CryptidQuest the series - Season 1

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In 1925,

Dr. Ernest Bartels is exploring a waterfall on the slopes of the Salek Mountains in Java when a giant unknown bat, the Ahool, flies directly over his head.

Two years later in 1927, around 11:30 pm, Dr. Ernest Bartels encountered the Ahool again, this time he was lying in bed, listening to the sounds of the jungle when he suddenly hears the distinct cry “ahOOOooool”.

Grabbing his torch, Dr. Bartels ran out of his hut in the direction the sound seemed to be heading. As he would recall many years later, he was transfixed on the sound, not because he did not know what produced it, but rather because he did, the Ahool.

At one time, Bartels had suggested that perhaps the creature was not a bat, but possibly a very large owl. This theory did not sit well with others who assured him in no uncertain terms that they were more than capable of distinguishing a bat from a bird.

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One of its earliest sightings was reported in 1936 when a night watchman, Mark Schackelman, was on his nightly shift at St. Colleta, a Catholic Convent. Around midnight he reported seeing the creature atop a Native American burial mound clawing at the earth with its hands. It quickly fled after it realized it had been seen. The second night Schackelman again found the creature clawing at the top of the burial mounds. This time however, instead of fleeing, it stood up and faced Schackelman.

It was hunaoid in appearance but with a dog like muzzle, prominent fangs, and pointed ears. For all intense and purposes it apeared to be a werewolf. Again, it turned and fled, and that would have been the end of the story if 50 years later the sightings didn’t begin again.

1989, Lorianne Endrizzi while driving on Bray Road just outside Elkhorn, Wisconsin around 1:30am sees what she thinks is a man croutched down by the side of the road. As she slowed down to get a better look the figure stood and turned and Larianne understood at that moment she was looking upon the legendary Beast of Bray Road.

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In the swamps and waterways of Austrlalia there is said to lurk a creature from Aboriginal myth and legend. It is commonly know as the “bunyip”. When translated loosely from the Wemba-Wemba language its name means “devil” or “evil spirit”.

The description of the bunyip is so varied it is near impossible to define. While one description speaks of a dog faced creature with a horse-like tail, walrus-like tusks, and a duck like-bill, another claims it is a more snake like beast. Still, others claim that it is in fact a remenant population of a thought to be extinct prehistoric marsupial, Diprotodon Australis.

The first reported sighting was in 1818 when James Meehan and explorer Hamilton Hume both found enormous bones in Lake Bathurst, Australia. They described the creature as being similar to a manatee or hippopotamus. While the descriptions of the bunyip may vary, all witnesses agree that it is some sort of aquatic mammal. Sightings still continue today.

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In Wales there is a mythical tale of a huge mastiff or black wolf with blazing red eyes. This is “The Black Dog of Wales", or the “the Dog of Darkness”, or sometimes called “The Dog of Destiny”. Legend says that the Gwyllgi stalks lonely travelars at night on dark deserted roads. It continues, that anyone who hears the beast’s howl, or looks into its fiery glowing eyes will be paralized with fear. There have been many sighting of this beast in the north east of Wales, specifically, the Nant y Garth pass located near Llandegla in Denbighshire. It has even been spotted as far away as Marchwiel in Wrexham and as to this day there are still many sighting of this fearsome creature.

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Creeping through the Congolese jungles of Africa is said to be an unknown species of arachnid. The local natives claim that it resembles a tarantula and is brownish in color.

It is said to dig a shallow tunnel under a trees roots and cover the entrance with a large bed of leaves. It then extends an almost invisible web between the burrow and a nearby tree. It then sets up a network of trip lines to alert the spider to the presence of prey. Once a line is tripped the J’ba Fofi chases its hapless victim into the waiting web. It is very similar to the entrapment used by some species of trap-door spiders.

In fact it resembles a common tarantula in many ways. except that it is enormous as it is claimed it has a leg span of 3 feet and are even said to feast upon small antelope!

The local natives claim that it once was very common but in recent years it has become very rare. Encroachment by civilization has driven the spider from its natural habitat.

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In the Mwinlunga district’s Jiudu swamps of Western Zambia, Angola and Congo is sadi to lurk a creature from a by gone epoch. The kongamato, with its large leathery wings, featherless body, and narrow head is said to resemble a pterosaur.

In his 1923 book, Witchbound Africa, Frank Milland describes a dangerous aggresive creature that lives along rivers attacking people and boats alike. Hence its name kongamato which means “breaker of boats”.

In 1956 an engineer named J. P. F. Brown reported seeing the creature at Fort Rosebery in Zambia (at the time it was known as Northern Rhodesia). Brown claimed to have seen 2 own the creatures slowly flying directly over him.

