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Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Cryptids

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A cryptid is a creature whose existence has been suggested, but not accepted by the scientific community. The term was coined in 1983 by a man named John E. Wall. Hundreds of cryptids exist around the world with some of the most famous being the Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, and El Chupacabra. In order to study reliable accounts of unexplained creatures you often need to visit some of the most remote places on Earth, including the Amazon Rainforest, Papua New Guinea, Antarctica, sections of Canada, Russia, Vietnam, and the Congo. This article will examine ten stories about cryptids. I have focused on large animals, with Sasquatch making multiple appearances.

10

Gigantopithecus

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Gigantopithecus is an extinct genus of ape that existed as recently as 100,000 years ago. Fossils of the creatures have been uncovered in China, India, and Vietnam. The species lived in the same location as several other hominins, but were much larger in body size. Fossil records suggest that Gigantopithecus blacki reached the size of 3 meters (9.8 ft), and weighed up to 540 kilograms (1,200 lb).

In 1935, the first official remains of Gigantopithecus were discovered by a distinguished paleontologist and geologist named Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald when he found a collection of bones and teeth at an apothecary shop in China. Ralph von Koenigswald came to learn that a large amount of the creatures fossilized teeth and bones were used in ancient Chinese medicines.
The fossils of Gigantopithecus are primarily found in the southeast section of Asia. In 1955, forty-seven Gigantopithecus blacki teeth were found among a shipment of “dragon bones” in China. Authorities traced the shipment back to a source that had a huge collection of Gigantopithecus teeth and jawbones. By 1958, three mandibles (lower jaws) and more than 1,300 teeth of the creature had been recovered. Not all the remains have been dated to the same time period and there are three (extinct) named species of Gigantopithecus.

The jaws of Gigantopithecus are deep and thick. The molars are flat and exhibit the ability for tough grinding. The teeth also have a large number of cavities, which is similar to giant pandas, so it has been hypothesized that they might have eaten bamboo. An examination of the microscopic scratches and plant remains found embedded in Gigantopithecus teeth has suggested that the creatures ate seeds, vegetables, fruit, and bamboo.

All of the traits exhibited by the Gigantopithecus have caused some cryptozoologists to compare the creature to Sasquatch. One of these people is Grover Krantz, who believed Bigfoot was a living member of Gigantopithecus. Krantz believed that a population of the creatures could have migrated across the Bering land bridge, which was later used by humans to enter North America. In the early 20th century, it was thought that Gigantopithecus blacki was an ancestor of humans, due to the molar evidence, but this idea has since been dismissed. Today, the idea of convergent evolution has been used to explain the molar similarities. Officially, Gigantopithecus blacki is placed in the subfamily Ponginae along with the orangutan.

9

Pteranodon Photo

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Pteranodon is a genus of pterosaurs that included some of the largest known flying reptiles. They held a wingspan of over 6 meters (20 ft) and existed in North America, specifically present day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. For over 200 years, people in these areas of the United States have reported enormous birds. The bird sightings are so prevalent that the creatures have been given the name Thunderbirds, which is taken from Native American mythology. In many cases, Thunderbird reports are accompanied by large footprints.

Probably the most controversial report surfaced on July 25, 1977, when a group of three children from Lawndale, Illinois, claimed that two giant birds chased them and then grabbed a ten-year-old boy named Marlon Lowe. One of the birds reportedly clamped down on Lowe’s shoulder with its claws, lifted him about two feet off the ground, carried him some distance, and then released him.

Thunderbird sightings continue to intrigue cryptozoologists to this day. The creatures are said to have lizard-like features, which is similar to the extinct pterosaurs. In the 1950s, an unusual photograph was published in a “believe it or not” type book in the U.S. The picture shows a collection of American Civil War soldiers standing over an enormous bird carcass. The carcass holds a strong resemblance to a Pteranodon. According to the story, the bird was shot down by soldiers during the American Civil War in 1864 near the city of Vicksburg. The story says that the publication referred to the creature as “some kind of unknown bird or monster.”

In an interesting twist, there is a second photograph on the Internet that displays the exact same scene, but is known to be faked. The picture is not as convincing, but was made to look similar to the original for a television show named Freaky Links, which aired on the Fox network. The fake picture shows soldiers standing over a different carcass. The image is deceiving and the fact that there are two photographs that show the same thing has discredited the original. Whatever the case, the picture remains an interesting story. Today, Thunderbirds are one of the most popular cryptids in North America.


8

Pennsylvania White Bigfoot

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One of the best Bigfoot videos of late is the Pennsylvania White Bigfoot clip, which was taken in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. For many years, the residents of Carbondale have reported some bizarre sightings of a white Bigfoot. Carbondale is a small city that was the site of the first underground mine in the United States. It used to be a major terminal of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.

In July of 2008, a local news station in Pennsylvania ran a story which talked about the “white creature” after receiving an anonymous email. It was said to be “some sort of animal about 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 meters) tall, covered in all white fur.” The email specifically mentioned a wooded area in Carbondale near a mine reclamation site. Mine reclamation is the process of restoring land that has been mined to an economically usable condition.

