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Mythological creature hunt

Bored of the usual old routine? Feel like doing something really spectacular?

Why not join the cryptozoologist ranks and head on a trip across the globe in search of the most elusive, what some would even call mythological creatures.

Here’s our list of seven to start off with – three local and four international.

Home-grown monsters

Tokolosh

In African folklore the Tokoloshe is a little creature, usually described as small, hairy and animal like in stature. He is known to be the henchman of crafty witches and some descriptions claim that he also has two animal horns that protrude from the side of his head. He causes trouble everywhere he goes and loves to upset people. He is a mischievous and evil spirit that can apparently become invisible by swallowing a pebble. One of the Tokoloshe’s main characteristics is that he has giant male genitals which he needs to carry on his shoulder – making sexual domination one of his many forms of guile.

Where to find them: Well, since he’s particularly notorious in the rural areas of Southern Africa, that would be a good place to start. People believe that the best way to avoid his after-dark mischief, is to put their bed on bricks… so, if your wish is to encounter him, just chuck the bricks. But, just remember – he’s a handful! Best be prepared with the local or witch doctor’s number on speed dial to shoo the creature away.

The Karoo Mermaid aka Kaaiman

While the idea of mermaids in the Karoo may sound completely ridiculous, it is something that is firmly believed by locals.

Many Klein Karoo residents have reported seeing a mysterious woman with blue eyes, pink cheeks and a fish-tail, lounging beside deep mountain pools. She simply sits and combs her long, death black hair before disappearing and leaving you to question your sanity. There are many theories surrounding this pretty apparition. Some say she’s a remnant of the Karoo’s bygone aquatic era, others say she’s a figment of African folklore and yet others say that she was left stranded after the 1996 floods that left much of the Karoo flooded.

Where to find her: The most recent reported sighting of a Kaaiman came from the Buffeljags River in the town of Suurbraak on 5 January 2008. Suurbraak resident Daniel Cupido said he and a group of friends were relaxing by the river when he heard something that sounded like someone “bashing on a wall”. Suspecting vandals, Cupido said he walked toward the sound coming from the nearby low water bridge. At the bridge he said he saw a figure, “like that of a white woman with long black hair thrashing about in the water”. His friend confirmed the sighting. Otherwise, the rivers and creeks surrounding Oudtshoorn’s Cango Caves would also be a good place to start looking.

Mamlambo

In 1997, a mysterious creature made headlines around the world when it was blamed for the deaths of seven people villagers along the Mzintlava River in KZN, many of whose bodies were recovered with their faces grotesquely devoured. Eyewitness accounts measure the beast at 67 feet long, with the head of a horse, the body of a fish, and skin like a crocodile. The creature was named Mamlambo after the Zulu goddess of rivers.

Where to find it: Witnesses and locals note that the Mamlambo’s presence is often punctuated by thunderstorms, suggesting that the creature may be attracted to bad weather. So, watch the skies and when the clouds start gathering, head to the wildest parts of Msintlava River.

International cryptids

Chupacabra – Mexico

When reports of badly mutilated livestock started circulating throughout South America, superstitious villagers across the country started blaming a monstrous creature named chupacabra, or “goat-sucker.”

According to legends, the creature is said to have leathery black skin with sharp quills running down its backside, stands at approximately 3 feet high, and kills livestock by sucking its blood through a single puncture wound in the head or neck. The first reported attacks occurred in March 1995 in Puerto Rico. In this attack, eight sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood. A few months later, in August, an eyewitness, Madelyne Tolentino, reported seeing the creature in the Puerto Rican town of Canóvanas, when as many as 150 farm animals and pets were reportedly killed.

Where to find it: In the rural parts of South American countries, as well as Mexico and Texas in the United States. If you’d rather see a dead version of the much-feared cryptid, head to El Mercado’s chupacabra stall in San Antonio instead where you can allegedly peek into a display case containing a real chupacabra carcass for just $1.

