The Loch Ness Monster

Keep An Eye Out For Our Top 5 Cryptids

Some Other Notable Cryptids

The Jersey Devil. A terror-inspiring mix of kangaroo, bat, goat and man, the Jersey Devil has a history stretching back to the 18th century in New Jersey. A Jersey Devil scare seized the state in 1909, and there were some sightings in the 1950s. The residents of New Jersey are rather proud of their cryptid and it is celebrated in many local organisations’ names.

The Mongolian Death Worm. The catchy name no doubt helps keep this Gobi Desert freak close to cryptozoologists’ hearts. It’s a red worm that grows up to 5 feet long. Local stories give the Mongolian Death Worm the ability to kill with acid or even electricity.

Steller’s Sea Ape. Georg Wilhelm Steller was a fine explorer who introduced many creatures to western science. But the large fur-covered “sea ape” he saw in August 1741 is the only animal he described – a 5 foot body with a pig’s head, shark’s tail and pointed ears – that has yet to be matched with something accepted by scientists, some of whom suggest what he saw was a deformed fur seal.

Phantom cats. There is almost certainly some truth behind these cryptid tales. They’re not uncommon – for example the “beasts” in the Forest of Dean and on Bodmin Moor in the UK – and often come to light as a result of attacks on domestic and farm animals. Most are believed to be exotic cats released illegally by their owners.

Mermaids and Mermen. Almost every culture with a coastline has a story of a human-like sea creature that often offers help to struggling mariners. Such stories could have come from misidentified dolphins or manatees, but they still pop up from time to time, most recently in a video from the Philippines.

Mermaid sightings video

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