In 2010, people began to report sightings of a white juvenile Bigfoot in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Homeowners began to hear strange noises and disturbances in the woods. In one case, an unidentified man witnessed movement in his backyard and was able to capture some bizarre video footage. For one full second, the man filmed a large white creature that resembled the shape of a Bigfoot. In the video, as the man’s camera hits the creature’s face, it quickly moves away.

Over the Internet, the video clip is said to display some bizarre factors. For starters the animal’s body proportions are extremely large, which is not easily faked. The creature holds a defined brow ridge, coned head, and hooded nose. The shoulders are extremely high and the arms are long. The object is fast and mobile. The creature has white fur on its head and small ears. Most importantly, the video shows the object’s face contorting as it runs away, which suggests that it may not be a mask. The included video has the clearest footage. You can fast-forward to the action.

7

Cat Sìth and the Kellas Cat

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The Cat Sìth is a creature from Celtic mythology that resembles a large black cat with a white spot on its breast. The cat is mentioned in several legends and is said to haunt the Scottish Highlands. In the past, people in this area of the world used to believe the Cat Sìth was a transformed witch. For centuries, stories of unexplained black cats have been reported in Scotland. In most cases, the animals are said to be the size of a dog, with a thick tail and arched back. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Black Cat,” a magical feline with a white patch on its breast is featured.

Over the last 100 years, hundreds of people have reported black jaguar-like cats in the United Kingdom. The Beast of Bodmin is a phantom wild cat that has been said to live in Cornwall, England. The cat came to the attention of the media after people began to report mutilated livestock. In Scotland, black cats were thought to be a mythological species until 1984 when Ronnie Douglas shot and killed the first Kellas Cat. The animals DNA was tested and found to be a hybrid between wild and domestic sub-species of Felis silvestris.

The discovery of the Kellas cat was remarkable and proved that the Scottish legends of black cats were true. The Kellas cat is described as being over 65 cm (25 inches) long, with powerful hind legs and a tail that can grow to be around 30 cm (12 inches) long. In some areas of Scotland, larger specimens have been sighted. The animal’s huge tail makes it stand out among other felines, while others have reported that the Kellas cat looks like a hybrid between a black cat and a rabbit.

Similar to the Cat Sìth legend, the Kellas cat holds a collection of white fur at the base of the throat, or on the chest region. The cat appears to exhibit behavior unlike any other Scottish wild cats. They have been repeatedly described as hunting in pairs and are said to be largely cursorial (built for running), not arboreal (tree climbing). Many specimens of the Kellas cat have surfaced over the years, with some having disappeared, while others are on display. One such example is kept in a museum in Elgin, Scotland.

6

Patterson-Gimlin Massacre Story

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The Patterson-Gimlin film is a famous short motion picture of an unidentified bipedal creature that is said to have been filmed on October 20, 1967, by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin on the Klamath River outside of Orleans, California. The footage is one of best pieces of Bigfoot evidence in existence and has been examined by many researchers. The official story surrounding the video is that it was filmed by Patterson and Gimlin as they stumbled upon a large Bigfoot by the river. In 2009, another theory emerged which proposed that the famous clip shows a Bigfoot massacre carried out by Patterson, Gimlin, and six other men.

Unlike other Bigfoot videos, the Patterson-Gimlin film is unique because it captures a Sasquatch in the open. In most Bigfoot videos made available, the creatures are viewed hiding behind trees or camouflaged on the ground. This makes the Patterson footage a bit unique and out of the ordinary. As the massacre theory goes, in 2006, a new version of the Patterson-Gimlin film emerged. The copy was much longer and showed eight men killing a family of Bigfoot.

According to the story, the film starts off shaky and three Sasquatch are seen entering the picture. The creatures are digging in the sand when they are attacked by a sudden hail of gunfire which comes from the tree line. One of the Bigfoot is instantly shot dead and another bolts for the woods. The remaining Sasquatch strangely just walks off in the direction of the tree line. As the Bigfoot moves, the men continue to take shots at it from a distance. The walking Bigfoot is said to be the one you see in the popular film.

In 2008, Bigfoot researcher M. K. Davis, who specializes in video stabilization, began to endorse the massacre story and claimed that he found evidence for the event. He says that a bloody Sasquatch corpse can be seen in a hole at the beginning of the film, in the earliest frames. Davis also points to a picture which shows Bob Titmus, Dale Moffit, and a white dog named White Lady next to a pile of red material. Davis has speculated that the Bigfoot seen the video was shot twice (once in the leg) and then hunted down. The story also mentions another film which is said to show a bunch of men dragging one of the lifeless bodies, placing it on a tarp or a pool cover, and then cutting it up.

