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Non Cryptid (Known Animal thread)


piscator ψ
Monster salamanders' found in fossilised mass grave:
'Monster salamanders' found in fossilised mass grave - BBC News

The beast of the Danube:
The beast of the Danube - BBC News

Prehistoric caiman's bite 'twice as strong' as T-Rex's
Prehistoric caiman's bite 'twice as strong' as T-Rex's - BBC News

The girl who gets gifts from birds:
The girl who gets gifts from birds - BBC News
Birds that bring gifts and do the gardening
Birds that bring gifts and do the gardening - BBC News

New species of marine reptile identified from Skye fossils:
New species of marine reptile identified from Skye fossils - BBC News

Monster shark 'kept whales in check':
Monster shark 'kept whales in check' - BBC News

Bat nav: Animals' 3D brain compass found:
Bat nav: Animals' 3D brain compass found - BBC News

Millions of eels journey from Bermuda to Britain and back:
Millions of eels journey from Bermuda to Britain and back - BBC News


Paranormal Adept
I like the eel one Han, they must be able to breed in britain tho, you get them in quarries drains etc, isolated places.

Ive caught some big ones of a quarry floor, that deep, and peaty water, must of been completely dark on the bottom, small dead perch for bait.


piscator ψ
On a rainy night Eels can travel on land, think of them like a wet snake.

"As long as the ground is wet enough, they can move on land.

*((source)) Descriptions and articles about the European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) - Encyclopedia of Life

When I used to fish I caught 2 or 3 big ones out of the Canal which was landlocked. I was usually after Perch so I was using large Eartworms. If I started fishing again and I was after Eels I would use a much larger hook and several large earthworms at once, I had great difficulty in disgorging the size 16 hooks I was using because the eels were so strong and slippery.

I also remember reading that Eels have different shaped heads depending on their diet.

Although the BBC seemed to think it was funny (which I don't) here is a story about a 150 year old Eel:
Much mirth as Sweden 'mourns' its oldest eel - BBC News

I am trying to tie this in to my theory about the Lambton Worm.

The Lambton Worm

One Sunday morn young Lambton went
A-fishing' in the Wear;
An' catched a fish upon he's heuk,
He thowt leuk't varry queer.
But whatt'n a kind of fish it was
Young Lambton cuddent tell.
He waddn't fash te carry'd hyem,
So he hoyed it doon a well.*

cho: Whisht! Lads, haad yor gobs,
An Aa'll tell ye's aall an aaful story
Whisht! Lads, haad yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tell ye 'boot the worm.

Noo Lambton felt inclined te gan
An' fight i' foreign wars.
he joined a troop o' Knights that cared
For nowther woonds nor scars,
An' off he went te Palestine
Where queer things him befel,
An' varry seun forgat aboot
The queer worm i' the well.

But the worm got fat an' growed and' growed
An' growed an aaful size;
He'd greet big teeth, a greet big gob,
An' greet big goggle eyes.
An' when at neets he craaled aboot
Te pick up bits o' news,
If he felt dry upon the road,
He milked a dozen coos.

This feorful worm wad often feed
On caalves an' lambs an' sheep,
An' swally little barins alive
When they laid doon te sleep.
An' when he'd eaten aall he cud
An' he had had he's fill,
He craaled away an' lapped he's tail
Seven times roond Pensher Hill.

The news of this myest aaful worm
An' his queer gannins on
Seun crossed the seas, gat te the ears
Ov brave and' bowld Sor John.
So hyem he cam an' catched the beast
An' cut 'im in twe haalves,
An' that seun stopped he's eatin' bairns,
An' sheep an' lambs and caalves.

So noo ye knaa hoo aall the foaks
On byeth sides ov the Wear
Lost lots o' sheep an' lots o' sleep
An' leeved i' mortal feor.
So let's hev one te brave Sor John
That kept the bairns frae harm,
Saved coos an' caalves by myekin' haalves
O' the famis Lambton Worm.

Final Chorus

Noo lads, Aa'll haad me gob,
That's aall Aa knaa aboot the story
Ov Sor John's clivvor job
Wi' the aaful Lambton Worm.

*Hoyed Means Throw/lob/chuck/.

Jeff Davis

Paranormal Adept
I forget where it was exactly, certainly some dense unexplored rain forest, but last year I read of a cryptid that has been described by the natives as a cross between a huge toad and a crocodile. The body of a toad and the head of a croc. The monster salamander article reminded me of it. Supposedly the natives claim that if you ever see one, it was all but guaranteed that you'd never live to tell of it.

Anyways, your post inspired me to refresh my own memory: ShukerNature: A REAL-LIFE CROCODILE-FROG FROM BORNEO?


piscator ψ
a Frogodile! :)

I had not heard of this one before, thank you for sharing it.

One mention of a giant Frog that I know of is from Native Australian culture, in the Dreamtime there was a huge frog which drank all the rivers and seas dry, until he burst.
I will try to find more info on it.


piscator ψ

Google help for Loch Ness Monster hunters - BBC News


piscator ψ
Here is a large female Toad that lives somewhere in my garden, I am not sure how old she is but I understand that they can live to 50! (in captivity)
If you look closely you can see her catch an ant.


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