What are some interesting theories about Bigfoot

These monsters are supposed to be lurking all over the world!

From TRAVELBOOK | May 18, 2016, 4:44 p.m.

In August it is said to be particularly fond of showing itself, the Loch Ness monster, which has been terrifying travelers and inspiring fantasies since 565. But Nessie is not the only monster in the world whose existence is repeatedly asserted and of course never really disproved. TRAVELBOOK asked around - and put together a world map of the monsters.

Are you planning a trip to the jungle of South America or the wilderness of Africa and are you afraid of the wild animals that you might encounter there? Then let it be said: These are comparatively harmless to the monsters that are also supposed to lurk there - if you believe the reports of locals and travelers. Apparently, the Nessie monster has numerous relatives around the world. TRAVELBOOK introduces them.

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The Mongolian death worm

If one believes the numerous descriptions of the Mongolian nomads, Allghoi Khorkhoi, also known as the "Mongolian death worm", has a worm-shaped, soft body and smooth, bright red skin. It is said to be over half a meter long and as thick as a man's arm. The worm is said to live underground in the Gobi desert and is only attracted to the surface by the color yellow or by moist soil. That's why he allegedly killed a Mongolian boy who was playing with a yellow toy box in the sand.

In case of danger, the Allghoi Khorkhoi stands up in front of its victims and sprinkles them with deadly poison that shoots out of its skin. The existence of the Allghoi Khorkoi has of course not been proven. However, the worm could be a reptile, such as a snake. For example, the double or ringed sneaks dig tunnel systems and do not move in a meandering manner, but - similar to earthworms - in an accordion move.

The monster from the Amazon

The Cario Indians are certain: the Mapinguari, a giant monster, lives near the Amazon in the Brazilian rainforest. It should be active at night, weigh up to 272 kilograms - and in addition to plants, the monster probably also eats animals and people. The creature is also invulnerable and bullets simply ricocheted off its body. A whole village has even moved out of fear of the mysterious animal.

Anyone who dares to venture into the Amazon at night can hardly fail to hear the monster, which is up to three meters tall, because its loud roaring brings everything up to the trees that has legs. Researchers assume that the foul-smelling animal is a giant sloth, which was previously believed to have been extinct for 10,000 years.

The reports of the hunters of the Cario Indian tribe about ricochet bullets confirm the researchers in their assumption. Because the giant sloth had pebble-sized pieces of bone embedded in the skin that could possibly slow down a bullet - and thus protect important organs of the sloth.

The creepy goat sucker

The Chupacabra is up to mischief in Latin America. His preferred victims include goats and sheep, but also poultry and other animals. All animals killed have two or three small bite holes and the carcasses are bloodless. According to eyewitness descriptions, the chupacabra was a reptile-like creature with spikes on its back, blood-red eyes and huge fangs.

Some witnesses reported a horrific smell of sulfur, others of battery acid and urine. However, descriptions of the monster have changed over the years: from reptile-like creatures to hairless, dog-like creatures with long vampire teeth. Analyzes of found dead "Chupacabras" showed that they were the remains of coyotes, even if these hairless carcasses did not look like it: The animals no longer had fur because the skin of the wild dogs had been eaten away by mange mites.

Whatever kind of being the chupacabra is, its sightings are increasing: Since 2009, photos and videos of the eerie creature have been appearing in Texas and Oklahoma again and again.

America's giant monkey

The story of the giant monkey roaming the woods is old. Already in the 19th century it was spotted in the mountains of the USA and Canada from time to time. Bigfoot, also known as "Sasquatch" in Canada, is a very hairy, large creature with oversized feet. In 1958, a construction worker discovered such huge footprints on a road construction site in California - and the “Bigfoot hype” took its course.

Since 1967 at the latest, a blurry video (see below) that shows Bigfoot walking through the forest has been puzzling as to whether the creature is a human or a monkey. Always new videos, photos, footprints, hair and skin remnants should prove Bigfoot's existence. To date, none of this “evidence” has been 100 percent real.

Some scientists, however, have no doubt about Bigfoot's existence. For example, Bigfoot is believed to be a descendant of Gigantopithecus, an extinct species of giant ape. One researcher even claims to have filtered Bigfoot's DNA out of a tuft of hair. One thing is certain: as long as new “evidence” keeps popping up, the “Bigfoot” myth will stay alive.

