Cryptid of the Day

Each day will feature a different cryptid.  On Friday of each week, we’ll select a cryptid of the week.

Congratulations to the Inflatable Hedgehog for being named Cryptid of the Week!

Thursday’s Cryptid: Tapire-iauara

Ask any biologist where they would most likely find a new species of animal and they’ll probably tell you the Amazon Rainforest.  The creature locals call the tapire-iauara happens to call this area home.  Described as a combination of a jaguar and tapir, these animals are extremely adapted to aquatic lifestyles despite being the size of cows.  They’re reddish fur, appetite for fish, and observed behavior of slapping water with their large ears as a warning sign excite cryptozoologists to hypothesize there may be remnants of mesonychids inhabiting the Amazon.  Mesonychids were the last of the great hoofed predators to roam the Earth.

Wednesday’s Cryptid: Inflatable Hedgehog

As unbelievable as it sounds, there are legends among local Mongolians of an animal called the zamba zarra.  When the hedgehog-like creature feels threatened it will push its tail against the ground and then proceed to puff itself up like a puffer fish.  Even a few reports say Inflatable Hedgehogs can grow to the size of small yurts (a Mongolian dwelling resembling a cross between a tent and teepee) which are around five feet tall.

Tuesday’s Cryptid: Sumatran Lion

It is rumored that a mid-size feline prowls the island of Sumatra.  Known to the locals as the cigau, the big cat is described as having the same golden fur and mane of an African lion.  The idea of a big cat living in Sumatra are plausible, as nearby Singapore once had lions and the island nations of Southeastern Asia continue to find new species of animal all the time.

Monday’s Cryptid: Stoorjoodjuret

The Storsjoodjuret is the Swedish cousin of the famous Loch Ness Monster.  Sightings date back to 1635 and for close to 20 years it was considered an endangered species in Sweden.  Close to 20 feet long and described as a marine reptile, the largest shred of evidence in favor of its existence was a controversial 2008 video clip.  The creature is sometimes affectionately referred to as Storsjo for short.

Congratulations to the Ozark Howler for being named Cryptid of the Week!

Friday’s Cryptid: Mngwa

Could a giant feline first described by local fairy tales really be roaming Tanzania?  Cryptozoologists believe a new species of big cat with paws similar to but larger than a leopard might be responsible for many local’s deaths.  Descriptions of the cat match the Swahili legendary Nunda, and may be a larger subspecies of African golden cat.

Thursday’s Cryptid: Waitoreke

The Waitoreke is native to southern New Zealand and is described as a small, otter-like mammal.  Numerous theories exist as to its identity but the most common are that it is a new species of otter or beaver.  Sightings of the cryptid and its characteristic white spots date back over 200 years.

Wednesday’s Cryptid: Huay Chivo

This cryptid is often associated with the Yucatan Peninsula’s Chupacabra.  Originally a Mayan legend, the Huay Chivo is a half-man, half-beast animal that can transform into a sorcerer.  Livestock are particularly endangered by the beast.

Tuesday’s Cryptid: Ozark Howler

Witnesses describe this creature as a large feline with glowing eyes.  The name is derived from the howls that can be heard in the mountains of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas.  Cryptozoologists theorize this cryptid to be some form of a mutant mountain lion or an undiscovered breed of big cat.

Monday’s Cryptid: One-Eyed Ape

This Kentucky cryptid hails from the backwoods of Jessamine County.  The bizarre animal is described as being big, with a long, stout tail, flowing hair, and a single eye in the middle of its forehead.  Apparently the tail can be used to aid its ability to climb trees.  The animal hasn’t been spotted since 1831.

Congratulations to the Kasai Rex for being named Cryptid of the Week!

August 19’s Cryptid: Gourd Head

This Brazilian mystery stands approximately three feet tall.  It has black skin, and is surprisingly humanoid in appearance save an elongated forehead.  This strange feature lends its head to resemble a gourd.  Behavior varies in stories: some say the creature is quite kind and shy, while others say the creature can be aggressive.

August 18’s Cryptid: Kasai Rex

This cryptid lives in the African Congo like many of the other dinosaur-like cryptids.  Descriptions are always the same: red with black stripes.  Most sightings lend theorists to believe the Kasai Rex is some type of T-rex or Allosaurus.  This creature is often confused with the nearby Chepekwe .

August 17’s Cryptid: Ebu Gogo

These creatures hail from the island of Flores, Indonesia.  Elfish is appearence, these elusive beasts stand only a meter tall and are covered with fur.  Those who have seen the Ebu Gogo claims that it murmers in its own language and can imitate like a parrot.  Homo Florensis, an early hominid, is often attributed to the sightings.  The ancient primate went extinct about 11,000 years ago.

