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Yes, we love our crypto-artists, and here’s another of our favorites. Tom Finley, from the UK, tries to depict his tall, hairy subjects with a real heart and soul. Sometimes to the dismay of some onlookers, as you’ll read about in this interview. But we love his work, and hope he’ll keep on doing it just the way he does. Intuitively…and with class.

Dorraine: When did you first become interested in pursuing art? 

Thomas: As the family legend goes according to my late Mother, I started drawing when I was 3 years old and would sit and copy my Mother do her art as she was a very accomplished water colorist. I learned a lot from her throughout my childhood. When I moved on to High School and I had a really great art teacher who really encouraged me to do better at my work. I have always done my art for personal enjoyment mainly but I have sold art throughout my adult life but I prefer giving it away as it is more meaningful experience for me and the person receiving it. So, in answer to your question 1963. I always knew I would be an artist deep down.

Dorraine: Have you always lived in UK? And are there other places you lived or traveled that have influenced your art?

Thomas: Good question? I've lived all over the U.S.A. as a little boy my parents were in the U.S. Navy and we lived in Georgia, Virginia, California to name a few places. I grew up in Minnesota after my after retired from the service and I lived there a large part of my life, first on a farm then in a small rural town of Spring Valley. I used to love painting the wildlife of my home state and did that for several years and later found a love for historic old barns and I used to drive around looking for them to draw and paint them. I am still new to the United Kingdom. I resettled here in 2004 when I married my wife Nicola. The British Isles are the most beautiful shade of green I have ever seen and there are many, many places here that have influenced my art. For example, our trips to Loch Ness and all the many ancient sites like Stonehenge. I highly recommend a trip to the U.K. It is well worth it.

Dorraine: How did you turn to sasquatch art?

Thomas: I became interested in the field of cryptozoology at the age of 8. In 1968, I attended the Olmsted County Fair with my family on a day out in August of that year. On the carnival midway, my older brother, Donald, and I saw a very bizarre sideshow that claimed to have a frozen prehistoric man in ice. We paid the 25 cents to go see it and it really changed my life forever after seeing it. I did not know what a Bigfoot was back then and did not know about Bigfoot until the early 1970's. Seeing the iceman was a very life changing moment for me, and it continues to shape my life even now. 

Dorraine: Have you had a bigfoot encounter of your own?

Thomas: I can now say YES! Last spring I attended the Ohio Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park. After the conference I went on a Bigfoot trip with my friend Terry Thomas from Kentucky. We went to several Bigfoot hot spots in the State and in Tennessee with our host Joe and his sons. At two locations we had whoops and other calls around us in broad daylight and loud tree breaks. At the hot spot in Kentucky we had mock coyote calls and tree breaks and a bizarre fog that encircled us as the sun was sitting, we packed up our casting equipment and made a hasty retreat back to ice coffee and the main road after that. It was very exciting.

Dorraine: In your artwork, how do you attempt to depict the face of a creature considered by many to be mythical?  Where does your prototype come from?

Thomas: When I sit down to paint or draw a forest person, I have many images in my mind of what they might look like. I also will go into my primate references and use them for body shape and mannerisms. The faces and eyes are the hardest as I like to express emotion and the presence of a soul in all my Bigfoot. When I create a new Bigfoot I always, always make them unique and not ferocious or monstrous as many people always ask me to paint them that way. If you want a monster, go to someone that draws monsters. If you want a realistic rendition of an unknown primate, that is what you'll get. I think my best compliment came from an angry guy who sent me a message one night on Facebook. He exclaimed, typing in capital letters, "Why don't you make your Bigfoot more bloody and mean?" - "Your art is like looking at a copy of National Geographic!" You can't please everyone.

Dorraine: What keeps you inspired to do crypto-art? 

Thomas: I have lived with health challenges in my life for several years now. I had a long talk with myself in 1999, and I said I was only going to do art or projects that had a meaning for me or that I enjoyed. So, I dusted off my old scrapbooks from my parent’s attic and decided to get back into cryptozoology and the unexplained once again. First thing I did was create a new collection of stories and reports in my compendium project which is called Archive:X. This project was started as a follow up to the older scrapbooks I started in my school years. They contained newspaper clippings on all sorts of phenomena ranging from Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster to UFO's and mermaid sightings off the coast of Australia. The compendium project in its current format contains hand written personal accounts by the witness of the event as well as maps and sketches of their experiences. It has taken up a lot of my time and it is a personal joy to research these cases and write and get to know these people all around the world. My personal mission in this project continues and I hope to start my 2016 volume soon. My wife Nicola as called it "My big book of weird". Pardon the mess in my office if you ever come to visit.

