The Saber Wolf – Alaska’s Other Cryptid?

AlaskaCryptozoology reports from the vast state of Alaska indicate there’s another monster afoot in the frozen parts of the world! Is this mysterious creature a relic from the Ice Age, or something new coughed-up by evolution? CryptoVille shovels around searching for the truth!

Last Friday I was watching that new show on Destination America channel, Alaska Monsters. They mentioned this coming week’s episode will be about the saber wolf. I had never heard of that animal/cryptid, so I decided to do some research and see what else may be lurking in the wilds of the last great frontier!

Archaeological Record

To begin with, there was an animal called the Dire Wolf (Canis dirus) that lived in the Pleistocene era up to the most recent Ice Age. Its territory was the North American plains, so that’s pretty much the whole upper Mid-west to Western region, as well as Canada and Alaska.

SaberDireWolfbyFeralkynonDeviantFor some reason, people used to think this animal had long, saber tooth fangs and weighed upwards of 600 pounds, all of which they would use to hunt down and tear apart their unfortunate prey. (Artwork left by FeralKynon on Deviant.)

Thanks to more research done with the last decade, Science now tells us this wolf averaged about 100 – 150 pounds, but could grow up to 200 pounds. It was first thought this wolf was the predecessor of the dogs we know and love today, as well as the gray wolf, but DNA studies done in 2007 at UCLA, proved that was untrue.  The Dire Wolf seems to have died off in the last Ice Age, while another wolf species (Canis lepophagus) went on to survive and become the predecessor of today’s gray wolf.

The Dire wolf had bone-crushing jaws but archaeological evidence suggests it was a scavenger as well as a hunter. It was a social animal like wolves today, living in packs.

SaberDireWolfRealisticScientists also report that the brains of the Dire Wolf were smaller than those of today’s gray wolf. The Dire Wolf had short, stubby legs which they estimate could run about as fast as a house cat. (More realistic portrayal of the Dire Wolf, right, artist unknown.)

My first thought was that this animal may be a hangover from the Ice Age, still hiding out in the remote areas of Alaska. It could have been renamed by locals as the ferocious predator, the Saber Wolf. But that sounds less likely the more I read about Canis dirus.  Moving on.

Mythology of the Beast

The first fossil remains of the Dire Wolf were discovered in 1854 and people of the day were so fascinated and horrified that a mythology about the creature seemed to spring to life. Namely, they determined the animal was huge, muscular, of savage temperament, with diabolical saber-toothed fangs and glowing green eyes.

This description was picked-up in recent times by a variety of role-playing games and novels.

Odin_and_FenrirSome say the old Viking tale of Odin and Fenrir was the root of this legend. Fenrir was a humongous wolf that Odin chained as a pup. Once Fenrir grew to adult size, it turned on Odin and killed him. Odin’s son avenged his father’s death, killing Fenrir. A Dire Wolf is thought to have been the source for Fenrir’s description, but there’s one problem with that. The Viking poem describing all this was written in the 13th century. No one knew about Dire Wolves until 1854.  So I think we can put all that aside. (Artwork left by Dorothy Hardy, 1909, Odin and Fenrir.)

Do Saber Wolves Exist?

No one has the definitive answer to that, and I seriously doubt the TV program Alaska Monsters is going to shed any real light on whether it exists or not. (I hope I’m wrong!)

However, your intrepid host here has been wondering about this problem for a few days and I would like to share my conjecture with you. Remember this is only conjecture and theorizing – no actual proof.

Science seems pretty convinced that the Dire Wolf died out as the Ice Age ramped up. But they also say things like “probably, we think, it seems.” So they can’t say with 100% assurance at this point in time.

So, what if the Dire Wolf didn’t exactly die off, but instead mutated. I’m wondering about this because of something else I learned a couple years ago.

I was putting together an article about the Black Beasts of Britain. I learned that back in the 1600s, wealthy land owners feeling an economic pinch, let the animals from their menageries loose on the moors and in the forests around them.