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The monster from Lake Okanagan

The huge monster is said to be up to 14 meters long, have dark green to brownish-black skin, a snake-like body and a head like a sheep. Humps and a split tail are also frequently reported. With this tail, the Ogopogo could beat waves and capsize boats. A single breath from him causes a storm.

The Ogopogo was first observed by Indians in Lake Okanagan in Canada. They called it Naitaka (sea serpent) and initially believed in a demon. When they crossed the lake by canoe, they would throw live chickens to the snake to distract them. From the 1920s, sightings of the Ogopogo became almost commonplace. Like the Indians before, the ferry operators began to get scared and equipped their ferry staff with weapons to be on the safe side.

Researchers explain the creature as a survivor of an extinct species of whale or a relative of the Cadborosaurus, a sea monster on the North Pacific coast. Despite some photos and videos, the existence of the ogopogo could not be clarified. And so “Canada's Nessie” is and will remain a myth in Lake Okanagan.

Myth from the Himalayas

For Bhutanese, the inhabitants of the small kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas, the Yeti is seven feet tall, smells and is very dangerous: Anyone seeing a female Yeti should run downhill because the drooping breasts prevent the female from running down quickly. However, anyone who sees a male yeti should run uphill, as the long hair slows down the chase, writes the Bhutanese writer Tsering Tashi of the creature.

In Europe, the Yeti is best known for the many photos of alleged footprints up to 43 centimeters in length. Some zoologists and also the mountaineer Reinhold Messner take the view that the Yeti, which is described as a kind of giant monkey with an egg-shaped and pointed skull and reddish hair (the Yeti is often depicted with white fur), is one Tibetan brown bear trades. For the people of the Himalayas, the Yeti is and will remain a fact. Some peoples even see him as a kind of deity that should not be questioned.

The Loch Ness Monster

When the Scottish press sinks into its summer slump year after year, it keeps making the headlines: Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. It should look like a sea snake and be up to 20 meters long. However, some witnesses report an elephant-like animal with a curved back and a long trunk. Others speak of camel or horse-like animals. Most people think of Nessie as a kind of dinosaur.

The first known mention of the sea monster was in 565. It describes how a saint saved the life of a man who was attacked by a monster in the River Ness. Nessie only became really famous when the regional newspapers first reported about the monster from the lake in 1933.

The explanations of the researchers for the monster sightings are very different. Some explain the phenomena by seals, logs, or fish swimming close to the surface of the water. Others think that mirages or unusual wave patterns are responsible for the sightings. But whatever is supposed to live in Loch Ness - until you have seen the creature with your own eyes, it is likely to remain a myth that draws tourists to Scotland year after year.

Prophet of misfortune

He was always there. A black figure. The size of a man, with huge wings and bright red eyes. Anyone who sees the Mothman is afraid. But actually you should be much more afraid of what will happen when he leaves. Because the Mothman is considered a prophet of misfortune.

It has reportedly been seen hundreds of times since the 1960s. Usually where a catastrophe occurred shortly afterwards: before the nuclear power plant exploded in Chernobyl, the Banqiao Dam in China collapsed or the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River collapsed. There were eyewitness accounts everywhere, telling of a winged creature that reminded them of an oversized crow or owl.

Some conspiracy theorists believe the Mothman is an alien, a ghost, or an undiscovered species of animal that has been assigned to the mythical creatures, a so-called cryptid. Skeptics, on the other hand, explain the appearance of the mothman as a great owl or sandhill crane. Whether crane or cryptid, one question remains: Would it even be possible that a creature like the Mothman could predict catastrophes?

Legends of the Aborigines

A malevolent figure with a foul stench and feet of considerable size appears again and again in the folk legends of the Aborigines: the Yowie, also known as Yahoo. He has the shape of a great ape and mostly moves on two legs, which is why he is also called the ape-man.

The first confirmed Yowie sighting in Australia was in 1881. Since then, more than 3,200 people have claimed to have seen such an ape-man. He is said to have attacked some, to others he seemed quite peaceful. Nobody photographed him. Only phantom drawings of the giant being exist and the existence of the Yowie is generally classified by experts as extremely unlikely.

