Cryptids are located all over North America, CryptidEarth is based out of Atlanta, so we wanted to write about some of the beast located in our backyard. Here are some of our favorite ones. Please note, that some of the pictures may, in fact, be hoaxes. However, we included them to add to the ingredients of playing with the possibility of such beasts existing.
East Coast Bigfoot
Also known as Sasquatch and Skunk Ape. There have been reported sightings from the tips of Florida, The Everglades, to North Georgia, the Appalachian foothills trail all the way to Maine. Sightings since colonial times have been reported up to modern day. Here are some of the best pictures from the internet that we’ve collected.
In New Jersey folklore, the Jersey Devil is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, United States. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations. The common description is that of a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly and often is described as emitting a “blood-curdling scream”.
There have been many claims of sightings and occurrences involving the Jersey Devil.
According to legend, while visiting the Hanover Mill Works to inspect his cannonballs being forged, Commodore Stephen Decatur sighted a flying creature flapping its wings and fired a cannonball directly upon it, to no effect. Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, is also claimed to have witnessed the Jersey Devil while hunting on his Bordentown estate about 1820. During 1840, the devil was blamed for several livestock killings. Similar attacks were reported during 1841, accompanied by tracks and screams.
In Greenwich during December 1925 a local farmer shot an unidentified animal as it attempted to steal his chickens, and then photographed the corpse. Afterward, he claimed that none of 100 people he showed it to could identify it. On July 27, 1937, an unknown animal “with red eyes” seen by residents of Downingtown, Pennsylvania was compared to the Jersey Devil by a reporter for the Pennsylvania Bulletin of July 28, 1937. In 1951, a group of Gibbstown, New Jersey boys claimed to have seen a ‘monster’ matching the Devil’s description and claims of a corpse matching the Jersey Devil’s description arose in 1957. During 1960, tracks and noises heard near Mays Landing were claimed to be from the Jersey Devil. During the same year, the merchants around Camden offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Jersey Devil, even offering to build a private zoo to house the creature if captured.
Lake Champlain Monster
Over the years, there have been over 300 reported sightings of Champ. Legends of a creature living in Lake Champlain date back to Native American tribes in the region. Both the Iroquois and the Abenaki spoke of such a creature. The Abenaki referred to it as “Tatoskok”.
The famous Mansi Family Photo
Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Québec and the lake’s namesake, is often claimed to be the first European to have sighted Champ, in 1609. However, this legend dates back to a fake quote published in the Summer 1970 issue of Vermont Life. In the Vermont Life article, Champlain is alleged to have documented a “20-foot serpent thick as a barrel, and a head like a horse.” This quote has often been repeated, but is in fact apocryphal. Champlain did document monstrous, “five feet long” fish in his journal. He described the fish as having snouts and a “double row of very sharp, dangerous teeth.” However, paranormal researcher Joe Nickell writes that this description most likely refers to a gar (or garfish).
An 1819 report in the Plattsburgh Republican, entitled “Cape Ann Serpent on Lake Champlain”, reports a “Capt. Crum” sighting an enormous serpentine monster. Crum estimated the monster to have been about 187-feet long and approximately two hundred yards away from him. Despite the great distance, he claimed to have witnessed it being followed by “two large Sturgeon and a Bill-fish” and was able to see that it had three teeth and eyes the color of peeled onions. He also described the monster as having “a belt of red” around its neck and a white star on its forehead.
In 1883, Sheriff Nathan H. Mooney claimed that he had seen a water serpent about “20 rods” from where he was on the shore. He claimed that he was so close that he could see “round white spots inside its mouth” and that “the creature appeared to be about 25 to 30 feet in length”. Mooney’s sighting led to many more alleged eyewitnesses coming forward with their own accounts of Champ.
In 1977, Sandra Mansi took a photograph while on vacation with her family that appears to show something sticking out of the lake. The entire bay of the lake where the photograph reportedly was taken is no deeper than 14 feet (4.3 m). According to Joe Nickell, it is unlikely that a giant creature could swim, let alone hide, in such shallow water. It has been suggested that the object in the photograph could possibly be a rising tree trunk or log.
Reports of this beast date back from the 1830’s. The mysterious Altamaha-ha is a river or sea monster that some say lives in the coastal marshes and twisting channels around the mouth of the Altamaha River. It is most often seen in the area around Darien and Butler Island, Georgia. A popular part of the culture and folklore of coastal Georgia, it is one of the most often sighted monsters in North America. The region where the Altamaha-ha is usually seen is a beautiful and mysterious estuary known for its vast marshes, multiple river channels and abandoned 18th and 19th-century rice fields and canals. It seems appropriate that the beast inhabits the waters around Darien, a town founded by Scot Highlanders from the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland.
The original settlers were recruited in 1735 at Inverness, Scotland, a city known for sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. The Highlanders even called their settlement New Inverness before changing the name to Darien.The exact nature of the Altamaha-ha is as mysterious as the domain in which it lives. Some, of course, say it is nothing but floating logs, masses of vegetation or known marine creatures. Believers, however, tell of a 30-foot long animal with flippers like a seal.
The monster made its splash on the national scene in 1981 when a former newspaper publisher named Larry Gwin reported seeing the creature while fishing with his friend, Steven Wilson. They said it had two big humps about five feet apart and left behind a wake like that of a speedboat.When newspapers across the country ran stories about the sighting, other witnesses began to come forward. Harvey Blackman of Brunswick, for example, said he had seen the creature in the 1970s. He said it had a snake-like head and was 15-20 feet long and that he had seen it at a point called “Two
Way” on the Altamaha River.
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