Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Loch Ness Film Online
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
There's a whole slew of low-budget Bigfoot-related (mostly horror) flicks coming out. One, Nightbeasts, stars Zach Galligan of Gremlins fame. Trailer can be seen at this site. Plot looks like it might be a bit light and the brief glimpses of costume apes aren't particularly noteworthy, but the cinematography (as the site notes) looks far better than seen in most sasquatch flicks.
I really do think it's possible to put together a Bigfoot film with good suspense, an interesting plot, and depth of characters, (not to mention the chance to include some gorgeous backwoods scenery), but for some reason, most of these pics are in it for the cheap thrills.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Bookies Not Too Smart
Bookies have paid the Natural History Museum in London an annual fee (£22,000 so far in total) since 1987 for the museum to "provide positive identification" if the Loch Ness Monster or Yeti should be discovered. In such a case, the museum would also have the rights to exhibit the animals' remains. (News source.)
Of course, as it is unlikely the bookies themselves will secure the evidence, and I doubt that they are going to pay out any money to the discoverers themselves (if they don't actually place a bet), nor is there any reason for said discoverers to allow the bookmakers or museum to have anything to do with any remains, looks to me like the bookmakers have paid out a great deal of money for nothing. Seriously, if someone actually discovers a yeti or lake monster (with full remains) there are far better ways to make it available to the scientific community while retaining remunerative financial benefits. (One way would be to provide the specimen on permanent loan to an institution while retaining commercial rights to reproduction of skeletal remains...)
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Weta Workshops Yeti
Monday, August 31, 2009
Deathworm Doc Coming
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Indy Cryptofic Film
Thursday, July 23, 2009
MonsterQuest: The Last Dinosaur
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I'll admit I'm not a big fan of cryptozoology-oriented television. The so-called expeditions and investigations are mostly baloney -- from the moronic "believers" vs "skeptics" framework to background research that consists of a few Google searches and no historical depth... I'll pass, thanks. (Oh, but hey, Wife Swap is still looking for a Bigfoot hunting family, and is willing to shell out $1000 in finder's fees...)
I did, however, enjoy episodes of River Monsters, on Animal Planet. The host, Jeremy Wade, is a professional who actually knows what he's talking about. They had a good mix of freshwater species in their various episodes, you can watch a few here. They are gearing up for a second series, and curiously enough, they're thinking about including a significant cryptozoological "giant fish" lake. Of course, time and expense constraints mean that a full investigation may not be possible, but it would be interesting to see what they could find.
I do think that the web offers an open opportunity for cryptozoological media production that goes beyond the same old material. It's going to require skills beyond some flashy video editing, or the tired "it might have been Bigfoot" documentaries, but the potential audience is out there.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
For the Netflix Queu
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Possum Not So Extinct
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Big Cat Fake
Monday, December 08, 2008
Name a Species Auctions
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Another Fuzzy Video
Monday, November 10, 2008
NOVA Program on H. Floresiensis
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
SciFi Yeti Movie
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
More on Cyprus Creature
Friday, October 17, 2008
Hobbit on CBC Documentary
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Blog Monkey Project
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Software for Sea Serpents
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Swedes Film "Sea Monster"
A film crew has supposedly filmed "Sweden’s legendary Great Lake Sea Monster (Storsjöodjuret), which is said to lurk in the waters of the Storsjön outside Östersund in northern Sweden." (News source with blurry image.) It sounds as if this is one of MonsterQuest's episodes -- "The effort to find the monster has generated a great deal of interest, with the American television network NBC planning to document the hunt." NBC owns part of the History Channel, which of course shows MQ.
Friday, August 15, 2008
BBC Series Shows Fish Discovery
The BBC series Pacific Abyss shows the discovery of several new species of damselfish. (News source.)
"The most spectacular recovery was of the bright blue damselfish found 120m down off Palau. This was described recently in the scientific literature by team-member Dr Richard Pyle, from the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii.
"The fish has been named Chromis abyssus in honour of the TV series.
