Thunderbird is a cryptozoological term used to describe large, bird-like creatures and are generally identified with the Thunderbird of Native American tradition. There were similar cryptids reported in the Old World called Rocs. These giant birds are regarded by a small group of researches as having lizard features like the extinct pterosaurs. The reports throughout the centuries and even fossil records show that giant birds with wingspans of between four and five feet long were coexisting with early man. Today, however, the creatures are regarded as myths and urban legends, even though people used Native American legends as evidence to back up their claims. One of the most famous stories of a Thunderbird was back in 1890 when two cowboys killed a creature that was a giant bird-like animal with a large wingspan that had smooth skin and a face that resembled an alligator. It was brought back to town and put up against a barn. It was reported in the local newspaper, but even though it was actually printed there is no further evidence that this event actually occurred. No one has been able to find any other supporting facts. Another reason that people call these giant birds Thunderbirds is because it was believed that when they flapped their wings it made a sound as loud as thunder. Birds can grow to be quite big so it would not be surprising if these monsters of birds actually did exist.
The Mothman is an unknown cryptid that was spotted in Point Pleasant, West Virginia from November 12th, 1966 to December 15th, 1967. It is described as a large man-like creature, with large wings, glowing red eyes, black or dark brown fur, and an ear piercing screech. There’s a popular book called ”The Mothman Prophecies” by John Keel that is about the creature and that it may have supernatural powers or is a supernatural being. There is a statue in Point Pleasant of the creature and there is a festival held every year to celebrate it.
In November of 1966, there were five men who were digging a grave in a cemetery near Clendinin, West Virginia when they claim they saw a man-like figure flying low from the trees over their heads. This sighting is often identified as the first ever known sighting of the Mothman. A little while after on November 15th, two young couples reported to police that they saw a large black creature with glowing red eyes that looked like a large flying man with ten foot wings following their car while driving in an area known as “the TNT area” which was the site of a former World War II munitions plant. Over the next few days there was an increase in sightings of this creature. A local man named Newell Patridge reported seeing the creature as well, and even blamed the buzzing noises from his tv and the disappearance of his German Shepard Bandit on this unknown creature.
A man named Robert L. Smith who is a wildlife biologist suggests that based on the descriptions witness have given of the Mothman, it sounds to him like it might be a sandhill crane that simply went off its migration route. They are known to be the size of a man with large wings and red around their eyes.
on December 15th, 1967 the Silver Bridge collapsed, and many people attribute that to the Mothman since it was spotted sitting on the bridge right before it collapse. Due to this people started saying that the Mothman could predict disasters or was the cause of them. After this people claimed it was related to UFOs or that a military storage unit was its home. Other say it is an alien, a supernatural manifestation, or a more logical explanation is that is a previously unknown species of animal. To this day no one knows what it was that was seen in Pleasant Point, but the residents there still keep the spirit of the Mothman alive with their festival and the statue they have.
As mentioned in my article for air rods which mentioned they may be related to atmospheric beasts, this article will cover what atmospheric beasts are. They are probably one of the more weirder (if that’s even possible) flying creatures from cryptozoology. They seem to be living creatures, but they break all the rules that we humans apply to living things. They fly up high in the sky without wings and their bodies are only semi-solid and are often partially invisible. Many of these sightings were originally classified as really strange and unusual UFO sightings. One of the most well known atmospheric beasts is the Crawfordsville Monster which was first sighted in Indiana in 1891 and some have classified it as a dragon.
To those who do believe in atmospheric beasts they are very fragile and lightweight beings that are either native to Earth or are aliens that are from somewhere else. If you believe the latter theory, then these creatures are sometimes thought to have come from somewhere in the atmosphere of another planet, but they also can be thought of as originating from interstellar gas clouds so that would make it seem that they are aliens without a native planet and are basically “swimming” through space. Many consider them non-intelligent and so even though they may have originated from space they are really just animals.
In several different eyewitness accounts, the beasts can change their density, become smaller, harder masses which are usually metallic in color, or they even can become larger and cloudlike even to the point of complete invisibility and some have even been able to glow. They may resembles whales at times which gives to their other name of ‘air whales’ or ‘cloud beasts’. It’s also a common belief that if the beasts touch the ground they will die. Those that resemble clouds may display strange behavior that regular clouds cannot do, such as squirting a stream of water at people or being too mobile for normal clouds. The physical features may look like actual animals, but because they are separate clouds that are being combined together it looks entirely too alien to be a real animal.
When they die it’s been noted that they fall to Earth as a large gelatinous mass that may be similar to green, purple, gray or even iridescent jelly that evaporates into absolutely nothing within minutes to as long as days. This is an explanation from the meteorites or star jelly that falls from the sky occasionally.
They are often given local names and are always in folklore, but playing a minor role. People have had actual physical contact with these beings, such as a police officer being touched by one whilst bicycling. People have said it feels like being licked by a large, soft tongue.
They are very strange creatures indeed and have been in folklore for centuries, and there have been many witness accounts of them. Could these be a new species of alien that exists just above us? We may never know honestly, but it’s strangely comforting to think that these large animal-like beings are in a way looking over us.