Beasts of Wonder: 12 Cryptids People Believe Are Real
Do you know any creepy cryptid tales? Cryptids are creatures people believe are real, but their existence remains scientifically unproven. Two famous examples are Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, though there are plenty of other beasts of wonder to explore. Here are 12 of them.
Said to be a local of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Penelope has been described as tall and pale, with an elongated body and long black hair. Her sharp claws and cannibalistic reputation precede her.
The legend claims she hunts through the wilderness and campsites at night in search of flesh. It may seem a stretch, but there have been numerous eyewitness accounts of this mountain monster, and even park rangers have reported strange sightings.
The Lusca is a chimaera (an assortment of different animals, namely part-octopus and part-shark). Mentioned in Caribbean folklore, it is a sea creature said to scour the Gulf and areas along the Mexican shore. The Lusca was also investigated by British explorer and presenter Jeremy Wade, though there is still much mystery surrounding its origin.
Perhaps the most famous cryptid, Bigfoot, is said to be a large, hairy, ape-like creature inhabiting North America’s forests. There have been countless reported sightings of Bigfoot over the years, and many people claim to have heard its distinctive howl. Some even claim to have found physical evidence of Bigfoot, such as footprints or hair samples.
4. Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie” as it’s affectionately known, is said to inhabit the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness. Descriptions of Nessie vary, but many reports describe a large, serpentine creature with a long neck and humps on its back. While there have been many attempts to capture Nessie on film or photograph, none have been conclusive.
The Chupacabra, which means “goat sucker” in Spanish, is said to inhabit parts of the Americas. While descriptions of the creature differ, many accounts depict a canine-like animal devoid of fur, possessing pointed teeth and spines along its back. The Chupacabra is said to attack and drain the blood of livestock, particularly goats.
The Mothman is said to inhabit the forests around Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Some describe it as a large, humanoid creature with wings and glowing red eyes. The Mothman is a harbinger of doom, with sightings preceding tragic events such as the collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967.
7. Jersey Devil
The Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey are believed to be the dwelling place of the Jersey Devil. Many believe seeing the Jersey Devil is a bad omen, as sightings are frequently followed by catastrophic incidents such as shipwrecks and stock market crashes.
The Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Generally, the Yeti is regarded as a docile and reclusive creature that shies away from human contact. However, there have been reports of the beast exhibiting aggressive behavior towards humans.
According to legend, the Thunderbird is a creature that soars across the North American skies. The creature’s physical features depict it as a massive bird with a wingspan reaching 20 feet. Believers claim that the Thunderbird can produce thunder and lightning by flapping its wings, and its presence is sometimes associated with stormy weather.
10. Ozark Howler
People in the Ozark Mountains have shared stories of a fascinating, terrifying creature known as the Ozark Howler — a beast that’s said to be part wolf, part bear, and part something else entirely.
11. The Bunyip
The Bunyip is rumored to reside in the rivers and swamps of Australia. Many describe a creature with a horse-like head, dog-like face, and a lengthy neck. The Bunyip possesses formidable abilities, such as the power to summon floods and storms.
12. The Beast of Bray Road
The Beast of Bray Road is a cryptid that has been reported in the state of Wisconsin in the United States. The legend of the Beast of Bray Road began in the late 1980s when residents of Elkhorn reported seeing a strange creature lurking around the local cornfields.
Witnesses claimed the beast would walk on two legs and have glowing eyes. In the following years, dozens of sightings were reported, and the legend of the Beast of Bray Road grew.
Have you encountered any of the cryptid creatures outlined here?
Restless Spirits Revealed: Journey to the 12 Most Haunted Places on Earth
Have you ever stopped to think, what makes a place haunted? Or better yet, have you experienced an eerie destination yourself?
We’ve compiled a list of the 12 most haunted places on Earth. The only question is, would you brave these locations? Daring travelers and fans of the paranormal – this one’s for you!
12 Frightening Urban Legends That Will Creep You Out Forever
Most of us have grown up hearing terrifying urban legends from elders. While some are silly, others stick with you in your mind. Do you have any to tell? A popular online community shared these urban legends that have haunted them forever.
10 True UFO Sightings From Around the World That Still Haunt Witnesses
The fascination around UFO sightings is universal. While some events can be explained away as “man-made” objects, such as secret military weaponry, some UFO sightings pose mysteries that are hard to demystify. Here are ten real-life UFO events from around the world that continue to haunt witnesses today.
The 10 Legendary Cryptids That Turned Out To Be Real
Cryptids are a strange phenomenon. We would all love there to be a Bigfoot, Chupacabra, or Loch Ness Monster. However, it appears we may have to wait — or will we? Did you know that many “cryptids” in the past turned out to be real-life creatures? Here are ten that turned out to be real.
Beyond the Veil: 10 Real Ghost Stories From People Who Work Around Death
When you work in healthcare and other institutions that experience death, you witness some of the most intense and emotional moments in people’s lives.
In these work environments, employees sometimes encounter something else entirely- unexplainable events that leave them feeling shaken and confused. Recently, someone asked workers to share ghost stories in an online supernatural forum. You’ll be surprised at what people shared.
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