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Giant bats reported by the Sundnese people of
western Java. Also similar reports
with different local names from Vietnam and the
Philippines; possibly known as Orang-bati in Seram, Indonesia.
Described as having a monkey-like head with large dark eyes, grey
furry body, and around the size of a one year old child.
It's has a wing span
of nearly 12 feet.
Large hairy hominids sighted in
various parts of Euroasia. Unlike the more notable
Yeti and Meteh of the Himalayan mountains, the Almas are more
similar to humans in stature and are regarded with little more than
indifference by the local people. Perhaps the most
plausible and well documented sighting of an Alma was reported in August of 1957
by a Russian scientist and hydrologist, Alexander G. Pronin.
He described the creature as “... a being of unusual aspect – reminiscent
of a man’s figure, but with a strongly hunched back – his arms are longer than
in the ordinary man (and) covered in with reddish gray hair.”
Several expeditions into Alma territory by Professor Jeanne J.
Kofman, have resulted in
testimony but no tangible proof of the creatures
The Altamaha-ha dwells in the Altamaha River and the surrounding waterways
and marshes in South Georgia.
Similar animals have also been observed in Florida. The Altamaha-ha
has always been described as having a horizontal tail, like that of a porpoise,
and moving with up-and-down undulations of the body, like a porpoise. It is
upto 20 feet long. It
is said to have large, protruding eyes and a pronounced alligator-like snout
armed with large conical teeth. It has a serrated ridge across the back, like a
series of small dorsal fins next to each other, and a true dorsal fin which is
rather low. It is said to be metal grey on top and pearly white on the bottom.
The horizontal tail, dolphin-type dorsal fin and the fact that it only has front
flippers suggests the Altamaha-ha may be some kind of cetacean; either an
archaeocete such as a zeuglodon or a freshwater dolphin of the family
The Agogwe are little, human-like, hairy, bipeds reported consistently from the
forests of Eastern Africa.
These unrecognized mountain dogs are seen in South America.
These unconfirmed flying snakes are located in the Arabian Sea region.
A creature of Phillipino legend, said to eat human
flesh and do all sorts of nasty things to people.
Ranges from a witch-like creature
to a shapeshifter. The creature has little standing in
the scientific community, and is almost likely folkloric.
Another strong, muscular, and hairy humanoid
reported from the Shishi-kuh valley in Pakistan.
Beast of Bodmin (or Bodmin Moor)
Locally named mystery black cats found in the United
Beast of Gevaudan (Le
Bęte de Gevaudan)
Terrorized the south-central formal
province of France called Gevaudan, which is now
called Lozere. It attacked and killed many,
people between the years 1764 and 1767,
most of its victims were women and children. The animal was described as large,
cow sized. with a long tail with a tuft of fur
on the end like a lion, a greyhound-like head, and long protruding teeth. It was
furry with either stripes or a brindle pattern. It was
killed in 1767 by a well known wolf hunter called Jean Chastel. No one
was able to identify what the beast was.
Possible unknown species of giant bear once roamed Eastern Asia, and still may.
Giant chimpanzees appear to live in remote east Africa, where much evidence
points to their existence, including photos, footprints and ground nests.
Six species from New Guinea and surrounding islands, and a distinctive
Long-Tailed Black Bird-of-Paradise from Goodenough Island are of interest to
Black Panthers and Maned Mystery Cats
Sighting of large Black Panthers worldwide and seemingly "African Lions" with manes in the
Midwest USA, have law enforcement officials on the alert.
Blue Mountain panthers
These unknown cats reportedly live in the Blue Mountains west
of Sydney, Australia.
These mystery felids are spotted in the Fujian Province, China, and are also
filed under the name Black Tiger.
Sea monsters of the North Pacific Ocean are frequently reported off Monterey Bay
since the 1940s, and have been given this local name.
