Most of us are familiar with the stories and legends surrounding such mysterious and elusive creatures as Bigfoot or Yeti, The Loch Ness Monster and Chupacabras. But there is a host of lesser-known yet equally enigmatic creatures that have been spotted around the world -- spotted often enough that they have been given names. They're weird, they're evasive, and they're very often dangerous. Here are some of the world's strangest crypto-creatures:. Sightings are still reported today. It has been estimated that more than 2, witnesses have spotted the entity over this time.
At between 6. All who encountered this menacing creature were terrified by their experience. In the local media, the giant winged beast became known as "Mothman. On December 15, , the Silver Bridge connecting Point Pleasant with Kanauga, Ohio, collapsed into the frigid waters of the Ohio River during heavy rush hour traffic, leaving 46 dead. Sightings of the Mothman ceased soon after the tragic collapse. Some theorize that the creature was actually a large bird, such as a sandhill crane, which can reach a height of over 3 feet and achieve a wingspan of 6 feet.
In West Virginia folklore , the Mothman is a creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 12, , to December 15, The Mothman was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker in   and later popularized by John Keel in his book The Mothman Prophecies , claiming that there were supernatural events related to the sightings, and a connection to the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The Mothman appears in popular culture. On November 12, , five men who were digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia , claimed to have seen a man-like figure fly low from the trees over their heads.
In the late 60s, the Ohio valley experienced a well publicized and documented UFO flap. By fall of , the focus of attention would be on the modest riverfront city of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Amidst the UFO flap, some residents of Point Pleasant claimed to see a foot tall bird with large red eyes, the body of a man, and foot wingspan.