Classic Animals of Discovery

Pygmy Hippo Photographed in Liberia

The endangered pygmy hippopotamus, a classic animal of cryptozoological discovery, has been snapped on camera. The pygmy hippo is rarely seen in the wild but was photographed in west Africa, in Liberia’s national park. It may signal a higher secretive population in its range than previously thought. The pygmy hippo (Hexaprotodon liberiensis) is classified on the IUCN Red List as endangered with its rapid decline put down to habitat degradation and bushmeat hunting. There are only 3000 pygmy hippopotamus left in the wild in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ivory Coast. This may be an over-estimate and there are severe concerns [...]

Iriomote Cat

Mystery Man passes on a close-up photograph of the mounted Iriomote cat, previously discussed here. It, indeed, is a beautiful example of one of the classic animals of discovery within cryptozoology.

Iriomote Wildcat

Today, I received directly from Japan, for the museum, the above shown replica of the Iriomote wildcat (Prionailurus iriomotensis), a classic animal of discovery for cryptozoology. It may be only a minor figurine at 2.5 inches long to some, but I find it significant that such care has been bestowed onto this important replica. A mere three decades ago, this cat found itself moving from the world of being a cryptid to a felid zoological reality. The Iriomote wildcat remains a mysterious species, even now, years after its discovery, as evidenced in this recent essay below. Unlike this stuffed Iriomote [...]

Dragon Hunt Continues

Komodo dragons on display at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. During the last week, a released, escaped, or very out-of-place giant Komodo dragon has terrorized Papua New Guinea’s second largest city and caused a massive search by law enforcement officers and local officials around Lae city on the north-west coast. The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is one of cryptozoology’s “classic animals of discovery,” having only been verified less than a hundred years ago, after a specific search for this new species. Now, it is the source of some excitement far from its known home. “Some people [...]

Cryptozoology Futurology

Yes, I have turned up in this new book, What’s Next: The Experts’ Guide: Predictions from 50 of America’s Most Compelling People by Jane Buckingham. I am one of the fifty “most compelling people” in the country. I’m still trying to explain what that means to my sons. I do like the company I get to keep in the pages of this tome, which has just hit the bookstores. What’s Next takes cryptozoology seriously. It contains my next decade’s predictions about where I see the field going and what animals I feel will be discovered. I won’t spoil this author’s [...]

Thompson’s Sea Serpent Hunt

One thing leads to another. Looking into the new mystery photo postcard has taken me to more of the backstory that involves a Sea Serpent hunt exactly 100 years ago. In 1908, a Little River couple on an outing on Biscayne Bay reported seeing a sea serpent with a 30-foot-long body and a long, slender neck. An intrepid and well-known fisherman, Capt. Charles Thompson, set off after the sea monster. Thompson was certainly the man for the job: He had fished with four U.S. presidents and powerful industrialists such as John Jacob Astor and William Vanderbilt. Even the Miami Metropolis [...]

Cryptozoology in the Medieval World

I have been in New York City for two days, but I have left various items to be posted in my absence, as you have been seeing. I could not be away without, at least, leaving an intellectual contribution to be posted at the start time of my talk at the American Museum of Natural History. For those looking for an extremely thoughtful discussion of the history of cryptozoology, you may download the following paper here: Cryptozoology in the Medieval and Modern Worlds.