This was known by tribes in Irian Jaya as the 'man of the
forest', and in 1994 Tim Flannery identified it as a new species of tree
A lake monsters from Lake Brosno,
which is 400kms NW of Moscow. Alleged to be a huge monster that lives at the
bottom of the lake, in 1996 a tourist snapped an indistinct photo of something
in the lake.
East African maneless lions are said to be man-eaters, and may reflect some new
genetic alignments, akin to the King Cheetah discoveries among cheetahs.
Fifteen foot long bluish black giant lizards were seen often in the swamps,
lakes and foothills of the Himalayas, up through the 1940s, although they may be
Originally a creature from Dreamtime mythology of the Australian
Aboriginal people. According to the mythological accounts, the bunyip was a
malevolent water spirit. The bunyip had a loud,
terrifying cry and the aborigines would abandon any water source where this was
heard. There have been a number of modern sightings of
warter creatures that have been classified as possible
These unknown Sea Serpents living off the coast of British Columbia are
a popular figure in Canadian cryptozoology, and fit
into the classic snake like monster. In 1937 a
specimen was found in the stomach of a whale
This is the Casco Bay sea serpent of Maine, with
reports going back to the 18th century.
lake monster that may
lurk in Lake Champlain, a 109 mile lake
that borders New York, Vermont, and Ontario. A
controversial photograph was taken in 1997.
Another sea serpent, this time from Cheasapeake Bay
Chacoan Peccary FOUND!
This was known by local tribes Paraguay as 'the Donkey Pig',
and in 1974 the first specimens were brought to the west and it turned out to be
a giant Peccary, weighing more than 75kg that had been thought extinct since the
Another big hairy man, this time from western Siberia
Also called "Goatsuckers," these bizarre Caribbean and South American
cryptids are five feet tall biped creatures with short grey hair that have
spiked hair and reported drain the blood through throat punctures of the
livestock they kill.
This prehistoric fish was thought to be extinct until
caught in a net off South Africa in 1938
Congo Peacock FOUND!
This prehistoric fish was thought to be extinct
These are sea serpents found in the oceans of
South-East Asia, the word means millipede in Vietnamese,
These are the animals that Cryptozoologists search
for, once a mystery animal is identified it is no longer a cryptid and
moves from Cryptozoology to zoologys.
This is the study or search for previously
unknown or hidden animals.
Devil Bird of Sri Lanka and India was once a mysterious cryptid found only in
the densest mountain jungles. Known as Ulama or Maha Bakamuna.
It was described it as a large bird which hid itself from humans as much
as possible. Usually the only evidence of the bird's existence was its extremely
loud, frightening cry, which sounded remarkably like a human being in pain or
A few lucky people caught a glimpse of the Ulama, and described it as similar to
a cuckoo or nighthawk. Sightings persisted for hundreds of years, largely
ignored, mostly due to superstitious beliefs that the bird was a thing of evil.
In July of 2001, a species of owl was identified which matched the
Three feet tall, hairy little people with pot bellies and long arms
sighted on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Tiny females are said to
have long, pendulous breasts.
Term first applied to describe a short period
of intensive reporting of UFO activity from a geographically restricted
area, has now been used to describe clusters of other
unusaul phenomena, including sightings of cryptids
This is a general bag of weird phenomena, not necessarily involving anything paranormal but most definitely anomalous. Some have been explained, but not to the satisfaction of everyone. The best source for Fortean reports is to be found in the UK monthly magazine, Fortean Times. The field of study is named after Charles Fort (1874-1932), an American writer who collected tales of weird happenings. See also ASSAP News 79 & 90.
'Found' animals are those which have finally been described, usually after a
of searching. Examples of 'Found' land animals include the Mountain Gorilla,
Friend of a friend
story Fortean phenomena
Gargoyles are those grotesque stone statues found on
gothic cathedrals, often used to disguise waterspouts as fantastic beasts.
use the term to describe cryptids that are roughly humanoid monsters with
leathery, bat-like wings and would otherwise be known as
Java is supposed to harbor a bat with a twelve-foot wingspan called the ahool.