August 16’s Cryptid: Caddy

“Caddy” is the affectionate name given to the alledged Cadborosaurus that dwells in Canada’s Cadboro Bay.  It is said to resemble its fellow Canadian cousin Ogopogo.  Leading zoologists liken the creature to the giant oarfish, basking shark, and pipefish.  Nine reported carcasses have been associated with the serpent since 1930.  Reports of live capture have occurred twice, in 1968 and 1991.  The 2009 Kelley Nash video caught 10 to 15 Caddies on tape.

August 15’s Cryptid: Hopkinsville Goblins

Aliens were sighted in 1955 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  UFO sightings accompanied the goblins.  The event was significant enough that the Air Force launched a formal investigation into the event.  Many of the stereotypical UFO associations (such as little green men and flashing lights) are first attributed to these encounters.

Congratulations to the Monster of Illiam Lake for being named Cryptid of the Week!

August 12’s Cryptid: Mbielu-Mbielu-Mbielu

This cryptid lives in Eastern Africa in the Republic of the Congo. It it described as a mix between an elephant and a rhino.  Sketches look very much like the extinct Styrachosaurus.

August 11’s Cryptid: Monster of Illiamn Lake

This twenty foot monster dwells in Alaska’s largest lake.  Illiamn Lake can reach depths of one thousand feet.  This cryptid’s habitat is remarkably similar to Loch Ness.  This cryptid has a row of razor sharp teeth, an armored hide of scales and a strong jaw.

August 10’s Cryptid: Elmendorf Beast

This cryptid resides in Elmendorf, Texas.  It is blamed for several deaths among livestock, mostly chickens.  The Emendorf Beast is said to be a cross between a wolf and a coyote.  Some theories suggest it is a Mexican hairless dog that has a bad case of mange.

Congratulations to the Gravedigger for being named Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all who voted in the largest turnout in our blog’s history!

June 24’s Cryptid: Lau

The Lau is a thirty to forty foot long catfish that lives in Uganda.  Other theories suggest it is a lungfish.   Either way, the Lau is a herbivore, and they are very shy and gentle.

June 23’s Cryptid: Buru

The Buru is a large Komodo Dragon-like monitor lizard that inhabits the Indian island of Jiro.  Sightings of the beast go back since the earliest immigrants, but sightings started to hit and decline in the 1940’s when locals drained the marsh.  The aquatic Buru started to die out.  Other theories suggest the Buru is a large lungfish.

June 22’s Cryptid: Almas

This Mongolian cryptid stands between five and six feet in height.  The Almas is covered in hair from head to foot and is thought to be the last of the Neanderthals.  Sightings of the cryptid date back to the mid 1300’s.

June 21’s Cryptid: Gravedigger

The Gravedigger makes its home in Danville, KY.  It stands three to four feet in height, with its entire torso covered in fur.  It is chubby, has a bat’s face (complete with razor sharp teeth), and its arms are spindly and bald.  The Gravedigger is said to be very fast and it hangs around railroad tracks.  Just like a bat, the Gravedigger has horrible eyesight.

June 20’s Cryptid: Lizard-Man

This cryptid was first sighted in 1966 in Stephensport, KY.  It inhabits the Sinking River, which flows into the Ohio.  It stands about six feet tall, is covered in scales, has webbed feet and hands, and it has a lizard’s head.  An interesting fact about the Sinking River: it goes underground for about 12 miles into Mammoth Cave and no one knows its true origin.

Congratulations to the Beast of Dean for being voted Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all who voted!

June 17’s Cryptid: Tsul ‘Kalu

This Cherokee version of Sasquatch was first sighted in 1823 by American settlers.  Native American sightings go back to the arrival of the Cherokee people.  The Tsul ‘Kalu has been spotted in several Southern states, including North Carolina and Tennessee.

June 16’s Cryptid: Pukwudgie

This bizarre cryptid stands two to three feet tall, and lives in the Fall River State Forest in Massachusetts.  It is bipedal and has the appearance of a human except for large noses, fingers, and ears.  It’s basically a troll.  Sightings of the same cryptid are in Anderson, Indiana as well.

June 15’s Cryptid: Chickcharney

The Chickcharney is a flightless owl that lives in the Bahama Islands.  It stands about a meter tall and is said to be homely.  Theories suggest that the Chickcharney is a Tyto Pollen that survived extinction after Europeans arrived.  The extinct species of owl was flightless, and it matches the descriptions of the Chickcharney.

