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Mysterious creatures that are still unidentified
From the Jersey Devil and the Queensland Tiger … to organisms that are neither plants nor animals … Here are 14 mysterious creatures that are still unidentified
#14 Apeman of the Amazon
A Chuman is a term that describes a creature that is a hybrid of chimpanzees and humans. Such a creature was allegedly created in Russia during the 1920s, but it didn’t survive. Also called Humanzees, there have been several reports of such hybrid animals over the decades, including s few in the 21st century. In 1937, a purported apeman was discovered living in the remote Brazilian Amazon. The male specimen was described as having a simian posture, and misshapen features including an apelike snout. Plenty of people were convinced that the apeman represented the missing link between apes and humans. Others claimed it was all merely a hoax. Did you know there are certain species of primates that have physical features that are very human-like? One of the better-known examples is the Lesula (leh-soo-lah) monkey from Central Africa. They display facial features that many find unsettlingly similar to our own.
#13 Will O the Wisps
These odd creatures gained some notoriety when they were featured in the animated movie “Brave”. But eerie, ghostly lights are often the subject of European folklore. The spooky illuminations are usually seen at night, especially near marshes or swamps. Because of their flickering nature, Will-O-the Wisps can appear like lamps or lanterns and confuse travelers. Some sources think the intentionally lights mislead people and might have a malevolent nature. By some accounts a small goblin-like creature uses the light to attract journeyers at night. But once they’ve been led away from their familiar path, the light is extinguished and the victim is stranded in the dark. Everything from fireflies to methane gas emissions have been offered as an explanation for the phenomenon. To date, none of those theories have been confirmed.
#12 Ropen (roe-pehn)
The creature’s name means ‘demon flyer’, and it is described as a glowing, nocturnal bat-like beast that flies in the southwest Pacific. Initially described in the 1930s, so-called flying sea monsters had been reported since the 16th century. The Ropen allegedly lives in Papua New Guinea and is often the subject of local folklore. But plenty of people think this animal is real. It’s most often compared to a pterosaur (tair-oh-sawr) that has a featherless body and a 20-foot (6 m) wingspan. But some accounts claim the wingspan can exceed 50 feet (15 m). It’s said to prey on fish, but Ropen are also known to dig up human graves to feast on cadavers. Along with the possibility of it being an unknown species of flying reptile, many witnesses claim the animal might be a misidentified megabat, or large fruit bat. Tell us what you think in the comments below!
#11 The Canvey Island Monster
In 1953, a bizarre-looking creature washed up on the shores of Canvey Island, England. A second carcass, more intact was discovered a year later. The first specimen was described as over 2 feet long (61 cm), with reddish brown skin, bulging gills and eyes. It was also claimed to have hind legs with feet the shape of horseshoes with five toes. That carcass was later cremated. The second specimen was similar to the first but was nearly 4 feet long (122 cm) and weighed about 25 pounds (11 kg). Its eyes, nostrils and teeth were preserved well enough to be studied, but no official determination was rendered, and the carcass disappeared. There’s speculation that it may have been a type of frogfish since some of their features align with the Canvey Island Monster. But that has neither been proven or disproven to date.
In addition to other lagoons this South American creature is said to guard the mouth of the Amazon Basin. There’s a legend that it is the source of all aquatic creatures, and will attack anything that invades its territory. Folklore describes it as a beast that measures more than 100 feet long (30 m). In addition to this fearsome appearance, there’s a local belief that the monster can morph into a gigantic anaconda. In that form it’s known as the Minhocao (MEEN-noh-kow). Centuries ago, Spanish conquistadores believed the animal existed and sightings have continued into the present day.