Monday, November 30, 2015

Thylacine - The Tasmanian Tiger


Thylacine - The Tasmanian Tiger

HISTORY
The Tasmanian Tiger, otherwise known as the Thylacine (a conjugation of its scientific name) was an inhabitant of Australia and Tasmania up to about 12,000 years ago. Once dingoes appeared on the Australian mainland the thylacine population disappeared, with the only surviving population being left on the island of Tasmania. When farmers moved to Tasmania in the early 1800s, the thylacines were seen as pests that were good for nothing other than killing the livestock of the farmers. A systematic slaughter of the thylacines was set in place, with bounties being rewarded for the scalps. By the early 1900s thylacines were rare creatures, and the last bounty was paid in 1909. The last reported killing of a "tiger" was 1930. The thylacines were given protected status in 1933, but it was too late... the last thylacine found was captured and sent to the Hobart Domain Zoo just two months after they became a protected species. This last thylacine died on September 7, 1936. The people of Australia and Tasmania mourned the loss of their Tasmanian Tiger. Tasmania put the thylacine on its official Coat of Arms. This thylacine was later named "Benjamin".

DESCRIPTION
The thylacine closely resembles a dog, but it is actually a carnivorous marsupial, belonging to the same family as the kangaroo and Tasmanian devil. The male thylacine would reach 6 feet in length from head to tail, at about 45 lbs. It sported distinctive stripes that began in mid-back and continued down to the tail. Females were smaller. The bunched and extended rear was reminiscent of hyenas. The tail was long, thin, inflexible and did not wag. Its fur was coarse and sandy-brown. They had pouches in which they carried their young. The opening on their pouches faced towards the rear of the animal, rather than towards the head (as with Kangaroos). Thylacines often hunted in pairs, but they did not have great speed, the best they could do was a fast clumsy "ambling", and they seemed to catch up to prey mainly by exhausting it from constant chase. They fed on various animals up to the size of kangaroos. They had powerful elongated jaws with a huge gape that could crush the skulls of their victims. When hunted by people using dogs, the thylacines would show no fear when cornered and would often kill the first dog to go in. The thylacines normally did not make any sound, but while hunting they were heard to sometimes make a quick barking "yip-yip". No known recording exists. Thylacines were primarily nocturnal animals. Little is known about their social habits. From shot and captured specimens it seems that a typical thylacine litter was 3 or 4 "pups". The thylacines that were captured and put into captivity often died quickly, but some survived up to 13 years. They did not make for great attractions at the zoos, caged thylacines were morose and did not respond to affection from their human caretakers.


THE SIGHTINGS BEGIN
Soon after Benjamin's death, reports of thylacine sightings came in from the mountains of northwestern Tasmania. Australia's Animals and Birds Protection Board sent an investigative team into the area but all they came back with were some interesting reports from the inhabitants of the area. Interest was high and another expedition that was sent in 1938 found the first evidence of living thylacines - footprints that were positively identified as belonging to thylacines. After this expedition, World War II intervened and the next expedition did not take place until 1945. This privately funded expedition found thylacine footprints and collected more sighting reports.

SHEEP KILLINGS
In 1957 zoologist Eric R. Guiler, chairman of the Animals and Birds Protection Board, went to Broadmarsh to investigate the killing of some sheep by an unknown predator. Tracks were found that were identified as thylacine prints. But no thylacine was found. Several more expeditions followed between 1957 and 1966, but these produced only more footprints and more reports of sightings from the local residents.

HIDDEN CAMERAS
In 1968 a Tiger Center was established, to which people could report their thylacine sightings. Expeditions continued to beat the brush in the wildlands of Tasmania searching for thylacines. In the 1970s a project was set up by the World Wildlife Fund that set up several automatic-camera units at locations where sightings were concentrated. Bait was used and infrared beams were used to trigger the cameras. The project ended in failure in 1980, no thylacines were captured on film. In his official report, project leader Steven J. Smith of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) stated his view that thylacines are extinct. Zoologist Eric Guiler later set up his own hidden camera operation, but this attempt to capture a living thylacine on film also failed. But the number of reported sightings shot up between 1970 and 1980, a total of 104. This gave investigators new hope in finding a remnant population of thylacines still surviving in the more remote areas of Tasmania. Reports of living thylacines also began to come in from southwestern Western Australia, which was very strange because thylacines were eliminated from mainland Australia thousands of years ago after the introduction of dingoes, which made quick work of the slower moving thylacines.

LIVING THYLACINE IDENTIFIED BY PARK RANGER
On a rainy night in March of 1982 a NPWS park ranger was sleeping in the back seat of his car. Something woke him up and he turned on his spotlight, and turned it onto an animal that was about 20 feet away. He said it was a thylacine, "an adult male in excellent condition, with 12 black stripes on a sandy coat." The animal ran off, and because of the rain, no footprints were left.

