Strange encounters in open waters

When the still sea conspires an armor And her sullen and aborted Currents breed tiny monsters True sailing is dead Awkward instant And the first animal is jettisoned Legs furiously pumping Their stiff green gallop And heads bob up Poise Delicate Pause Consent In mute nostril agony Carefully refined And sealed over –Horse Latitudes, Poem by Jim Morrison. Thalassophobia is the compulsive fear of the sea or sea travel. That also extends to a fear of any large body of water, or what lurks beneath. Most of us land-dwellers have this phobia and for good reasons. We’re the post Jaws, post Black Lagoon generation and that usually means that we’ll think twice about taking a dip in a beach or lake. In 1879 an out of place object in the Atlantic waters gave Captain Edwards quite a shock. Three miles off the Rhode Island coast, the fishing vessel, the Amelia, was making its way […] Read More

Mystery Sea Creatures Devour Meat After Vicious Attack On Teen

Sam Kanizay has suffered mystery injuries after dipping his feet into sea water. Photos: AAP Sam Kanizay, 16, went for a 30 minute dip at Dendy Street Beach in Brighton on Saturday evening and walked out with what his family said were tiny marine creatures eating his legs. His father, Jarrod Kanizay, said the creatures “ate through Sam’s skin” and left him bleeding profusely. –>WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: A Melbourne father has shared a horrific video of hundreds of what are believed to be “sea lice” devouring chunks of raw meat after his teenage son was left bleeding from an ocean swim.<– **THE DISTURBING FOOTAGE STARTS AT 2:58** [embedded content] After realizing they could not stop the bleeding, the teenager was rushed to hospital where staff were baffled by the “pin-sized holes” all over his legs. The following morning a curious Mr Kanizay went back down to the beach to […] Read More

A Veterinarian “Meets” A Monster

A couple of days ago I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe titled “A Classic Encounter: Nessie On Land, 1933.” It was focused on the strange and controversial story of a Mr. and Mrs. Spicer, who encountered one of the legendary Loch Ness Monsters not in the waters of the mystery-filled loch, but actually on land – in 1933. In part I said: “… George Spicer described the animal as being hideous, an absolute affront against nature. What particularly struck Spicer – and which provoked his comments – was the way the thing moved. It did not do so like any normal animal. Rather, it lumbered across the road in a series of odd jerks and coils; something which, for Spicer and his wife, was reminiscent of a massive worm. He continued that by the time the shocked pair reached the section of the road where the monster […] Read More

Sweden’s Very Own Nessie: Storsjöodjuret

by Nick Redfern Although certainly not as famous (or as infamous) as their cousins in Loch Ness, Scotland, the strange creatures of Lake Storsjön, Sweden have been encountered far more than a few times. They go by the name of Storsjöodjuret. As for the lake, it is approximately 250 feet deep and has a long tradition of monsters lurking in its depths. Some of the encounters are somewhat friend-of-a-friend in style. Others, however, are arguably not. From 1635, there is this story, told by a priest, Morgens Pedersen: “A long, long time ago two trolls, Jata and Kata, stood on the shores of the Great-Lake brewing a concoction in their cauldrons. They brewed and mixed and added to the liquid for days and weeks and years. They knew not what would result from their brew but they wondered about it a great deal. One evening there was heard a […] Read More

The Stinson Beach Serpent: A California Sea Monster, Reconsidered

The California coastline has a long history of visits by alleged “sea monsters,” dating back more than a century. The famous “San Clemente Monster” was one such creature, which began to appear in the early 1900s. Later in 1925, a bizarre animal carcass that washed ashore near Moore’s Beach in Santa Cruz further stoked the fires beneath legends of “monsters,” though today it is understood that this mystery beast had, in fact, been a variety of beaked whale. Reports of creatures like these have continued until more recent times, although many of the “monsters” of yore are taken to have been something that, while unusual to see at the time, are widely recognized species by today’s standards. In 2013, a news report described the discovery of a pair of oarfish along the California coast thusly: “The rarely seen deep sea-dwelling creatures, which can grow to more than 50 feet, may […] Read More

Are Mermaids Attacking People In Zimbabwe?

I am always getting request to cover mermaids and I always reply that if I ever find an interesting story about them I will cover it. And to my surprise I just recently found one. To most of us in the west mermaids are nothing more than crazy folklore but in other parts of the world especially certain regions in Africa they truly believe that mermaids exist. Not that long ago in Zimbabwe three boys were herding cattle near a dam when they saw what they thought was a huge fish. So 2 of the boys jumped into the dam hopping to catch it with their bare hands. But this wasn’t a big fish it was a mermaid or a water spirit according to the other boy. He claimed to have seen a mermaid come out of the water, grab the boys, pull them underwater then it brang them […] Read More

