Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DNA Hunt Begins for Loch Ness Monster

LONDON (Reuters) - A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

The use of eDNA sampling is already well established as a tool for monitoring marine life like whales and sharks.

Whenever a creature moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA from skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine.

“This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms,” said team spokesman Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The first written record of a monster relates to the Irish monk St Columba, who is said to have banished a “water beast” to the depths of the River Ness in the 6th century.

The most famous picture of Nessie, known as the “surgeon’s photo”, was taken in 1934 and showed a head on a long neck emerging from the water. It was revealed 60 years later to have been a hoax that used a sea monster model attached to a toy submarine.

Countless unsuccessful attempts to track down the monster have been made in the years since, notably in 2003 when the BBC funded an extensive scientific search that used 600 sonar beams and satellite tracking to sweep the full length of the loch.

The most recent attempt was two years ago when a high-tech marine drone found a monster - but not the one it was looking for. The discovery turned out to be replica used in the 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”, which sank nearly 50 years ago.

Gemmell’s team, which comprises scientists from Britain, Denmark, the United States, Australia and France, is keen to stress the expedition is more than just a monster hunt.

“While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from the work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness,” Gemmell said on his university website.

He predicts they will document new species of life, particularly bacteria, and will provide important data on the extent of several new invasive species recently seen in the loch, such as Pacific pink salmon.

Their findings are expected to be presented in January 2019.

Monday, May 21, 2018

FBI Releases FOIA Documents on BIGFOOT

Thanks to our idol, John Greenewald over at The Black Vault and his relentless Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests who would have know that our Government actually has a file regarding the big man himself.  No not BoBo, but Bigfoot Himself.

Not going to comment at this time,  not until we have time to look over the paperwork, but here it is in all its glory.

Talk Among Yourselves.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New Species of Crayfish Discovered

New state crayfish discovered, named for AGFC biologist
BENTON – Brian Wagner, while diving and catching hellbenders in the Eleven Point River with fellow Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologist Kelly Irwin, found what seemed like an unusual crayfish in the river in north Arkansas back in 2005. Fast-forward almost 13 years later to last month, when national researchers published a paper revealing that the crayfish Wagner stumbled upon has been determined to be a previously unknown species. And, for his efforts, the researchers publishing the paper surprised Wagner by assigning the Latin name, Faxonius wagneri, to the scientific name of the discovery.
Its common name is the Eleven Point River crayfish.
This newly recognized crayfish species is one of two in the publication: A second has been attributed to Robert J. DiStefano of the Missouri Department of Conservation, named scientifically by the research authors Faxonius roberti. Found in the Spring and Strawberry rivers, the common name is the Spring River crayfish. Both crayfish were thought to be coldwater crayfish (Faxonius eupuctus) or hybrids, not their own species.
“I’m excited to see two new species of crayfish I helped discover be officially recognized, but what a surprise to see that they had named one after me! I had never imagined that something like this would happen, but I'm honored to welcome Faxonius wagneri to the list of crayfish species,” said Wagner, AGFC aquatic wildlife diversity biologist who has been with the agency for 29 years.
It’s not every day that a species is named for an AGFC employee. Arkansans, especially those only familiar with the gastronomically enticing bluish crayfish shipped north from Louisiana for springtime “crawdad boils,” may not realize that Arkansas is home to about 60 species of crayfish.
“The Southeastern United States is home to the most diverse amount of crayfish in the world, with about 350 species,” Wagner said. “Arkansas has the most varied species of any state west of the Mississippi River, but trails Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama for number of crayfish species.”
He recalled the day 13 years ago when he and Irwin were noticing coldwater crayfish in the Eleven Point River with different colors; some were olive and brown, while others were maroon with green claws, but both types had traits of the coldwater crayfish. Wagner explained that experts such as the research authors typically receive specimens in alcohol, so they don’t see the color differences that the biologists at the river might see. But, the researchers who examined these samples noted differences in the male reproductive structure from the coldwater crayfish, and they proceeded with DNA sampling, which showed that these crayfish were not a hybridization of the coldwater crayfish.
Because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the time had been petitioned to designate the coldwater crayfish under the Endangered Species Act, Wagner became involved in a study of that species in the Spring, Strawberry and Eleven Point rivers with the University of Arkansas, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh. This study eventually helped the national researchers realize that there were actually three different species that had been labeled coldwater crayfish, he said. The research paper was published March 23, revealing the new crayfish species wagneri, thrilling the AGFC employee.
“Usually the people that have a species named after them are ones who have done a lot of taxonomy work in that species group,” Wagner said. “I hadn’t done that. I’ve done a lot of field crayfish work, but as far as describing a species and keying them out, I hadn’t don’t that. I’ve always deferred to the experts.”
The adage “there’s nothing new under the sun” apparently isn’t true. New species are discovered from time to time in Arkansas. A new crayfish in southwest Arkansas was described a year ago and Irwin was instrumental in the discovery of a new salamander species in 2014, Wagner noted.
The 3-inch long Eleven Point River crayfish is considered a tertiary burrower, where burrowing (what those edible “mudbugs” typically do) is their last choice for hiding. They are found in big cold rivers with stable flow. The only burrowing they do is underneath rocks in the riffle in a stream. “They don’t make the mud chimneys that many people associate with crayfish,” Wagner said.
Wagner urged sportsman and others to not move a crayfish from one body of water to another; doing so can create a detrimental ecological effect. The Eleven Point River crayfish is only found in its namesake river; the Spring River crayfish is found in two rivers, he added. Somehow, the ringed crayfish, found further west in the Norfork River, has been introduced into the South Fork of the Spring River, a fairly small stream, Wagner said. “It has been spreading downstream and is replacing the Spring River crayfish. And when you have an extra dry year, it knocks the Spring River crayfish back, and the ringed crayfish seems better at surviving low water,” he said. “They’ve had ringed crayfish found in a tributary to the Eleven Point, too, but it hasn’t spread to where these species are. It’s just a matter of time before they do, though.”

