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Thursday, 9 September 2010


Wide World Magazine article, August 1925

Hot on the heels of my last blog re Trunko, which documented a hitherto-unpublished Trunko photo (one of three snapped by the photographer in question), here is a second Trunko world-exclusive!

Thanks once again to the indefatigable efforts of my Trunko co-researcher Markus Hemmler, and also, independently, to the greatly-appreciated assistance of Paranormal Magazine editor Richard Holland (who owns a sizeable collection of the following publication), I am delighted to be able to present here an article published in August 1925 by Wide World Magazine that contains a detailed historical and eyewitness account of Trunko written by that same photographer, Mr A.K. Jones (named as Mr A.C. Jones in my previous blog because that was how he was referred to in the Margate Business Association website containing the Trunko photo by him that I blogged about previously), and which contains his other two Trunko photos! Please note that these photos are copyright to Mr A.K. Jones, and are presented here within the Wide World article solely for review/scientific critique purposes in accordance with the Fair Dealing/Fair Use convention on a strictly non-commercial basis.

So enjoy the article, and the Trunko photos, which in my view now make it absolutely certain that Trunko was indeed a globsterised whale carcase, and therefore was never alive in the oft-depicted exotic form of a white-furred, trunk-bearing, lobster-tailed marine cryptid.

To think that this article has been publicly available for 85 years, yet until now no-one in the cryptozoological or wider Fortean community had known about it! Suddenly, the prospect of the missing thunderbird photo no longer seems quite so unlikely after all!

As before, my most sincere and grateful thanks to Markus Hemmler (http://www.kryptozoologie-online.de/) for sharing his momentous finds with me.


  1. I'd love there to still be an unknown substantial-sized creature living in the oceans of the world, but it looks more doubtful every year (maybe at great depths, who knows). The St Augustine giant octopus seemed to be the best hope, but I believe it was finally analyzed by a famed oceanographer and determined to be whale blubber. Large creatures can best be enjoyed in movies, that's real enough for me.

  2. Awww, what a shame! Trunko was one of my favourites....yep, definitely a decayed whale carcass.

  3. What a shame. I was sure Trunko was the only "real globster". What a disappointing end to such a promising cryptid! But I guess it isn't always what you expect or hope for, in life and in cryptozoology. And of course, there's always another cryptid out there. RIP Trunko, long live Bigfoot!

  4. sea monster? but hairy? that is wrong. hair/fur = land animals

  5. Exactly - the hairiness of a supposedly alive sea-living animal was always a major problem for me to accept.

  6. a photo now is flying in social media about a certain province here in the philippines who found an unknown creature floated ashore.it is white and a bit furry. i'm kinda sure it looks like this and btw it is not edited.