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

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

2014: New Lake Champlain Mystery

Since the early 19th century Lake Champlain, spanning the border between Vermont and New York state has been considered home to an American cousin of Nessie. Similar surveys of its waters have been done, with as inconclusive results. One modern search for the creature known as Champ has netted and intersiting if inconclusive and equally mystifying result. According to WCAX News. BURLINGTON, Vt. – Dennis Hall spends much of his time monitoring Lake Champlain. “Normally there’s no noise. It was different. Different. And so clear,” said Hall. The Panton man is looking for a legend. He made headlines in 1985 when he claimed to spot the lake creature, known as Champ. “Something made the noises and it’s totally amazing,” said Hall. Since then, he’s been chasing Champ trying to record the mythical monster’s every move. “Not hearing anything like I heard before,” said Hall. I was listening with the […] Read More

There’s Something Out There: Monsters Of The Ocean Part II

Richard Dawkins is an outspoken evolutionary biologist, a staunch atheist, and an avid writer. He illustrates some very interesting points in his writing, one of which being his concept of the unknown. In his 2006 book “The God Delusion,” he conveys the argument of the unknown void as an apparatus that defines humanity’s overall lack of understanding. If all the factual truth of the universe were a pie, mankind has only tasted a mere crumb. Not even a minuscule slice. A crumb, and we didn’t even get to eat it. Even with all our technological advancements, the real truths of the universe are still so far beyond our understanding, one could almost speculate we live in an illusion of self-erected lies which we have come to dub “factual truth.” Although Dawkins uses the unknown void concept as an argument against religion, its fine points can be applied elsewhere. In this case, […] Read More

There’s Something Out There: Monsters Of The Ocean Part I

The deep blue sea is full of wonder and mystery. We currently know less about it than we do about the moon, which is 250,000 miles away from the earth’s surface. In fact the total yearly budget for NASA far, far exceeds that of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). For some reason, instead of conquering the wonders of our own planet, we essentially skipped it to learn about things outside of our earth. It’s almost like learning to run before you can walk. The ocean absolutely terrifies me because of its humongous size and incredible enigma. Every single day, scientists all across the globe discover and classify new species of plants and animals, and sometimes even confirm species that were thought to be extinct. The giant squid was largely considered to be a myth until advances in science and technology allowed us to start observing them in their […] Read More

The Monster of Elizabeth Lake

There are at least ten different Elizabeth Lakes in California. This one is in LA County near Palmdale and is perhaps the oldest one in the state. Legend states that the Devil himself created the lake and placed one of his own pets inside it. If you swim deep enough, eventually you will find a secret passage direct to the underworld which isn’t entirely far fetched, as the lake lies directly over the San Andres fault line. From this lake a horrible monster came to be. Although there have been no reported sightings since the 1880’s, there were a few from 1830 all the way up to 1886. The creature has been described as having bat wings, the neck of a giraffe, the head of a bulldog, six legs, a length of at least fifty feet, and emit a horrible nauseating stench. Several ranchers and owners of land around […] Read More

Wetzel’s Riverside Monster

Stories of strange and weird phenomenon are by their nature filled with weird occurrences and odd coincidences. So it may come as no surprise, when certain names of people and places seem to re-appear over and over again when discussing these stories. For example, “Devil” or its derivatives appear in countless locations where ghosts, goblins, and boogey men have lurked. California has several “devil” locations including: Devil’s Knoll, Devil’s Gate Reservoir, Mount Diablo, and Devil’s Hole. One such name is Wetzel. In 1958, two completely different Charles Wetzels saw two completely different creatures in two completely different locations. The two had never met, were not related to each other, and ironically both also had sons named Charles. On Saturday, November 8, 1958, one Charles Wetzel was near Riverside, California when he encountered a strange bipedal, reptilian like creature. He was driving on North Main Street and had arrived at […] Read More