The NPWS kept the report from the public until January 1984, in order to keep people from going to the area and disturbing the possible habitat of the last living thylacines. This sighting did not prove the existence of living thylacines to the government's satisfaction though, and no official statement was made to that effect. There was also the question of was to do about the extensive mining and timber operations in the area. If living thylacines were found, would the government have to shut down those commercial enterprises? The question of protection of thylacines versus business interests was a thorny one that the government would have to be very careful about. Real proof of living thylacines was necessary - a live or dead thylacine body would have to be produced.

A THYLACINE SHOT IN 1981?
Following the rash of thylacine sightings in Western Australia, the state's Agricultural Protection Board sent Kevin Cameron, a tracker of aboriginal descent, to investigate. Soon Cameron reported that he himself sighted and identified a living thylacine in Western Australia. But this was not proof enough. Then in 1985 Cameron produced pictures that he claimed were taken of a living thylacine, along with casts of thylacine footprints. The pictures were presented to zoologist Athol M. Douglas at the Western Australian Museum in Perth. They showed an dog like animal burrowing at the base of the tree. The head was hidden from view, but its striped back and stiff tail strongly implied that it was a thylacine. Suspicions began to arise though. Cameron would not say where he took the pictures, and he vacillated on giving permission to have the pictures reproduced for publication, eventually agreeing. Cameron accompanied Douglas to a photographic laboratory while he made enlargements. Douglas found,

"When I saw the negatives, I realized Cameron's account with regard to the photographs was inaccurate. The film had been cut, frames were missing, and the photos were taken from different angles - making it impossible for the series to have been taken in 20 or 30 seconds, as Cameron had stated. Furthermore, in one negative, there was the shadow of another person pointing what could be an over-under 12 gauge shotgun. Cameron had told me he had been alone. It would have been practically impossible for an animal as alert as a thylacine to remain stationary for so long while human activity was going on in its vicinity. In addition, it is significant that the animal's head does not appear in any of the photographs." The story and pictures were released in the New Scientist magazine, and its readers were soon criticizing the authenticity of the photographs. They pointed out that the animal seemed to stay dead still from photograph to photograph. And they realized by the differing lengths of the shadows that the pictures were taken over at least an hour. It would seem that the pictures were a hoax, and the specimen was a stuffed thylacine. But the first picture, the one that showed the shadow of a person holding a gun aimed at the thylacine, was omitted from the New Scientist story. Douglas feels that,

"The full frame of this negative is the one which shows the shadow of the man with a rigid gun-like object pointing in the direction of the thylacine at the base of the tree. This shadow was deliberately excluded in the photos published in New Scientist. If I am correct in this supposition, the thylacine was alive when the first photo was taken, but had been dead [and frozen in rigor mortis] for several hours by the time the second photograph was taken." Douglas hoped that the carcass would surface, but that is doubtful since shooting a thylacine is punishable by a $5000 fine. Cameron was not helpful in shedding any further light on it. So the "Cameron" episode remains clouded in mystery. Either it was a hoax using a stuffed thylacine, or a living thylacine was shot, for reasons unknown, and pictures were taken of it. The fact that the head is not in any of the photographs may be because the animal was shot in the head. If they were using a stuffed thylacine, then why hide the head?

THYLACINE CARCASS FOUND IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
In 1966 an expedition from the Western Australia Museum found a thylacine carcass in a cave near Mundrabilla Station. Carbon dating showed the carcass to be 4,500 years old, but that method of dating may be invalid since the body had been soaking in groundwater which permeated the whole body. Zoologist Athol Douglas reported that along with the thylacine carcass was also found a dingo carcass, and that the dingo carcass was much more deteriorated than the thylacine carcass. Douglas gave his opinion that the dingo carcass was not older than 20 years, and that the thylacine carcass was not older than a year. But since the carbon dating argues against a recent death of this thylacine, official proof of surviving thylacines has still not been claimed.

THE SIGHTINGS SPREAD
Cryptozoological investigator Rex Gilroy has collected various reports of thylacine sightings from "over a wide area of the rugged eastern Australian mountain ranges, from far north Queensland through New South Wales to eastern Victoria." Casts of footprints found in those areas have been verified as thylacine prints. Gilroy even claims to have seen a thylacine himself. Diving at night with a friend along a highway towards the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, something dashed out of the scrub along the highway and ran in front of them. It then stopped and stared back at the headlights for a few seconds before running off into the scrub, towards Grose Valley. It was "almost the size of a full-grown Alsatian dog, with fawn-colored fur and a row of blackish stripes...I have no doubt that it was a thylacine; its appearance matched that of stuffed specimens preserved in Government museums."

