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The Return of the Montauk Monster?

(May 14, 2009) - Will the Montauk Monster mystery finally be solved? The remains of a mysterious creature, said to have been photographed on New York's Long Island last weekend, have renewed speculation about monstrous creatures -- or monstrous tricksters -- lurking near Montauk.

Photos of a similar carcass allegedly found in the area became a global Internet sensation last year. Those remains were said to have disintegrated before they could be examined, but the newly found monster is on ice.

"The beast smelled like a mix of low-tide and rotten garbage," said a witness. "It really smelled horrific."

Montauk Monster?

Bestiary Of The Weird

A collection of photographs showing mysterious and freakish creatures. Some are proved real, some not - take a look and make up your own mind...

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The Snakeheads are coming?

article by Bill Byrd.
Some information in this article comes from AP, Reuters, and Cox.


As many as 4 years ago, I began to hear stories about "walking predatory fish" that would eat anything and crawl to the next body of water when it had depleted its habitat of food. They were rumored to be very predatory, bred fast, and were ferocious. I'd even heard that they attacked dogs, and the larger specimens in China had attacked humans when large snakeheads were protecting spawning beds and fry.

Right now, there is serious action being taken to control and eliminate the flow of these Chinese snakehead fish into our country. (The image left photographed by Cait Gillespie)

The Chinese snakehead, a member of the family Channidae, order Perciformes, and class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) has at least 21 species. They are found in fresh water ONLY and originate in tropical Africa and Asia. The Chinese snakehead acquired its name because its head resembles the head of a snake. These fish are aggressive predators, and can wriggle out of the water to catch their prey. They have an air breathing apparatus, which allows them to breath air out of the water. Because this species fares well in aquariums, it has been imported and sold to fish collectors. Because it is considered a very good eating fish by many Asian cultures, it is imported for food into the US, too. Because of sporadic releases into US waters, Chinese snakeheads are beginning to show up in fish populations from Florida to Maryland!

From Cox News service According to Paul Shafland, director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation's (FWC) Non-Native Fish Lab in Boca Raton, Florida, angler Bob Newland of Sunrise caught the first documented snakehead on October 5, 2000 while fishing a residential pond in Tamarac, Broward County. The angler initially thought it was a bowfin until noticing the ocellus, a distinctive dark spot rimmed in brilliant orange near the base of the tail fin. The fish measured 26 inches long and weighed four pounds.

Shafland said "all snakeheads are distinguished by their torpedo shaped body, long dorsal and anal fins without spines, and toothed jaws. This snakehead typically has red eyes and is gold-tinted brown to pale gray in younger fish while older fish are generally dark brown with large black blotches. The most distinctive marking is the black spot rimmed with orange near the base of the tail fin, known as an eye-spot or ocellus."

While the northern snakeheads found in Maryland appear to have been confined to one pond, the bullseye snakeheads found in Florida were in open water with connecting canals that potentially could enable the fish to reach the Everglades. Northern snakeheads were also found in Florida in the St. Johns River in Seminole and Volusia Counties.

Shafland continued "We hope the public doesn't over react as was the case with the media inspired hysteria regarding the appearance of the walking catfish back in the 1960s and even the swamp eel a few years ago. The presence of this species immediately places it into the unwelcomed and undesirable category, but more importantly it clearly demonstrates that illegal introductions of exotic fishes continue in Florida." In fact, this is the sixth exotic fish that has been documented reproducing in Florida waters since 1992." Shafland said. The Boca Raton scientist stated that the cooperation and assistance of knowledgeable anglers in identifying exotics is invaluable.

How did these unwanted fish arrive in the US? According to Shalfland, there is no question that the snakehead is highly valued throughout Asia for its food value and taste. "I have eaten a few snakeheads since we began our research into this species, and can attest to their excellent taste," Shafland said. "Their popularity as food within the Asian cultures in south Florida may even explain the presence of the snakehead in Florida waters." Although not the same species reproducing in Florida waters, FWC Wildlife Inspectors Lts. John West and Pat Reynolds, Division of Law Enforcement, found another species of live snakehead for sale in two oriental food markets in late February. Some customers apparently believe that in addition to tasting good, snakeheads have a medicinal benefit.

