Readers of this blog know that I have a deep, abiding love for the Loch Ness Monster. Well, bless her slimy (presumably) prehistoric heart… the monstrous green lassie popped up for a leisurely swim on Nov. 6. Click here to check out the video and see what you think. Either my girl popped up to give me an early shout-out (Holla!) or that is one hell of a big Scottish otter. (Note: Nessie and I had a wee tiff a few years back but I’m sure she’s over it by now.)
Surely this crude drawing I found wrapped in seaweed on my porch is in no way a bad omen of things to come.
Huge thank you to Bill and Bob Clark, of the wonderful blog SF Sea Serpent, for giving me a head’s up about this cool new video.
Bill and Bob Clark — who run an excellent blog called SF Sea Serpent — just contacted me to let me know of an exciting new sighting sent to them by a very credible witness. The details of his email are listed below. Thanks to Bill and Bob for sharing this with NFHIFW and stay turned for a long overdue interview with these gentlemen to be posted here soon. And be sure to check out their fascinating blog if you are interested in sea serpents or sea monsters.
Note: The witness’ name has been removed to protect his identity.
From: Name removed
Sent: Oct 30, 2014 9:31 PM
I’ve followed your blog for a while and am aware of your incredible experience. I travel between Sacramento and San Francisco several times a month. On my way back from San Francisco early this afternoon on the Carquinez Bridge, I noticed a curious black object in the water just west of the bridge. I was driving east bound and looking to my left and I could see underneath and slightly west of the west bound bridge when I noticed the object. It was black, not shiny but not dull, either. It was sort of hump shaped. Understand that I only caught sight of this object for several seconds as I was driving away from it, now looking back over my left shoulder. In those several seconds I observed the following:
The object was black, smooth, and hump shaped.
Hard to judge size as there was nothing man made near it but I would estimate the object to be approximately 4’ long and 2-3’ wide..
The object did not seem to be moving.
It slowly sank vertically out of sight in the few seconds I observed it.
I noticed no horizontal movement, no splashing, no wake. I have seen porpoise and whales but never in the Straight and they are typically a grey or dark grey in color. There was no dorsal fin.
The water was fairly calm and there were no ships or boats in the straight. No wake was evident. The day was partly sunny and warm. It was about 1:15 PM.
I am a former Marine Corps pilot and have had extensive experience flying up and down the California coast and I have seen whales, porpoise, sharks, and sea lions from the air. I am fairly certain what I saw was not any sea mammal I am familiar with. I got the impression it was an animate object and not trash or debris in the water. I would think that a large sea lion might be possible but that would not be in keeping with my past observations of those animals. I don’t really know what I saw but it was very strange, especially so close to the bridge.
I have never seen a “sea serpent”. I believe that the vast number of so called sea serpent sightings are cases of mistaken identity or just hoaxes. I have read “The Great New England Sea Serpent” by O’Neill and I think so many sightings could not be groundless and so I try to keep an open mind. I thought you might appreciate my experience.
A new cryptozoology documentary airs this Friday, Oct. 24, on the Destination America cable network. Set in Texas and Louisiana, the show follows the hunters/trackers of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO) as they scour the woods for a Yeti to shoot. That sounds heartless, but their premise is that they are basically paranormal exterminators who are only out to kill “nuisance” Sasquatches.
The Poor Man’s Paranormal is a guide featuring instructions on how to turn common household items into handy-dandy ghost-busting equipment. Written for the “paranormal MacGyver”, this manual claims to be able to show you how to:
- Use a flashlight to communicate with the dead,
- Create a “ghost trap” using a jar and aluminum foil,
- Use a necklace to tap into your psychic abilities, and
- Communicate with the Beyond using only toilet paper, flour, balloons, and a wristwatch.
I honestly want to buy this just to see how the balloons come into play.
Continuing in their tireless quest to freak the rest of us out, Japan recently introduced the world to the most metal meal ever — the all-black cheeseburger. Available at Japanese Burger Kings (and presumably the seventh level of Hell), the black cheeseburger features an ebony bun and cheese made with bamboo charcoal, because of course.
Oh, Japan… shine on you crazy diamond.
Test marketing was discontinued in the U.S. because it kept getting shot by the police.
On this day in 1851, an unusual device called the Pasilalinic-sympathetic compass was demonstrated. Nicknamed the Snail Telegraph, the machine supposedly demonstrated telepathic communication by clairvoyant snails. In a shock to no one ever, the machine was later proven to be a hoax. After budget cuts, hiring policies at The Psychic Network took an ugly turn.
The 2014 New Mexico UFO Conference will be held in Rio Rancho, NM next month. Not only does it feature some pretty awesome UFO-book authors as speakers, the evening will end with an after-dark field trip to a “secret” air base near Albuquerque to witness mysterious test flights. Not sure how secret the Manzano-Sandia testing facility can be if I know about it, but I still want to go. 🙂
New Mexico: Come for the Hatch chilies, stay for the UFO lectures.
I’m introducing a new feature to NFHIFW: book reviews. For weirdos*.
*And by weirdos, I mean people who like to read about Big Foot, UFOs, Nessie and Roswell and anything else that would intrigue Fox Mulder. In short, people like me. And clearly you, since you’re reading this blog.
First up on the Weirdo Bookshelf is American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America by Linda S. Godfrey. This book has it all: sea serpents, giant bats and monkey men. Godfrey covers the monsters of America from pre-Columbian times to modern-day sightings. Plus, check out the lifelike illustrations. (And by lifelike, I mean inadvertently hilarious.)
A werewolf, an alien and Bigfoot walk into a bar…
The controversial baker who brought us last year’s food craze (the Cronut) just introduced his latest gourmet goodie – the peanut butter pretzel – which looks like a pastry penis. That you’re supposed to dip into a buttery sauce and put in your mouth.
You had me at buttery sauce.
People are already lining up around the block to get their hands on it and genital jokes abound. Baker Dominique Ansel, however, is shocked, shocked I say, to hear his latest described as phallic. He claims that it is supposed to look like a lobster. Riiiiiiiight. A lobster.
I’ll take a dozen.
I am equal parts skeptical and stoked about the upcoming documentary Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed, airing tomorrow night (Sunday, July 20) on the SyFy Channel.
On one hand, it does feature commentary from Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell, as well as rare mission photos purporting to show evidence of structures and crafts on the lunar surface.
But on the other hand, the show was produced by Robert Kiviat. This is the man who brought us the absurdity that was Alien Autopsy, the “documentary” from 1995 that was so poorly faked I expected it to have blooper reels.
Oh, who am I kidding? They had me at “aliens.”