Dorraine: Do you have any other favorite subjects besides cryptids?

Thomas: I enjoy military history, dinosaurs, I have a fascination with the Woolly Mammoth and the research being done in the recovery of ancient specimens being found all over Siberia. I enjoy animation and special effects in the motion picture industry. When I was youngster, I always dreamed of working in cartooning field or making movie monsters. I collect movie props and have a large celebrity autograph collection. I dabble in many interests. 

Dorraine: Have you developed any theories or philosophies about Bigfoot in the UK? What it may or may not be? Whether it exists at all?

Thomas: One of the really interesting things about living in the UK is its history. The dates on places here are older then anything in the USA. If you search hard you will find many places with references to the British Wildman, mainly in carvings in places of worship. There are many claims that the hairy wild man still is alive in the UK. This I think is not the case as the density of the population and known forests are so small there would not be anywhere for these creatures to live, let alone in a secretive way. I have conducted field research at a known forested site operated by the water board. Here Bigfoot type creatures have been observed and strange wood structures found. Although once again this is just a fleeting observation as the reports are so few. Although I will not sour anyone’s idea on the existence of these beings. I will only say I will let you be the judge and do your own research. 

Dorraine: Is there somewhere people can see a gallery of your work? Do you have a website or blog?

Thomas: I am at this time having a website in the making and you will be able to view all my art and purchase it soon. I have a gallery on the SASQUATCH WATCH CANADA website. And you are welcome to go there and view all my paintings. And you can view and follow my art on Facebook by going to THOMAS FINLEY ART, or by following me, Thomas Finley, on Facebook.

Dorraine: What is your favorite medium for your art?

Thomas: My favorite medium you will laugh at but it is a simple ball point pen.

Dorraine: What do you like to do outside of art? 

Thomas: I enjoy going to the movies with my wife. Watching the night sky. Spending time with my Grandchildren. Being with my friends at the Bigfoot Conference. Our pets, listening to music and just having a laugh.

Dorraine: What do you do for a living? And does that have any correlation with or influence on the way you pursue your art?

Thomas: I work part time for an international fraternal society here in the UK. Their roots are considered ancient and go back to 1810. I have an interest in its history and have met many interesting people while serving in my duties. My art is strictly my night job, more or less. I am also starting my first children's book soon. 

Dorraine: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thomas: If you have ever had anything strange happen to you please get in contact with me as I would love to include you in my compendium project. My email is: capteasycheese@gmail.com please mention the ARCHIVE X PROJECT. 

This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, 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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Brosno Dragon - The Brosno Dragon, also known as Brosnya (Russian: Бросня), is the name given to a lake monster which is said to inhabit Lake Brosno, near Andreapol in West Russia. It is described as resembling a dragon or dinosaur, and is the subject of a number of regional legends, some which are said to date back to the 13th century.

Many people treat the existence of Brosnya skeptically and still say that the creature may be a mutant beaver or a giant pike of 100–150 years. Others conjecture that groups of wild boars and elks cross the lake from time to time.

There are some more scientific hypotheses concerning Brosnya. One of them is a gas version saying that when hydrogen sulfide goes up from the lake bottom it makes water boil up; this boiling in its turn resembles a dragon head. But the amount of hydrogen sulfide must be considerable to produce this effect. Other version says that there is a volcano in Lake Brosno that makes ejections on the water surface from time to time. It is well known that there are several fractures at the bottom of the lake, the depth and the direction of the fractures cannot be defined. It is not ruled out that the volcano crater is inside of one of the fractures. This explains why the volcano, if it actually exists, has not been discovered yet. (limnic eruption -
A limnic eruption, also referred to as a lake overturn, is a rare type of natural disaster in which dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) suddenly erupts from deep lake water, suffocating wildlife, livestock and humans.)
Fishermen say that the underwater world of Lake Brosno has a structure of several levels. From time to time, burbots and yellow perch can be found in the lake. For example, herring can be found in a lake in Peno District in the Tver Region. Some consider it strange that sea fish may live in the lake at all. Smelt shoals can be found in Lake Brosno as well. The phenomenon of Brosnya can be explained from the physical point of view: huge smelt shoals are reflected on the water surface through refraction of light and produces the effect of a huge reptile head. Physicists say that any mirage appears in hot weather. Indeed, witnesses say that they came across Brosnya in summer. However, the origin of the rumors of this strange monster remain a mystery.