Information provided by Arkansas Game and Fish

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” because evidence of its existence dates back to at least 80 million years ago. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding yet more clues about the resilience of this ancient sea creature.

The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working on a European Union project in the area, the BBC reported.

The aim of the project was to "minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing," the researchers told SIC Noticisas TV, as the BBC noted. but the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.

Scientists believe the frilled shark has remained the same, both inside and out, since the Cretaceous Period, when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops still roamed the planet. The creature, known by scientists as Chlamydoselachus anguineus, is incredibly simple and unevolved, most likely due to the lack of nutrients found in its deep-sea dwellings. A Japanese study of the shark found in Suruga Bay, Japan, revealed that its diet is 61 percent cephalopods—the class to which squids and octopus belong.

The shark also has a unique mouth shape. Its jaw has more than 300 teeth neatly lined in 25 rows, which, according to professor Margarida Castro of the University of the Algarve, are specifically designed to help it “to trap squid, fish and other sharks in sudden lunges,” The Portugal News reported. It’s lined with spines called dermal denticles, which, combined with the teeth, give the mouth an all around frightening look.

It’s unlikely you will ever come face-to-face with a living frilled shark. But if you do, it’s safe to say: Keep as far away as you can, and whatever you do, try to avoid its ferociously awesome jaw.

Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Invasion On Chestnut Ridge - {DVD REVIEW}

If you like the odd, the strange and unexplained then this Documentary is the film for you.  Invasion of Chestnut Ridge, the 5th in the series of films by Seth Breedlove and the Small Town Monster Production team will keep you glued from the opening graphics to the end credits, and if you were a backer on Kickstarter then you get to see your name in the credits as well.
Seth’s storytelling keeps evolving as well as the talents of his crew in cinematography, special effects and animation to the scoring of music, and voice over work.  Each film he produces you can see his passion for retelling lost and forgotten stories that are regional at best in their lore. 

This film covers UFO’s from Keksburg, to cryptids along the ridge in rural Pennsylvania, with detailed research and eye witness interviews in their own words.

You can’t help but love Small Town Monsters approach to storytelling.  And even though I’m a backer of this and the Mothman film, I will be purchasing a physical copy to include into my collection.

I’ve met Seth in Fouke, Arkansas while I was also in the area filming and he is truly a down to earth guy with big dreams that he is chasing down and making happen.  Proof that if you love your job, good things will come with hard work….

Kudos on another inspiring film to the entire STM Crew!

Pick up  your copy today.

The Grey's in the Back are giving this film a 5 out of 5 Probes!!

Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dragon corpse or elaborate hoax?

One of the oldest legends around is the majestic dragon. There are many stories that speak of these legendary beasts and how terrifying and powerful they were. From  Europe to China, Russian to Greek mythology.

Dragons are usually shown in modern times with a body like a huge lizard, or a snake with two pairs of lizard-type legs, and able to emit fire from their mouths. The European dragon has bat-like wings growing from its back. A dragon-like creature with wings but only a single pair of legs is known as a wyvern.

The terrible creatures are keepers of treasure in Western cultures and often considered evil and fearsome.  But in other cultures, dragons are more serpent-like and are considered sacred beasts. 

Eastern dragons are divine and considered a good omen. There are people who have reported seeing dragons, and recently the skeletal remains of such beast have been found in China.

A 60ft long dragon skeleton was discovered in Zhangjiakou City, China, and people believe it's the real deal.

The skull has horns; the long spine has a pair of arms and legs.

Could this be the remains of a real dragon?

Probably just a large collection of bones linked together for the appearance of it being a 60ft Dragon.

But still cool!

Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fish rain from sky in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Civil defense officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.

Tamaulipas civil defense says in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency's Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk.

