Cryptozoology is a field of science and subculture, which started in the 1950’s. According to Wikipedia, it aims to prove the existence of entities from the folkloric record, such as Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, or the Loch Ness Monster.
Cryptozoologists refer to these entities as cryptids. Because they don’t follow the scientific method, cryptozoology is considered a pseudoscience by the academic world: it is neither a branch of zoology nor folkloristics. It was originally founded by zoologists Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson.
Scholars have noted that the pseudoscience rejects mainstream approaches, and that cryptozoologists often express distaste and sometimes even hostility towards mainstream science. Scholars have studied cryptozoologists and their influence and have noted parallels in cryptozoology and other pseudo-sciences, like ghost hunting or ufology.
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It is a continuously growing list, so please come back and visit us often! Check below for a list of the top 50 cryptids from around the world by a real Cryptozoologist!
How do you become a REAL Cryptozoologist?
Let’s check out a few ways that you can become a Cryptozoologist first. Read the full wiki how- here.
- Find out if Cryptozoology is right for you.
- Choose a cryptid to specialize in.
- Study as many fields as you can.
Biology, zoology, psychology, anthropology, and conservation would be good places to start.
- Learn survival skills.
- Research, research, research.
- Learn the folklore.
- Study the geography of the cryptid.
- Hunt for the cryptid.
Which CRYPTID to study?
It is important to note the various kinds of creatures considered to be a cryptid. Below is a list of “active,” cryptids according to a real life Cryptozoologist!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists. An honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and several other international organizations, he is also a Life Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursue of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969.
|The Top 50 Cryptids From Around The World |
By Loren Coleman
Giant unknown bats are reported to reside in a region of western Java, plus similar reports under different names from Vietnam and the Philippines; possibly known as Orang-bati in Seram, Indonesia.
Huge hairy Neanderthaloid or Homo erectus-like hominids sighted in various parts of Euroasia.
The Agogwe are little, human-like, hairy, bipeds reported consistently from the forests of Eastern Africa.
These unrecognized mountain dogs are seen in South America.
These unconfirmed flying snakes are located in the Arabian Sea region.
Reportedly strong, muscular, and hairy humanoids reported from the Shishi-kuh valley in Pakistan.
Beast of Bodmin (or Bodmin Moor)
Locally named mystery felids found in the United Kingdom.
Possible unknown species of giant bear once roamed Eastern Asia, and still may.
Giant chimpanzees appear to live in remote east Africa, where much evidence points to their existence, including photos, footprints and ground nests.
Six species from New Guinea and surrounding islands, and a distinctive Long-Tailed Black Bird-of-Paradise from Goodenough Island are of interest to cryptozoology.
Black Panthers and Maned Mystery Cats
Sighting of large Black Panthers and seemingly “African Lions” with manes in the Midwest USA have law enforcement officials on the alert.
Blue Mountain panthers
These unknown cats reportedly live in the Blue Mountains of the east coast of Australia in the state of New South Wales.
These mystery felids are spotted in the Fujian Province, China, and are also filed under the name Black Tiger.
Sea monsters of the North Pacific Ocean are frequently reported off Monterey Bay since the 1940s, and have been given this local name.
East African maneless lions are said to be man-eaters, and may reflect some new genetic alignments, akin to the King Cheetah discoveries among cheetahs.
Fifteen foot long bluish black giant lizards were seen often in the swamps, lakes and foothills of the Himalayas, up through the 1940s, although they may be extinct now.
These unknown Sea Serpents living off the coast of British Columbia are a popular figure in Canadian cryptozoology.
Giant prehistoric-looking creatures lurk in Lake Champlain, a 109 mile lake that borders New York, Vermont, and Ontario.
Also called “Goatsuckers,” these bizarre Caribbean and South American cryptids are five feet tall biped creatures with short grey hair that have spiked hair and reported drain the blood through throat punctures of the livestock they kill.
Three feet tall, hairy little people with pot bellies and long arms sighted on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Tiny females are said to have long, pendulous breasts.
Reports have been made of 100 feet long snakes on the Rio Negro of the Amazon River basin.
The Blue Holes of Bimini, offer many sightings of these unknown huge, many-tentacled animals.
Weighing up to 3 tons, these supposedly extinct animals have been reported in South America in contemporary times.
Strange looking giant creatures (also called blobs) wash up on the beaches of the world, get the media and scientists excited, and sometimes turn out to be “unknowns.”
Honey Island Swamp Monster
Reportedly these “Swamp Thing” monsters are seen in the Louisiana swamps.
This regionalized name hides these creatures that have been haunting the New Jersey Pineland forest for over 260 years.
The natives of the Jiundu region of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) have firsthand encounters with these strange flying bat-like creatures.
Lake Storsjon Monster
Lake Seljord in the Telemark region of Norway has its own Lake Monsters swimming the waters here for centuries.
Are certain African lakes the home to 40 feet long unknown catfishes or lungfishes?
Loch Ness Monster
Nessie is the most famous Lake Monster in the world; they are said to inhabit this loch, an extremely deep Scottish lake.
The carcass is at the Smithsonian, believed to be a possible hybrid between a grizzly and polar bear. Or an new unknown species.
The Mngwa are cats described as being as large as donkeys, with marks like a tabby and living in Africa – but not a known species.
For over two hundred years there have been reports of living Sauropods (dinosaur) in the remote Congo area of Africa. They may being confused with accounts of other local cryptids, aquatic rhinos.
Mongolian Death Worm
Locals in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia talk of these giant snakes, worms, or long thin lizards (also called Olgoi-khorkhoi or Allghoi-khorkhoi) as killing livestock and people with their breath.
A local name for giant owls (also called Bighoot) which has been sighted for over 100 years in West Virginia-Ohio area, and elsewhere in North America.
This is Canada’s most famous type of water monsters, inhabitants of Lake Okanagan in the south central interior of British Columbia.
These reportedly small biped small apes (also called Sedapa) live in the jungles of Sumatra and Borneo.
Peruvian Mystery Jaguar
Unknown large cats with white background covered in solid irregular spots are seen in the rainforests of Peru.
Also known by the label Myakka “Ape” and other local names (Booger, Swamp Ape), these chimpanzee- or orangutan-like primates have been sighted throughout central and south Florida.
Steller’s Sea Cow
A once thought extinct species, these totally marine animals, looking like huge, wrinkled manatees, and are still being seen by Russian fisherman.
Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine
Thought extinct, these wolf-like marsupials are still sighted on a regular basis in Western Australia, and perhaps New Guinea too.
Classic small log-shaped reptilian cryptids from the European Alps are enigmatic animals, but have they gone extinct in historical times?
Large condor-like birds, perhaps Teratorns, roam the skies of North America, along regular migration routes.
Unknown species of snake sighted in the upper elevations of Korea and Japan.
The South American Bigfoot live mainly in the Andean foothills.
These strange unknown otter-like beasts are seen in New Zealand, and as yet undiscovered.
This is a specific regional name, from southern China, for small unknown apes.
The Chinese Wildmen are reddish, semi-bipedal, and often encountered by locals and government officials along rural roads.
Yeti, unknown rock apes, are creatures reported as crossing the Himalayan plateaus and living in the valley forests. There is not just “one” Abominable Snowman, and they are no “white.”
These tall hairy unknown hominoids are sighted throughout several remote areas of Australia.
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