World-renowned legends, puzzling local myths, misguided superstitions or genuine hoaxes? You decide, as we take a look at 5 terrifying monsters & their unique stories from around the world.
Just don’t forget to leave a light on when you go to bed….
Welcome the unsettling world of the supernatural – Mothman was a phenomenon which first occurred in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from 15 November 1966 to 15 December 1967.
At the time, the local newspaper Point Pleasant Register ran a story with the headline “Couples See Man-Sized Bird…Creature…Something”. The article detailed how two young couples (in the same car) reported to police that around 11.30 to midnight they saw a strange creature near the old power plant in the area. It turned out the area they were driving through, was the former site of World War II ammunitions plant.
One of the male passengers was quoted as stating “It was like a man with wings. It wasn’t like anything you’d see on TV or in a monster movie. It flew about 100 miles an hour. We went downtown, turned around, and went back and there it was again. It seemed to be waiting on us. It flow across the top of the car. If I had seen it while by myself I wouldn’t have said anything, but there were four of us who saw it. It didn’t resemble a bat in any way, maybe what you would visualize as an angel. It doesn’t have an explanation to it, it was an animal but nothing like I’ve seen before.”
What makes the entire Mothman case so intriguing is that over the next few days, several other residents reported similar sightings. Amongst those witnesses were two firemen who admitted to seeing a “large bird with red eyes”. And the most eerie of all? Over 100 reports were lodged over a 13 month period – from intense poltergeist activity to unusual shapes and sounds. The number of reported sightings peaked just 24 hours before the collapse of the Silver Bridge on Dec 15 1967 which tragically killed 46 people. Was there a connection? Was Mothman trying to warn the people of Point Pleasant?
After the bridge collapse all sightings and reports ceased.
But maybe it was all one big misunderstanding? Dr. Robert L. Smith from West Virginia University who was a renowned wildlife biologist, told the media that the overwhelming majority of descriptions matched the characterists of the “Sandwhill Crane” which is a bird that in actual fact is almost as a high as a man with a 7ft wingspan and reddish colouring around it’s eyes.
So was Mothman merely a case of a bird deviating from its usual migration route? Was Mothman a UFO? Or….are the locals of Point Pleasant truly witness to paranormal phenomena?
2. The Chupacabra
Here’s something to make you a little squeamish. This next monster has the unusual name of “The Chupacabra” but why so? Well, the animal has a reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. In Spanish “chupar” means “to suck” and cabra is “goat”, therefore “Chupacabra” literally translates to “goat sucker”.
It’s fairly new in the grand scheme of mysterious creatures and monster sightings. The very first reports were as recent as 1995 in Puerto Rico where 8 sheep were discovered dead, each with 3 puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood. In the Puerto Rican town of Canóvanas, as many as 150 farm animals and pets were reportedly killed by the beast. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a creature the size of smallish bear, complete with large fangs and a row of sharp spines protruding from it’s tail right along to the back of its neck.
Today numerous sightings have occurred in the U.S., leading to the theory that it’s appetite has now been amended include other yummy farm animals. And in another twist, over in the Philippines, another legendary creature called the Sigbin shares many of the same descriptions as the Chupacabra.
3. The Mongolian Death Worm
If you’ve ever wondered about the inspiration for the movie Tremors then look no further. What it’s mildly reassuring about this monster, is that you’re pretty safe from ever stumbling across it – that it unless you decide to take a holiday in the Gobi Desert located in Mongolia. Sightings are both often disputed and unconfirmed, though Mongolian locals seem to hold some pretty outlandish claims about the abilities of this particular little critter.
For starters it measures between 2 to 5ft in length and spits ” litres of acid” which will turn anything it touches yellow causing it to corrode (aka instant death). If that wasn’t bad enough, it’s second means of attack is sending “an electrical charge through the air” that allows it to kill its prey from distance. So if you don’t get dissolved in a pool of acidic spew, you’ll be electrocuted from afar instead.
Not exactly ideal when you’re running up to your waist in slow dense thick sand frantically trying to escape.
Probably the most well-known and famous on this list, “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch” as he’s known to others, is allegedly, an ape-like creature which roams the forests in the Pacific Northwest region of north America. Sightings put the creature at between 2-3 meters tall, around 230kg and covered in dark reddish hair – not dissimilar to that of an Organutan. The legend stems back to the indigenous population of the Pacific Northwest who would be would terrified of the “skoocooms” – essentially a tribe of cannibalistic wild men living at the peak of the mountains.
Yet even during that era “skoocooms” where often regarded as being supernatural in origin. Native indians claimed that “woodland giants” would live around the peaks of nearby mountains and steal freshly caught salmon from the nets of fisherman.
But what truly brought the Bigfoot legend in the mainstream conscious was a video by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin. On Oct 20th they both reported to have caught Bigfoot / Sasquatch on film at Bluff Creek, California. Below is their footage.
The footage itself captured the imagination of the public for several decades until Bob Heironimus, an acquaintance of Patterson’s, ruined all the fun and owned up by saying he had worn an ape costume for the film itself.
Hoax videos aside, one of the biggest piece of evidences that pro-Bigfoot supporters point to, is the enormous footprints which have been see, photographed and studied. Some have been as large as a staggering 24 inches long and some 8 inches wide, whilst many contain claws which signal that the animal itself might be close-relation to a Grizzly Bear. Either way, when you’re out in the woods at night, best be packing a torch with you…..
5. The Hawkesbury River Monster
The Hawkesbury River located in New South Wales in Australia is allegedly home a ginormous aquatic lizard, likely to be a descendent of the prehistoric plesiosaur (which itself has been extinct for a casual 70M years). Numerous sightings put the creature at somewhere between 10 and 25 meters long with a long snake-like head, large flippers and small head. Interestingly enough Aboriginal cave paintings that date back some 3,000-4,000 years old located in and around the Hawesbury River depict the creature.
When the first settlers arrived in Australia during the 1800s, many of the local Aboriginals told them stories of the “moolyewonk” or “mirreeular” which worryingly enough are both Aboriginal words for “a monster or beast that dwells in water”. It’s not some mere myth either, countless researchers, crytozoologists spend months at a time scouring the river trying to locate / see / catch the monster.
To date they’ve been unsuccessful, but then again we’re talking about about an underwear creature (10-25 meters in length) popping its head up for a photographs in an expanse of 21,730KM of water.