Another Park Ranger reported seeing a thylacine in 1990. Ranger Peter Simon was in the Namadgi-Kosciusco National Park along the New South Wales-Victoria border when he saw what he identified as a thylacine in broad daylight at a range of 100 feet. After Peter Simon published an article on his sighting and the thylacine mystery in The Age magazine, he received many cards and letters from Victoria residents who also claimed to have seen Thylacines. Peter Simon said that the reports were so consistent that they, " left me in no doubt that each had seen something unusual [and] ... broadly consistent with the appearance of a thylacine."

SUPERNATURAL APPEARANCES?
In 1982 a Western Australian farming couple claimed to have lost livestock to thylacine predation, and say that they always gets a "prickly feeling" at the back of his neck when the thylacines were nearby. That "prickly feeling" is sensation that is widely reported when people experience encounters with strange out of place creatures or entities.

Australian writer Tony Healy reported that on the day before Ranger Peter Simon was to have his encounter with a thylacine, his hunting dogs refused to leave a truck that they were being transported in after they heard strange harsh panting sounds in the brush nearby.

At a Benedictine monastery named New Hoacia, the secretary to the Addot, Tony James, walked into a room early in the morning and saw a thylacine, "We both froze, and he looked at me, in quite a fearless way, and I sense that he was just simply filled with curiosity at the sighting." The animal fled. Tony feels that perhaps the animal was feeding off the table scraps that were usually left out for the magpies every morning. Another member of the monastery also reported seeing an animal that fit the description of a thylacine while driving from the monastery.

On April 7, 1974, at 3:30 a.m. Joan Gilbert was driving in the outskirts of Bournemouth, England, when a strange animal ran across her headlights. It was a, "strange striped creature, half cat and half dog. It was the most peculiar animal I have ever seen. It had stripes, a long thin tail, and seemed to be all gray, though it might have had some yellow in it. Its ears were set back like a member of the cat family, and it was as big as a medium-sized dog. It was thin, and it definitely was not a fox." She identified it as a thylacine when she found a picture of it in a reference book.

- Selected Sources: Clark, Jerome, Unexplained! Animal X (Discovery Channel) - Please note I DO NOT know the original source for this post. No copyright infringement intended. Will be happy to credit original source.


Thanks
~Tom~

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

How Does Bigfoot Survive in Winter?


How Does Bigfoot Survive in Winter?

This is a question that often comes up and there are several theories about how a bigfoot could survive in harsh winter conditions.

Here are some of the most popular theories:

* Migration - Bigfoot travels to a warmer location.
* Hibernation - Bigfoot sleeps during the worse winter months.
* Specialized Behaviors - passed down from older bigfoot.
* Grows Thicker fur/hair during the winter.
* Builds Dens, Nest or stick structure

All of these could be possible but some are probably not likely at all.
First I do not think Bigfoot hibernate and if they do it must be for very short periods. I would guess the chances of hibernation is about 1-5 percent, if at all. Plus, we have many reported bigfoot sightings in the winter months, there wouldn't be any if they were hibernating. What they might do is stay put in some type of warmer location or shelter on the worse days of winter. I know from hunting experience that some animals just seem not to travel on really harsh winter days/nights. Now, that might be a moot point if the animal is really desperate for food.

As for migration, I think there might be some migration but not much of it, and it may not be to escape harsh winters. Migration could be for food sources or just some other kind of natural movement of the creature such as breeding. It would seem that if migration was a way to escape hard winters, that the migration would not happen in all regions. For example, the more southern states rarely have really bad winters, so the need for migration to avoid them would be very low.


Specialized behavior is something that could be possible in some areas, take for instant the Snow monkeys, they can often be found in natural hot springs of water during the coldest days of winter. Bigfoot may have some kind of simular behavior, like entering into warm caves on the coldest days.

 

I would guess that Bigfoot, like many creatures, grows thicker fur/hair in the fall to help them withstand the cold days of winter. Many animals also put on an extra layer of fat and become less active in the winter months, could Bigfoot do the same type of thing? Maybe. Some animals instinctively know when bad weather is coming and prepare for it. Maybe Bigfoot does this as well.

Source:BFRO
And last but not least is denning/nesting or hut building. Some call them stick formations or shelters.
This is a commonly reported bigfoot activity and could possibly be used to help them get through winters. Many times the dens/nest will have a leaf flooring in them or one made up or mixed with pine needles, when pine needles decompose they give off heat giving warmth. While many of these possible Bigfoot dens/nest are very primitive, they would serve as a place to get out of hard driving winds or laying snows. 

So in conclusion I would guess or assume that Bigfoot builds dens/nest, puts on a thicker layer of fat and grows thicker fur/hair for winter conditions. Plus, Bigfoot seems smart enough to use natural structures such as caves or large rock formation to shield themselves from winter winds. Also, I would think that these creatures are smart enough to store up some food for the coldest winter days and not have to travel out for food. So, it could be a combination of the theories mentioned.

