Tag: cryptozoology


Graphic designer Michelle Enemark has published a terrific map of the strange and mysterious creatures rumored to be hiding in the depths of the United States' waterways, including mutant alligators, webbed-footed bipeds and America's nearly two dozen cousins to the famed Loch Ness Monster.

Get a breakdown of some of the most bizarre among them over at Atlas Obscura, and locate your nearest cryptid on the full-size map to share with relatives visiting over the holidays.

Entertainment Earth, purveyor of fine collectibles like the much-beloved Big Lebowski action figure, has recently announced the release of a new Cryptozoological Play Set.

The five-character set includes Mothman, the Jersey Devil, the Chupacabra, Nessie and, of course, Bigfoot.

According to their Web site, the set won't be available until next month, but they're taking orders now. Listed price: $14.99.

Each book in the Weird series, if you aren't familiar, devotes an entire chapter to strange and mythical creatures like the New Jersey Devil, the Chupacabra and the elusive Thunderbird. As such, I've garnered a fair number of cryptozoologist fans. For them, I present this.

Bronner's in Michigan, which bills itself as the World's Largest Christmas Store, now offers glass holiday ornaments in the shape of Bigfoot!

Now, depending on the region in which you live, Bigfoot might be more familiar to you as the Mogollon Monster, the Skunk Ape or the Boggy Bottom Monster, but whatever you call him, the hairy beast will make a terrific addition to your Christmas tree or Hannakuh bush.

For added authenticity, hang him around the back where you'll have to hunt for him.

Chupacabra fever hit south Texas in July of last year when rancher Phylis Canion discovered a dead creature near her property in Cuero, Texas, about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio. The beast, one of three that had been accidentally killed my motorists in two days, had large ears, a long snout, fangs and bluish-gray, nearless hairless skin.

Last Friday, the mystery got a fresh shot in the arm when two sheriff's deputies caught a creature on their dash cam that looked very much like last year's catch, again near Cuero. (Video below.)

People believe the animals in question may be proof of the legendary "goat suckers" that have terrorized the Southwest for generations, draining the blood from livestock and leaving their carcasses devoid of fluid.

DNA tests performed on the beast found in 2007 revealed that the animal was probably just an old coyote, likely suffering from some sort of skin disease. Of course, not everyone was convinced. The results also didn't stop Canion from selling nearly 20,000 T-shirts and establishing Cuero as a chupacabra hotspot. ... Continued