Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Top 10 Georgia Cryptids
Georgia has always been a strange place. With strange food, strange people, and strange customs. But our list of cryptids living in Georgia is guaranteed to make it seem even stranger. And do not worry, just because the list only contains creatures from Georgia doesn't mean you will not learn about all sorts of strange cryptids. Georgia's transverse landscape makes it the perfect place for all varieties of monsters to hide.
Top 10 List of Cryptids Living in Georgia:
- Georgia Raptor
- Altamaha-Ha Water Monster
- Georgia Swamp Thing
- The Pig Man
- Werewolf of Talbotton
- Georgia Giants
- Fannin County Fairies
1. Georgia Raptor
The Georgia Raptor is a dinosaur-like creature that has been seen roaming around the wooded areas of the Peach State. The biped creature was originally sighted in 2008 by a young man and his grandfather while hunting. While walking, the Georgia Raptor appeared on the road about 150 yards in front of them. They described it as being 5 feet tall with the appearance of a 'Raptor' from the Jurrasic Park movies. Because of recent discoveries, most cryptozoologists have decided the creature is more realistically a Troodon. Despite this, the name Georgia Raptor still remains.
2. Altamaha-Ha Water Monster
Despite its mysterious nature, the Altamaha-Ha Water Monster is one of the most sighted cryptids in North America. The serpent-like cryptid is believed to live somewhere beneath the coastal marshes of the Altamaha River and is most often sighted around Darien, Georgia. The Altamaha-Ha Water Monster is believed to be over 30 feet long and capable of moving fast enough to leave ripples behind it like a motorboat. With sightings going all the way back to the 1800s, every year more and more people begin to believe in the existence of the large but hard-to-find aquatic monster.
Legend of Altamaha-ha Water Monster
The Thunderbird is an extremely large and terrifying bird that comes from Native American legends. The enormous creature is believed to have an enormous wingspan, larger than 18 feet, which it could use to create thunderous sounds loud even scare away potential threats like human hunters. Most tribes thought that because of their massive size, Thunderbirds would feast mainly on killer whales for their main source of food, but this did not stop them from swooping down and scooping up unsuspecting children for a quick snack when given the chance. The Thunderbird is by far the largest of the Georgia cryptids known to exist.
4. Georgia Swamp Thing
The Okefenokee Swamp has always been a strange place, with half of its shore being in Georgia and the other half in Florida. But in 1829, it became even stranger with stories emerging of a mysterious beast lurking. One story states that nine hunters went in search of the monstrous man, but only 5 returned after it attacked them in the night. The creature's tracks were said to be over 19 inches long and nine inches across, making it extremely large in size. It was also said to possess and deafeningly loud roar capable of scaring the bravest of men.
5. The Pig Man
Another Georgia Cryptid said to be prowling around the shadows of the Okefenokee Swamp is the Pig Man. Most descriptions of the creature depict it as closely resembling the famous BigFoot or the Flordia Skunk Ape with minor differences. The most prominent of these being its Pig-like nose. But even with its large size, The Pig Man is said to be extremely timid with sad expression-filled eyes. Because of this, most of the local population choose not to fear the Pig Man and allow it to live out its mysterious life in peace.
6. Werewolf of Talbotton
In the late 1800s, a small town in Georgia began to have its livestock slaughtered at an alarming rate. And it didn't take long for the townsfolk to notice the odd behavior(disappearing into the woods, sharp teeth, and untamed hair) of a young girl named Emily Burt that recently moved to town. The suspicions came to a point after a night when a hunter claimed to have shot the werewolf and Emily had a scar in the same spot the next day. Sadly, at this point, all that remains of Emily Burt is her gravestone. And the truth behind whether or not she was a werewolf died with her. Rumor has it that if you visit her grave during a full moon you will hear wolves howling in the distance.
Hogzilla is an enormous pig that was sighted all the way from Texas to Georgia. Unlike the other Georgia Cryptids on the list, Hogzilla was proven to exist after it was killed by a hunter on a reserve in Georgia in 2005. During dissection, it was determined that its large size was caused by it being a hybrid of a wild hog and a domestic farm pig. At that time the beast was confirmed to be over 9 feet long and weighed nearly 900 pounds. By all standards known, that is one big pig. With the list of cryptids living in Georgia being so small, it's sad that one of them is already confirmed to be dead.
8. Georgia Giants
To this day, no living Giant has been since in the Okefenokee Swamp area of Georgia. But dozens of skeletons have been unveiled leaving the question of where they came from unanswered. Most of the skeletons have been discovered inside strangely shaped Indian mounts with the first being found in the 1920s. The remains were said to be so large that their jawbones alone could foreshadow a human head. We can only hope that these large humanoid creatures are long extinct and not just hiding in the depths of the woods.
9. Fannin County Fairies
The Fannin County Fairies, known as Cross Fairies in other parts of the world, are a strange type of cryptid believed to inhabit parts of Georgia including Fannin County. What makes them strange is that no one has actually seen the creatures, but only found rare cross-like artifacts they leave behind. It is said that the Cherokee people believed the stone artifacts to be created when the fairies' tears would make contact with the ground. And that the fairies cried as a result of watching the March of Tears take place. However these objects are created isn't the question that needs to be asked, but rather what is making them.
It's hard to imagine Bigfoot finding its way onto a list of Georgia cryptids. The secretive hairy creature has been sighted all around the world and is known by many names including Yeti, Sasquatch, and Knobby. The first Georgia Bigfoot sighting happened almost 20 years ago by a 51-year-old man in the Chattahoochee National Forest. he claimed the cryptid stood about 8-9 feet tall and was moving at a quick pace behind the brush. With the vast number of sightings of Bigfoot growing yearly, it begins to seem as if there are an entirely unknown species of ape in the world we have yet to discover rather than a single mysterious beast.
Could Cryptids Still Exist In Georgia?
With modern technology being so advanced it is hard to believe any of these creatures could exist without being discovered. But Georgia provides the perfect landscape for these mysterious animals to thrive. Georgia has everything from a coastal sealine to dense woodland-filled valleys, making it capable of providing a habit to a large variety of different species and types of animals. While the existence of any Cryptid is questionable, we would be sure to take extra precautions when camping or hiking in the rural areas of the Peach State with the possibility of these beasts lurking.
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