Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Top 10 Cryptids That Could Be Real
There are reportedly over 8 million different species of animals on this planet so it shouldn't be hard to believe that we might have missed a few. The crazy creatures on our list of Top 10 Cryptids That Could Be Real are some of the strangest animals we believe could actually exist. To decide what animals would and would not be included we thought about such important factors as their appearance, behaviors, and evolutionary background. While all information reported on this site is based on actual reports, it is suggested you take everything on this list with a grain of salt.
Ri and Ilkai
Ri and Ilkai are types of sea creature that are said to resemble mermaids from Papua New Guinea. Normally the idea of a creature like this would be considered absurd but what leads us to think they might exist is the large number of sightings that have been reported over the years. As recent as 1983, two American scientists set out on an expedition to prove that Ri and Ilkai did not exist only to witness what they described as an "unknown species" attacking local fish.
Pongos are one of the more monstrous forms of a sasquatch thought to exist around the globe. Stories of Pongo's have been around since before the 1850s and each one contains unimaginable horrors. These ape-like men are known to kidnap people in the middle of the night before raping and eating them. Some stories have suggested that female Pongos are capable of transforming into a beautiful woman to lure in unsuspecting males. While we think the magical transformation might be far fetched, the rest of their description seems totally possible.
The name Almas actually comes from the Mongolian word for "wild man". They have been known to inhabit the Caucasus and Pamir Mountains of Central Asia. These "Wild Men" are said to typically stand between five and 6 feet tall and are covered with reddish-brown hair. According to many cryptozoologists, their facial structures are said to resemble that of Neanderthals with flat noses and heavy brows. Over the years there have been many different eyewitness accounts and footprints discovered in the jungle to draw their existence into question.
The Agogwe is a human-like animal thought to inhabit the jungles and forest of Zimbabwe and other areas of East Africa. The human-like biped is often described as a being small, only 2 to 5 feet tall, and covered in wooly reddish hair. It also has extremely small feet with strange opposable toes. The first time the Agogwe was encountered by a non-African native was in 1900 by Captain William Hichens but these creatures have been seen many times since.
Giant Snakes Of Borneo
The Giant Snakes Of Borneo are, just as you would expect from the name, a group of gigantic snakes that have been sighted throughout the waterways of the island of Borneo. Many of the various tribes located on Borneo have spoken of these giant snakes and have claimed they can grow to sizes larger than 170 feet. Villagers living along the Baleh river live in constant fear a 100-foot snake that could be lurking in the murky waters named Nabau.
Bigfoot is one of the most well-known Cryptids to have ever existed, and for good reason. Most stories about this giant creature describe it to be an upright-walking ape-ish animal that dwells in the wilderness and has been known to leave footprints. Most theories involving Bigfoot often suggest he is the missing link between humans and the great apes of the past. Because of his ape-like appearance, we think the existence of Bigfoot is extremely possible.
Video About Bigfoot
The chupacabra is an infamous Puerto Rican cryptid whose name actually translates to "goat-sucker". While this legendary creature has been sighted all throughout North and South America, most of its sightings have been reported from the island of Puerto Rico. As the name "Chupacabra" would suggest, this small creature has been reported attacking and drinking the blood of small livestock, including goats. We think this creature could exist as it's own species, or possibly as an unknown distance cousin of something a dog.
The Acurinis, also known as the White-Amazonian Indians, are one of the only types of cryptids that are not animals but humans. This mysterious tribe of pale skinned natives has been sighted living deep in the Amazon Rain Forest in the late 1970's. What makes the Acurini's so strange is their appearance. The tribes' entire population is said to be made up entirely of tall pale-skinned people with blond hair. With so many ships going down and getting lost while crossing the ocean it is believable that one of them could have arrived in the Amazon and survived all these years undiscovered.
A Yowie is a large humanoid marsupial known to stalk the outback looking for food. First described in Aboriginal mythology, the Yowie is normally described as being extremely timid but, more recently, stories have sprung up stating it is actually a violent hunter capable of tearing the head off a kangaroo with ease. The Yowie is said to be anywhere from 7 to 9 feet tall and covered in shaggy fur and a large red mouth. Just like Big Foot, we believe the Yowie is capable of being real because of its believable features and numerous sightings.
Nunda is a mysterious cat-like cryptid that is known it live in the lands around Tanzania. The deadly feline is infamous for its viciousness and ferocity and has been known to terrorize entire villages for weeks at a time. The Nunda has been described as having whiteish-greyish fur and to be roughly the size of a large donkey. An investigation into the beast, that was originally planned to prove it was only a lion, turned up fur-samples and tracks from an unidentified species of a large cat.
Video About The Nunda
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Ricky Rodson (author) on July 05, 2019:
Also, I thought you might like this link
Its about 5 animals that were once considered cryptids that are now known to be real.
Ricky Rodson (author) on July 05, 2019:
Thank You for this extremely well thought out and long response. Did you just have this tucked away? Either way everything you said is based on current science. I believe most cryptids have ways to get past these barriers and survive. You mentioned 10,000s of them? I also considered a few small isolated roaming packs of containing less than 20 each. Perhaps they have strange breeding habits in which they control their numbers. Perhaps they have a death rituals (cannabalism) that hide any physical evidence. As for them not being noticed, normal animals can blend in with their surroundings because of their fur/skin. Imagine if they were self aware. All your claims are based on assumptions.
The Logician from now on on July 04, 2019:
Here is a question for you. Has there ever been a cryptid that was proven to exist?
I think I know the answer, the same answer to your comment “we think the existence of Bigfoot is extremely possible.”
