Griffin flying over ancient Greece

The Griffin is an ancient mythical creature whose origins date back millennia to at least 5,000 years. Their origin is unknown, but their image has been found on artifacts from before the written word and from diverse areas such as ancient Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, and ancient Greece. It generally has the body of a … Read more


Kongamato with reddish wings and reptilian body.

The Kongamato is a flying reptilian cryptid allegedly native to the remote, dense, swampy forests and wetlands of East, Central, and parts of South Africa. According to folklore, the Kongamato lives in caves in the Mutanda River, Jiwundu swamps, and the Mwinilunga District of northwestern Zambia. It is also allegedly found in the Bangweulu Wetlands … Read more

Black Shuck

Large black demon like dog in a graveyard at night

The Black Shuck is a cryptid from English folklore. English lore describes the Black Shuck as a large, shaggy, fierce-looking black dog with glowing eyes. Some accounts portray it as a flesh-and-blood hound. Others suggest it is a ghostly apparition skulking in the dark at graveyards, churchyards, and other lonely or deserted places. The mythical … Read more

Hoop Snake

Stylised image of hoop snake in a forest

The Hoop Snake is a cryptid serpent from folkloric traditions across the U.S. and Canada. The Hoop Snake also appears in the ancient traditions of cultures from other parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. A cosmic serpent that forms a hoop by biting or holding its tail in its mouth occurred … Read more


A Kaijin appears as a human with strange skin and appearance against a background of cherry blossom and mountains

Kaijin is a word in the Japanese language that means a strange, mysterious, legendary, or mythical humanoid (human-like) creature. Kaijins are human-like beings considered strange or mysterious because they have unusual, fantastical, or supernatural characteristics, abilities, or powers that make them different from regular humans. The popular terms in modern-day English language usage that closely … Read more

J’ba Fofi

The J’ba fofi seen as a giant spider-like creature in a dark dell.

The J’ba fofi is an alleged giant spider that lives in the dense rainforest regions of Central and East Africa. Reports of the creature originated among the Baka people (formerly known as pygmies) who live in the rainforests of southeastern Cameroon, the northern Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and the southwest region of the Central … Read more

Nandi Bear

The Nandi bear snarling in a forest

The Nandi bear is a ferocious cryptid allegedly native to Kenya, East Africa. The folklore originated among the Nandi people of western Kenya. Most reports of the creature come from Nandi County and surrounding areas, including the Uasin Gishu Plateau in the North Rift. The cryptid derives its name from its historical association with the … Read more


Waheela seen as a white wolf-like creature at the edge of a mountain lake with pines in the distance.

The Waheela is a wolf-like cryptid allegedly native to Canada’s Northwest Territories and Alaska. The creature purportedly hails from the South Nahanni River area. The Nahanni River is a tributary of the Liard River, west of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. Although the Waheela is native to northern Tundra regions, it may migrate southward during … Read more


The Mapinguari is seen here in a green-tinged forest. The creature is a large and squat ape-like creature.

The Mapinguari is a legendary ground-dwelling sloth-like creature resembling an ape which is reported to still roam the jungles of Brazil and Bolivia. Description The Mapinguari is thought to be a relative of a type of giant ground sloth (possibly a Megatherium) that is generally believed to have died out some 10,000 years ago. However, … Read more

Mongolian Death Worm

The Mongolian Death Worm seen rearing above its tiny human victims. It has a gaping maw filled with teeth in a giant circle.

The Mongolian Death Worm is a giant worm-like cryptid said to live in the sands of the Gobi Desert. The terrifying creature has deadly venom. Description Olghoi-Khorkoi is Mongolian for “large intestine worm,” otherwise known as the Mongolian Death Worm. Local tribesmen have told tales of the worm for generations; however, there has never been … Read more