Recently, whilst travelling down South I went on a bit of a mission to try and find a little known about, secretly hidden and covertly painted piece of graffiti art in Dunedin. It is a painting by prolific local artist Bruce Mahalski. The painting depicts a mysterious character that existed back in the 1930s,… Continue reading Gef The Talking Mongoose Grafitti Art by Bruce Mahalski – Dunedin
Tell us what you really think. This Monday evening we take a step away from the famous ghost photos and take a dive right into the world of Cryptids with what is arguably the most well known, analysed, and disputed piece of footage since being filmed in 1967. The Patterson-Gimlin film (or otherwise simply known… Continue reading Tell us what you really think: The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film
PUBLISHED 1993 In the upper reaches of the Congo River, there are many generation-transcending stories of an actual living dinosaur named Mokèlé-mbèmbé, or the God-Beast as the native locals respectfully call it. This name originates from the Lingala language, and is commonly translated to mean ‘one who stops the flow of rivers’, said to be… Continue reading Drums Along the Congo: On the Trail of Mokele-Mbembe, The Last Living Dinosaur – by Rory Nugent
Just recieved this book in the post. It’s a story I’ve loved for a while now, as tells the chilling folkloric story of human interaction with a mysterious and terrifying creature. Written and published in 1982 by Joy Cowley and beautifully illustrated by Katrina Larabee. In Māori tradition, Hatupatu (or “Hatu Patu”) was the… Continue reading Hatupatu and the Birdwoman
There are stories that travel far back into Māori folklore, and forward to quite recently, of a mysterious entity, half man half goat, that has been encountered on lonely roads and outside of smaller towns all around the country. Most people refer to the creature by a simple, straightforward name, Goatman, sometimes Hoofman. Who or… Continue reading The Goatman
Survivor Man: Bigfoot In the words of Survivor Man Les Stroud he is not a big-footer, nor an enthusiast nor is he a witness to a sighting. He is a man who has had some experiences and he now wants answers – The truth. These are in his words in the new episodes of… Continue reading Survivor Man: Bigfoot
From Comic-Book Advertisements to Cryptobiotic Artemia As a child during the late 1960s and early 1970s, living in England, I enthusiastically supplemented my already-extensive reading of British comics with any American comic-books that I could find, especially ones published by Gold Key or Charlton that featured popular television cartoon characters from that time period.… Continue reading A Short History of Sea-Monkeys
Over the years hundreds of bigfoot eyewitnesses have reported seeing what is described as glowing eyes. The eyes most often glow with a red color, but not always. Green, amber, blue, and even a scintillating mishmash of colors have also been reported. Some have suggested that bigfoots actually create this light with their own eyes… Continue reading Thoughts on Bigfoot Eye Shine
It sounds like a fantastic, lethal creature that might be found in a 1950s pulp science-fiction novel (or sci-fi television movie), but some people believe that a large, deadly worm-like creature called the Mongolian Death Worm exists in the Gobi desert. According to British biologist Karl Shuker in his book “The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide… Continue reading Mongolian Death Worm: Elusive Legend of the Gobi Desert
Ben MacDhui’s principal claim to fame is that, at 4296 ft (1309 m), it is the highest mountain in the Cairngorms range and is second only to Ben Nevis throughout Scotland. However, it is also famous – indeed, infamous – as Scotland’s ‘haunted mountain’, thanks to the sinister, ostensibly supernatural entity known as Am Fear… Continue reading The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui – Britain’s very own Bigfoot?
There are a number of mysterious and controversial biblical creatures with potential relevance to cryptozoology, of which the most famous examples are undoubtedly Leviathan and Behemoth (click here and here to see my ShukerNature investigations of them). Much less famous but no less remarkable than those two, however, is the small yet highly intriguing subject… Continue reading The Shamir and the Stone Worm
When I first traveled to Sumatra for first-hand investigations of the orang pendek, I was working under the model that these creatures were simply a relict form of Homo floresiensis, the recently discovered “hobbit” species from the nearby island of Flores. However, the Orang Pendek Project has conclusively shown that this is not the case.… Continue reading Are Orang Pendeks Relict Homo Floresiensis?