According the U.S. Library of Congress, it's a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water - known as waterspouts - could be responsible for sucking fish into the air where they are blown around until being released to the ground.
 Source: Associated Press
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hurricane Harvey washes a Fanged creature on to Texas beaches

A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified.
Preeti Desai found the decaying fish on a beach in Texas City, and asked Twitter for help.
She posted several photos with the caption: "Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?"
Her request was passed to biologist and eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe, who believes it is a fangtooth snake-eel.
He said it may also be a garden or conger eel, because "all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth".
It is thought that Hurricane Harvey, which brought strong winds and flooding to Texas, could explain why the creature was washed up.
The fangtooth snake-eel, also known as a "tusky" eel, is usually found in waters between 30 and 90 metres deep in the western Atlantic ocean.
Ms Desai, who was at the beach assessing the damage from the hurricane, told the BBC: "It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach. I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore."

"My main reaction was curiosity, to figure out what the heck it was," she added.
Ms Desai said she posted the images on Twitter because she knows a lot of scientists use it, and a friend soon responded and contacted Dr Tighe.
"I follow a lot of scientists and researchers. There's such a great community of these folks that are very helpful, especially when it comes to answering questions about the world or identifying animals and plants," she said.
She said she left the eel on the beach "to let nature take its course".
Original Source :BBC

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Trinkets from Cryptid Coins.

We know the struggles of everyday life.  The family, ball games, gymnastics practice, and working ones tail off to get by.  We also know everyone needs an outlet like a Cryptid Themed Conference or Paranormal Convention.

Some of these are costly to get into, not to mention the travel, possible hotel stays.  It can hurt ones budget.

Well the guys at Cryptid Coins get this.  Nothing worse than going to a convention and not having enough money to get the latest book or DVD, and they are friends with most of that circle.

Cryptid Coins formed to help everyone get a little something in their pockets from an event.

An affordable way to not break the bank.

They recently revealed the 50th Anniversary Patterson/ Gimlin film inspired Sasquatch Dollar, weighing in at a hefty 2 ounces.  With mention of a few more new designs by the end of the year.

The coin runs are VERY limited, as in 500 coins per design world wide will be produced then the dies will be destroyed.  How much are these awesome gems you ask.  Online they are $12 for the basic coin, and $18 for ones in graded cases "and who doesn't want one in a quality display case?"

At conventions and conferences the folks at Cryptid Coin offer reduced rate (even if paying with a credit/debit card). On average $10 for the basic and $15 for the one in case.


New this week is a new series of more affordable designs for when you, or one of the kids wants to take home a trinket.  Anyone remember Wooden Nickels??   Well they are back in a whole new series for Cryptids, Ghosts and Haunting's and...... yes UFO genre's.

So how much you ask...... Online because of fees its $3........ yeah THREE BUCKS  And if you catch them in person at an Event..........ITS ONLY $2.....TWO BUCKS!!!!

And a surprise is coming for folks who subscribe to Cryptid Crate the Cryptid themed box subscription  service in the coming months as Cryptid Coins has teamed up with them as well.

Not to mention the International Cryptozoological Museum run by Loren Coleman.

All proceeds from coins sales are funding multiple huge film projects that will be revealed this fall.

Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers

NC woman creates spray to attract a Bigfoot. {Bigfoot Juice}

The endless search for proof of Bigfoot's existence may soon come to an end.

A wife and mother from North Carolina, has a home brewed a spray that she says can attract any Bigfoot within a mile and a half.
Sold at $7 bottled spray, the “environmentally friendly” Bigfoot Juice also doubles as a bug spray, said creator Allie Megan Webb, who runs Happy Body Care out of Marion.
“How do you know it works?” Webb asked, laughing. “That’s a tough question. I guess I could ask how do you know it doesn’t work?”
There is anecdotal proof her spray does, in fact, attract a Bigfoot.
Field tests have been done, she said, and they include a recent outing by the research group Bigfoot 911, in which a Bigfoot sighting was reported. It happened the first week of August, in the woods of McDowell County. The report made national news.
“I think that’s enough to say it can attract a Bigfoot,” says Webb. “To attract a Bigfoot, you need a smell that is woodsy enough to keep from scaring him off. But slightly different enough to make him curious, and come to investigate.”
Market reaction to the spray, has been mixed.
Webb — who also created a dog deodorant called Stinky Dog Spray — understands people may doubt the product. She won’t swear there is a Bigfoot herself.
“But I do believe there is something out there in the woods,” she says. “I’m definitely not trying to make fun of people who believe. A lot of people are more serious about this (juice) than I thought. There are people around the world inclined to believe Bigfoot is real.”
That includes her husband, Corey, a member of Bigfoot 911 since 2014. He was out the night of Aug. 4 when Bigfoot 911 reported spotting “a large bipedal animal covered in hair.” Corey didn’t see it himself, but he’s a believer. 

Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers