Grootslang

Grootslang

The Grootslang, also known as the Grote Slang (which means “big snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch language) is a legendary cryptid that supposedly lives in a deep cave in Richtersveld, South Africa. According to legend it is as old as the world itself. Centuries ago, the gods made a terrible mistake when they created Grootslang. They gave it incredible strength, made it cunning, and made it intelligent. After they realized their mistakes, they turned the Grootslang into several animals, resulting in the first snakes and elephants. However, one escaped and that is where the other Grootslang were born from it. It supposedly devours elephants that it lures into it’s cave. The cave is known as “Wonder Hole” or “Bottomless Pit” and it’s supposedly filled with diamonds. The Grootslang is said to be able to live in warm rivers as well as lakes. In Benin, it is supposedly a large elephant-like creature with a serpent’s tail.

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Kekkai/Sankai

FeaturedKekkai/Sankai

Sankai (meaning “birth monster”) is known as kekkai in Saitoma Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture and kekke in Nagano Prefecture. The legends regarding its out appearance are sparse, but it is said to look like a cattle and is hairy. After birth it’s said to bury under the house to kill its mother. In Urawa, a practice existed of surrounding the bottom of a house with byōbu during childbirth to prevent this from happening. If the kekkai successfully escapes, the mother will die. In order to prevent this someone would have to guard the hearth usually with a shamoji.

Turtle Lake Monster

FeaturedTurtle Lake Monster

The Turtle Lake Monster is something from Canadian folklore. It is some type of entity that lives in Turtle Lake in West Central Saskatchewan. It is usually described as being three to nine meters long (about 9.9 feet to 29.5 feet), scaly, has no dorsal fin, a head resembling a dog (also known to have a head to resemble a seahorse or a pig). Natives in the area are said to be nervous about the attention the supposed monster might bring to the area so they claim it is just a massive sturgeon that people are seeing. About once a year someone claims to see this creature or have some sort of encounter with it. Reports date back to pre-settlement days when the local Cree tribe had a legend of people who vanished without a trace when they ventured into the monster’s territory. It could possibly be a sturgeon or some believe it is a relict population of prehistoric plesiosaurs.

Giglioli’s Whale

FeaturedGiglioli’s Whale

Giglioli’s Whale is a supposed species of whale that was observed by Enrico Hillyer Giglioli. It’s known for having two dorsal fins as opposed to one or even none. The species, however, is not really recognized by the scientific community.

On the 4th of September, 1867 on a ship called the Magenta, Giglioli spotted whales that he could not identify. He observed for a quarter of an hour and wrote down very detailed observations. The whale looked similar to a rorqual whale, was 60 feet long with an elongated body, but the most notable feature was the two dorsal fins. No known whale has two dorsal fins as most have just one or even none. The next year there was another sighting of this kind of strange whale off the coast of Aberdeenshire in Scotland by Jacques Mairgret.

A possible explanation of this whale may be a genetic mutation. It is most likely just a species of rorqual that somehow ended up deformed or mutated by some means.

Hellhounds

FeaturedHellhounds

Hellhounds are know all around the world. They are supernatural dogs based in folklore and mythology. The features that are usually attributed to hellhounds are black mangled fur, glowing red eyes, super strength or super speed, phantom or ghostly characteristics, and a foul smell. Some European legends say that if you stare into the eyes of a hellhound three or more times you will die (I’ve heard if you look once into their eyes you’ll die or a loved one will die as well). Also in those legends, if you see or hear one howling it may mean death as well. In some cultures that associate hell or the afterlife with fire, hellhounds will have fire-based abilities and appearance. They often are said to have the duty of guarding the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or take on other duties related to the afterlife and the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding ghostly treasures. Some of these supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cwn Annwn, are regarded as benign, but still encountering them was a sign of imminent death. The most famous hellhound would have to be Cerberus from Greek mythology.

Chupacabra

FeaturedChupacabra

The Chupacabra is a legendary creature and possible cryptid that has been spoken about for many years in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Americas. Its name is translated literally into “goat-sucker” because of how it kills and drains the blood from animals. There are various descriptions of the Chupacabra, some say it’s heavy and the size of a small bear. Others have said that it is a reptile-like creature with leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back and is about three to four feet tall. Also that it can hop like a kangaroo. Another description is that it is a strange hairless breed of dog with a pronounced spinal ridge, pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws. There have been sightings since 1995 in Puerto Rico and are still being spotted today. Many biologists and wildlife management officials believe the Chupacabra is merely an urban legend.

Thunderbird

FeaturedThunderbird

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.