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Cryptozoology dictionary 

Here is a fun dictionary of cryptozoology, I of course do not really believe in these creatures,  though I like the fun idea of them existing, and believe they are a good thought experiment that are useful for a number of pieces of culture. Of course it may be some do exist, unlikely, but it is slightly possible, which is all part of the fun. 

Loch Ness Monster,

 

Europe's most famous crypto creature, First mentioned by Saint Columba in 565. Then reports in the 1930s of a large animal in the loch, including a photo of a humped sea creature and a sighting of such a animal crossing the road, reminded some of so called sightings they said they saw in the previous century. 

No undeniable proof has been found yet,m despite massive efforts to find such a creature including sonar and scientific research. 

Believers and theorists talk of possibilities it could be a surviving plesiosaur, a giant worm, or some such creature. Explanations that believe the sightings claim it could have been a shark, a dolphin, logs, birds wakes, and more. 

Of course the area of the Highlands is famed for the Kelpie, a legend, that is more a horse, and water creature, it from centuries old Celtic folklore up here 

 

The nearby city of Inverness prides in Nessie as a tourist icon, and cultural icon, and Nessie is with Bigfoot, and the Yeti one of the 3 major cryptid creatures in the world

 

Happily there are no reports of anybody being killed by Nessie in recent centuries, which is also a good thing. 

Lake Champlain Monster - Champ

Lake Champlain Monster, or Champ, is a Loch Ness Monster style creature supposedly seen in Lake Champlain,  a 125 mile strech of water between Vermont and New York state. 

There were sightings in the 19th and 20th Centuries, although of course none proven

Teggie the Bala Lake Monster

Bala Lake in North Wales, or Llyn Tegid, it's 2 local names, is a inland lake, that is the largest in Wales.  The legend here just goes back to the 1990s, but it did get a mention in the Fortean Times as of this, the great British magazine that looks at things like cryptids and UFOs. If I get things right, the myth here is more about a crocodile or something like that, escaped into the water supply, but nothing like hard evidence has been found for that. Teggie is the name. 

Bigfoot

One of the 3 key Cryptids of the world, Bigfoot has been the subject of many a movie, such as Harry and the Henderson's, to my mind the best cryptid movie  there is. With it also known as Sasquatch, this creature has many reports of sightings in the woods of Canada and the States. 

Native American tribes, just as occurred in folklore in Europe, and Asia, talked of wild man myths, The myths were supposedly believed in by some tribes in the 1920s, and sightings by Europeans were also adding to this folklore. The best evidence is that video of a bigfoot from the 1970s, but this is seen a not proven, and likely a fake by experts., It like the Yeti is seen as the most believable, in terms of still unlikely to be true. 

The Beast of Bodmin Moor

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Since the 1970s it has been theorised and believed there could be a big cat in the British Countryside, most famously at Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, where I have walked with my brother.. Such possibly released by a down at heel, aristocrat or pop star millionaire, after keeping a private zoo. Sightings have been found, and disbelieved by many , but it is a theory believed in by some, even if most feel it would be unlikely a lynx leopard or tiger could survive without being located for certain. Of course another theory would be that it is a tiny remnant survivor from the team when Ice Age Britain had Big cats like lynx, though that seems even less likely than the millionaire story.  There is also the Puma of Pontybodkin. In 2021, there were alleged sightings of a big cat in North Wales. Some imagined it to be a puma, some a lynx. I have to admit that sounds fanciful, surely it would be seen more regularly. Then again, I did see a dead sheep lying in a canopy like pile of bushes with a huge wound in it's neck in North Wales, around then. I wondered if it was a farmer, or fox or raven, then later heard about the sightings, but it makes you think. So I think it is almost impossible such a creature could survive in North Wales, specially a puma, without more sightings, but when walking there alone myself, I will have my hackles up just in case there is a lynx about, (A little later I saw sheep on a hill maybe a half a KM away all moving into a protective pack when I could see no people, or anything in that field). I half wonder if I did see a fruit fly sized mark in the field (it would be larger up close sheep sized, like a cat) just before I had a good look, with my binoculars, but I saw nothing for sure, and did not think much about those seconds. It may be just my memory playing tricks on me. But those sheep had not bothered when I walked past them, or any other sheep up there). Anyway, it just makes you suspicious, I probably saw nothing there, it was just noises that spooked those far away sheep.  I have to admit it is unlikely though. I mean they would have been sighted properly, band we have a very free press for that kind of stuff but it makes my walks there more exciting. Even though I do not believe in the creatures with my rational thinking, but also rationally will be a little careful. 

Chupacabra

Chupacabra, is a creature that coms from the word Goat Sucker,. It's first sightings were in Puerto Rico, in the 1990s. This alien lizard man like creature, supposedly feasts on livestock and became a common urban legend in 1990s Americas. Theiries abound that it was a genetic experiment gone wrong, or a UFO, or of course just not real, as no hard evidence has been found. 

