Some high school students in Idaho captured a dark creature on film fleeting into the woods and many believe it may be Bigfoot. The students were out on a school project on Mint Creek south of Pocatello when they noticed the mysterious dark figure watching them from a ridge. A student then grabbed his camera and was able to get a glimpse of the creature. The students were also able to climb the ridge where the creature was seen and photograph some footprints left behind.
Jeff Meldrum a well known Bigfoot expert and University professor examined the video of the creature. Meldrum said :
“It nevertheless is a large dark figure that bears a striking resemblance to descriptions of Sasquatch,”
Finding Bigfoot team has announced it will be heading to Pocatello, Idaho sometime in June to investigate the sighting and evidence. In the video you can vaguely see movement in the trees. If you look at it just right you can see a giant, dark figure towering like a flagpole moving about as it disappears into the woods.
Cryptozoology is the study of unknown animals. Most people have not heard about this science, but you indirectly know about from media coverage of such entities as the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot. While many “traditional” scientists have criticized cryptozoology for lacking a uniform scientific method for the study of unknown animals, cryptozoology has gained in prominence as the number of sightings and discoveries of previously unknown animals has increased. Here are ways to learn more about cryptozoology.
In order to best understand cryptozoology, it is best to study zoology or biology at a college or university. Since crytozoologists study undocumented animals, it is important to gain knowledge and understand of the elements that govern animals in general, such as animal behavior, population dynamics, and ecosystems or population niche. Also, some colleges and online programs offer specific courses in cryptology. For more information, click here. In a cryptology course, you will learn about such things as research techniques, case studies of specific animals, and outlook for the cryptology field.
There are many different websites devoted to the field of cryptozoology. This includes Cryptozoology.com, NewAnimal.org, and MysteriousUniverse.org. These offer useful information on such things as an overall breakdown of the field cryptozoology, descriptions of reported unknown animals, field and laboratory techniques, guidelines for becoming a cryptozoologists, and community forums.
One of the best ways to learn more about cryptozoology is to learn from professional cryptozoologists. One of the most famous cryptozoologists is Bernard Heuvelmans, who was a pioneer in cryptozoology and wrote the book “On the Track of Unknown Animals.” He was notable for helping establish cryptozoology as science, where previously cryptozoology was treated as folklore or mythology.
The crew of Finding Bigfoot was recently in Australia in search of the Yowie. The Yowie is the name given to the Australia’s Bigfoot. The Finding Bigfoot team claims that they have been able to obtain some very compelling audio recordings of the Yowie. The crew were on an expedition through the forest area’s of the Queensland and NSW border when they reportedly came across Yowie evidence. Could the renowned Bigfoot hunters which include Cliff Barackman , Matt Moneymaker, Ranae Holland, and James Fay have found proof that the Yowie is alive and roaming in the Outback.
Finding Bigfoot cast member James “Bobo” Fay said that this expedition may be the best as far as audio recordings that the team has ever had. Fay said in two separate locations they were found activity that is directly attributed to the Yowie. Here are some more Bobo quotes on the new Yowie evidence found by Finding Bigfoot team.
“We got some really compelling audio,” he said.
“It is not a known species, I can tell you that. One of the details (convinces us) there is nothing else it could have been.”
Fay is still “stoked” with having captured the Australian yowie sound on tape.
“When at first we all heard it, we were like, ‘No way’,” he recalls.
“If you were in North America, you could have written off one of the compelling things we heard as being a large bear. But there are no large bears here.”
This new Yowie evidence is set be aired as part of Finding Bigfoot Season 3 which will of course be shown on Animal Planet.
New techniques being used to analyze DNA could be a key to cracking the mystery of the existence of Bigfoot says European researchers. Scientist from Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology are appealing to scientist , museums, cryptozoologist, and crypto aficinados for any Bigfoot or Yeti hair samples or other types of samples they may have associated with the creature. Researchers are planning to focus on hair samples to determine the species the samples originated from. The project is called Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project.
Oxford Universities Bryan Sykes said the research group has already received samples which include hair , blood, and some items which were supposedly chewed by a Bigfoot to test. Sykes said there is already some evidence that already exist of interbreeding between Neanderthals and homo sapiens which may play a part in the creature known as the Yeti’s origins. There is a hypothesis which suggest the Yeti may be surviving Neanderthals.
Sykes admits that the chances of proving a new Yeti species or that Bigfoot exist is low but we will never find out if we don’t look.
You can submit any Bigfoot or Yeti samples you may have here : Project Website
Travel channel has given the green light for a new show featuring David Shealy and his search for the Skunk Ape. The focus on the show will be Shealy’s search through the Florida Everglades for the elusive Bigfoot like creature known as the Skunk Ape. If the pilots ratings are strong in its initial ratings a half a dozen more episodes will be scheduled.
The huge success of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot featuring Matt Moneymaker and his crew from the BFRO has Travel Channel trying to hit its own Bigfoot home run. Shealy’s “Finding Skunk Ape” type series is set to air next fall. The show may have an even funnier aspect to it then Finding Bigfoot as some people have questioned Shealy’s methods and alleged findings.