I asked an expert in Evolutionary Genetics from the University of Florida if it was possible that in 400 or so years, those lions (and whatnot) could have evolved into their own species, different from their African cousins. He said it was biologically possible.  You can see that article here:

http://visitcryptoville.com/2012/06/27/black-beasts-of-britain-dartmoor-suffolk-norfolk/

So what if the Dire Wolf, instead of dying out completely, evolved a bit differently over the next 12,000 years (the length of the last Ice Age).  Four hundred years versus 12,000 years – a lot could happen.

Let’s add to this the fact that every time we see a show about Alaska, we hear how vast and unexplored it is. We learn about dozens of planes going down and disappearing into thin air (or so it seems).  It’s not the kind of terrain that weekenders can just go out and have a look around.

Dire Wolf and SmilodonNow there are some hearty souls who live in remote areas of that state, and who may have had some close encounters with the more elusive creatures of the Alaskan wilderness.  Could some of these encounters be with an animal more like the imagined Saber Wolf? (Artwork right depicts a pack of Dire Wolves surrounding a Saber Toothed Tiger.)

I would like to leave the door open on this possibility.  Yes, we know there are no living descendants of Dire Wolves, at least in the lower 48. Yes, dogs and gray wolves evolved from another wolf, not the Dire Wolves.

But what was happening up in the remote wilderness of Alaska over the last 12,000 years? Time may eventually tell, but for now, it’s a fascinating theory, at least to me.

What do you think?

 

References

http://www.npca.org/news/magazine/all-issues/2013/spring/wolf-hunt.html

http://www.direwolfproject.com/mythology.html

http://www.wolfsongalaska.org/Mystery_Wolf_Alaska

 

Was a Chupacabra Caught by Texas Couple in April 2014?

Maybe you’ve seen this video circulating on the web, but it only just came to my attention. (Thank you Lisa WV!!) A couple, Jackie and Bubba Stock from DeWitt Texas, somehow captured this creature in a cage and were wondering if it was a chupacabra. They fed it cat food and corn which it seemed to eat quite happily. Based on the video alone, one wildlife biologist speculated it was a canine of some sort.

I was excited by what I was seeing … but then things didn’t quite add up. Look at the video which is about 2 minutes long:

 

 

The fact that it’s black and hairless really makes it look like the legendary chupacabra. The paws have long nails which I would expect a chupacabra to have. In the past, investigations into these cryptids have concluded they are some sort of canine or canine-coyote hybrid.

But look at the way this creature sits to eat. It sits on its hind legs. I don’t think dogs do that, at least I’ve never seen one do it.

So what could this be?

Some More Clues

Thanks to investigator Ben Radford in an article for Live Science, Texas ‘Chupacabra’ Turns Out to Be Imposter, we get closer to the truth.

Ben points out that the mouth and jaw of this animal are designed to grasp, tear, and rip – not to clasp onto an animal and suck blood. The jaw structure on this creature is typical for that of dogs, coyotes, foxes, and even raccoons.

When you look at the video, you can see the animal is happy to be eating the cat chow and corn which it wouldn’t be if it used blood to sustain itself.

Ben also pointed out the animal was caught in a tree. I don’t recall ever hearing of a chupacabra being spotted in a tree. Generally speaking, I also don’t know of any dogs, coyotes or foxes that climb trees.

Now let’s get back to how the animal was sitting while it ate. The long claws are very evident. Now add some hair and you have … a raccoon.

 

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Put these clues all together and it’s pretty clear that this poor beastie is a mange-ridden raccoon. I hope they took it to a vet to get some treatment.

One other point – that growl. I don’t think it’s beyond the scope of a very frightened raccoon to make a guttural sound like that, especially when it’s sick. Animals can do crazy things with their voices, including humans.

Case in point:


I love that – the kitty was busted!! LOL!!

Chupacabra Debunked?

