The ultimate lure of myths and mysterious creatures around the world is that they can never truly be disproven. Most of us have heard of Big Foot since his stories are very common in the USA, but did you know that many regions of the world has their own version?
Some of the less humanoid myths can be even more frightening. Would you like a few beasts to pursue on your expeditions? We're releasing a few of the most fascinating mysterious creatures you just might encounter on your travels!
The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is a shaggy, ape-like creature that roams alone through the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The Yeti's saber teeth make his menacing howl all the more aggressive. He is said to protect the mountains from all evils.
It's proposed that Yeti sightings could possibly be mistaken for other wildlife of the area such as the chu-teh, a langur monkey, the Tibetan blue bear, or the Himalayan brown bear. But his presence has yet to be officially confirmed or denied.
Puerto Rico: Chupacabra
Also known as the “goat sucker,” the Chupacabra rose to phenomenon status in the 1990's when a strange creature about the size of a chimpanzee was reported for killing farm animals in Puerto Rico. Odd eyewitness descriptions were frantically spread on the internet including bright red eyes, a snake-like tongue, sharp fangs, and a spine with quills.
Unlike typical predators, this creature was said to drain its victims’ blood and kill as many as a hundred in a single night. Some packs were said to have traveled from Puerto Rico as far north as Texas, with the most recent sighting in Chile.
Pacific Northwest America: Bigfoot
Bigfoot is a massive ape-looking creature who walks up-right and roams the wilderness of Pacific Northwest America. He is thought to be six to nine feet tall, muscular and covered in lush, dark brown hair. His massive footprints lent to the "Bigfoot" nickname and his Sasquatch means "wild man."
The debate over the legitimacy of Bigfoot sightings reached a peak in the 1970s, making him the first popular example of pseudoscience in American culture.
Scotland: Loch Ness Monster
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, of 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.
New Jersey: The Jersey Devil
Originally spotted in the haunting pine forests of New Jersey, the Jersey Devil was viewed as a sign of disaster in the 1700's. Sightings, most frequent in the 1900's, led to a general depiction of its looks. The creature is said to have wings about 2 feet long, legs like a crane, hooves, a thin, wiry neck, and a head that looks like a collie dog.
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 ...Or where you just had a good time! Our maps are bound to be useful, whether you're a troll hunter OR a casual traveler.