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Monday, September 25, 2017

Crypto-Kid Show - Archived

Last month I was on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid show for the second time. The first time I was on in April we had some technical difficulties, so the show did not get archived. Things went well the second time, though, and you can listen to the archived show on Mixcloud.
Crypto - Kid with Host Colin Schneider_20170814_Tyler Houck.mp3(28.7MB)

Or, you can listen to the show on YouTube...

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

"First Verified Footage" of Extant Thylacine?

The Australian is reporting on video footage that purportedly shows a thylacine (aka Tasmanian tiger).

The article says:

"An animal captured on a grainy video has a 'one in three chance' of being a thylacine, according to wildlife expert asked to verify the image.
"The footage was released earlier today [Sept. 6] by three men who said they believed it was 'the first verified footage' of a thylacine since the last known of the species was filmed in captivity in 1932.
"'I don't think it's a thylacine - I know it is a thylacine,' said Adrian 'Richo' Richardson, a retired soldier who has been searching for the Tasmanian tiger for 26 years.
"However, an independent verification by experience wildlife biologist Nick Mooney found the animal, filmed at a distance by and automatic camera trap, was most likely not a thylacine.
"'I am happy to suggest that based on this limited analysis of the film, there is perhaps a one in three chance the image is of a thylacine,' Mr Mooney said in his report.
"He concluded the animal in the footage, recorded on November 4 last year on an old forestry track about 50km from Meydena, north-east of Hobart, was either a small thylacine or a very large spotted-tailed quoll.
"Three men - Mr Richardson and local son and father Greg and George Booth - had placed 14 cameras in the area after Greg Booth saw what he said he firmly believed was a thylacine there on April 3, 2015. 
"'She sat down not he track and looked at me from about three meters,' said Greg Booth, a firewood cutter. 'I could see the pouch and scars on her face … and the colors.'
"The last known thylacine died in captivity in Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo on September 7, 1936, and the species is presumed extinct.
"However, sightings of the carnivorous marsupial have continued since. Images have surfaced previously but have all been inconclusive or found to be of other animals or hoaxes.
"The tiger-searching team said the timing of the release of the video - one day before the 81st anniversary of the death of the last known thylacine - was a coincidence." 

You can check out the video over on  The Australian. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Zuiyo-Maru "Plesiosaur" Carcass

The Zuiyo-Maru, a Japanese fishing boat, trawled up a gigantic animal carcass off the coast of Christchurch, New Zealand, in April 1977. The crew brought the remains on deck and it examined it. It weighed about four thousand pounds, and Michihiko Yano, assistant preduction manager of the ship, determined that it was 33 feet long. Yano also took photographs of the carcass.

The creature appeared to have a long neck and snakelike head. None of the crew of the Zuiyo-Maru could identify it, though some that it could be a rotting whale, despite its "unwhale-like appearance."

The stinking carcass was thrown overboard as to not spoil their catch of fish, though Yano took samples of a "horny fiber" from the creature's fins. The remains gained a lot of media attention in Japan, focusing on the plesiosaur-like appearance. But it was excitement over nothing.

The "horny fiber" recovered by Yano was tested on, and the Zuiyo-Maru carcass was proven to be nothing more than a very decomposed basking shark.

This post is excerpted from my future book Global Globsters: An Examination of "Sea Monster" Carcasses from Around the World.

Woman Creates a "Bigfoot Spray" She Says Will Work

Yep, you read that right.

A North Carolina woman says she has created a "Bigfoot spray" to attract the elusive cryptid.

The Bangor Daily News reports:

"CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - The nation's endless search for proof of Bigfoot's existence may soon come to an end.
"Allie Megan Webb has home brewed a spray that she says can attract any Bigfoot withing a mile and a half.
"Sold at $7 a bottle, the 'environmentally friendly' Bigfoot Juice also doubles as bug spray, said Webb, who runs Happy Body Care out of Marion. She created it sitting at  her kitchen table.
 "'How do you know it works?' Webb asked, laughing. 'That's a tough question. I guess I could ask how do you know it doesn't work?'
 "There is anecdotal proof her spray does, in fact, attract a Bigfoot.
"Field tests have been done, she said, and they include a recent outing by the research group Bigfoot 911, in which a Bigfoot sighting was reported. It happened the first week of August, in the woods of McDowell County. The report made national news.
"'I think that's enough to say it can attract a Bigfoot,' Webb said. 'To attract a Bigfoot, you need a smell that is woodsy enough to keep from scaring him off. But slightly different enough to make him curious, and come to investigate.'
"Market reaction to the spray, which is sold on the internet, has ranged from excitement to giggles. This includes a guy named Jeffrey Wilson of Hawaii, who wanted to know if she made a troll repellent.
"Webb - who also created a dog deodorant called Stinky Dog Spray - understands people may doubt the product. She won't swear there is a Bigfoot herself.
"'But I do believe there is something out there in the woods,' she said. 'I'm definitely not trying to make fun of people who believe. A lot of people are more serious about this [juice] than I thought. There are people around the world inclined to believe Bigfoot is real.'
"That includes her husband, Corey, a member of Bigfoot 911 since 2014. He was out the night of Aug. 4 when Bigfoot 911 reported spotting 'a large bipedal animal covered in hair.' Corey didn't see it himself, but he's a believer.
"She gives him a lot of credit for Bigfoot Juice. He was using her home-concocted bug spray during Bigfoot hunts, and asked her to make something less 'feminine smelling.' She started whipping things together and found a more musky, outdoors smell. Next thing you know, the team spotted a Bigfoot.
"Coincidental? Maybe. Opportune? Definitely.
"Corey Webb guesses the secret of the juice is that it masks human odors, which could frighten a Bigfoot. 'Honestly, I don't know if it's a key to finding Bigfoot, but it's definitely not going to hurt your chances,' he said.
"His advice if you attract a Bigfoot with the juice?
"'Just stand there. I wouldn't run. There are no reports of a Bigfoot being aggressive.'
"His wife suggests something else, however. 'Pull out your camera immediately.'"

So basically this is a way for Webb to make a quick buck by selling bug spray. Something she randomly put together in her kitchen isn't going to make and Bigfoot come running. The only reason she calls it "Bigfoot spray" was probably a joke with her husband since he is in the Bigfoot 911 group which may or may not have encountered a Bigfoot last month.

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Sea Monster" Beached After Hurricane in Texas

A dead "sea monster" has been washed ashore in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Photos of the carcass have been making rounds on the internet as of late and people were wondering what the heck it was.
Image shows the fanged creature washed up on the beach
A close-up of the 'thing'
BBC News reports:
"A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified.
"Preeti Desai found the decaying fish on a beach in Texas City, and asked Twitter for help.
"She posted several photos with the caption: 'Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?'
"Her request was passed to biologist and eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe, who believes it is a fangtooth snake-eel.
"He said it may also be a garden or conger eel, because 'all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth.'
"It is thought that Hurricane Harvey, which brought strong winds and flooding to Texas, could explain why the creature was washed up.
"The fangtooth snake-eel, also known as a 'tusky' eel, is usually found in waters between 30 and 90 metres deep in the western Atlantic ocean.
"Ms Desai, who was at the beach assessing the damage from the hurricane, told the BBC: 'It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach. I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore.
"'My main reaction was curiosity, to figure out what the heck it was,' she added.
"Ms Desai said she posted the images on Twitter because she knows a lot of scientists use it, and a friend soon responded and contacted Dr Tighe. 
"'I follow a lot of scientists and researchers. There's such a great community of these folks that are very helpful, especially when it comes to answering questions about the world or identifying animals and plants,' she said.
"She said she left the eel on the beach 'to let nature take its course.'" 
So, no surprise, this 'sea monster' is nothing of the sort like other supposed carcasses...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LNM Sightings "On Course to Hit Ten-Year High"

The Glasgow Evening Times reported on September 5th that Loch Ness Monster sightings are "on course to hit a ten-year high."

The article reads:

"Sightings of the world's favorite legendary monster are heading for a ten-year high after being spotted six times in the past five months alone.
"The findings come from The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register which says Nessie is usually spotted six times over the course of a full year.
"The most sightings recorded in the last ten years are seven in 2016.
"This year, though, the very first sighting came on April 28 when a Ms Cairney from Dunbartonshire was at the loch with three friends when they saw a 20-meter long series of waves move 'at about 5mph' along the surface 500m out.
"'It came out of nowhere and then disappeared the same way - they have confirmed there was no boat traffic in the area,' says the report.
"With one sighting reported in May, and three in June, the most recent was just two weeks ago on August 22 when Mr Stuparich and three friends were out walking from the Dores Inn to Tor Point.
"The reports adds: 'As they came to the shore on the point, all four saw something huge in the water. They said it was an unusual shape - it arched out of the water then turned and went down underwater.'
"The sighting lasted about 10 seconds.
"The most sightings in the 21st century, so far, were recorded in 2000 when there were 11 sightings.
"Nessie, along with the tourists who come to look for it, are thought to be worth about £30 million to the Highland economy.
"Visit The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register here to see the full list of 1,091 sightings dating back to 565AD." 

It will be interesting to see if there are any more LNM sightings reported this year...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Review: The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes

In 1976, sightings of a truly strange being began. Since that time, it has become known as the Owlman. The creature has been seen in Cornwall, England, an area that has also had many sightings of the sea monster called Morgawr and mystery cat reports.

