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Cryptid Community Intrigued by Recent Photo of ‘Ogopogo’



Dale and Colleen Hanchar were boating with their friend Myrna Germaine Brown on Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada, just over a week ago when they noticed something unusual in the water, according to Global News.

Dale first noticed the object and instructed Colleen to prepare her camera as he turned the boat around, steering the ship within 10 feet of it.

“As a boater, I was just looking to see if there was anything dangerous that needed to be marked so someone didn’t run into it, like a dead head or something,” Dale explained. “We passed by, and I thought about it, and I told Myrna and my wife, ‘that didn’t look right, we need to go look at that again.'””

“We were all perplexed as to what that could possibly be,” he added. “You know, we kind of eliminated what wasn’t in our heads, talked about it briefly, and then just kept going.”


Colleen captured the entire image. (Hanchar, Colleen)

Despite taking photos with Colleen’s phone and seeing it with their own eyes, the couple and their friend were unable to identify it.

“For one thing, those two nodular things sticking up…whatever they are, about three feet apart,” Dale explained. “I did some research since we took this photo, and it’s not a plant.” This isn’t kelp because it’s a lake, not the ocean. This is not a sturgeon. It is not a dead deer turned upside down. All of these things can be eliminated, but the next question is, “What is it?”

Finally, Dale stated that all he wants to know is if anyone saw it or knows what it could have been.

“What is it if it has completely vanished and no one knows what it is?” We’re not sure.” He inquired.

The object’s unidentified nature has some wondering if it could be Ogopogo, Lake Okanagan’s resident monster.

The Okanagan Valley’s serpentine lake monster legend dates back centuries, with countless witnesses reporting sightings, including the area’s indigenous people, the Syilx Okanagan Nation, who call the creature N’ha-a-itk. While no definitive proof of its existence has yet been discovered, despite numerous modern sightings, some have speculated that Ogopogo is a surviving member of a primitive species of whale from the Late Eocene period, which existed 40 to 33.9 million years ago.

However, not everyone believes this photograph is proof of a monster in Lake Okanagan.

Cryptid researcher, folklorist, and Fortean Adam Benedict provided a more mundane explanation for the object to Global News.

“What drew my attention to the surface were the two protruding objects.” “However, when I bring it up on a larger screen and zoom in, I see a water bird of some kind in the process of diving, either just below the surface or coming up,” he explained. “The two protruding objects on the back are obviously its legs in some way, whether bent or kicking, but you can clearly see an eye as well as its beak right at the top of the water line just below the surface.”

Several species of diving ducks live in Lake Okanagan, including the greater scaup, which can dive over 20 feet and hold its breath for up to a minute.

Benedict explained that some people interpret it as a monster because of the lake’s reputation.

“One thing, you know, when you’re dealing with a lake that has a history or reputation for having something in it, your mind will always go to that thing first,” he explained. “Your mind will immediately go to ‘I’m seeing the monster.'” ‘I’m seeing the monster.'”

“However, if a person was boating on a lake that wasn’t associated with a myth,” he added, “it might not shake out the same way.”


Benedict provided this image, which highlights some of the object’s avian characteristics.

Some cryptid enthusiasts have mocked Benedict’s comments, claiming that they cannot see anything resembling waterfowl in the image.

“Yeah, I thought he was ridiculous for thinking it was a waterfowl,” one person said on social media. “I mean, there’s literally no resemblance.”

“What the hell is this guy seeing that he thinks it’s an aquatic bird?” said another. “I don’t see anything resembling a bird in this.”

The Singular Fortean Society contacted Benedict for a response to his critics, to which he replied, “Don’t let your desire for it to be a monster cause you to forget about the actual animals that live in the lake.”


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‘Queen’ Founding Member Shares Crop Circle Picture



On May 24th, Brian May, a founding member of the rock band Queen who later earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics, posted several images to Instagram of a crop circle seen near Marlborough, England.

“Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary here in the English countryside?” The photos were captioned by May. “I’d never seen a crop circle before. As a result, I’m always skeptical of them. But yesterday, as we flew back from our production rehearsal space, over a location near Marlborough, there was this. […] Who creates these fascinating works of mathematical art? Is it a hoax? Are they created by extraterrestrials? And… how…? And what is their goal?”
Responses to May’s post have been mixed, with some claiming that the phenomenon is paranormal, while others believe that hoaxers are to blame.

Crop circles have sparked speculation in the modern era since at least the mid-1970s, with theories ranging from hoaxers to otherworldly beings to “earth energies.”

Despite the fact that people have claimed responsibility for certain crop circle formations, mysterious circles of flattened plants discovered in fields date back much further than modern-day hoaxers.

W.Y. Evans-Wentz recorded folktales of faeries coming in the night to thresh farmers’ grain in his 1911 book The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. Similarly, in 1678, an English woodcut pamphlet depicts ‘The Mowing-Devil,’ who is shown mowing crops in a circular pattern.

While some dismiss these as folkloric inspiration for modern-day hoaxers, others see them as proof of a phenomenon that predates man-made imitation.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the crop circle photographed by May.


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DoD Announces Expanded Effort to Investigate UFOs



According to a press release issued by the Department of Defense (DoD):

Due to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original directive to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security on July 15, 2022, by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).

USD(I&S) Hon. Ronald S. Moultrie informed the department today of the establishment of AARO within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as its director.

The AARO’s mission will be to coordinate efforts across the Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies in the United States to detect, identify, and attribute objects of interest in, on, or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace, and other areas of interest, and, as needed, to mitigate any associated threats to operational safety and national security. Anomaly, unidentified space, airborne, submerged, and transmedium objects are included.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) Ronald Moultrie will lead the AARO Executive Council (AAROEXEC), which will provide oversight and direction to the AARO along the following primary lines of effort:

1. Surveillance, Collection and Reporting
2. System Capabilities and Design
3. Intelligence Operations and Analysis
4. Mitigation and Defeat
5. Governance
6. Science and Technology

This newly reported expansion of the Pentagon’s UFO investigation program follows low congressional trust in their investigative efforts.

Following the release of the much-anticipated preliminary assessment report on UFOs by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last year, many in the intelligence community were critical of what they saw as the report’s failure to offer any concrete explanations for most of the incidents examined, particularly in light of concerns about secret Russian or Chinese technology.

The Pentagon then promised to revamp the task force in charge of investigating UFOs, which resulted in the formation of the AOIMSG, which has since been renamed the AARO.

This reflects Congress’ growing interest in UFOs, which was most recently demonstrated during a House Intelligence Subcommittee hearing on the subject last May—the first of its kind in more than 50 years.

The congressional hearing allowed lawmakers to question the Pentagon about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)—the current government term for UFOs—and for government officials to explain their current position and outline plans to investigate the issue further.

During the hearing, there were few mentions of extraterrestrials, though the Pentagon did express a particular interest in reports containing unusual flight characteristics such as incredible speed, transmedium capabilities, and undetectable means of propulsion.

Since the existence of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which reportedly ran from 2007 to 2012, was made public in 2017, congressional interest in UFOs has skyrocketed.

Interest in the encounters between Navy pilots and UFOs grew, and in 2019, several senators, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), then vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, were briefed on them.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, led at the time by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), then included a directive in their Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 ordering the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to create a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” in consultation with the Secretary of Defense.

That bill resulted in the formation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), which was in charge of producing the aforementioned preliminary assessment report.


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The Marlborough Monkey is a Cryptid Fans Classic



The latest documentary by researcher and filmmaker Karac St. Laurent, The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey, takes a fresh look at an older and often overlooked series of cryptid sightings in New Hampshire.

Most people don’t think of Bigfoot sightings in the northeastern United States, but St. Laurent has made a compelling case for taking the subject seriously while still having fun along the way.

The film is a tribute to the classic cryptid documentaries of the 1970s, and it was shot to look like an 8mm film being watched on a VHS tape. With thematic music and Robert Ready’s absolutely perfect deadpan narration, viewers could be forgiven for not immediately recognizing this as a documentary shot in 2021.

Despite its aesthetic, the film is very much a product of modern investigation, and St. Laurent conducts field investigations using equipment anachronistic to the 1970s, both solo and in collaboration with Small Town Monsters alum Aleksandar Petakov.

When some filmmakers might have been content to show only the interviews with researchers and witnesses included in the documentary, the field investigations were a nice touch. Folklorist John Horrigan is an especially bright addition to an already entertaining documentary, and his unique blend of wit and historical storytelling could have carried the film on its own.

Horrigan, interestingly, coined the term “The Marlborough Monkey” to describe the hairy humanoid being reported by New Hampshire residents in the 1990s, based on one account in which the witness said the creature looked like an orangutan. Those reports never stopped, and sightings of ‘The Marlborough Monkey’ are still being reported today.

St. Laurent, however, does not stop with stories; similarly to his first documentary, Release the Bodette Film, a variety of evidence is presented for the viewers to peruse. Much like that film, the viewer is ultimately left to decide what to believe, despite the fact that the vast majority of the film approaches the subject from a staunchly materialistic standpoint. Petakov makes a passing reference to high strangeness during an interview late in the film, but otherwise the assumption is that if something strange is going on, it’s most likely an undiscovered primate. This isn’t necessarily a negative, depending on your point of view, and those who prefer materialist science in the hunt for cryptids will appreciate the film’s mainstream take on the phenomenon.

That viewpoint is consistent with the 1970s-era documentaries to which it pays homage, and given the evidence presented, there’s never any sense that the investigation should be taking a different path. If The Legend of Boggy Creek is one of your favorite documentaries, check out The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey.

The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey has a run time of 43:14 and will be available to watch for free on the Crash-Course Cryptozoology YouTube channel starting at noon on September 12th. Expect it to be available on DVD around Thanksgiving.


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