Friday, August 15, 2008

Bigfoot body found?

If you haven't heard already (you probably have) a couple of guys in Georgia claim that they have found a dead Bigfoot. As expected, there are many that are calling this a hoax. Today, reporters grilled the men that are behind the claim. Rightfully so, as this is not the first time one of these men have claimed to have found a Bigfoot. That first claim turned out to be a hoax.

DNA tests are supposedly in progress and the men are sticking to their claims that this is the real deal.

Stay tuned, this could be a huge story in the making!

Monday, June 16, 2008

New Episodes of Monster Quest.

I was checking my channel guide the other day and noticed that there are new episodes of Monster Quest on the History Channel. There are at least two new episodes that I know of, one has to do with a supposed Vampire-like creature that is killing domestic animals in rural North Carolina. The other episode is about Ghosts. I have yet to watch these episodes, but I have set my DVR to pick them up next time they are aired.

So, for you Monster Quest fans out there, set your DVRs!

Also of note, I am in the process of reading The Beast Of Bray Road by Linda S. Godfrey. So, stay tuned for my upcoming review of this book.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Destination Truth Season 2.

Well, unfortunately for fans like me, Destination Truth season 2 finished last week. After seeing the entire season, one feeling stood out: disappointment. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the show. It is very entertaining and Josh Gates is one of the most witty and intellectual TV personalities I have seen in a while. Let's just say it, he makes the show. Now, some may disagree. You may say, "it's the search for the creatures that make the show!". That is a large part of the appeal, but Josh ties it all together in a fun-to-watch way.

So, let me get back to why I felt disappointed about the show this season. They didn't find anything, well other than a supposed yeti track. That's basically it. Now, I enjoy the stories of the creatures and the search for them in the dead of night is a nice touch. However, I felt like there was little to no progress made on the search for any of the creatures they looked for. You can't blame the effort, they travel around the globe for Pete's sake. I don't know, I just feel a bit let-down.

I do hope the show comes back for another season, or 5. Maybe next time they can actually look in the good ole' US for some creatures. I just hope this time they find something, anything.

Here's to hoping they come back. Who knows, I may try and contact Josh myself and see if he permit me to do a little interview with him.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Destination Truth back on March 5th.

As most of you know, I am a big fan of the Destination Truth show on the Sci-fi Channel. Well, much to my delight, the new season of the show starts on Wednesday March 5th! So, set those DVRs!

On the subject of Cryptozoological-related TV shows, the Monster Quest show on the History Channel wrapped up it's first season a few weeks ago. The final episode of the show was one of special interest to me. It was about the sightings of a wolf/man/bigfoot-like type creature in the wilds of Wisconsin. Many people may recognize it from it's 'given' name: The Beast Of Bray Road. For years, I have had much interest in the stories of this alleged creature. Maybe it is due to the 'werewolf' aspect of these sightings or maybe it's due to the amount of sightings that have been and continue to be reported. That's right, sightings of creature are still being reported to this day!

Well, I did enjoy this episode of Monster Quest as it dealt with numerous sightings and actually went through the trouble of giving lie-detector tests to several of the people who reported sightings. As for the results of the tests; well, I won't spoil it for you. Watch the show, it's a great episode and good finale to a great season of this series. Let's hope it comes back for another season!

As a matter of a fact, if you like the show like I do, Email The History Channel and let them know how much you like it and want another season!

Well, that's it for now.
Stay tuned for more Cryptozoological stories!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Memoirs of a Monster Hunter... not so much.

So, I finally finished Nick Redfern's recent book Memoirs of a Monster Hunter: A Five-Year Journey in Search of the Unknown. Redfern is well-known in UFO circles and has written numerous books on the paranormal. Paranormal... not something that I normally associate with Cryptozoology but for Redfern it most certainly does.

This book documents Redfern's experiences while searching for reports and stories of 'Monsters' across the US (mostly Texas). While the book does lean towards the paranormal , it does have what I would loosely describe as Cryptozoological sections. There are chapters on Bigfoot, a lake serpent, the Chupacabras and the Beast of Bray Road. There are several other chapters that deal with Goat-men, spirits, spectral zombies, feral women, as well as others.

