Cryptids—or “hidden creatures”—are a category of elusive animal reported across the world. They are a fascinating topic, and a comprehensive list seems impossible to create as sightings and descriptions vary wildly, implying the possibility of countless species and subspecies.
Legendary creatures such as the Loch Ness monster (Nessie), Mothman, the Abominable Snowman, and Chupacabra are all interesting cryptids, but there is not enough proof whether to confirm or deny the legitimacy of reports made by witnesses who have seen them.
Many cryptids have been sighted, but there are no reliable photographic or video records to prove their existence. Additionally, traditional science has been unable to explain many of these sightings. In most instances, it’s likely that conventional explanations for these animals are far more likely. For example, it’s very unlikely that Nessie is just a large sturgeon swimming underneath a mud flat along the Loch Ness shoreline.
Rarely do cryptids prove fathomable, but they do inspire regard. There could be an incredible number of strange cryptids out there in the wild somewhere on Earth; all we know is that we haven’t found them just yet.