Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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The Imaginaries – Fact or Fiction?

April 19, 2012: Yesterday, I read that less than a quarter of Earth’s estimated 6.8 million species have been identified and catalogued.

We of Iranigami have identified and catalogued thousands of species of Imaginaries not recognized by the scientific community. Most biologists cataloguing the species of the world don’t accept that creatures like the splinter cat or the gryphon exist, and won’t be adding them to the world-wide species list any time soon. That’s fine with us. It makes our job of protecting these creatures from discovery and potential harm that much easier.

But we also don’t want to perpetuate any myths, because false information about the habits and habitats of the Imaginaries only hampers our ability to function as good caregivers.

Any internet search will turn up dozens of faked postings about unicorn sightings, the habits of jackalopes, or the latest whereabouts of a roperite. These hoaxes can be fun and entertaining. They also provide good cover for the true work of the agents of Iranigami. But they are not real.

If you believe you have encountered an Imaginary, we encourage you to collect your data in an open-minded and scientific way. A white deer is not a unicorn; a rabbit with Shope’s isn’t a jackalope; and that rattling sound in the desert might very well be just a snake. As much as you might like to find an Imaginary, don’t let your imagination run away with you.

Remember, too, that open-mindedness runs both ways. While you can’t assume that a falling tree limb was tossed by an agropelter, you also can’t assume that it wasn’t. So investigate with a scientist’s mind. Learn to use your eyes, your ears, and your sense of smell. Collect facts, not suppositions.

If you believe you have seen an Imaginary, report you findings to us at this site (at Contact Us). We’ll send out a trained ISA – Iranigami Special Agent – right away to investigate.

Armed with facts, and not legends, and working together, is the way that we can truly help the Imaginaries survive. – Xax, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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