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Most Famous Cryptids!
Transcript of Most Famous Cryptids!
Cadborosaurus willsi, or Caddy, is one of the famous North American sea serpents, named for Cadboro Bay in Canada. Sightings of a similarly described creature have been reported from Alaska to Southern California. Other names include Pal-Rai-Yuk, Klematosaurus, Sarah the Sea Hag, Saya-Ustih, Hiyitlik, Tzarta-saurus, Sisiutl, Penda, Amy, Kaegyhil-Depgu’esk and Say Noth-Kai.
The Cadborosaurus is often described as having a long snake-like body with flippers and a camel-like head. Several creatures matching this description have reportedly been caught over the years. Many "sea serpent" finds have turned out to actually be Giant Oarfish, the largest bony fish known to man. Some photos, such as the one pictured above from 1907, were never definitely identified as anything more than a "sea serpent."
One of the most famous accounts of "Caddy" is from 1937 when one was said to have been found in the stomach of a whale. Photos and flesh samples were taken of the "creature." Alas, the samples were lost to science and the photos have proven to be inconclusive -- with some scientists saying the specimen was actually a fetal baleen whale.
Mokele-mbembe, whose name means “One Who Stops the Flow of Rivers,” is described as a 20-30 foot animal resembling a Sauropod dinosaur (a.k.a. Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus). The creature, according to local natives, hangs out in the rivers, swamplands and lakes of the Congo, usually with its body submerged while extending its long neck upward to graze on low-hanging plants.
Sightings by westerners date back to 1932 when the notable cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson claimed to see an enormous creature in the Mainyu River. Over the years, evidence besides anecdotal tales has been noted, including curious three-toed footprints and suspected cave dugouts. Many expeditions by outsiders have been launched in hopes of finding this living dinosaur, including a Japanese crew that captured what they believe is a Mokele-mbembe on video in 1987.
Skeptics point out that it would be extremely unlikely for a creature such as this to have escaped the mass dinosaur extinction, not to mention that there is no definitive physical evidence. Yet when a series of animal and dinosaur pictures is shown to eyewitnesses, they always identify the Sauropod while exclaiming: “Mokele-mbembe.” Some skeptics feel that these are actually large hippopotamus being mistaken for dinosaurs, but nonetheless, the natives are sticking to their belief that Mokele-mbembe is something far more monstrous.
BEAST OF EXMOOR
The creature known as the Beast of Exmoor is said to be an extremely large, predatory cat that roams the hilly moorlands of west Somerset and north Devon in southwest England. Since there are no native species fitting this description, the mysterious nature of this beast places it firmly within the grasp of cryptozoological research.
Mysterious livestock killings in the area had been occurring since the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the late 1970s when a report of a mysterious black feline provided a potential explanation for the deaths. Later in 1983, a farmer claimed to have lost one hundred sheep in the span of three months, which were inevitably attributed to the corresponding sightings of the beast. In response to the situation, the Ministry of Agriculture ordered the Royal Marines to send snipers into the Exmoor hills. Some of the soldiers claimed to have seen a large black cat, and even got off a few shots, but none were able to bring down the phantom feline. Since then there have been numerous sightings. In 2012, a woman was driving near the moors when she got a glimpse of the beast. ”I had passed the Swimbridge junction when I passed a field of sheep. On a hillock, 15m from the roadway I sighted a wild cat, brown black with pointed black-tipped ears in the ‘strike’ position,” she told police.
Though there are sightings of other “alien big cats” (ABCs) in Britain, the Beast of Exmoor is the most famous example. Explanations for these out-of-place felines generally fall into two categories: misidentified domestic cats and escaped exotic pets. Many blame the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976, which resulted in many exotics to being released into the countryside. However, even if it’s simply an escaped puma or jaguar, it has remained elusive
Whether you call it Bigfoot, Sasquatch or Yeti, this ape-like cryptid has eluded science since -- well, since science began trying to confirm its existence.
As with most cryptids, the legend goes back centuries to native populations who told stories of large, ape-like creatures wandering the woods. For primatologists such as the very famous Dr. Jane Goodall, these accounts are proof enough.
