Brazil: High Strangeness Creatures
by Dr. Rafael A. Lara, CEFP
[Dr. Rafael Lara is the co-founder of the Institute of Hispanic Ufology. This is one of his many articles covering "high strangeness" events in the Americas - Ed.]
Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world: spreading over an extension of 8,511,965 square kilometers, it is the fifth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China and the USA. Most of it is made up of jungles that remained unexplored to this very day, great savannas and a number of mountain ranges which remain enveloped in dense vegetation, without mentioning the vast swampland of the Amazon, which harbors an infinity of creatures and beings, some of them known to science and others known only through tradition and sporadic sightings made by explorers and aborigines.
Our research shows that two groups of entities may be taken into consideration: 1) Strange beings linked to the apparition of UFOs (bearing in mind that Brazil is foremost among the nations with the greatest number of sightings, landings, contacts, abductions, etc.; 2) Giant cats, winged creatures, hairy humanoids, dwarves, sea monsters, gigantic serpents, etc, which steer the investigator toward a cryptozoological or paranormal phenomenon.
1. Strange creatures associated with UFOs
There are hundreds of reports in which one can find a direct relationship between UFOs and strange creatures. However, in this report we shall limit the scope to only the most relevant cases and those which present the most varied morphology. Likewise we shall concentrate on those events which transpired after the so-called "modern era of UFOs", which kicked off, as we all know, with Kenneth Arnold's sighting in 1947.
Bauru, state of Sao Paulo, July 23, 1947: Only 29 days after the Arnold sighting, Brazilian topographer José C. Higgins witnessed an enormous disk some 45 meters in width, whitish-grey in color, and supported by four metallic struts. Three beings, measuring some 2.15 meters in height (7 ft), stepped out of the craft wearng transparent outfits which covered them like "plastic bags". They had round eyes, bald heads and bulky round heads without eyebrows or facial hair; their legs were proportionally longer than a human's. The witness could not determine if they were male or female, but found that they had "a certain beauty" about them.
Near Santa María, state of Rio Grande do Sul, March 16, 1954. Rubén Hellwing encountered, on two successive days, with a number of different entities. On the first day, he saw two slender men, 1.60 meters in height, with dark complexions and helmetless. On the following day he encountered a tall blond man accompanied by two dark skinned women with long black silky hair, and dark slanted eyes. The three were dressed
in identical one-piece brown outfits. In both cases, Hellwing was able to see a flying object resembling "an inverted casserole."
Pontal, November 4, 1954. José Alves was out fishing when he met three diminutive creatures wearing white outfits and tight-fitting helmets. The entities had emerged from a discoidal vehicle some 3 to 4.5 meters in diameter.
Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul, November 10, 1954. An agronomer from Porto Alegre allegedly saw two strange-looking men emerge from a discoidal structure some 5 meters in diameter. The figures were humanlike, with long hair, and wearing coveralls.
Linha Bela Vista, state of Rio Grande do Sul, December 9, 1954. Olmira da Costa e Rosa, a farmer, met three average-height humanoids described as: "broad-shouldered, with pallid complexions, slanted eyes and wind-touseled blond hair," who were gathered outside two discoidal objects enveloped in a kind of fog. The farmer believed at first that they were aviators from another country.
Sao Sebastiao, on Brazil's southern shore. At 7:10 p.m. on June 15, 1957, professor Joao Freitas de Guimaraes, attorney and professor of Roman Law at the Catholic Law School, observed two tall men (1.80 mts.) with shoulder-length blond hair, fair complexions, youthful demeanor and a look in their eyes which expressed wisdom and understanding. They wore one piece greenish outfits that were snug around the neck, wrists and ankles. Professor Guimaraes was able to see a luminous, hat-shaped object which descended not too far from his position.
Quebracoco, October 10, 1957. Spanish Navy officer Miguel E. and a companion were able to see a giant UFO whose portholes offered a glimpse of seven small humanoid beings, no larger than a child, with long hair and clad in luminous outfits.
Minduri, August 23, 1958. On August 23, 1958, two giants whose height was estimated at six meters (19 feet!), clad in brilliant red outfits, were seen close to Minduri by three witnesses who also claimed having seen a hat-shaped luminous object suspended in the sky.
Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, August 28, 1963. At 7:15 p.m., three boys were standing in the backyard of their home in Belo Horizonte's Sagrada Familha neighborhood when they noticed an large, transparent luminous sphere descending toward them. One of the occupants of the sphere was a tall, slender man, some 2 mts. in height, dressed in a "scuba diver's outfit" and with an entirely bald head contained within a massive helmet. The man was earless and noseless, red-skinned, and had a single large dark eye, withouth eyebrows or eyelashes, in the middle of its face. This case was not investigated until the summer of 1965, when it was brought to light by Brazilian researcher Hulvio Brant Alexio.
Cruzeiros, state of Sao Paulo, August 14, 1965. A ralilorad worker in Rio de Janeiro, Joao do Rio, had a close encounter measuring aproximately 70 centimeters in height, with large luminous eyes recessed in a large bald head. The singular creature had emerged from a flying saucer.
