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.
Lake Worth Monster
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.
Loch Ness Monster
Lachlan Sea Monster
Divers and fishermen in the Caribbean report attacks by this monster, which is said to resemble an enormous octopus.
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.
Long Island Devil
Suffolk Sea Creature
Only a few sightings support the existence of this British cryptid, a terrifying combination of a predatory bird and a human. It's partly named for the town in Cornwall, England, where it was seen.
Cornish Owl Monster
Owlman of Mawnan
Owlman isn’t the only Cornish cryptid. Falmouth Bay has its own sea monster, the usual plesiosaur type.
Cornwall Sea Monster
Falmouth Bay Serpent
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.
Beast of Bodmin
American Werecat in London
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.
Dell Hollow Monster
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.
Another primate cryptid Bigfoot variant, this one is known for two things: It mostly hangs out in Florida, and it smells really, really bad.
Southern Stech Beast
Everglade Swamp Man
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.
Beast of Bray Road
Tudor Lane Werewolf
Jainard Highway Horror
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.
Boris the Mandog
Traverse City Howler
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 …
Modern sightings of giant avian creatures have all come to be associated with this Native American myth.
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.
Elk River Ghost
This three-legged, pink-eyed, gray-skinned creature was spotted (and reportedly shot) in Illinois in the early 1970s. It might have been an escaped kangaroo.
Chicago River Phantom
Mad Gasser of Matoon
Most commonly seen in Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., this famous livestock-eating cryptid's name means "goat sucker."
<i>Asesino de Sangre</i>
In the 1760s, France was stalked by a monstrous wolf said to have killed dozens or even hundreds of people. King Louis XV even sent royal wolf hunters to capture the beast.
Beast of Gevaudan
Red Wolf of Abbaye des Chazes
Residents of Loveland, Ohio, have reported seeing this unique cryptid in the 1950s, 1970s and 2016. It's a hybrid human/animal creature that walks on its hind legs.
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.
This is a tough one unless you grew up in central Africa, where this giant bat or surviving pteranodon has been sighted and even reportedly wounded a man.
This goat-man is probably not Catholic, despite its name. It reportedly attacks people around a particular train trestle in Kentucky.
Saint Mary Monster
Pope Lick Monster
People in India reported being scratched and bitten by a short, hairy creature — or sometimes a robotic version of this creature — in 2001.
Monkey-Man of Delhi
Jaipur Ape Monster
Machine-Ape of Indore
This legendary Wyoming creature is almost universally acknowledged to be an urban legend or hoax — it appears to be a rabbit with the horns of a large ungulate.
If the idea of a giant worm erupting from the ground terrifies you, avoid South American forests and Kevin Bacon movies. Otherwise you might run into this monster.
Chilean Leopard Worm
This massive red worm is said to inhabit deserts in Asia and can kill a human with either acid or electricity.