ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

We have some serious cryptozoologists in our midst in the Moviepilot community so I've done a bit of research to find some possible vacation destinations that might just allow committed explorers to spot these secretive creatures.

So, pack your binoculars and telescopic lenses and let's go on an adventure to the unexplored corners of the earth that still cling tight to their mysteries.

Bigfoot - North America

Best Places to Spot One: Bigfoot Scenic Byway, California

Trademarks: Hairy, huge and stinking

Bigfoot is the quintessential all American cryptid and probably the most famous of the monstrous lot.

Described as a hairy ape-like creature standing at between 6.6 and 9.8 foot tall, weighting a staggering 500 pounds, Bigfoot has been spotted by numerous people for hundreds of years.

The creatures most recent famous outings in the press are thanks to a serial hoaxer named Rick Dyer who charged the public to see a 'Bigfoot corpse' that turned out to be a crude amalgamation of fake hair and rubber. That doesn't mean that the truth isn't out there though...

Chupacabra - Central and North America

Best Places to Spot One: Puerto Rico, Brazil

Trademarks: An insatiable lust for sweet, sweet goat blood

Standing a three of four foot tall, the diminutive Chupacabra doesn't seem so cute when you learn its life's passion is sucking the life out of unassuming goats.

The mysterious South American creature, who is said to have scaly grey-green skin and sharp quills running down its spine, was first spotted in 1995 when sheep were discovered with puncture wounds on their chests and completely drained of blood.

A three-to-four-foot tall reptilian-like creature with leathery, scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp quills running down its spine, El Chupacabra literally means goat sucker.

A lot of suffering creatures with mange or desiccated animal corpses have been mistaken for Chupacabras in recent years, but many people are adamant that the Chupacabra is real threat to fleecy ruminants everywhere.

Loch Ness Monster - Scotland

Best Places to Spot One: Loch Ness, Scotland. Duh!

Trademarks: Proto reptilian and possibly prehistoric

Thought to be an ancestor of the prehistoric plesiosaur, the Loch Ness monster is an elusive creature despite its considerable bulk and constrained territory.

Affectionately known as Nessie, this cryptid boasts a veritable photo album of possible snaps and a fan base around the globe.

Loch Ness is 745 feet deep and it contains more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined so there's no denying it would be a perfect home for such a colossal beast.

The most famous sighting of Nessie is from 1934 when a man named Colonel Robert Wilson captured an image of the creature's snake-like neck emerging from the water and the creature has (allegedly) been captured on film as recently as 2013.

Plenty of scientific surveys have been carried out on the lake with inconclusive results, but plenty of diehard Nessie believers are convinced a monster is concealed within the depths.

Mongolian Death Worm - Mongolia

Best Places to Spot One: Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Trademarks: Red sausage-like and acidic

The fact that it has never been caught on camera hasn't stopped the myth of the Mongolian death worm from worming its way into international folklore.

Described as a bright red worm with a wide body that is 2 to 5 feet long, many locals claim that the worm can spit acid and release an electrical charge powerful enough to kill anyone brave/stupid enough to get too close.

The worm was first described in 1926 by professor Roy Chapman Andrews who had heard tales of the monster from Mongolian officials. He wrote:

None of those present ever had seen the creature, but they all firmly believed in its existence and described it minutely

Recent missions to uncover the death worm haven't yielded any results, but the legend lives on.

Orang Pendek - Indonesia

Best Places to Spot One: Kerinci, Sumatra

Trademarks: A biped stance that is almost human

The Orang Pendek is a little known cryptid, but also one of the most viable to have a grounding in reality.

Debbi, a researcher who studied the creature for fifteen years describes it in unusual detail as:

Usually no more than 85 or 90cm in height — although occasionally as large as 1m 20cm. The body is covered in a coat of dark grey or black flecked with grey hair. But it is the sheer physical power of the orang pendek that most impresses the Kerinci villagers. They speak in awe, of its broad shoulders, huge chest and upper abdomen and powerful arms. The animal is so strong, the villagers would whisper that it can uproot small trees and even break rattan vines. The legs, in comparison, are short and slim, the feet neat and small, usually turned out at an angle of up to 45 degrees. The head slopes back to a distinct crest — similar to the gorilla — and there appears to be a bony ridge above the eyes. But the mouth is small and neat, the eyes are set wide apart and the nose is distinctly humanoid. When frightened, the animal exposes its teeth — revealing oddly broad incisors and prominent, long canine teeth

Witnesses from various backgrounds have described sightings of the mysterious creature for over a 100 years and casts of footprints from the creature have baffled the scientific community.

Dr. David Chivers, a primate biologist from the prestigious University of Cambridge, released a statement explaining:

The cast of the footprint taken was definitely an ape with a unique blend of features from gibbon, orangutan, chimpanzee, and human. From further examination the print did not match any known primate species and I can conclude that this points towards there being a large unknown primate in the forests of Sumatra

Recently the British artist, Adele Morse went on an exhibition to try and discover the creature, but there were no concrete sightings. She did, however, make scale models based on descriptions by locals to show what the cryptid might look like.


Which cryptid do you want to track down?

(Source: Huffington Post, Wikipedia, Adele Morse)


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