Gallery of Monsters

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Patterson Bigfoot

Photos of crypto creatures, monsters and other unidentified animals

Strange creatures of every description are seen all around the world, and on rare occasions some of them are photographed. Here is a gallery of weird creatures on both land and sea that have yet to be identified by science.

This is a still from the famous film footage taken by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in 1967 with a 16mm camera while on an expedition to find the elusive creature in the Bluff Creek area of the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California. Large footprints had been found in this region in previous years. The authenticity of this film is hotly contested and could be a hoax, although most Bigfoot researchers consider it genuine. Watch the film here.

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Bigfoot's Back

Bigfoot's back
Bigfoot's back. © 2012 American Bigfoot Society

In 2008, this photo was sent to the American Bigfoot Society. So far, not much is known about the picture, who took it, when, or where. There has been much speculation about its authenticity, as there should be, but to my untrained eye it looks like a real creature. It could, however, be a model, a costume, or some other creation.

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The Yeti

In 1996, two hikers in the mountains of Nepal took an amazing video of an ape like creature thought to be a Yeti walking upright along the slopes. This is a still from that video.

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The Skunk Ape

A photo of Florida's Skunk Ape, cousin to Bigfoot.

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The Skunk Ape in Field

Another shot of Florida's elusive Skunk Ape.

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Minnesota Iceman

Minnesota Iceman
Minnesota Iceman. ~ Bernard Heuvelmans

A composite photo (left) and artist's rendering (right) of the Minnesota Iceman. The body of this unknown creature, frozen in a block of ice, was exhibited by a traveling showman, Frank Hansen in the 1960s. It came to the attention of Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans and researcher Ivan T. Sanderson in 1968, both of who studied and photographed the creature as best they could in the ice, and were convinced that it was a real body of an unknown primate. Hansen claimed that the creature had been killed in Vietnam. Hansen later sold the body to an unknown buyer, and substituted a replica so he could continue his show. Whereabouts of the original body are unknown.

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de Loys' Ape

de Loys' Ape
de Loys' Ape. ~ Dr. Francois de Loys

During an expedition (1917-1920) on the Venezuelan-Colombian border in South America, a Swiss geologist named Dr. Francois de Loys and his team encountered and killed this creature. Obviously a large primate (4 feet 5 inches), many wondered if this could be a living "missing link." Skeptics say it is just a spider monkey.

(See Giant Primates of the World)

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Chupacabras

This is almost certainly a fake - a construction of some kind - but it's a very well-made fake, and one of the most widely distributed "portraits" of the "goat sucker." It's origin is unknown.

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Chupacabras corpse

Chupacabras corpse
Chupacabras corpse.

These photos are thought by some to be of a decaying carcass of a Chupacabras, which was allegedly struck by a car somewhere in South America.

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Chupacabras in a tree

Chupacabras in a tree
Chupacabras in a tree.

Is that a Chupacabras up in that tree? It fits the description that has been given for the creature. The source of this photo is unknown, so that could be a stuffed animal or a Photoshop creation for all we know.

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Loch Ness Monster, September, 2011

Loch Ness Monster, September, 2011
Loch Ness Monster, September, 2011. Photo: Jon Rowe / © HEMEDIA

A new possible photo of the Loch Ness Monster surfaced in September, 2011, as reported by the U.K.'s Mail Online. Jon Rowe, a fish farmer from Lewiston in Drumnadrochit, Scotland, was actually taking a picture of a rainbow that had formed over the lake, but then noticed the two large humps projecting out of the water, which quickly disappeared beneath the waves. Rowe is convinced that he photographed Nessie. "I have no doubt," he said. "I work on the loch every day and I've never seen anything like it."

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Loch Ness Monster, 1972

Loch Ness Monster, 1972
Loch Ness Monster, 1972.

This photo, taken in 1972, seems to show the Loch Ness Monster moving toward the right with its hump protruding well above the surface and its mouth open.

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Loch Ness Monster, 1977

Loch Ness Monster, 1977
Loch Ness Monster, 1977. ~ Anthony Shiels

Anthony Shiels took this photo of what might be the Loch Ness Monster from Urquhart Castle on May 21,1977.

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Loch Ness Monster, Rines, 1972

Loch Ness Monster, Rines, 1972
Loch Ness Monster, Rines, 1972.

This underwater photo, taken in 1972 during the Rines expedition, seems to show a plesiosaur-like creature.

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Nessie's flipper

Nessie's flipper
Nessie's flipper.

This photo was taken during the Robert Rines expedition in 1972. It purports to show the rhomboid fin or flipper of the Loch Ness monster. Critics contest that the photo has been "enhanced" so much from the original photo that it cannot be considered good evidence.

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Champ - Lake Champlain Monster

Champ - Lake Champlain Monster
Champ - Lake Champlain Monster. ~ Sandi Mansi

This photo of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster was taken by Sandi Mansi in 1977.

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Mann Hill Globster

Mann Hill Globster
Mann Hill Globster.

This rotting carcass of some strange creature washed up on the shore at Mann Hill Beach in Massachusetts in 1970. Although experts think it may have been a basking shark, it was estimated to weigh between 14 and 19 tons and was described as being like a camel without legs.

