There are plenty of animals that we see every day like dogs, cats, rodents, and birds, but some are so rarely seen that we describe them as mythical. Some of them seem so strange that they shouldn’t be real. From the Loch Ness monster to Kraken, here are 20 mythical creatures that were only seen once. In this article, we will explore these creatures and the stories behind them.
The Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, is an ape-like creature that allegedly lives in Asia’s Himalayan mountain range. Many people have tried to gather evidence to suggest that the Yeti is real, but so far, we only really have anecdotal evidence. We’ve heard about visual sightings from people, video recordings that are sketchy at best, blurry photographs, and footprint plaster casts that could be any number of large animals or just faked altogether. Some of the best alleged sightings have since been debunked, and we’re actually no closer to knowing whether the Yeti is a mythical creature or the real deal.
It’s believed that the idea of the Yeti comes from Sherpa folklore and that someone misidentified a yak, bear, or other large creature somewhere along the line. The Yeti is described similarly to Bigfoot in North America, so the two are often closely compared. Some people who say they’ve seen this mythical creature describe it as being large and bipedal with brown, gray, or white fur and long sharp teeth. The frequency of supposed sightings started increasing around the 20th century when westerners began scaling mountains. People reported seeing strange tracks of odd creatures, and it kicked off large-scale efforts of people heading out into the wilderness just to see if they could find the Yeti. We still haven’t gotten any solid proof to say that it exists.
- Loch Ness Monster
People don’t really talk about the Loch Ness Monster in North America, but if you were to pay a visit to Scotland and ask people what there is to do as a tourist, learning about this creature would be recommended more than once. The Loch Ness Monster, which locals call Nessie, is a Scottish folklore creature that allegedly inhabits the Loch Ness freshwater lock in the Scottish Highlands. It’s described as a long-necked, large creature with at least one or more humps and a very secretive nature. Since no one has ever been able to get a decent picture of something there, it sure actually exists.
The story of Loch Ness began in the 1930s when the Courier published information about an alleged sighting by someone called George Spicer. After his account was published, countless letters were sent to the newspaper detailing other sites of dragons, sea serpents, and a monster fish. Everyone eventually agreed on the name Loch Ness Monster, and since the 1940s, it’s been called Nessie.\
Although the earliest reports of the Loch Ness Monster date back much earlier to the 1930s, an abbot of Iona Abbey called Adamnon wrote an account in the 6th century AD, talking about the Irish monk Saint Columbia encountering locals burying a man by the River Ness.
The man had been seen swimming in the river when he was attacked by a water beast that mauled him and dragged him under the water. Ever since then, there have been dozens of alleged sightings, but most of these supposed sightings have been proven to be other things like bird lakes, a Greenland shark, a Welsh catfish, and even birds that have had their heads and necks mistaken for parts of the Loch Ness Monster.
The monitor lizards we have today are terrifying enough, but can you believe that some used to exist that were even larger and scarier? They were called.