With Halloween approaching, witches, goblins and other scary creatures – real or imagined – will be on many people’s minds.
There’s a long list of mythical creatures in countries around the globe. They include the Abominable Snowman of Nepal and Tibet, the world-famous Loch Ness Monster which is said to reside in Scotland, and Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, which reportedly has been seen in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States.
Over many centuries, people have claimed sightings of beasts large and small, living on land or in the sea, walking or flying. Whether they’re based on facts or fiction, evidence or imagination it’s up to each person to decide.
If you’re interested in finding out for yourself, here’s a starter list of cryptids, as the real or imagined creatures are called, each with their own believers.
Mythical Monster: Mothman
Residents of the U.S. need go no further than West Virginia to search for the Mothman. That human-sized being with red eyes and the wings of a moth supposedly was spotted in the 1960s prior to the collapse of a bridge in that state which resulted in the deaths of 46 people.
Mythical Monster: Sasquatch
Sasquatch is described as being ape-like, up to 10 feet tall and weighing as much as 500 pounds. It’s best known for leaving oversized footprints, a story whose roots were planted in 1958 when a bulldozer operator discovered huge tracks at a construction site.
In keeping with the frightening aspect of Halloween, let’s check out cryptids that are said to have had a taste for human flesh. In the traditions of New Zealand’s native Maori people, the violent Maero fiends devoured their prey after killing them with long, sharp fingernails.
Two people-eating cryptids are said to have terrorized France in bygone days. In medieval times, the dragon-like Peluda devoured both humans and livestock after killing them with poisonous stingers. In the mid-18th century, the Beast of Gevaudan terrorized a region of southern France, using its formidable teeth to tear out the throat of its intended meal.
The 12-foot-tall Cherufe in Chile was believed to live in volcanoes and to cause eruptions and earthquakes. Locals said that the only way to satiate its taste for human flesh was by throwing a sacrificial victim into its volcanic home.
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