5

Waheela, Shunka Warakin, and Amarok

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The history of cryptids can be traced over multiple centuries through folklore, mythology, and tradition. In some cases, a creature with similar characteristics and physical features can be given a different name across cultures. One such case is the modern Waheela. The Waheela is a wolf-like cryptid that has been reported in the Northwest Territories of Canada and areas of Michigan and Alaska. The animal has been described as a wolf on steroids. Some estimates have placed the height of a typical Waheela at 3.5 feet (1 meter) tall at the shoulders.

Cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson has suggested that the Waheela might represent a relict population of Amphicyonids, which are prehistoric bear-dogs. Reports of the Waheela indicate that the creatures have shorter legs than a wolf. The height comes from its massive body size. The Waheela’s ears are small and it has toes set farther away than typical wolves. Unlike modern species, the Waheela are never seen in packs and prefer to travel alone or in groups of two or three. The animals live in the coldest, most inhospitable environments of the extreme north, favoring areas where people don’t live.

The characteristics of the Waheela are extremely similar to the Shunka Warakin, which is an animal mentioned in American folklore that is said to resemble a wolf or hyena. In 1886, a creature was shot by a man named Israel Ammon Hutchins on the Sun Ranch in Montana. The corpse was extremely mysterious and resembled the Shunka Warakin legend. The animal was stuffed, given the name Ringdocus, and displayed at a general store near Henry Lake’s, Idaho, until it disappeared in the 1980s. In 2007, Ringdocus was rediscovered in Pocatello, Idaho. To date, no DNA testing has been carried out on the animal.

On November 2, 2006, in Garfield County, Montana, a strange 106-pound animal was shot after it killed a total of 120 sheep across a wide range of land. The creature was reddish-yellow in color and did not resemble a normal wolf. Cryptozoologists researched the story and suggested that the animal might be a surviving Shunka Warakin. The corpse has since been identified by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department as a four year old male wolf with unusually red colored fur.

Both the Waheela and the Shunka Warakin are similar to the Amarok, which is a giant wolf from Inuit mythology. The Inuit are a group of indigenous people that live in a location where the bear-wolves have been reported, including the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, the United States, and Russia. The Amarok were said to hunt down and eat anyone foolish enough to be alone at night. Unlike real wolves, they were said to be solitary and did not travel in large packs. Today, the mysterious Waheela is said to live in the Nahanni Valley of Canada’s Northwest Territories, including the Valley of Headless Men, which is one of the last unexplored places on Earth.


4

Tom Slick and the Yeti

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In 2011, it was revealed that the U.S. State Department issued a series of regulations in the 1950s for people traveling to the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet in search of the Yeti. The rules said that all expeditions must buy a permit. If seen, the animal must be photographed or taken alive. “The creature must not be killed or shot at except in an emergency situation out of self defense.” Finally, any news proving the existence of the Yeti must be cleared through the Nepalese government, which wanted to take credit for the discovery.

The story made headlines around the world because it showed that the United States and other governments believed that the Yeti might exist. In the 1950s, interest in the Yeti peaked when Eric Shipton took photographs of a number of large prints in the snow, at about 6,000 m (20,000 ft) above sea level while attempting to scale Mount Everest. In 1956, Polish Army lieutenant Sławomir Rawicz published a book titled The Long Walk in which he claimed that while crossing the Himalayas in the winter of 1940 with a group of soldiers, their path was blocked for hours by two bipedal animals that were moving around in the snow.

In the 1950s, the Yeti caught the attention of adventurer Tom Slick. Slick came to the conclusion that there were two kinds of Yeti. One was about 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall and black in color, while the other was smaller, and reddish. Slick claimed to have witnessed the Yeti on separate occasions, but his encounters with the creature were few and far between. In 1959, Tom Slick made a remarkable discovery while on an expedition in Nepal. He reportedly witnessed a Yeti from a distance and watched the animal for a couple minutes. The creature was about 5 or 6 feet (1.5 – 1.8 meters) tall and had reddish-colored hair. After the animal disappeared, Slick and his team entered the area and found a pile of newly dropped feces.

Slick collected the sample and took it to a French laboratory for testing. The analysis discovered a parasite named a whipworm. The whipworm is a worm that is associated with a wide variety of mammals and each species has a unique strain of the worm. The whipworm that was found in the feces could not be classified by science. “Since each animal has its own parasites, this indicated that the host animal is equally an unknown animal.” If true, the feces fossil is evidence that there could have been an unknown creature living in Nepal in 1959. It is one of the best pieces of evidence for the existence of the Yeti. Currently, the feces can be viewed at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Sadly, Tom Slick died in 1962 when his Beechcraft plane crashed in Montana en route to Canada. He was only 46-years-old.

3

Mokele-mbembe and Sauropods

One of the most intriguing cryptids in the world is the Mokele-mbembe. The Mokele-mbembe is a large creature that has been reported in the Lake Télé Community Reserve, which is located in the north-east section of the Congo. Lake Télé is surrounded by a series of swamp forests that have never been explored. The land is extremely remote and rugged.

A retired biologist named Dr Roy Mackal said of Lake Télé: “It’s the end of the world. It gives you a feeling of a surviving prehistoric time.” In 2007, a US-based Wildlife Conservation Society found evidence that there is a population of approximately 125,000 Western lowland gorillas in the Lake Télé Community Reserve, which is more than the current total population of the species.