The following year at a hospital in Fort Rosebery a man arrived with a severe wound to his chest that he reported had been given to him by a large bird-like creature. When asked to draw a picture of the thing that had attacked him, the man allegedly drew pterosaur.

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Off the cost of Norway and Greenland is said to dwell the “The Kraken”. No creature of maritime legend was more feared by ancient sailors.

Early descriptions of the Kraken told of a creature so large it would be mistaken by sailors for an island. Even as late as 1752, the Bishop of Bergen, Erik Ludvigsen Pontoppidan, wrote in The Natural History of Norway that the kraken was "incontestably the largest Sea monster in the world" with a width of one and a half miles. The Bishop also noted that the colossal beast had starfish like extremities, but these weren’t the most dangerous aspect of the creature. Instead, due to its utterly gigantic size , any time the beast submerged beneath the water it would generate a whirlpool that would smallow vessels whole.

Later legends would downsize the beast considerably. They tell instead of a creature that could reach to the top of a ship's highest mast with its tentacles. These same limbs would wrap around the hulls of ships before capsizing them.

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In Austro-Bavarian Alipne folklore there is a tale of a bipedal, horned, half-goat, half-demon who during Christmas season punishes naughty misbehaving children.

Originally thought to have been a symbol of pagan legend and by the 17th century he had been incorporated into Christian winter celebrations. In many places he was paired with St. Nicholas as a kind of “anti-Santa”.

After the Austrian Civil War of 1934 the Christian Social Party banned any and all traditions involving the Krampus. In fact, it wouldn’t be until the end of the century that the Krampus began to find an attention that is still enjoys today.

This new found popularity has lead to a few and very rare Krampus sightings, but none have ever been substantiated.

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Known as Loch Ness. Within its dark waters is said to live a legendary creature known world wide as the Loch Ness Monster.

The descriptions of the creature vary. Some believe it is a remnant population of long thought extinct species of plesiosaur, a long necked aquatic dinosaur that is thought to have died out 66 million years ago. Others believe the beast to be perhaps a giant unknown species of eel, while others claim it is no more that a large catfish.

Tales of a creature living in the loch date back 1,500 years, but the modern era began on May 2, 1933 when the Newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface”. And instantly the monster of the loch was a global sensation. One particular circus even offered a reward of 20,000 pound sterling for the creatures capture. A sum worth well over 1,000,000 pounds in todays money.

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Legends about the caecilian creature date back centuries, to a time before white men settled the shores of the Little Miami River. In the last years of the 17th century, the native Twightwee people warned early French explorers about a river demon they called the Shawnahooc.

The terrifying water devil had features of both a frog and a man, minus a nose or any sort of hair. Its skin was dark and bumpy, with a wrinkled yet slimy appearance. The Shawnahooc guarded the river’s banks, chasing away any and all who stumbled uninvited onto its territory. The creature was thought to be immortal and if injured, it would simply sink back into the cool waters of the Little Miami.

The Shawnahooc legend was passed down from generation to generation. The residents of the area (later known as Loveland) dubbed the cryptid “The Loveland Frog.” Modern day reports can be traced back as far as the early 1920s, but the most intriguing eyewitness account appeared in 1955.

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15.9 to 2.6 million years ago lived Megalodon. A shark so large it could expand its jaws to engulf an elephant whole. Despite no evidence proving these titanic beasts are still swimming our ocens today, there have been disturbing reports to the contrary.

In 1918 fishermen off the coast of Australia refused to return to the ocean after a massive shark destroyed their gear. All the men reported a shark as long as the 115 foot wharf they were standing on. Also they claimed it was ghostly white as if it had been living at tremedous depths far from any light.

In 1960, again off the ghost of Australia, the captain of a 55 foot long fishing boat reported seeing a shark similar to the one reported in 1918.

In 2014 a 9 foot Great White shark that had been tagged by scientists for study just off the coast of Australia dissapears after only 4 months. The tag was found washed ashore. The data in the tag showed the Great White had suddenly either dove or was dragged to the tremendous depth of 1,900 feet. The temperture rose 32 degrees, indicating that the shark and tag had been devoured by a larger predator. The tag took 8 days to leave the body of whatever ate that shark.

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dessert speak of a creature capable of spitting a yellow corrosive acid and generating bolts of electricity. Its native name is "Olgoi-Khorkhoi”, which means “intestine worm”, called such due to its being 2-7 feet long, thick bodied, and red in color.

The creature first came to attaention in the west as a result of Roy Chapman Andrew’s 1926 book On the Trail of Ancient Man. There he mentions that even though none of the Mongolian officials he spoke to had ever seen the beast, they all firmly believed in its existence.

Until 1990 Mongolia was under Soviet control, so discovering the truth was extremely difficult. It was’t even until recent years that investigators even began looking for evidence of its existence. Over these last few years numerous investigations have been made and still no evidence exists for this cryptid.