Ogopogo

Ogopogo is a Loch Ness style Monster, that lives supposedly in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia. The monster was talked of in Native American folklore, and has become a major part of the region's folk tourism chic,  Naitaka was the name for some tribes, It is a large lake, which makes it prime ground for such a mythical creature, not that real proof has been found yet. Greenpeace did say, nobody should hunt it. Some tourists claim to see it etc. 

Yowie

Yowie is a reputed folklore hominid that lives in the Aussie outback. It has some Aboriginal myths that tie in with it, some are known as Quinkin there, It is supposedly about 2 metres tall, and some were supposedly shy, and some were predatorial to us humans. Though considering there were hundreds of Aussie Aboriginal tribal languages and groups and myths, the myths about these Yowie with their many names, in traditional native culture, would be about many animal types. 

Since the 19th Century there were reported sightings by British and such explorers of a Australian Ape, but no such creature was located. 

Other fun myths

Myths include, a giant snake in Congo, from the 1960s, that was so big it could rise over 20 metres and reach a flying helicopter, Sounds crazy, even though some snakes get over 20 foot long. Another from Congo is a myth of brontosaurus Mokele mbembe, which was believed in as of mentions by Pygmy tribesmen that such a creature existed, from the early 20th Century, but it was many feel a miss understanding in language about crocodiles or rhinos. So Congo had the dinosaur as a myth that could be believed in, no wonder some guy thought up King Kong and the likes. There are also myths of some sloths of giant size, giant sloths, surviving in the Americas, but that is also unproven.  There was a documentary crew that followed a explorer and his team in the early part of this century. 

In summary, very cool thinking, I mean I am no fan of some conspiracy theorising but this kind of thing is fun., Like that idea about the Silurian hypothesis, that humanity is just a 2nd or 3rd great clever civilisation that followed different clever lifeforms on earth that died of war or something, millions of years ago. That is another cool theory. This is as after millions of years nothing would remain of these societies, if they had died out years before. Unlike what happened in Planet of the Apes, not that I believe it either. 

It is certain though that there are many amazing creatures in the world, from Papua New Guinea to South America, some of which get less attention than others. You know like, huge freshwater fish, huge worms, giant snails, lemurs, tapirs giant squids, Brazilian vampire bats, unusual musk oxen, and antelope, sea cows, and the like, and all the unusual vegetations. 

My crypto sighting. in 2021

I  was walking on a cliff side in Great Orme, and looked down on the sea and thought I could see piles of white leaves or confetti on the surface. Wondering where they came from on such a grassy headland. I then realised they were birds, and I was further up than I  thought. So I watched these birds, gulls and such flit about. Then I saw a brown shape, in the sea, from this height. With white marks streaking from it’s mouth, rise up to one of the birds, just a head, I thought it must have been my imagination as it was so small. Then I walked on a bit further looked down and saw a brown sausage shape, in the sea, that from this height was strangely see able from the outline. I thought well a seal I has seen the, these grey shapes from lower height but they are smaller, and grey even a dolphin but they are grey. I saw one someone was trying to get back out to sea, a baby one actually. I wondered if it’s slow lumbering move through the sea, was a walrus as is rarely sighted on the west coasts.  So a nice story there, I kind of saw in Wales, I think it was a walrus.

The ghost horse in 2020
My other spooky story, is when I went for a walk in a business park. There was a path lined by hedges and trees, with a normal looking sheep  field on one side, then on the other the business park, and a football field, I as of covid avoided the path and walked on the sports field, the side of it, so seperated from the path by some trees, and not on the sport area itself, just by its side. I heard joggers running and talking and looked right and saw them pass, me seeing through the hedges and trees as they ran up the path, not seeing me, walking along too concerned at their antics, then I heard a horse noise, the pattering of horse hooves, and looked right and saw nothing pass, but the noise plod away, then I repeated my steps, it happened again, how eerie, in day light, surely  I would have seen the horses passing, Again, and no horses. I then walked up the path, and saw through the hedge that actually a man was riding a little buggy, training for horse races, on the other field, the one where there were sometimes sheep, so it was not a ghost at all. And later looked on a plan of the business park, and saw that that area is a old training course for horses to practice for the nearby horse races place. It is St Asaph Business park. in North Wales. 

Other story
What about a story where it is a prison, and somebody shouts, be quiet, then somebody else does, to him, and vice versa and the whole night everybody is shouting in hundreds of voices be quiet, or in a block of flats. 

Last Story, 
Or a horror story, where everywhere you go, dozens of shops, etc everybody is looking nice and happy talking to each other, but when they look at you, their faces drop in hatred, and they say something rude. could be used by some writer for a short story that. Not happened to me, but a idea for a story peoples. 

 
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