Inkanyamba in a river near a waterfall. With green skin, red frills on its back and a yellow mouth.

The Inkanyamba is a mythical serpentine or eel-like cryptid from Zulu and Xhosa folklore. The Zulu and Xhosa believe Inkanyamba is a supernatural aquatic creature that lives in turbulent waters at the base of waterfalls. It also lives in lakes and rivers. The waterfall most commonly associated with the creature is Howick Falls near Pietermaritzburg … Read more


Mamlambo under the sea a mermaid type creature with a woman's upper body and a fish tail.

Mamlambo is a mythical shape-shifting water spirit or river goddess in Xhosa and Zulu (South African) mythology. It may manifest as a freshwater reptile-fish monster or a mermaid (woman-fish chimera). According to folklore, Mamlabo lives in the Mzintlava River (Umzimvubu River) near Mount Ayliff township (eMaxesibeni) in the Eastern Cape Province. Description Mamlambo as a … Read more

Loveland Frog

The Loveland Frog seen in a gloomy forest, its a humanoid with frog-like features including bulbous yellow eyes

The Loveland Frog is an alleged froglike humanoid native to Ohio. Reports of the cryptid come from Loveland, a city 25 miles northwest of Cincinnati split between three counties: Hamilton, Clermont, and Warren in southwest Ohio. Locals claim the Loveland Frog lives along the marshy banks or inside the Little Miami River. Some describe the … Read more

Lake Worth Monster

The Lake Worth Monster with its goat head seen squatting at the endge of the lake.

The Lake Worth Monster is a cryptid many people reported sighting in the summer of 1969 at Lake Worth and Greer Island, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States. People alleged seeing the monster roaming on Greer Island in the middle of the lake. According to local folklore, the monster lived along the shores of … Read more


Chessie's dinosaur-like head seen against the backdrop of a bridge at sunset

Chessie is an alleged marine monster in American folklore. It is supposedly a serpentine cryptid that lives in the Chesapeake Bay and its environs. There have been reports of sightings of Chessie since the mid-1800s. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has since adopted the monster as a mascot for its environmental protection awareness advocacy. … Read more

Kelpies, Each-Uisge, and Water Horses

The kelpie in the form of a huge horse able to run across the ocean. Seen here at night trying to lure a human on to its back.

Scottish and Celtic folklore is rich with stories of various shape-shifting water horses, from the kelpie to the Gaelic each-uisge. They all share some similarities, but there are some differences, though often, these subtleties are lost in translation or get a little mixed up. The tales have been mostly passed down by word of mouth, so … Read more

Giant Anaconda

A giant anaconda with its mouth open slithers through the jungle

The giant anaconda (Sucuriju Gigante or Megaconda) is a cryptid similar to but said to be much larger than the regular anaconda (genus Eunectes). Early 20th-century European explorers in the Amazon River Basin first learned about supposed giant anacondas from native accounts of fearsome super-sized boas living in the dense jungles. Some explorers later claimed to … Read more


The Buru is a large crocodile-like creature, seen here in a swamp with its large mouth open revealing some rather terrifying teeth.

The Buru (Bura) is a mythical cryptid that features in the origin legends of the Apatani (Tanw) of the Ziro (Silo) valley in the Eastern Himalayan Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Professor Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf was the first anthropologist to visit their remote communities in 1944. According to the Apatani, when their ancestors … Read more


The Minhocão is a worm-like creature and seen here with pale skin as it slithers on a murky riverbank

The Minhocão is a cryptid from Brazilian folklore. It is an alleged worm-like or serpentine burrowing creature described as a giant earthworm, eel, or fish. It allegedly lives in shallow or muddy waters, lakes, swamps, bogs, and other slow-moving bodies of water in the Amazon River Basin regions of southern Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. Alleged … Read more


The Morag seen in the form of a mermaid with a green-scaled fish tail and a woman's torso.

The Morag (Mòrag, Mhorag) is a cryptid that allegedly dwells in the depths of Loch Morar in the highlands of Scotland. Loch Morar (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Mòrair) is a freshwater loch near the seaport village of Mallaig in the Lochaber region of the northwestern highlands of Scotland. The loch is Scotland’s fifth-largest by surface area, … Read more