June 14’s Cryptid: Beast of Dean

This British cryptid takes refuge in the Forest of Dean, United Kingdom.  The Beast of Dean is described as being a wild boar of monstrous proportions.  Sightings of the beast peaked in the early 1800’s, and a formal search party was sent out in an attempt to find the beast.

June 13’s Cryptid: Wild Man of the Navidad

Spotted near Texas’ Navidad River, the Wild Man is the Texan version of Bigfoot.  Sightings began in 1837 and continue up to present day.  A movie has even been made about it.

Congratulations to the Bearilla for being named Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all who voted!

June 10’s Cryptid: Bearilla

A relatively new cryptid, the Bearilla burst onto the cryptid scene in 1972.  Since then, several reports of the beast have turned up in Nicholas County, Kentucky.  Reports vary in the exact physical appearence.  Some say the cryptid is a cross between a bear and a gorilla, hence the name.  Others are convinced it looks more like a werewolf, hence its alternate name, the Gateway Werewolf.

June 9’s Cryptid: Grootslang

The Grootslang is a hybrid between an elephant and a serpent.  A serpent’s tail is attached to the large elephant.  The entire beast can reach upwards of forty feet in length.  The Grootslang inhabits Richtersveld, South Africa, which is one of the reasons several cryptozoologists believe it may be related to the nearby mokele-mbembe.

June 8’s Cryptid: Gambo

Gambo is the name of a carcass that washed up on the shore of The Gambia.  It was discovered by a fifteen year old on vacation.  The carcass was fifteen feet in length, including a four and a half foot head.  Based on the boy’s sketches and eye witness accounts, several paleontologists believe it to be a mosasaur, a marine reptile from the days of the dinosaurs.

June 7’s Cryptid: Dingonek

This cryptid lives in the heart of Western Africa in Kenya’s Maggori River. The Dingonek, or Jungle Walrus, is well…a walrus.  The Dingonek has been able to adapt to Africa’s scorching  weather; quite different to the Arctic walrus we are familiar with.

June 6’s Cryptid: Qilin

The Qilin is a chinese unicorn that is rumored to have fire all over its body.  It is said to bring good luck, a stark contrast from the Mothman’s bad luck.  The Qilin is a herbivore and it is extremely gentle.

Congratulations to the Veo for being named Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all who voted!

June 3’s Cryptid: Buffalo Lion

The Buffalo Lion is a lion that lives in Eastern Africa.  It is said to not possess a mane, and it can grow to twice the normal size of a lion.  Due to its immense size, the Buffalo lion can take down and eat almost anything in its path.

June 2’s Cryptid: Arabhar

The Arabhar is a flying snake that lives in Arabia.  Theories suggest that the snake glides using skin flaps on its body or it actually has wings.  Sightings are as recent as 2008!

June 1’s Cryptid: Gazeka

This cryptid lives in Papua New Guinea, hence its other name, the Papuan Devil-Pig.  The Gazeka is said to be a cross between a ground sloth and a tapir (both thought at one time to be extinct themselves).  Some theories suggest the Gazeka is a descendant of an extinct marsupial.  Sightings of the creature peaked in the early twentieth century.

May 31’s Cryptid: Veo

The Veo is described by the locals on the island of Rinca as being a scaly ant-eater.  Their reports tend to line up with reports of stegosaurus and ankylosaurus.  Giant scaly ant-eaters once lived on the nearby islands of Java and Borneo, but they only reached eight feet in length.  The Veo is said to be bigger than a horse.

May 30’s Cryptid: Turtle Lake Monster

The Turtle Lake Monster is in Saskatchewan’s Turtle Lake.  This cryptid is very similar to the Loch Ness Monster.  Reports have been around since the native Cree people moved into the area.  Notice that several Nessie-like cryptids inhabit the same longitude.

Congratulations to the Urayuli for being named Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all who voted!

May 27’s Cryptid: Jackalope

This North American cryptid is a jackrabbit with antelope horns on its head.  Although widely considered a myth, some credence can be given to this mutation.  Rabbits can be infected with a viral infection called Shope papilloma that can cause tumors that resemble horns on the animal’s head.

May 26’s Cryptid: Blue Tiger

The name says it all.  The Blue tiger also goes by the name of Maltese Tiger, but they’re the same species.  The Blue tiger has light blue fur and grey stripes.  This animal has been spotted in both Korea and China.  Theories exist suggesting it is a genetic mutation of the South Chinese Tiger.