For hundreds of years, a large reptile-like creature has been reported in Lake Télé. It has been described as “half elephant, half dragon,” and looks like a big elephant or rhinoceros with a long neck, tail, and small head. Mokele-mbembe’s characteristics have caused some people to connect the sightings with sauropods. Sauropods were a form of saurischian (“lizard-hipped”) dinosaurs. They had long necks, long tails, small heads, and thick legs. Sauropods were once widespread on Earth and fossilized remains of the creatures have been found on every continent, including Antarctica.

Mokele-mbembe is said to be gray in color and a territorial herbivore. Despite being an herbivore, the creature is reported to roar aggressively if approached by humans. Mokele-mbembe has been spotted on land and in the water. Sightings say that the animal might have a single horn, which is used to kill those who trespass on its territory.

Since 1900, numerous expeditions have been carried out in search of the legendary Mokele-mbembe. In 1919, a 32-man expedition was sent to Africa from the Smithsonian Institution. The men reported large footprints, unexplained tracks, and strange noises. The expedition ended in tragedy when a locomotive suddenly derailed and turned over in a flooded area. The accident happened in a place where the locals were said to have seen the dinosaur. In 1979, a story emerged of an African tribe that trapped, killed, and ate a Mokele-mbembe.

To date, many people have described close encounters with a large monster in the Lake Télé Community Reserve, but nobody has been able to provide evidence that it exists. Some have captured fuzzy photographs and videos, but nothing substantial. However, it is plausible that an undiscovered sauropod species could exist in this area of Earth on the grounds that there is a huge amount of unexplored territory. The land holds large creatures, such as elephants, which live in open clearings and thicker wooded areas.


2

Ebu Gogo and Homo floresiensis

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Homo floresiensis is a possible extinct species in the genus Homo. Homo is a genus that includes modern humans and those closely related. All species of the genus except Homo sapiens (modern humans) are extinct. It was thought that Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthals), who died out approximately 24,000 years ago, were our last surviving relative, but in 2003 the remains of Homo floresiensis were found on the island of Flores in Indonesia. The partial skeletons of nine individuals were recovered, including one complete cranium. Archeologists recovered stone tools around the bones ranging in age from 94,000 to 13,000 years ago. It was determined that the species of Homo floresiensis was potentially alive as recently as 12,000 years ago.

Homo floresiensis was unveiled on October 28, 2004, and was nicknamed the “Hobbit” due to its small body and brain size. Other features that might distinguish the species from modern humans include the form of the teeth, the absence of a chin, a different shaped humerus (upper arm bone), and the thickness of the legs. The height of the surviving skeleton was about 1.06 m (3 ft 6 in) tall. The feet of H. floresiensis are flat and long in relation to the rest of the body. As a result, it had a hard time walking and had to bend its knees further back than modern people do.

If you look into the history and mythology of Flores, Indonesia, you will find many stories that describe human-like creatures named Ebu Gogo. The phrase ebu means “grandmother” and gogo means “he who eats anything.” The indigenous people of Flores named the Nage have described the Ebu Gogo as being a fast runner and standing around 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) tall. They were said to have wide and flat noses, broad faces with large mouths, and hairy bodies. The Edu Gogo were also said to have spoken a unique language. The creatures were able to mimic human speech like a parrot.

The Nage people believe that the Ebu Gogo were alive as recently as the 20th century. The species was said to be stupid and easy to trick. It is thought that Homo floresiensis was hunted to extinction by the inhabitants of Flores because the creatures would steal food and kidnap children. With the discovery of the Homo floresiensis bones in 2003, some people have began to speculate that the Ebu Gogo myths found in Southeast Asia might be rooted in fact.

1

Ropen and Pterosaurs

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Pterosaurs (winged lizards) were flying reptiles that existed on Earth from 200 to 65.5 million years ago. They are thought to be the earliest vertebrates to have evolved powered flight. The wings of a pterosaur were formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissues that stretched from the legs to a lengthened fourth finger. In popular media, pterosaurs are often referred to as flying dinosaurs, but this is incorrect. A pterosaur is not a dinosaur because they do not descend from the last common ancestor of the groups Saurischia and Ornithischia.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse and unexplored areas on Earth. It is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands. The land is extremely remote and many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in the interior of Papua New Guinea. For centuries, the locals have reported strange creatures and the area is home to many cryptids. One of the most famous is “Murray,” who is a giant dinosaur said to live in Lake Murray, which is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. Murray has been described as resembling a theropod dinosaur, such as Tyrannosaurus.

The Ropen is a flying cryptid that is said to live in the vicinity of Papua New Guinea. They have been described as large featherless creatures that have long tails and briefly glow as they fly. The Ropen has been said to look like a huge bat or pterosaur. Starting in 1994, a series of expeditions were carried out on Umboi Island in search of the Ropen. Umboi Island is a volcanic island located between the mainland of Papua New Guinea and the island of New Britain. After investigating the island, cryptozoologists returned with stories of a large nocturnal creature that exhibits bioluminescence and has a wingspan of about 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 meters). The Ropen is said to feed on fish, but reports have surfaced that the creatures have performed human grave robbing.