Sao Joao, state of Pernambuco, September 10, 1965. Antonio Pau Ferreira, a 45-year old farmer, was startled to behold two disk shaped objects no larger than 1.50 meters wide and 60 centimeters thick, which disgorged two small beings of a generally humanlike appearance, beardless, with reddish-brown skin and waxen complexions. They wore form-fitting outfits.
Alto Dos Cruzeiros, Canhotinho Municipality, Pernambuco. On October 26, 1965, José Camilo Filho, a 56 year-old mechanic, witnessed a UFO flying over his neighborhood. Minutes
later, driving along a highway, he noticed two small beings, less than a meter tall, with brown skins, wrinkled and furrowed faces "like those of old men", white hair on enormous heads, and slanted eyes. One of these dwarves wore a pointed cap made of dark material, and a patchy beard grew on its face. Both creatures wore silvery outfits and luminous belts.
Agua Branca, Quipapa, state of Pernambuco, Februrary 25, 1966. María Marluce and María Marilucy de Silva had an encounter with a disk-shaped object some 3 to 4 meters wide. Standing beside the object was a humanoid being some 2 meters tall surrounded by six small, large-headed creatures in coveralls. The creatures appeared to be talking among themselves.
Alexania, Brasilia, December 27, 1967. Wilson Plácido Gusmao, a resident of Brasilia, ran into five humanoid entities shortly after having witnessed a UFO. The creatures belonged to the oft-described category of long-haired blondes, with porcelain-like complexions and shimmering, form-fitting outfits. One of the humanoid, presumably the leader, had a light in front of him.
Sao Paulo, August 25, 1968. María José Cintra, a worker at Serafim Ferreira Hospital, was startled to encounter a strange woman with fair skin, wearing a light blue cloak over a silvery coverall with tight cuffs. The entity floated into a pear-shaped object which floated less than a meter off the ground.
Prefeitura de Lins, state of Sao Paulo, October 2, 1968. Turíbio Pereira witnessed 5 identical beings which appeared to be repairing a luminous object that rested on the ground. The witness described the creatures as being some 1.50 meters tall, wearing radiant blue tunics which covered their head, arms and torso. Two other individuals wore brilliant red tunics.
Fazenda Bela Aliança, Pirassununga, February 6, 1969. José Antonio Fioco saw a strange craft lying in one of his ranch's pastures. Three tall humanoids wearing brilliant silver outfits emerged from the vehicle. Their outfits had three large buttons on the torso.
Bairro Pinheiro, Pirassununga, February 6, 1969. Several residents of this community reported seeing the descent of a large luminous object around 7:30 a.m. Two small men emerged from the object. Witnesses described tham as having slender lips, flattened noses, dark eyes with neither pupils nor whites, wearing aluminized outfits that covered their bodies.
Colegio Batista, March 22, 1969. Two girls observed a small man wearing a helmet which projected a greenish radiance through bulbs shaped like "cat's eyes." Two hours earlier, the girls had seen a strange luminous object which appeared to be following them.
Itaperuna, December 20, 1971. Manuel da Silva Souza witnessed a strange discoidal object on the ground. Standing beside it were 4 diminutive humanoids with bare round heads, thin noses and slanted eyes, wearing emerald colored clothing. The beings appeared to be mouthless.
Baldim, Minas Gerais, July 12, 1972. Joao Alves Sobrinho saw 2 small beings along the roadside, wearing light-colored, long-sleeved clothing, standing beside a dark object with 7 luminous sources outside it. The witness did not hesitate to notify the corresponding authorities.
Londrina, January 5, 1973. Joao Marques reported seeing an airplane-sized object which disgorged a humanoid occupant, dressed all in white, wearing a helmet. The creature made a friendly gesture at the witness.
1973 (precise date unknown). Bernadette Gómez, adopted daughter of General Moacyr Ulloa, was taken to some location in the Amazon where she
witnessed an extraordinary blue light which produced a normal sized entitiy wearing a tight-fitting outfit. The creature cured the young woman of a disease known as Mal de Chagas -- a fact corroborated by Santa Lucía Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Paciencia, Rio de Janeiro, September 15, 1977. Antonio La Rubia allegedly encountered an unknown object resting in the middle of a football field. Upon turning away from it, he was faced by three robot-like figures measuring some 1.20 meters. The robots had antennae which extended over their heads like footballs, in whose center was a band of tiny transparent mirrors in shades of blue. They had thick bodies and appendixes resembling arms whic thinned out toward their ends (La Rubia compared them to an elephant's trunk). The witness claims having been abducted by these creatures.
2. Creatures of a cryptozoological or paranormal nature.
Under this heading we include all those creatures which have generated multiple reports, but whose existence science has as of yet been unable to determine. It should be pointed out that there are, in fact, "official" confirmations of their existence, but given the elusiveness of the creatures, reports are at best sporadic.
As with the previous heading, there exists an infinity of references concerning these entities, yet we consider it to be more expedient to mention reliable evidence exclusively, as well as those cases which portray the diversity of these manifestations.