In Cameroon, scientists have
reported seeing a very similar large bat. The
Guiafairo of Senegal is described as a giant bat that is very smelly
The Giant Forest
Hog is the largest wild member of the pig family.
Though known to Africans
for many millennia and subject in many of these cultures to various
superstitions it was not until 1904 that it became known to
- see megalodon
Giant Sloth - see
From jungle all over the world giant snakes have been
reported. The largest are alledged to be up to 100 feet long,
possibly Anacondas, on the Rio Negro of the
Amazon River basin.
These are a carcass from the
sea that cannot be identified usually
because it is decomposing and in poor condition. These
are usually found washed up on the shore but can also be discovered by fishing
boats or inside the stomach of a large creature such as a whale. Globsters are
of interest to cryptozoologists simply because they are unidentified. In some
cases they seem to defy identification completely - the hope is that in these
cases the creature might be a new one or one previously believed to be extinct.
The Goatman is part man and part goat.
The description vary wildly.
It can be smaller than an average man or twelve foot tall. Sometimes it is
closer to a human form with hooves and horns,
in fact this description is remarkably similar to pagans stories of
nature spirits, the Greek god Pan and the Roman satyrs. These images were later
incorporated into the Christian concept of Satan. Some
people are convinced that at least some of the Goatman sightings are genuine. In
the urban myth version, a teenage couple are out late
at night when they are attacked by the Goatman. The Goatman is also frequently
blamed for the deaths and disappearance of livestock and family pets. Sometimes
these Goatman stories are reminiscent of
A state in which one hears, sees, smells or feels something that is not
there. The person may believe that it is a
true perception, but it occurs without external stimulation of the
relevant sensory organ. Hallucinations occur mostly
because of drugs and illness, but can be induced by sleep deprivation
and extreme physical states.
Hauntings & poltergeists
Ghosts, hauntings and poltergeists are mixed up, both in people’s minds and in
terms of symptoms. Theories abound, from discarnate entities to ' stone
recordings' being played back. Hauntings don’t always come with a ghost, and
ghosts don’t always find it impossible to interact with their surroundings. All
of which makes it difficult to draw a line between these two phenomena.
A typical haunting may involve an apparition, looking as solid as you or I. Or
it can just be strange lights or
classic apparition. A poltergeist is person centred
and typically involves a person going through some tough emotional
problems, often but by no means exclusively a girl at puberty.
The person somehow enables these strange events to occur, and
no one is sure if it is XXXXXX Other occurrences may involve
puddles of water, stacking of objects, localized outbreaks of small fires, stone
throwing, disembodied voices, interference with
electrical equipment such as computers or telephones and messages written on
walls or computer screens are sometimes reported.
Honey Island Swamp Monster
Reportedly these "Swamp Thing" monsters are seen in the Louisiana swamps.
Lake Simcoe, Ontario is home to Igopogo, a dog faced
seal-like monster. The name is a word play on the BC lake monster
Ogopogo. In 1991 one these creatures was caught on video.
Iliamna Lake is a large
deep lake in Alaska and has been the site of numerous reports of monster
fish. The best sighting was from the air in 1942 when a school of these
10 foot plus long, 'dull aluminum' fish were seen.
International Society of Cryptozoology
This is the major international organisation related to Cryptozoology
Also called an antelabbit, aunt benny,
Wyoming thistled hare or stagbunny. In
folklore is said to be a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope or
deer, and is usually portrayed as a rabbit with antlers. Some believe
that the tales of jackalopes were inspired by sightings of rabbits
infected with the Shope papillomavirus, which causes the growth of horn
like tumors in various places on the rabbit's head and body.
In 1909 these creatures created quite a flap, however
these creatures that have been haunting
the New Jersey Pineland forest for over 260 years and
some say still do! There is evidence the 1909 flap may have been hoaxed.
For years there were stories of a large, strangely
marked cheetahs in Africa. In 1973 in Kruger Park, SA, a King Cheetah
was studied and found to simply be an unusual genetic variation.
