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Why the Nessies of Scotland are Supernatural Beasts

I’m often asked why I’m so sure that the Nessies of Loch Ness, Scotland are supernatural in nature. Well, I’ll tell you: even some of the most famous and credible cases are surrounded by paranormal overtones. I’ll share with you a perfect example. It goes like this: Around 10:00 p.m. on May 26, 2007 a man named Gordon Holmes filmed, well, something, in Loch Ness. It was something that turned him into an overnight media sensation – albeit a brief sensation. The day in question was dominated by heavy rain, but which cleared as the evening arrived, allowing Holmes to get clear footage of what looked like some kind of large animal moving at a significant rate of knots in the waters of Loch Ness. The specific location from where all the action was captured was a parking area, on the A82 road, just a couple of miles from Drumnadrochit.  Not only that, Holmes estimated, as he excitedly watched and filmed, that the creature was around fourteen meters in length – which, if true, effectively ruled out everything known to live in the inland waters of the U.K.

Holmes, a lab technician, caught the attention of not just the British media, but also the likes of NBC News and CNN. He, and his near-priceless film, were quickly big news. Holmes said, when the media descended upon him in absolute droves, that he could scarcely believe what he was seeing. It was a large, black-colored animal that had a length of around forty-five feet. His first thought was: giant eel. Holmes told the media of the eel theory: “They have serpent-like features and they may explain all the sightings in Loch Ness over the years.”

Long-time Nessie seeker Adrian Shine was moved to comment in a fairly positive fashion. Although describing himself as a skeptic on matters concerning the monsters, Shine was certainly no debunker of this case. Indeed, he said of Gordon Holmes’ film that it was “some of the best footage I have seen.” Shine was careful to add that while Holmes might have filmed a living beast, there was always a possibility that the whole thing could be explained away by waves, or that it might well have been a case of seeing something we want to see and then interpreting it as a monster – whatever “it” really was. It wasn’t long before monster-hunters turned their attentions away from the Loch Ness Monster and in the direction of Holmes himself; something which provoked huge controversies when certain, eye-opening and eyebrows-raising issues came to light.

Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman discovered that Holmes had a biographical page at the Department of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University, at which he was described as holding the position of Media and IT Technician. But there was more to come. In addition, Coleman demonstrated that Holmes had written a number of books, including The Complex Creation of All Universes; 2000 BC: A Neolithic Solstice Odyssey; and Merlin’s Meteorite. Rather intriguingly, Holmes himself said that his then most recent book, Trice Visualization, “…describes a sort of medical condition I have for visualizing a sort of frame from a dream whilst being conscious.” They were images that typically lasted for under a minute, and which occurred every two or three months. Did Holmes’ seemingly psychic skills give him the ability to see, and even film, one of the supernatural Nessies on that fateful night in May 2007? It’s a controversial theory we should not rule out. And the controversy didn’t end there. It had scarcely gotten started.

In 2001, much of the U.K.’s cattle herd was decimated by a devastating outbreak of foot and mouth disease. More than ten million animals were put to death. It was around about the time when the grim crisis came to an end – which was in September 2001 – that Holmes had an encounter with another unknown animal that has also been seen at Loch Ness. It was one of the mysterious Alien Big Cats, or ABCs, that Merrily Harpur believes to be body-morphing daimons. The location of Holmes’ encounter was the little hamlet of Newby Cote, near Clapham, Yorkshire Dales, England – where the ABC was stalking a group of frightened sheep. Holmes also claimed to have photographed fairies, at a place called Load Saddle Well, on the wilds of Ilkley Moor, England. It’s an area renowned for its many and varied encounters of the UFO kind, and near to what is called the Twelve Apostles. An ancient circle of standing stones, the Twelve Apostles were constructed during the Bronze Age. It was things like this that led Loren Coleman to say:  “Realistically, we must now admit, at the very least, Gordon T. Holmes is a bit eccentric.” Or maybe he isn’t.