Rumors of a strange, giant creature living in Lake Brosno have existed for several centuries. One legend says that the lake monster scared to death the Tatar-Mongol army that headed for Novgorod in the 13th century. Batu Khan stopped the troops on the sides of Lake Brosno to rest. Horses were allowed to drink water from the lake. However, when the horses ventured down to the lake, a huge roaring creature emerged from the water and started devouring horses and soldiers. The Batu-khan troops were so terrified that they turned back, and Novgorod was saved. Old legends describe an "enormous mouth" devouring fishermen. Chronicles mention a "sand mountain" that appeared on the lake surface from time to time. According to another legend, some Varangians wanted to hide stolen treasure in the lake. When they approached the small island, a dragon came to the surface from the lake and swallowed the island up.

It was rumored in the 18th and 19th centuries that the giant creature emerged on the lake surface in the evening, but immediately submerged when people approached. It is said that during World War II the beast swallowed up a German airplane. Today, there are lots of witnesses who say they chanced to see Brosnya walking in the water. Locals say that it turns boats upside-down and has to do with disappearance of people.

- Source: wikipedia -

This is very a similar story to the Loch Ness Monster and to Mokele-mbembe, but with the Mokele Mbembe we are talking about it being in the Congo. The Congo is largely unexplored and very difficult to traverse.

So do you think the Brosno Dragon is a real creature? if so , what do you think it could be?


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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Could this be a baby Nessie
Is this a baby Nessie?
I know this story is old and many may have heard about it but for me, it's New. I don't know a lot about it and some of the things I'll write may not be completely correct. I do not know where the original story comes from but here is the tale.

Supposedly there was an expedition in 1912 to try and prove the existence of the lake monster we call Nessie.

Alexander Moore, a biologist (?), traveled the lake for three weeks and discovered what was described as a baby Nessie. The baby was already dead when Moore found it but according to the story Moore was able to recover the heart, a kidney and a section of the small intestine. I'm assuming that Moore removed these parts from the dead carcass. These parts are what is seen in the photo above.

Up until 2010 this unusual find was exhibited in the Museum of Curiosity. I'm not sure if this was the somewhat famous traveling museum that was or maybe still is, in London or not.

Now many, from what I gather, say this is nothing more than a hoax and that the mummified creature is nothing more that a creation made out of paper or that it's a known animal that has been altered to appear unusual.

In any case there has been numerous reports of people seeing Nessie over the years, so what if it is really a baby Nessie? What if this creature is really reproducing? I would assume that Nessie sightings will continue for many years but if there is only one Nessie creature then at some point the sightings will stop completely.

  Loch Ness Monster
 - Wikipedia -
The Loch Ness Monster is a crypid, reputedly a large unknown animal that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though its description varies from one account to the next. Popular interest and belief in the animal's existence has varied since it was first brought to the world's attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings.
The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaur. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as including misidentifications of more mundane objects, outright hoaxes, and wishful thinking. Despite this, it remains one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology. The legendary monster has been affectionately referred to by the nickname Nessie.
- Wikipedia -

Now while the Wikipedia gives a date of 1933 for Nessie to have been brought to world attention, if this story of a baby Nessie and the three week expedition is true then sightings must have been happening long before 1933.

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[Sources: Wikipedia, Wikimedia]

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Adam Davies

"Extreme" Monster Hunter
An Interview With Adam Davies
By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher
Professional Writer, a nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines.

All cryptozoologists do the hard work and play an important role in proving the existence of unknown animals around the world. But only a few subject themselves to the dangers and take it to the extremes that Adam Davies has. With expeditions in the Congo, Norway, Sumatra, Russia, Mongolia, China, and the US last September, Adam’s done it all. He’s risked life and limb searching for such elusive creatures as the Alghoi Korkhoi in Mongolia, and the Mokele M’bembe in the Congo. And after his camp was approached by an "unknown creature," while working with researcher Lori Simmons, he has a new interest in our very own Bigfoot.

Davies, a civil servant in Bramhall, Stockport, United Kingdom by day, spends most of his extra money and vacation time exploring jungles, mountain peaks, and everything in between all around the world. He’s made three TV appearances on Monsterquest: The Real Hobbit, The Abominable Snowman, and China’s Wildman. And has also appeared on the National Geographic special entitled Russian Bigfoot, and is also scheduled to appear on Finding Bigfoot, the Sumatra episode, which is scheduled to air on February 17. And he’s also a really nice guy; happy to talk to anyone who would like to know about his adventures.

