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.

Long Necked Creature

Location: Isle of Canna (Outer Hebrides) - Off the coast, and around surrounding islands
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1808
Further Comments: This creature, mistaken for a rock when first observed, was seen at various times by up to thirteen fishing boat crews. It was described as between 70 and 80 foot in length (21 - 24 metres) and possessing a long neck which it kept underwater whilst swimming.

Dead Creature

Location: Isle of Hunda (Orkney) - Hope of Hunda
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1942
Further Comments: The remains of a creature some 8.5 metres long were originally named as being that of a Scapasaurus, although later revealed to be a carcass of a basking shark.


Location: Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Kebock Head
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown (traditional)
Further Comments: The Feolagan was a small mouse-sized creature (or fairy) that would paralyse sheep by walking across the animal's back. The sheep would die unless the Feolagan was forced retrace its steps, or, if many sheep were affected, by capturing the Feolagan in a jar filled with salt and using the grains to cure the sheep.

Searrach Uisge

Location: Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Loch Suainbhal
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1856 onwards
Further Comments: Resembling a capsized boat, this creature has been reported swimming around for one and a half centuries. Locals say lambs were once offered annually to the creature.

Bumpy Beast

Location: Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Sea off the north of the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: May 1882
Further Comments: A German ship 15 kilometres off the coast reported a sea serpent around 40 metres in length, several bumps protruding from the water, along the creatures back. Sea serpents have also been reported at the southern side of the island.


Location: Isle of Sanday (Orkney) - Exact area not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Folklorist Walter Traill Dennison recorded in 1893 that there were decedents of a union between a male selkie and a woman living on the island - you could tell who the offspring were because they had webbed hands and feet.

Black Eagle

Location: Isle of Skye (Highland) - Exact area not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Scottish chronicler Martin Martin wrote about a black eagle that hunted deer. The eagle was not the largest bird in the area but would bring deer down by grasping their antlers and flapping its wings in front of its prey's eyes. The confused deer would then injure itself, allowing the eagle to feast on the prone animal.

Cro Sith

Location: Isle of Skye (Highland) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An attempt to round up Cro sith, fairy cows that normally live under the sea, a farmer was found dead after a fairy herdsman turned up and reclaimed his cattle, leaving only the trampled body of the farmer behind.

Rotating Light

Location: Isle of Skye (Highland) - Loch Brittle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1910s
Further Comments: This creature, which sounds very much like a bizarre submarine, possessed a long 'neck' that had a shining light from the top, which turned from side to side.

Great Auk Returns

Location: Isle of Skye (Highland) - Not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: Years after shooting a mystery water bird, a hunter said the creature may have been a Great Auk. If correct, this is certainly the last sighting of a Great Auk, decades after it was declared extinct.


Location: Isle of Skye (Outer Hebrides) - No exact location documented
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1690
Further Comments: Martin Martin documented a small worm that lived between the flesh and skin, known as either a Fiollan or Fillan. It was about 2.5 centimetres in length, as wide as a goose quill, and it had little legs either side of the body that enabled it to crawl around under the skin. Once there, it would cause tumours and abscesses.

Heavy Breather

Location: Isle of Soay, Skye (Highland) - Sea around the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 13 September 1959
Further Comments: While fishing off the coast of the island, two fishermen reported coming across a large reptilian creature, the size of a cow, though it appeared much larger beneath the water level. The witnesses were so close they could quite clearly hear the creature breathing.

Halibut-Tailed creature

Location: Isle of Yell (Shetlands) - Thirty miles off the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1833
Further Comments: Three (or six) fishermen claimed to have caught a ninety centimetre long mermaid while at sea. The creature had arms around 23 centimetres in length with webbed fingers, and while it had blue eyes and nostrils, no ears or chin could be seen. It possessed a tail similar to a halibut and had two fins on its shoulders. After listening to the creature wail for three hours, the fishermen threw it back into the sea.

Sea Monster

Location: Isles of Scilly (Cornwall) - 30 miles NNW of islands
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 11 August 1976
Further Comments: Travelling to Kinsale (Co Cork) in his sloop, Patrick Dolan spotted a worm-like creature, some twelve metres long, with a two metre neck lifted above the water. The creature was visible for 20 minutes.

Long Beast

Location: Kessingland (Suffolk) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1912, and 1978
Further Comments: A sea monster, sixty foot in length with thirty 'blobs' running along its back, has been seen off the coast three times over the past century, most recently in 1978.


Location: Kilconly Point (County Kerry) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1960-1962
Further Comments: A mermaid which was spotted several times in this area was described as a 'normal' woman, leading one to conclude that maybe she was..?

Beast with Horse's Head

Location: Kilkee (County Clare) - Off coast and near location known as Diamond Rocks
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1850 and September 1871
Further Comments: A sea monster spotted several times during the nineteenth century was reported to have a head like a horse, a mane of seaweed, and a large body which was hidden under the water.


Location: Kilkishen (County Clare) - Shandangan Lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A demonic badger known as a Bruckee was said to live in this area. One witness who claimed to have observed the creature said it was hairy, brown and had eyes the size of turnips.

Bloodied mermaid

Location: Killone Lake (County Clare) - Waters of the lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Every forty years, exact date unknown
Further Comments: A mermaid who frequented the lake would often steal wine from the crypt beneath the church (or the cellar of Newhall, depending on the storyteller). She was stabbed (or shot) when caught but managed to drag herself back to the lake before dying. The waters are said to turn red with her blood every forty years.

Photographed Monster

Location: Killykeen (County Cavan) - Lough Erne waterway
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1999
Further Comments: After brushing against a swimmer, the creature thought to lurk in this lough was accidently photographed by local man Sean Walsh. The beast has been described as over two metres long with a spiky head. Others have speculated the creature is not a monster but a Wells catfish or a pike.

Mistaken Horse

Location: Kiltubrid (County Leitrim) - Lough Caogh (aka Blind Lake)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A lad working on the fields near the lough spotted a stray pony and tied it to his harrow (a large rake). Unbeknown to the boy, the pony was in fact a water horse - the creature bolted to the lough, taking the lad with him. The lad's screams brought people running to the area, but it was too late - the lough was red with the boy's blood.

Ape-like Bear

Location: Kings Nympton (Devon) - Woods near the village
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1978
Further Comments: A party of three boys out exploring came across a large creature with green eyes, like those of a cat. Its body resembled a bear, though it stood upright like an ape.

The Thing of Delamere

Location: Kingsley (Cheshire) - Delamere Forest
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: Many locals reported a dog-like creature in the forest here, standing sixty centimetres tall. While the beast was described as having a tail like a fox, it looked more like an Alsatian dog.


Location: Kinlochbervie (Highland) - Craigmore
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century (or 1900?)
Further Comments: A report exists of a seven foot long mer-creature being seen here, bathing on the rocks.

Not a Seal

Location: Kirkwall (Orkney) - Inganess Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1904 / 1905
Further Comments: Two children out picking whelks were shocked when they encountered a mystery sea creature at the water's edge. They described it as being black in colour and far bigger than a seal.

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