Cryptozoology is the study of animals whose existence has yet to be proven. If you've ever read stories on cryptids such as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, then you have dabbled in cryptozoology. The term is not considered to be scientific, nor is it a branch of zoology - in fact, those who do believe in the existence of these undiscovered animals may seem like kooks. So why does the term exist in the first place? Cryptozoology is a pseudoscience because it depends on myth, legends, and any evidence of the creature’s existence including sightings with video, audio, and photography.
With the latest trends in television shows focusing on the mysterious, cryptozoology is being explored more thoroughly. There are shows dedicated to Bigfoot hunters and there are even a few individuals who have capitalized on society’s fascination with these mysterious animals, orchestrating hoaxes. When it all comes down to it, though, many feel that the stories surrounding these creatures must have come from somewhere - some sightings date back earlier than we can record. Stories or legends of these creatures were passed down through generations, and have been embellished or added to after more sightings were reported.
Perhaps it was a way to come to terms with natural phenomenon, or maybe someone really saw something that truly terrified them. Maybe it was a fear-driven way to get children to behave! Cryptozoology has quickly grown in popularity with thousands of websites and books coming out every year dedicated to the subject. We've compiled information on ten of the most mysterious cryptids, but this is just a sliver of the ever-growing database. Some of these cryptids you probably know about, but others will be brand new. If you're a conspiracy theorist or just enjoy a good yarn, these 10 mysterious crytpids are sure to intrigue.
Let's get the most obvious and popular cryptid out of the way. Yes, most of us are familiar with the legend of Bigfoot but there's still an undeniable element of mystery and fascination with the creature. Also known as Sasquatch, Bigfoot remains a hot topic in the media with his ape-like stature and his potential relationship to homosapiens. First spotted in the Pacific Northwest in the early fifties, Bigfoot sightings exploded around the world, leaving people baffled as to how a creature like this can exist without proof, even despite innovative technology.