There was another body found by a Texa woman and rancher, Phylis Canion, a few years ago. She had two labs run a DNA analysis and the results were that the animal she had found was not that of any canine known to science at the time. It seemed to be more from the coyote family tree, however, this one, found by Canion, was a hybrid. It may take a while for science to catch-up to these creatures but for now none of them appear to be blood-suckers as evidenced by their jaw/mouth anatomy.

Blood Suckers

What kind of mouths do the blood suckers of the animal world have? Here are some examples. (Pictures below.)

First up, the ubiquitous mosquito – ouch!

Next, the Great Lakes lamprey (remember them from the River Monsters episode “Vampires of the Deep?”)

After that, a bed bug – the ones that love to suck our blood while we sleep at night!

Next, the blood sucking moth Calyptra thalictri. Lovely.

Finally, the mouth of a medicinal leech.

What do they have in common? It seems that when nature is creating a blood sucker, it goes in one of two ways: giving the animal a needle-like proboscis, or giving it a tightly rounded “mouth” with clasping ridges in the center of which is a rasping “beak” or tooth.

The final picture is an artist’s conception of what the chupacabra looks like. Done by Inchigo2546 on Deviantart.

Mosquito Great Lakes lamprey bedbugonskin-300x199 CalyptraThalictrimoth leach-mouth-bmp Monsters__Chupacabra_by_Ichigo2546

 

As far as the creature in this video goes, I’m satisfied that it’s a raccoon with the mange, poor thing.

Til the next time!

 

How to Report Giant Bird Sightings

GiantBird01Giant birds are being seen around the US fairly frequently. But it’s hard to get good measurements of these creatures before they fly away. Cryptozoology lovers will be pleased to see how one couple captured a monster sized bird against a backdrop that can only help researchers pin this crypto-avian down! 

I saw this video recently and was impressed with how the video owner reported the account. Taken by Dan & Denise Rojas of the GreenPowerScience channel on YouTube, they show us a very large bird sitting atop some trees.

Here’s the helpful part. They tell us what the trees are (maples), and give us estimates for the branches around the bird. Because of that we get a better sense of scale as to how big this animal is.

 

 

Quite a few people think this bird is a Golden Eagle, and they may be right. Some think it’s an owl, but the beak and profile are that of a hawk or eagle. Owls have flat faces.

One Mistake

The important thing they left out was where was this video taken? That would help us identify what bird this could be, that is, IF we can identify it. New species of animals are popping up all over the planet so who knows.

My point in sharing this video is to highlight how well they used natural surroundings to give us a better idea of the size of the bird. Taking a photo of something against the infinite sky just doesn’t help. (Same with UFO photos.)

If you’re interested in reading more about giant bird sightings around the US, look in the top right margin of this page for “Articles by Topic.” Then select the “Giant Birds” topic and the articles will come up.

Keep your eyes on the sky (when you’re not driving!!), and keep those cameras ready!

Til the next time …

BirdDog

 

(It’s bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a “bird dog”! LOL!! The bird is just behind the dog on the shoreline. It’s all about perspective.)

Proof That Ghost Lights Exist

ScientistHave paranormal lovers had their prayers answered? Has science proven that “ghost lights” and strange light orbs exist around the world? Scientists undertook this monster task and came up some very interesting results!  Read on …

Finally! I found an article by scientists that link the strange orbs of lights, streaks of lights and all the rest … to earthquake activity! The impact this information will have on ghost and UFO research is significant. Let’s see how:

In the Jan/Feb issue of Seismological Research Letters, scientists revealed that in areas where sub-vertical faults occur, “stress-induced” electrical currents can flow to the surface, and do so quickly. These currents produce the lights that we see around earthquake and volcanic areas.

It’s worthy of note that more earthquake lights (EQLs) appear before an earthquake rather than after because prior to an earthquake, the enormous pressures are building underneath the surface.  That said, there are some rare times when these lights appear after an earthquake, at least briefly.

Examples of EQLs

The article in Science Daily, Earthquake Lights Linked to Rift Environments, Sub-vertical Faults, shared a few examples of how EQLs appeared in the past:

L’Aquila, Italy 2009: citizens saw 4 inch (10 cm) tall “stalks of light” floating over the city’s historical center which was paved with stones.

