Some have entered folklore such as the Beast of Exmoor and the Beast of Bodmin, which became infamous in the late s when sightings and claims of slaughtered livestock drew cryptid hunters in their droves. The Chupacabra preys on livestock across Central and South America.
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The Chupacabra literally translates as goat-sucker, named for their penchant for attacking and drinking the blood of livestock across Central and South America, and in particular Puerto Rico. Described as a heavy creature around the size of a small bear, it bears a row of spines along its back from neck to tail. The bizarre but vicious Jersey Devil has been regularly sighted in New Jersey for hundreds of years.
One of the more fantastical cryptids, the Jersey Devil is a heady concoction of body parts from a range of creatures. Quite the sight then. The Tanzanian Mngwa has attacked local villagers, according to legend. As hard to pronounce as it is elusive, the Mngwa is a ferocious nocturnal cat the size of a donkey but with stripes like a tabby.
The dinosaur-like Mokele-mbembe floats in the waters of the Congo Basin, probably. Descriptions claim them to be giant, water-dwelling sauropods, sometimes living creatures, sometimes spirits, that roam deep in the Congo River Basin.
From the early 20th century, these descriptions sounded more and more like those of dinosaurs and perhaps reflected the global fascination with them at the time. The Chinese Wildman is believed to live high and remote in west China. Known by many names, the Yeren or Chinese Wildman, is a reddish semi-bipedal creature claimed to reside in the remote forested mountains of western Hubei in China. In fact, practically every country and corner of the globe has its own legendary monster or mystery creature that supposedly dwells there, from giant bats in Java to enormous water hounds in Ireland.
Ahools are enormous carnivorous bats that are said to inhabit the rainforests of Java in Indonesia. Believed to have a wingspan in excess of 10 feet making them roughly the same size as a condor , ahools are said to be covered in a thick brown or black fur like fruit bats, but unlike bats have long, powerful legs and claws and are supposedly capable of pouncing on and snatching up live prey—including humans, if the stories are to be believed—from open ground. Sightings of ahools are often dismissed simply as mistaken glimpses of owls, eagles, and other large birds of prey that inhabit the same rainforests, but some sources claim the creatures do indeed exist, and may even be an isolated and as-yet undiscovered species descended from pterosaurs.
The native Ainu people of Japan have long believed that Volcano Bay off the south coast of Hokkaido is home to an enormous octopus called the Akkorokamui. However that may have been, they were so scared that the next morning all three refused to get up and eat; they were lying in their beds pale and trembling.
The Altamaha-ha is a to foot long river monster with large flippers and a seal-like snout that is said to inhabit the mouth of the Altamaha River near Darien, Georgia. A number of native Central African tribes believe the swamps of the Congo basin to be inhabited by an enormous semi-aquatic creature known as the emela-ntouka. Similar to but larger than a hippopotamus, and armed with a single long bony tusk or horn in the center of its forehead, the emela-ntouka is apparently herbivorous but like the hippo has a reputation for being dangerously confrontational when disturbed, and has even been known to turn on and kill creatures even larger than itself; its name means "elephant killer.
In local mythology, grootslangs were primordial creatures comprised of the head and front of an elephant and the back and tail of an enormous serpent.
When the Earth was created, the grootslangs were all apparently destroyed, but according to legend, some survived and retreated to the deepest caves of the Northern Cape province. Tales of enormous tusked snakes—probably inspired by real-life sightings of enormous pythons that live in the same area—have rumbled on in South African folklore ever since; the mysterious disappearance of a British diamond magnate named Peter Grayson in the Richtersveld caves in is sometimes blamed on a grootslang.
Ever since then, hundreds of reported sightings of a grotesque two-legged, hooved monster with a sheep-like head and large scaly wings have been reported in the Pine Barrens, including one famous incident in the winter of when a long trail of hooved footprints, crossing under fences and over walls and rooftops, mysteriously appeared in the snow one night.
The Mapinguari is a large ape-like creature said to inhabit the rainforests straddling the border between Brazil and Bolivia.
According to local folklore, the Mapinguari stands around 8 feet tall, has a tough and apparently bulletproof covering of scales on its back, thick red fur on its head and belly, long, curved claws, and, if all of the stories are to be believed, a second mouth in the center of its stomach.
When approached by humans, the Mapinguari is said to rear up on its hind legs like a bear and can supposedly produce a foul-smelling scent to ward off potential hunters. As recently as a sighting was reported in The New York Times. Sightings of the worms date back several centuries amongst the native Mongolians, many of whom claim the olgoi-khorkhoi is able to spit venom or even acid from its mouth, while its body is apparently coated with such a toxic slime that anyone who happens to touch it will be instantly killed.
This is a list of cryptids, which are animals presumed by followers of the cryptozoology pseudoscientific subculture to exist on the basis of anecdotal or other. Although Cryptozoology is not considered a real science, it is based on the sciences of Zoology and Paleontology. Many Cryptids probably don't exist, but there.