Probably everyone is familiar with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, but how well do you know your more obscure cryptids? Check out the infographic below to learn a little bit about 45 less famous - but still very scary and disturbing! - mythical (but are they really?) creatures from around the world!
Creature Feature Friday: Grootslang!
Yes, it's as weird as it sounds. No, it has nothing to do with Guardians of the Galaxy. Here are 5 interesting details about this hybrid cryptid:
1) Grootslang is a legendary cryptid that is reputed to dwell in a deep cave in the Richtersveld, South Africa, as well as in warm rivers and lakes. According to the legend, Grootslang is as old as the world itself.
2) Grootslang means "big snake," but this mythical being is actually half snake, half elephant. Makes sense, right? Not really - Grootslang is an experiment gone awry, having been a terrible mistake crafted by the gods, who imbued it with too much strength, cunning and intellect. To rectify their mistake, the gods split the Grootslangs in half, creating individual elephants and snakes. But one of their original hybrids escaped to forever terrorize the world - and also hoard treasure.
3) The cave that the Grootslang lives in is known as the "Wonder Hole" or the "Bottomless Pit," and according to local legend is filled with diamonds. As the saying goes, diamonds are a Grootslang’s best friend!
4) Though Grootslang itself is half elephant, it still enjoys luring other elephants into its cave and devouring them for dinner. Incidentally Grootslang does not get invited to many ancestral elephant reunions.
5) If you, a human, are ever caught by the Grootslang, it’ll probably eat you also, because it has a hearty appetite for cruelty. But it may be possible to bargain for your life if you offer Grootslang a substantial amount of precious gems. Because you never leave home without a sack full of those, right?
I AM GROOTSLANG. Do you believe in the legend of Grootslang?
The Grootslang illustrations above were obtained from Monsters Vault. CLICK HERE to view their encyclopedic site of monsters from all over the world!
If you’ve ever watched the show Finding Bigfoot, you may have noticed that the show technically never actually did find Bigfoot. (No riots please!) Through copious hours of camp outs, scenario recreations, and wood knocks, Bigfoot still remained at large.
But maybe the cryptid crew just wasn’t using the right method. Maybe they should have tried the unusual approach that cruise company Portland Spirit is launching this June: tracking Bigfoot for seven straight hours by BOAT!
The Oregon-based attraction will begin taking eager Bigfoot seekers on boat rides through Columbia River Gorge on June 15th. The trip will cover seven hours and 120 miles, all in search of the ever elusive creature! Also included in the aquatic adventure will be fascinating views of the Gorge’s other wildlife, scenes of Multnomah Falls and Portland’s bridges, and a stopover at a restaurant called The Locks Grill for “signature Bigfood bites”! (We haven’t decided yet if that pun is terrible or ingenious. Maybe it’s both.)
AND that’s not all: fans of Finding Bigfoot will be enthused to learn that video recordings of Bigfoot sightings and theories as told by one Cliff Barackman will be played for them for the entire seven hour trip! ‘“Bigfoot is the hide-and-seek champion of the world," writes Aaron Greene, Portland Spirit's marketing director, in a description of the cruise. "With the help of Cliff Barackman from, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, we will try our best to find him."’
Anyone and everyone can enjoy the cryptid cruises through September of this year. And with a little bit of luck and the help of some driftwood knocks, perhaps one boatload of hopeful seekers will spy the Big guy on the shore… or - plot twist! - maybe they’ll discover that Bigfoot is actually aquatic and that’s why he’s been so hard to find! New working theory: Aquasquatch? Either way, the journey through picturesque Columbia River Gorge is sure to be memorable whether or not the hairy man/beast makes an appearance. Share your pictures - and evidence - with us if you make the voyage!
Here’s some more Bigfoot in the media! Earlier we shared that the documentary Paranormal Bigfoot was released this month and available for online viewing! Now we’re pleased to share that one of the former guests of The Confessionals was recently featured on a segment of Pittsburgh Today Live!
Dave Groves, from Episode 45: Bigfoot in Broad Daylight, joined Bigfoot investigator Amy Bue on the Pittsburgh-area show to share his own encounter with the cryptid and to discuss the legendary Sasquatch. Dave and Amy also spoke about Bigfoot at the 34th annual Allegheny Outdoor, Sport and Travel Show at the Monroeville Convention Center following their spot on PTL.
