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    Posted: 24 Jun 2009 at 23:15
Do you have some nice local monster? We all know about Nessie in Scotland or the Great Lake Monster in the province of Jämtland, Sweden, but is there some local monster close to the place where you live?
 
Here at the west coast of Sweden we have the little town of Varberg. It has a fortress built around the 13th century and enlarged in the 16th century. Around the fortress is a moat that is connected with the sea. In 2006 people started to report that they had seen some kind of strange creature in the moat. The reports were taken up by media all over the country and a lot of people went there to try and find out what kind of monster was hiding in the murky water. One tried to listen with microphones and even divers looked after the creature. In the end nothing conclusive was found but some experts thought it could have been a seal, a big pike or a big catfish (Silurus glanis) that someone planted there.
After a while the hype decreased, but still today some people take an extra look when they pass the moat. Maybe there is something in the water after all....
 
   
 
  The fortress of Varberg.
 
 
 
 
 
   A picture of the monster (?)
  (picture taken by Ulf Johansson)
 
 
 


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I lived in the great Pacific Northwest; Washingotn state, and of course we have big foot or some claim.


photographs prove its existence
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The believers claim the Cascade Range is full of big foot but I have yet to even see their cousin little foot.


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Do relatives and in-laws count? Big smile

Otherwise... i would really need a little more time too think.
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We don't have just one monster in Scotland. OK, there is Nessie in Loch Ness, we also have Morag (in Loch Morar).

As to whether Nessie is actually a pliesosaur or not, I doubt it. Most sightings of Nessie are reprted by tourists who have sampling - or over-sampling - the local product...
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OGOPOGO, CANADIAN LAKE MONSTER - I saw something about this on TV and yes I sat by Lock ness for an hour and I did not see a thing-
http://www.strangemag.com/ogopogo.html

I wonder if there have been big foot sightings in Arizona?
The Thunder Bird is another large eagle-like bird people have claimed to have seen. www.coasttocoastam.com talks about this sometimes and other monster sightings

then there is a dreaded chupacabra

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Although I live in the New York metropolitan area of New Jersey, I did hear stories of the dreaded "Jersey Devil" in the Pine Barrens of Southern NJ. Its basically a horse with bat wings and tail that eats people:




Eaglecap, did you see this photo?


i wonder...

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During 2004 my county was gripped by a black 'panther' which wandered the countryside at will and generally gave the local papers thousands of column inches speculating on what it could be. Consensus was that it broke out from a zoo (Nearest zoo being a 2 hour drive away) and decided to make a home for itself in North Monaghan.

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In Virginia we have.... the horrible... the terrible.... BUNNY Man!!!!!!
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Originally posted by hugoestr hugoestr wrote:

In Virginia we have.... the horrible... the terrible.... BUNNY Man!!!!!!


It reminds me of those killer rabbits on "In Search of the Holy Grail-


thanks- ineresting image and I wonder when it was taken and where they have hidden it now. I am not sure if such birds exist but there are still a lot of myysteries in this world. I once saw a large bird in the mountains which was so large I thought it was a hang glider but it could have been a golden eagle.

I heard about the Jersey Devil a while ago and they have done shows about it on www.coasttocoastam.com. I hear that the pine barrens region in NJ is very creepy and the inhabitants abandoned it because of the Jersey Devil- who knows - urban myth-???
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I wouldn't dare to tell you - she might see this Shocked
   
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I was warned about killer rabbits in my area and I managed to sneak up on some vicious rabbit and escaped with my life.


image by James Robinso... flickr.com

what makes them so dangerous is.... they are mutants



image by Beautiful Cri... flickr.com

so if you see one flee!!
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Okay... i've got it! Fort Worth's very own Lake Worth Monster:

http://z.about.com/d/paranormal/1/0/M/U/lake_worth_monster.jpg
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Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

Okay... i've got it! Fort Worth's very own Lake Worth Monster:http://z.about.com/d/paranormal/1/0/M/U/lake_worth_monster.jpg



AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
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That strangely looks like Rowan Atkinson?
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Whoever he is does he qualify as a monster? That guy is scary! Evil Smile
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you are missing a picture there but as much as I have been in the wilderness I have yet to have seen any of these critters; including the Locness Monster. except for killer wabbits!!

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It's always fun too wonder what might be out there, undiscovered as of yet! With that said... I won't believe monsters exist until they come to my house and party!

Do the Mash...

The Monster Mash,


Do the mash...

It's a graveyard smash



Uh yeah, whatever....
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Cyrtozoology is the so called study of these strange creatures but like I said I have never seen one so I have doubts.

In reality, while I was in the California Sierra Mtns we bushed whacked to a waterfall through a beautiful forest of; incense cedar, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and small sequoias. It was a really nice waterfall but on the way back I heard an all too familiar high pitched rattle and suddenly to my right a large diamond back rattle snake curled up to bite me but then it escaped under a rock. They are not as bad as some snakes in the world but still I prefer not to be bitten by one. Imagine if it had been a mutant rattle snake?

