Many times the word "mythical" is used and thought of when describing the creatures coming up on this list. The term "cryptid", coming from the word "hide" in Greek, is now being applied to plants and animals whose existence has been suggested but is unrecognized by scientific consensus and often regarded as highly unlikely. Are you a believer or perhaps you or someone you know have seen or experienced an encounter with these cryptid creatures? Talk a walk down the path of the unknown. Cheers!
With names like Sasquatch, Yeti, Abominable Snowman, Kikoma, and Florida's Bigfoot is called the the Skunk Ape, due to, can you guess? its bad odor, Bigfoot is our most famous member on the list. Even though the Bigfoot that we know has been seen in Northwest region of North America, the apelike creature predates its singular name. Almost every continent including Antarctica has their version of this giant ape-man creature. Bigfoot is described as being between 6 and 10 feet tall and weighing more than 500 pounds.
There have been many attempts and also hoaxes with photography and now video surveillance that have claimed to capture the true question if Bigfoot really exists. Many of the pictures and footage are discounted due to poor quality.
Nessie, as she has been named is said to live in the loch in Loch Ness, located in the highlands of Scotland. The earliest report of such a creature matching the Loch Ness monster's description date as far back as the 7th century. These dinosaur-snake like creatures are thought to be from a long line of plesiosaurus, a marine reptile. In 1933, a couple described the monster as 10-12 feet wide, 25 feet long. This famous cryptid has continued to elude and captivate people all over for some time now.
Some people believe that there are many more "Nessies" out there and have been mistaken for mermaids over time.
Chupa, Spanish for "suck" and "cabra" meaning "goat", comes from the way that these monsters are said to slaughter livestock. The chupacabra is mostly seen in parts of Mexico and the Americas but they have also been seen as far as Maine and Chile. Scientists believe that people mistake mangled and deformed dogs or wolves as the culprits. Creatures matching its description were reported in Russia and in the Philippines as well. Its described as a heavy creature, like a small bear, with spikes down his back and tail. It attacks its prey, and then it sucks their blood.
One of the first reports of the monster was in Puerto Rico, perhaps giving it such popularity among the Hispanic cultures. It has been discounted because the woman mental state was deemed unstable after she claimed she had just watch the movie Species and believed that the movie was becoming her reality. A Puerto Rican comedian, Silverio Perez, coined the name "Chupacabra" after hearing about this report on the news.
The Mothman monster is one the cryptid winged members of the list. A couple in 1966, in Point Pleasant, West Virginia reported seeing a "man-like creature with a 10 feet wingspan and glowing red eyes" flying next to their vehicle. The Silver Bridge collapsed during a time when the Mothman sightings were happening more rampantly. 46 people were killed in the collapse and many connected the creature with the bridge "accident". The area where Mothman was said to be seen and thought to have inhabited was near a WWII munitions plant.
One biologist stated that the descriptions fit the Sandhill Crane of America. He suggested that the bird possibly wandered off its usual migration path.
Reported to be a flying two-legged hooved beast, the Jersey Devil is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in the south of New Jersey. It is in fact where the National Hockey League team, New Jersey Devils, takes its name from. The sightings for the devil were most popular around 1909 when hundreds of sightings were reported. A more famous report came from Napoleon Bonaparte's brother, Joseph in 1820 on his Bordentown estate. There have been other reports over the years in places like Pennsylvania and other surrounding areas.
The Jersey Devil has become more of pop culture trend then a cryptid or folklore creature due its popularity in video games, cartoons, sports memorabilia, and movies.
Whether you have or have not been witness or had encounter with one of these cryptids for yourself, its very possible that you know someone who claims to know someone who knows someone that had one.
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