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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 11/16-11/22, 2014

This is the second "Cryptids of the Week". I posted last week's earlier this week, and these are the two cryptids of the week for Nov. 16 thru 23, 2014.

Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster(also called Nessie) seen in Loch Ness, Scotland, is probably the best known cryptid after the Sasquatch(Bigfoot.) The first sighting of this monster occurred in 565 AD, when St. Columba drove it away as it tired to eat one of his followers. Sightings of Nessie really took off in the 1930, and several famous photos were taken. the most famous of these, the Surgeon's Photo, turned out to be a hoax. 
Lots of people started looking for Nessie in the '50s and '60s. The people included Constance Whyte, Roy Mackal, Tim Dinsdale, and others. To this day no one really knows what the monster is, although the most common theory to hear is that it is a surviving plesiosaur.


Many people think Nessie is a surviving plesiosaur, like
the one pictured here

Snallygaster

The snallygaster is a flying beast said to live in Maryland and surrounding areas. Early German immigrants of the area told stories of the "Schneller Geist" which means "quick spirit" in German. The name eventually changed to Snallygaster. the beast is usually decried as being half-bird and half-reptile, with a metallic beak, sharp teeth, and tentacles. The creature is also supposed to be able to suck the blood out o fits victims. Seven pointed stars ware painted on the sides of barns to keep the snallygaster away. Some barns still have stars painted on them today. 


Snallygaster terrorizing farmers


I already put up a poll that need next week so all you readers can pick next week's Cryptids of the Week if you want to. Please select two of the four listed. If No one votes I will choose them myself.

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