Something with big, pointy teeth was captured in Canadian waters in 1899 after biting pieces out of a canoe paddle. What was it?
A Dose a Day Keeps Sea Serpents at Bay A puzzling reference in a story about a sea serpent in Lake Ontario to a way to keep sea serpents at bay.
Another nonsensical “mockumentary” about mermaids from Animal Planet provides an excellent excuse to float some older accounts of mermaid sightings, including some fresh-water specimens.
The Stamford Wild Man: A Berkshire Scare of 1861 In 1861, on a slow-news day, a journalist scribbled a story about a wildman. Suddenly people began reporting encounters with the tall, hairy creature. Was it a hermit, a wendigo, a lunatic, an idiot, or a true monster?
Mystery Reptiles: Mysterious Beasts, Part 5 As we come to the end of the Mysteries Beasts series, we look at mystery reptiles, a field rife with hoaxes and thrilling tales.
Mystery Fish and Aquatic Enigmas: Mysterious Beasts, Part 4A look at some historical mystery fish and aquatic enigmas. I’ve tried to avoid the traditional “humps in the water” and “periscope-necked” sea monsters in favor of the more unusual. Grab your net and let us wade into the sea of mystery fish of the past.
Birds of Mystery and Legend: Mysterious Beasts, Part 3 Monstrous birds, mystery birds, birds that seem to be made up out of bits of many creatures, killer eagles, spectral birds, belled buzzards and the proverbial white crow: A look at birds of mystery and legend.
The first in a series on mystery animals–the what-is-its, wangadoodles, nondescripts, and whatzits of popular journalism. Not the usual sea serpents and wildmen of silly-season stories. This first post is on mystery mammals. Future installments will cover birds, insects, aquatic creatures and reptiles.