Quebec, Canada 1988: Eleven days before a strong earthquake hit the area, people saw a “bright purple-pink globe of light” moving in the sky, following the St. Lawrence River.

San Francisco, CA 1906: For two nights before the great earthquake hit San Francisco, a couple people saw “streams of light” coursing above the ground about 62 miles (100 km) northwest of the city.

GhostLights01According to the caption in the Science Daily article, in the photo right, “Earthquake lights from Tagish Lake, Yukon-Alaska border region, around the 1st of July, probably 1972 or 1973 (exact date unknown). Estimated size: 1m diameter. Closest orbs slowly drifted up the mountain to join the more distant ones. Credit: Jim Conacher”

What Scientists Discovered

The scientists involved in this research, led by geologist Robert Theriault of the Ministere des Ressources Naturelles of Quebec combed through vast amounts of literature from the past to find correlations between these “ghost lights” and earthquake activity. From that pile, they selected 65 events in the Americas and Europe that were well documented. These cases dated back as far as 1600 AD.

From that selection of 65 occurrences, they were able to determine some earthquake statistics as quoted below:

  • “85% appeared spatially on or near rifts
  • 97% appeared adjacent to subvertical faults
  • Intraplate faults are associated with just 5% of the Earth’s seismic activity, but account for 97% of the documented cases of earthquake lights.”

GhostLights03SichuanChina2008Theriault said, “The numbers are striking and unexpected. We don’t know quite yet why more earthquake light events are related to rift environments than other types of faults, but unlike other faults that may dip at a 30-35 degree angle, such as in subduction zones, subvertical faults characterize the rift environments in these cases.”

Right now it’s hard for science to be able to “see” everything below the surface, so we don’t have the whole clear picture … yet. Theriault adds, “We may not know the fault distribution beneath the ground. We have some idea of the surface structures, but sedimentary layers or water may obscure the underlying fault structure.” (Photo above left from Sichuan, China. These lights were seen before the great earthquake in 2008.)

The lights generally appeared as luminous globes, sometimes stationary, other times in motion.  They were either seen up in the air above the ground or like torches of flames being thrown from below ground up into the air.

The earthquakes associated in these 65 cases ranged in magnitude from 3.l6 to 9.2. Of them, 80% were greater than 5.0. The location of the lights associated with the events varied considerably.

GhostLights04PiscoPeruBest Documented Case

The scientists discovered a wonderful case from Pisco, Peru in 2007 where they experienced a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. It was a very well documented case because they had eyewitnesses, but also security camera footage of lights (photo right) appearing in the lead-up to the earthquake. The cameras allowed researchers to time the appearance of the lights as well as their location and the result was the EQLs accurately coincided with seismic waves as they passed by.

Warning System

Theriault noted, “Earthquake lights as a pre-earthquake phenomenon, in combination with other types of parameters that vary prior to seismic activity, may one day help forecast the approach of a major quake.”  That’s good news for everyone.

About Volcanoes

This article didn’t mention volcanic activity and the “ghost lights” often associated with them.  But these lights seem to come from huge amounts of internal Earth activity, and I feel confidant saying a volcano qualifies as a huge amount of internal activity within our planet. I feel sure there must be another Earth-dynamic that we haven’t quite figured out yet that causes these lights to also appear around volcanic regions, including some mountain ranges that appear dormant.

GhostLight05MexCityMexThe best example of this that I can offer is the area around Mexico City, Mexico. The city sits in the caldera of an old volcano. The surrounding mountains are always dishing up orbs of lights. (See photo left taken in February 2013 near the volcano outside Mexico City.)

The city is almost UFO-mad and most of their sightings seem to be of these light orbs that act a bit weird, floating up and around the mountain areas. There has to be some connection to Earth science. We’ve just seen how they are related to earthquake activity on our planet. I am sure science has some more wonderful discoveries to make with volcanoes as well.

