Strange Creatures - Legends & Tales of Real Creatures


 
Aye Aye

The Aye-aye is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth and a special thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche as a woodpecker.

It is the world's largest nocturnal primate, and is characterized by its unusual method of finding food; it taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts its narrow middle finger to pull the grubs out. The only other animal species known to find food in this way is the Striped Possum.




 
Bigfoot

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is purportedly an ape-like creature that inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid.


The term "sasquatch" is an anglicized derivative of the word "Sésquac" which means "wild man" in a Salish Native American language.


 
 
 
Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary is a ghost or witch featured in Western folklore. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called three times or sometimes more, depending upon the version of the story, often as part of a game.

One of the more common ways participants attempt to make her appear is to stand before a mirror in the dark (usually in a bathroom) and repeat her name three times, though there are many variations including chanting a hundred times, chanting at midnight, spinning around, rubbing one's eyes, running the water, or chanting her name thirteen times with a lit candle.


 
Bunny Man

The Bunny Man is an urban legend that probably originated from two incidents in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1970, but has been spread throughout the Washington D.C. area.

There are many variations to the legend, but most involve a man wearing a rabbit costume ("bunny suit") who attacks people with an axe. Many variations occur around "Bunny Man Bridge", the concrete tunnel of a Southern Railway overpass on Colchester Road in Clifton.


Story variations include the origin of the Bunny Man, names, motives, weapons, victims, description of the bunny suit, and the possible death of the Bunny Man.




 
 
Chupacabra

The chupacabras is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas.

It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter's Latin American communities.


The name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1995 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile.



 
Dover Demon


The Dover Demon is an alleged cryptozoological creature sighted on three separate occasions during a 25-hour period in the town of Dover, Massachusetts on April 21st and April 22nd, 1977.

It has remained a subject of interest for cryptozoologists ever since then. Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman was the initial investigator and the individual who named the creature the Dover Demon; it was disseminated by the press, and the name stuck.


The Dover Demon was first sighted at night by three seventeen-year-old boys who were driving through the Massachusetts area when the car's headlights illuminated it.




 
 
Gargoyle-like Creature

Aboriginal elders are calling a dead creature that washed up on the shores of their remote community a bad omen of things to come -- although nobody seems to be able to identify the water-logged carcass from photos.

Not that there's a lack of opinion on the matter. Some think it may be kin to a mythical creature like Ogopogo. But most theories on the Internet, including on CTV.ca, peg it as a beaver, a muskrat, a possum, or any other rodent-like animal that may have been diseased or misshapen by decomposition.




 
Grinning Man

The Grinning Man is the name given to one or more mysterious figures that has become associated with various reports of paranormal activity.

The Grinning Man is sometimes described as being an extraterrestrial, one of the Men in Black or a hominid cryptid and was investigated by notable paranormal author John A. Keel and ufologist James Moseley.


Arguably the best known Grinning Man was Indrid Cold, who appeared during the 1960s Mothman sightings.

 
 
Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil, sometimes called the Leeds Devil, is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.

The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations.


The Jersey Devil has worked its way into the pop culture of the area, even lending its name to New Jersey's team in the National Hockey League.




 
Lake Monsters

For centuries, mysterious creatures have been sighted, photographed, and videotaped in countless lakes across the planet.

Native Americans often described gigantic "water demons" inhabiting many lakes across North America.


Are they prehistoric survivors from the past? Are they new creatures entirely? Come and decide for yourself in this third installment of "Mysterious Planet"!

 
 
Lizard Man

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp (also known as the Lizard Man of Lee County) is a humanoid cryptid which is said to inhabit areas of swampland in and around Lee County, South Carolina.

The Lizard Man is described as being 7 feet (2 m) tall, bipedal, and well built, with green scaly skin and glowing red eyes.


It is said to have three toes on each foot and three fingers on each hand which end in a circular pad on them that stick to walls. The creature has an incredible degree of strength, more than capable of ripping into a car. It might have a tail.

 
Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster is a cryptid that is reputed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

The most frequent speculation is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though its description varies from one account to the next.


Popular interest and belief in the animal has fluctuated since it was brought to the world's attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings.




 
 
Lucifer

Lucifer is a name that in English generally refers to the devil.

The New Testament does not name the devil as Lucifer. Use of this name in reference to a fallen angel stems from an interpretation of Isaiah 4:3-20, a passage that speaks of a particular Babylonian King, to whom it gives a title that refers to what in English is called the Day Star or Morning Star as fallen or destined to fall from the heavens or sky.