Hey in nature this would be a good thread- snakes that almost bit me.



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Beware the Chupacabra!
 
 
By the way, it bears a remarkable resemblance to that thing in New Jersey...


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Originally posted by Eagelcap Eagelcap wrote:


Hey in nature this would be a good thread- snakes that almost bit me

Go for it, Eaglecap!
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Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Eagelcap Eagelcap wrote:


Hey in nature this would be a good thread- snakes that almost bit me

Go for it, Eaglecap!


Oh my god! That reminds me of a time that a rattler almost did bite me, and in the worse possible spot for a growing boy!

btw... has anybody else here tried rattlesnake meat?
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Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Eagelcap Eagelcap wrote:

Hey in nature this would be a good thread- snakes that almost bit me
Go for it, Eaglecap!



I will try Monday when I have more time but I bet in Australia you have some great stories. I moved from a region too cold for most reptiles except some hardy lizards, harmless snakes and only one rattler the Timber rattler to an area full of poisonous snakes and other critters- they pale compared to what you have. Still I would not want a Rattle snake biting me let alone the deadly coral snake- the latter is not very common so I do not worry about it and its fangs are way in the back of its mouth so it is hard for it to bite you. Then again we have to only two poisonous lizards; the Gila Monster and the Mexican beaded Lizard. I hate poisonous critters period!! only wood ticks do I hate more - LOL

I will put it in nature so unless you beat me to it Knight I will begin it Monday.
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Don't worry - I'll leave it to you. Looking forward to sharing and hearing!
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Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Eagelcap Eagelcap wrote:


Hey in nature this would be a good thread- snakes that almost bit me

Go for it, Eaglecap!


Oh my god! That reminds me of a time that a rattler almost did bite me, and in the worse possible spot for a growing boy!

btw... has anybody else here tried rattlesnake meat?


PinchPinchPinch

And no, rattlesnake meat has not acquainted itself with my taste buds before. I assume it is acquainted with yours? What's it like?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Panther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jun 2009 at 06:40
Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Eagelcap Eagelcap wrote:


Hey in nature this would be a good thread- snakes that almost bit me

Go for it, Eaglecap!


Oh my god! That reminds me of a time that a rattler almost did bite me, and in the worse possible spot for a growing boy!

btw... has anybody else here tried rattlesnake meat?


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And no, rattlesnake meat has not acquainted itself with my taste buds before. I assume it is acquainted with yours? What's it like?


Believe it or not, it tasted pretty much like chicken!
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We have several traditional monsters. In Chiloe island (sort of Chilean Newfoundland or fishermen subculture) there exist Trauco , a huckbacked man without feet, who attacks women at the forest, raping them. Well, teenage single mothers of the island usually have the excuse of an attack of the Trauco.
 
Trauco


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Wow that's an interesting class of monster, Pinguin! Do you know where the tradition of el trauco came from, or originates? The fact that they do not possess feet is very bizarre indeed!
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In Australian folklore we have the mysterious Bunyip which dwells in billabongs and similar bodies of water. It can be traced to the Aboriginal dreaming, and can also be likened to various Australian megafauna (which probably ties into its place in the dreamtime).





We also have a Yowie, but I don't know if this is just another name for a Bunyip. Does anybody know if there exists a distinction between the two..?
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Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Wow that's an interesting class of monster, Pinguin! Do you know where the tradition of el trauco came from, or originates? The fact that they do not possess feet is very bizarre indeed!
 
A hard question. Chiloe's Island traditions are quite old, and a mixture of Spanish and native superstitions. They believe in Wizards that fly at night and in strange mixtures between chickens and serpents, called Basiliscos, which have an European origen.
 
 
They also have traditions like the llorona, the dead woman that walks at night seducing young men
 
All traditions that can be trace to the Hispanic countries and finally to Europe.
However, they have theirs local monsters as well. One is the Camahueto, a sort of unicorn of bull, which is planted at full moon like a plant, but that growths to be a large bull that can carry full mountains to the sea. Supposedly, this is a picture of the creature Confused
 
 
There are also sirens, which is called La Pincoya, with the same atributes of an European mermaid. And, of course, phantom ships also exist. The local is called Caleuche.
 
 
 
But also there are Mapuche traditions. The most important come from the Mapuche myth of creation, where two giant serpente, the serpent of the sea and the serpent of the land, had a catastrophic combat which was the origin of the earth.
 
Picture from Chiloe Island
 
 
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Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Eagelcap Eagelcap wrote:


Hey in nature this would be a good thread- snakes that almost bit me

Go for it, Eaglecap!


Oh my god! That reminds me of a time that a rattler almost did bite me, and in the worse possible spot for a growing boy!

btw... has anybody else here tried rattlesnake meat?


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And no, rattlesnake meat has not acquainted itself with my taste buds before. I assume it is acquainted with yours? What's it like?


Believe it or not, it tasted pretty much like chicken!



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