The Goatman

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

Finding Truth Through Terror: Sleep Paralysis

A Preface At 8 years old, I had my first experience of true terror, when I awoke to a man at the end of my bed. This man was definitely not my brother. He was a luminescent figure. No distinguishing features, just a glowing silhouette of light. I was frozen with fear, I couldn’t move.… Continue reading Finding Truth Through Terror: Sleep Paralysis

Exposing online fakes and frauds of the Cryptozoological kind – A Shukernature Top Ten listing

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

The Dragons of Oceania

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

Akurra

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

Muldjewangk

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

The White Lady

A White Lady is a type of female ghost reportedly seen in rural areas and associated with some local legend of tragedy. White Lady legends are found around the world. Common to many of them is the theme of losing or being betrayed by a husband or fiancé. They are often associated with an individual… Continue reading The White Lady

Bunyip

The bunyip, or kianpraty, is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds and waterholes. The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. However, the bunyip appears to have formed part of traditional Aboriginal… Continue reading Bunyip

The Taniwha

In Māori mythology, taniwha (Māori pronunciation: [Tanifa] are beings that live in deep pools in rivers, dark caves, or in the sea, especially in places with dangerous currents or deceptive breakers (giant waves). They may be considered highly respected kaitiaki (protective guardians) of people and places, or in some traditions as dangerous, predatory beings, which for… Continue reading The Taniwha

I thought I saw a Terror Saur! – Do Prehistoric flying reptiles still exist?

Are there living pterosaurs in Zambia’s swamplands? Those iconic winged reptiles of prehistory known as the pterosaurs died out alongside the last dinosaurs over 60 million years ago…didn’t they? Most mainstream zoologists would say that they did. Then again, most mainstream zoologists have probably never heard of the kongamato, the ropen, the duah, or a… Continue reading I thought I saw a Terror Saur! – Do Prehistoric flying reptiles still exist?

Mokele-mbembe

Mokèlé-mbèmbé, meaning “one who stops the flow of rivers” in the Lingala language is a legendary water-dwelling creature of Congo River basin folklore, sometimes described as living creature, sometimes as a spirit, and loosely analogous to the Loch Ness Monster in Western culture. It is claimed to be a sauropod by some cryptozoologists. Expeditions mounted… Continue reading Mokele-mbembe

Yeti

The Yeti is an Asian Bigfoot found in the Himalayas. Inhabiting Nepal, Tibet, and India, the Yeti is probably the closest living relative to Gigantopithecus, a prehistoric gorilla that lived in Asia million years ago. In Buddhist mythology, the Yetis were peaceful creatures, very shy that lived in dense snow caves on the glaciers which… Continue reading Yeti

Burrunjor

The Burrunjor is an Australian dinosaur cryptid that resembles the theropod dinosaur T. rex, or maybe a neovenatorid allosaur like Australovenator, Megaraptor, or Rapator. The Burrunjor is described as being a giant lizard according to aboriginal mythology. Based on sightings it is 25 feet long and has small clawed hands and walks on two bipedal legs.… Continue reading Burrunjor

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]