Loch Ness monster hunter concludes: it’s a big catfish

  After nearly a quarter century camping out by the banks of Scotland’s Loch Ness hoping to glimpse “Nessie”, the most dedicated hunter of the legendary monster has given up, concluding it is just a very big catfish. Steve Feltham, who gave up his girlfriend, house and job in southwest England in 1991 to spend… Continue reading Loch Ness monster hunter concludes: it’s a big catfish

Giant Moa wasn’t so robust

As reported in the NZHerald – 22nd December 2013 The South Island Giant Moa wasn’t quite as hefty as we had thought. A new study has found its bones were more slender than first believed, which has resulted in a recalculation of the birds’ size. Instead of studying just the birds’ leg bones to determine… Continue reading Giant Moa wasn’t so robust

Otter Sightings In Southland

As reported in: Stuff.co.nz – 15 November 2013. “It was about 12 inches long and needed a shave.” That is how Betty Hawkes described the cream-coloured whiskery animal that swam up and put its front feet on the bank when she was fishing under the old Clifden Bridge in 1956. Did Hawkes spot an otter? Invercargill-based… Continue reading Otter Sightings In Southland

Elusive ‘panther’ may be on the move

As reported in: NZHerald – 22 October 2013. Mid-Canterbury’s elusive black panther may have moved south. Last week a delivery driver spotted what he described as a large cat-like animal feeding on road kill just outside the Fairlie township in the early hours of the morning. The description was remarkably similar to reports in a number… Continue reading Elusive ‘panther’ may be on the move

Australia’s secret big cat?

As reported in Stuff – 19 October 2012.  A doctor, dentist, solicitor, clergyman and Qantas pilot have all seen it, as have numerous Rural Fire Service volunteers and an officer from the Department of Agriculture. A NSW detective spoke of how he watched the beast, from barely 50 metres away, for more than a minute. And… Continue reading Australia’s secret big cat?

Voices from the Forest [Upcoming Documentary]

Keep an eye, ear and mind open for this up coming new documentary that goes in search of New Zealand’s mysterious and elusive faery forest dwellers. A film, narrated by sacred sites Researcher Gary Cook, that will shake the ground on which you stand and challenge your old belief systems… Cryptozoological? Extraterrestrial? Supernatural? Spiritual?….You decide. Check… Continue reading Voices from the Forest [Upcoming Documentary]

Baffling Timaru beach creatures probably ‘spoon worms’ [Timaru Herald]

Unusual creatures that puzzled Timaru beachgoers are likely to be “spoon worms” according to a Dunedin scientist. Hundreds of the marine life-forms were scattered along Caroline Bay, lying along the sand, and caught in the debris that has washed up on the bay in recent floods. The creates, 4-15cm long, move when touched, are quite… Continue reading Baffling Timaru beach creatures probably ‘spoon worms’ [Timaru Herald]

The Possiblity of Mosasaurs breeding off the New Zealand Coast.

Introduction: There have been many encounters with unknown creatures off the coast of New Zealand, with the East coast being particularly favoured. There is a very good reason for this, running parallel to New Zealand’s coastline is the Hikurangi Trench. A deep gouge on the ocean floor, that descends in places to depths of 3,750… Continue reading The Possiblity of Mosasaurs breeding off the New Zealand Coast.

Friends and family farewell moa seeing mountaineer

By Jeff Hampton Friends and family have farewelled the publican and mountaineer who sparked an international media sensation when he reported a moa sighting near Arthurs pass. Paddy Freaney died of cancer, and several hundred mourners made their way to his mountain home for a service with, not surprisingly, some unusual twists. There was nothing ordinary… Continue reading Friends and family farewell moa seeing mountaineer

Paddy Freaney, Moa Man, is dead

Paddy Freaney, who claimed to have spotted the massive, but long-extinct, Moa in the Craigieburn Range, has died. A publican in the high country he loved and climbed, Freaney’s claim that he and two hiking buddies spotted a 6-foot Moa – evidence he tried to support with a photograph – sparked a cryptozoological mystery that… Continue reading Paddy Freaney, Moa Man, is dead

Scientists find ‘supergiant’ from the deep [Stuff.co.nz]

Alan Jamieson with one of the supergiant amphipods. From the depths of the Kermadec Trench, New Zealand scientists have retrieved the largest known examples of a creature that looks like a giant albino flea. On a recent research trip to the trench to determine how far down fish could be found, staff from Niwa and… Continue reading Scientists find ‘supergiant’ from the deep [Stuff.co.nz]