There is current cabinet level reaction to the emergence of Chinese snakehead fish in Eastern US waters. "These fish are like something from a bad horror movie," said Interior Secretary Gale Norton. "They eat virtually any small animal in their path. They can travel across land and live out of water for at least three days. They reproduce quickly."

"You’re talking about a total rearrangement of the food chain when you introduce a top predator like this," said Walter Courtenay, an ichthyologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Florida. According to the Interior Department, snakeheads have been found in six other states: Florida, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island.

The Bush administration is seeking to ban the importation and interstate transportation of live snakeheads, which are eaten as a delicacy in Asia. Possession of the voracious fish is already outlawed in 13 states, including Georgia, Florida, and Texas.

"They will feed on native fish, amphibians, crustaceans, birds, small reptiles, and small mammals," said Steve Williams, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "They could impose a serious threat to some of our own endangered and threatened species."
Williams urged anglers catching any unusual fish, like the one pictured left in the image by Alex Dorgan-Ross of AP, to alert federal wildlife officials. The Maryland snakeheads were first found by a fisherman who hooked one. This juvenile northern snakehead, a non-native predatory fish, was caught at a pond in Crofton, Md., but many more remain in the water. Scientists might poison the pond to get rid of them.

The image right is what these small fish can become, and their impact on our fisheries is only being imagined at this time. They, like KUDZU are gaining a place in our world, and will have to be understood before proper response can be effected.

As fly fishers, if you encounter fish that resemble the images in this article, alert DNR officials in your area. Save specimens for identification, and note where they were caught. Shoot photos of the fish and areas where you contacted them if possible. Then get that information and frozen samples to your local DNR fisheries biologist as soon as possible.

Agencies in the eastern USA are getting into high gear. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has adopted an emergency regulation prohibiting importation, sale or possession of snakehead fish in the state to lessen the potential for their release into the state's waters. People who currently have snakehead fish will have a 30-day amnesty period to turn in the fish. The emergency regulation, filed Sept. 9, reads: "No person may possess, sell, buy, offer for sale, import, bring or cause to be brought or imported into South Carolina or released into the water of South Carolina any live animal or egg of the family Channidae (snakehead)." Violation of this emergency regulation could bring a fine of up to $200 or imprisonment for up to 30 days.
SC DNR will give people in possession of snakeheads an opportunity to voluntarily turn in the fish by invoking a 30-day amnesty period on making charges for possessing a snakehead in violation of the regulation. Fisheries biologists with the DNR will collect snakehead fish, without prosecution, from people who have purchased them in the aquarium trade. To report possession of snakehead fish, call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia or one of the following DNR district fisheries offices: Clemson, (864) 654-6346; Greenwood, (864) 223-1307; Bonneau, (843) 825-3387; Barnwell, (803) 259-5474; or Florence, (843) 661-4717.

I spoke with Ted Hendrickx, Senior Fisheries Biologist with the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, and he told me "we have not had any snakeheads collected in the public waters of Georgia. To the best of our knowledge there are not now, and have not ever been, snakeheads in the waters of this state. We have had one isolated "snakehead" report from a Chattahoochee tributary since "snakehead fever" set in over recent months. It was examined promptly by one of our Region 1 staff and it turned out to be a bowfin."

What ever the outcome, look carefully at the images of this fairly new and unwanted visitor in American waters. If you believe that you have caught one, if possible freeze it and take it to your local DNR fisheries biologists to evaluate it. Carefully define where the fish was contacted, and have the information for DNR. As fly fishers if we carefully start working diligently with DNR on a solution, maybe this won't get out of hand.

According to Hendrickx, "A WRD website that allows people to locate WRD offices that serve them is This link will also access all types of Boating, Fishing, and Hunting info. Go to "general info" and "contact us" to find the appropriate office that serves a particular county or program."

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Plants That Can Move!