Many within the monster-hunter community felt that Holmes’ claims to have seen both fairies and an alien big cat impacted deeply and negatively on his film-footage of an alleged Loch Ness Monster. I disagreed. I pointed out that it only impacts negatively if we rigidly holds to the theory that the Nessies are flesh and blood animals. If, as I have suggested time and again, the creatures are not what they appear to be, then Holmes’ claims may not be so outlandish, after all. They just might be right on the money. Let’s look at the facts: Holmes undeniably filmed something of paramount importance, something which caught the attention of the world’s mainstream media. This was not faked footage. Even Adrian Shine was not unimpressed by it. In that sense, the film has significant credentials.

Let’s not forget, too, that Holmes claimed the psychic ability to visualize “a sort of frame” from a dream “whilst being conscious.” In other words, Holmes may have been able to impact on, and even affect, what we term reality. The nature of reality was something that Nessie-seeker Ted Holiday pondered on extensively in the 1970s, when confronted by the undeniably stranger aspects of the Nessie affair. And if Holmes’ abilities allowed him to see one supernatural monster, perhaps that is why he was also able to catch sight of yet another mysterious creature: one of those alien big cats.

So, what we have with Gordon Holmes is a man who filmed a large creature in Loch Ness, who possessed unusual, psychic abilities, and who – probably as a result of those same abilities – was able to tap into a strange, ethereal and usually unseen realm dominated by other monsters and fabulous, magical creatures, too. Gordon Holmes’ film, in relation to the Loch Ness Monster, was the undeniable highlight of the first decade of the 21st Century. That the footage, the man who shot the film, and just about every attendant aspect of the story, were steeped in matters of a supernatural nature, demonstrates something notable: that there is something incredibly weird about the Nessies. They’re not what they appear to be. Nor are they what many Nessie-seekers want them to be. Too bad. Embrace the supernatural side of the Nessie phenomenon or remain destined to never get the answers. The choice is yours.

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Orang Ikan – Mermaids from Indonesia

Mermaids live in the folklore of most peoples. Indonesians call their mermaids, orang ikan. The orang in translation from the local language is “man”, and Ikan is “fish”.

Where do Orang Ikan live?

They chose for themselves the Kai Islands in the province of Maluku. These islands are famous for their white sandy beaches, amazingly clear water and are a real gem.

In 1943, when the Japanese landed there, the soldiers immediately began reporting that they were observing some strange creatures. Those were seen in coastal waters, looked like a man, especially the face and hands.Their mouth was described as very wide and similar to the mouth of a carp.

They barely reached one and a half meters, their skin was pink, and on their head were some spikes. At the same time, unlike the classic mermaids, they had ordinary human legs, not fish tails.

These creatures swam in shallow water near the beaches. It happened that they were selected on land.

The style of their swimming seemed to the Japanese like a breaststroke. One night, one of the soldiers went swimming and saw a creature in the sand, which he at first mistook for a child.

But when it turned to face him, he saw that his features were not like human ones. Immediately after this, the creature scooted into the water and disappeared. The soldier peered into the water for a while, but the creature never surfaced.

Fishermen said that sometimes these creatures get on their nets, and the Japanese asked if this happens again, to deliver Orang Ikan to them.

Real story

One day, Sergeant Taro Horibu was called to the village, where, as it turned out, a dead fish man was found on the shore. The creature was picked up and brought to the elders’ house, where Horibu was able to examine it.

“It was 160 centimeters tall, had long dark hair with a reddish tinge. His neck was covered with spikes, his face seemed to the Japanese like a monkey face with a wide fish mouth, in which there were a lot of small sharp teeth. Between the fingers and toes the fishman’s membranes were stretched, and the body was dotted with strange growths that looked like algae ”
– Horibu said.

Sergeant Horibu said the creature was not like anything known to him. Unable to photograph or sketch the creature, he limited himself to oral stories, but many considered him a liar or an inventor.