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Australian Sea Serpent

Australian Sea Serpent
Australian Sea Serpent.

This picture of a sea serpent was taken off the coast of Australia. It's authenticity has not been verified.

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Unknown Sea Creature

Unknown Sea Creature
Unknown Sea Creature.

This rotting "sea serpent" carcass was captured by the Japanese fishing boat, the Zuiyo-Maru off the coast of New Zealand.

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Altamahaha

Altamahaha
Altamahaha.

Illustration of a creature said to inhabit the waters near Darien, Georgia. It's been spotted many times by fisherman.

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Thunderbird

Thunderbird
Thunderbird. ~ unknown

No information on this photo. It alleges to show hunters from the 1800s, early 1900s, with a large "thunderbird" they have shot.

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Thunderbird or Pterosaur

Thunderbird or Pterosaur
Thunderbird or Pterosaur.

This photo was sent to the Coast-to-Coast radio program by someone named Ernest Todd. Details about the origin or context of the photo were not provided. The photo appears to be taken from a newspaper, but digital manipulations would make such a forgery quite easy. The head of the creature looks bird-like, but the wings look more like that of a pterosaur.

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Pterosaur with Soldiers

Pterosaur with Soldiers
Pterosaur with Soldiers.

Origin of photo unknown. Alleges to show Civil War-era soldiers with a creature that resembles a pterosaur.

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The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil
The Jersey Devil.

An artist's rendition of the Jersey Devil, based on eyewitness reports. The creature known as The Jersey Devil has been roaming the pine barrens of New Jersey since 1735. Sightings are still reported today. It has been estimated that more than 2,000 witnesses have spotted the entity over this time.

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The Dover Demon

The Dover Demon
The Dover Demon.

An artist's drawing of the Dover Demon. Dover, Massachusetts was the location of the sighting of a bizarre creature for a few days beginning on April 21, 1977. The first sighting was made by 17-year-old Bill Bartlett as he and three friends were driving north near the small New England town at around 10:30 at night. Through the darkness, Bartlett claimed to have seen an unusual creature creeping along a low stone wall on the side of the road - something he had never seen before and could not identify. he told his father about his experience and sketched a drawing of the creature. A few hours after Bartlett's sighting, at 12:30 a.m., John Baxter swore that he saw the same creature while walking home from his girlfriend's house. The 15-year-old boy said its arms were wrapped around the trunk of a tree, and his description of the thing matched Bartlett's exactly. The final sighting was reported the next day by another 15-year-old, Abby Brabham, a friend of one of Bill Bartlett's friends, who said it appeared briefly in the car's headlights while she and her friend were driving.

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Mothman

Mothman
Mothman.

An artist's rendition of Mothman, based on eyewitness reports. As recorded in John Keel's seminal book The Mothman Prophecies, The Mothman sightings began to be reported in 1966. The red-eyed winged creature was dubbed "Mothman" by a newspaper reported, since the "Batman" TV series was at the height of its popularity. Sightings continued and fervor escalated over the following months, coinciding with a bewildering array of strange activity - including precognition, odd prophecies, UFO sightings and encounters with bizarre "Men in Black." It's one of the most puzzling and fascinating periods on record of paranormal activity focused in one geographic area. The creature itself has never been explained, although skeptics laughably suggested that it was a mis-sighting of a sand crane.

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The Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods Monster
The Flatwoods Monster.

An artist's impression of the Flatwoods Monster, based on eyewitness accounts. Seen on a September night in 1952 by residents near Flatwoods, West Virginia after the sighting of a reddish sphere that appeared to land in some hills. Investigating the UFO, the group spotted this strange creature that they described as having a head shaped like the ace of spades. It began to glide toward the observers, then turned toward the glowing UFO down the hill.

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The Loveland Lizard

The Loveland Lizard
The Loveland Lizard.

The Loveland creature case was first investigated thoroughly by two OUFOIL (Ohio UFO Investigators League) investigators, who spent several hours with the two officers who saw this strange-looking creature. The first account took place on a clear, cold night on March 3, 1972.

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Lake Windermere Monster

Lake Windermere Monster
Lake Windermere Monster. Tom Pickles

This picture was taken by 24-year-old Tom Pickles on Lake Windermere in England on February 11, 2011 while on a work-sponsored kayaking trip. He and his friend Sarah Harrington both saw the creature as it swam by, and Pickles snapped the photo with his cell phone. They watched it for about 20 seconds and noted that what they saw was about as big as three car lengths. Until he realized its size, he thought it was a dog swimming by, "then saw it was much bigger and moving really quickly at about 10 mph," Pickles told reporters. "Each hump was moving in a rippling motion and it was swimming fast. Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was completely abnormal; it's not like any animal I've ever seen before."

The creature has been seen in Lake Windermere about seven times before, and it has been given the nickname Bownessie and is sometimes referred to as "England's Loch Ness Monster." The Loch Ness Monster is said to inhabit Loch Ness in Scotland.

Pickles photo and description match a sighting made by journalist Steve Burnip in 2006 near the shores of Wray Castle on the lake.