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13 Oct

Is This the Jersey Devil or Just a Well-Timed Halloween Prank?



A Little Egg Harbor Township man is claiming that he spotted the fabled Jersey Devil in Galloway, N.J., while driving home from work.

"I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama," he wrote in an email to "If that wasn't enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course."

Dave Black snapped several photos as the creature flew off, only one of which came out. He shared that one with, claiming it was real and not something he had Photoshopped, according to the news outlet.

According to, Black said one of his friends suggested that it could have been an owl carrying and flying away with some sort of animal, but Black says the animal he saw was about the size of a deer.

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20 Aug

Rare Deep-Sea Jellyfish Makes a Stunning Appearance

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

One needn't travel to a distant solar system in hopes of finding creatures seemingly ripped from science fiction. Truth is, some of the most alien-looking lifeforms imaginable live right here on Earth.

Online forum Reddit was abuzz on Wednesday after user Phillip Trudeau shared a recent video of an enormous, rarely seen jellyfish. The massive animal, identified as Stygiomedusa gigantea, was reportedly caught on film by a remotely operated vehicle more than 3,000 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico — drifting through the depths with flowing tentacles that can reach up to 20 feet in length.

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12 Aug

'Flying Spaghetti Monster' Stuns Crew Who Discovered Him

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Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

It would be such a fun job to get to name new species. The fact that we don't have more animals with ridiculous names is astounding to me. If I were in charge of naming animals, they'd all be called things like "Yellow Squish Face" or "Cutest Animal In The Whole World." Which, of course, is why I don't have that power.

A group of researchers captured some unique footage of a rarely seen sea creatureoff the coast of Angola. The creature was identified as being part of the species Bathyphysa conifera, a transparent sea creature with tentacles, but the people who discovered him had a WAY better name in mind.

Spaghetti Monster. Or, the FLYING Spaghetti Monster, to be more exact. 

Relatives of this awesome creature include jellyfish and corals. While this footage is incredible, the most amazing part is probably the sense of humor of the researchers who found Mr. Spaghetti Monster. That's my kind of name for a new species.

Check out the full video of this awesome sea creature below:

Check out another strange creature of the deep below.

6 Aug

Lizard Man Spotted in South Carolina

You've heard of Bigfoot, but have you heard of South Carolina's Lizard Man? The creature's full name is the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp and has been a legend since its first sighting in 1988. It was first sighted charging a teenager near the Scape Ore Swamp and has been blamed for car maulings in the area ever since. It sounds like something from an episode of 'The X-Files,' doesn't it? However, he hasn't been spotted until 2011. Until now.

Eyewitnesses recently claimed to have spotted the creature, capturing photo AND video of this South Carolina urban legend. This image was the first piece of "evidence" given to media outlets to prove the existence of Lizard Man.

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Photo credit: Screen shot from CNN video

We doubt the legitimacy of the image, but anything's possible, right? The photographer completely stands by her photo, too. 

"My hand to God, I am not making this up," she wrote in an email to WCIV. "So excited!"

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11 May

The Minerva Monster (VIDEO)

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Back in 1978, a series of strange events happened in Minerva, Ohio. They specifically happened to the Caytons, a typical small-town American family, and changed their lives forever. 

As the story goes, the Caytons began to experience some odd activity at night on their property on the outskirts of town, which backed up to woodlands and an old strip mine. It started with strange noises and rocks being thrown, and culminated with the killing of the family dog and a visual encounter of a giant, shadowy figure looking in the window of the house. In other words, it's the perfect monster story!

My pal Seth Breedlove thought so too, and decided to make a film about the incident, which blew up and turned the sleepy town into a circus of media and "Bigfoot hunters" descending on the Caytons' property.

I watched the film, entitled The Minerva Monster, and it has a great "monster movie" vibe similar to the vintage Bigfoot film The Legend of Boggy Creek, but without the hokey narration or horror movie cliches.

I asked Seth why he wanted to make the film, and why he chose to make a movie about a monster that isn't your typical monster movie.  Here's what he had to say:

"While I don't consider myself a "believer" in Bigfoot, I do think there is enough evidence to make looking into the subject worthwhile. This particular story, especially, seems to have no easy answers. This is only further corroborated by law enforcement and media personnel who investigated it. 

I grew up in a family where history was a very important part of our lives (my parents owned a historical bookstore). I saw an opportunity in making this film to help preserve something important. Maybe not immediately obvious in terms of importance but certainly important to the city of Minerva and the state of Ohio in general. All history, good or bad, should be told and retold. The Minerva Monster case is no different."

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12 Oct

Don't Cover Your Eyes!: Animal Planet's Scariest Moments (Part 1)



We don't know about you, but when the weather starts to get crisp and October rolls around, we crave all things scary and Halloween-related. Which is why the arrival of full episodes of Lost Tapes today is perfect timing.

It also kicks off a new effort on our part to share some of the scariest Animal Planet clips with you guys from now til Halloween. The first comes from a Lost Tape episode about vampires (you can see the full episode here). Hold on to your seats - it's scary!



Be sure to check out the other Lost Tapes full episodes, Zombies and Poltergeist. Need more scares? Check out the top 10 scariest moments from Lost Tapes!


21 May

Birthing a Monster - Animal Planet's First Ever Monster Week

Rick-holzman Monster Week is driven by the same creative spark that initially led us to make River Monsters. Monsters have always intrigued us - and have allowed us to tell tense, surprising and suspenseful stories, from shocking creatures of massive size to those that are microscopic (You may recall Monsters Inside Me, a show revealing how a vacation in paradise could suddenly lead to a horrible disease or worms that ate your flesh and brain) and Killer Aliens - about mega-pythons and poisonous lizards in Florida.

Everyone knows that the oceans are full of sharks and that these magnificent alpha predators swim in beautiful bright blue water. There is inherently something creepier and more terrifying about murky water with a bottom that squishes between your toes. As summer nears and we all venture into lakes, ponds and watering holes to cool off on these hot summer days, let’s ask ourselves: What if the places we thought were safe were actually just as scary as the oceans patrolled by sharks?

Monster Week was a simple idea, born in the dark primordial soup of a conference room. But as often happens with monsters, the idea took on a life of its own. It morphed and evolved into what will become be an annual event! What better way to kick off the summer than by celebrating the REAL MONSTERS that live in the great outdoors?

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