UFO and Ghost Hunters

For those who hunt for UFOs and ghosts, the cautionary tale is this: be aware of your environment. Learn about the geography in the area where you’re conducting research. If you’re in a seismically active place you need to be very skeptical about orbs of light, flashes and flames of light shooting out of things.  Earth-science can up-end any “evidence” you think you’ve caught, if it isn’t properly interpreted.

Am I looking down on your efforts to find UFOs and proof that ghosts exist? No. I’m just saying that in order to conduct a smart and thorough investigation, you need to consider all the facts at your disposal. Because if you can find proof that is separate from anything else (including EQLs and those I believe area associated with volcanoes), then you will have found some genuinely compelling evidence that we’ll all be excited to see.

UFOHunters

Have you ever seen any “ghost lights” in seismically active areas?

Palmyra Atoll – Paranormal Paradise or Gateway to Perdition?

PalmyraAtoll01Cryptozoology lovers and paranormal fans may find this mysterious report very interesting. Do monsters or ghosts or things unimaginable walk the mystically beautiful shores of this far-away paradise, or can science explain some of the weirdness that occurs there? CryptoVille tries to sort it all out.

Some people say the island known as the Palmyra Atoll in the Northern Pacific ocean is cursed. You’re apt to believe it, too, after you hear and read the stories associated with the place.

First off, I think it’s worth noting that an atoll, according to the dictionary, is “a ring-shaped coral reef or a string of closely spaced small coral islands, enclosing or nearly enclosing a shallow lagoon.” In the case of the Palmyra Atoll, the ring encircles the rim of a sunken volcano. I believe this provides an important clue right from the start. I’ll get to that later in the article.

PalmyraAerialView

There are no year-round residents despite there being a huge and lush variety of flora throughout the island. It’s full of all sorts of wildlife as well, plus the nearby bounty of the sea.  From what I’ve read, it sounds like an ideal tropical paradise. Who wouldn’t love to get-away there, at least for a while?

But what do we know? First impressions can be deceiving. Upon closer inspection, things start to get weird on and around the Atoll.

Story Begins

American sea captain Edmond Fanning discovered the atoll in 1798 on his way to Asia. The night before the discovery, Fanning suffered a series of foreboding dreams that brought him a fierce sense of impending doom. It seemed as though he was receiving some kind of psychic premonition.

He finally got up and went to the deck where he quickly spotted a treacherous reef about to ram his ship, the Betsy. Fortunately his quick reaction saved his ship and its crew and they continued on towards Asia.

Unfortunately for Fanning, another sea captain got credit for Fanning’s discovery. Captain Swale of the good ship Palmyra encountered the atoll in 1802 and so the atoll was named after Swale’s ship.

PalmyrasStrawnIslandLegend Builds

Early explorers began to notice strange happenings around Palmyra Atoll. Most often seamen saw “ghost lights’ dancing around the then uninhabited islands that comprised the atoll.(Photo left Strawn’s Island, part of the Palmyra Atoll.)

Many ships narrowly escaped the treacherous reefs in the area. Some sailors swore the reefs would suddenly appear out of nowhere as if the entire atoll was some kind of malicious, calculating monster trying to destroy passing ships and their crews.

Shipwrecks

Not all ships escaped the treacherous reefs. The Angel, an American ship, crashed on a reef in 1870. The crew made it to shore but were later found violently murdered, their corpses strewn about the island.

The Esperanza (Spanish for Hope), a Spanish pirate ship, crashed into a reef and some of that crew survived. They made it to the shore with quite a bit of their plunder: Incan silver and gold stolen from Peru. Apparently the rest of the treasure fell into the sea with the wreck.

The pirates waited a year to be rescued, but no one ever came. So they buried the treasure, built some rafts, and set off to get help.  Only one member of the crew survived but later died of pneumonia. He never did say where the loot was buried.

