Monsters of the World: Nue

Pretty creepy, I say!

Found only in remote areas of Japan, the Nue with its monkey-like head and tiger-like legs is regarded as a bringer of bad luck.  This is most likely due to the black venomous cloud it emits from under its snaky tail when disturbed.

Pretty creepy, I say!

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Monsters of the World: Behemoth

Mightiest of all: The Behemoth!

According to Dr. Ernest Drake, the mighty behemoth is found only in the remote northen parts of Siberia, Canada, and Greenland.  This oversized mammoth is so huge that it must hide itself behind mountains instead of tall trees.

A behemoth looks much like a elefant.

Behemoth

Monsters of the World: Baku

According to legend, the shy baku, also called dream-eater, can devour nightmares.

The baku can be found on the coasts of continental Asia and around Japan.  According to legend, the shy baku, also called dream-eater, can devour nightmares.

baku

In reality, this taipir-like creature, which has a trunk similar to an elephant’s, has a soothing effect on people, much like the effect that stroking the fur of a cat has.

 

Monsters of the World: Six-Legged Salamander

Salamanders come as two-, four- and six-legged species, or so it would seem.

Exclusively found in active volcanic reginos, the six-legged salamander exudes a venomous milk that can extinguish flames.  Its third pair of legs may have originally evolved from wings.

Salamander Featured

In appearance, only the number of legs separates this salamander species from the common salamander.

In the featured image, you can see a two-legged salamander, yet another wondrous species.

Information mostly taken from Dr Ernest Drake’s Monsterology Handbook.

Monsters of the World: Chimera

At times, the chimera’s three heads do not see eye to eye.

The three-headed chimera is a lover of volcanic regions.  It breathes flame in the manner of a dragon from its goat-like head and attacks with venom from its snake-like one.  Its lion-like head has a vicious bite.  At times, the chimera’s three heads do not see eye to eye, both literrally and metaphorically.

chimera

Source:
Dougald A. Steer: Dr Ernest Drake’s Monsterology Handbook.  Somerville, MA  2009

Amazing Dinos : Titanoboa

Titanoboa was as big as a school bus!

The earliest snakes evolved from lizards during the Cretaceous Period,

Titanoboa was found in the rocks of Colombia in South America.  The fossils of this huge snake shows it was the biggest, heaviest and longest snake ever.

Titanoboa was as big as a school bus!

big snak

When it lived: 60-58 million years ago

Habitat: Tropical Swamps

Length: 49 ft

Diet: Fish and reptiles

The scaly skin was probably patterned like an anaconda’s.

Source: DK Smithonian Dinosaur! Dinosaurs and Other Amazing Prehistoric Creatures as You’ve Never Seen Them Before.  New York, NY 2014, p. 146f.

Monsters of the World: Arabian Unicorn

The Arabian unicorn inhabits the remote mountain  and desert regions of Arabia.

Docile in the presence of girls but distrssed by boys, the Arabian unicorn inhabits the remote mountain  and desert regions of Arabia. Three other subspecies of unicorns have  been recordeed acrooss the  globe, which, despite appearances, are closely related.

PROMINENT features of the unicorn:

  1.  spiral horn in forehead
  2. billy-goatlike beard
  3. thick mane
  4. long neck
  5. lean, shaggy legs
  6. cloven hooves
  7. leonine [lionlike] tail

LAIR OR NEST:  None.

DIMENSIONS [ADULT]:  4 to 6 feet long; 3  to  4 feet high.

APPEARANCE:  Spiral horn; equine [horselike]; usually light in colour; smaller than often imagined; somtimes mistaken for a foal.

FORMS OF ATTACK: Horn, teeth, hooves.

FOOD:  Grasses, pomegranates.

 

Sources:

  • Dr. Ernest Drake’s Monsterology.  Somerville, MA 2008.
  • Dr. Ernest Drake’s The Monsterology Handbook.  Somerville, MA 2009.

Facts About The Mothman

Here are some facts about the Mothman.

Recently I read John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies and I was fascinated by it.  Here are some facts about the Mothman.

mothman on bridge

Description

There are many descriptions, sometimes he is said to be brown or gray, but he always has red, glowing eyes and large, bat-like wings.  Sometimes he has long, silver hair, but that is very rare.

Mothman drawing

An example of a sighting

On November 12, 1966 a couple of men were digging a grave at a cemetery by Clendenin, West Virginia.  They saw something in the trees that was like a man, but it was large and brown and had wings.  It spread its wings and flew away over their heads.

Interesting facts

The Mothman swooped down and grabbed the attention of UFO investigator John Keel and the local news reporter Mary Hyre, who died shortly after the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, WV collapsed.  Some people blame the Mothman for the collapsing of the Silver Bridge.  But there were also a lot of Men in Black around, not to mention the increased UFO activity in the area, so we don’t know who was responsible for what. 
Sandhillcrane

Point Pleasant, WV sports the only Mothman museum in the world.  I would sure like to go there!  A statue by Bob Roach titled “Legend of The Mothman” stands in front of the museum.  Every September, Pnt Pleasant holds an annual Mothman festival in which many people take pictures with the Mothman statue.  He is also called the “Winged Man”.

Some people think that the Mothman is a Sandhill Crane.  Do you think that bird looks like the Mothman?   I sure don’t.

There is a Wikipedia entry about the Mothman as well, of course.  You can find it here.

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