“…huge violent eels…”
There’s a new post from Nick Redfern at Mysterious Universe that delves into a number of stories he’s collected over the years of what may be large eels roaming the waters of the UK, and specifically the Midlands area. In fact, very large eels!
The article begins likes this:
“Any mention of large, serpent-like monsters lurking in the waters of the British Isles inevitably conjures up imagery of the nation’s most famous cryptozoological creature, Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Or monsters. Indeed, if not some strange Fortean phantasm (which I don’t actually rule out), then there would have to be an entire colony of such things in the loch, given that sightings have been reported for many a year. But, regardless of the true nature of Nessie, sometimes it’s not necessary to travel to ancient lochs to find tales of terrible things lurking in the dark depths. Sometimes, you can find them right in the heart of the city, which is something I note in my new book, Monster Diary: On the Road in Search of Strange and Sinister Creatures.
“Back in the late 1980s, when I was working as both a fork-lift and a van driver for a company in the West Midlands, England town of Walsall, I heard a number of noteworthy stories pertaining to sightings of huge violent eels, which were said to roam the dark, winding canals of both the nearby city of Birmingham, and certain rural areas of the adjacent county of Staffordshire. Rather like some 1950s era street gang from the Bronx, they seemed to travel in packs, prepared to take on just about anything and everything that had the misfortune to cross their path.”
The photo above – Copyright © Nick Redfern, taken by him a couple of years ago – shows one of the stretches of Birmingham canal in question where at least one of the eels was reportedly seen back in the ’80’s.
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Was it Montana Nessie?
FINLEY POINT May 18, 2012 — After a prolonged absence of Flathead Nessie sightings, the lake’s elusive monster may be out there after all. That’s what Pam Moriarty, her daughter Laura Barthrop and Justin Lagemann are wondering after the trio viewed a strange object swimming against the current about 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12.
From the picture windows in Pam cliff top home on the northwest end of Finley Point, they watched for about five minutes as it swam northeasterly away from shore toward the main part of the lake. They were so surprised that Pam briefly forgot her camera was nearby. She rushed to retrieve it and managed to snap a picture, but it was too far away to identify.
Lagemann estimated the object was about 40 or 50 yards off shore when they first noticed it. They watched through binoculars and afterward he sketched how it appeared to him. He thought the critter was at least 25 feet long. The head was not showing as it moved away, but it had a “whale-like tail” and “spiked dorsal fins.”
What was the first Cryptid you remember learning about?
This Week’s Cryptid Chronicles Question!
For many people the first cryptid they ever heard about was one of the “celebrity cryptids” like Bigfoot, Nessie, Yeti or Chupacabra. For others, their first schooling may have been of a more obscure or local-based cryptid.
I was wondering what cryptids were the first introduction to cryptozoology for the Cryptid Chronicles readers? And how did you learn about them? Parent, school, newspaper? Remember, Cryptozoology literally means the “study of hidden animals,” searching out creatures which are thought to be nonexistent by popular biology, legendary, or considered to be extinct. So what about it, readers? Please leave your comments! Thank you!