Jon Downes, director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology covers all this and more in his book The Owlman and Others. The book follows his research into the subject and also focuses a lot on the "Wizard of the Western World," Tony "Doc" Shiels, who is a key player in the Owlman and Morgawr sagas.

Jon includes accounts of the Owlman, how it could be connected to Tony Shiels and/or witchcraft, sightings of Morgawr and photographs purporting to show it, and lots of other odd things that went on in the Cornwall area at the same time like ABCs, UFOs, and poltergeist activity. He also writes about some of the odd things that sometimes happen to investigators of the strange like "psychic backlash." Links to other Owlman-like flying monsters from around the world are discussed as well. Towards the end of the book, Jon focuses more on if the Owlman should even be labeled a "cryptid," or if if falls somewhere in forteana.

The Owlman and Others is a very good book, and if you are interested in the strange, check it out.


Readers of TCZ will have noticed that posts are not as frequent as they usually are. While I do still have a lot of stuff I want to write about, I have been having internet problems since August and right now getting on the computer at home and doing this just won't work. So I'm doing this on a laptop right now, but I can't do that all the time. But I might try to get a post up tomorrow too. And to all readers - thanks.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lots of New Books

Got a lot of cool new books recently…

The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes…

Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research Volume 2 by David Weatherly….

Sea Monster Carcasses - Scotland by Glen Vaudrey...

Does Champ Exist? by Gary S. Mangiacopra and Dwight G. Smith...

And Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton

Friday, September 1, 2017

Nick Redfern's "Shapeshifters" - Coming Very Soon

Nick Redfern's book Shapeshifters: Morphing Monsters and Changing Cryptids will be published in a week…

"Shapeshifters are real.
"You're about to meet them, in all their savage and sinister glory.
"While most people think of shape shifters as little more than the werewolves and vampires of mythology and pop culture, the truth is much more fascinating. And dangerous. Shapeshifters are real, they come in all kinds and sizes, and they have existed for countless millennia. This thrilling guide invites you to meet each of them… if you dare.
"Shapeshifters presents a menagerie of otherworldly creatures and half-human monsters, from were-cats to blood-suckers to aliens. Discover legends and lore from around the world and experience first-hand encounters with shape-changing beasts that lurk in the night. Nick Redfern takes you deep into their domain, opening your eyes to paranormal secrets and cryptozoological wonders. Just be sure to keep some silver bullets close at hand."

With Nick Redfern,
Mothman Fest, 2016

Friday, August 25, 2017

Werewolves and Dogmen - A New Book

There's a new book out from FATE edited by Rosemary Ellen Guiley called Werewolves and Dogmen
Below is the book description from Amazon:

"Are werewolves real? Find out the chilling truth about werewolves and their kin - dogmen and spectral black dogs - in this unique collection of 31 well-researched articles by leading writers and investigators, including Loren Coleman, Brad Steiger, Mark Chorvinsky, Scott Corrales, and many others. Learn about: The bizarre history of werewolf origins; real cases of bloodthirsty beasts; how humans transform into wolves; modern cases of deadly supernatural werewolves; and the dogmen and black dogs that roam lonely landscapes. This stellar collection from the best of FATE magazine will have you looking over your shoulder the next time you are out in a full moonlit night."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Three Book Reviews

I haven't done a book review in a while, though I have read several great books, so here's a three-in-one of what I read over the summer.

Dragons: A Natural History
By Dr. Karl Shuker

Karl Shuker is a world famous cryptozoologist and one of my favorite authors. Dragons: A Natural History is his first book on the subject and was published in 1995. He also has another, called Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture from 2013. 

This book looks at many dragon stories and legends from around the world, including tales of "worms," dragonets, battles with knights, etc, etc. Creatures like sea serpents and mokele-mbembe that could be considered dragon-like are also mentioned, and "known" animals like the komodo dragon as well.

Now if you are someone who wants a very thorough examination of dragon legends, this might not be the book for you, but its a quick read with some good info on many of the dragon legends of old.

Out of the Shadows:
Mystery Animals of Australia
By Tony Healy and Paul Cropper

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I found one in fantastic condition at a Half Price Books that is even signed by both authors! Now these authors, both researchers from Australia, have also written a book called The Yowie published in 2006 that is available on Amazon, though this older one is extremely hard to find.

The book has six chapters on six different cryptid creatures of Australia: surviving thylacines, mainland thylacines, anomalous/alien big cats, the Queensland tiger, the yowie, and the Bunyip. Now while there is lots more on the Yowie in their book fully on that, this book has the most info on the Queensland tiger, Bunyip, and Australian big cat sightings that I have ever found.