Other ships wrecked over the years and some survivors made it to the shore. It seems that their troubles were only just beginning at that point. According to Brent Swancer in his article, The Cursed Paradise of Palmyra Atoll,

“[The survivors] claimed that the forests were home to shadowy beasts that watched from the cover of trees and that the trees themselves seemed to whisper and creak in unsettling ways. The sea and lagoon of the island were no less unpleasant and un-welcoming. The sea life was said to be poisonous to eat, and there was a staggering number of highly aggressive sharks prowling the waters there. Many who survived the wrecks of their ships were ravaged by sharks before they could make it to land, and it was said that it was unsafe to so much as wade in the lagoon.”

PalmyraGIsUS Navy in WWII

The atoll was transformed during World War II by the American Navy. They built a big runway for their airplanes and used it for refueling planes and submarines in the area, as well as a staging area for raids upon the Japanese.

US sailors also felt the effects of the mysterious curse. Many were overwhelmed by the often documented feelings of dread and profound fear. Some military men actually insisted they be transferred off the island to escape the terrible feelings it evoked in them.

Other sailors fell victim to irrational and often violent outbursts. Fighting amongst the men was not uncommon and there were even some murders reported within the ranks. Suicides were also on the rise.

On one occasion a plane crashed on the island and was witnessed by many. They went to search for it and could never find a trace of the crew, any debris, or any fire related to the crash.  What happened to the plane remains a mystery to this day.

PalmyraDownedPlaneAnother time, a plane took off, got airborne, and instead of flying due North, it flew due South and was never seen or heard from again. The report said this incident happened during the daytime, under clear conditions, and that the crew were all capable and very experienced.

Finally, another plane was approaching the airstrip without any trouble, when all of a sudden it crashed into the ocean. The crew escaped but were then attacked by those ferocious sharks who still seem to lurk in that area.

Tragedy of Mac and Muff Graham

The tragic tale of this well-to-do couple is dramatic and fairly sordid. It goes on for a bit like any good soap opera, so I’m going to save it for the podcast of this episode rather than write it all down here. So stay tuned for that podcast, coming in (hopefully) a few weeks.

PalmyraResearhStationToday’s Visitors

A tremendous sense of doom and foreboding still permeate the area to this day. Scientists on geological surveys of the atoll report the same negative feelings. (Photo right of the Palmyra research station sign.)

I’ve got a theory about what might be causing all these problems and it all starts with electromagnetic fields (EMFs). These emissions are quite common in areas with volcanic and earthquake activity. Let’s not forget, the entire Palmyra Atoll sits atop the rim of a large volcanic caldera.

I’m doing some more research into EMFs and what, if any, effect they can have on the human brain. When I get that all sorted, I’ll write an article about it and share it here on CryptoVille.

In the meantime, what do you think of the Palmyra Atoll? Would you like to go there?

The Human Cryptid 04 – Tree of 40 Fruits

VanAkenSam Van Aken (photo right) is an award-winning artist and sculptor who teaches art at Syracuse University, NY. He grew up on a farm so it seems he also has a good understanding of agriculture.

Van Aken was aware of a special orchard at the NY State Agricultural Experiment Station that grew lots of heirloom, antique, and native varieties of fruit which would otherwise have been lost. Some of these varieties were/are 150 to 200 years old.

Unfortunately the axe was due to drop on the orchard in 2008 but Van Aken came to the rescue. He bought the orchard to preserve the agricultural treasure, and being an artist, his creative instincts went to work on a new and beautiful agricultural wonder – a tree that produces 40 different types of fruit.

40-fruitsTreeBountyMethodology

Van Aken approached the process of engineering his special tree very logically and methodically.

First he chose the fruits he’d use on his tree from a selection of 150 heirloom trees. (Photo left, bounty from the “Tree of 40 Fruit”) Second, he worked out the blooming and ripening schedule of each fruit so that they complemented the other varieties on the special tree.

Third, Van Aken began the grafting process, attaching grafts from the selected trees onto the new tree’s base.

Five years later, the first “Tree of 40 Fruit” was revealed.