Isla de Noronha, Brazil, 1905 (precise date unknown). Fernando de Noronha, a Luso-Brazilian sailer, witnessed a sea monster in the waters off the eponymous island. The creature's head was allegedly "as large as a cow" and its body spiraled away from its head to a distance of 9 meters (29 feet).
Rio Negro, Brazil, 1907 (precise date unknown). Commander Percy Fawcett, an explorer, killed an Anaconda measuring some 19 meters (62 feet). These reptiles normally measure no more than 7.5 to 9 meters.
Pernambuco, Recife, 1907 (precise date unknown). An officer on a merchant vessel witnessed a sea monster measuring some 55 meters long (180 feet). The creature reached the ship "...with the speed of a flying arrow..." It had two large dorsal fins.
Cordillera de Parecis, 1914 (precise date unknown). Commander P.H. Fawcett encountered savage creatures covered in hair which resembled apes. According to his testimony, they had knowledge of the bow and arrow. Locals refered to these beings as "maricoxis."
Cuenca del Urubu, 1930 (precise date unknown). For over 60 years, persistent rumors concerning the existence of a giant apelike being in this region have run along the length of the Urubu River. In this reference, a Brazilian who formed part of a ten-man expedition ran into a massive hairy creature which growled as it walked and left in its wake "..a bitter and penetrating odor..." Despite having fired at it a number of times, the animal escaped. The hunter believed that it was the Mapinguary, Pelobo or Pe de Garrafa.
Along the Araguaya River, 1940's (precise date unknown). An anonymous photographer took two pictures of the giant Sucuriju, a sea serpent measuring anywhere between 60 to 180 feet long, with brilliant green eyes, which reportedly lives in the Araguaya River.
Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, 1950's (precise date unknown). Luiz do Rosario Real and his wife Lucy Gerlach Real were walking through the forest one night next to the sea when they were startled to notice two flying shadows crossing the path upon which they walked. The couple
believed them to be two colossal birds until the creatures made a vertical descent, and the Reals were able to see that they were in fact six-foot tall winged humanoids. It is worth including under this item the experiences of British explorer J. Harrison while traveling along the Manaús River, a tributary of the Amazon, in February 1947. According to Harrison, the "birds" had a nine-foot wingspan, had the color of dark leather and showed no signs of having feathers. The top of their heads was flattened and they had a long neck and beak.
Amazon Jungle, 1966 (precise date unknown). A band of savages, standing more than six feet tall, hairy and very aggressive, raided neighboring tribes according to those who know them as the Kreem-Akakore. Elements of the Brazilian army tried to contact the giant raiders but did not achieve its purpose. A team of British scientists led by Alaistair MacKenzie, Ian Bishop and David Hunt was dispatched in hopes of finding the Kreem-Akakore.
Rio de Janeiro, August 1982. A group of fishermen claim having seen a sea serpent twice. The monster had an elongated neck and was covered in scales, measuring some 48 meters (157 feet).
Xurucus, Recife, February 3, 1983. A number of people claim to have seen gigantic green creatures, some 3 meters tall, with box-shaped heads and square legs, exiting a cave located near Xurucus. The main witness is farmer Geraldo Cordeiro.
Lagos do Aviso, Vitoria, July 21, 1992. A large number of people witnessed the presence of an extraordinary sea serpent, with an approximate length of 15 meters, swimming along the river. The creature did not attack any living beings.
Sao Paulo, February 21, 1994. David Oren, a Brazilian explorer, went in search of an enormous creature which traditionally roams the Amazonian jungles. The Mapinguary, Preguica Amazonica or Pé de Garrafa has been seen since before 1930 by a variety of witnesses. According to Oren, the time is right to send out a serious expedition to find it.
Tres Lagos, Matto Grosso do Sul, March 14, 1995. Wilson Dourado de Paula, a well-known soccer player, was attacked by a wolf man (lobizón) in Tres Lagoas at 1:30 a.m. as he left a family reunion. He described the creature as measuring some 2 meters in height and having fiery red eyes, a pointd tail and entirely black in color. He had to cast a stone at it, since it very nearly seized him. Witnesses to the event were Aníbal José Pedro, 43, and Dirceu Arruda, 52.
San Roque, state of Sao Paulo, October 7, 1996. Farmer Eduardo Roberto de Moraes stumbled upon a number of claw-shaped footprints deeply etched into dry, hardened soil. Some of the prints measured up to 40 cm. (13 in.) in length. Tufts of brownish-grey hair were found tangled in a local fence. To judge by the footprints, the creature would weigh some 200 kgs. (440 lbs.). According to the testimony of two witnesses who encountered the creature, it resembled a dog standing some 5 feet tall, with large black eyes, long fangs and a body entirely covered in dense yellow fur. A mane of sorts ran down its back. The entity was able to walk grotesquely on its two hind legs or on all fours. SAMIZDAT correspondent Encarnación Zapata García submitted the hair samples to the Universtiy of Sao Paulo to have them analyzed.