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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Dax Rushlow 1987 Bigfoot Sighting, depicted by Alex Evans

"A rough full body drawing of my bigfoot I saw in 1987" by Dax Rushlow , as depicted by Alex Evans---

Dax Rushlow Going to use this for my Bigfoot Bounty Spike TV show when it airs in January.
I am so excited to see the whole figure. It is pretty dead on for the most part. It actually shows more than what I saw because it was standing in a snowbank on the side of tbe road and I never saw the feet. Only from about mid shin up..
 I would already have clear visual proof of our mountain dwelling friends if it were not for havig to work 55 hours a week... Alex Evans, You are my girl as far as I am concerned for an artist. I will proudly display anything you do. Best of all, we have actually talked. Hopefully more soon.


[The sighting was at] Northern Vermont near Canadian border .
This is basically our Eastern Bigfoot again, with the rounded top to the head and basically human proportions but extremely heavyset and with extremely large hands and feet (Alex probably exaggerated tose with some artistic license for the effect and Dax specifies he never saw the feet.)

In the skeleton compared to the drawing overlay I did below, I pretty much just made the Neanderthal skeleton from the illustration below more heavyset by an additional 25 % (A quarter again or 125% of the original), the joints are in a nearly perfect corresponding position with the long bones of the limbs at nearly the same proportionate length:

...And the face is slightly off from the Neanderthal skull but that could be due to the angle it was seen at. Alex has made the skull more like a modern human than a Neanderthal but that could also be a little artistic license. Going by other reports the similarity is quite striking and I also think this is probably very much like what Dax saw that day. The effect of the "Head flowing into the shoulders" is probably due in part to the creature having long thick matted head-hair filling in that space, hence my notation indicating the "Bite" that taking  this into consideration makes in the reconstruction.


Lake Seneca Serpent

Posted at the Facebook Lake Monsters page. I think this is a case of a giant gar like fish (such as Samuel de Champlain said was "The" monster of Lake Champlain) especially since the gar has hard rectangularish scales that can look like brick work (Ganoid: see picture below)

I have seen this image before and it was supposed to be showing "Manipogo", but it makes more sense in this context

 A giant gar also has a shape close enough to a small Mosasaur that an inexperienced observer might be led to describe one as being similar.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Ridge Watcher Bigfoot

Ridge Watcher Bigfoot – Thermal Video & Photos


When it comes to gathering evidence of the existence of Bigfoot – few pieces of evidence are as convincing as stable FLIR thermal footage. That footage is vastly more credible when it originates from the Olympic Project in Washington State. The team heard what sounded like a faint knocking sound at 11:00-11:15 pm and immediately began looking that direction with the thermal camera. That is when they saw what would be known as The Ridge Watcher Bigfoot.

photo enhancement by Paul Willison
On October 30, 2013, Derek Randles and the Olympic Project with Sara, Jon, and Ben Brown captured what could be the most legitimate thermal footage to date. A large figure’s heat signature is visible from a distance of 117 feet on the other side of a steep ridge. Enhancements to the footage reveal what could be actual facial features. The eye sockets, nose, mouth, and ears are detectable as well as the large muscle groups of the upper torso.
During portions of the footage it appears to turn it’s head and look in a different direction. A cow is visible walking into frame from just 15 feet away – giving a sense of distance and size for the Bigfoot on the ridge.
What is equally impressive is what they discovered the following morning at daylight. On the soil, where the ridge watcher stood, they discovered a set of visible tracks that measured an astonishing 16.5 inches long. Next to one of the tracks was a ridge that appeared to be a knuckle print – indicating that it may have crept up to the ridge on all fours. The footprints all measured the same length and had a stride of 4 feet in a Left – Right pattern indicative of bipedal standing.

The team has released, with express permission to Team-BIG, several exclusive photos of the recreation, size comparisons, and track that was eventually plaster cast. The images below show a daytime image of where the footage was captured – along with an overlay to illustrate the distance and perspective you are seeing in the FLIR images.
On November 26, 2013 several of the teams photos and original raw thermal footage were provided to Carl Olinselot (Team-BIG) for video and photo editing and enhancement. The video below is the result:

To find out more visit The Olympic Project for details. All images and videos are under copyright protection and were used under exclusive privilege by the rightful owners for use in this article.

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One Response to Ridge Watcher Bigfoot – Thermal Video & Photos

  1. Dan22 says:

    That thing is Huge!,Look at the size compared to the cow and the cow is probably 20 yds in front of it.the pecks are unbelievable, That Bigfooter could walk on any NFL team and name his price :)
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From this thermal image I did a series of comparisons to various possible candidates, results as shown below:

This matches up the distance between the eyes and length of the face to the skull of a robust Australopithecine. The skull fails miserably to match the head in all other respects.