Click HERE to watch this special segment on PTL! Great job to Dave and Amy!
This edition of Creature Feature Friday presents: The Momo!
Check out these 5 details about this bipedal cryptid:
1) "Momo" stands for Missouri Monster, a creature very similar to Bigfoot that is reported to reside in Missouri.
2) Physical attributes of the Momo include: a 6-to-7-foot height, a furry body with hair covering even the eyes, and a large, pumpkin-shaped head. It also smells pretty terrible.
3) The "Missouri Monster Scare" first began in July 1971, when two women saw a "half ape and half man" along Highway 79. It reportedly made strange gurgling noises.
4) Sightings continued through July 1972, and included the findings of several large, three-toed footprints.
5) The Momo also loves dogs - for dinner. During the Missouri Monster scare, several dog graves were found disturbed and surrounded by scattered bones. Once the Momo was even glimpsed carrying a dead dog away under its arm! Yikes.
Would a Bigfoot by any other name still smell as... musky? Skunky? What does a Bigfoot really smell like, anyway? There are still many things we don’t know with certainty about the infamously elusive cryptid, but one thing we do know is that Bigfoot is a phenomenon that has been recognized by diverse cultures on countless occasions throughout history.
As numerous as these cultures are the names by which we call him, from Almas to Yeti to Devil Monkey to Stinkaboo, and so, so many more. Expand your encyclopedic knowledge of Sasquatch by learning a handful of the historical names given to this creature and his possible relatives!
BIGFOOT A TO Z
Albatwitche, the manlike apple stealers (Susquehannock Native)
The Bad Smelling Tree Men (USA, ID, Coeur d'Alene, and WA, Spokane)
Barmanu (northwest Pakistan)
B'gwas (Haisla, Canada, BC)
Big Big Hairy Figure With Eyes Sunk Deep In The Head (n.w. USA, Wakashan, Kwakiutl Tribe)
Big Hairy man, the messenger (USA, Hopi Tribe)
Big Hairy Monster
the Big Man (USA, western SD, Lakota)
Boggy Bill (USA, east TX)
Boqs (s.w. Canada, Bella Coola Tribe)
Brother Who Comes Back Before The Next Very Big Winter (USA, SD, Ogala, Lakota)
the Cannibal Giant (USA, Native American)
the Cannibal, who eats dead people (USA, Na-Dene)
Cave Yeller (USA, KY)
Cer Ra Ca Wa "the turkey eater" (northern Mexico)
Chinese Wild man
Chiye-tanka, great elder brother (n.w. USA, Lakota)
Ci-e (USA, SD, Pine Ridge Res.)
Crying Beast(USA, southern Ohio, 1800s)
Devil Monkey (USA, s.w. OK)
Destroyer Who Breaks Up Houses (USA, Na-Dene)
Doolagahl (Aboriginal Australia)
Doolagarl (Aboriginal Australia)
The Fetid Beast
Gerendel (Old Danish)
Gooligah (Aboriginal Australia)
Hairy Bill (USA, TX)
Hairy Man, Hairy Woman, or Hairy People
"the hairy man (men) who appears as a symptom of disruption" (USA, SD, Lakota)
The Hairy People (USA, KY, Leslie County)
The Hairy Stinka Boo (USA, southern OH)
Hill Monkeys (OK)
Holla Yella (USA, WV)
Holayela (USA, WV and east OH)
Honey Island Monster
Indian Hair Man (USA, WV)
Jacko (Canada, BC)
Jimbra (Aboriginal Australia)
Jingera (Aboriginal Australia)
The Jungle Man (India)
Loup-garou (French for wolf-man)
Long eared Ape
Matlose (w.Canada, Nootkas Tribe)
Mande Burung (India)
Monkey Man (USA, OK)
Momo, Mo Mo (USA, short for 'Missouri Monster')
Nguoi rung (Asia)
Ngui Rung (Vietnamese)
Nolem or Dog Eaters (USA, Nadene)
Noocoonah (Aboriginal Australia)
Nuk-Luk (North America)
Nun Yunu Wi
Oh-mah (USA, NE)
Old Hairy Bill (TX)
Old Yellow Top (Canada, Ontario)
Old Ones Who Cry
Old Ones Who Run At Night
Old Skunky Bill (USA, east TX)
Opie (USA, TN and NC)
Orang Pendek (Oceania, Sumatran)
Ot-ne-yar-hed, the giants (north eastern USA, Iroquoian)
Pecos Bill (in the original TX legend he was huge and hairy!)