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November 1966 - December 15, 1967
Point Pleasant, West Virgina

The legend of Mothman began as numerous sightings of a winged nightmare around what the locals called "the TNT area", a former WWII munitions plant & wildlife sanctuary.

Witnesses described a being 7 ft tall with the legs of a man & wings that spanned 10+ feet. Most haunting were the creature's red glowing eyes seemingly set in its chest as it had no discernible head.

Over the span of just over a year, the creature was spotted again and again by the locals.

On December 15, 1967 the Silver Bridge in Point Plesant collapsed killing 46 people. With this, the Motorman sightings stopped which lead to the rise in the theory that the Mothman was an omen of sorts warning of the tragidy.

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In the last few years, the Japanese people have begun to speak in hushed whispers of colossal humanoids that lived in the icy waters of the Antacrtic.

Ghostly white in color, and measuring a staggering 20 to 30 meters, these bizarre creatures are said to resemble human in form with legs, arms, and ever some claim the have 5 fingered hands. Other reports speak of a a large mermaid-like tail instead of legs, and even in some rare incidencess some even claim to see tenticles like a squid. The only visible facial features are eyes and a mouth.

To date, there is no physical evidence to prove the existence of such a creature and since most the sightings take place at night, skeptics claim the witnesses are simply misidentifying whales or floating ice.

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The Orang Pendek, also known as the Uhang Pandak, is said to be a bipedal ape living in the jungles of the island Sumatra.

Described as an ape of 3 to 5 feet in height, with long hair that ranges in color from gray, to black, to a reddish brown, to a honey color. It is never spotted in trees like a monkey, but instead it is usually spotted walking upright on the jungle floor more like a gorilla or other sasquatch type cryptids.

The locals claim that it often raids their fields to steal their crops, and it is especially fond of potatoes and asian Durian fruit.

Both Western visitors as well as natives to Sumatra have claimed to see the upright walking creature, and have even found hair and tracks.

After analysis by the Copenhagen University the samples were said to suggest a new species of unknown upright orangutan.

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The myths and legends of many of the Native America tribes of the pacific Northwest and the great Lakes regions speak of giant birds of prey so large that the flapping of its wings caused thunder and lightning flashed from its eye. It was said to be so large that the creatures could carry away a man.

Most of these tales could be dismissed as simple folklore. Stories created by a superstitious people to explain the natural world around them, but people have been reporting gaint birds since settlers began venture further west into the United States and Canada.

July 25, 1977Three boys were playing outside in a residential backyard in Lawndale, Illinois. Two large birds approached and chased the boys. Two of the boys escaped unharmed but the thirdwasn’t so lucky. One of the giant birds reportedly clamped down unto his shoulder with is talons and lifted the boy 2 feet off the ground and carried him for some distance before the struggling boy broke free. Many have dismissed the story as urban legend.

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Standing nearly 15 feet tall, weighing 6.5 tons, and armed with 16 foot long tusks, the woolly mammoth once roamed North America, Europe, and Northern Asia. Although it was said to have met with extinction 10,000 to 4,000 years ago, there are still modern reports of hunters claiming to have met "huge hairy elephants" in Russia's Ural Mountains as well as the frozen steppes of Siberia.

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The world of cryptozoology is not limited to the pursuit of unknown fauna, but includes also the realm of flora as is evident with the ya-te-veo. The name translates as “I-see-you-already” and refers to a plant that is said to not only catch and consume large insects, but also feasts on man.

From Central and South America , with reports of similar plants in Africa as well as growing along the shores of the Indian Ocean, the Ya-te-veo is described as a plant with a thick short trunk like that of a tree. From the top extend long tendril-like appendages which work by siezinging prey and coiling around it, crushing and strangling its victim.

Some reports even claimed it had a crude eye with which to locate its prey.

In 1881, the German explorer Carl Liche told the tale of a demonically inteligent tree that feasted upon the members of the Mdoko tribe of Madagascar. A tree known as the ya-te-veo.

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The scientific community generally regards the Yeti, given the lack of any conclusive evidence, as nothing more than folklore and legend. Despite this, the Yeti remains one of the most famous cryptid creatures in the world.

In pre-Buddhist times, the Himalayan people that inhabited the area were said to worship a “Glacier Being”. It was said to be a wild man whoose blood was used incertain rituals and mystical ceremonies.

In 1832, James Prinsep’s Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal published an account by B.H. Hodgson, a trekker in nothern Nepal, in which he describes spotting a large bi pedal creature covered in long dark hair. Hodgson believed it was an orangutan.

But it would not be until the 1950s, following several expeditions, that the Yeti would become a global sensation and eventually earn its nickname “the abominable snowman”.

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