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Eyewitnesses talk about their encounters with humanoid insects

Humanoid insect-like creatures are some of the most frightening cryptids. Sudden movements, thin long limbs, similar to arachnids or cockroaches, these creatures seem to come from nightmares.

Here are some eyewitness accounts that have encountered such creatures.

This story was told in September 2016 on Coast To Coast AM paranormal radio. The narrator went camping with his family and friend in Sequoia National Park, southern Sierra Nevada, California.

This park is famous for its giant ancient redwoods. The majestic trees give the local landscape a special, fabulous atmosphere.

In the evening, while camping, the eyewitness sees something very strange there.

He tells:

“About 9 pm, all my relatives already wanted to sleep and went into their tent. Only my friend and I stayed by the fire. But, I was bored and decided to take my iPod out of my pack to listen to music with headphones.

I went to the car and opened the back door. Then suddenly I saw that there was something infront, next to a tree. In the darkness, I saw the outline of something great.

When I aimed the lantern, I swear, I saw a huge mantis, almost 2 meters tall. When I saw it I froze, I held my breath and stared at it. I was shocked.

Then, this creature stepped back and … disappeared. It was as if it had become completely invisible. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

When the shock passed, I slammed the car door, ran back to the fire, and told my friend everything. I started waking my loved ones telling them about the “mantis”. But, they didn’t believe me, even though I was apparently horrified. They even started laughing at me.

Suddenly strange noises were heard, which others also heard. It was like a very sharp click. It was all so weird and I was really scared. ”

What the creature is, the author of this story did not understand. He no longer heard or saw anything strange in the park.

The following story is taken from the archive of the researcher Albert Rosales and is taking place in Poland. An eyewitness is a tourist who goes camping in the forests of the Greater Poland Voivodeship, in the western part of the country.

The woman installed her tent near a small forest lake, and then went to look around. In the evening, she returned to the tent. As she approached her, she noticed an unusual figure crouching by the lake.

At first, she though it was another tourist, surprising as this area is very isolated and away from hiking trails. But as she began to approach, about 15 steps from the figure, she realized that she was not human.

The structure of its body was humanoid but similar to an insect. At a height (in a sitting position) it was about a meter and a half, with thin long limbs and grayish-beige color. The creature had huge black eyes, similar to the facet eyes of an insect, and on the back were thin, translucent and fragile entities such as wings.

Hearing the woman approaching, the creature turned to her. She was surprised to realize that she was not alone.

The woman shares:

“It was looking at me. I also looked at it and didn’t know what it was going to do. Our meeting was casual and unexpected for both of us. “

The creature quickly disappeared and the woman didn’t even know where. After that, she quickly gathered her things and left the area.

The story described below happened to a resident of Ontario, Canada, and was sent to mysterious creature researcher Lon Strickler. 

At the time this was happening, the eyewitness was still a child and lived with his family in a remote mountainous area.

The Canadian says:

“The summer of 1968 turned out to be very hot and stuffy. In those years, no one had air conditioning, so we just left all the windows in the house open day and night. I slept in the nursery where my older brother and sister were in addition to my bed.

One night, I suddenly woke up to some noise. I got up and went to the open window. From there, I saw a strange creature in the backyard.

This creature was squatting beside a bush, resembling both a human and an insect. It was thin, with black shiny skin. Suddenly, it looked up at me. I saw some antennas or thin needles sticking out of his head.

That’s all I remember. I don’t remember what happened after that. The next morning I told my mother about it, but she decided I was just having a nightmare. But in the years that followed, I saw this creature twice more at night. I’m convinced it’s not a dream. ”

Another story was sent to the ufology website at MUFON and describes a strange incident that occurred in April 2016 in the vicinity of Ziggy village, Cyprus. An eyewitness said that that evening, there was a friendly party in the yard of her house with sandwiches, treats and various soft drinks.

