Aug 25, 2021 I Nick Redfern

Creatures of Cryptozoology: Those that are Paranormal and the Ones that are Flesh-and-Blood

My previous article was titled "The M.I.B.: How Can There be Two Types? Secret Agents and Supernatural." It looked at the evidence concerning why there are two different types of Men in Black: one human and the other of a supernatural nature. Today, I'm going to share with you a strange, and eerily similar, situation; one that mirrors things in the world of Cryptozoology. Namely, there are some monsters that are obviously flesh and blood, but others are outright supernatural. We'll begin with the Dogman phenomenon. Take a look at a piece of artwork of a Dogman and the first thing you’ll think of is: "werewolf." Except, there is barely a Dogman case on record which involves someone shape-shifting into such a creature (not that such a thing is possible anyway). Almost exclusively, the Dogmen (and, we presume, the Dogwomen, too) appear to be nothing less than some kind of upright wolf. That would be enough to raise the eyebrows of most people. But, what happens when – as you study the cases – you stumble on a very curious trend: the Dogmen are seen at sacred sites, such as ancient mounds. They turn up at crossroads and old bridges. Cemeteries, too. These are all locations traditionally tied to paranormal activity and supernatural entities. In other words, its the locations, rather than the creatures themselves, that gives away their supernatural nature.

It's possible, too, there is a completely normal, large wolf among us. It was called the Dire Wolf. ScienceMag says of this formidable beast: "One of North America’s most famous ancient predators—and a favorite of Game of Thrones fans—emerged as mysteriously as it disappeared. Dire wolves, which died out with mammoths and saber-toothed cats at the end of the last ice age, were long thought to be close cousins of gray wolves. Now, the first analysis of dire wolf DNA finds they instead traveled a lonely evolutionary path: They are so different from other wolves, coyotes, and dogs that they don’t belong in the genus that includes these animals. Instead, researchers argue, they need an entirely new scientific classification." Some researchers suspect the Dire Wolf might still be alive. So, here we have a Dogman and a Dire Wolf. One a regular animal. The other? Something supernatural. Now, onto Bigfoot.

There's no doubt that Bigfoot is the world's most famous "cryptid." I prefer to call them "monsters." Most Bigfoot-seekers don't like it (I can tell you that with 100 percent certainty) when the supernatural side of Bigfoot surfaces. I have never really understood why, for most Bigfoot investigators, the creatures have to be unknown apes and nothing else at all. The fact is, though, that Bigfoot is far more than just an ape. The creatures can turn themselves invisible. They have the ability to "zap" us with low-frequency waves that temporarily disable us, and allow the things to escape. Ever tried to take a shot at a Bigfoot? Don't bother. Despite all of the times the Bigfoot creatures have been shot at, not one has been killed. How do we know? Because we don't have a single corpse. How about the UFO connection to Bigfoot? There are more than a few cases of people seeing Bigfoot in the same time, and in the same location, while strange lights are hovering above. And yet, the Himalayan equivalent of Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman (or the Yeti) is, I believe, an animal, and nothing stranger. This is very much like the situation with my previous article on the two types of Men in Black: one paranormal and the other definitely not paranormal.

Loch Ness, Scotland has its very own monster. Or, monsters. They go by the name of Nessie. But, you knew that. There's no doubt in my mind that the Nessies are paranormal. They have the ability to shapeshift. They can cause cameras to screw up. An M.I.B. appeared at Loch Ness in 1973, terrorizing Nessie investigator/author Ted Holiday. The thing vanished - literally - right near the shore. Never to be seen again. UFOs have been seen above Loch Ness on many occasions. Aleister Crowley, "The Great Beast," had a home there and performed all kinds of supernatural rites and rituals. Ghosts and time-travelers have surfaced at the loch. The fact is, the Nessies are not flesh-and-blood animals. And yet, I'm sure that their ocean-based cousins have nothing to do with the paranormal. We're talking about sea serpents.

It should be stressed that the 19th century was the period in which sea serpents were really in their element, we might say. From 1817, we have the following, notable report from Amos Story: "It was between the hours of twelve and one o’clock when I first saw him, and he continued in sight for an hour and a half. I was setting on the shore, and was about twenty rods from him when he was the nearest to me. His head appeared shaped much like that of the sea turtle, and he carried his head from ten to twelve inches above the surface of the water. His head at that distance appeared larger than the head of any dog I ever saw. From the back of his head to the next part of him that was visible, I should judge to be three or four feet. He moved very rapidly through the water, I should say a mile or two or, at most, in three minutes. I saw no bunches on his back. On this day, I did not see more than ten or twelve feet of his body." Story’s account was swiftly followed by that of Solomon Allen III, a shipmaster. He said of the incredible beast he spied: “His head formed something like the head of a rattlesnake, but nearly as large as the head of horse. When he moved on the surface of the water his motion was slow, at times playing in circles, and sometimes moving straight forward.” That's just one fascinating report of hundreds.

All of this leads me to believe that, in some strange way, our planet is filled with monsters of two types: hidden animals and supernatural phantoms.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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