In 2 Peter 1:19 and elsewhere, the same Latin word lucifer is used to refer to the Morning Star, with no relation to the devil.


However, in post-New Testament times, the Latin word Lucifer has often been used as a name for the devil, both in religious writing and in fiction, especially when referring to him prior to his fall from Heaven.




 
Man-Eating Dragon

The Komodo dragon is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang.

A member of the monitor lizard family, it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) and weighing around 70 kilograms (150 lb). Their unusual size has been attributed to island gigantism, since there are no other carnivorous animals to fill the niche on the islands where they live.


However, recent research suggests that the large size of komodo dragons may be better understood as representative of a relic population of very large varanid lizards that once lived across Indonesia and Australia, most of which, along with other megafauna, died out after contact with modern humans.

 
 
Mummies

A mummy is a corpse whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or incidental exposure to chemicals, extreme coldness (ice mummies), very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are submerged in bogs.

Presently, the oldest discovered (naturally) mummified human corpse was a decapitated head dated as 6,000 years old and was found in 1936. The most famous Egyptian mummies are those of Seti I and Rameses II (13th century BC), though the earliest known Egyptian mummy, nicknamed 'Ginger' for its hair colour, dates back to approximately 3300 BC.




 
Night Crawler

DVD footage that was obtained in July 2008 of an unknown figure that appears to be walking on two legs.

Weird stick-like crea­tures were caught by a home CCTV in Fres­no and the owner of the property de­cid­ed to put the im­ages avail­able to pub­lic in­ves­ti­ga­tion.


The video has been an­a­lyzed sev­er­al times and it appears to look au­then­tic.


It appears that this is a living creature and speculation of it being some type of a bird has been brought up multiple times.


Many theories and conclusions have been thrown around to what is being witnessed on the CCTV of what appears to be a strange living creature.

 
 
Orang Pendek

Orang Pendek (Indonesian for "short person") is the most common name given to a cryptid, or cryptozoological animal, that reportedly inhabits remote, mountainous forests on the island of Sumatra.

The animal has allegedly been seen and documented for at least one hundred years by forest tribes, local villagers, Dutch colonists, and Western scientists and travelers.


Consensus among witnesses is that the animal is a ground-dwelling, bipedal primate that is covered in short fur and stands between 80 and 150 cm (30 and 60 in) tall.




 
Sha - Wolf-like Creature

The sha is assumed to be some canid, or wild dog, inhabiting the deserts of North Africa, particularly the region adjacent to the Nile Valley in Egypt.

It is the totemic animal of the god Set, for which reason it is commonly known as the Set animal or Typhonian animal. It may also be identical with the mysterious wild dog known to modern Egyptians as the salawa.


 
 
Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack is a character from English folklore said to have existed during the Victorian era and able to jump extraordinarily high.

The first claimed sighting of Spring Heeled Jack that is known occurred in 1837. Later alleged sightings were reported all over England, from London up to Sheffield and Liverpool, but they were especially prevalent in suburban London and later in the Midlands and Scotland.


Many theories have been proposed to ascertain the nature and identity of Spring Heeled Jack. The urban legend of Spring Heeled Jack gained immense popularity in its time due to the tales of his bizarre appearance and ability to make extraordinary leaps, to the point where he became the topic of several works of fiction.




 
Strange Creatures of Planet Earth

The word "animal" comes from the Latin word animal (meaning with soul, from anima, soul).

In everyday colloquial usage, the word usually refers to non-human animals.


Frequently only closer relatives of humans such as mammals and other vertebrates are meant in colloquial use.


The biological definition of the word refers to all members of the Kingdom Animalia, encompassing creatures ranging from insects to humans.


The following are strange and interesting animals that have been discovered on planet Earth.

 
 
Werewolves

A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope, is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature, either purposely, by being bitten by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse.

This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon, as popularly noted by the medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury, and perhaps in earlier times among the ancient Greeks through the writings of Petronius.
 
Worm Monster

The Lagarfljótsormur, Lagarfljotsormurinn, Lagarfljót worm, (or simply Iceland Worm Monster) is an Icelandic lake cryptid.

The worm is purportedly located in Lagarfljót Lake, a freshwater, below-sea-level, glacial-fed body of water in Egilsstaðir. The water visibility is incredibly poor as a result of siltation, and the creature--if it does exist--has not been scientifically studied.


Sightings have been consistently logged since 1345. There are many stories about kynjaskepnur, that is, strange animals or unknown phenomena, in Lagarfljót.


 
 

     
         


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