At one point, only she and her friend stayed out. The others entered the house. Suddenly, her friend noticed a flicker moving slowly across the sky. At first, the woman thought it was a comet. But, the object was moving too slowly. For a moment, she remained completely still among the stars.

In a few minutes, this object descended so low that it was near the line of the nearby tree tops. Then it became apparent that this object had a triangular shape.

The woman says:

“We wanted to get close to it, but all of a sudden, my friend and I felt paralysed. We were lying on loungers and could hardly move.

Meanwhile, a humanoid figure emerged from this ship with the head of an ant, flaky skin on the body, like a crocodile. It had many tiny eyes and weak long limbs. This creature came very close to the fence in our yard, but then turned abruptly and disappeared into the darkness. Then the triangle ship flew west and disappeared completely.

Later, my friend and I remembered that when we were lying on deck chairs and the creature was standing by our fence, there was some strange “tool” in its hands. ”

The October 8, 2017 issue of Strange Magazine published an eyewitness story that recounted an incident that occurred in 1948 in Bremen, Washington.

On her day off, Virginia Staples walked with a basket of dirty clothes to the laundry room in the basement of her apartment building. The girl regularly used washing machines in this basement and nothing unusual happened to her.

The grim cellar had long been in need of repair. In places there were holes in the walls and the floor, there were water leaks. Water was said to have seeped through the canals of the local port.

The basement looked always scary, but on this day, Virginia was especially scared. She felt a strong sense of anxiety as she went down into the basement. The light bulb barely illuminated part of the room. The rest was at dusk and the shadows seemed to be moving.

Virginia began filling one of the laundries, and the sinister sensation increased. She shares:

“I suddenly felt a lot of fear. I turned and looked at the back of the room. I froze in place. I couldn’t move in fear because there was a creature in one of the holes in the floor. It had a bright orange color, its weak limbs resembled the legs of a spider, and the antennas on its head moved back and forth.

I ran out of the basement, reached my apartment, packed up all my belongings as quickly as possible, and left. I was terribly scared and couldn’t even stay in this city.

I went to Seattle with my cousin. No one believes me, but God testifies to me, it really happened!

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Highest number of Loch Ness Monster Sightings in Nearly 40 Years

A count of Loch Ness monster sightings in 2019 finds that the famous cryptid has been seen 18 times, which is the highest number in almost 40 years.

Highest Loch Ness Monster Sightings in Nearly 40 Years

The count comes from the Loch Ness Monster Sighting Record, maintained by longtime researcher Steve Campbell. According to the Nessie hunter, who collects reports throughout the year and judges the credibility of the cases, the considerable number of notable sightings is the best ever recorded since 1983, when it is said that 20 different encounters occurred.

This would be continuing a trend that has been unfolding in recent years, in which Nessie’s sightings are constantly increasing at a remarkable pace. To that end, for those who maintained a score, 2018 had 15 sightings, 2016 had 12 and the three years prior to each presented seven reports. These numbers contrast sharply with much of this century, as it was not uncommon for many years between 2015 and 2000 to have only one or two cases.

Campbell credited two key factors to this meteoric increase in sightings in recent years: webcams observing the waters of the famous sight, which allow anyone in the world to detect the creature, and an increase in tourism in the legendary landmark. He too reflected to a local newspaper that modern technology has helped a lot, because “in the connected digital world we live in now, people are taking pictures and sending them to us”, which is considerably easier than in the “old days” where a witness would need to have his possible photo of Nessie physically revealed in a laboratory and then mailed.

It is somewhat ironic that 2019 ended with a considerable number of sightings, since it was also a year in which the legend of the monster that lurks in Loch Ness was even more publicized thanks to an environmental DNA study which suggested that the creature was a giant eel. For his part, Campbell disagreed with the findings, arguing that “Loch Ness is an open waterway. It is not a closed ecosystem ”. Leaving this debate aside, as it is likely to continue for some time, the question for 2020 may be whether or not we will see another increase in sightings, or whether last year will end up being seen as the peak of Nessie sightings.

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