10 Best Places To Spot A Mythical Creature

So you have some time off work and you decided to go on an adventure and find a mythical creature (or to be precise a cryptid) that the scientific community refuses to accept. Sounds legit. But where should you go? You can’t just look for it anywhere, that would be crazy. So let me focus you on some hot spots where you can gain your world recognition

1. Nessie in Loch Ness, Scotland – Nessie the famous Loch Ness monster became world famous in the 1930s. The famous monster lives in the large deep Loch Ness in Scotland and often argued to be a relic from the dinosaurs age. Despite countless sightings and even videos and photos that supposedly support the existence of the Nessie, no real proof was ever introduced. The sightings are dismissed as misidentifications (of logs, debris or other animals) and wishful thinking, and some of the photos and videos have been proven to be hoaxes. Nevertheless, Nessie continues to intrigue and draw tourist to the peaceful lake

Best Places To Spot A Mythical Creature: Loch Ness, Scotland

Best Places To Spot A Mythical Creature: Loch Ness, Scotland (source: Yamen)

A sculpture of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster

A sculpture of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster

 

2. Yeti in the Himalayas – If looking for Nessie in Loch Ness doesn’t challenge you enough, try looking for Yeti in the Himalayas. The Himalayas mountain range is home to nine of the the ten highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest. The Himalayas mountain range spans mostly over India, Nepal and Bhutan, but also in Tibet and Pakistan. That’s a lot of land to scan for a creature that may or may not exist. The Yeti is said to be a taller than average man-like creature. First tales of the Yeti became known to the western world in the 19th century, but was known to several Himalayan people before that. The scientific community generally regards the Yeti as a legend for the lack of conclusive evidence, but they always do until hard proof is provided

An alleged Yeti scalp in Khumjung monastery - which was proven to be fake

An alleged Yeti scalp in Khumjung monastery – which was proven to be fake (source: Nmnogueira)

 

3. Bigfoot (or Sasquatch) in the forests of North America – Bigfoot or Sasquatch is supposedly a large ape-like animal that walks on two. Numerous sightings have been reported throughout the 20th century, including a world famous video from 1967 taken by Roger Patterson in Bluff Creek, California. Most scientist argue that bigfoot is no more than folklore and dismiss the sightings as misidentifications of other animals like bears, as well as hoaxes

4. Chupacabra, mostly in Latin America – Chupacabra, Spanish for “goat-sucker”, is a legendary animal that attacks livestock, mainly goats, and drinks their blood. Chupacabra is the size of a small bear and has a long row of spines throughout its body. Certainly not your house cat. Sightings have been reported throughout the Americas, but mainly in Latin America. Some cases were proven to be no more than just wolves, foxes, jackals or coyotes, but many other cases remain unexplained

A famous drawing of a Chupacabra based on reports

A famous drawing of a Chupacabra based on reports

 

5. The Jersey Devil in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey – The Jersey Devil lives in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. The description of the Jersey Devil is wild: A kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, a forked tail, oh and a “blood-curdling scream”. Sure. Anyway, if you happen to pass by the Pine Barrens be sure to have your camera with you, or at least have enough battery in your phone. You might get lucky. Or extremely unlucky. Depends how you look at it

A drawing from of the Jersey Devil from the Philadelphia Bulletin, January 1909

A drawing from of the Jersey Devil from the Philadelphia Bulletin, January 1909

 

6. The Mongolian Death Worm in the Gobi Desert – The Gobi desert is a large desert that spans both China and Mongolia. Among other things, the Gobi is allegedly home to the Mongolian death worm. First came to the attention of the western world at the early 20th century, the Mongolian death worm is a bright red worm 2-5 feet (0.6 to 1.5 meters) long, that can spit an acid which is capable of killing a human (which it did many times, obviously). Despite the lack of any evidence, the story of the Mongolian death worm is world famous and has many cultural references and even entire episodes dedicated to the search of the creature

A painting of the Mongolian Death Worm by Pieter Dirkx

A painting of the Mongolian Death Worm by Pieter Dirkx

 

7. The Kraken, off the coasts of Norway and Greenland – The giant legendary sea monster called Kraken is said to live off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The stories of a giant sea monster big and aggressive enough to sink big ships have been told in the region for centuries. Some speculate that the origins of the stories are from giant squids – a massive deep sea animal that is known to reach a maximum size of 13 meters (43 ft) and was only first filmed in nature in 2004. There are many cultural references to the Kraken and the most notable is surely the catchphrase Release the Kraken! from the movie Clash of the Titans

 

A drawing of a Colossal Octopus sinking a boat, by Pierre Denys de Montfort, 1810

A drawing of a Colossal Octopus sinking a boat, by Pierre Denys de Montfort, 1810

 

8. Yowie in the Australian wilderness – Like the Yeti or the Sasquatch, Yowie is a tall and hairy ape-like creature that walks on two. Yowie is much larger than humans and is said to be between 6 to 12 feet (1.8 to 3.6 meters) tall, and just like Bigfoot it leaves behind huge footprints that are sometimes produces as evidence to its existence. Stories of the Yowie origin in the Aboriginal oral history and is considered to be no more than folklore. If you do decide to track down the giant beast, be sure to take a sleeping bag with you. It might take a while

A Statue of a Yowie in Queensland,Australia

A Statue of a Yowie in Queensland,Australia (source: Seo75)

9. Mermaids, any Sea or Ocean – A mermaid has the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Everyone knows that. But are they real? No. But can I go look for one? Sure, why not. Mermaids sightings have been reported for centuries and even thousands of years, including reports by Christopher Columbus. It’s most probable that all those sightings were misidentifications of (take your pick) seals, sea lions, manatees, dolphins, whales, or any other marine life. Another possibility is wishful thinking of bored, perhaps drunk sailors, or just folklore

The famous Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark

The famous Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark. The closest you’ll get to a real mermaid (source: newsoresund)

 

10. Dragons, maybe in Japan – When it comes to Game of Thrones, dragons are a known fact. But outside the show, the existence of dragons is still very much in doubt (even during the winter). Your common everyday dragon resembles a lizard, is huge in dimensions and can produce fire from its mouth. If you happen to be in Japan (and also in Korea and other East Asian countries) you are bound to see many sculptures and painting of dragons, which are part of their culture. If I had to go look for a live dragon, I’d start there

A colorful Dragon sculpture on top of Longshan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan

A colorful Dragon sculpture on top of Longshan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan (source: WikiLaurent)

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