In rare cases, certain giant Ropen have been seen with a wingspan of over 10 feet (3 meters). In late 2006, Paul Nation, of Texas, explored a remote mountainous area on the mainland of Papua New Guinea and videotaped two lights that the local natives called “indava.” The lights are thought to have come from the bioluminescence of a Ropen. In the 1990s, the cryptid became a target for creationists because traditional interpretations of the Bible suggest that pterosaurs lived in human times. If a modern day pterosaur was discovered, it would help prove the authenticity of certain sections in the Bible. Other people who have studied the reports feel the Ropen is a Flying Fox fruit bat or frigatebird.



  • Arkon

    Weird, but my kind of list.

    • Neel

      The title is misleading. This list is about Top 10 cryptids, and not about the things about the cryptids.

      • Alx

        #3. “a plesiosaur (whatever) like creature” ha, ha, what a joke, it’s obviously an elephant holding it’s trunk up above water like normal when they go fording. And obviously you do enjoy posting the most controversial legends that you can find particularly those of pro-Catholic, anti-Christian, pro-evolutionary, anti-American, pro-pagan/occult slant, with a taste for the macabre. Yet you keep referring to scriptures or portions of such taken out of context on occasion in an effort to add credence or controversy to certain outlandish claims.

  • Ah, a good old fashioned list of the type which first attracted me to this site. Gigantopithecus was f’ing huge!! Mysteries are the spice of life!! Thanks Bryan.

  • whoareyou

    Good n hard

  • AsdaMentor

    Very interesting list but you need to take more of an objective viewpoint in the writing. You seem to believe everything you read on the internet. There is mountains of evidence for example that the Patterson bigfoot film is a fake but none of it is even mentioned here (instead we focus on some bizarre internet folklore about a bigfoot massacre).

    • diablo135

      Actually, I read a little while back as a news story that the Patterson-Gimlin film was faked. The guy who made it said so. We even know they name of the guy who was in the suit.

    • Pfuller

      Theres also mountains of evidence for the PGF creature being real too. Check your facts

      • J

        Yeah the guys that filmed it came out a few years ago and fessed up to faking the whole thing. One of them wore the suit and practiced walking in a decidedly non-human fashion to add authenticity. It’s actually quite well documented now.

  • ni99a

    Somebody please embed the massacre video. Too lazy to google.

  • WilfredfromAus

    I love cryptid stories. Here in Australia we have a lot of them – the Yowie (our own Bigfoot), bunyip (cross between a seal & crocodile that lives in billabongs & lagoons), various cats, lions & panthers, and a creature that did really exist, now officially extinct but keeps cropping up – the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine. I was once due to go on a thylacine-hunting expedition in Tasmania, but other comittments kept me from going – biggest regret of my life. Terriffic list. More like this please.

    • Dogmatix

      There’s rumours that big panther-like cats roam around my neck of the woods ( I’m in northern melbourne) unfortunately I’ve yet to encounter one :(.

      • WilfredfromAus

        Ditto. I’ve looked for the so-called Queensland tiger around Ingham, no luck yet. I think just about every part of Aus has a mysterious big cat wandering around.

  • Will Trame

    Definitely an appealingly weird list. I’m surprised you left out the Loch Ness Monster, specifically the controversial 1934 surgeon’s photo. Another interesting tale is that of the Flatwoods Monster, a cryptid that was spotted in West Virginia 60 years ago this September 12.

    • Hey

      Loch Ness Monster is something most people are aware of already. Read the title again.

      • Will Trame

        True. many people have heard of Nessie. The same goes for her “kin”, Champ and the Ogopogo cryptid. Your logic is unassailable but many people have also heard of Bigfoot and he’s all over this list.

    • diablo135

      The most famous pic of Nessie (and the only “proof” of her existence) was a hoax as admitted by the person who did it.

  • Amrendra

    Another great list from Bryan. Reading the Patterson-Gimlin Massacre Story I can’t make up my mind as to feel happy that people found evidence of Bigfoot or feel sad that a small family of Bigfoots was mascaraed. Hope Patterson and Gimlin rot in hell.

    • AsdaMentor

      I can’t find any reliable evidence that this ‘massacre’ ever took place. The only places it’s mentioned seem to Bigfoot websites (not exactly the most balanced places to find such information).

      Besides, collaborators in the hoax including the man who originally made the suit for the Bluff Creek bigfoot have already come forward

      • Amrendra

        Thanks for clearing it.

    • BryanJ

      The massacre event is just a story regarding the video that surfaced a couple years ago. The reason I included it is because I felt it was little known. I wouldn’t take it as fact, but it is fun to hear about. The story was popular in 2009, but then there was a hoax story about a Bigfoot body being found by a man in Georgia that pushed the massacre video out of mind. According to the story, the video was placed in a safety deposit box and was never made available for viewing. However, there are a collection of pictures that are used to support the theory.