Mngwa – Tanzania

As though lions and leopards aren’t enough, another, more ferocious feline is said to stalk the plains of Tanzania in search of prey – human or animal. Said to measure about 2 metres in length and weighing about 180kg, the creature was first spotted sometime during the 1900s. In 1928 William Hichens, a British administrator working in Tanzania reported that several natives were attacked by a large animal he originally thought to be a giant, man-eating lion. However, fur-samples and tracks proved to be different to those of a lion.

Where to find it: Head to the Serengeti on what you tell everyone to be a ordinary safari, however, as night falls, gear up and head out to search for what could best be described as an oversized, sabre-toothed house cat.

Yeti – Russia

The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is said to be an ape-like cryptid taller than an average human, similar to Bigfoot, that inhabits theHimalayan region of Nepal, Tibet and Siberia. The scientific community generally regards the Yeti as a legend, given the lack of conclusive evidence, but it remains one of the most famous creatures of cryptozoology. The Yeti may be considered a sort of parallel myth to the Bigfoot of North America.

The first recorded, modern-day sighting of the Yeti dates back to 1832, when naturalist and ethnologist BH Hodgson described how his local guides spotted a tall, bipedal creature covered with long dark hair, which seemed to flee in fear in northern Nepal. The frequency of reports increased during the early 20th century, when Westerners began making determined attempts to scale the many mountains in the area and occasionally reported seeing odd creatures or strange tracks.

Where to find it: The Seregesh ski resort in Siberia has decided to make it easy for cryptozoologists of all levels to search for the elusive creature, as they now offer special Yeti-searching tours. Belief in the Yeti is common in Siberia, where it’s called the “Big Man.” Hunters often report seeing them and regional governor Aman Tuleyev has offered one million rubles ($33,000) to anyone who can bag one. No takers yet, which makes one wonder about the reliability (and aim) of those hunters. Park developer Igor Idimeshev claims to have seen the Yeti several times. He believes the creatures are aliens who can walk on water and glow in the dark.

Ropen – Papua New-Guinea

If you believed dinosaurs were something of the past, think again. Hidden among the forests of Papua New-Guinea lives a pterodactyl-like creature that glows while flying. The Ropen has a wingspan of approximately 20-30 feet, and a tail-length more than 25% of this, and is believed to be a massive airborne predator that feeds mainly on fish and other marine life. It’s a nocturnal creature with brief bursts of luminosity. Two different expeditions set out in 2006 and 2007 in an attempt to find evidence of the cryptid. In both cases, strange lights were seen hovering in the forest, but they could not be identified.

Where to find it: Head to the uninhabited, volcanic island of Umboi. It’s located between the mainland of Papua New Guinea and the island of New Britain.

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Mystery primate terrorizes Texas residents

Authorities are still trying to track down the creature.

Multiple witnesses have reported seeing a large primate lurking in the streets of the southern state.

The creature, which has been described by some as a “monkey”, has been seen on numerous occasions in the city of Santa Fe with one witness even claiming it tried to make off with a cat.

Another witness, Patricia de la Mora, called the police in the early hours of Monday morning to report that she had seen a large primate from her window after hearing strange noises outside.

“I look out the window and I see it was in there,” she said. “It was a monkey, a big one.”

“He tried to find something. He looked over there, then he looked over there, and I closed the curtain. I didn’t want him to see me.”

According to reports, officers searched the area for an hour but failed to find any sign of the creature, however the very next day they received another report from someone else living nearby.

“Just had a monkey try to attack me, while checking my mail,” the witness said.

“I’ve spent the last 20 minutes in my car.”

As before, no evidence of the creature could be found.

Residents have since been warned to stay away from the animal if they happen to encounter it.

Efforts to track it down are still underway.

Source: Independent

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An underwater camera records a Loch Ness monster like creature for the first time

It seems that in recent months there has been renewed interest in the Loch Ness monster. As we have already mentioned in various publications, the legend of Nessie dates back to 1,500 years ago, with the first sighting of a “water beast” in the Ness River recorded in 565. But it was not until the twentieth century when the legend He made world-famous. On July 22, 1933, a man named George Spicer, who was traveling with his wife, reported seeing “an extraordinary form of animal” crossing in front of his vehicle. The unidentified creature was apparently huge, without noticeable limbs, but with a large body and a long neck. Spicer said he left a trail of weeds as he headed toward the lake.

