Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 26th Annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference

"Grassman Splendor", an illustration by Thomas Finley done for the Ohio Bigfoot Conference.
This weekend (April 26), I am making a trip to Salt Fork State Park in Ohio for the 26th annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference. I have heard that this is an excellent event which brings together many people in the "Bigfoot Community", and thus I wanted to go and experience it for myself. The speakers for the conference are cryptozoological researcher Lyle Blackburn, sasquatch researcher of television fame Cliff Barackman, Kentucky bigfoot researcher Charlie Raymond, sasquatch researcher and songwriter Tom Yamarone, and Bob Gimlin: the man who was present with Roger Patterson during the filming of the Patterson-Gimlin film. I am thrilled to be able to meet Mr. Gimlin, and I hope to further my knowledge into the events surrounding the filming of a probable wood ape, as well as possibly learn more about its behavior. I am also eager to finally meet cryptozoological artist Thomas Finley, whom I have been in correspondence with for quite some time now, as he will be in attendance at the event. Fellow cryptozoological researcher Dale Drinnon feels that the location in Ohio is a probable habitat for Eastern bigfoot (he feels that these animals are closely allied to modern humans, while I am currently withholding judgment on this hypothesis) and thus I have promised him that I would keep a lookout for possible supportive data. So, if you're at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference and recognize me, please come say hello!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Apple Satellite Image of Alleged Loch Ness "Monster" Is A Boat

A satellite high in the atmosphere, accessed using Apple's satellite map app, may have provided proof that the legend lives on - with amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch
The preceding image taken by Apple Map satellites over Loch Ness has been making the rounds recently as possible evidence for the presence of unknown animals in the Scottish body of water. To my eyes, and to those of many others, it appears to be a boat with a bow wave and trailing wakes coming off of it. Skeptical investigator Sharon Hill pointed out that the apparent transparency of the object is most likely due to processing glitches, as happens quite often. Loch Ness investigator Roland Watson has suggested that the object's apparent large size may be accounted for by one of the Jacobite cruisers which head south from the locks near Inverness. As this is most probably not evidence for the existence of Loch Ness mystery animals (the recently alleged lack of sightings of which may simply be due to the animals heading up the River Ness into the ocean), let's pass this unnecessarily hyped image by and get back to serious research.
This enhancement by cryptozoological researcher Sebastian Wang appears to bring out some of the recognizable features of a boat.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog On A "Log": An Analysis of The Mansi Photograph By Scott Mardis

Illustration of a Lake Champlain mystery animal, by Thomas Finley.

A few weeks ago, Scott Mardis sent me an article on a photograph which he and several other researchers think may show a long-necked unknown aquatic animal caught in the act of surfacing. The image which I am referring to is none other than the well-known and oft-scrutinized Mansi photograph taken at Lake Champlain in 1977. The picture was obtained when Sandra Mansi and her family took a stop by Lake Champlain during a trip. Her children were playing in the water when, suddenly, an animal with a long neck and head atop a rather large body surfaced about fifty yards away from them. For several years after this event, Sandra Mansi kept the photograph hidden from others due to fear of ridicule or harassment. Regardless of the animal-like features described by Sandra Mansi, there has been some recent suggestion that the object may simply be driftwood which burst to the surface and startled her. I once agreed with this line of thinking, but Scott's article and my research into worldwide longneck reports have made me start to think otherwise. While I am still open-minded towards the driftwood hypothesis, the details of what Mansi reported the object was doing (i.e. moving its head around and submerging in a vertical manner) and similarities with other promising reports and photographs make me think that the animal hypothesis is quite plausible as well. Although the probable length of the object (as mentioned in Scott's article) may seem small for an animal which is behind reports of "lake monsters", it is worth noting that some plesiosaurs such as Umoonsasurus only grew to around eight feet long and the "animal" in the photograph may very well be a juvenile. It is also worth noting that some known species of animals, such as turtles and crocodiles, can exhibit a wood-like appearance. But enough of my introductory rambling; please enjoy this excellent guest post by Scott Mardis.
Blog On A "Log" (?) by Scott Mardis

Friday, April 4, 2014

Some Alternate Possibilities Regarding Loch Ness Mystery Animal Identities

"Dr. Mackal's Creature", a painting by Thomas Finley of Dr. Roy Mackal's hypothetical Loch Ness giant amphibian.
Fellow cryptozoological researcher Scott Mardis has recently been posting several Loch Ness mystery animal-related paste-ups onto Facebook. On account of the Lenten season, I have not been active on the social media website but he has been so kind as to forward the material to me. I have decided to reproduce some of these composite images here in order to give attention to some of the hypotheses regarding Loch Ness mystery animals which have not already been written about here. Of course there will be those that feel that my exploring the possibility of unknown animals in Loch Ness is foolish, but I suggest that they read the excellent documents at the NJAN website and some of the other serious literature on the subject. Please note that, due to time constraints, this article will include more images and visual context than writing.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Mysterious "White Mice" of Loch Ness: Larval Longnecks?

"Breaking the surface", an illustration based on Roy Mackal's hypothetical Loch Ness giant invertebrate, by Thomas Finley.
Investigator Dick Raynor recently provided Scott Mardis with photographs taken by the Academy of Applied Science in 1972 which he has sought after for twenty years. These images, which were taken at Loch Ness around the time that the controversial "flipper photographs" were obtained, appear to show some form of small invertebrate. The organisms were nicknamed "white mice" or "bumblebees", yet remain to be identified. The material sent to me by Scott Mardis and reproduced below is an excerpt from the book Monster Wrecks of Loch Ness and Lake Champlain, some additional images of Tullimonstrum reconstructions, and the Loch Ness "white mice" photographs. The book excerpt contains most of the current knowledge regarding these enigmatic invertebrates.
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