May 25’s Cryptid: Urayuli

This cryptid resides in southwestern Alaska near Lake Iliamna.  They are a race of creatures standing ten feet tall and resembling Bigfoot.  The Urayuli’s arms are so long they are said to reach his ankles.  The Urayuli possess a screaching sound that is similar to a loon.

May 24’s Cryptid: Altamaha-ha

This cryptid lurks in the abandoned rice fields of Georgia’s Altamaha River.  It is said to look like a sturgeon, swimming like a dolphin, and having a snout like a crocodile.  It is grey with a light yellow underbelly.  This animal is said to be extremely gentle, as it has never attacked.

May 23’s Cryptid: Sharlie

This cryptid is very similar to the Loch Ness Monster.  It lives in Payette Lake, a large lake in Idaho.  Sharlie is also known as Slimy Slim and The Twilight Dragon of Payette Lake.  Sharlie is typically described as being between thirty and forty feet in length.

Congratulations to the Gunni for being voted Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all who voted!

May 20’s Cryptid: Lusca

The Lusca is the name given to a gigantic cryptid that makes its home in the Caribbean.  The Lusca is an octopus that far exceeds any gigantic octopus size.  This cryptid can grow upwards of two hundred feet in length.

May 19’s Cryptid: Dobhar-chu

This cryptid’s name literally translates to “water otter”.  It is a giant otter-dog hybrid that lives on Omey Island, Ireland.  It is said to be carnivorous and it makes a horrible screeching sound.

May 18’s Cryptid: Giglioli’s Whale

This whale was spotted by Italian anthropologist and zoologist off the coast of  Scotland.  It might not sound like much, but this whale has two dorsal fins.  No known whale has two dorsal fins.  Giglioli’s Whale is about sixty feet in length.

May 17’s Cryptid: Giant Anaconda

The name says it all.  This cryptid is a supersized anaconda that can reach upwards of fifty feet in length.  The Giant Anaconda makes its home in the Amazon Rain Forest and feasts on jaguars and caiman.

May 16’s Cryptid: Gunni

The Gunni is a wombat-like cryptid in Queensland, Australia.  This animal has antlers on top of its head.  Only three Gunnis have ever been spotted, and the remains of them burned in a recent fire.

Congratulations to the Pope Lick Monster for being named Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all who voted!

May 13’s Cryptid: Ahool

The Ahool lives in Indonesia and is a very large bat.  The Ahool is described as having a wingspan of ten feet, a monkey head, grey fur, and claws.  Other theories claim that the Ahool is an extinct pterosaur, hiding in the jungle.

May 12’s Cryptid: MacFarlane’s Bear

This bear is a polar bear-grizzly hybrid of a monster.  Its name comes from the naturalist who first shot one and brought it in to be studied, Robert MacFarlane.  The bear resides in Canada and the cross-breeding of grizzlies and polar bears appears to happen pretty often.

May 11’s Cryptid: Pope Lick Monster

This cryptid is half goat and half man.  It lives under the train tracks that go over Pope Lick Creek in Louisville, Kentucky.  Theories vary on just what the monster does.  One says that the monster has the power to hypnotize, others suggest it can mimic voices, and some say it’s the reincarnation of a goat farmer.  Authorities in the area constructed a 8 foot fence around the bridge to keep tourists out.

May 10’s Cryptid: Salawa

This Egyptian wolf is rumored to live on the edges of the desert.  Theories exist that this animal is just a Fennec Fox mistakened for something else.  It has been said to attack people and sightings spiked between 1960 and 2000.

May 9’s Cryptid: Madagascar Tree

The Madagascar Tree is in the African country of Madagascar.  It is said to consume people and other mammals.  Local tribesmen stay away from the tree because of this feature.

Congratulations to the Mongolian Death Worm for being voted Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to all for voting!

May 6’s Cryptid: Trinity Alps Giant Salamander

This cryptid resides in the Trinity Alps of California, far from civilization.  Locals describe the beast as being as large as an alligator, although most sightings describe it as being the size of a hellbender.  Sightings peaked in the 1920’s and expeditions to find the cryptid have been unsuccessful so far.

May 5’s Cryptid: Fur-bearing Trout

This trout lives in the Northern part of the U.S. and Canada.  Sightings claim that these trout have grown fur in order to live in such cold streams and rivers.  Another theory is that hair tonic was poured into the Arkansas River and it flowed into the Northern streams, consumed by the trout, and allowed them to grow hair.

May 4’s Cryptid: Tatzelwurm

This cryptid is a small dragon that resides in the Swiss Alps.  Some describe it as a type of worm, but most accounts are of a dragon.  It is between two and six feet in length and it has two clawed front legs (but no hind legs).  The animal is very shy, but has been known to attack humans.  The only physical evidence of this animal in a picture taken in 1934.

