Unicorn, Royal Mail postage stampCryptozoology Reports from the Paranormal Database

Cryptozoology tends to be split into two areas of study. The first deals with animals which are classified from fossil evidence, but are currently considered extinct. The classic example of this type is the Thylacine; the creature officially died out in the early twentieth century, though sightings of the Australian animal still occur today. OOP (Out of Place) creatures are also categorised under this heading, such as the hundreds of Alien Big Cats sightings reported in the UK each year.

The second area of research examines creatures for which no tangible evidence exists, but are carried down the ages in the form of folk stories and myths, or the witness reports are too fantastic to be readily accepted. The following list is a collection of both types of report.

Lizard-like Creature

Location: Tiree (Argyll and Bute) - Waters off the island
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 19 July 1934
Further Comments: A fishing boat reported being attacked by this creature, similar to a lizard but fifty foot (fifteen metres) in length with a long neck. It took a bite out of the boat before retreating back into the deep.


Location: Trotternish, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Shieling
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young woman invited an Each-uisge in the guise of an old woman into her shieling overnight only to awake during the night to find it eating her companion. On discovering the Each-uisge, the young woman fled, only managing to escape the clutches of the beast by crossing a flowing stream that the Each-uisge was unable to cross.


Location: Trusthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Late 1930s
Further Comments: A boy reported seeing a large snake-like creature a few hundred metres off the coast.

Captured Sea Serpent

Location: Tynemouth (Durham) - Coastline off Cullercoats, and 57 Grey Street
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1849
Further Comments: Though a good description of the creature is lacking, fishermen from this area chased and killed a sea monster, the body of which they brought back to land. The carcass was taken into a shop along Grey Street, and entry was charged at several shillings per view.

Drowned Beast

Location: Tywyn (Gwynedd) - Llyn Barfog (aka Bearded Lake)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A monster which made a nuisance of itself in the neighbourhood was killed by the hero Huw Gadarn, who drowned the creature. Another tale says that the hero involved was King Arthur. The area is also known for its fairies.

Black Horse

Location: Uig, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Unnamed lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: To pass the time, a young herder rolled a number of boulders into a lake - the splashing caused an Each-uisge to appear out of the disturbed water in the guise of black horse.

Stolen Skin

Location: Unst (Shetlands) - Unknown beach
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer who stole the seal skin of a selkie as she danced naked on the beach forced her to marry him. Many years passed and the selkie bore the farmer several children, although she would spend many hours down on the beach staring at the sea. Finally, one of the children found her seal skin and took it to the selkie, wondering what it was. The selkie took the skin and was never seen again.

Water Horse

Location: Unst (Shetlands) - Unnamed loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A tired traveller mounted a horse he found at the side of the loch only to find that the creature tried to drag him into the waters. The traveller managed to jump clear just before the horse entered the water - the horse disappeared in a blue haze.

Shaggy Creature

Location: Vale of Leven (Dumbartonshire) - Woodland near Tullichewan Castle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June or July 1991
Further Comments: Two teenagers reported seeing a creature just over three metres tall covered in black shaggy hair as they hunted rabbits in this area. One witness said the creature had white eyes but no pupils. After watching the creature for what felt like a minute, both witnesses fled.


Location: Vaterstein, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A grieving widow was comforted by an Each-uisge which took the guise of man who appeared at her cottage after the death of her daughter. He used magic to keep the fire alight before vanishing in the morning.

The Brentford Griffins

Location: W5 (Greater London) - Brentwood Eyot and general area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A griffin given by King Charles II to Nell Gwynn made its home on the Brentwood Eyot, joined by another one dozens of years later which was brought to the region by Sir Joseph Banks. The pair of mythological creatures are said by some to remain in the area.


Location: Wadebridge (Cornwall) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: September 2007
Further Comments: This medium-sized marsupial was spotted in Cornwall.

Long Creature

Location: Wast Water (Cumbria) - Water of the lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: England's deepest lake is reportedly home to an unknown creature several metres in length.

Black Winged Creature

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - Old Chambers, Lincoln's Inn (no longer standing)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1913?
Further Comments: Charles Appleby was found dead in his room here, large claw marks on his arms and neck, the door and windows locked from the inside. Witnesses outside the building who could see into his room through a window said they could see the man fighting a shadowy bird like creature, though it was at least the same size as Appleby. Reports of the creature continued for a while afterwards, and one team of investigators who put down chalk dust during their stakeout recording finding large claw marks in the powder the following day.

Glowing Owls

Location: West Bilney (Norfolk) - West Bilney Hall
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1897, 1908
Further Comments: A number of barn owls were observed throughout Norfolk, glowing in the dark as if they were large fireflies.

Sea Horse

Location: West Wemyss (Fife) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1939
Further Comments: A six metre long monster with the head and mane of a horse and large eyes was spotted by a team of fishermen.

Long Neck

Location: Westcliff on Sea (Essex) - Mouth of the Thames
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: August 1923
Further Comments: Two crew members, one of whom being the captain, spotted a two metre long snakelike neck twice rise from the river, the monster's head briefly looking around before vanishing.

Four Legged Beast

Location: Western coast (Isle of Man) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1910
Further Comments: The Captain of the HMS Caesar reported seeing a reptilian creature leaping out the sea, which he compared to a 'skinned chow dog'(!), though much larger in size.

Long Necked Creature

Location: Weston-super-Mere (Somerset) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 02 December 1988
Further Comments: Three witnesses watched for several minutes a strange creature possessing a long neck swimming around in the mist covered sea.


Location: Whalsay (Shetlands) - Exact location not known
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water horse known as a Nygole was found by a traveller returning from the kriegs at Skura. Mistaking the creature for a normal horse, the traveller mounted it, only realising his mistake after the Nygole set off at a fantastic speed. The traveller escaped the creature after driving his knife into its back.


Location: Wherwell (Hampshire) - Wherwell Priory
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Taking up residence under the priory, this monster was finally killed (after many, many failed attempts) when a man named Green tricked it into attacking a large mirrored sheet of polished steel - when it dropped to the floor semi-conscious, he penetrated its scales with a spear. The building is also reported haunted by a couple of nuns.


Location: Whitburn (Lothian) - Polkemmet Country Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 25 August 2009
Further Comments: Keith McDowell reported seeing a Alsatian sized creature, silver in colour with a black streak running along its back, with a bushy tail. The animal was circling calves in a field, before running off into the nearby country park.

Sea Beastie

Location: Wick (Highland) - Off the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 September 1938
Further Comments: The crew of a cargo ship reported having a strange fish follow their craft for half an hour. It was described as having a three metre long body, 1.2 metre long neck and an oval head.


Location: Wickham Market (Suffolk) - Railway Line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 24 May 2012
Further Comments: A rhea, though referred to as an ostrich in the local press, spotted on the line between Ipswich and Saxmundham forced a train to slow near Wickham Market.

Smelly Creature

Location: Winterfold (Surrey) - Unknown road, near deserted mansion
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 16 December 1967
Further Comments: A driver who had pulled over to wipe his windscreen spotted a strange creature standing around 140 centimetres tall, with a glowing, oblong shaped head. The beast emanated an acrid smell. The driver jumped back into his car and quickly drove off.

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