) - Waters between town and Lochourn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 20 August 1872
Further Comments: A party of seven people rowing across the water encountered a black, multi-humped creature. It was described as moving almost erratically, sometimes showing six humps, sometimes only revealing its head. The beast moved quite close to the small boat, startling one of the passengers to such an extent that she refused to make the return journey by sea, and walked the thirteen miles journey back home by moonlight over wild tracks. The creature was reported several more times during the same month by other witnesses.


Rhino-Like Creature

Location: Glinsk (County Galway) - Lough Dubh, aka Black's Lake, between Glinsk and Roscommon
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: March 1962
Further Comments: A cow-sized creature was hooked by a man and his son out fishing along the river - the monster emerged from the water after the younger of the two snagged it with his hook. The strange beast was described as having short stumpy legs, small ears, and a single horn protruding from its nose.


Water Horse

Location: Glyn Neath (West Glamorgan) - Area where rivers meet
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A traveller once climbed on the back of a white stallion in this area, which flew him many miles before fading into mist and dissipating.


Yellow Monster

Location: Golspie (Highland) - Sea of Dunrobin coastline
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Early 1870s
Further Comments: Several witnesses reported seeing a long necked sea monster along this coastline. It was estimated to be between twelve and fifteen metres in length, and brown and yellow in colour.


Turtle-like Monster

Location: Goodrington (Devon) - Off coast at Saltern Cove
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 27 July 2010, approx 15:30h
Further Comments: This creature was described as turtle-like, having large front flippers, small back flippers and a shell, but was also said to have a small head on a thin, two foot long neck. It was around 27.5 metres off the coast, and it was said that fish beached themselves to escape the creature.


Water Horse

Location: Gort (County Galway) - Coole Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lake is said to be home of a mysterious water monster resembling a horse.


Giant Eel

Location: Gort (County Galway) - Lough Graney
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: At least one swimmer in the Lough has been chased by a wriggling water monster, named by locals as a giant eel.


Serpent

Location: Gougane Barra (County Cork) - Nearby Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Sixth century
Further Comments: St. Finbarr arrived in this area and found a serpent living in the lake. He caught the beast and threw it to one side. It landed many miles away, the impression of its body in the earth filling with water and becoming Lough Allua.


Rotting Carcass

Location: Gourock (Inverclyde) - River Clyde
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Summer 1942
Further Comments: The decaying body of a strange creature, with neck as long as the body, was discovered by two local council workers. They estimated the length to be around twenty-eight feet (just under nine metres). The men were ordered to destroy the corpse by the Royal Navy, who were using the area at the time. Another serpent sighting in the area occurred in 1913; this time the creature was alive and well and swimming in the river.


Sea Horse

Location: Gower Peninsula (West Glamorgan) - Waters of Fall Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This creature possessed a long neck, which was the only part of the beast above the water line, down which a lengthy mane ran. The total length of the monster was estimated to be nine metres.


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