10 Most Famous Cryptids
Cryptozoology is the “study of hidden animals”. It refers to the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by mainstream biology. This includes looking for living examples of animals which are extinct, such as dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical support but which appear in myths, legends. Cryptid is a term which is used in cryptozoology to refer to a creature whose existence has been suggested but that is unrecognized by a scientific consensus, and whose existence is moreover often regarded as unlikely but still likely to be engraved in our minds.
Other Name: Often associated with Indrid Cold, “The Grinning Man” from John A. Keels book “The Mothman Prophecies”
Location: West Virginia, United States
Description: Winged bipedal
The Mothman is a creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from November 12, 1966, to December 1967. Most observers describe the Mothman as a man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes and large wings. The creature was sometimes reported as having no head, with its eyes set into its chest.
People who have seen the mothman have described him as a 7 foot tall creature, long big wings and huge red eyes. It has an unusual shriek that can be heard from a mile away. It may have gray or light-blue colored skin under its feathers, which also vary in color. It is not known if it has skin like a human or very fine fur on its body. It has great strength as it has been seen lifting an object as heavy as a car. Mothman is often referred to as a male.
9. Giant Anaconda
Other Name: Sucuriju Gigante
Status: No specimens above the size of 10.5 metres (34 ft) have been captured
Location: South America
Description: Giant snake
Reports of giant anacondas date back as far as the discovery of South America when sightings of anacondas upwards of 50 meters (150 feet) began to circulate amongst colonists and the topic has been a subject of debate ever since among cryptozoologists and zoologists.
Anacondas normally grow to sizes of 6 metres (20 ft),and 250 kilograms (40 stone) in weight, Although some python species can grow longer, the anaconda, particularly the Green Anaconda, is the heaviest and largest in terms of diameter of all snakes, and is often considered the biggest extant snake in the world. It is not uncommon for a fully grown anaconda to attack and kill a jaguar or caiman. The lengthiest reputably-measured and confirmed anacondas are about 7.5 meters (25 feet) long and scientists generally regard allegations of extraordinary specimens of 30 or 50 feet as highly dubious.
Historian Mike Dash writes of claims of still larger anacondas, alleged to be as long as 45 metres (148 ft) with some of the sightings supported with photos (although those photos lack scale). Dash notes that if reports of a 18 metres (59 ft) anaconda strains credulity, then a 120 feet long specimen is generally regarded as an outright impossibility.
Other Name: The Maryland Goatman, Chevo Man
Location: Wisconsin, Maryland, and New York (United States)
The Goatman is a hominid cryptid associated with the state of Maryland in the USA. It is described as a hybrid creature; part man and part goat. Some claim it is a relative of Bigfoot. Its appearance is similar to the satyrs or the god Pan of Greek mythology, or to the Devil. The Goatman of Maryland is often associated with St. Mark the Evangelist school, in the back of the yard where an unknown “house” lies in Prince George’s County, and with the nearby Glenn Dale Hospital, the former site of a state tuberculosis sanatorium. It is reported to have attacked a number of witnesses and to have damaged property. It has also been reported to have killed family pets.
Other Name: Abominable Snowman, Mande Barung
Location: Himalayas (Pakistan, Nepal and North East India)
Yeti or Abominable Snowman mythological humanoid creature said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Pakistan and Nepal. The scientific community largely regards the Yeti as a legend, yet it remains one of the most famous creatures of cryptozoology parallel to Bigfoot of North America. It is tall, bipedal creature covered with long white hair and wore no clothes. He had an interesting feature of changing his hair colour in sunlight to fox red.
Other Name: Goat Sucker
Location: Mexico/Puerto Rico/Texas, United States/Kerala, India
Description: Reptile//Mammal/Canine, possibly 2 species; thought to be a supernatural/extraterrestrial creature by some
The word chupacabra is from chupar “to suck” and cabra “goat”. It is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter’s Latin American communities. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1990 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail. Biologists and wildlife management officials view the chupacabras as a contemporary legend.
The most common description of chupacabras is a reptile-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo. In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet (6 m). This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue, and large fangs. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench. When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabras’ eyes glow an unusual red which gives the witnesses nausea.
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