Some have even suggested that Bigfoot might use fire at certain times to stay warn. I really doubt that but one thing is for sure, Nature has a way of taking care of it's own.

Thanks
~Tom~



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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Best Time to Shoot A Bigfoot?

The Deer Hunter - Bigfoot Style
Over the years there has been several claims of someone shooting a Bigfoot and in some cases even killing it. Most of those claims and stories have turned out to be hoaxes. Some of them were more elaborate than others, one more recent one even included a fake body. A few of them were credible stories of someone shooting at a Bigfoot or shooting a Bigfoot but the creature or person ran off. One case that comes to mind is the man I interviewed from Virginia, Hunter shoots Bigfoot. The idea of killing a Bigfoot has spawned many stories, movies and even a recent TV show called Killing Bigfoot.

There are basically two groups that have formed over the idea of killing a Bigfoot. The PRO kill side and the Anti-Kill side. Personally, I'm a no kill guy. The train of thought is that by killing one you would provide a body for science and thus proving once and for all that Bigfoot is real. But I also question who are you proving it to? The skeptics? Those that will not even consider the current evidence? So, one has to die just to convince some closed minded person? Not worth it for me.

Anyways, this all kind of got me to thinking. What time of the year and what conditions would it be most likely that someone would shoot at or shoot a Bigfoot?  While I know that about any hunting season it could happen, I think deer hunting season would be the most likely time for a hunter to shoot a Bigfoot.

Just a few days ago in my area, a deer hunter (I'm assuming) shot a bear and killed it. The place was swarming with game wardens. I don't know if they found out who actually shot it or not. This time of year for about a week, the woods and this area of Kentucky is filled with deer hunters. I normally do not go out Bigfoot researching during this time. For one it is dangerous and second I want to respect those who hunt deer.

Now, if we think about the many reports of hunters encountering a Bigfoot we can seen that hunting seasons in general have the most potential of someone shooting or seeing a Bigfoot. Then out of all the hunting seasons, I would assume that deer hunting season has the most potential. For one, deer season is probably the most popular of the hunting seasons, at least in my area, and more people are in the woods. Another potential factor is that with deer hunting most hunters are out really early and are well hid. Often times a more high powered weapon is used during deer season, except for bow season, than other seasons, like turkey season. During turkey season or squirrel season you would most likely use some sort of shot gun.

I know this is nothing knew to a lot you but for people like me, who have an interest in Bigfoot, it gives us a time frame for potential reports. Those of us who document Bigfoot sightings should pay extra attention during hunting season, deer season particularly. The potential of fresh sightings should be higher during this time.  During this time there are many more eyes and ears in the woods, fields and mountains than any other time. The leaves are almost all gone during the fall hunting season, this increases visibility.

Many Bigfoot sighting reports come from hunters. Often times they have a weapon of some sort but the shock of seeing the creature causes them to freeze and not take a shot. This is good in my eyes, as I don't want Bigfoot shot and them seeing Bigfoot hopefully leads to them filing a sightings report.

With all that said, I want to encourage anyone who has seen a Bigfoot to please file a report with us. I think it is important to document sightings and encounters. Each time a person comes forward it has the potential to help someone else come forward and tell their story. Each report has value and can add in another little piece of the puzzle.

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~Tom~



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Monday, November 23, 2015

Squirrel Hunters Encounter Possible Bigfoot?

Knox County, TN
I just got this report in and it is a very recent encounter according to the report. I really don't know what to make of it. Here is the report.

- Start Report -

Name: John *********

Email Address: On File

State: Tennessee

County: Knox

Date of Sighting: 11/22/15

Time of Day: 8:00

Nearest Town:
Knoxville

Length of Sighting:
1 hour and 20 minutes

How many Witnesses: 2

Any Photos/Videos: No

Describe sighting in detail:

Me and a friend were around our campfire after a day of squirrel hunting, when noises started to close in on us. We figured it was something smaller of sorts but could tell it was a predator by the sound of its footing and precise steps. As the hour and twenty minutes progressed the noises picked up and got louder like heavy footsteps all around us, believing there were 3 or four creatures.

We have mini horses on the farm and they were spooked. I have never seen them like that. I eventually checked for the carcass of the animals we'd killed and they were gone, all of them! Then the worst stench I have ever smelled, all the words for it is rot I'm not sure what was rotting but rot. It grew so strong I almost commuted, so we then decided to trek back to the house.

On our way back to the house, our neighbors house had a two black figures on it, it was too far to distinguish precise shape but there were 4 great big glowing eyes. Granted it was a full moon they shouldn't have shined like that. Now we were armed with guns through this whole experience and we witnessed one of the creatures hop off the neighbors house and head our way so we sprinted and got inside and the creature got on the roof and banged and walked on the house through out the night. Please get back to me on if there have been similar reports I fear for my family friends whatever this thing was it was a predator and there were 4-6.

