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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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, […] 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 […] 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, […] 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 […] 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 […] Read More