Many Bigfoot researchers and Cryptozoologist and worried that these new trend of shows are being developed and played simply for laughs. These types of shows may prove to be TV gold but they may lead to the serious side of Cryptozoology and its researchers suffering some from the negative exposure.
Is there a lake monster living in the waters of Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania ? The creature known as Raystown Ray is said to reside in Huntingdon county’s Raystown lake. There have been many reports of sightings over the years and various photo’s taken of the lake monster many showing a large shadowy figure just below the surface of the lake. The creature has been dubbed by many as Pennsylvania’s Loch Ness Monster. Here is the most interesting photo of Raystown Ray to date.
But multiple reports and sighting and media interest in the creature caused the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau to put out a press release in April of 2006. Here is the original press release ….
For decades there have been many sightings of a creature in Huntingdon County’s Raystown Lake. Old photos show large shadowy figures just below the surface, boaters describing sudden water turbulence and strange appearances of a large water creature, Raystown Ray.”We’ve known it’s been in there a while now,” admitted Managing Director of Raystown Lake Dwight Beall when he was asked his thoughts on this astonishing discovery. “It’s a private creature, but it comes out around this time of year. Call it Raystown’s own Punxatawny Phil.” Call it what you will, but this is no ground hog swimming in the water. It seems that our favorite Pennsylvania lake may now have a mascot.
When asked his professional opinion, Jeff Krause, Wildlife Biologist at Raystown Lake submitted the following statement in writing: “I believe it must be a vegetarian. We have not seen any evidence of this animal taking fish, geese, otters, or ducks. So I would suggest that our swimmers and boaters are very safe. It appears this animal’s habits are similar to Manatees, which are completely herbivorous and gentle. The increase of weed beds around the lake is probably providing more food in the shallows for herbivores and that would increase sightings.” Krause concluded with, “Even if a visitor does not get a chance to see ‘Ray’ while at the lake, there is an excellent chance to see nesting Bald Eagles and recently re-introduced Osprey and River Otters, which were not present just a few years ago.”
It is a wonder how “Ray” has managed to stay submersed with nearly 2 million visitors frequenting the lake each year to fulfill their boating and other recreational activity needs. According to Raystown Lake staff, the lake spans about 30 miles and contains 8,300 acres of water. With depths of the lake being over 185 feet deep, the lake remains over 100 feet deep at Seven Points, which is 10 miles upstream from the dam. With numerous coves, submerged timber, and other structures there is plenty of room for “Ray” to hide.
Sightings of the Raystown Lake monster still continue to be reported. Although disputed as pure myth and legend by some many believe what they have seen to be a yet unidentified creature in the lake.
Adam Davies is once again heading an expedition to Sumatra in search of the Orang-Pendek. This time Davies will be joining the crew of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot. Here is a statement from Mr Davies ….
On 12th May, I will be departing for Sumatra again, looking for more evidence of the Orang-Pendek, for the 7th time! I will return to my home in Manchester on 3rd June.
You can see previous information on my work on this wonderful creature in Edge Science Magazine issue 7, entitled ‘New Primate Species in Sumatra’. By way of a specific update on the last CFZ 2011 expedition which I led, the hair analysis, being conducted amongst others by Professors Bryan Sykes, Todd Disotell and by Lars Thomas, is still ongoing, and as yet no conclusions have been reached. I do remain grateful for the extensive analysis they are conducting. As ever the key objective from my point of view is to extract D.N.A. from these hairs.
This time, I will be part of the `Finding Bigfoot` crew. I am under contract for the show, so I am not allowed to reveal any details, but I can tell you that we will be conducting comprehensive field research, which involves a dedicated jungle excursion.
Here’s to the finding of more great scientific evidence in our quest- and hopefully making a really enjoyable film in the process!
The Iliamna Lake Monster is said to roam beneath the waters near the small Alaskan village of Iliamna. The lake monster is known to the locals as “illie” and has reported sightings going all the way back to the 1940′s. The unknown cryptid is reported to be anywhere from 10-30 feet long with a square shaped head. The monster has been reported to use its head to hit things such as small boats. The most recent reported sighting of the creature was in 1988 when several locals seen the creature from land and water.
“Possible photo of Alaska’s Iliamna Lake Monster”
Some believe the creature in Lake Iliamna may be similar to other lake monsters like Ogopogo from Lake Okanogan or Nessie from Loch Ness although disputed by some because descriptions of illie don’t seem to match the serpent like descriptions of these other lake monsters. Some believe this creature may possibly be a large White Sturgeon a theory put forth by biologist Jeremy Wade from the popular Animal Planet show “River Monsters”.
A new theory has now been put forth by scientist that this creature and some other lake monsters in the region may actually be sleeper sharks. Sharks in Loch Ness has been a long standing hypothesis for explaining the creature seen there but the suggestion of them possibly being sleeper sharks is a new twist. These sharks can exceed 20 feet in length and weigh upwards of 4 tons and could possibly use these lakes as a food source. The abundance of salmon in both lake Iliamna and Loch Ness could possibly lure in these sharks. There are still many unknowns about these creature and some people already discount this theory all together but expeditions are planned to both Lake Iliamna and Loch Ness this year and in 2013 to try and get video of these sharks in the lakes or of the lake monsters themselves.