Yes, that’s right, there are real monsters out there! Not to worry though folks, most are harmless, but they’re all unforgettable. Crytozoology, is the study of “hidden animals” and is still an avid science today, regardless of whether the scientific community takes it seriously or not. Now, on with the countdown. (sorry Casey Casem).
Dover, Massachusetts circa 1977 became a crazy place over two nights when this creature was spotted by six eye witnesses. The case was largely dismissed, as the eyewitnesses were primarily teenagers, but its impact is still felt. While there are no further reports of this creature, people perception of this creature points towards the extraterrestrial.
9. Mad Gasser Mattoon, Illinois had strange reports of a mysterious man gassing people at random in the summer of 1944. The gas was described as sickly sweet and would induce nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and paralysis for approximately 2 hours, after which the symptoms would disappear. The Gasser never took anything, never molested anyone, all it did was just gas people at random. The individual was described as tall, dressed in black, and wearing a tight cap. Whatever this being is, it hasn’t been seen since.
Many people have seen the film The Mothman Prophecies, but few people know it was actually based on a nonfiction book of the same name. Mothman set up shop in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966 and 1967. The creature was sighted by hundreds of eye witnesses and remains one of the most prominent cryptozoological documentations in history. Those that know the story know the tragic collapsing of the Silver Bridge, but few know that this one event led to the collapse of the entire town. People still claim to see Mothman today, but sightings are very sporadic and accounts are unverified.
This famous legend goes that in 1735, a resident of the Pine Barrens known as Mother Leeds found herself pregnant with her thirteenth child. In anger, she said “let this one be the devil.” The birth went fine, but after the child was born it changed into the creature you see pictured above. In the coming centuries, the creature was sighted sporadically, the most frequent of the occurring in 1909. The occasional sighting pops up every now and then.
The “goat sucker,” as it is effectively known, was first spotted in Puerto Rico in 1995 and later in Mexico and the United States. This creature has evolved from an alien looking creature to one that more resembles a dog. Initial sightings describe a creature approximately three to four feet tall with glowing red eyes and scaly reptile like skin. Reports first flowing in from Puerto Rico would make you assume that the creature is of extraterrestrial origins. Sightings are rare these days, but the legend still lives on.
5. Giant Squid
for centuries, this creature was believed to be mythical, but as recent as the last decade, scientists have been able to document these amazing creatures on film. The largest one recorded on film was approximately 108 feet long, and was featured on the show Monsterquest on the history channel.
4. Sharks in fresh water lakes
The terrifying attacks that occurred in Matawan Creek, New Jersey in 1916 showed us that not even our rivers are safe from the threat of sharks. More recently Bull Sharks, the most aggressive sharks known, have been known to swim in fresh water, including the Mississippi River. We also have evidence that Greenland Sharks swim into the St. Lawrence River at certain times of the year.
While not really a monster per se, the importance of this creature to the cryptozoological science is still feeling impacted today. These fish have gone largely unchanged for 350 million years. They were believed to have gone extinct 65 millions years ago with the dinosaurs, but as recently as 1938, we now know that these creatures still exist today. Unique features of this fish include the arm like fins that appear to be a hybrid between arm and fin. Its because of this fish today that cryptozoology survives.
2. Dinosaurish Monsters
Mokele Mbembe, The Loch Ness Monster, Champ, Pinky, you name it, there are hundreds of sightings of dinosaur like creatures sill roaming the earth. The Mokele Mbembe, pictured above, is known to certain regions of Africa including the Congo and Cameroon. It is believed to be Sauropod like and legends of it go back to the late 1700’s. The Loch Ness monster has been sighted in Loch Ness since the early 1900’s and has continued to be sighted by hundreds of people over the years. The United States has its own version called Champ in Lake Champlain.
Of all the cryptozoological creatures cited in this article, none has more eyewitness accounts and evidence amassed than Bigfoot. It goes by many names; Sasquatch, Yeti, Orang Pendek, Skunk Ape. Sightings have been documented all over the world with the exception of Antarctica. One thing that remains elusive is that, there is no real physical evidence of its existence. There are no bones, no DNA, only footprints, and giant footprints at that. My theory on this is that while it looks like a giant ape/human hybrid, I believe this creature to be shapeshifting to blend in to its surroundings and i believe it to be extraterrestrial. Not the flying saucer types, but ones that use dimensional doorways to travel. Sounds crazy I know, but so do many of the creatures on this list!