Cryptids... or strange creatures have been witnessed and seen throughout the centuries. Many are of folklore and legends. Most notably are The Loch Ness Monster, Sasquach, Big Foot, Yeti, Werewolves and Vampires.
"The Beast of Bodmin"...
In the South West of England the famous 'Beast of Bodmin' has been a prevalent legend in as much as farmers have stated with irrefutable proof that their livestock has been viciously attacked and/or mutilated.
Now evidence suggests that due to the illegal owning of imported animals, an animal trainer - Mary Chipperfield - released three pumas into the wild following the closure of her Plymouth zoo in the late 1970s. Shortly thereafter the sightings of the 'Beast of Bodmin' became numerous.
Then in 1995 a thorough investigation was undertaken and found "no verifiable evidence" of any exotic feline species loose in Britain. The causes of the mauled farm animals was put down to 'common indigenous species'
"The Loch Ness Monster"...
In the Scottish Highlands, an aquatic being is reputedly supposed to inhabit Loch Ness. Across the globe there are numerous sightings of sea monsters and lake monsters... but 'Nessie' is the world's most famous.
It was first drawn into the public eye and achieved worldwide fame in 1933 after Hugh Gray took a photograph, albeit a blurry image, of what appeared to be the head of a dog (and he had his pet Labrador with him at the time).
The following year, London gynaecologist Robert Kenneth Wilson reportedly took what was coined the infamous "surgeon's photograph"*. It showed what looked like a being with a long neck and head and it entered the media frenzy at an astonishing rate.
The photograph was published in the Daily Mail on 21st April 1934.
In that same year an author - R T Gould - published a report into Nessie and found that numerous reports of sightings predated 1933 leading back to the sixth century.
*In 1994, the "surgeon's photograph" was proved to have been a fake and an elaborate hoax.
In American folklore, Big Foot is a simian-type creature that inhabits the Pacific Northwest dense forests. Although no hard evidence has been found it is identified as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid creature.
Indian tribes have often spoke of 'Wild Men' that lived in remote areas and these stories have been passed down from generation to generation.
Some people believe it all to be a huge hoax... but one thing is certain: there are vast areas of the world that have not been thoroughly explored.
And if the Abominable Snowman (Yeti) in Nepal, Yowie in Australia, Big Foot or Sasquatch in America... and other similar simian-type creatures have been supposedly seen, then there might... just might be a missing link that has yet to be evidently found and proved.
Now it is with great fact that evolution can prove that new species are identified almost every year... and equally others become extinct. So is there a possibility that even stranger animals exist?