All about Cryptids

Hey! My name is Damien, and I have no idea what the fuck I’m doing! I’ve never written an article so let’s see how this goes. I’ve just decided to write about something that I’m interested in, which are cryptids, which can also be called “urban legends”. I decided to try to find as many as I could, some popular ones, and some you might not have heard of before! Are you ready?

The definition of a cryptid is a creature that may or may not exist, that has had reported sightings, but have not had their existence scientifically proven, yet. 

Cryptozoology is the study of these creatures, but this branch is not accepted as real science by most. 

In civilizations and cultures across the globe, there are legends of wild, fantastic, and grotesque creatures. For this article, each cryptid will have a photo, a background story or legend behind them, a visual description, its region, and one sighting. Let’s get into some of them!

CHUPACABRA

The Chupacabra is one of the most well-known cryptids, up there with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. The name chupacabra means “goat sucker” because of their supposed tendency to suck the blood (and some of the organs) out of farmers’ livestock through three punctured holes pointing in a downward triangle. They usually prey on sheep, goats, and cows.

REGION: Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Southwest United States

VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Each story and sighting of the chupacabra has these similarities:

bright red eyes, skinny, spikes along the spine, leathery skin, and vampire-like fangs, estimated to be about 3 to 4 feet tall, with a stance like a kangaroo. 

LEGEND: The first report of the chupacabra was in March of 1995 in Puerto Rico, when 8 sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds to the chest and reportedly completely drained of blood. Only a few months later in August, a possible eyewitness, Madelyne Tolentino, reported seeing the chupacabra in the town of Canovanas in Puerto Rico where over 150 livestock animals were killed with the same 3 chest wounds, all drained of blood. 

MOTHMAN

Ah, Mothman. One of my personal favorites. Mothman was so popular at the time, that it reached an even wider audience with a book and a movie called The Mothman Prophecies in the 70s. There’s also a 10 foot tall mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. This legend might be a bit long to read, but it’s my favorite one (and I think the most interesting one by far). 

REGION: Clendenin and Point Pleasant West Virginia

VISUAL DESCRIPTION: A 6 foot tall figure with glowing red eyes, gray fur, and a ten foot wingspan. 

LEGEND: Mothman’s legacy started with its first sighting on November 12th 1966, in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. The sightings lasted through the last reported one on November 12th 1967, spooky right? The first sighting was published as a newspaper report for the Point Pleasant Register, dated November 16 1966, titled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something”. ‘ The media took this story and ran, spreading it all across America. On November 12, 1966, there were 5 men digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia. They claimed to have seen a man-like figure fly over their heads. This became known as the first sighting of this strange creature. Shortly after, on November 15, 1966, 2 young couples from Point Pleasant–Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette–reported to the police that they saw a large grey creature with eyes that shone bright red when their car headlights hit them. They described it as a large flying man with 10 foot wings that followed them in their car while they were driving around an area outside of town known as the “TNT area”, where the site of a former World War II munitions plant was placed. Some people think that this was Mothman’s home. After the collapse of the Silver Bridge, in which 46 people were killed, people began to believe that Mothman was a part of it somehow. A few days after these events, more and more reports of this creature came flooding in. 

THE LOCH NESS MONSTER (NESSIE)

The Loch Ness monster has been known for centuries in Scottish folklore. With stories all the way back to the 1870s. It is probably the oldest cryptid out there.The earliest account was from 6th century AD. It’s been the cause of many hoaxes and legends and stories passed down for generations, but its existence was made known more popularly by this photo above. .

REGION: Loch Ness, Scotland

VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Large in size with multiple humps protruding out of the water with a long neck, kind of like an underwater brontosaurus. 

LEGEND: The first “modern” talk of this creature was in the 1870s, when a woman named  D. Mackenzie reported seeing a creature that was “wriggling and churning up the water”. This report was not published until 1934 however. The best known article that drew major attention to this phenomenon was published on May 2, 1933, in Inverness Courier, about a large beast or “whale-like fish”. The article was written by Alex Campbell (who I don’t know much about). This article talked about a sighting by Aldie Mackay. They say that this article was the first time that monster was used for this creature. Here’s a quote from the article written for The Courier in 2017, which contained excerpts from the original Alex Campbell article, which was titled “Strange Spectacle in Loch Ness”. 

“The creature disported itself, rolling and plunging for fully a minute, its body resembling that of a whale, and the water cascading and churning like a simmering cauldron. Soon, however, it disappeared in a boiling mass of foam. Both onlookers confessed that there was something uncanny about the whole thing, for they realised that here was no ordinary denizen of the depths, because, apart from its enormous size, the beast, in taking the final plunge, sent out waves that were big enough to have been caused by a passing steamer.”

BIGFOOT (SASQUATCH)

Bigfoot is a pacific northwest favorite. With many shows and books, and enthusiasts dedicated to finding this creature. The name bigfoot is kind of self explanatory, from the giant footprints that have been found in various places. Many believe that the whole thing is a hoax, that it’s just a man in an ape costume or a bear walking upright on its hind legs, what do you think?

REGION: the Pacific Northwest, America

VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Large, ape like creature that walks upright, roughly 7-9 feet tall, with massive feet and covered in black, dark brown or reddish fur. 

LEGEND: Most cultures have accounts of human-like giants in their history, all of their names similar to “hairy man” or “big man”, with a need for larger than life creatures. About one-third of all bigfoot sightings come from the Pacific Northwest. Many claim to see a large man-like figure covered in fur in the forest or even some accounts say that it has approached their houses at some point. According to the book Bigfoot Casebook, by authors Janet and Colin Bord, there have been over 1,000 sightings from 1818 to 1980, and that isn’t even all of them. Many people think that this a perfect example of pseudoscience in America. Most scientists believe that these sightings are either hoaxes or misidentifications of animals, such as the black bear. 

ALIENS/UFOS

On September 20, 2019, history was made. Thousands of people gathered at the gates of area 51 looking for what? Aliens. UFOs, claims of being taken up into flying saucers and many incidents that we simply cannot explain. Mostly, if they are explained, they’re dismissed as military aircraft tests or drones. But we can’t discount that there has to be some form of life in this expansive universe, so who’s to say that they haven’t come to visit us?. I added an extra photo up above just because I thought it was funny, so I hope you appreciate that.  

REGION: All over the world

VISUAL DESCRIPTION: There are so many variations, but the most well-known one is a humanoid being with gray skin, a large head and big eyes, and the common description of a UFO is a flying saucer with many lights, or very bright lights in the sky that don’t seem to belong to earth.  

LEGEND: Throughout history, there are numerous stories on UFOs (unidentified flying objects) and extraterrestrial life. There are stories of flying flaming chariots, visitors from the stars in every culture all over the world, dating back to biblical times. The first major breakthrough in this land of conspiracies happened on June 24, 1947, during the cold war. Pilot Kenneth Arnold had diverted from his original flight path to look for a marine corps C-46 military transport plane, when he claimed to see 9 “peculiar looking” and “perfectly round” objects who seemed to be flying in a formation similar to geese, that were going upwards of 1,000 miles per hour. When he reported it, the Army Air Corps dismissed it as a fatigue-induced hallucination. And let’s not forget Roswell New Mexico, where people commonly reported strange lights in the sky and one man claimed he found a wrecked spaceship. Many people believe Area 51 is hiding aliens and UFOs from us. 

Congratulations if you’ve made it this far! Thank you so much for taking the time to read about something that I’m interested in! I hope you have a great day. 

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