Quinken (Aboriginal Australia)
Red Eyes (Aboriginal Australia)
Rugaru (USA, ND, Ojibway)
Sasquatch, or sε´sq'əč (Halkomelem, A Salishan language, southwest British Columbia)
Seatco, the Wicked Giant (n.w. USA, native Nusqually)
St' Iyahama (USA, OR, Umatilla)
Tah-tah-kle'-ah or Owl-Woman Monster (n.w. USA, Yakama and Shasta Indians)
Tsek Etinu's (USA, Na-Dene)
Tsiatko Giants (n.w.USA, native)
Stsomu'lamux (USA, Na Dene)
Taku he (native American, Lakota )
Tano Giant (Africa)
Tree Men (USA, ID, Coeur d'Alene, and WA, Spokane)
Tjandara (Aboriginal Australia)
Tha-tha Kla-yah-ma (n.w. USA, Yakama )
Thoolagal (Aboriginal Australia)
Tobi Juan In The Wood (USA, Ark., Tenn.)
Tsawane'it Emux (USA, Nadene)
Tse'nahaha (USA, Paiute)
Tso'apittse (USA, Nevada)
Ucumar (Latin America)
Weendego (USA, central to north-eastern, Ojibwa)
Wendigo (Algonquian, central to north-eastern USA)
Windego (northern USA)
Wetiko (central to north-eastern USA)
Wihalaid, the Cannibal Beast (USA, Na-Dene)
Windago (central to north-eastern USA)
Windikouk (central to north-eastern USA)
the Wigidokowok People(n.w. USA, Native)
Wild Man Uncle (n.w. USA, Nehalem)
Wild Man Of Borneo
Woods Child (USA, Ohio, 1800s)
Woods Booger (southeastern USA)
Woods Devils (USA, NH, Coos county)
Yaroma (Aboriginal Australia)
Yeahoh (USA, KY, Algonkian)
Yellow Top (Canada, Ontario)
The Jungle Man’s monikers are as plentiful as Booger sightings around the world! But did you notice our Albatwitche alphabet is still a little incomplete? If you know any names for the Grass Man beginning with the letters V, X, or Z, (or any other names not listed above) comment below so we can update our list!
Does Bigfoot really exist? And if so, what is Bigfoot? Bilco Productions, the creator of “Cultured Bigfoot”, is back to answer these questions with the second film in their Bigfoot trilogy, “Paranormal Bigfoot”!
The documentary, releasing this winter, will explore theories about the existence of Sasquatch, from flesh and blood creature to alien being to spiritual entity. The film will also feature interviews with some of the top names in the Bigfoot research field as they share their theories about the elusive cryptid.
Check out the teaser trailer for “Paranormal Bigfoot” below!
Are you excited for the next edition of this Bigfoot series? Comment below!
In this quick clip, oil workers have allegedly captured a large creature hurling an aspen tree from the edge of the woods. Because of the creature's appearance, wooded location, and show of physical strength, the video seems to naturally beg the question: "Is it Bigfoot?"
Skeptics will be quick to point out that this footage is characteristically blurry, like many Bigfoot sightings caught on film. But if it's legitimate evidence, then it's an awesome capture of the power and personality of an awesome cryptid!
So - is it Bigfoot? An angry, dextrous bear? Clever CGI? Check out the video below to draw your own conclusion, or click here to take a look at ThinkerThunker's extended analysis!
This blog post has been shared with permission from Linda Godfrey. Her original posting is available on her blog site, Linda Godfrey's Blog. Thank you, Linda, for allowing The Confessionals to share this blog entry!
