Archive for the Cryptids Category

Fiji Mermaid, iPhone 6S+

Posted in Cryptids with tags , on February 21, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Sasquatch, iPhone 6S+

Posted in Cryptids with tags , , on February 20, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Lake Monster?

Posted in Cryptids, Weird Science with tags , , on January 25, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

I noticed a surface ripple in the Sydney Royal Botanical Garden pond (that spade-shaped surface water body, below), approximately 300 feet from Sydney Harbor.  At first I thought it was a snake, but it was clearly an aquatic denizen. I managed these shots below….

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Aha!  No cryptid or lake monster here. It’s an eel!

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Behold Plaster Cast Sasquatch!

Posted in Collectibles, Cryptids with tags , , , , on November 4, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Man, I scored this monstrosity at an antique mall in Auburn, Indiana. I am certain under this lead-coated figure lies a solid gold gem-encrusted Gigantopithecus! $30! 

New Iceman Book

Posted in Cryptids with tags , , on May 30, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

New translation of Bernard Heuvelmans’ L’énigme de l’homme congelé.

Tully Monster Solved

Posted in Cryptids, Weird Science with tags , , , , on March 17, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

A team of scientists with varied backgrounds have suggested that the enigmatic “Tully Monster” fossil organism (late Carboniferous Maxon Creek biota of Illinois) is a proto-lamprey. This is based on analysis of over 1,200 fossils and a weight of evidence approach identifying vertebrate features, including: presence of 1) notochord, 2) gill pouches, 3) myomeres (muscle striations), 4) fins, 5) optic stalks and lobes, and 6) a toothed buccal cavity. In the past this organism was thought to be anything from a worm, gastropod, conodont to arthropod (invertebrates).

 

Above: Modern reconstruction of Tullimonstrum gregarium, compared to a modern lamprey, Below:

   

Here are some other historical reconstructions and fossil images. 

   
   
Field Museum Link

Scientific American Article

Giant Squid!

Posted in Cryptids, Miscellania, Weird Science with tags , , on December 29, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS

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Somehow this creature doesn’t look as ferocious as the one that attacked the Nautilus. This giant Squid (Architeuthis sp.) showed up in Toyama Bay, Japan. A lucky diver caught the action. Live Giant squid have only been captured on film or video a few times so this is a very rare occurrence. This one looks beat up to me with plenty of scars on the mantle and arms.  Unfortunately we don’t see a distant vantage point to view the long tentacles.

Toyama Bay

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