Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Andreas Trottmann, here are your 5 questions on… Cryptozoology:
1) How did you first become interested in cryptozoology?
Already as a teenager I had been highly intrigued by the cryptids of Loch Ness and sea-serpent reports. In 1971 - at the age of 13 - I spent my first night on the shores of Loch Ness (equipped with father’s binoculars and a small Instamatic camera). Nevertheless my active involvement in various cryptozoological researches began only around the age of 25.
2) Have you ever personally seen a cryptid or secondary evidence of a cryptid, if so can you please describe your encounter?
On May 11th 1988 at 07.10 am I observed from Strone a dark grey hump with a large white spot at one end, lying motionless in Urquhart bay, Loch Ness. I estimated the size to be between 4 and 5 metres long and 60 to 70 cm high. The sighting lasted only for a few seconds as I was driving a car coming back from an early morning watch at the loch-side. Also at Loch Ness I had some sonar contacts of large animated objects as well as recording a strange noise – rather similar to the 'singing' of whales – taken with my underwater microphone.
In 1991 I had, together with my wife, a possible close encounter with a big cat in the Scottish Highlands. Having been informed by locals of a derelict hut where sometimes big cats seem to rest, I decided to install a voice-activated tape recorder there. Early one morning we both remarked a very strong smell of ammonia (such as by the big cat compound of a zoo) very near the hut. I cautiously approached and being about five metres from the entrance, tape-recorder ready, we were both surprised by two very powerful high-pitched shrieks coming from the hut. All nearby grazing sheep fled in panic and I (deeply regretted nowadays) forgot, due to the surprise effect, to switch on the tape-recorder. Understandably we made a retreat and observed the hut from a safe distance but no further reactions were noticed.
The next day I installed the tape-recorder on the first floor of the cottage and let it run for several days. Unfortunately it didn’t record any sounds specific to a big cat. Presumably due to our previous and also amateurish first visit the big cat had left the area.
3) Which cryptids do you think are the most likely to be scientifically discovered and described some day, and why?
Most likely unidentified big cats in Britain, but they aren’t proper cryptids in my opinion. Scientific interest in deep-sea exploration has recently reignited; therefore a chance discovery of cryptids such as the giant squid could be a possibility.
4) Which cryptids do you think are the least likely to exist?
As my interests are concentrated on only a few cryptids, I’m unable to reply to this question. Nevertheless I like also to pursue the question, if some reported cryptids belong really to our consciousness of time and space.
5) If you had to pick your favourite cryptozoological book (not including books you may have written yourself) what would you choose?
Many, but certainly all works of Bernard Heuvelmans.
The event works best when there are a variety of stalls as we want to capture the interest and imagination of a variety of people.
The event draws visitors in from all over the country and is becoming more and more popular and this is only our third year!
Book quickly! Our trestle tables have already been booked up but we are still able to offer the opportunity for you to hire smaller tables or bring your own at a reduced cost.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kara Wadham(Event organiser)
N. B. We forbid the selling of reptiles in any form, but if properly housed and cared for, they may be exhibited.
SAT 20TH FEB
BUCKLERS MEAD SPORTS CENTRE
Adults £2.00 and children over 4 £1 (free in fancy dress)
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The new Cryptoshop has a special section for the entire Mystery Animals of the British Isles series. And it seems like an appropriate day to announce that the next volume in the series will be Mystery of the British Isles: Staffordshire by Nick Redfern. Expect a release date soon.
The first report is from The Houston Daily Post for August 13th 1901, which I reproduce here verbatim:
'Strange Adventure that Befell Commissioner Bucher in San Jacino Bottom. Commissioner J. C. Butcher, who came in from Harrisburg yesterday to attend a meeting of the commissioners` court, was engaged during the recess hours yesterday in relating a strange adventure which befell Mr C. L. Bering and himself a day or so ago while they were hunting in San Jacino bottom. In there search for game they penetrated deeper and deeper into the recesses of the wood and in a spot where the foliage and the long grass were so thick as to almost block their passage, they came face to face with a wild man.
'The strange creature of the wood had long mane like hair falling far below his shoulders and he shook a mat of it from in front of his eyes and glared at the hunters as if intent on disputing their right to the wilds.
'The wild man was clad principally in a yard of sunshine, which struggled through a rift in the trees, and a devilish smile of defiance. Additional to these the strange creature was attired in a breech clout of leaves.
'The hunters were so taken aback by the unexpected presence and the uncouth appearance of the stranger that before they had time to test the conversational powers of the wild man he glided away into the dense forestry without more ado' (1)
Now from The Los Angeles Herald of January 1st 1909:
'Tramps Frightened By Big Alligators. Monster Saurians Appear Among Willows on Santa Ana River and Wayfarers` Camp is Hurriedly Evacuated.
'Either a bunch of fifteen tramps had an extra supply of barleycorn on tap last night, or the willows along the Santa Ana river this side of Riverside are peopled with strange creatures on the monster order. At 2 o`clock this morning a number of hobos arrived here out of breath and thoroughly alarmed,having run most of the distance between Riverside and this city [i.e San Bernardino - R]. They tell of having suddenly been attacked by two immense creatures resembling in general appearance lizards. They were about a campfire at the time, when one of their number suddenly emitted a frightened yell and bounded through the fire, disappearing in the darkness. His companions looked to where he had been seated, and, catching a glimpse of the strange creatures,they too fled. The report was investigated this morning and disclosed that in all probability the creatures mentioned are two big alligators which escaped from a Riverside man recently. Word from Riverside states that the alligators have not been seen since, though a systematic search has been instituted.' (2)
These two stories were found on the website I mentioned a day or two ago.
1 The Houston Daily Post August 13th 1901
2 The Los Angeles Herald January 1st 1909
All for now, Richy
Steeleye Span Hard Times of Old England
Come all brother tradesman that travel along
O pray,come and tell me where the trade is all gone
Long time have I travelled,and I cannot find none
And sing all the hard times of old England
In old England,very hard times
In case you hadn't noticed, this is another one in my intermittent series of: "Why I hate the human race."
I'm not too sure that I actually believe the text because if true, then how on earth did these two escape being locked up for life? We all stand back from the horrors of Auchwitz and all those other camps where Poles, Jews, Russian prisoners of war, gypsies, homosexuals and mentally and physically handicapped people were often horribly experimented on before being gassed to death--if they were lucky--and say with some relief I think: "Wow, that kind of thing could only have happened in Nazi Germany."
On this day in 1941 Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) the co-founder of Studio Ghibli was born.
Now for the news, courtesy of the CFZ news blog and Mr Gavin Wilson:
Firefighters battle blaze, and many, many pythons
Puffin warden wanted for Welsh island
Couple taped up tortoises to smuggle into Britain
Frito the llama escapes getting munched, back at home in Wyo. after 2nd llama killed by cougar
Giant tongue almost kills dog
Hmm, Biggles is a fan of pigs' hearts too… We ‘aorta’ keep a close eye on him when he’s munching one in future.