"Frankenfish" The Facts

  • All 28 species of snakehead can tolerate low oxygen conditions in water because they are air breathers from an early age. When prevented from surface access, adult snakeheads will die due to lack of oxygen.
  • Snakeheads usually breed in the summer, but some species are known to breed throughout the year.
  • The female northern snakehead is capable of spawning five times a year. Northern snakeheads can live under the ice of northern climates. Northern snakeheads are the most available species of live snakeheads in the fish markets of New York and Boston.
  • When snakeheads mate, they are usually monogamous for an entire breeding season, and perhaps throughout their lifetimes.
  • Parent snakeheads guard their young vigorously. One species (C. micropeltes) reportedly attacked, and in some instances killed, humans who approached the mass of young.

    Two species of snakehead are mouth brooders. The male holds the fertilized eggs, and later the fry, in his mouth.

  • Scientists do not know how many species of snakehead are capable of overland migration, but several are known to do so. Migration is probably an instinctual behavior for species which make their homes in areas subject to seasonal wet/dry conditions. These areas include much of southeastern Asia where the majority of snakehead species are found.
  • Some snakeheads bury themselves in mud during times of drought. During droughts in Thailand, people looking for food will slice through mud until they locate a fish.
  • The giant snakehead Channamicropeltes, the most predacious of the species, and one which is known to attack humans, has been collected in waters in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where the climate is not conducive to establishing reproducing populations. If it were to be released into subtropical waters in Florida or Hawaii, giant snakehead might be able to reproduce successfully.
  • Based on water temperature alone, all US fresh or brackish waters would allow some member of the snakehead family to establish itself.
  • Because snakeheads are so predatory, they pose a high risk to endangered species. Of all endangered species in US aquatic habitats, 16 amphibians, 115 fishes, and five of the 21 federally protected crustaceans would most likely be affected by snakehead introductions.

    Lake Monster
    Lake Monster
    Lake monster or loch monster is the name given to large unknown animals which have purportedly been sighted in, and/or are believed to dwell in freshwaters, although their existence has never been confirmed scientifically. Most of them have no evidence besides alleged sightings and controversial photographs and a large portion are generally believed not to exist by conventional zoology and allied sciences, and are principally the subject of investigations by followers of cryptozoology. Sightings are often similar to some sea monsters.

    Of these, Nessie of Loch Ness is almost certainly the most famous, and is promoted heavily in the area's tourist industry.

    Lake Monster

    Lakes with monsters

    Arguably the most famous lake monster is the Loch Ness Monster, which for many decades has been reported to inhabit Loch Ness in Scotland. In more recent years, similar animals have been widely reported, such as Ogopogo in Okanagan Lake in the heart of British Columbia, Manipogo in Lake Manitoba, Flathead Lake Monster in Flathead Lake Montana, and Champ in Lake Champlain.

    There are many other lakes around the world which have monsters claimed for them (see list below). Many of these lakes are extraordinarily deep.


    Evidence for the monsters

    Evidence for such animals is almost exclusively in the form of frequently-numerous eyewitness reports. Relatively few still photographs, almost no motion picture or videotapes, and no living animals or animal remains have been produced. Such photographic/film/video evidence as has been produced has, upon close analysis, been concluded by the majority of mainstream scientists (and many cryptozoologists) to be inconclusive at best, and more often to be misidentified, known phenomena or else outright hoaxes. In the case of the famous surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness Monster, one of the hoaxers has come forward, but believers dismiss his testimony. Reported sightings commonly describe either a hump or series of humps, an extremely long neck with a visible head, or both, rising from, swimming about in, and/or disappearing into the water. Reports of such animals being seen on land are rare.

    Lake Monster


    There are many speculations as to what the reported lake monsters could be. Many consider them to be purely exaggerations or misinterpretations of known and natural phenomena, or else fabrications and hoaxes. Misidentified sightings of seals, otters, deer, diving water birds, large fish such as giant sturgeons, logs, mirages, seiches, light distortion, crossing boat wakes, or unusual wave patterns have all been proposed to explain specific reports. Skeptics point out that descriptions of these creatures vary over time with the values and mood of the local cultures, following the pattern of folk beliefs and not what would be expected if the reports were of actual encounters with real animals.

