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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Teggie, the Terror of the Lake

  Deep in the heart of North Wales there exists a large expanse of water called Lake Bala. You may say, well, there’s nothing particularly strange about that. You would be correct. Lake Bala is not out of the ordinary, in the slightest. But what is rumored to dwell in its dark depths most assuredly is out of the ordinary. Lake Bala is – allegedly! – the domain of a…

Dead Oarfish May Mean Earthquakes for New Zealand

When a “messenger from the sea god’s palace” shows up dead on a beach, the Japanese listen because it is believed to be a harbinger of earthquakes. That message was delivered to New Zealand’s South Island last week when an oarfish, the mythical Japanese messenger, washed ashore. Is it time for New Zealanders to head for earthquake shelters or higher ground? A three-meter (10-foot) oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was found on…

Paddler, the Submarine-Monster

Situated in Idaho, Lake Pend Oreille is a huge expanse of water. It’s in excess of forty miles in length and 1,100 feet in depth. And, it might accurately be said that the lake is the home of a creature not unlike Loch Ness, Scotland’s legendary long-necked beast. You know the one I mean: it’s best known to just about everyone as Nessie. Or, just possibly, Lake Pend Oreille’s resident lake monster – which goes…