This week on The Gralien Report, scientists continue to warm up to the discussion of the search for extraterrestrial life, with new and innovative thinking being applied to how we may eventually find aliens. However, some are asking how the study of unidentified flying objects may fit into the equation?

We also look at the popularity of a new American pastime: “Cryptotourism,” a new travel trend where people visit destinations and festivals themed around famous monsters in American folklore (although the theme is by no means exclusive to the United States… just look at famous travel hubs like Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands).

Then later in the program, we turn our attention to the subjects of folklore and cryptozoology, as we present an elaborate survey of “American Monsters” said to exist in various parts of the United States. While many of the creatures we look at in our discussion are the products of hoaxes, legends, and frontier lore, there are the occasional occurrences that keep us wondering: most notably, reports of apelike “swamp monsters” seen in various locales, as well as prolific reports of water beasts and sea serpents that continue right into the modern day. Do any such reports present a case for further study by science?

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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