    Lake Monster

    According to the Swedish naturalist and author Bengt Sjögren (1980), the present day belief in lake-monsters in for example Loch Ness, is associated with the legends of kelpies. Sjögren claims that the accounts of lake-monsters have changed during history. Older reports often talk about horse-like appearances, but more modern reports often have more reptile and dinosaur-like-appearances, and Bengt Sjögren concludes that the legends of kelpies evolved into the present day legends of lake-monsters where the monsters changed the appearance since the discovery of dinosaurs and giant aquatic reptiles from the horse-like water-kelpie to a dinosaur-like reptile, often a plesiosaur.

    Lake Monster

    Other widely varied theories have been presented by believers, including unknown species of giant freshwater eels or surviving aquatic, prehistoric reptiles, such as plesiosaurs. One theory holds that the monsters that are sighted are the occasional full-grown form of an amphibian species that generally stays juvenile all its life like the axolotl. A few have suggested the animals actually represent some sort of psychic phenomena. Some have also suggested a Tanystropheus, although there are very few supporters for this theory. More reasonably, the first true cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans held throughout his life that plesiosaur-type sighting were actually an unknown species of long-necked seal.

    In many of these areas, especially around Loch Ness, Lake Champlain and the Okanagan Valley, these lake monsters have become important tourist draws.

    Lake Monster

    Russian Fishermen Catch Mermaid Alien and Eat It!

  • Giant Creature Uncovered by Tsunami

    Early Skeleton Sheds Light on Evolution

    NEW YORK (May 19, 2009) – The nearly complete skeleton of a small 47 million-year-old creature found in Germany was displayed Tuesday by scientists who said it would help illuminate the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans.

    About the size of a small cat, the animal has four legs and a long tail. It's not a direct ancestor of monkeys and humans, but it provides a good indication of what such an ancestor may have looked like, researchers said at a news conference.

    Because the skeleton is so remarkably complete, scientists believe it will provide a window into primate evolution. The animal was a juvenile female that scientists believe died at about 9 or 10 months.

    "She tells so many stories. We have just started the research on this fabulous specimen," said Jorn Hurum, of the University of Oslo Natural History Museum, one of the scientists reporting the find.

    The creature is nicknamed Ida after Hurum's 6-year-old daughter.

    The unveiling, at New York's Museum of Natural History, was promoted by a press release for the cable TV show History, which called it a "revolutionary scientific find that will change everything."

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among the speakers at the news conference, called it an "astonishing breakthrough."

    The story of the fossil find will be shown on History, which is owned by A&E Television Networks. A book also will be published.

    Hurum saw nothing wrong with the heavy publicity which preceded the research's publication Tuesday in the scientific journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) One.

    "That's part of getting science out to the public, to get attention. I don't think that's so wrong," Hurum said

    Paranormal Alien Animals & Strange Creatures From Hell Caught on Camera

    Real Monster-Golum

    "Champ" the sea monster of Lake Champlain

    Bizarre Ocean Animal Revealed

    A fossil from famous shale deposits in Canada was thought to be unremarkable, but a new study finds that it's actually the remains of a 500-million-year-old monster-looking predator. The Burgess Shale (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia) has yielded exceptionally well-preserved fossils that present a remarkable snapshot of Cambrian marine life from 505 million years ago.

    Bizarre Ocean Animal

    The first fragments of the monster fossil (a species called Hurdia victoria) were described nearly 100 years ago, and at the time, they were thought to be part of a crustacean-like animal, and other parts were subsequently described as multiple organisms including jellyfish, sea cucumbers and other arthropods.

    Now it's clear that Hurdia was a relatively large predatory animal, possibly up to 1.5 feet (0.5 meter) in length. It had a segmented body with a head bearing a pair of spiny claws and a circular jaw structure with many teeth.

    "Finding a complete fossilized animal is extremely rare. Soft tissues tend to decay rapidly after death, and harder parts tend to disarticulate or break into pieces, often leaving very few clues as to what the original animals looked like," said Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses many Burgess Shale fossils, including pieces of Hurdia.

    A study of the fossil by Caron and his colleagues, detailed in the March 20 issue of the journal Science, sheds light on the origin of the largest group of living animals, the arthropods — a group that includes insects, crustaceans, spiders, millipedes and centipedes.

    Clues to the real nature of Hurdia have been accumulating over the years as new specimens have either been collected or discovered in museum collections. The last piece of the puzzle was found when a specimen turned up in storage cabinets at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The specimen, the best-preserved of all the relevant fragments, was collected by Charles Walcott in the early 20th century.