The monster in the crater lake

It was first sighted in 1903: the monster from Lake Tianchi (Lake of Heaven) in the Changbai Mountains on the border between North Korea and China. Since then, more than a thousand people have claimed to have seen the monster. But nobody can say what it should look like. Descriptions range from a buffalo-like creature to a snake with a human-like head, gray, smooth skin, and a white ring around its neck.

Many locals consider Lake Tianchi to be sacred and some ancient legends speak of monsters that live in the deep. Videos and photos of the alleged monster are mostly out of focus and only ever show the alleged head of the animal. Nobody has seen the body to this day.

The demon of the swamps

It comes out of the air like a giant bird, is said to be a living pterosaur, a pterosaurus - and has already attacked people in the Jiundu swamps in the Congo several times: the Kongamato, the "boat overwhelming", as the locals call it, since the creature is said to have capsized the fishermen's boats during its hunt. In addition, the animal is said to bring death to anyone who looks at it.

The victims fled the swamps with gaping wounds on their chest and back - and reported of a huge bird with smooth red or black skin and large teeth in its beak. When they were then shown pictures of the prehistoric pterosaur, they got panic and anxiety attacks.

Scientists assume that the sightings could be native stork species or an as yet unclassified large bat. However, cryptozoologists also hold the opinion that a pterosaur could really have survived in the as yet unexplored swamp areas.

The mythical creature from the river

The name may sound cute to our ears, but it triggers fear and horror among the locals in Gambia: Ninki-Nanka is the name of the monster and is described as a dragon-like beast. The mythical creature is said to have the body of a crocodile, the neck of a giraffe and the head of a horse with three horns. It should be between ten and fifteen meters long.

In 2006, a team of researchers set out on a two-week expedition to Gambia to explore the Ninki-Nanka - with no results worth mentioning. And although there are only vague drawings of the monster, the people of Gambia firmly believe in their ninki-nanka.

The dinosaur from the jungle

One of the most exotic and enigmatic creatures in the world is said to live deep in the primeval forests of the Congo. Exotic because the Mokèlé-Mbèmbé is supposed to be larger than an elephant, with a long, thin neck and a small head, on which males even have a horn. Mysterious because the creature is said to resemble the sauropods, a prehistoric dinosaur that has been extinct for 66 million years.

Although it is believed to be a herbivore, the monster also attacks people who invade its territory. In any case, Mokèlé-Mbèmbé is legendary among the pygmies in the Congo Basin. After all, the monster is said to have attacked the tribe's fishermen several times in their small canoes.

Some of the eyewitness accounts could be traced back to confusion with turtles, hippos, crocodiles or snakes. According to another theory, the monster is actually supposed to be a surviving dinosaur. In 2006 an expedition was supposed to clarify the mysterious being. All that the researchers were able to show on their return, however, was only the alleged footprint of a Mokèlé-Mbèmbé, cast in plaster.

Monsters with a weakness for fishermen

Since 2007 people have been disappearing regularly in Lake Chany in Siberia, mostly fishermen. Eyewitnesses report that a large monster with a long neck, huge tail and resemblance to a giant snake pulled the men down. The resemblance to the Scottish Nessi was particularly noticeable in the descriptions of the creature - which is why the Russian media christened the supposed sea monster with the name Nesski.

A total of 19 unexplained deaths are already attributed to Nesski. Most of the missing people are still lost in the depths of Lake Chany. Incidentally, it is only 2.2 meters deep on average. So it shouldn't be difficult to find the monster - if it really exists.

Beings from space

Small green creatures with oversized heads, dangerous figures with long tentacles or lonely, friendly creatures like E.T. - pictorial representations of unknown beings from space, so-called Aliens, are there many. However, nothing is known about their existence so far. But researchers keep coming across planets similar to Earth. Living beings in space would definitely be possible.

And that leaves plenty of room for speculation. Didn't an unidentified alien flying object crash in Roswell? And if people sometimes disappear without a trace - have they been kidnapped by aliens? Questions that have preoccupied many people for a long time, because aliens are just as unreal as they are fascinating.

Of course there are many different ideas about the monsters. We have therefore collected various drawings and pictures of the monsters described here on the social media platform Pinterest - made according to reports from eyewitnesses and monster hunters. Here you come to the TRAVELBOOK pin board.

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