The existence of this dragon was only known to
western science in 1910 after a Dutch pilot crashed on an indonesian island and
it was not until 1926 that 2 live specimens were caught and brought to the west.
The natives of the Jiundu region of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) have
firsthand encounters with these strange flying bat-like creatures.
A bat or maybe another pterosaur perhaps?
legendary Kraken is almost certainly the giant squid.
Lake Storsjon Monster
Lake Seljord in the Telemark region of Norway has its own Lake Monsters
swimming the waters here for centuries.
Are certain African lakes the home to 40 feet long unknown catfishes or
Nessie is the most famous Lake Monster in the world; they are said to inhabit
this loch, an extremely deep Scottish lake.
The Loveland Frog has been seen by numerous people in the area around Loveland,
Ohio. The witnesses include Police officers who observed the creatures on the
side of the road. The officers watched as the giant frog like creature jump
down an embankment and out of sight. The descriptions of the creature all seem
to match. The man-like creature is 3 to 5 feet tall. It walks upright like a
human and has webbed hands and feet. The head is that of a large frog or
lizard. It's skin appears to be leathery.
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The carcass is at the Smithsonian, believed to be a possible hybrid
between a grizzly and polar bear. Or an new unknown species.
(also known as mapi,
mapinguary and isnashi)
Bigfoot like ape man. However it
is more commonly thought of as a hairy giant ground sloth capable of rising up
on two legs and hence giving the appearance of an ape man. When standing like
this it is said to reach up to six feet in height. The mapinguari is
found in South America. It is said to be largely
nocturnal and to have a frightful cry and a foul smell. It has extremely powerul
claws that can shred palm trees. Its hair is usually said to be red in colour.
When surprised or threatened it is believed to rise up on its hind legs, emit
its fierce cry and display its claws. It will also become aggressive if its
territory is invaded. Giant ground sloths such as the mylodon used to
exist but are believed to be long extinct. If one still exists then it could be
an example of the lazurus effect. Another suggestion is that the
mapinguari, if it exists, might not be a sloth but some form of anteater.
He came to prominence in the 1960s.
It was claimed to be one of the most remarkable
cryptozoological finds of all time: a tall, hairy "bigfoot" type
hominid that had been almost perfectly
preserved in a block of ice. It is almost certainly an
elaborate hoax. The Iceman corpse was under the control of Frank Hansen
who kept it in a refrigerated glass case. He was
toured around the carnival sideshow circuit. It became
widely known in 1968 when two cryptozoologists - Ivan Sanderson and Dr. Bernard
Heuvelmans - became aware of it. They studied the creature as best they could
& declared it genuine.
Following this, the Smithsonian Institute became interested in the Minnesota
Iceman and asked Hansen whether they could study it.
Hansen at this point declared that the original Iceman had been returned to its
mystery "millionaire owner". Hansen was, he said, now touring with a replica
made for him by friends.
New Zealand's best known cryptid. This large flightless bird is a relative of
the Kiwi and Emu. It is thought to have died out about 500 years ago, although
there have been a number of reports in modern times.
For centuries there have been reports of a lake creature,
Morag, dwelling in the depths of
Loch Morar, located 70 miles from Loch Ness. The creature seems to be
more or less similar to the one sighted in Loch Ness.
of have been numerous in this century.
The Mngwa are cats described as being as large as donkeys, with marks like a
tabby and living in Africa - but not a known species.
For over two hundred years there have been reports of living Sauropods
dinosaurs living in the remote Congo area of
Africa. They may being confused with accounts of other local cryptids, aquatic
Mongolian Death Worm
The best named cryptid in the world! It is said to be a large, worm-like
creature that lives in the Gobi Desert. Reported
to grow up to five feet in length, the name derives from its
alleged ability to kill its prey at a distance.
A local name for giant owls (also called Bighoot) which has been sighted for
over 100 years in West Virginia-Ohio area, and elsewhere in North America.