40-fruitsTreeGreenThe Tree

Most of the year the “Tree of 40 Fruit” looks like a regular tree. But in Springtime it bursts into a glorious riot of blossoms in pink, white, red, and purple. Over the forthcoming summer these lovely buds turn into the bounty of summer: plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. What makes this tree extra special is that these fruits are all heirloom and antique varieties being further preserved through this artist’s vision.

40-fruitsTreeAs of July 2014, Van Aken has produced 16 of these marvelous “Tree of 40 Fruit.” They can be found in private art collections, museums, and community centers around the US.

Van Aken’s next project is to grow a small orchard full of these lovely trees in a city.

In a quote to Epicurious writer Lauren Salkeld, Van Aken said, “I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit. So rather than having one variety that produces more than you know what to do with, it provides good amounts of each of the 40 varieties. Since all of these fruit ripen at different times, from July through October, you also aren’t inundated.”

A lovely concept by a truly ingenious man, a special human who qualifies in CryptoVille’s view, as a special “Human Cryptid.”

If you’d like to see more, check out the video (about 6 minutes long):


 

What do you think? Would you like one of these trees in your garden?

Bigfoot Thursday: Last Video Review, Hamilton, Ontario 

TalkingBF02Bigfoot Thursday returns one last time to review a video supposedly filmed by spelunkers of a Bigfoot sighting near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Did they catch a monster on film? You could say that. Cryptozoology lovers will finally see a Bigfoot (Sasquatch) clearly. But can you believe your eyes?

Bigfoot Thursday is going on hiatus for a while primarily because of the lack of decent Bigfoot footage and an overabundance of hoaxes. I’m tired of wading through all the trash only to find a blurry “maybe” every once in a while.

If you (ever) see a good Bigfoot video that you’d like to share with CryptoVille, email the link to the video to me and I’ll take a look. Cryptoville (at) hotmail (Dot) com.

In the meantime, here’s a perfect example of what I mean by someone who cleverly lures us into thinking he’s on to something then it turns out to be … a ruse to advertise and sell his book!!! You won’t believe this.

It’s nearly 3.5 minutes long.

   

More Good Stuff Coming!

Be sure to visit CryptoVille for articles on many other topics related to cryptozoology, including more upcoming Bigfoot articles!

Mermaid Monday: Pacific Northwest Sea Goddess

blackwhitesketchMermaid Monday explores a mermaid legend from the Pacific Northwest this week. Is it the tale of a monster from the deep, or a harmless and alluring beauty? First Nations people have left us another mysterious tale sure to intrigue cryptozoology lovers. Let’s take a look!

This story, coming from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, is brought to us by the Inuit people. It is the tale of Sedna.

Long ago Sedna was a beautiful young Inuit woman who was pursued by many admirers. It’s hard to believe, but she shunned them all in favor of a seabird, who was known to be a trickster. But he promised her a lovely life together on a beautiful island and she believed him.

The reality, however, was disappointing. Somehow Sedna’s father found out she was unhappy so he rowed out to the island to rescue her. He killed Sedna’s husband first, then they escaped in their boat.

Sedna03Tough Love

The seabird’s friends were angry at what happened, so they followed the father and daughter and caused a great storm to form which threatened to capsize the boat and drown them. The father decided to throw Sedna overboard, but as she clung to the side of the boat, he chopped off her fingers and she fell to the bottom of the sea. (Ouch!! So much for fatherly love!)

Once she hit bottom, Sedna transformed into the Sea Goddess revered by the local people. They believe her fingers transformed into the marine life that sustains them throughout the year – fish, seals, and some whales.

Overall Sedna is benevolent, but if her people anger her by not showing her respect, she causes terrible storms to arise, thereby preventing the people from fishing and sustaining themselves.

Sedna01Folklorists’ Note

An interesting note is that in early Inuit tales, Sedna remains a human woman, though she lives in the sea. However, after the Inuit encountered European sailors and their ships – complete with mermaid figureheads on the front of their ships – Sedna’s appearance “changed” to the half woman, half fish persona, like most mermaids around the world.