    • SamEzra

      Haa mascaraed bigfeet, now that would be king of all cryptid finds. =D

  • Josh

    Love these lists and im thrilled theres a new one. Long and tons of info.
    And actually, the patterson gimlin footage has been analyzed and examined like crazy, and animators and film experts from disney have said theres no way the muscle movements could be mimicked. Im a skeptic but a lot of this has evidence, and ive always been amazed and convinced ont he issue of bigfoot along with other folklore. This list provides evidence too.

    • AsdaMentor

      Animators and film experts from Disney? I don’t think I’d trust these people to be authorities on muscle movement and film analysis.

      You’re right that the film has been ana lysed and examined like crazy but there has been no conclusive proof either way. The film is of too poor quality to be definitive about it and there are plenty of experts who will argue both ways.

      • Nelson HAHA

        You guys said a.n.a.l

      • Josh

        it was something similar to that. They sure as hell know more about movement then we do. I remember them testing it with people to and trying to mimick the movements and they couldnt. I dont know, im skeptical to tons of this stuff, and even if the film is fake im pretty convinced that theres some type of bigfoot like creature. If gorillas can go undiscovered until recent times, along with other ntable speciies i think its easily conceiveable that a sasquatch species could go undiscovered. Plenty of evidence imo.

        • whoareyou

          We’ have found them like we found the gorillas.

  • Armin Tamzarian

    “If a modern day pterosaur was discovered, it would help prove the authenticity of certain sections in the Bible.”

    No. Just, no. It proves that pterosaurs have survived to modern days. Nothing more, nothing less.

    If discovering animals from the Jurassic, Triassic or Cretaceous period would prove the authenticity of certain sections of the Bible, no one in his right mind would dare deny their validity since the discovery of jellyfish, sharks, the coelacanth, trilobites, dragonflies and many more species.

    • turner1005

      Yup, Bryan Johnson seems hell-bent on believing some of the bull he writes about. It’s interesting to read though, in the same way Prison Planet or a good science fiction book is

    • JC

      Good points except there are no trilobites anymore and havnt been for hundreds of millions of years.

    • Maggot

      No. Just, no.

      Lol yeah, that tie-in was a bit of a reach.

    • Sister Morphine

      there were no dinosaurs, god just created their fossils. rolls eyes.

  • HankScorpio

    Something to add to the Mokele-Mbembe story, the African tribe that killed and ate the creature. Everyone who ate the meat supposedly died.

    • :/

      Stupid tribemen, if they cooked it better and ate it with immortality sauce they’d live forever

  • inconspicuousdetective

    awesome list!

  • Johnny

    Wasn’t some new evidence found lately about Nessie aka. The loch ness monster? Sure I heard something not too long ago

    • Armin Tamzarian

      Aren’t you thinking of those idiots of the ACE-method, who teach kids Nessie exists because that fits their creationist theories? That has been all over the news.

      • Sister Morphine

        how can that be true when the world is only 6,000 years old?

  • CAS

    Well this article was a waste of time.

    • Sam

      Your mum was a waste of time

    • Dolt Hunter

      And posting a comment about a list that was a waste of time is less of a waste of time? You, sir, are a dolt.

      • The Hunter of Dolt Huners

        You sir, are wasting your time more so than a seal trying to fly.

        • Sam

          The hunter of the hunter of the doll hunters mum

  • Planet Earth

    I don’t believe in all the strange animal said to be out there , but i do believe that Bigfoot exist .There’s too much evidence to support the existence of Bigfoot .

    So there a story that hit the web about a year ago about a guy in California that killed a bigfoot and sent a (what he called it Steak ) piece of meat to a lab .

    Now Dr. Melba Ketchum is heading the scientific report on this case . The report is not out yet and it’s said to be release late 2012 .

    Any thought on this story ????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • JC

      Too much evidence for Bigfoot? If a century of fuzzy pictures, shaky videos, unsubstantiated eyewitness accounts and endless hauxes constitutes great evidence then sure, he’s basically proven to exist.

      • Planet Earth

        @ Jc

        Here’s the thing it’s not just century it’s thousand of years of evidence . In a time let’s say 18 century Vietnam was not talking to people in Western North America but somehow similar reports were coming in .

        The Gorilla used to be tales of crazy locals and so was the panda bear . This planet used to have dinosaurs so i don’t think it’s to far fetch to believe there another undiscovered Ape species out there .

        • JC

          i don’t think its far fetched at all to beleive there’s an undiscovered ape species, but there hasn’t been anything conclusive enough to remove skepticism yet

    • Maggot

      There’s too much evidence to support the existence of Bigfoot .

      There is “evidence”, and then there is conclusive evidence. There has been NO credibly validated conclusive evidence ever put forth to support the existence of Bigfoot.