"The story is a more complicated one, however, because Dr Pyle first saw this fish more than a decade ago. Other researchers, too, had sightings, including one from a small submersible and another from a Remotely Oerated Vehicle (ROV).
"It was during the BBC filming, though, that nine specimens were finally captured, allowing for an official scientific submission this year."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Cougar Death Sparks Arson?
Swiss Steal Nessie
Friday, May 02, 2008
The Lake City (MN) Tourism Board is offering a $50,000 reward for "undisputable photographic and scientific evidence" of their local lake monster, from Lake Pepin. Of course, they don't want DNA evidence, as they don't want to "hurt" the creature, whatever it is. Just what we need, more stupid publicity ploys exploiting cryptozoology for tourism dollars. (News source.)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Attenborough's Ten Rules
Saturday, January 26, 2008
A new adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth will be shown on ION television on Sunday, January 27. Starring Ricky Schroder and Peter Fonda, it's two hours long and features a mysterious underground passage in Alaska leading to a lost world, "complete with prehistoric creatures, primitive tribes and amazing discoveries."
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Beyond Loch Ness
Yep, it's another SciFi Saturday night flick, this one on the Loch Ness Monster. (Emphasis on Monster, of course.) Airs Saturday, January 5, 2008. Website. Only a brief plot note is mentioned, so hard to say if it'll be better than average. (And, apparently, "beyond" means the hunt is now on Lake Superior.)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
End of an Era
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sherpa Suggests Bear
Friday, November 30, 2007
"Similar" to Yeti Tracks
Friday, October 05, 2007
More From Loch Ness
A television personality (the paper says "cult tv presenter," but I don't know how accurate that is) is taking advantage of the recent Nessie publicity. From the news:
"A cult American TV presenter arrived at Loch Ness this week pledging to woo a whole new generation of Nessie hunters.
"For glamorous former model Sonia Uribe is making a documentary on the mystery which will target younger audiences around the world." ...
"And US TV personality Sonia Uribe believes she can also introduce thousands of youngsters to the legend of Nessie in an hour-long programme and ensure the enduring mystery of the loch continues." ...
"'I firmly believe Nessie exists and I don't want the mystery to die out. So this is why my documentary, whilst appealing to every generation, will particularly appeal to the young.'
"To achieve that Sonia is going scuba diving in the loch, camping out over night on its shores, and flying over the loch in a bid to capture further evidence of the existence of the monster of the loch."
Doesn't want the mystery to die out? Same old, same old...
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Snake Isn't Boa
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Rumors and Big Cats
Some People Like a Good Story
From a news column on tale-tellers (who do appear in the odd investigation):
"Junior Jones could tell a good story.
"As a college student, I worked at a Min-A-Mart where Junior was a regular. He'd stand around drinking coffee. I didn't charge him because I didn't want him to leave.
"Co-workers would get annoyed and go fill the beer cooler.
"I'd listen to Junior tell tales.
"Later, I learned that Junior was the one who created a minor media frenzy a few years earlier when he reported seeing Bigfoot in the woods near Dansville.
"He got the cops involved and the newspapers wrote about him and TV crews interviewed him.
"Soon, others piped up to say that, indeed, they'd seen it too.
"What a character."
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Snake Decapitates Kittens (or not)
Among a recent outbreak of exotic species running loose, there is a report from Bucks County, PA, about big snakes (pythons or boas). One quote from the news article bears mention:
"Bristol Township officers caught a nine-and-half foot snake Wednesday, but another it [sic] believed to be on the loose after the remains of several kittens were discovered." ...
"Two kittens, ironically named Miracle and Lucky, escaped their deaths after their owner discovered the bodies of four others in their litter.
"'They decapitated it, [sic] it was disgusting,' said the cat's owner Lisa Remer."
OK, here's the difference between how a snake eats its prey, and how a small predator (say a rat, a weasel, a canine, etc.) eats. A snake swallows its prey whole... They don't bite chunks off of kittens.