A massive swarm of ladybugs that popped up on a weather radar, the FBI's interest in Bigfoot, and a trio of women in England who say that they see fairies are among the strange and unusual stories to cross our desk this past week.
Iconic cryptids Bigfoot and Nessie stole the headlines this week by way of two stories that got considerable mainstream attention. First, the scientist behind a much-heralded Loch Ness environmental DNA project from last year hinted that the study yielded a surprising result which just may bolster the legend of the 'monster' said to reside at the site. Later in the week, Sasquatch made news in a most unexpected way as the FBI released a 1976 file detailing their role in testing hairs thought to have come from the creature.
The majesty of Mother Nature was on full display this week when a massive swarm of ladybugs wound up appearing on a National Weather Service radar watching over southern California. The incredible cloud of creatures, known scientifically as a 'bloom,' measured a whopping 80 miles wide. For those wondering what it might have been like standing on the ground as the swarm passed through, one observer described the sky as being filled with what appeared to be tiny flecks that were, upon closer inspection, ladybugs.
In one of the weirder stories we've seen in a while, a trio of women appeared on British morning television with claims that they can see fairies. According to the self-described 'fairy whisperers,' these 'nature spirits' appear before them in all shapes and sizes, including one encounter where an entity was as large as a tree. During the highly-entertaining segment, one of the women even provided a brief video which, she contends, shows a fairy hovering in the sky near a stream.
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