      Dr. Melba Ketchum

      We’ll see, I guess. Or will we…?

      http://tinyurl.com/87zxrdo

      • Planet Earth

        @ maggot

        I’ve read your article and i was aware of the troubles facing Dr Ketchum . It said to take the time to look into the past of DR Ketchum to discrete her future research . The same can be same about every corrupted C.E.O that run a corporation .

        What a weird society will live in .So we need money to do some scientific research .So money in a sense dictates what we can research and what we can not that sounds like a fail science program to me .Did you ever look at who are the biggest contributor of money to University ?It’s some of most corrupt people in the world .

        I like to give credibility to the stories from the Indians that have live in the woods for a very long time . The people who are so negative about Bigfoot have probably never step foot in the woods . I have a friend in Canada that has been a professional hunter all of his adult life he 38 and never once saw a big cat in the woods but we know there out there . Good luck finding a body of a dead cat in the woods .

        “Maggot i leave you with a Albert Einstein quote .”

        The most beautiful thing we can experience is
        the mysterious. It is the source of all true art
        and science. He to whom this emotion is
        a stranger, who can no longer pause to
        wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good
        as dead: his eyes are closed.

        Albert Einstein

        Are your eyes close ?

        • Alex

          I’m pretty sure the answer is no.

  • oouchan

    These types of stories are great for the campfire or at a slumber party to scare your friends but not much more. Fun, quirky and interesting topic, though. I like stories on Bigfoot…only because it reminds me of the movie Harry and the Hendersons. :)

    Nice list.

  • cassmunny

    You know what’s funny is if anyone ever actually caught one of these things the news outlets would be very hesitant to following up on it. Then your own footage could be scrutinized and deemed fake unknowingly. So many crazy people would make it hard for a real claim to be validated before the government swooped in for damage control. Entertaining list it felt substantial with how much I had to read on each subject.

  • Freddie

    I am expecting someone to say: “This list is too international!”

  • qw0rtz

    That Mokole-Mbembe looks like an elephant to me.

  • ND

    Funny how that “plesiosaur like creature swimming in the lake” looks a hell of a lot like an elephant walking through shallow water.

    • that guy

      Reminds me of when I was in Florida for a holiday with my family and we rented a boat whilst we were there. My mother was conviced she spotted an alligator and took like 10 pictures, it turned out to be a stick.

  • The most amazing cryptid evidence to me (apart from the video I’ll link below) is the picture of the loch ness they found in Japan but dropped back into the ocean because of the smell http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/daftanddem

    And of course there is this which only recently thanks to this video (I think) was proven to be more than myth. The oar fish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUaL6hHluZ8

    • Sam

      Thanks for that

    • Doesn’t #1 just look like a piece of rotting whale?

    • Jaekelopterus

      They took samples of the Zuiyo-Maru carcass, it turned out to be a basking shark (the jaws and gills rotted off, leaving the impression of a long neck)

  • Suisse

    Has the contest lists been showed?

  • Lifeschool

    #9 Photo looks like a bunch of settlers standing over two canoes to me.

    #4 – Photo – Jimmy Stewart never appeared in a movie with a Yeti. Either this was a publicity photo or much more likely a photoshop.

    #1 – Photo is either a turkey or a fruit bat.

    • Maggot

      Jimmy Stewart

      There apparently is a link between Stewart and Slick, but not in connection with the specific things described in this list entry. As the story goes, Stewart smuggled an alleged mummified Yeti finger out of India for Slick and his associates by concealing it in his wife’s luggage during a vacation trip.

      The photo came from this website, which talks about this particular story, though here it says the whole hand (aka the “Pangboche Hand”) was taken:

      http://tinyurl.com/7wjlz4s

      Wiki has an article on the Pangboche Hand as well, also mentioning Stewart’s involvement.

    • #9 obviously shows a group of civil war soldiers, not “settlers”.

  • Very interesting list. Three years ago, a couple of my cousins were picking blueberries out by thier reserve, and came across a sasquatch. It was in the local paper, and that’s all I know about that, since I live 2000 km away.

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  • Osborne

    I am a Scotsman, and I can assure you that the LOCH NESS MONSTER does not exist.—–Why—-Well from about 21 thousand till about 12thousand years ago where LOCH NESS is was covered by ice at least a mile thick. During the last glacial advanct the Scottish ice cap centered on the CAIRNGORM MOUNTAINS covered almost all of Scotland. Only a small bit of tha north coast was ice free. Nothing living could have survived there for that length of time.

    Think Antartica

  • This list was old-school. Very nice job.

  • Oggie”Ben”Doggie

    What about Ewoks?

    • ..,,l,,..

      They were delicious

      • Sister Morphine

        but everyone died who ate them….

        • ParusMajor

          Not if you put Tabasco on them, Sister :D

  • New superstar

    I am a skeptic and dont believe in all this unscientific proof and hoaxes but 1 evidence make me interested that is of el chupacabra shown on most amazing videos. The videos was recorded by a police officer during his patrol by the camera on the patrol car….

