“Kryptos” being Greek for ‘hidden’ and zoology being the study of animals. A specific methodology crafted by the late Belgium zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans to explore the possibility of unrecognized animals sometimes only acknowledged by indigenous peoples.
A term employed by some researchers in the cryptozoology field in reference to an unrecognized species of animal.
Each translating from Gaelic as ‘horse’ and Uisage being ‘water’. Water-horses are described in folklore and legends throughout Europe with the strongest traditions appearing in Scandinavia, Iceland, Scotland and Ireland. Often depicted in art as a sort of ‘mer-horse’ similar to the astrological figure Capricorn with the front half being a horse and the bottom half ending in a fish’s tail. In some tales the water-horse is an evil shape-shifting entity which can morph into a beautiful human to lure the opposite gender.
An organized study of unknown or unexplainable phenomena inspired by the late anomalist Charles Fort. (See links)
A term used in certain regions of Ireland, most notably Connemara, for what sounds to be two separate types of entities. One being that of a large serpentine creature as described by Thomas Crofter: “a great conger eel, seven yards long and as thick as a bull in the body with a mane on its back like a horse.” The second variation would be only an alternative to the term Each Usiage.
A term noted by Dr. Roy P. Mackal as being used by Scottish residents around Loch Ness in describing a large thick bodied eel with a horses “mane” or a mane-like frill. Essentially, it would appear to be the same as the horse-eel. Hair-eels were reputed to being present in Loch Ness long before “Nessie” became an international sensation. One was allegedly killed by workers maintaining the Caledonian Canal sometime during the turn of the 20th century.
Scottish term for water-horse. More often used with the supernatural qualities such as shape-shifting. Sightings of water-horses or ‘kelpies’ are recorded throughout the Highlands but are distinctly separate from sightings of the more popular ‘long-necked’ beasts.
The Icelandic ‘water-horse’. While the more traditional stories carry mythological traits, there are still modern reports of an aquatic animal bearing strong resemblance to a horse.
Piast or Peiste
A traditional Irish term designated for lake beasts. Piast (not to be confused with piaste which translates as “child”) and peiste are derived from the Latin word pestis meaning anything noxious or hurtful. In some folk accounts the title Payshtha More is used which simply means “Great Pest.” The name also affiliates with “worm”.
A sort of bogeyman who takes on the appearance of many different animals though most often a horse. At night the Pooka raises havoc destroying property and bring harm to anyone unfortunate enough to cross its path. Pooka has also been used as a sinister horse spirit that haunts bogs late at night and sometimes used as a synonym for ‘each usiage’. For the most part though, the Pooka is more commonly identified as a sort of spook. (GUST’s 2001 expedition to Lough Ree was originally titled “Operation Pooka” before tactfully switched to “Operation Horse-eel”.)