Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer, Dr Karl Shuker is also one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world. He is the author of such seminal works as Mystery Cats of the World (1989), The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (1993; greatly expanded in 2012 as The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals), Dragons: A Natural History (1995), In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), The Unexplained (1996), From Flying Toads To Snakes With Wings (1997), Mysteries of Planet Earth (1999), The Hidden Powers of Animals (2001), The Beasts That Hide From Man (2003), Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007), Dr Shuker's Casebook (2008), Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (2010), Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery (2012), Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (2013), Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture (2013), The Menagerie of Marvels (2014), A Manifestation of Monsters (2015), Here's Nessie! (2016), and what is widely considered to be his cryptozoological magnum opus, Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors (2016) - plus, very excitingly, his first two long-awaited, much-requested ShukerNature blog books (2019, 2020).

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Friday, 4 March 2011


On 2 February 2011, I posted a listing of the Top Ten most-viewed ShukerNature posts of all time - which attracted a considerable number of views itself, and also threw up some surprising results. Not least of these was the extraordinary discovery that if a ShukerNature post happened to feature a blue-coloured animal, it stood a much greater than average chance of attracting an exceptionally large number of views - but why?

I still have no satisfactory answer to that question - but what I do have is the latest listing of the Top Ten most-viewed ShukerNature posts, which is presented below. And as you will see, even in just a month, there have been some interesting changes, not least of which is the debut very near to the top of the chart of a post that was only uploaded during the past month, and yet which has proven so popular that it has effortlessly exceeded the viewing counts of almost all of the other one hundred-plus posts that I have uploaded here during the past two years since my ShukerNature blog was launched. But again, I have absolutely no idea why this particular post's subject has proven so inordinately popular.

Consequently, please cast your eyes over this list, and see what conclusions you can draw. The positions occupied by the Top Ten entries from the previous month's list are presented in red.

#1: The mystery blue spider of Yorkshire (25 August 2010) (1)

#2: Behold, Trunko!! (Trunko exclusive #1) (6 September 2010) (2)

#3: Archangel feathers (3 February 2011) (-)

#4: South Africa's hairless blue horse (24 March 2010) (4)

#5: Two more Trunko photos (Trunko exclusive #2) (9 September 2010) (3)

#6: Dragons of Babylon and dinosaurs of the Bible (18 January 2011) (5)

#7: Blue tigers (17 May 2009) (8)

#8: Smethwick devil (4 September 2010) (6)

#9: Orang pendek (24 November 2010) (7)

#10: A diversity of devil-fishes (6 March 2009) (10)

If nothing else, archangel feathers have certainly attracted very appreciable attention, and the blue connection is still very much alive - so make of that what you will!


  1. Hi Karl, I have tried getting the message to you a couple of different ways but I had not heard back.
    I recently posted a blog on Sea Elephants and noting a Cryptid I had not heard of before, The Gambian Sea Elephant. My frank response was that somebody had not read one of your books very carefully and had confused Gambo with Trunko. Did you know of the situation and did you have any opinion on that?

    Fo my own blog I notice there is a very strong interest in Giant Anacondas. And Toledo, Ohio- but I know why THAT is.

    Best Wishes, Dale D.

  2. Hi Dale, No, I haven't received any message from you re this subject until now. Interesting, but very likely indeed to have resulted from a confusion between Gambo and Trunko. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, though. All the best, Karl

  3. Unfortunately not many mention the source for their "Gambian Sea Elephant". Maybe the source for this confusion is this entry in Chad Arment's cryptid checklist for Africa?

    "Sea Elephant"
    Reported from coast of Gambia
    Shuker 1998c

    (Shuker, K.P.N. 1998c. The secret animals of Senegambia. Fate (Nov.): 46-50.)


  4. This may well explain it, Markus, because my cited article only documents Gambo; obviously, it doesn't mention Trunko, because Trunko was from South Africa, not West Africa. So there is no "sea elephant reported from the coast of Gambia" in my article, because no such creature has ever been reported. All the best, Karl