Big Feet Musing

I was sitting here doing some thinking, please note jokes about seeing the smoke rising I get enough of that from my family, and it occurred to me why the many varied types of Sasquatch, Bigfoot or whatever you want to call the big guy may act more communally than we originally thought. I have… Continue reading Big Feet Musing

Five-legged calf back on Trade Me

– LOUISE RISK – Waikato TimesA five-legged calf is back on Trade Me after an unhappy husband put a stop to his wife’s winning bid, telling the calf’s seller, Reporoa dairy farm manager Jonathan King, “she went a bit ape”. King has added the message “wives please ask for your husband’s permission before bidding” to… Continue reading Five-legged calf back on Trade Me

Video: Yowie Encounter – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia April 3rd 2010

Statement with video: I went into the Bush to do some research around 5.00pm 3rd of April 2010, I didn’t expect it to go dark so quickly. I was heading out when all hell broke loose. At least two creatures were around me they made themselves very clear I wasn’t welcomed………No.1 Rule – do not… Continue reading Video: Yowie Encounter – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia April 3rd 2010

High country trap for mystery black panther

By LOIS CAIRNS – Sunday Star Times / Photo: Michael O’Neill HIGH COUNTRY farmer David Wightman is on a mission to prove the mysterious black panther that reportedly roams the hills of Mid-Canterbury is not a figment of people’s overactive imaginations – he’s built a trap to catch the elusive creature. Mystery has surrounded the… Continue reading High country trap for mystery black panther

Dinosaur footprints in South Island revealed

Greg Browne has studied the marks for years. Dinosaur footprints found in northwest Nelson have given scientists their first proof the beasts roamed the South Island more than 70 million years ago. The prints are in soft sandstone on private and Department of Conservation land over an area of about 10km and up to 20… Continue reading Dinosaur footprints in South Island revealed

Maori legend of man-eating bird is true

Creature that features in New Zealand folklore really existed, scientists say By Paul Rodgers A Maori legend about a giant, man-eating bird has been confirmed by scientists. Te Hokioi was a huge black-and-white predator with a red crest and yellow-green tinged wingtips, in an account given to Sir George Gray, an early governor of New… Continue reading Maori legend of man-eating bird is true

Scientists ‘rebuild’ giant moa using ancient DNA

(PhysOrg.com) — Scientists have performed the first DNA-based reconstruction of the giant extinct moa bird, using prehistoric feathers recovered from caves and rock shelters in New Zealand. Researchers from the University of Adelaide and Landcare Research in New Zealand have identified four different moa species after retrieving ancient DNA from moa feathers believed to be… Continue reading Scientists ‘rebuild’ giant moa using ancient DNA

Extinct New Zealand Eagle May Have Eaten Humans [PhysOrg]

Extinct New Zealand Eagle May Have Eaten HumansComputer scans of New Zealand fossils may have helped scientists unravel a mystery about a giant raptor that became extinct 500 years ago. Says a researcher: “The science supports Maori mythology of the legendary pouakai or hokioi, a huge bird that could swoop down on people in the… Continue reading Extinct New Zealand Eagle May Have Eaten Humans [PhysOrg]

Kiwi ‘comedian’ causes international Bigfoot offence

NZ’er and self proclaimed ‘comedian’ Leigh Hart has gotten himself in very hot water by writing his recent article entitled ‘Let’s Hear It for the Maori Sasquatch‘. The article was spread like wildfire via the internet causing many worldwide to cringe and spit venom. Now Leigh is frantically back-pedalling to clear his name and to… Continue reading Kiwi ‘comedian’ causes international Bigfoot offence

Australia: Bigfoot spotted in bush near Sydney

Two backpackers on a year long trip around Australia got the fright of their life last week while they were out trekking in bushland in the vicinity of the township of Leura, not far from the well known Katoomba landmark, ‘The Three Sisters’.It was early evening and by the two ladies admission a bit late… Continue reading Australia: Bigfoot spotted in bush near Sydney

Australia’s Loch Ness Monster? [HOAX]

Is it a bunyip? Is it Australia’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster? Reports on the Easter weekend of a mysterious creature emerging from a billabong near Doomadgee in northern Queensland have left locals and cryptozoologists all around the world in a frenzied flap. The North West Star Newspaper, based in Mt Isa, Queensland, report… Continue reading Australia’s Loch Ness Monster? [HOAX]