    This specimen had lain untouched for decades until researchers in the 1970s and 80s classified it first as an arthropod and then as an unusual specimen of the famous monster predator Anomalocaris. The new description of Hurdia shows that it was actually related to this other beast.

    One feature does set Hurdia apart from Anomalocaris — a unique, large, three-part shell that projects out from the front of the animal's head.

    The True Facts About Werewolves
    Here is some information regarding werewolves that is most commonly misinterpreted

    1. a person can become a werewolf by being born a werewolf, bitten by a werewolf, cursed by someone you have wronged in some way, and being given the power threw sorcery. These are the only real ways.

    2. Silver will not kill a werewolf, although it will cause pain and discomfort.

    3. The curse can never be broken, no matter what some people or beliefs may state.

    4. All werewolves can communicate threw a form of telepathy which enables them to hunt and perform more efficiently.

    5. Werewolves are virtually immortal because of the constant regeneration of their physical tissue, making their true age somewhat difficult to determine.

    6. Werewolves in a pack have a physic link that bonds them together, if one werewolf in the pack dies the other werewolves can sense his death.

    7. if you are bitten and you kill the werewolf you WILL NOT be free from the curse, the curse is like a virus, or rabies if you will, if you get bitten by an animal that has rabies you get rabies, and if you kill the animal that gave you rabies you will not be cured. You still have the virus.

    8. A werewolf can be killed by any wound that completely destroys the heart or the brain, but decapitation is the most effective way.

    9. Some beliefs state that holly water can kill a werewolf, this is false. Christianity or any thing pertaining to Christianity offends some werewolves. Crosses, holy water, and the bible do not ward off werewolves.

    10. It is one belief that werewolves are deathly afraid of water regardless of the amount or the circumstances, this is also false. While it is true werewolves do not like water it only applies to large bodies such as ponds and lakes, but if need be the beast can enter the water.

    11. There are several ways to tell if someone in a werewolf. becoming a werewolf is not transparent, no matter how the victim tries to hide it. Therefore, look for symptoms in your human suspects that include increasing violence, increasing aggression, unprovoked rages, insomnia, restlessness, and other bizarre behavior. Unfortunately, over time these symptoms can be brought under control, so do not rely on them exclusively.

    12. Werewolves do not only turn on a full moon, neither do they have to. A werewolf can change his form and shape shift at will whenever he wants to, at day or night. Although newly turned werewolves are sometimes forced to change by certain aspects of the lunar cycles or certain sounds such as the howling of another werewolf.


    Venus Fly-trap Catches a Frog and Butterfly!

    The chupacabra ("goat sucker") is an animal said to be unknown to science and systemically killing animals in places like Puerto Rico, Miami, Nicaragua, Chile, and Mexico. The creature's name originated with the discovery of some dead goats in Puerto Rico with puncture wounds in their necks and their blood allegedly drained. According to UFO Magazine (March/April 1996) there have been more than 2,000 reported cases of animal mutilations in Puerto Rico attributed to the chupacabra.

    Puerto Rican authorities maintain that the deaths are due to attacks from groups of stray dogs or other exotic animals, such as the panther, illegally introduced in the island's territory. The director of Puerto Rico's Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services Division, Hector Garcia, has stated that there is nothing unusual or extraordinary about the cases they've observed. One veterinarian said "it could be a human being who belongs to a religious sect, even another animal. It could also be someone who wants to make fun out of the Puerto Rican people."


    Like other creatures in the cryptozoologist's barnyard, the chupacabra has been variously described. Some witnesses have seen a small half-alien, half-dinosaur tailless vampire with quills running down its back; others have seen a panther like creature with a long snake-like tongue; still others have seen a hopping animal that leaves a trail of sulfuric stench. Some think it may be a type of dinosaur heretofore unknown. Some are convinced that the wounds on animals whose deaths have been attributed to the chupacabra indicate an alien presence. However, they do not attribute the "mutilations" to the aliens themselves, but to one of their pets or experiments gone awry. Such creatures are known as Anomalous Biological Entities [ABEs] in UFO circles.