Dorraine: Okay, Adam, what was it that first got you started with cryptozoology in the first place?

Adam: I first developed a love of tracking animals as a child, and started off tracking animals then. I became really interested in cryptozoology as teenager when I watched an episode of Arthur C. Clarke's mysterious World series which featured Mackerle's hunt for the Mokele-Membe. I decided I would go myself and I did!

Dorraine: When people ask you what you do out there, what do you tell them? What do you call yourself?

Adam: I tell people I research unknown creatures- i.e. creatures that have not been scientifically proved yet. As such, I am a researcher. Other people have described me as an "Explorer" an "Adventurer" or a "Cryptozoologist." I’m good with any of those tags.

Dorraine: How do you plan an expedition? What’s involved? Do you have someone else do it for you?

Adam: I research the area very thoroughly based on three criteria: Are there local stories that go back [in history]? E.g. the Yeren stories go back to 6 B.C. If they are just modern stories, I am suspicious! Does the ecosystem support the plausibility of such a creature existing, and do I want to go looking for it? I do a lot of the research and planning, but I have also worked with other team members and of course local guides. It’s normally my time and money so I have to want to go, but I am always happy for others to help, and they do!

Dorraine: Have you actually seen any of the creatures you're searching for, or do you just have a

burning curiosity like so many of us?

Adam: Yes, I have seen the Seljord Serpent in Norway. When it came out of the water, it was totally

strange. It had barbs on its back, and moved in an undulating motion, just like in a 17th century
woodcut. I had a total burst of adrenaline. If I could have jumped on its back, I would have. I had a complete Captain Ahab moment! The sounds that the team generated were subsequently analyzed by the Marine Research institute in Bergen. Their conclusion: unknown species.

Dorraine: Wow! I’ll have to get back to you later on that story! When you first started doing these kinds of expeditions, did people call you crazy?

Adam: When I first started doing them I did a lot of self-justification i.e. "I am going to look for the Mokele-Membe in the Congo. I know the legends say it’s a dinosaur, but I think it might be......"

Dorraine: And has that changed now?

Adam: Years later, I don't bother. I just say it as it is. I want people to enjoy what I do, but that's up to them. I am not a politician standing for election.

Dorraine: Does being followed around with cameras all the time add pressure to
the investigations?

Adam: I am not followed around with cameras all the time. On most of my expeditions, I haven't had a TV crew with me. So I have freedom to do whatever I choose, which is invariably all about maximizing the best chance of getting any evidence of the creature I am looking for. Its my time and my money after all. If you are with a TV crew, they are obviously all about making a good show as their primary objective, so the shape of the investigation inevitably changes, but then that's understandable. The integrity of any evidence remains the same though, and they can often get stuff tested quicker because they have more resources.

Dorraine: Do the locals in your investigation areas usually cooperate pretty well with you? And do they generally have a pretty good attitude about what you're doing there?

Adam: I research each area very carefully before I go, and try to find the very best local trackers and guides to aid me while I am there. Its all about maximizing the time on the ground. I have rarely come across hostile attitudes to the expeditions I am on. Most local people in the areas I have been to are normally just interested in why I am there, as often, the areas visited could have had few westerners ever there.

Dorraine: You're in some dangerous situations sometimes. Which do you fear more? The creatures you're searching for, or the conditions you're forced to deal with in order to find them?

Adam: It depends on the country. In the Congo, it was the people, as I was shot at. I also witnessed a battle once, and had artillery flares going overhead. In most of the jungles, it’s the little things rather than the big things that will get you normally, i.e. diseases rather than Tigers. I was stuck in isolation in a hospital once! In the Mountains, it’s making sure you don't fall off!

Dorraine: What's been your scariest moment? Or can you even pick one?

Adam: Not one individually-I think see above for detail. Also, I have nearly slipped off the mountain twice now, once in Nepal and once in Russia. I have "nearly died" on a number of occasions. I am still here, so I am very lucky I suppose! Lots of occasions, lots of memories!

Dorraine: Why is it worth the risk to you?

Adam: I think this is the most difficult question to answer. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by whether unknown species roamed the earth, and have been in the past prepared to take enormous risks. I remember thinking before I traversed the Likoula swamps, I am not sure whether I will survive this or not, and wrote letters to friends and family in the event of my death. I guess I am just fascinated by the adventure of it all, solving mysteries, and hopefully in the case of the Orang-Pendek, doing some good by helping to preserve its ecosystem.

