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Monday, October 10, 2011
Cryptid Hot Spots or Refugia
What this identifies are locales
which represent refugia for odd critters.There are certainly many such areas to be identified as yet and it is a
pretty difficult task when we begin with most completely rejecting the
existence of the critters per se.
Yet large primates and cats both
share some rather unusual traits.They
are clever animals who need a lot of elbow room.Ample game presently exists in the form of burgeoning
deer herds.I really do not think they were
ever threatened with hunger. Inevitably they are also nocturnal.
A scant population and a well
learned avoidance behavior when dealing with humanity pretty well makes
interaction extremely rare.
Once you factor in outright
intelligent avoidance for large creatures, it is no longer too surprising that
we are never lucky.It also informs us
that we actually have a lot of legitimate surprises out there once we get
serious about monitoring appropriate game trails at night.
It is one thing to receive reports of a strange creature – whether
Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or the
Chupacabra – seen in one particular locale. But it’s quite another thing
entirely to get multiple reports of several different unidentified beasts from
one clearly delineated area! And, yet, within the field of Cryptozoology,
that’s precisely what we see on numerous occasions.
Take, for example, England’s
Cannock Chase – a sprawling and dense mass of heath and woodland situated in
the county of Staffordshire. For years, an absolute
menagerie of unknown animals and out-of-place critters has been seen roaming
the Chase. The list is as long as it is impressively weird, and includes
Bigfoot-type entities, marauding werewolves, large and exotic cats of the puma
variety, giant snakes, oversized birds and much more.
Then there’s RendleshamForest, Suffolk – near
east-coast. In December 1980, the forest was the site of what – today – is
considered by many to be Britain’s
most famous UFO encounter. Over the course of several nights in the latter part
of the month, numerous military personnel reported seeing UFOs, strange lights,
and even alien-type entities deep in the woods. A major cover-up was put into
place to hide the startling truth of the affair, claim numerous UFO
But, that’s not all: Rendlesham is also the reputed home of a
Sasquatch-style creature known as the Shug Monkey. Big cats have been reported
prowling the woods for years. As have ghostly, glowing-eyed, black dogs. And
centuries ago in the waters off the very nearby town of Orford, a hair-covered, crazed creature –
half man and half animal - was said to have been captured and tamed.
And let’s take a trip to Loch Ness,
thought Nessie was the strangest thing haunting those old dark waters? Nope!
Big black cats – similar to those seen in the aforementioned Cannock Chase and RendleshamForest - consider the woods surrounding
the loch to be their home too. Legend also tells of shape-shifting monsters
known as Kelpies skulking around the area.
There are even reports of large animals seen in the waters of the loch
that sound nothing like the image of Nessie that most people have – namely,
that of a long-necked, humped animal with flippers.
Moving across the Atlantic Ocean, the huge Big Thicket woods in Texas are home to
ape-men, wild men of the woods, and – yet again – big-cats. The Big Thicket is
also home to something known as the Ghost-Light: a spooky, ethereal ball of
bright floating light that - by night - surfs the old roads that run through
and around the Big Thicket.
And the curious list goes on and on. All of this, of course, begs a
very important question? Why do certain areas of our globe seem to act as
full-blown “hot-spots” for weird beasts of wildly varying types? Some
researchers suggest that the areas themselves are as significant as the
creatures that lurk within them.
A number of theorists have suggested the idea – and, granted, an idea
is all it can be perceived as right now – that certain parts of our planet act
as portals or “doorways” to other realms of existence (extra-dimensions, in
other words), through which all of these strange creatures come as the mood
Sounds controversial? Yes! Many might say such a scenario sounds just
too controversial. And maybe they’re right.
On the other hand, if such portals do exist – and one day science
proves their existence – this may well go some way towards explaining why
certain parts of the Earth appear to be true magnets of the monstrous kind.
Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including his latest, The
Real Men in Black.