    Those who think the chupacabra is an ABE also believe that there is a massive government and mass media conspiracy to keep the truth hidden from the people, probably to prevent panic. This view is maintained despite the fact that the President of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Agricultural Commission, Mr. Juan E. [Kike] Lopez, introduced a resolution asking for an official investigation to clarify the situation. Inside Edition sent a crew to Puerto Rico to investigate the ABE story. They allegedly ridiculed the Mayor of Canavanas, a witness to the chupacabra, and basically made fun of the whole idea.

    Jorge Martin, a Puerto Rican journalist who describes himself as a "leading UFO researcher," reports that it has been brought to his attention that the U.S. and Puerto Rican governments have captured two of the creatures. Perhaps there will soon be a film on the ABE autopsy to rival the discredited alien autopsy film. Martin cautions us not to exclude other reasonable possibilities.

    The ABEs can also be the product of highly sophisticated genetic manipulations by human agencies. A Chinese-Russian scientist by the name of Dr. Tsian Kanchen, has produced genetic manipulations which have created new species of electronically-crossed plant and animal organisms. Kanchen developed an electronic system whereby he can pick up the bioenergetic field of the DNA of living organisms and transfer it electronically to other living organisms. By these means he has created incredible new breeds of ducks/chickens, with physical characteristics of both species; goats/rabbits, and new breeds of plants such as corn/wheat, peanut/sunflower seeds and cucumber/watermelons. These are produced by linking the genetic data of different living organisms contained in their bioenergetic fields by means of ultra-high frequencies biological linking. If the Russians have created this technology, then without doubt the US and other powers have too. Therefore, it is quite possible that the "Chupacabras" or ABEs could have been developed by humans. [Martin]

    Martin goes on to report that a chupacabra has been killed and blood tests have been done on the creature.


    The genetic analysis so far has revealed that the blood is in no way compatible with human blood nor with any animal species known to science. The traces ratio of magnesium, phosphorous, calcium and potassium are incompatible with those of normal human blood, they are much too high. The albumen/glouline [RG ratio] was also incompatible. The ratios found do not allow the results of the analysis to be compatible with those of any known animal species.

    At present, we can't place the sample with any earthly organism. Therefore it could well be the product of a highly sophisticated genetic manipulation, an organism alien to our own environment or perhaps extraterrestrial. [Martin]

    I suppose Martin's work is what passes for responsible journalism on some planets in the universe. On the other hand, the sightings may not be all that accurate, the "mutilations" not all that strange, and the evidence for these bodies, autopsies and blood tests remains little more than speculation for the most part. However, one alleged chupacabra was killed in Nicaragua and was examined by scientists at the Autonomous National University of Nicaragua. When the scientists revealed that the carcass was that of a common dog, they were met with skepticism and derision. Nobody wants to read a story with the headline: Chupacabra turns out to be Chihuahua.


    The Jersey Devil

    Jersey Devil

    The Jersey Devil, sometimes called the Leeds Devil, is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations.


    The most popular version of the Jersey Devil legend begins in the 18th century when Deborah Smith from England immigrated to the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey to marry a Mr. Leeds, who wanted several heirs to continue the family name. Consequently, the new wife was continually pregnant. After bearing twelve healthy children, she was dismayed to be pregnant with her thirteenth. She cursed the unborn child, declaring a preference to bear the Devil's child rather than another Leeds. Apparently, her wish was granted as the new child had cloven hooves, claws, and a tail. The horrific newborn proceeded to eat the other Leeds children and the parents, before escaping through the chimney to begin its reign of terror. This version is contradicted by the fact that Mother Leeds has descendants that, as of 1998, still lived in Atlantic County New Jersey according to a New York Times article dated April 26, 1998 (Section 14NJ, Page 8).

    There are several variations of the Leeds tale, such as one claiming that when Leeds became pregnant with her thirteenth child, she remarked, "May it be a devil!" The belief that a deformed child was the work of Satan or a curse was still common during the 1800s.