Looking at the list of subjects covered, one would think that this book would be full of sightings, reports and stories of encounters with these 'monsters'. While, the beginning chapters do have an adequate amount of stories from various sources, mostly from people living in Texas, since that is where Redfern was living while writing this book. Even though Redfern does tend to give a paranormal spin to the encounters, these stories and reports do make for an entertaining read. However, once these stories start to diminish towards the middle chapters of the book that's where things start to stray.

Now, I don't mind reading about a writer's various experiences while writing a book. I mean, the book does have the word 'Memoir' in the title afterall. However, Redfurn's book has a lot, and I mean a lot of personal stories. Not stories of 'Monsters' as one would expect, but stories of plane rides, hotel stays, restaurant meals, conference speaking engagements, and what can only be described as meaningless coincidences. By the end of the book, I was having a very tough time plowing through the last chapters because of the endless stories of what Redfern had to eat one night and what he drank and what effect that had on his digestive tract. That is the main problem I had with this book.

Now, I know that I am no Pulitzer Prize winner. However, I do know what I like and for the most part, I did not like this book. If you are looking for a book that deals with sightings and reports of Cryptozoological creatures in a scientific manner, look elsewhere. Although, if you want to read about the mundane adventures of Nick Redfern in countless airports and restaurants; well, look no further.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Destination Truth on SciFi Channel returning!

For the fans of Destination Truth on the SciFi channel, you will be happy to hear that the show is returning with new episodes this Spring. It seems that the subject of Cryptozoology is really starting to catch on. I have also heard that the Monster Quest series on the History Channel is doing quite well and is getting decent ratings.

I am a big fan of both shows, especially Destination Truth. The first season this past year was a big surprise for me and quickly became one of my favorite shows on TV.

So, set your DVRs! Shows like this don't come around too much, catch them while you can.

Also, stay tuned for my review of Nick Redfern's recent book Memoirs of a Monster Hunter.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Well, it certainly has been a while since I have updated this blog. A series on the History Channel has brought me back here to update. The series is called Monster Quest. You can view the website for the show here. The series is actually very well done. One of the best series of Cryptozoology related shows I have ever seen.

I do plan on returning to this site and updating more regularly. I know there are other Cryptozoology-related sites out there with far more resources and name recognition than I have. That may have initially deterred me from returning here, but not anymore. I want to return to this blog and post news and stories from the field of Cryptozoology.

I hope my readers return as well.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Serpent-Like Creature Filmed at Lake Champlain

I was looking for some Cryptozoology news stories to post here and ran across a surprising new video.

The video, was taken on Lake Champlain by a couple of local fisherman.

After watching the video, one can easily make out what appears to be a serpent-like creature underneath the surface of the water. Other bits of the video show the creature swimming, that too appears to be serpentine in nature.

I invite all of my readers to watch the video and make your own conclusions. It is very interesting to say the least.

Stay tuned for more Cryptozoology news!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I'm back!

After having the Crypto-Blog hacked by someone, I have had it restored once again and I am back up and running. Stay tuned as I get things ironed out and we get back to the lates Cryptozoology News.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Weekly Update

Now that the Crypto-Blog is back I am going to try weekly updates for a while. I will still update throughout the week, especially if something of great Cryptozoological importance happens.

So, let's get to the news shall we?

1. The hunt for Bigfoot continues in Malaysia.

As I have reported a few times on this blog, Malaysia seems to be the hotbed of Bigfoot sightings and news this year. Since several sightings late last year, there has been a surge of interest in the area. So much so, that Malaysia is launching expeditions to search for the creatures.

2. The Creature Appreciation Week photo contest ends.

I have reported on this contest recently and expressed my dislike for it due to it's encouraging of fake photographs. The contest itself is now over, submissions ended on February 3rd.

As some of you know, Loren Coleman is involved with the contest as can be seen in an interview on the Duel Masters website. Knowing that Loren is involved and that the contest is aimed towards children I am willing to give it a chance. However, I still have reservations about the whole thing as I believe it will just encourage people to fake more photographs which in turn could hurt the field of Cryptozoology. I guess time will tell.