- End Report -

Now, I really don't know what to make of this report. I did attempt contact in the form of a reply email but it bounced. The email address was no good.

If I can gather more information, I will be sure to share it. At this point it is still up in the air as to the validity of this report.

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~Tom~

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Crypto Tracker Chronicles - Episode 3 - Chuck Zukowski



Crypto Tracker Chronicles - Episode 3 - Chuck Zukowski
In this episode host Leon Drew sits down with Chuck Zukowski, aka UFONUT, to talk about his research. Topics covered include The 37th parallel, Cattle Mutilations, Bigfoot, and much more.

Here is Episode 3


(Season 1 Episode 3)
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Thanks for watching and be on the look out for episode 4!

Thanks
~Tom~


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

So You Think You’re Too Smart To Believe In Bigfoot?


So You Think You’re Too Smart To Believe In Bigfoot?
By Dorraine Fisher

So you think you’re too smart to believe in Bigfoot? Let’s take a closer look at why that might be.

Bigfoot skeptics seem to fall into two categories. There are those “active skeptics” who actively debate believers and even try to ridicule them in the wake of any evidence or argument they might present. And then, there are the indifferent individuals who don’t even bother asking to see the evidence and don’t get involved unless it’s to say that any intelligent person can’t possibly believe in such a creature any more than fairies and unicorns. And it seems to be some of the highly- educated among us that seem to reject the idea most often. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.

I’ve watched them for a while now, and I’ve come to some conclusions. But let’s face it. It’s easier to say something doesn’t exist (as science backs you) and be proved wrong in the end, than it is to take a look at some evidence, dare to contradict science, and take a small leap of faith and say maybe… and possibly face some ridicule. It takes courage to buck the system, especially when you have no background in science to help give you some clout.

But there has to be more to it. And before you try to say I’m dogging on educated people, let me clear this up.

Education is essential. But sometimes the type of education one has determines their beliefs and what they’re willing to accept as a possibility. I’m saying that it can often cloud imagination and they’ll lump bigfoot into the category of blind faith. (And when I use the word imagination, I’m not talking about belief in fairy stories. I’m talking about being able to imagine that something might be real even when science hasn’t yet confirmed it.)

Belief in bigfoot, for the researchers involved, has nothing to do with blind faith. And, as an education teaches people how to think, it teaches them to think in a certain way. And sometimes I think it teaches them to think that those with less education aren’t as intelligent as they are. But education shouldn’t be confused with knowledge and knowing. And the work of the less educated researchers should not be dismissed.

Because bigfoot researchers are out in the field every day. We see the evidence with our own eyes, we feel the energy around us, we smell the smells, and we hear the sounds. I daresay that researchers are a whole lot more plugged in to nature than any doctor or lawyer that rarely goes outside. This is where I maintain that advanced degrees in unrelated fields of study really don’t give anyone the authority to ridicule those that see what’s really going on out there.

This is where I believe education has its drawbacks in the world of cryptozoology. Is it really intelligent to close your mind to possibilities? How constructive is it to say, “I don’t care what you think you saw. Science says they don’t exist? “

And if you stand by your beliefs, your education level comes into question… as if an advanced degree makes you see things more clearly. It clearly doesn’t. The education level of the bigfoot observer does not determine what they actually see. All it might do is cause them to question what they see more or less. And that still doesn’t mean they DIDN’T see bigfoot. Most people that have sightings are hikers, campers, and hunters, and maybe a lot of them don’t have advanced degrees. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent. It doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Quite the contrary. They have a huge body of knowledge focused on understanding something very important: nature. And I believe that is the essential “education” required to determine if something out there might be real. You only see things out there if you’re actually there. And most of the people who scoff when I say bigfoot is real are the same ones who rarely go out there to see for themselves. They depend on science to tell them what’s real. That, to me, is blind faith. And blind faith in science is no better than blind faith in anything else. The bigfoot researcher is just the one who’s brave enough to take it into his or her own hands and risk a little ridicule in order to get to the truth and do what science refuses to do.

Yes, education is important. And science is important. I have absolutely nothing against them. We need them to help legitimize the subject. But we have to be really careful about worshipping science as if it were the be-all and end-all of knowledge. To believe science has all the answers is, at best, an incomplete idea. Science seeks to find answers…because it doesn’t have them all. But it offers a glimmer of hope that, if the right evidence is presented, it will accept new evidence. So we need to look for our own answers too. And we also need to understand that a person’s education doesn’t make them more right or more often right than anyone with less education.

But there’s one other very important point to make here. To all those who don’t believe because they’re depending on science to tell them what to believe, there is plenty of evidence of the existence of bigfoot. Compelling evidence. But you have to be willing to look at it and entertain the idea that the legendary creature might actually be real. **********DF


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!



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Friday, November 13, 2015

Weird Creature found After "Rocket Test" ?