    Blue Hole Home

    An important piece of the Jersey Devil legend concerns its supposed home at the Blue Hole located near Winslow, New Jersey. According to popular folklore, the blue hole is not only bottomless but also acts as one of the many gateways to Hell. The water in the hole is abnormally cold, even during the summer months, averaging only 58 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. In addition, the hole is said to have a whirlpool effect on any person who enters it. Unlike many of the surrounding rivers and lakes in the region, the blue hole possesses crystal clear water, which serves as another one of its many eccentric features. In the 1920s, geologists put forth various explanations for the hole. One theory suggested that the hole is a crater from a prehistoric meteorite while another theory proposed that the hole is a sprung or glacier carved spring, misidentified as a pingo in the magazine Weird N.J.


    Many different descriptions have been offered by alleged witnesses of the creature, which are as follows:

    "It was three feet high... long black hair over its entire body, arms and hands like a monkey, face like a dog, split hooves [...] and a tail a foot long". George Snyder, Moorestown, NJ. Sighted on January 20, 1909.
    "In general appearance it resembled a giraffe... It has a long neck and from what glimpse I got of its head its features are hideous. It has wings of a fairly good size and of course in the darkness looked black. Its legs are long and somewhat slender and were held in just such a position as a swan's when it is flying...It looked to be about four feet high". Lewis Boeger, Haddon Heights, NJ. Sighted on January 21, 1909.
    While the descriptions vary, several aspects remain fairly constant, such as the devil's long neck, wings and hooves. The creature is often said to have a horselike head and tail. Its reputed height varies from about three feet to more than seven feet. Many sightings report the creature to have glowing red eyes that can paralyze a man, and that it utters a high, humanlike scream.


    There are many possible origins of the Jersey Devil legend. The earliest legends date back to Native American folklore. The Lenni Lenape tribes called the area around Pine Barrens "Popuessing," meaning "place of the dragon." Swedish explorers later named it "Drake Kill", "drake" being a European word for dragon, and "kill" meaning channel or arm of the sea (river, stream, etc.).

    Some skeptics believe the Jersey Devil to be nothing more than a creative manifestation of the English settlers. The aptly named Pine Barrens were shunned by most early settlers as a desolate, threatening place. Being relatively isolated, the barrens were a natural refuge for those wanting to remain hidden, including religious dissenters, loyalists, fugitives and military deserters in colonial times. Such individuals formed solitary groups and were pejoratively called "pineys", some of whom became notorious bandits known as "pine robbers". Pineys were further demonized after two early twentieth century eugenics studies depicted them as congenital idiots and criminals. It is easy to imagine early tales of terrible monsters arising from a combination of sightings of genuine animals such as bears, the activities of pineys, and fear of the barrens.

    Outdoorsman and author Tom Brown Jr spent several seasons living in the wilderness of the Pine Barrens. He recounts occasions when terrified hikers mistook him for the Jersey Devil, after he covered his whole body with mud to repel mosquitoes.

    Not surprisingly, the Jersey Devil legend is fueled by the various testimonials from reputable eyewitnesses who have reported to have encountered the creature, from precolonial times to the present day, as there are still reported sightings within the New Jersey area.

    Many contemporary theorists believe that the Jersey Devil could possibly be a very rare, unclassified species which instinctually fears and attempts to avoid humans. Such elements that support this theory include the overall similarities of the creature's appearance (horselike head, long neck and tail, leathery wings, cloven hooves, blood-curdling scream), with the only variables being the height and color. Another factor that supports the cryptozoological theory is the fact that it is more likely that a species could endure over a span of several hundred years, rather than the existence of a single creature living for over 500 years.

    Some people think the Sandhill Crane (which has a 7 feet wingspan) is the basis of the Jersey Devil stories.


    In 1778, Commodore Stephen Decatur, a naval hero, visited the Hanover Iron Works in the Barrens to test cannonballs at a firing range, where he allegedly witnessed a strange, pale white creature winging overhead. Using cannon fire, Decatur punctured the wing membrane of the creature, which continued flying apparently unfazed to the amazement of onlookers. Dating on this encounter is incorrect, as Decatur was not born until 1779. More likely, this incident occurred between 1816 and 1820, when Decatur was the Naval Commissioner responsible for testing equipment and materials used to build new warships.

