Region of origin: Likouala swamplands, central Africa
The Bobangi and other nearby Central African tribes have mentioned a massive reptilian creature described as being some fifty feet in length inhabiting the larger bodies of water of the swamps around Likouala, comparing it to a massive crocodile or to other local lake monsters of cryptozoological fame such as the nguma-monene or mokèlé-mbèmbé, the latter said to inhabit Lake Tele also in the Likouala region. Some cryptozoologists assume it may be a giant crocodile, or an extant member of one of their prehistoric ancestors such as the deinosuchus, however descriptions which say it is similar to but distinct from a crocodile have led some to propose it may actually be a unidentified species related to the mosasaur that has adapted to living in fresh water.
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Region of origin: Claveria, Masbate Province, The Philippines
The agreed upon details of the Masbate Monster cryptid are the decomposing body of a strange creature washed ashore and was taken by the man who discovered it and sold to a butcher before it could be properly identified. Beyond that, details are murky or contradictory; witnesses gave its size ranging from twenty to forty feet long, and it was alternatively described as cow- or calf-like, a giant eel, a plesiosaur-like animal or a shell-less turtle. Though they were never able to observe the carcass directly, some experts suggest it, like many large globsters, may have been an orca or basking shark, deformed or too badly decomposed to be recognizable.
Originally posted on Tumblr on July 29, 2016
Region of origin: Atacama Desert, Chile
Sighted by motorists on the roads of the deserts of northern Chile, witnesses have described encountering a large, bipedal creature crossing the road and approaching their vehicles. In the early Eighties, it was described as kangaroo-like, then in the Nineties it was said to more conclusively resemble the velociraptors from Jurassic Park, leading cryptozoologists to surmise it may be a surviving dromaeosaur of some kind. However, like the chupacabra turning from a winged reptilian figure to a canid beast as new information was absorbed into the folklore, as our understanding of the dinosaurs themselves changed so too did the Arica monster: those intent on preserving the idea of an extant dinosaur changing their depictions to include feathers and bird-like features while others maintain the earlier accounts of a more distinctly reptilian creature.
Originally posted on Tumblr on July 5, 2016
Region of origin: Cameroon
In late 2000, researchers hunting down leads of the Mokele-mbembe learned from tribes they spoke to of another potential cryptid in the area: the ngoubou, a local word for “rhinoceros,” but also described as a similar but different horned animal, larger and with a frill of six horns around the back of its head. Members of the tribe provided them with a drawing that greatly resembled a styracosaurus, and that one had been killed by the tribe’s hunters as recently as the lifetime of the previous generation, but noted that the population had been in decline and encountering the creatures had become increasingly rare.
Originally posted on Tumblr on June 15, 2016
Region of origin: Pukehina Beach, New Zealand
A strange, large marine animal whose body had washed up on the shores of northern New Zealand. Heavily decayed, identification was difficult; based on photographic evidence it was suggested by researchers it could most likely be an orca but many maintain that it more resembled a species of basilosaurus, an extinct genus of proto-whales.
Originally posted on Tumblr on June 5, 2016
Region of origin: Southern Africa
Associated with a Zulu river deity of the same name, the Mamlambo is a cryptid whose various descriptions broadly add up to a elasmosaur-like animal, as well as being said to possess a faint green glow and a penchant for sucking out the brains of its victims. A rash of drowning deaths in 1997 were popularly attributed to being the work of Mamlambo.
Originally posted on Tumblr on March 30, 2016
Region of origin: Java, Indonesia
A cryptid from the Javan jungles alternatively described as a giant bat (possibly related to the olitau or kongamato), a bat-like primate or an extant pterosaur, named after its distinctive call. No evidence outside of a few eyewitness accounts of attacks in the night exist; many believe it was an owl misidentified or exaggerated in the panic of the moment.
Originally posted on Tumblr on March 3, 2016
Region of origin: Republic of the Congo
A semi-aquatic creature with algae-lined planks along its back familiar to tribes in western Central Africa, modern cryptozoologists believe Mbielu-Mbielu-Mbielu to likely be one of Africa’s numerous extant dinosaur cryptids, possibly a kentrosaur, who were once indigenous to the region.
Originally posted on Tumblr on October 9, 2015