Dorraine: In your opinion, what is the most interesting project you've ever been involved in? Is there any one project that stands out above the rest?

Adam: The most interesting that I have been involved in is the Orang-Pendek. This is a bipedal primate that inhabits the jungles of Sumatra. Even most of the skeptics entertain the possibility that it exists. I have been on seven expeditions to look for it, and gathered persuasive scientific evidence of its existence. I have had prints cast analyzed by primatologists, and its hair structure analyzed by a scientist who was used in the Dingo baby case. They confirmed it was is an unknown species of primate.(For example, see `Edge Science Magazine-New Primate species in Sumatra). And I was totally amazed by what happened to me in the U.S. this last year though, when an unknown creature approached Lori Simmons and I when we were asleep by the campfire. That has really kindled a great interest in Bigfoot for me now.

Orang-pendek cast

Unknown in the Camp

Dorraine: When you're being your everyday self, are you always thinking about the next adventure? Or are you able to separate your two lives and function like a regular person until the next one rolls around? I guess I'm asking where your mind is on a daily basis.

Adam: Brilliant question! I do find it really hard to adjust back to the day job. I would rather do this full time. For example, after the Congo, when I had crossed the Likoula swamps. Been in a battle-dance with pygmies etc. The next day I was sitting at my desk in an office after a month away. I do work hard at my job and do it to the best of my ability. But I do long for adventure. It’s a part of me. I can't change.

Dorraine: Do you think there's a certain amount of innate wanderlust and obsession that creates the desire to do this kind of "work?"

Adam: I think to do the stuff I have, yes. But I don't want to encourage everyone to go as hard at it as I have!! Anyone who is interested in this subject I advise to start off slowly, do some good research, and if you are into doing field research, then by all means pursue your dreams. I have had some fabulous experiences. You should too.

Dorraine: Given the things you've seen all over the world, what do you say to skeptics that say Bigfoot/Yeti/Yeren/Yowie-type creatures don't exist, or probably don't exist?

Adam: Well, there is clear evidence for the existence of unknown bipedal primates in different and remote parts of the world, and I have given examples of evidence I have personally gathered here. Any tangible piece of evidence I do find is analyzed by credible independent scientists. I am not a credulous person. If I find nothing, I say so. I was quite prepared to go on BBC Radio Scotland and say the Loch Ness Monster doesn't exist for example! I think its important that skeptics approach any evidence with an open mind. These are potentially hugely important potential discoveries, and to dismiss them all without proper consideration would be a terrible mistake.

Dorraine: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Adam: If people want to contact me, they can email me at: adamkdavies@yahoo.co.uk or Facebook

me on my personal site. I am not going to be continuing on with the Extreme Expeditions team from

now on.

Dorraine: And I understand you have a book out. Can you tell us about that?

Adam: My book is called: `Extreme Expeditions-Travel Adventures Stalking the World's Mystery Animals, and detail my adventures up until 2008. I have done plenty since then and I need to write a new book I think!!

Dorraine: We’ll be waiting for that! Thanks, Adam.

It was hard to stop with this interview. I kept thinking, while I was sitting on my couch watching TV, Adam might be on the other side of the world trying NOT to fall off a mountain in order to prove the existence of some of the strangest creatures on earth. And I realized there was so much to know, and there simply aren’t enough EXTRA hours left in my life to have asked him everything. But stay tuned. No doubt, I’ll be talking to Adam Davies again. ******DF
Video Of The Unknown Creature in Camp


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It is one of the greatest mysteries of the deep, and its legend has outfoxed score of investigators over the generations.
Stories, pictures and rumors about a monster living below the surface of Scotland's deepest loch go back for decades.
But it is now hoped this grainy image of a long ‘serpent-like creature’ may finally unlock the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.

The sonar picture, that shows a large unidentified living object deep underwater, was recorded by Loch Ness boat skipper Marcus Atkinson.
The mysterious being was recorded at a depth of 75ft in the murky water and measured nearly 5ft wide.
Mr Atkinson’s sonar fish-finder device records the width of objects in the depths directly below his tourist boat every quarter of a second.
Image produced when his vessel was in the Loch's Urquhart Bay showed a long moving object that had followed the boat for more than two minutes.

Mr. Atkinson said "'There is nothing that big in the Loch. I was in shock as it looked like a big serpent, it’s amazing. You can’t fake a sonar image. I have never seen anything returned like this on the fish finder."

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