This comparison uses Grover Krantz's reconstructed skull for Gigantopithecus
Two more comparisons follow
This is basically the same problem over again

      After several attempts at different candidates I found one really good match out of the control group and that was with the face of a bear. The placement of the eyes, nose and mouth matches exactly. And at that point it also looks like the slope of the shoulders and the way the right paw is held up is also a good match for the bear.  There are reasons why the ears might not show-for one thing we are definitely not looking at a clear shot of something taken in broad daylight but by a trailcam that obviously is not showing everything that is already there.  

So at this time I'll opt for the bear as the best fit. It was not what I was looking for but there it is. This also has no direct connection to the tracks and the association could be accidental. Or they could be bear tracks, Im not the one determining that part and I make no judgements on the tracks.

Jay Cooney's site Bizzare Zoology covers this story at:

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Lake Monsters Map from Atlas Obscura

Jeff Albertson sent in this chart from the Atlas Obscura site:

Since I have already offered alternative interpretations for creatures at different locations in earlier entries on this blog, I made up an alternative key showing suggested changes developing from further research by myself and also including suggestions by others:

"Faux Alligator" should have been called a Cryptid but at the time I was thinking of giant salamanders (not indicated on this map)when actually they should be considered a separate category

Sightings at some locations can include sightings of more than one kind of creature (Such as giant fish and swimming moose both at Flathead lake for one example)

The revised map is below. This dramatically redistributes the "Nessies" as along both coasts and in the Mississippi river up the middle of the country. The "Giant Eel Pig" also leaves tracks and it is a clawed quadruped mammal. (Coleman would lump it in with the giant otter reports)

Special Mention Champ Sighting from Scott Mardis

Scott Mardis sent me a pdf with information about the exceptional sighting by Kelly J. Williams at Lake Champlain in 1981, a sighting which included a photograph. 

I take it the photograph shows the long shadow of a creature just below the surface and not breaking the surface. it would not be indicating positive evidence of what the body's shape specifically was, just indicating that a body was there. The really interesting part of this was the body shape drawn by the witness:

In comparing this sketch with my composite drawn from Loch Ness Monsters, then combining those statistics with the version compiled on Longneck sightings worldwide (which are also similar), I noticed a couple of notable features. The first is the rather obvious observation that the witness was even indicating a Plesiosaur-shaped creature specifically (and not a seal or anything else) and the second is that going by the size and shape of the head, the witness would seem to indicate the neck had a thinner more flexible part and a thicker base part that cannot bend as much. This pattern is what was predicted for Plesiosaurs and is substantiated bu other reports. It is NOT predicted by any of the pinnepeds-parallel-evolved-separately-into-the-shape-of-a-Plesiosaur theorists. This offers not only an internal substantiation of the Plesiosaurian-identity theory, it offers internal substantiation that the Loch Ness Monster and Champ both have the same sort of a neck which works the same way.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A Giant Bird Prepares for Thanksgiving Dinner

From JC Johnson:

A Giant Bird Prepares for Thanksgiving Dinner

With JC Johnson and Ronald Regehr at Largo Canyon.

Petroglyph of probably a Thunderbird on the ground. possibly a Thunderchick (Thunderchicks are seen sporadically in various places and have a separate "Fearsome Critter" name. They are said to go after snakes on the ground especially)
The same location also has petroglyphs of Thunderbirds in the air with their wings extended and possible adults roosting with their wings folded

Thunderbird in the air, Wings extended, partially obscured

Declaring Another Species "Unextinct"

'Extinct' bird may actually exist       


Fairfax NZ
A stuffed South Island Kokako at the Canterbury Museum
An extinct South Island bird may actually still exist, a society dedicated to monitoring rare and endangered birds says. The South Island kokako was declared extinct in 2007, but earlier this month the Ornithological Society decided to change the bird's listing from "extinct" to "data deficient" on the New Zealand Threat Classification System.
The decision came after the society accepted that two people had seen the bird on the West Coast near Reefton in 2007. Ten further sightings of the South Island kokako between 1990 and 2008 were found to be "probable" or "possible".
The last accepted sighting had been in 1967.

Forest and Bird advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell said while it was still uncertain as to whether the bird was alive, this was the best sign yet.
"New Zealand is thought to have lost over 50 bird species. If just one of those extinctions turns out not to have happened, it would be incredibly good news," he said.
He said if the South Island kokako was still out there, it would "just be hanging on". More pest control work in the South Island was needed than ever before because of the reclassification, he said.
The North Island kokako, a different species, was considered endangered. 