I often read various statements in Bigfoot Facebook groups such as, “I won’t believe it until science proves it” or “It’s not real unless it’s been proven by science” or “Unless it can be proven scientifically, then it doesn’t exist or it can’t be true.” Statements such as these are made by individuals who put… Continue reading The Bigfoot Phenomena and the Scientific Method
The Yara-ma-yha-who is a creature from Australian Aboriginal folklore. This creature resembles a little red man with a very big head and large mouth with no teeth. On the ends of its hands and feet are suckers. It lives in fig trees and does not hunt for food, but waits until an unsuspecting traveler rests… Continue reading Yara-ma-yha-who
The internet is the natural home of some very unnatural creatures – fakes, frauds, and the falsely identified. Many of them attract only fleeting, transient attention before being soundly exposed and permanently discredited. However, there is also a hardcore set whose members simply refuse to die – being revived time and time again by unsuspecting… Continue reading Exposing online fakes and frauds of the Cryptozoological kind – A Shukernature Top Ten listing
Back in the 1930′s, the newsletter of a group called the Mountaineers (www.mountaineers.org) suggested a list of ten items that outdoors enthusiasts should always have while with them while enjoying outdoors recreation activities. These items have since become known as the “Ten Essentials”, and most authorities on hiking, backpacking, and climbing strongly recommend these as… Continue reading The Ten Essentials of Bigfooting
When discussing the possibility of sasquatches being real animals with the general public, I often get the question, “If they’re real, why don’t we find their bones?” I usually answer this question with another: “If bears and mountain lions are real, why don’t we find their bones?” The likely answer makes a lot of sense.… Continue reading Where are the Bones? A logical question with a logical answer
The Fouke Monster, also known as the Southern Sasquatch, is a legendary cryptid reported near the town of Fouke in Miller County, Arkansas, during the early 1970s. The creature was accused of attacking a local family. Initial sightings of the creature were concentrated in the Jonesville/Boggy Creek area, where it was blamed for the destruction… Continue reading The Fouke Monster
Paul Bell was a keen fisherman who I met back in early 2001 and who had a remarkable story to relate of truly monstrous proportions. And when I say “remarkable,” I’m not exaggerating. His summer 1976 encounter, on a pleasant and picturesque stretch of English canal, involved not just one breed of bizarre beast but… Continue reading The Kelpie
Across the arid plains of Texas, macabre, vampire-like animals are lurking, allegedly aspiring to suck the blood out of hapless livestock. These grotesque, hairless, zombie-gray canines have seemingly multiplied in number since the first known specimen was, shot by a rancher named Devin McAnally back in 2004. The Elmendorf Beast, as it later became known,… Continue reading Chupacabras Invasion!
Dragons belonging to the wingless but quadrupedal classical category are most closely associated with Europe, but some have been reported far away from that continent. Among the most fascinating yet least-known of these remotely-located classical dragons were those of Oceania. Australia was home to several very different forms. One of them was a freshwater version… Continue reading The Dragons of Oceania
The “St. Augustine Monster”, a carcass that washed ashore near St. Augustine, Florida, in 1896. A globster, or blob, is an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water. The term was coined by Ivan T. Sanderson in 1962 to describe the Tasmanian carcass of 1960,… Continue reading Globster
In the mythology of the Aboriginal people of South Australia (specifically, the Adnyamathanha people from the Flinders Ranges), Akurra is a great snake deity, sometimes associated with the Rainbow Serpent. Adnyamathanha elders describe it as a giant water snake with a beard mane, scales and sharp fangs, whose movements shaped the land. Akurra is associated… Continue reading Akurra
The Muldjewangk is a water-creature in Australian Aboriginal mythology that inhabited the Murray River, particularly Lake Alexandrina. It was used as a deterrent for Aboriginal children who wished to play near the riverside after dark. Sometimes they are portrayed as evil merfolk (half man half fish), or times as a gargantuan monster. It is also… Continue reading Muldjewangk