This is Canada's most famous type of water monsters, inhabitants of Lake
Okanagan in the south central interior of British Columbia.
These reportedly small biped small apes (also called Sedapa) live in the jungles
of Sumatra and Borneo.
A giant black bat like creature has been
reported in the mountains of Cameron. It has been observed by many
of the local hunters in the area. A similar creature
has been seen in the Jiundu swamp in Zambia, called the Kongamato.
Para-cryptozoology is the subfield of cryptozoology dealing with the possibility that
cryptids are extraterrestrial or interdimensional. "Extraterrestrial" is a
familiar term to many: it means literally "out of earth", but it has come to
mean "from another planet." "Interdimensional" and
"ultraterrestrial" have come to mean "from another dimension", which
generally means that the cryptids have no physical sense or form. Probably the only
cryptid who has terrestrial, extraterrestrial, and ultraterrestrial facets is Bigfoot. The
Native Americans believe Sasquatch is an ultraterrestrial creature with
connections to their indigenous religion; while many scientists believe
it is a "missing link" or thought-to-be-extinct primate. UFO enthusiasts
tend to believe that Bigfoot is an alien creature. Many sighting reports
support all of these theories.
Peruvian Mystery Jaguar
Unknown large cats with white background covered in solid irregular spots are
seen in the rainforests of Peru.
flying creature from Umboi Island (PNG) with a wingspan of 8 to 10 m
that may be bioluminescent and strongly resembles an extinct
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Also known by the label Myakka "Ape" and other local names (Booger,
Swamp Ape), these chimpanzee- or orangutan-like primates have been
sighted throughout central and south Florida.
Steller's Sea Cow
A once thought extinct species, these totally marine animals, looking like huge,
wrinkled manatees, and are still being seen by Russian fisherman.
Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine
Thought extinct, these wolf-like marsupials are still sighted on a
regular basis in Western Australia, and perhaps New Guinea too.
These creatures have been seen
in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. They are described as scaly mountain dwelling
dragons with razor sharp teeth, spiked ridges along their back
of their cylindrical lizard or serpent like
body. They have four legs
each with three toes on each foot. It is said they
are extremely aggressive and will attack if provoked. In 1924 a 5 foot long
skeleton was found that resembled a lizard. Some have come to view the
Tatzelwurm as a giant size member of the otter family
or a giant sized Asian salamander. It has also been considered a relative of the
American gila monster.
In Native American
legends the Thunderbird is
an elemental bird spirit associated with the air and
the wind. It was an intelligent bird like creature of huge size. The clapping
together of its wings drew in clouds and caused the thunder whilst lightning
would flash from its eyes. Many sightings of a creature resembling the legendary
Thunderbird have been reported over the years. A huge bird was said to have been
killed by two Arizona cowboys in 1890. The usual description of the Thunderbird
is of a dark, birdlike creature with a wingspan of some 15 to 20 feet. It is
sometimes described as having reptilian features, which has led some to
speculate that it might be some form of surviving dinosaur.
Unknown species of snake sighted in the upper elevations of Korea and Japan.
The South American Bigfoot live mainly in the Andean foothills.
An unknown Chimpanzee that has been seen in the forests of Malawi, with a female
specimen being caught in 1964 and sent to Chester Zoo in the UK. Unfortunately
she died within 5 weeks of arrival.
These strange unknown otter-like beasts are seen in New Zealand, and as yet
This is a specific regional name, from southern China, for small unknown ape.
The Chinese Wildmen are reddish, semi-bipedal, and often encountered by
locals and government officials along rural roads.
Yeti, unknown rock apes, are creatures reported as crossing the Himalayan
plateaus and living in the valley forests. There is not just "one"
Abominable Snowman, and they are no "white."
These tall hairy unknown hominoids are sighted throughout
areas of Australia.
The scientific study of the
fauna of earth, was first established in the
1500's, and by the 21C has since catalogued
most of the animals
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