The image above was first described by many as a UFO. Images and sighting reports of the object started to flood social media and some newscast. Some at first also speculated that it was a meteor. Some described it as a blue ball of light that faded out of sight.

Later the Navy announced that it was no UFO or meteor but one of their scheduled rocket test. According to the Navy, they were testing Trident II missiles. It is my understanding they had a schedule that included 2 firings of the Trident II missile . That would seem like the end of the story, but there is another set of pictures that started to pop up on social media.

Here is the cluster of pictures. The claim I was reading was that these weird, some called them aliens, started to be found after the first "rocket test." That other pictures had been posted to social media but some were removed. There was even some speculation even after the Navy admitted to the test firing, that it was not a test and they shot down some type of UFO. That was what I had gather from the information I had read.

One has to admit the creature in the photograph is rather weird looking.

To me the strange creature could be nothing more that a prematurely born deer or elk....or something. Some still may think it is an alien but I dug up some more information about it.

Here is the post I saw, I have blacked out the person's name and face.

 
In my hunt for the truth on this set of images and claims, I ran across some interesting information.
It seems the pictures I saw were not the original posting of the photos. The original posting was dated back to Nov. 5th and the pictures come from Missouri not California. According to what I read about the original posting of these photos, the identity of the mystery creature is unknown. Many say it is a deformed cow and it may very well be. Some said several of these dead cows have been found over the last few weeks on the same property. So, sorry folks, no alien this time.

I didn't want to share the Facebook pages of people involved because they may not want the extra attention. There is also a little feud about the second posting of the photos. The person who posted them second claimed them as their own. But it appears the original posting was by another person back on the 5th.

Even the somewhat popular satirical huzlers.com website picked up on the story and added to it, with the headline:

"Teen In California Who Posted Dead “Alien” Outside Her House On Facebook Was Found Dead The Next Day"

It appears the second posting of these photos was nothing more that an attempt to cause a stir and get some attention. Which it did.

In the end, this was nothing more than a hoax with a fabricated story to coincide with the Navy's test firing of the rockets. 


Sometimes all you can do is shake your head.


Thanks
~Tom~



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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Creature seen on 74 Ortega Hwy (Update 2)

Creature seen on 74 Ortega Hwy

I got this report in last night. It is interesting, as the creature, was what sounds like, a very small Bigfoot.  If it was a young Bigfoot, then one could only imagine it was what we would call a toddler.

Here is the report.

- Start Report -

 Name: Amber ******

Email Address: on file

State: California

County: Orange

Date of Sighting: 5-17-2015

Time of Day: 9:00pm

Nearest Town: Cleveland Forest

Length of Sighting: 10 seconds

How many Witnesses: one

Any Photos/Videos: no

Describe sighting in detail:

I was driving on 74 Ortega Hwy to Lake Elsinore, after work. It was raining & I turned my brights on, when I saw a small man like creature. It was 1-2 feet tall, dark colored like the trees. It was in the middle of the road & turned it's body in my direction but I couldn't see eyes. It then ran across as I passed it. There was no where to pull over and my phone had no reception. I've purchased a dash cam and I intend on capturing it on film if I cross paths with it again.

- End Report -

!! UPDATE !!

I got an update from Amber. She is attempting to document this creature Here is part of the update she sent me.

"..... stop by the Ortega Highway Candy Store, and found out there was another sighting. A sheep herder kept hearing something in his trash cans 3 nights in a row. The 3rd night he went out with the shotgun and saw a small man that attacked him scratching his face. He shot at it and hit it but it kept on running. Shannon & Kelly (candy store) both thought he was on something until I came in last week with a similar story.  They said he moved a way, I'm still investigating. I'm also planning a hike to the Ortega falls. I think the creature would live in the mountain side caves deep in the forest. I guess it is nocturnal since I saw it at night and it's dark wood color......."

Now, this new possible sighting with it attacking a man and scratching his face is interesting. If anyone has more information about that event, please contact us.

Here is a small map of the Candy Store area.

 

If Amber sends more updates I will add them here. Thanks for the update Amber.

- End Update -

- UPDATE 2 - 

I got another email update from Amber. There has been some more developments in this area. Here is the information from Amber.

"I called the Park Ranger and he laughed when I asked if any pet monkeys were loose. He said none had been reported as he giggled. My friend Shannon (Candy Store) showed me these Facebook posts."

(here is what one of the post says)

"No way, this finally got heard/published, Wow I have to make some calls, Thank you"


Amber's email continued:

"Also when I was there a week ago, waiting for the rock slide to be cleared. A man came in to wait and told us he & his son saw a Big foot by the Riverside County Fire Station.
He said he's lived in Lake Elsinore for many years and this was the first time he's stopped in. I don't know if he'll stop in again but if he does I'll get his info.


