Monday, March 2, 2009

A short Cryptozoology lesson

The term Cryptozoology literally means "the study of hidden animals". The word is made up from the Greek words "kryptos" and "logos" which mean "living beings" and "study" respectively.

The sole mission of the cryptozoologist is to establish the existence of new species of animals. I often think how great it would be to actually try and find one of the amazing creatures people claim to see, like Bigfoot, Chupacabra, Nessie, and the Thunderbirds.

Who knows. Maybe one day during a hike, I'll come across something exciting. Along that line, if you ever get an urge to hunt for a cryptid, there are a few basic things you'd want to take along with you. First, a partner would be a good idea. It's never a good idea to go stalking around in the woods alone. Plus, you might want someone to take notes, film for you or just carry your equipment for you.

Next, a digital camera, or even your phone if it has a camera. A video camera would be a great tool if you have one and also a tape recorder would be helpful. Just in case you come across any footprints, you might want to bring some quick-set plaster to take a cast of the print. Additionally, some zip-lock bags are a good idea in case you find odd droppings, feathers or other specimens to collect.

So, if you decide to go hunting this Spring, let us know what you find and I'll do the same. Good luck!


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