Yeti and Nessie and Monsters, Oh My!

011I went to Maine a while ago, and stumbled upon a neat little place I’d like to share – The International Museum of CryptozoologyCryptozoology is considered a pseudoscience by many, and involves the search for animals whose existence has yet to be proven and/or accepted by the scientific community as real. Some consider cryptozoologists to be monster hunters. A bit of merit was earned after a coelacanth, a prehistoric fish thought to be extinct for over 65 million years, was discovered living in modern times. Whether you believe in the existence of Yeti and Nessie and other such creatures or not, it’s still a fun and interesting place to go look around. You’re also free to take pictures with the collections.

005For $7 ($5 for kids) you gain entrance to the museum, which is a little hole in the wall off Avon Street in Portland. We were fortunate enough to visit when Mr. Loren Coleman, the director and founder of the museum, was there. Mr. Coleman is a true believer, cryptozoologist and investigator, who you may recognize from his numerous appearances in different documentaries and investigative TV series. He’s also a very nice, hospitable man who is eager to discuss the exhibits with both believers and non-believers.

It’s a fun little side trip should you find yourself in the area, and the one and only museum of its kind in the world.

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  1. I read a news article recently about a scientist that had mapped the DNA of a Yeti, and was convinced that such a creature exists, however it isn’t human like in its DNA. From the DNA, the scientist determined that it was a species of bear, very closely related to another, more common species. As bear often walk erect for short periods of time, he thought that’s what had given rise to the Yeti stories.


    1. That’s so interesting! And very plausible. Perhaps a genetic mutation in the pelvis that resulted in a bear being more bipedal than normal, passed on and improved through generations . . . that’s how new species are formed. And bipedalism would result in a reduced snout, making for a flatter, more human-like face. Thanks so much for sharing that, I will l definitely look for more to read more about it.


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