Not a chance! They are all frauds. For example here are the reasons bigfoot does not exist and the reasons why you shouldn’t put stock in any cryptids (besides the fact that somebody is profiting greatly by keeping the cryptid ruse alive just like you are profiting, although I doubt greatly).
A sober and factual analysis.
Bigfoot Doesn’t Fit in the Food Chain (I like this 1 of 10)
Scientists have proven that sasquatches would need to number in at least the tens of thousands to sustain themselves over the years through breeding. If these thousands of creatures are all packing away 5,000 calories worth of meat every day, where is the deficit in the animals/plants they are eating? Considering even a slight drop in the population of any given animal (or plant) causes large reverberations through the food chain, the statistics simply don’t add up.
The Photographic and Video Evidence is Poor
Perhaps the most damning fact to disprove the existence of Bigfoot is the atrocious quality of evidence that has been presented. The scientific community has only been given hazy eyewitness accounts, extremely vague photographs and films, and a few blatantly hoaxed footprints.
In such pieces of video or photographic “evidence”, the subject is almost always either obscured by tree branches or extremely far away. It raises the question why the person filming the event (and there have been many) doesn’t simply chase the creature, or at least try and get a clearer shot. The famed Patterson-Gimlin video (shown above) is often cited as the clearest image of a potential Bigfoot yet released – and even this is shot from an extreme distance. Sounds convenient, doesn’t it?
Bigfoot is Too Big to Go Unnoticed:
As mentioned previously, the average Bigfoot sighting places the creature at over 8ft tall. The reasonable question here is how such an enormous creature could possibly evade capture by humans. Every year new species are discovered all over the world, but they all have one thing in common: unless they’re in the sea, they are all tiny. When was the last time you heard of a new species of giant elephant being discovered? The point being that if tens of thousands of 8-foot tall, 500 pound ape-men were out there, we’d have found them by now.
No Bigfoot Fossils Exist:
Simply put, there has never been any fossil record of a large mammal resembling the Sasquatch in North America – despite the same soil preserving everything else that ever lived in the area, including dinosaur bones.
Predictably, Bigfoot enthusiasts have a counter-argument: fossils have been found of one creature dubbed Gigantopithecus Blacki, the fossilized mandible of which is pictured above. This creature, essentially a 10 foot ape that weighed approximately 1,200lb, existed a hundred thousand years ago when it roamed an area in what is now China.
Obvious aesthetic connections could be made between the two creatures – but no Gigantopithecus Blacki fossils have ever been found in America. It seems that something like Bigfoot did once exist, but thousands of miles from where the vast majority of sightings occur.
Successful Breeding Is Unlikely:
Scientists have established that in order for the existence of Bigfoot to be a zoological possibility, there would have to be tens of thousands of them breeding. But how would such a massive population be able to successfully locate potential mates, if even humans are incapable of finding them?
The idea that sasquatches are being bred in families and are mating successfully with other groups of sasquatches is simply impossible – and yet such a situation must exist for these creatures to continue breeding. Coupled with the fact that almost all alleged Bigfoot photographs and videos show only one creature – implying that they travel alone – the odds of them being able to find each other to mate and produce offspring are small indeed.
Misidentification is Widespread:
An estimated 80% of supposed Bigfoot evidence can be readily attributed to hoaxes, but that still leaves the other 20%, right? Sure, but it would appear that even these sightings can be put down to misidentification.
A recent study has found that many alleged Bigfoot sightings could easily be American Black Bears walking on their hind legs. The bears stand up to 7 feet tall when walking in this way, and although they don’t share the same characteristics as Bigfoot, for hardcore believers (and those seeking attention) the line between wishful thinking and common sense is conveniently blurred. Amazingly, the photograph shown above was initially displayed as a legitimate piece of Bigfoot evidence, just to illustrate the point
There Were No Sightings Before 1958:
Admittedly the title of this entry is somewhat misleading, because there have been sightings (although very few) of “wild men” all over the world, long before the fifties. But many Bigfoot enthusiasts forget that sightings of the cryptid are an entirely modern phenomenon.
In 1958, several gigantic footprints (later shown to be fake) were discovered around the area of Bluff Creek in California. The prints drew significant media attention, and the term Bigfoot was coined in the newspapers. Ever since this event, alleged sightings of the creature have been cropping up all over the place. This is an important point: sasquatches cannot have appeared out of thin air, and if they did exist before the fifties, why weren’t they spotted earlier?
Lack of Killings Despite Reward:
I’ll begin this entry by mentioning that there is currently a genuine $1,000,000 reward for anyone who can bring back the body of a Sasquatch. Think about that for just a moment. Now consider the the tens of thousands of reported sightings – none of which have resulted in a Bigfoot being shot dead. Once again, the figures simply do not add up.
Bigfoot is a Hoaxer’s Paradise:
Although this does not directly disprove the existence of Bigfoot, it is important to point out that there are plenty of motives for people to create a hoax. People may simply seek attention, fame or wealth – just like the men who covered an ape suit with a dead squid (pictured above) to try and cash in on that $1,000,000 reward.
Lack of Physical Evidence:
For a minute, imagine that we have had tens of thousands of giant ape-men roaming around North America since the fifties. Surely such creatures would leave us at least one piece of indisputable physical evidence? We have none at all – no bones, hair samples, blood samples, skin samples, or any DNA evidence of any kind.
One single hair strand would provide enough DNA to prove a new species existed. Besides, you can forget about DNA evidence for a moment to ask: where are the bodies? Unless they are immortal, there must be hundreds of Bigfoot remains out there right now. Why hasn’t anyone ever found one? We seem to have found plenty of footprints, but of course, that isn’t physical evidence.