Baby Sea Monster Found Inside Fossil Mama

Tired of all of the stories about the Loch Ness Monster that have blurry photographs and no physical evidence? Me neither. But once in a while it’s nice to get a real story about real sea monsters with real fossils … and in this case, a real baby sea monster inside its mother! It gets better – the fossils may rewrite the evolutionary history of vertebrate reproductive systems. Whoo-hoo! The fossils are from a long-necked, fish-eating marine animal called the Dinocephalosaurus, a member of the archosauromorpha family, that swam in the seas of South China in the Middle Triassic Period about 245 million years ago. They were found in the Luoping biota, which is considered to be one of the most diverse and well-preserved collections of marine fossils in the world. Plesiosaur While similar in body structure to the plesiosaurs that the Loch Ness Monster is often compared to, […] Read More

Nessie: A Paranormal Monster

As readers of my books and articles will know, I am of the opinion that many of the so-called “Cryptids” of our world (monsters of the deep, hairy ape-like creatures, flying monsters, winged humanoids, etc) have supernatural origins, rather than flesh and blood ones. For me, there is no better example of this than what are arguably the world’s most famous lake monsters: the Nessies of Loch Ness, Scotland. There is little doubt that the most popular theory for the Nessies is that they represent a surviving colony of plesiosaurs – marine reptiles that became extinct millions of years ago. The problem, however, is that there is not a single shred of irrefutable evidence that plesiosaurs survived extinction. Other theories include giant salamanders, massive eels, and creatures completely unknown to science. And, there is the most controversial theory of all: the idea that the Nessies are paranormal in nature. […] Read More

When Sea Serpents Attack

The sea is a vast, little understood expanse that at times feels so remote, hostile and unexplored that it may as well be another alien planet, and it has given rise to myths and mysteries that have perplexed mankind since we first took to the oceans. A persistent phenomenon among the many mysteries that shroud the world’s oceans is that of various sea serpents and sea monsters. These enigmatic beasts have been seen prowling the sea since time unremembered, and come in all shapes and sizes, from all corners of the globe. These strange creatures are typically quite shy, elusive, and indeed seem to avoid or even shun humans. Indeed, if they exist then this wariness likely contributes in no small part to their ability to remain hidden from science. Yet, although exceedingly rare, there are occasional reports of sea monsters that have defied this trend to come up […] Read More

Mokele-mbembe: A Legendary Water-Dwelling Creature of the Congo River

Mokèlé-mbèmbé is the name given to a creature believed to inhabit the upper reaches of the Congo River basin, i.e. Congo, Zambia and Cameroon, as well as in Lake Tele (in the Republic of Congo) and its surrounding regions. This name originates from the Lingala language, and is commonly translated to mean ‘one who stops the flow of rivers’, said to be a reference to the creature’s supposed preference for nestling in the bends of rivers. Mokèlé-mbèmbé is also said to be the word for ‘rainbow’, as well as ‘mystery’, according to Paul Ohlin, a missionary who has spent more than a decade living with the Bayaka pygmies of Congo and the Central African Republic. Description of the Creature Over the years, numerous physical descriptions regarding the Mokèlé-mbèmbé have been provided. The various accounts generally agree that the creature is enormous in size, and has a long neck with […] Read More

The Monster of California’s Lake Elsinore

It sometimes seems that wherever there is a lake of any significant size, stories of strange beasts lurking in the depths are not far behind. For whatever reasons, tales of bizarre creatures cruising through the water gravitate to these places, and while it certainly may seem that this is fitting for remote lakes far from the eyes of humankind, the fact is that this seems to not always have a bearing on a lake’s potential for monster reports. Indeed, there are lakes that are in highly populated areas that seem to have monsters every bit as odd and baffling as those purported to lurk in the more isolated areas of the world, and indeed even more so. These cases can be particularly perplexing, and it often seems ludicrous that any large creature could possibly remain hidden here, or that it could even be there in the first place. One […] Read More

The Barmouth Monster May Have Returned to Wales

Move over Nessie – there’s a new cryptid in town. OK, the town isn’t Highland, Scotland, but there definitely might be a cryptid in a waterway in the United Kingdom so that’s close enough. We’re talking about Barmouth, Wales, which is near where a man photographed what many are calling the legendary Barmouth Monster, a 10-to-30-foot-long water creature that has been rumored to exist for years but never been photographed. The creature was spotted in early January by Mohammad Tahla, who says he saw something swimming in the River Aeron (Afon Aeron) near Aberaeron. Wait a minute – what happened to Barmouth? We’ll get to that. Alleged Barmouth Monster circled for the location-impaired Tahla told the local newspaper: I took one look and thought: ‘Blimey, that looks just like the Loch Ness Monster’. I went down there two days later to see if I could spot it again but […] Read More

Myth, Mysteries, and Monsters at Oregon’s Cursed Crater Lake

There are places tucked away in the remote corners of this world in which sometimes immense natural beauty seems to be hiding something more, just beyond our grasp to understand it. These are the wonders of nature that simultaneously capture our imagination and exude tales of mystery and the unexplained that are very often laced with sinister dread and perhaps the supernatural. In these places we sense that there is something menacing and off, evil even, yet are at a loss as to what exactly might be at the root of it, and our senses are somewhat thrown off by the sheer grandeur and beauty of the location itself. One such mysterious place is certainly Crater Lake, of Oregon’s Mt. Mazama. Cloaked in some of the most gorgeous natural beauty in the country, it is a place which has long been steeped in dark legends, and which exudes a […] Read More