They lurk in the dark woods, the deep lakes, the uncharted oceans, the shadows of an old barn or a deserted city street — cryptids, creatures that defy categorization and sometimes logic. Identify these 30 cryptids based on their descriptions.
This elusive monster appears as a sort of kangaroo/goat hybrid, walking on two legs with hoofed feet, though it also has the ability to fly short distances with its batlike wings. It's said to be the 13th child of a witch named Mother Leeds.
In 1969, couples in a Texas town reported that a half-goat, half-man creature with fur and scales attacked their cars when they were out parking. The beast later threw a tire and jumped on another car. The only known photograph shows a hulking biped with shaggy white fur.
This cryptid is essentially a dinosaur, similar in shape and size to a sauropod, that has reportedly managed to avoid extinction in the jungles of the Congo River Basin. Dozens of expeditions across more than a hundred years have failed to turn up evidence that it actually exists.
This terrifying Filipino monster takes a human shape during the day, often living among people. At night it turns into an animal or monster and sucks people's blood. Sometimes it devours children instead, even sucking the unborn out of their mothers' wombs while they sleep.
This underwater creature thought to resemble a plesiosaur is perhaps the most famous cryptid in the world. It's been photographed numerous times, but never conclusively. It gets its distinctive name from its Scottish heritage.
A mysterious corpse was found on a beach in Long Island, New York, in 2008. It resembled a hairless beast with a bizarre, toothy beak. Experts later identified it as a raccoon that had undergone decomposition and lost part of its jaw.
Let's stay in Cornwall a bit longer. Britain is famous for panthers stalking their prey far outside their known distribution and in numbers far too low to sustain a population. Dead sheep and panther sightings on the moor created this legendary monster.
This legendary sea beast reportedly attacked ships with its massive tentacles. Numerous dead specimens were collected in the 20th century, typically caught in fishing nets or washed ashore. Living adults were eventually photographed and filmed, ultimately removing this animal from the ranks of true cryptids.
This is Nessie's only real competition for most famous cryptid. Originally a resident of the vast forests of the Pacific Northwest, variations of this bipedal evolutionary mystery pop up all over the place.
This Himalayan primate is sort of a hipster's Bigfoot — it became well-known beginning in the 1920s, before Bigfoot was popular. Sometimes called the Abominable Snowman, it's mostly known for leaving massive footprints in the snow.
This cryptid is interesting because its description generally matches that of a huge werewolf. It's named not for the town in Wisconsin where it's supposedly found, but for the very specific road it roams.
Bray Road doesn’t have a monopoly on werewolves, though. Traverse City, Michigan, and the surrounding area has its own howling canine/human hybrid monster, though its name is nowhere near as exciting as the Beast of Bray Road.
Many sea monster reports are derived from eerie carcasses that wash up on beaches worldwide, each one appearing to be some kind of bizarre and unknown creature. In truth, they are usually decomposing masses of fat from sperm whales or other rotting animal carcasses known as …
This scary monster appeared in West Virginia in 1952 immediately after a meteor was seen in the sky. Its appearance was thought to be connected to a UFO crash, and a strange mist emitted by the creature made eyewitnesses ill.
Residents of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, were terrorized by a red-eyed, winged creature in the 1960s. It supposedly caused a bridge collapse and was connected to mysterious "men in black" encounters.