This is a fantastic book and it is a shame that it is so rare. If you ever find a copy of it for a reasonable price, don't pass it up!

Werewolves, Serial Killers, and Man-Eaters:
The Mystery of the Monsters of the Gevaudan
By Gustavo Sanchez Romero and S. R. Schwalb

This is the most recent book on the list here, published in 2016. It is an examination of the Beast of the Gevaudan, which terrorized France in the mid-1700s. From 1765 to 1767 it killed many people in that region of France and was hunted by scores of people, but to no avail. It seemed as though the Beast just could not be killed, and some thought it was a werewolf of a "scourge from God."

Once the Beast was thought to be killed, but attacks still continued. A "second Beast" was killed in 1767 and that is where the story really stops. But what were these "Beasts?" The authors discuss many possibilities, including a hyaena, man-eating wolves, possible prehistoric survivors, or human serial killers dressed as wolves or using animals to do the dirty deed. 

This is the most thorough examination of the Beast of Gevaudan that I have ever seen and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

Monday, August 21, 2017

"Sarah the Sea Hag" - Cousin of Caddy?

The remains of this "sea monster" were fond on Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, Canada, in 1941. The press dubbed it "Sarah the Sea Hag" and said that it was a Cadborosaurus, the legendary sea serpent seen on the west coast of Canada and the USA.

"She had a large horse-like head with flaring nostrils and eye sockets; a tapering snake-like body 12 feet long; and traces of long coarse hair on the skin."

Dr. W.A. Clemons and Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan went to examine the remains and Clemons stated that "We're not sure if it's a basking shark, but there is no doubt that it is of the shark family."

G.V. Boorman, a whaler who had taken photographs of a supposed Caddy carcass before was then a private in the army, and was stationed nearby. He had seen close to 4,000 whales in 10 years, and was familiar with sharks in various degrees of decomposition. "If that's a shark," he said, "I'll eat my uniform. I've seen the skeletons of scores of varieties of sharks and they had no resemblance to these remains."

Boorman said that the "marine monster discovered in the stomach of a sperm whale in 1937 [the Naden Harbor carcass] was the twin sister of odoriferous Sarah."

Just like the remains of the Naden Harbor carcass of 1937, "Sarah's" remains were not preserved either, so what "she" really was remains unknown.

This post is excerpted from my future book Global Globsters, which examines reports of "sea monster" carcasses from around the globe...

Crypto-Kid: Ken Gerhard Tonight

Tonight at 8 on WCJV Radio, Colin Schneider has cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard on his Crypto-Kid show.

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid, Colin is joined by the one, the only, Ken Gerhard. Ken is one of the stars of the show 'Missing in Alaska' and is the author of several books including 'Big Bird! Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters' and 'A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts.' Ken and Colin will discuss his research into the Thunderbird and the Beast of Gevaudan.

Advisories on Bigfoot and Lizard Man Sightings During Eclipse

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is advising people to be aware of lizard man and Bigfoot sightings during today's solar eclipse.
(Post and Courier)

The Post and Courier reports that "SCEMD does not know is Lizardmen become more active during a solar eclipse, but we advise that residents of Lee and Sumter counties should remain ever vigilant."

The NASA Scientific Visualization Center also published a "sunsquatch" map showing the eclipse's path with locations of sasquatch sightings…

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SC Police: "Do Not Shoot Bigfoot"

People has a new article up on a statement from South Carolina police who are saying "don't shoot bigfoot."

"Please do not engage with the man or woman - or thing - with the big furry coat.
"A South Carolina police department cheekily issued just such a warning against firing at the mythical backwoods creature Bigfoot after a supposed sighting one state over.
"'After watching this video from nearby Boone, North Carolina, Facebook followers and friends, I think we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us,' the Greenville Police Department wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
"'If you see Bigfoot, please do not shoot at him/her, as you'll most likely be wounding a fun-loving and well-intentioned person, sweating in a gorilla costume.'
"The humorous post linked back to a 2015 video attached to a recent article from the Charlotte Observer, with covered the claims of a group of Sasqatuch hunters, Bigfoot 911.
"According to the Observer, Bigfoot 911 - a group that investigates so-called sightings of the creature - purports they saw a 'large bi-pedal animal covered in hair' on Friday while stalking out an area in McDowell County, North Carolina.
"Group member John Bruner claimed he chased the ape-like animal before engaging it in a stare-off, according to the Observer
"'Its face was solid black, no hair on it,' Bruner said. 'The hair looked shaggy all over.'
"But some commenters to the Greenville police Facebook post this week were less than impressed. One wrote, 'Let me break it down for you… someone bought a costume on Amazon. Story solved.'"