Mermaid Monday on Hiatus

Wanted to let you know that my Mermaid Monday series is taking a hiatus at least until the New Year, possibly longer. You can check under the “Mermaid Monday” topic (see “Articles by Topic” drop down menu, above right) for more Mermaid themed articles and stories!

In the meantime, CryptoVille will be covering other interesting and exciting creatures, so please stay tuned for those!

Remember to keep your eyes open and cameras ready for the ladies and gents that we love cavorting in the sea! Tail slap!

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Blood Falls: Vampire’s Delight?

Did this picture get your attention? It sure did mine!! If that isn’t one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen in nature, I’m not sure what is! Let’s see if this oddity is real, or a hoax.

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The phenomenon you’re seeing in the photo is called “Blood Falls” and it’s located in Antarctica. Geologists led by Australian Griffith Taylor (a geologist and explorer) were surveying the area in 1911 and found it. They gave it its very appropriate name.

Blood Falls exits Taylor Glacier (behind it), drops five stories down, then flows into Lake Bonney which is more or less at its feet. The striking color was first thought to be the result of algae living in the water.

Seeing Red

Scientists today reveal that the color comes from microbes that live in the water beneath Taylor Glacier, where it has been trapped beneath the ice for 2 million years. The microbes live in an oxygen-free environment and metabolize the sulfur and iron there which results in their red color. Currently there are 17 known types of microbes in that environment.

BloodFallsMapThe water where the microbes live is actually a lake hidden beneath the ice. It sits about a quarter mile below the surface of the glacier.

Scientists are pleased that they can study the composition and characteristics of this hidden lake from the Blood Falls run-off. That means they don’t have to get involved in more costly and problematic drilling just to study the water.

Off-world Implications

Even though I love looking for cryptids, nature itself still manages to throw us some of the neatest and more bizarre spectacles that anyone could imagine! I also have to wonder what it means for finding life of any sort on other planets. I wish so hard that mankind would get busy with creating reasonable space-exploration vehicles (a la Star Trek) and dump the stupid volatile, uncomfortable craft we make today.

Anyway, did this picture give you the creeps at first?

References:

http://earthsky.org/earth/blood-falls-five-stories-high-seeps-from-an-antarctic-glacier

 

 

Bigfoot Thursday: Keep an Eye on Your Pools!

TalkingBF02This week Bigfoot appears on an “old” video showing a monster drinking from someone’s backyard pool. Could this monstrous beast be a Bigfoot or Sasquatch? Do they stalk peoples’ backyards for water sources, or is there something fishy about this video? CryptoVille investigates!

I found this crazy video through one of my favorite video reviewers, Phil of ParaBreakdown. I had never seen this footage before, but it supposedly dates back to the summer of 1973. If you watch the video (3.5 minutes), Phil shares some very interesting points.


Clues

He makes the point that the footage was edited, despite claims to the contrary, and the patio furniture wasn’t manufactured until a decade after 1973.

I’d like to add a few more points. The “fur” on the “creature” clearly hangs off the person inside. It’s cheap looking faux fur, and the arm proportions, leg proportions, and what we can see of the face, are all wrong. Note how it walks – that’s a human gait, not a Bigfoot stride.

TalkingBF05Laughing Yet?

I guess people think it’s funny to put this junk out there, but because of them, the media treat the subject of Bigfoot/Sasquatch as a joke and (most) scientists avoid the topic altogether lest their professional reputations become tainted.

It makes me mad, but to get around all of this nonsense, we’re just going to have to find that “proof positive,” hopefully some awesome DNA samples, some incredible footage that can be verified by multiple sources, or perhaps, a Bigfoot corpse.

What do you think?

Call for Videos

If you have a video or have seen one that you’d like me to review, send the link to cryptoville (at) hotmail (dot) com.  If your video is chosen, you win a cute fairy bookmark by artist Becky Kelly!

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