 I added a picture I made on photoshop, of what I saw that night. Except it was sprinkling and the creature was darker color, I just made him that light to be visible.
Do you think it might be an alien and not Little-Big foot?"


Here is Amber's rendition of what she saw


First, a thanks to Amber for keep me/us updated on her research efforts into what she saw and for taking the time to create an image of her sighting.

Now, she ask what my thoughts are as to whether the creature was a possible alien or a little Bigfoot. I would think that this was probably a small bigfoot. It may even be a bigfoot that is deformed either by birth defect or an accident. It is really hard to say. I wonder if dwarfism happens happens in Bigfoot? If so, could this possibly be a case of dwarfism?

With this new information, we can see that there are possible other sightings of this creature, we can only hope they file a report with us or that Amber can get their story. 

Once again, I will continue to update this post with any new information that I get.

- End Update 2 -


If we assume this was a very young toddler Bigfoot, then it would also be safe to assume an adult was near by.

2015 seems to have been a slow year for reported Bigfoot sightings.So, thanks to Amber for submitting her sighting.

Also if anyone else has seen a possible Bigfoot on hwy 74, please let us know.

Thanks
~Tom~ 



This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet




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Monday, November 9, 2015

Bigfoot Crash Coming?


Some of you may be too old to remember the great video game crash from the early to middle 80's. Some of you may be a little too young to know about it, but at the time it was really a major blow to the video game industry. Some even wondered if it would survive at all.

The video game industry was at an all time high for revenue in 1983 but by 1985 it had dropped by almost 97 percent. During this time many big name companies went bankrupt and out of business. Many in the industry went from making money hand over fist to closing up shop and hitting the unemployment line. The main cause of the great video game crash was saturation of market, in laymen terms, the market was flooded with video games and related items.

Many of the games and consoles that flooded the market were very sub par. In other words the games being produced were utter garbage. Take for example, the Atari game E.T. The Extraterrestrial, which was based on the hit movie.  It was massively over produced and is often called the worst video game ever made. The movie was very popular the world over, the video game version came out strong as a Christmas item but quickly became a returned to store gift. Some of these games were so bad it caused reputation damage to the industry as a whole. After all, the ET game was nothing more than an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the movie. The ET game was so over produced and terrible, that the remaining copies were buried in a Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. Recently, within the last few years, some of the buried ET games were dug up.

So, at this point, I'm guessing some of you are thinking, "what does this have to do with Bigfoot?". Well, let me give you my take on what is going on. In my opinion,we are already seeing a decline within the Bigfoot community. There appears to be less interest and less support than in days gone by. But this is probably only the start of the Bigfoot crash. I can remember when Ghost Hunters first came on TV, I almost never missed an episode the first few seasons. As I was getting kind of bored with Ghost Hunters, I discovered Ghost Adventures. Now I rarely watch either but think they are the better paranormal shows still on. Now you can watch these shows and ones like them at about any time of the day, 7 days a week.

Over the last few years there has been an explosion of Bigfoot and paranormal related TV shows. Many of which fall into the same fate as the ET video game, sub par.  The popularity of Bigfoot and Ghost hunting has been at all time highs over the last few years. This has caused a lot of very bad shows to be put on the air in attempts to grab some cash. It has in effect caused damage to the cryptozoological field in general. For people who do serious research of subjects such as Bigfoot, it has caused an increase in fake reports and plain old hoaxing. Many may see these TV shows and get the idea of faking reports, photos and videos, in attempts to get on TV.

But over the last year or so, there seems to be a declining interest in the subject of Bigfoot. I think this is directly related to overcrowding of "not so good" television shows and other factors. The market has been flooded with misleading and often sub par shows. Some are docudrama type shows, that attempt to pass themselves off as being real. These sometimes brings confusion to the cryptozoology community, when some people believe it to be real.  Producers of these shows should be upfront about the programs contents, to help avoid this confusion.

Now, I'm not against good quality, honest TV shows. In fact, I think if done correctly, it could help advance study of many unknown and unconfirmed creatures. I know of one instant, where a local man had/has a TV show. The producers wanted him to "pretend" he and a rival were about to fight. The producers wanted to build up the fake tension between the two, wanted them to pack guns and act mad. The main person told the producers, he wouldn't be doing any of that fake stuff.

So, has there been a flood of bad Bigfoot and Paranormal shows? I think the answer is yes. Has it caused a decline in interest? I think it has. Will there be a Bigfoot crash? I think there could be at some point.

What will happen after a Bigfoot crash? Well, if we take what we know about the video game crash and apply it to the Bigfoot and Paranormal fields, I think they will survive. The crash, like the video game crash, will shake out many of the "undesirables".  This type of thing happens often when something becomes very popular and it floods the market. Many knockoffs get created and floods the market even more. Then one day it reaches a tipping point and the bottom falls out. Which is not always a bad thing, even though we do end up losing some of the good ones in the process. I think we are moving towards that tipping point in the Bigfoot community.

