New Animal Species 2012: The Top 5 Scariest Cryptids and Their Most Recent Sightings [VIDEO!]
Move Over, Bigfoot
Before we can talk about the Top 5 Scariest Cryptids of all time, their most recent sightings, and whether or not any of these could account for one of the new animal species found in 2012, we have to explain a little bit about cryptozoology.
Sure, cryptozoology is a word that sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, and what it concerns itself with-- the study of unknown and unrecorded species, or cryptids-- actually isn't too far off base from that.
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From our nightmares to your computer screens, here are the scariest cryptids ever reported to be seen by human kind. Of course, since we're scientists, we don't believe in these-- but that doesn't stop them from being extra chilling.
Move over, Bigfoot: these hellspawn are more than just blurry:
5. The Mothman
The Mothman used to terrorize the living heck out of me ever since its first sighting, back in 1966, when a couple reported to see a giant creature looming around the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia.
Since then, the cryptic has been immortalized in the movie The Mothman Prophecies, based on the book by John Keel which details the author's investigation into sightings of a large, winged creature found in-- you guessed it-- Point Pleasant, West Virginia. In the book, he makes the case that the Mothman's visit was directly correlated to the collapse of the bridge. But he also said that U.F.O's were also involved somehow, too, so there's probably a more credible person out there, somewhere.
Here's a scene from the movie. Something about the way the creature says "chopstick" is so unsettling, then hilarious, then unsettling again.
4. De Loys' Ape
In the late 1910's, Francois de Loys, an oil geologist from Switzerland, had the misfortune of leading an expedition to search for petroleum in South America. His team never found much in the way of petroleum, and only four members of the twenty who left from Switzerland survived.
To add insult to injury, they were attacked by two ape-like creatures, and they only got one picture. Scientists say that it's a hoax, and that's just a done-up spider monkey carcass, but cryptozoologists will always call know it as the De Loys' Ape.
3. Mongolian Death Worm
It's like something straight from the pages of Dune, yet an ever-growing number of Mongolian locals claim they've seen a five-foot long red worm in the Gobi Desert that can spit corrosive acid at its prey.
Heck, as long as we're giving it not-too-far-out-there superpowers, it can also shock them to death through an electric discharge. Oh, and if you touch it, you die instantly.
This worm lives underground, surfacing only when no one's around but you. It is said to feast primarily on goyo-- a local parasitic plant-- so, you know, you're welcome.
The Philippines gives us Kapre, a hairy giant who smokes a magical cigarette that never goes out. More trickster than predator, he mostly just pops out of the giant tree he lives in to terrify people, then laughs, and goes back in.
According to local lore, if you find a Kapre's magical white stone, he'll grant you a wish. We're more interested in nabbing that cigarette.
The aswang is maybe the most sighted of all Philippine monsters. Unlike the Kapre, it means you some serious harm. They're hungry for human fetuses, and if they trick you into biting them (like, say, through their power to shapeshift into a delicious steak) you become one, too. It's a weird take on the reverse-vampire. From then on, your life consists of breaking into funeral homes and sucking the embalming fluid out of cadavers.
Even more bizarre, and maybe the most amazing thing of all time, is this Philippine drag karaoke act inspired by the monster.
We'll leave you with that. But if you like cryptid-related news, you should check out our article on the worst Bigfoot fail ever. Back to work!
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