May 3’s Cryptid: Loveland Frog

This cryptid can be found in Loveland, Ohio.  It is a seven foot frog that stands upright on its two hind legs.  The frog has a magic wand that can put people to sleep by merely touching them with it.  Several policeman and young people have seen the monster that inhabits lonely stretches of road.

May 2’s Cryptid: Mongolian Death Worm

The Mongolian Death Worm is a red worm ranging from two to five feet in length.  It can spew forth yellow acid that destroys anything in its path.  The worm can also inflict harm with an electric charge from long distances.  The worm resides in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.  The Death Worm hibernates for most of the year underground, but comes to the surface in June and July or when the ground is moist.

Congratulations to the Emela-ntouka for being voted Cryptid of the Week!  Thanks to everyone for voting!

April 28’s Cryptid: Japanese Wolf

This wolf became officially extinct in 1889 but, like the Tasmanian Wolf, sightings continue to pop up.  The wolf was nearly the size of a Gray Wolf.  Japanese Wolves were considered a threat to farmers’ livestock and were therefore widely hunted.  Sightings have been reported on Hokkaido Island, Japan.

April 27’s Cryptid: Hoop Snake

This snake is believed to inhabit the Western United States.  Descriptions of the snake were famously published in the Pecos Bill stories.  The snake is said to resemble a sidewinder, except that this snake can bike its tail and chase after prey by spinning like a wheel.  The hoop snake is rumored to have a poisenous tail.

April 26’s Cryptid: Emela-ntouka

This animal resides in the rivers of Central Africa. The Emela-ntouka is believed to resemble the extinct styracosaurus of the Mesozoic Era.  It has a single horn on its nose, which has led scientists to hypothesize it might be a previously undiscovered species of aquatic rhino.  Its name translates to “killer of elephants” in the native Pygmy language.

April 25’s Cryptid: Canvey Island Monster

This mysterious cryptid’s carcass has washed ashore twice in Canvey Island, England.  It ranges in length from 2.4 to 4 feet and has a pink skin tone.  It has bulging eyes and gills.  It has two five clawed feet but no arms.  Theories say that the Canvey Island Monster may be an anglerfish or a frogfish.

April 24’s Cryptid: Brosno Dragon

The Brosno Dragon is a lake monster in Russia’s Lake Brosno.  It is said to be a marine dragon and has been sighted for 150 years.  Theories exist that say the beast may be a dinosaur, pike, or giant mutant beaver.  Brosno is Russia’s version of the Loch Ness Monster and it is said to capsive boats at an alarming rate.

Congratulations to the Kongamato for being voted the 1st Cryptid of the Week! Thanks to everyone for voting!

April 21’s Cryptid: Kongamato

The Kongamato is said to resemble the extinct pterodactyl.  Its wingspan ranges between 4 and 50 feet.  The Kongamato has been spotted in various parts on Eastern, Southern, and Central Africa.  Legend has it that this creature can carry off humans.  Its calls can be heard miles away.

April 20’s Cryptid: Dover Demon

The Dover Demon is an animal resembling an alien that has been spotted in Dover, Massachusetts.  The Demon hasn’t been spotted since the 1970’s but it continues to fascinate.  Famed cryptozoologist Loren Coleman was the first to name the creature.  It is bi-pedal and has no nose or mouth.  In fact, the only facial features are its large, fly-like eyes.  The Demon can run at incredible speeds and frequently jumps on car hoods.

April 19’s Cryptid: The Agogwe

The Agogwe are small, bi-pedal mammals in Eastern Africa.  They range in height from 3-5 ft. It has been reported to have black or gray hair. They may remind you of your little brother, as they are of the supposed “missing links” between apes and humans. This cryptid is also known as the Orang Pendek. This first sighting was in 1900.


10 responses to “Cryptid of the Day

  1. I don’t know about you guys but i really want a Mongolian Death Worm. Zane can they be housebrocken and kept as a pet? (they will be very useful for “getting rid” of my annoying brothers)

    PS. Awesome blog Zane — I’m still jealous that aa of now you have more views but I can’t stop coming to see whats new = i keep increasing your view count 😦

  2. Cryptids rock, and they do exist…I know BigFoot is real because he lives with me! And he makes an AWESOME website…

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  4. I vote for the gravedigger this week, even though it sounds hideous…I hear it exists in Danville. FYI–Danville is soon to be a Squatchi area!

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