3. British government planned to hunt Nessie with dolphins.

As much as this sounds like a tabloid story, it appears it was true. The Mirror, a UK newspaper is reporting that according to declassified documents, officials in Margaret Thatchers regime planned to hunt for Nessie with dolphins imported from America.

It appears that the dolphins were going to be trained to hunt for the supposed creature in the loch while strobe lights and cameras were attached to their backs. I don't think the project got too far off the ground however. Thinking about it though, I suppose the plan could have worked. With dolphin's echo-location they could have been trained to search for large objects in the loch. We all know that dolphins were and probably still are being trained by the military to do various duties such as finding underwater mines.

Still, this is a strange story.

4. Supposed dead Chupacabra turns out to be Coyote.

There has been a story (graphic picture)out for a while about a weird animal that was shot in Texas. Some people even said that it may be the legendary Chupacabra.

Well, the dead creature turned out to be a hairless coyote.

Well, that is the Cryptozoology news for this week. Stay tuned as now that the Crypto-Blog is back I will continue to report Cryptozoology news and work hard to bring exclusives to all of my readers.

Welcome back!

Saturday, February 04, 2006


I apologize for the downtime recently on the Crypto-Blog. It seems that during recent maintenance Blogger deleted all of my current blogs, including this one.

It has taken nearly two weeks to have the Crypto-Blog restored.

For all of you who are still tuning in, thank you. I am working hard to keep this blog going so please hang in there with me.

Now, let's see what news I can dig up.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Lack of Updates

I apologize for the lack of updates the Crypto-Blog this past week or so. I am in the process of changing jobs and moving so the updates may be a bit sparse for a little while.

What I may do however, is a weekly recap of Cryptozoology stories.

Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Cryptozoology Photo Contest

I am sure most of you are aware of the $1 million reward that was announced last year by Dual Masters trading cards(owned by Hasbro). The reward was "to encourage the public to assist in the safe capture of a Bigfoot, Yeti, Lake Monster, Sea Serpent, or other cryptozoological specimen" .

A few days later, it was announced that the reward was retracted due to safety reasons.

However, there was another contest announced soon after that. In this contest Dual Masters were going to offer smaller cash prizes for "the best photos that help to perpetuate the mystique surrounding legendary creatures".

Personally, I have had mixed feelings about this contest. If you go to the Dual Masters website you will see the news about the contest as part of their "Creature Appreciate Week" which started in late October.

My first concern, are the photos they have on the site. Now, I am sure these are just there to promote the contest but they are all obvious fakes. Most done with photographic manipulation techniques, i.e. Photoshop.

What most alarms me though is what is stated in the rules for the contest:

Entrants may use photography tricks and/or staging of props and/or other elements within the photograph in their attempt to create a photograph that helps further the myth and allure of finding a mythical beast.

That right there tells me they do not want legitimate photographs of these creatures. They want fakes.

In my opinion, this is not what Cryptozoology needs. This would just encourage people to submit fake photographs for this contest. If we are ever to legitimize these creatures we need serious, scientific study. Not contests like this.

I have some more news about this contest as well. I won't write about it right now. I will very soon though.

Stay tuned!

Monday, January 09, 2006

More Malaysian Bigfoot News

Malaysia, it seems could already be the Bigfoot hotspot of the year. With so many news reports and sightings coming from the Southern Malaysian Jungles as of late.

A recent article tells more details about what is happening in Malaysia recently. I guess you could call it "Bigfoot Fever".

The article goes into a little detail about how there are plans to capture the creature on film using motion-sensor cameras placed in the jungle. Which I think is a great idea, since these cameras have been recently used to uncover a new species of mammal in the jungles of Borneo.

In the article there is also a story of a Bigfoot being shot and killed a few years back in a neighboring state. However, when a zoologist went back a year after the shooting the carcass was no longer there.

I do hold out hope that something will be found in the jungles of Malaysia. Something that will make scientists around the world sit up and take notice.

So stay tuned for updates on this story and many others!