Photo: 2nd Mothman / Bat-Like Object Witnessed Over Chicago Phantoms & Monsters
On the heels of a recent report of something that resembled the famous Mothman cryptid a Chicago resident has stepped forward with a report that may tie into the previous report, which is included in this posting by Lon Stricler. The man from Chicago gives the background of a photo he snapped in August of a local landmark. He later realized he had captured an image of an unidentified object with a faintly batlike silhouette in the sky above the landmark. Is it connected to the more recent report of a Mothman-like creature peeking into a third storey window in the Windy City? Meanwhile, Jena Bryner reveals details of the hypothesis of a husband and wife research team who infer evidence of the existence of an ancient sea creature that munched on plesiosaurs from remains unearthed in Nevada, as shown in Lair of Ancient 'Kraken' Sea Monster Possibly Discovered. The two don't claim any direct physical evidence of something like the ancient Norse sea monster, but point, instead, to middens of bones of gargantuan monsters supposedly bearing marks like those observed on sperm whales which don't find an easy meal when they dine on giant squid. Sadly, empiricists are taking the anomalists to task on this one, as they invariably do, demanding, "Show me the tentacle! Or, at least, a beak!" Brian Switek lays out the skeptic's counter argument to the couple's claim with The Giant, Prehistoric Squid That Ate Common Sense, comparing the bonebeds to so many tealeaves and arguing the Shonisaurus popularis bones and their arrangement in a huge pile do not serve as proof of a gigantic, highly intelligent, squidlike predator. Also, in a programming note, there's more than cryptozoology to discuss tonight at 8 ET when Eric Altman and Lon Strickler host Bigfoot researcher Billy Willard and Psychic Medium Sonya Horstman in the latest episode of Beyond the Edge Radio. Listen live or download the podcast. And there's more about Bigfoot, including chatter about Native Americans slaying a Bigfoot, as well as Mothman news and other esoterica subjects as Benjamin Grundy takes the microphone for Episode 614 - Mysterious Universe. Downloadable or listen online.