But, there is some good news. The Bigfoot community and Cryptozoology community in general, has a good core of solid and honest researchers and supporters. This will insure that it will survive and grow in the future. The gaming community was able to save and build the video game industry back up again. And in many ways it became better than it ever was because it pushed the gaming industry into new areas and technologies. This can also happen for the Cryptozoology community. This is achieved by having a good solid base of researchers, artist, fans, supporters and yes, even TV shows.

While the crash may come, some of us will still be here after the smoke clears. We will put back on our backpacks, load up our cameras,strap on our boots and hit the woods. Guaranteed!

Thanks
~Tom~




This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet


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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bigfoot Sighting Investigation - Update!


Here is an update on the current Bigfoot sighting investigation. First a little background info to catch everyone up. This investigation started after a late evening sighting. A sighting in which 2 photographs were take, at a long distance, of the possible creature. The photos and enhancements are included in the video below. More on the sighting can be found on our first post about the sighting, Found here. 

The investigation is continuing. The video below includes some audio and some video from the recent night investigation.

Here is the video


There are plans to be back in the sighting area on Sunday. We hope to give the area a more thorough search for evidence.

Thanks
~Tom~



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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Scarred - Movie Review


Scarred
 Rated: ? 
Running Time: 87 minutes
  Movie Review
by
Thomas Marcum

Lets see, where do I start with the movie Scarred ....hmm the plot is pretty straight forward, lovely young models go a photo shoot in a beautiful country setting. The only problem with the shoot's locations is that it is near the abandoned land of the Kandie family. The Kandie family story is one of a murderous and cruel father who disfigures his son, Jonah, and then kills his wife and himself. According the the Kandie tale, all were assumed dead, but the body of Jonah was never found.

Now you are up to speed on the backstory.

This movie may be considered a slow starter, but at least you have some pretty models to look at until the gore train kicks in. At around the 40 minute mark things start to pick up and the killing begins. The gore is pretty good and should satisfy most of the gore hounds. There are a few gore scenes that are pretty cringe worthy.  It seems that now grown Jonah Kandie has grew to hate pretty people and feels the need to ugly them up. His weapon of choice is a hammer but he also welds the ol' chainsaw a few times, along with other items.

At times the acting is pretty good and at other times totally terrible. The movie fits well into the 80's slasher flick genre. Of course, just like many 80's horror movies, there is nothing ground breaking here. But if you like pretty girls and slasher type movies, it is a decent watch.

What I find funny about this film is that it has grew on me. When I first watched it this morning, I was like "it's decent I guess", but as the day wore on I got to thinking more about some of the scenes and the movie in general and started to think "yeah, it was alright."

There is something else that might appeal to true horror fans. We all remember the original Friday the 13th, and we remember at the end a young Jason Voorhees splashes up out of the water and grabs the girl in the canoe. The actor who played that very first young Jason (Ari Lehman) is in Scarred. I didn't realize who it was at the time but his character was one that stood out to me, so it was cool to discovery who he was.

In the end, the movie is nothing new but it should have some appeal to those who like 80's style horror flicks. Make sure to check out the movie website - scarredthemovie.com

 Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Thanks
~Tom~
PS - Yes, I know this has nothing to do with Bigfoot and whatnot but it is another hobby of mine. :)





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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bigfoot Sighting Investigation Underway!

Tree break found in area of sighting.
First, let me state that I can not give detailed information about the location of this sighting as the investigation is still ongoing.

Here is what has happened so far.

There was a Bigfoot sighting by a credible person on 11/02/15. The sighting took place towards the evening. The area has had other credible sightings in the past. The person who seen this was able to take out their phone and take a couple of pictures. The pictures are not that great because they were taken at a pretty long distance. The figure appears to be moving to the right. I can not share the photos at this time because it might give away the location. We have reason to believe that this Bigfoot is still in the area. Almost immediately after the sighting, we were in there looking around. There was fresh tree breaks (Pictured above) in the area where the Bigfoot was seen. Unfortunately, the ground was too hard in this area for tracks. The Bigfoot was seen at the edge of a field, next to the treeline.

Here is another photo of the tree break.
We are continuing to investigate the area. We will be placing up game cameras and exploring the area for tracks, structures, and tree breaks.

We hope to have some video and audio about this sighting and during the investigation, in the near future.

Also, it should be noted that this appears to be a rather large Bigfoot.

Sorry, I can't give more detail but we are trying to protect the area while we do our investigation.

As the investigation continues, I hope to be able to provide more details in the days ahead. It is very exciting and I wanted to share what I could. It seems, 2015 has been a slow year for fresh Bigfoot sightings, so to have a very hot case right in front of us, makes us very hopeful.

Thanks!
~Tom~


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