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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cryptids of the Week: 2/15 - 2/21, 2015

Welcome to the 12th Cryptids of the Week! These are the two cryptids chosen for the week of Feb. 15 thru 21, 2015.


The Yeti is one of the best-known cryptozoology creatures, ranking up with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. These creatures have been called the "Big Three of Cryptozoology." Images of Yetis usually show the creature as being white, but the Yeti is actually said to have brown hair. The Yeti fist came to national attention when the "Abominable Snowman" was written about in a book. Tracks had been found in the Himalayas. Over the years more tracks were found and some people claimed to see the creatures.
In 2013, Brian Sykes did a DNA study on supposed Bigfoot, Yeti, and Almasti hair and got the samples from the Yeti back as a bear. He believes that the yeti is some type of hybrid polar bear. But, what about the sightings where the witnesses saw a man-like creature that they knew was not a bear? I think that the real Yeti still remains unknown.

Image result for yeti
Flying Humanoid

Imagine looking up in the sky and seeing a man-like form, with wings. Creatures like this are actually seen, all over the world! The things are called flying humanoids by cryptozoologists. Some famous examples include the Mothman of West Virginia, the Owlman of Mawnan, and the Batsquatch. In 2013 Ken Gerhard's book Encounters with Flying Humanoids was released. This book is wonderful and covers sightings of these beings from around the world. Gerhard is also the author of Big Bird! Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters and Monsters of Texas(co-authored with Nick Redfern.) In 2014 there was an episode of Monsters in Mysteries in America that covered three flying humanoids: one in Missouri, the Jersey Devil, and Batsquatch/Big Bird.

Encounters with Flying Humanoids

Those are the cyrptids chosen for this week. The Next CotW will be posted sometime next week.