"In my previous blog post, I shared the encounter of a Michigan man who was confronted by a wolf-like creature sitting on the roof of his house, watching him. In the following report, we will see that it may not be any comfort to an eyewitness to be the one sitting on the roof, as dogmen don’t appear to see that amount of height as any barrier. Tina Cole gave permission to use her name and a sketch that she drew. In her own words, only slightly edited:
''Bear with me here, because i’m trying to paint a mental picture for you:
I guess I should start by saying that the only people who know about this is my immediate family, my fiance (who’s encouraged me to contact you) and the person who witnessed this with me. This happened back in 2001. I was only 8 yrs. old at the time, my friend who was with me at the time was 7.
We were both very small.
I remember it was early August, and I lived/ live in a semi-inner city in Michigan, next to a very large park. At the time, my friend and I had decided it was a great idea to play in my very big back yard at night, because the neighbors had a bonfire going. It just barely lit that portion of my yard through a bunch of trees.
We had climbed onto the shed via the neighbor’s fence and a propped board. I mention this because it’s nearly impossible to climb to this day, being an adult. (I can send size comparison photos if you’d like. or a drawing if it would be easier.)
Anyway, we had our feet dangling off of the shed, with our backs facing toward the park. And without a word, my friend had jumped off of the highest part of our shed (which we were never able to do, I mean he practically flew) and headed straight for the house. After a long few seconds I turned around to see why he ran, and there was this thing. It looked half dog and half human, there’s really no other way to describe it.
It had to have been over 8 ft. high (the height of the shed) and its reaching length was over 4 ft. Its ears alone had to have been a foot long, at least, and its eyes did that thing a cat’s eyes do when light reflects on them in the dark. Its hand was inches away from my ankle. Very, very hairy body. It was basically a dog. I don’t exactly remember the color of it, if it even had a color, but I do remember that whatever this was, was standing from the ground because we didn’t have a chain link fence, it was all parallel wood that you couldn’t stand on,) and it was MASSIVE. So tall that I could see [it] from its middle torso and up. That was literally the fastest I’ve ever rolled away, I don’t even remember how I got down. Ran inside and told our parents. We had no idea what it was at the time so I vaguely remember telling my mom that there was a tall man outside with a very hairy arm and big ears.
All of the adults went outside really quick to check, but I guess they never found anything. To this day I’m still afraid of the fact that even if what I saw was a man in a VERY elaborate, A-movie horror costume, I was still almost abducted. Since then my mom has become a bit of a fanatic about it. Its caused me a lot of anxiety problems. My friend and I never mentioned it after that night, and we’ve since grown apart.
I’ve tried to get in contact with him so I could have some outside perspective and opinion, so I know I’m not crazy, but to no avail.
(Second letter, in answer to my questions)
I’m so incredibly sorry it has taken me so long to respond, I know you’re probably very busy and I don’t mean to waste your time. I can give you a pretty detailed sketch.
There are many woods where I’m from, I’m surrounded by a very large, heavily wooded park, along with woods directly in front of the house. However, it’s an urban area, so I think that’s one of the reasons I’m afraid to tell anyone, because it seems like the most unlikeliest of places for this to happen. Everything is pretty dilapidated. Buildings, railroads, actual roads, you name it. But no matter where you go, there a deer everywhere around my neighborhoods. It’s a huge problem.
You can absolutely share my encounter. I need people to know. No anonymity necessary.
As far as other details go I can tell you the color of the fur must have been some shade of brown, because it wasn’t immediately noticeable, but it wasn’t too dark to see the figure at night. And quiet. Everything was so quiet and it didn’t make any noise. The next I can do is send you this drawing, which I will do, and a photo of the shed for size comparison, if it helps. I mean, because describing it just isn’t enough.'
I’m not sure why Tina didn’t offer the name of the urban area where she was located (and evidently still lives). She may not wish to have her home’s location made public, as is her right. I have two other quick comments about the creature reported. First, regarding its height of 8 1/2 feet, that is quite high compared to most estimates of dogman size, but not unheard of. It may have been that everything seems larger to a small child, but she still lives at the place and so is able to make her estimation of its height as a grown person, too.
I also thought about the fact that she said it was very quiet, and that does make sense if it was sneaking up quietly on possible prey. And that adds another layer of fright to the story, which, as an example of a large, unknown predator stalking semi-urban areas just as bears and packs of coyotes often do these days, is already quite scary enough."