Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
10 Californian Cryptids Still Out There
California is a large state with lots of places for cryptids and strange creatures to hide. Lots of different cryptids are believed to roam around California but for the sake of easy reading, we decided to limit our list to only the top 10 California cryptids still believed to be at large. But despite these limitations, you still will read about all sorts of crazy creatures ranging from extremely large sea creatures to small cats that roam the desert. Some people have always thought California was a little weird, but this list confirms it.
Our List of California Cryptids Contains:
- Lone Pine Mountain Devil
- Tahoe Tessie
- Proctor Valley Monster
- Hyampom Hog Bear
- Cactus Cat
- Central American Whintosser
- The Dark Watchers of California
10. Lone Pine Mountain Devil
The Lone Pine Mountain Devil, or California Mountain Devil is a bat-like cryptid that some people believe inhabits the mountain regions of the American Southwest. The monster is usually said to be extremely large with furry wings and has sharp talons and layers of poisonous fangs. In many aspects, the creature can be seen as the West Coast version of the New Jersey Devil. Unlike other carnivorous animals, the Lone Pine Mountain Devil is claimed to only fed on the soft cartilage-filled areas of the body, such as the face and torso. No sightings were reported from 1927 until 2003 so even though you aren't hearing about this cryptid doesn't meme he isn't lurking about.
The Dingmaul, also called a Plunkus, is a giant cat known to nap on a large rock in California. Dingmauls are said to have thick wolf-like skin and are known to carry a sad expression on their face. Have have thick hair that runs along half their body and a spiky ball at the end of their tail. They use this ball to produce splinters to soften the floor of their burrows. Not known to be especially vicious, the Dingmaul is still nothing to toy with.
Cadborosaurus is a sea serpent believed to inhabit the area around San Francisco Bay, California. People have described it as having vertical coils that move in tandem behind its horse-like head. It has small elevating front flippers that lift it upwards and large webbed hind flippers it uses to push itself forward. This cryptid has become such a huge part of local lore that the Inuit people of Alaska even put a picture of the animal on their canoes in an attempt to keep the creature away. Hundred of sightings have been reported over the years making it hard to believe it's not really out there.
7. Tahoe Tessie
Tahoe Tessie, a play on the name "Nessie", is an aquatic creature that resides in Lake Tahoe. First reported in a local newspaper in 1984 the beast is said to be over 17 feet long and feeds on the local fish. In the 1970s a local farmer purchased a mini-submarine and used it to extra the lake searching for the monster but was unable to find any sign of it. One research group believes that Tessie is just a simple case of mistaken identification, and is actually a large breed of fish that was introduced into Lake Tahoe.
6. Proctor Valley Monster
The Proctor Valley Monster is a vicious cowlike creature that roams around Proctor Valley Road just outside San Diego, California. The bovine bigfoot is said to be capable of walking on its hind legs like a man and stands to be over 7 feet tall when doing so. Because of the violent and grotesque nature of the stories that surround the beast, the local residents hold it responsible for the string of livestock mutilations that have happened over the years. A local museum in the city of Chula Vista displays a casting of a strange hoof/paw print that it claims to belong to the Proctor Vally Monster.
5. Hyampom Hog Bear
The Hyampom Hog Bear is one of the "Fearsome Critters" talked about in the logging camps of North American lumberjacks. These funny looks bear is said to small is size with a sharp nose and wavy brown fur. Most stories described the bear as living in Northern California, around the mouth of the Columbia River. The scary little beat is has made meals of many creatures but is believed to have a powerful tase for pork. Stories of the bear attacking pigs while tearing entire whole chunks from them with ease have been passed down for years.
4. Cactus Cat
The Cactus Cat is a strange cryptid that is usually said to be about the size of a bobcat. What makes this creature different is that instead of fur it is covered with small thin thorns, like a cactus. It also has long spines protruding from its legs and tail that it uses on cactus and other animals should it be attacked. Another strange behavior of these weird animals is their ability to make fermented juice. At night they use their spines to slash open cacti and return several days later to drink the juices that have fermented in the heat and sunlight. The Cactus Cat is not usually considered to be dangerous but will attack if cornered.
3. Central American Whintosser
Central American Whintosser is an extremely unfriended species of cryptid from North America. It was first reported being sighted along the coastal areas of California around the late 19th century. The strange beast is known to have an odd triangular body with a set of legs on each of its sides. The legs are believed to be intended to keep the creature upright in the event of an earthquake but also allow it to move when upside down. Central American Whintossers are known to live in fearsome packs with the females being just as dangerous as the males.
2. The Dark Watchers of California
The Dark Watchers are a mysterious group of beings that have been seen watching travelers from a distance in the Santa Lucia Mountains. These creatures are described as being tall silhouettes that stand along the horizon with old brimmed hats or walking sticks. They are usually seen in the early and late hours of the day and are said to just stand motionlessly and watch. The strangest part of these observers is that they vanish if you approach them. Because of this, no one has been able to see them up close.
While Bigfoot has been seen all around North America, California is undisputedly its home turf. The bipedal ape is the world's most famous cryptid with countless sightings and loads of photographic and video evidence. Other parts of the world have their own versions of the beast known as the Yeti, Sasquatch, and the Abdominal Snowman. Over the years the height of the ancient animal has changed with one of the largest descriptions stating it stood over 9 feet tall. One of the castings taken of the ape's tracks was measured to be 24 inches long.
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John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 26, 2021:
Some interesting creatures described here.