But scientific belief in Bigfoot has suffered from notable hoaxes, from fake casts of giant feet to doctored videos. Most recently, in 2008, the "body" of a supposed Sasquatch was found to be nothing more than faux fur and rubber feet.
If Bigfoot does exist, sightings suggest that the creature would weigh several hundred pounds and be between 6 feet and 10 feet tall.
The Chupacabra is a relatively new edition to the cryptid menagerie, but one that has risen quickly to international fame. Starting in March of 1995 several areas of Puerto Rico began to experience a rash of unexplained livestock deaths which were later attributed to sightings of a mysterious bipedal animal described as being three to four feet tall with large, bulbous eyes, grayish skin, and a row of spikes down the length of its spine. Dubbed El Chupacabra – meaning “the goat sucker” in Spanish – the creature is known for its attacks on goats as well as other domesticated animals including sheep, rams, pigs, cows, horses, chickens, turkey and dogs.
By the end of 1995, the Chupacabra was being blamed for an astounding 1000+ killings in Puerto Rico. Many of these incidents were accompanied by sightings. A rash of media attention resulted in a rapid dissemination of the stories across Hispanic speaking regions. Reports of blood-drained livestock began to come in from Mexico, Brazil, and even parts of the United States.
In the decade to follow, sightings of an unusual four-legged, dog-like creature were reported in the southern parts of the United States, primarily Texas. This creature was labeled a “Chupacabra” by the media, although its description varies significantly from that of the Latin version.
Sightings of both the Latin and U.S. variety continue, and in the case of the dog-like Chupacabra (also known as Blue Dogs), video, photos, and even carcasses have been offered as proof.
Theories as to what the creature may be include an unknown predator, mongoose, extraterrestrial being, scientific-experiment-gone-awry, and a mangy coyote. In the case of the Blue Dogs, it has been proven that some of the carcasses are those of coyotes or hybrid wolves suffering from a skin diseased called sarcoptic mange. However, in other cases no mange was found. The mystery remains.
THYLACINE / TASMANIAN TIGER
The thylacine – commonly known as the “Tasmanian tiger” due to the dark stripes which run across its back – is an extremely rare or altogether extinct species of carnivorous marsupial once native to Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. It is generally believed to have gone extinct in the early 1900s when it was eradicated by farmers and other opportunists who responded to a government-wide bounty placed on the animal’s head. The thylacine was believed to be killing off numerous sheep, although later studies indicated that dogs were the most likely culprit. Regardless, the last known specimen died in Hobart Zoo on September 7, 1936, thus rendering the entire species extinct. Or did it?
Since 1936 there have been hundreds of unconfirmed eyewitness reports which suggest that perhaps the species somehow survived. In 1973, Gary and Liz Doyle shot ten seconds of film showing an alleged thylacine running across a road in Australia. In 1982, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service researcher, Hans Naarding, observed what he believed to be a thylacine for three minutes while in northwestern Tasmania. Additional sightings by Parks and Wildlife officials, Aboriginal trackers, missionaries, and various locals have maintained the possibility of the tiger’s existence, thereby placing it within the realm of modern day cryptozoology
The Loch Ness Monster is the undisputed king of lake monsters. Sightings of this creature can be traced back to the 6th century when an Irish monk first reported an encounter with a strange aquatic beast on the shores of Loch Ness. In the 1930s, the monster gained worldwide fame when more than 20 separate sightings were reported in the span of six months. Numerous sightings have been reported since, and still occur today, although extensive scientific testing has yet to dredge up any creature that fits the description.
Theories as to what the creature may be range from relic dinosaurs, giant eels, otters, and seals to logs, waves, seismic gas, and even optical illusion.
Loch Ness is not the only freshwater body of water with a history of strange sightings. Other locations around the globe also have a history of aquatic monster reports. Some of the more prominent creatures include: Champ (Lake Champlain – spans New York, Vermont, and Quebec), Ogopogo (Lake Okanagan, British Columbia), Tessie (Lake Tahoe, California), Morag (Loch Morar, Scotland), Bownessie (Lake Windermere, England), and the Lagarfljot River Worm ( Jökulsá í Fljótsdal River, Iceland).