  • Jon

    Great list my friend. Love cryptids

    • Chicago

      Okay, Bob Swarsky.

  • Goatboy-UK

    I’m cryptid mad, can’t get enough of these lists, only as long as its understood that you have to be balanced, there’s an undercurrent of hope in these entries, as if you want them to be true which takes some of the interest away. I want there to be a fully grown, male megalodon to be swimming around & I can could look & find all sorts of things to indicate there might be, but at the end of the day people would notice a huge **** off shark eventually! There would need to be a colony for a cryptid to exist & this is where a lot of this speculation produces no results whatsoever unfortunately. (on a side note I don’t want bigfoot to be found anyway, can you imagine what gun totting in-grates and questionable scientists would put them through??? And as for creationists hahahaha)

  • BryanJ

    Since we have some people inquiring about my personal opinion on cryptids, all of the entries in the list were selected because I thought they described fun tales that might be based in reality. I searched the Internet for cryptids that are located in extremely remote locations because I think if a large unexplained animal was found, it would occur in one of these places.

    Some of my favorite lists are fantasy-based. I like to read and write about stuff that has connections to reality, but is also extremely hard to believe in some cases. You will never find me participating in an expedition to find a cryptid, but I love to go camping in the enormous Pacific Northwest and to think about what might be lurking in the wild.

    • Maggot

      Even viewed with a skeptic’s eye, I enjoyed the list, Bryan. Good job.

      • BryanJ

        Thanks man.

    • J

      That is exactly the viewpoint I have when I read these lists, it’s more for entertainment than a search or verification for facts or anything. Interesting reading, regardless of veracity or relevance.

    • Born and raised in the PNW and am still looking for my Squatch. Fun list!

  • lawn

    It’s all very silly.

  • Bob

    I’ve fought off a samsquanch once when out hiking with a couple friends.

  • YetiWithADegree

    The Nahanni Valley is very well documented and explored. 800-1000 people go there every year for travel. I’ve been there myself, it is like any secluded national park, filled with stories and rumors due to the lack of year round observation.

    You will want to go between May and August though, the noxious amount of bugs are far easier to deal with than the cold in the latter months which can reach -40 or -50 celsius, also has a lack of sunlight which screws with your mind after a while.

    There’s another cryptid of legend in that area as well named a Nuk-luk which is a hominid type of creature. Didn’t get to see this or a waheela though, sad times.

    Fun list though.

  • Rhomboid

    Heh, anyone get the “no picture available” on the front page

  • J

    I actually found mention of the Valley of the Headless Men to be the most interesting thing in this list. A lot of places are claimed to be unexplored but this Valley really is very unexplored. Seems like it would be a fun vacation hah!

  • Another great list Bryan! Interesting items. I knew about a couple of them, but some were, well, not so well-known. Keep up the good work. I love your lists!

  • Missy

    I love this list. Pteranodon photo is most interesting. Where do these beasts hide?
    Patterson/Gimlin massacre is one I have not read about. Dad was a friend of Ivan Sanderson & Tom Slick so I’ll ask him what that was about.
    Pennsylvania bigfoot looks real to me!

  • Frank Saenz

    the title is a little misleading, but great list overall, a little TL;DR as well

  • vanowensbody

    Great list

  • I’m confused, a cryptid is a creature whose existence is suggested but not accepted by the scientific community….Yet you list several species for whic we have actual bones, evidence and know to have existed in history. Did you lose focus on this list?

  • skin2win

    That was Yummy.

  • TJ

    Lists like this make me want to be an explorer.

  • roo

    The kind of list that brought me here! HUZZAH!!!!

  • ParusMajor

    If I may, I’d like to recommend the study “Tier und Mensch im Denken der Deutschen Renaissance” by Maria Suutala (Sociecitas Historica Finlandiae, 1990). It’s about exactly these kind of things. I’m not sure whether or not it has been translated from German, though.

  • Sister Morphine

    NO ONE has mentioned the movie about Mokele-mbembe????
    Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088760/

  • I don’t care if this stuff is true or not. It’s still really awesome. I WANT TO BELIEVE!

  • Mabel

    Dang, that white Sasquatch video is CREEPY.

  • Hoodlum

    Another great Big Foot video. Apparently some anonymous dude with a flashlight decided to take a walk to a forest during the night (who do that besides horror movie characters?) and after couple of steps he decided to record this great adventure with a camera that he also brought as a handful survival tool. Right after that he encountered a mystical creature which always hides behind trees, bushes and rocks, has emotionless face, can disappear in couple seconds and exist only on YouTube. Keep it coming!

  • Ageng

    Good thing you got the contacts book alrdaey! It’s really helpful isn’t it? You don’t need professional ones just yet, because they’re expensive and when you’re a teen your look changes all the time! I suggest getting a friend to take a picture of you outside in natural lighting (one shoulders up and one full length) where your face is clear and facing straight to the camera. As long as they look like you, it’s all you need right now!

  • Joe

    Ive heard of Mokele Mbeme in a book…CRYTID HUNTERS FTW