    In 1840, the devil was blamed for several livestock killings. Similar attacks were seen in 1841, accompanied by strange tracks and unearthly screams. The devil made an 1859 appearance in Haddonfield. Bridgeton witnessed a flurry of sightings during the winter of 1873. About 1887, the Jersey Devil was sighted near a house, and terrified one of the children, who called the Devil "it"; the Devil was also sighted in the woods soon after that, and just as in Stephen Decatur's encounter, the Devil was shot in the right wing, but still kept flying.

    Joseph Bonaparte (eldest brother of Emperor Napoleon) is said to have witnessed the Jersey Devil while hunting on his Bordentown, New Jersey estate around 1820.
    bJanuary 1909, however, saw the most frenetic period of Devil sightings ever recorded. Thousands of people claimed to witness the Jersey Devil during the week of January 16–23. Newspapers nationwide followed the story and published eyewitness reports.

    16th (Saturday) The creature was sighted flying over Woodbury.
    17th (Sunday) In Bristol, Pennsylvania, several people saw the creature and tracks were found in the snow the following day.
    18th (Monday) Burlington was covered in strange tracks that seemed to defy logic; some were found on rooftops, while others started and stopped abruptly with no apparent origin or destination. Similar footprints were found in several other towns.
    19th (Tuesday) Nelson Evans and his wife, of Gloucester, allegedly saw the creature outside their window at 2:30 AM .
    Evans gave a descriptive account as follows: "It was about eight feet and a half high, with a head like a collie dog and a face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane, and it had horse's hooves. It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them. It didn't use the front legs at all while we were watching. My wife and I were scared, I tell you, but I managed to open the window and say, 'Shoo!' and it turned around, barked at me, and flew away."
    Two Gloucester hunters tracked the creature's perplexing trail for twenty miles. The trail appeared to "jump" fences and squeeze under eight-inch gaps. Similar trails were reported in several other towns.
    20th (Wednesday) In Haddonfield and Collingswood, posses were formed to find the devil. They supposedly watched the creature fly toward Moorestown, where it was later seen by at least two more people.
    21st (Thursday) The creature attacked a trolley car in Haddon Heights, but was chased off. Trolley cars in several other towns began to maintain armed guards, and several poultry farmers found their chickens dead. The devil was reported to collide with an electric rail in Clayton, but was not killed. A telegraph worker near Atlantic City claimed to have shot the devil, only to watch it limp into the woods. The creature apparently was not fazed as it continued the rampage through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and West Collingswood, New Jersey (where it was supposedly hosed by the local fire department). The devil seemed poised to attack nearby people, who defensively threw any available objects at it. The creature suddenly flew away -- and reemerged in Camden to injure a dog, ripping a chunk of flesh from its cheek before the dog's owner drove it away. This was the first reported devil attack on a living creature.
    22nd (Friday) Last day of sightings. Many towns were panic stricken, with many businesses and schools closed in fear. Fortunately, the creature was seen only a few times that day and did not attack.
    During this period, the Philadelphia Zoo posted a US$1,000,000 reward for the creature's capture. The offer prompted a variety of hoaxes, including a kangaroo with artificial wings. The reward remains available to this day.

    In addition to these encounters, the creature was seen flying over several other towns. Since the week of terror in 1909, sightings have been much less frequent, but did not end by any means. In 1951 there was another panic in Gibbstown, New Jersey, after local boys claimed to have seen a screaming humanoid monster. As recently as 1991, a pizza delivery driver in Edison, New Jersey described a night encounter with a white, horselike creature. In Freehold, New Jersey, in 2007, a woman supposedly saw a huge creature with bat-like wings near her home. In August of the same year, a young man driving home near the border of Mount Laurel and Moorestown, New Jersey reported a similar sighting, claiming that he spotted a "gargoyle-like creature with partially spread bat wings" of an enormous wingspan perched in some trees near the road. In January 23, 2008 the Jersey Devil was spotted again this time in Litchfield, Pennsylvania by a local resident that claims to have seen the creature come barreling out of the roof of his barn. The person wishes not to be named at the moment. There are currently several websites and magazines (such as Weird NJ) which catalog sightings of the Devil.

    A bizarre rotting corpse vaguely matching the Jersey Devil description was discovered in 1957, leaving some to believe the creature was dead. However, there have been many sightings since that time.
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