- © Fairfax NZ News

Neon Flying Squid From Jeff Albertson

Thought you might find this interesting. Similar to your explanation on pseudo-pterosaurs, with flying manta rays.
Neon Flying Squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) - Believe it or not, they exist. This animal is capable of flying more than 30 meters (98.4 feet) on the surface of w...ater. It opens its fins while airborne and It reaches an astonishing speed of 11.2 meters per second. Scientists believe that this creature might have evolved this trait to evade potential predators.

"We have discovered that squid do not just jump out of water but have a highly developed flying posture"

Source and more info:

Raystown Ray and Snoligosters

 Raystown Ray
For decades there have been many sightings of a creature in Pennsylvania Huntingdon County’s Raystown Lake. Old photos show large shadowy figures just below the surface, boaters describing sudden water turbulence and strange appearances of a large water creature, Raystown Ray.
The first known photograph of Raystown Ray. Photographed by a local fisherman looking over the lake from the Huntingdon Co.

“We’ve known it’s been in there a while now,” admitted Managing Director of Raystown Lake Dwight Beall when he was asked his thoughts on this astonishing discovery. “It’s a private creature, but it comes out around this time of year (April). Call it Raystown’s own Punxatawny Phil.”
In 2006, when asked his professional opinion, Jeff Krause, Wildlife Biologist at Raystown Lake submitted the following statement in writing: “I believe it must be a vegetarian. We have not seen any evidence of this animal taking fish, geese, otters, or ducks. So I would suggest that our swimmers and boaters are very safe. It appears this animal’s habits are similar to Manatees, which are completely herbivorous and gentle. The increase of weed beds around the lake is probably providing more food in the shallows for herbivores and that would increase sightings.” Krause concluded
Sources: Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau
[Other sources DO state plainly that such creatures in other locations eat fishes,
otters, geese and ducks, and they are seen swallowing them-DD]

Raystown Lake is a reservoir but that only means that the creature was living in the river and got cut off: There does not need to be an ancient lake with a breeding population of monsters stuck in there for thousands of years, as many people seem to assume.

One other place there are repeated reports of Plesiosaurian River Monsters is in the Potomac River, and there are even some photographs (of probable tree-trunks and the usual humps travelling along at speed and leaving a wake), Below is a mock-up made to accompany a newspaper article on the subject: Faked but then it does show the idea of what was being reported (and the newspaper was not taking this seriously) However it DOES seem that both river monsters (and probably in other rivers in the area) are only "Chessie" gone upstream, and when "Chessie" was neither an eel nor a manatee. The map above shows drainage into Chesapeake Bay and thus "Chessie"could be possibly found in any of the bodies of water connected up to the bay.
 It seems that further back in history the name used for such creatures was "Snallygasters" or "Snollygasters" which it seems originally referred to something like the Jersey Devil but was understood to be dragonlike and so the name was used in the sense of "Monster" (Generic) and referring to Devil Bats, Thunderbirds and other creatures, but also to dragon-like water monsters as well. The name was originally German meaning "Fast Ghost" and hence appropriate for a flying creature. (Other names for aquatic monsters in the area include Haneturtle (note reference to having a turtle-shaped body), Hoopinflinder ("String-of-buoys"), and Lun-the last being suspiciously like the Chinese word for Dragon, Lung. The descriptions given for these creatures both in recent reports and in tradition in general sound much the same as the Altamaha-Has further South.
 I am not saying we need to stop saying "Chessie" and revert to "Snolligaster" but I am suggesting that older historical sightings can sometimes be found under that name.

 "Fearsome Critter"(Tall Tale) version is below
In the case of the Snoligoster at the bottom, the "Long spike on the back" seems to be another way of describing the "Periscope"sort of sighting. The three-part tail flaps are rarely recorded in reports but in ancient depictions seem to mean a plesiosaur's sort of two rear flippers and the tail (A single cloaca is also commonly depicted at the juncture in bestiaries and such. This also occurs in some Snollygaster depictions) A  serious composite of Snolligoster reports and traditions as of about 1900-1910 would show something like a shortened version of Oudemans' Sea serpent, in the realm of 30-60 feet long and in fact Oudemans does included some Inland/estuarine reports in the Carolinas that should fall under that description (Oudemans in general disbelieved in inland/freshwater sightings)

Snallygaster can be used to mean creatures in the hairy humanoid category, but there is actually a special separate name for those