And the following year, after at least two more sightings of unexplained creatures in the area, the most famous photograph of the Loch Ness monster was taken by the renowned British surgeon, Colonel Robert Wilson. Unfortunately, in the 1990s, it was revealed that photography was a hoax devised by a man named Christian Spurling. Since then, there have been countless sightings of Nessie. But now we could have the best evidence in history.

The best evidence in history?

The video shows what appears to be a great creature passing in front of an underwater camera located on the Ness River. It was placed here by the organization “Ness District Salmon Fishery Board” , a legal body responsible for the protection and improvement of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the District of Ness.

“Let’s be honest: when you see a large eel-shaped object passing your camera on the Ness River, the first thing you think about is the Loch Ness monster,” the organization writes on its Facebook page .

The chamber is installed on Loch Ness to follow salmon currents and help local fisheries replenish rivers and streams. Since the Loch Ness monster catches the attention of all of Scotland, it is easy to forget that the waterways of this country provide the best salmon fishing in the world for fly fishermen, conventional fishers and even those with reflexes fast enough to catch them with their own hands.

And, since there are no bears that belong to the wild variety in Scotland, humans, development and climate change are their worst enemies, so 2019 is the International Year of Salmon, to try to raise people’s awareness about the decrease in the number of these fish.

Apart from this detail, the only thing we know is that the video was published on September 1 and that the water flow is from left to right, indicating that Loch Ness is on the left and Moray Fjord on the right . The Moray Fjord opens towards the North Sea. While the creature looks large compared to the salmon that appears in the images, it is difficult to determine its actual size. 

For the “Ness District Salmon Fishery Board” it could be a European eel, an endangered species that breeds in a region of the western Atlantic called the Sargasso Sea. And it seems that science agrees with this theory, as a team from New Zealand collected about 250 water samples during the most extensive study ever conducted on what is the largest freshwater body in the Kingdom United. The subsequent analysis did not reveal evidence of a shark, a giant catfish or a prehistoric creature, but it did conclude that there could be something out of the ordinary.

Loch Ness monster underwater camera - An underwater camera first records the Loch Ness monster

The DNA of the eels was so abundant in the water that scientists concluded that giant specimens could be living in the depths of the lake, which when raised to the surface could have been confused with the mythical monster. The research was conducted by the geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago. Is that what the underwater camera recorded? Most people will think that some type of giant eel is, but there is a problem, and that is that these anguilliform fish are found in the Ness River between December and January. This video was recorded at the end of August.

What do you think about the video? Is it the Loch Ness monster?

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Fact or fiction? One theory ‘remains plausible’ in Loch Ness monster search

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Fact or fiction? A Kiwi scientist is set to reveal his research into the Loch Ness monster.

An international team of researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell from the University of Otago, went searching for DNA from the famous 226-metre deep lake in Scotland in 2018.

That DNA was extracted from 250 water samples taken at various locations from the lake, and was then sequenced and analysed against existing databases.

The findings will be revealed at a press conference at Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness, on September 5.

Gemmell, while tight-lipped over those results, did say there had been about four main explanations concerning sightings of the monster.

“Our research essentially discounts most of those theories, however, one theory remains plausible.”

Previously Gemmell said it would be a surprise if any evidence of DNA sequences similar to those from a large extinct marine reptile turned up.

If scientists detected sequences suggestive of a reptilian animal, “we can explore that further”, he said.

The study could also test whether the monster was a large fish: a catfish or sturgeon. The main driver of the project was to show how the science process worked.

“It’s a project people are excited about and we’re able to tell them about the science we do in a different context,” Gemmell said.

“Monster of no monster, environmental DNA – the technology we’re using – is a very exciting way to assess living species in a particular environment. It’s very very good in water.”

The technology had gained widespread popularity in the past five years, and had been used in New Zealand for about three years, but not at Loch Ness.

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