The ultimate lure of myths and mysterious creatures around the world is that they can never truly be disproven. Most of us have heard many of the Big Foot, Sasquatch, Skunk Ape and Yeti stories since they're very common in the US and pretty much every region has their own version. Some of the less humanoid myths can be even more frightening though. Would you like a few beasts to pursue on your expeditions? To follow are 3 of what are some of the most fascinating mysterious creatures you just might encounter on your travels!
Also known as the “goat sucker,” the chupacabra rose to phenomenon status in the 1990s when a strange creature about the size of a chimpanzee was reported for killing farm animals — chicken, rabbits, ducks, and goats — in Puerto Rico. Odd eyewitness descriptions were frantically spread on the internet:
Unlike typical predators, this creature was said to drain its victims’ blood and kill as many as a hundred in a single night! Although chupacabras are said to originate from Puerto Rico, some packs were said to have traveled as far north as Texas, with the most recent sighting popping up in Chile in June of 2000. Rumor has it that local Chilean officials caught one of the creatures and handed it over to the US government for examination.
The legendary Loch Ness monster, or Nessie, is arguably the most widely known mysterious creature. Sightings have been repeatedly made for hundreds, if not thousands, of years in the deep cold waters of Loch Ness, Scotland. Accounts of its appearance are spookily similar: a massive aquatic creature with a long neck, a humped back, and a horsey head.
The most high-tech equipment has not been able to clearly spot Nessie (most of the evidence is made up of blurry photos), and yet, many people still believe in its existence. Some scientists have even gone so far as to suggest it might be a species of dinosaur that has survived for millions of years. You'll have to head over to Loch Ness yourself to catch a sighting!
Originally spotted in the haunting pine forests of New Jersey, the Jersey Devil was viewed as a sign of disaster in the 1700s. Sightings, most frequent in the 1900s, led to a general depiction of its looks:
Witnesses have said that just a glimpse of the Jersey Devil scared them silly, and a great number of animal deaths have been blamed on it. Whether or not it truly exists, the best place to confirm the myth seems to be in the New Jersey woods.
Despite the impressive technology available today, scientists have yet to confirm the existence of these mysterious creatures around the world. The only way for you to know for sure may be to check out their hiding spots for yourself! As the saying goes, the truth lies in the eyes of the beholder.
As you see more and more monsters in your travels, you can put a pin in each location and always remember where you saw these beasts! ...Or where you just had a good time :)
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