Category: flying cryptid

Monster Monday: Mothman and the Silver Bridge

Monster Monday: Mothman and the Silver Bridge:


Is Mothman connected to the collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967?

cryptids-cryptids: The Kongamatos (translation…


The Kongamatos (translation: “breaker of boats”) are cryptids from some regions of Africa, including Zambia, the Congo, and Angola. 

One of the earliest reports of the creatures happened in 1923, in the book In Witch-bound Africa. The book described the creatures as very dangerous, claiming they live along rivers, attacking whoever disturbs them (including small boats). The beast is also described by various witnesses to be similar to a pterosaur, red or black with membranous wings and teeth in its beak. These descriptions also resemble a New Guinea cryptid – the ropen. 

One intriguing occurrence happened in 1957 – a man was admitted to the hospital with a large wound in his chest, claiming that a bird-like creature attacked him. He was asked to draw the creature, and his drawing resembled a pterosaur. The drawing was not preserved. 

Popular theories explaining the sightings include that they are surviving rhamphorhynchus (a genus of pterosaurs from the Jurassic period), or a case of mistaken identity – they are possibly large bats or birds. 

cryptid-quest: Cryptid of the Day: Alicanto De…


Cryptid of the Day: Alicanto

Description: Reported throughout countless mines in Chile is the luminescent bird called the Alicanto. They feed on silver and gold, and seeing one brings good luck. However, they can be sinister, by pushing miners off cliffs. 

cryptocase:      The Ahool is a cryptid that …


     The Ahool is a cryptid that reportedly lives in the Java Rainforest in Indonesia. It’s name was given to it because of the sound it makes (Ah-hool!). This creature was first reported in 1925 and has since been considered a cryptid though no substantial evidence has ever been found to support the claims.

     The descriptions of the creature vary from a large bat to a monkey with wings. It is however usually described as a large bat or owl with dark eyes and a tremendous wingspan of 3m (10 feet). It is said to have greyish fur, large claws that run down the wings and a loud scream which it was named after. 

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form-and-void: Cryptid Aesthetics[3/?]: The J…


Cryptid Aesthetics
[3/?]: The Jersey Devil

According to popular folklore, the Jersey Devil originated with a Pine Barrens resident known as Mother Leeds. The legend states she had 12 children and, after finding she was pregnant for the 13th time, claimed that the child would be the Devil.  During 1735, the child was born normal but changed into a creature with hooves, a goat’s head, bat wings, and a forked tail. Growling and screaming, it killed the midwife before flying up the chimney and heading into the pines.

According to legend, while visiting the Hanover Mill Works to inspect his cannonballs being forged, Commodore Stephen Decatur sighted a flying creature flapping its wings and fired a cannonball directly upon it, to no effect.  Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, is also claimed to have witnessed the Jersey Devil while hunting on his Bordentown estate in 1820.  During 1840, the devil was blamed for several livestock killings.  Similar attacks were reported during 1841, accompanied by tracks and screams.

During the week of January 16 through 23, 1909, newspapers of the time published hundreds of claimed encounters with the Jersey Devil from all over the state. Among alleged encounters publicized that week were claims the creature “attacked” a trolley car in Haddon Heights and a social club in Camden.  Police in Camden and Bristol, Pennsylvania supposedly fired on the creature to no effect.  Other reports initially concerned unidentified footprints in the snow, but soon sightings of creatures resembling the Jersey Devil were being reported throughout South Jersey and as far away as Delaware and Western Maryland.  The widespread newspaper coverage created fear throughout the Delaware Valley, prompting a number of schools to close and workers to stay home. Vigilante groups and groups of hunters roamed the pines and countrysides in search of the devil.  During this period, it is rumored that the Philadelphia Zoo posted a $10,000 reward for the creature.

In Greenwich during December 1925 a local farmer shot an unidentified animal as it attempted to steal his chickens, and then photographed the corpse. Afterward, he claimed that none of 100 people he showed it to could identify it.  On July 27, 1937, an unknown animal “with red eyes” seen by residents of Downingtown, Pennsylvania was compared to the Jersey Devil by a reporter for the Pennsylvania Bulletin of July 28, 1937.  In 1951, a group of Gibbstown, New Jersey boys claimed to have seen a ‘monster’ matching the Devil’s description and claims of a corpse matching the Jersey Devil’s description arose in 1957.  During 1960, tracks and noises heard near Mays Landing were claimed to be from the Jersey Devil.  During the same year the merchants around Camden offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Jersey Devil, even offering to build a private zoo to house the creature if captured.


creepybits: Kongamato (Breaker of boats) De…


Kongamato (Breaker of boats)

Described as a red or black large flying reptile with a wingspan of 4-7 feet and 4 feet in length from head to tail. Found around rivers in Zambia, Angola, and the Congo. The cryptid was first reported in “In Witchbound Africa” by Frank Melland (1923). There are no photos, videos, or remains of the creature, only eyewitness accounts.

curiouscryptids: Mothman I-35W Bridge Collapse On August 1, 2007…


Mothman I-35W Bridge Collapse

On August 1, 2007 the I-35W bridge crossing the Mississippi River in Minnesota collapsed. The tragedy killed 13 people and 145 were injured, but some people say they could have seen it coming.

About a month prior to the event sightings of a large bird-like creature was seen around the area of the bridge. Many reports came in about the large bird but officials shrugged it off as a heron or crane. It wasn’t until after the collapse that many paranormal investigators and cryptozoolgists took note of the sightings. Many of them claimed it was another return of the infamous harbinger, the Mothman.
Although it may be interesting to think that the Mothman could have tried to warn us of yet another bridge collapse, it’s entirely possible that it was just a large bird.

Mothman or not, the victims of the tragedy will be remembered. The sightings of the large bird could have just been rumors or a heron. While it may be fascinating to think about the Mothman appearing at another bridge collapse, those affected by the tragedy cannot be forgotten.