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Lyle Blackburn’s Top 10 Cryptids

Posted by: Lyle Blackburn on October 13th, 2013

Top 10 Cryptids

Cryptozoology, which is defined as “the study of unknown animals,” includes a vast menagerie of creatures which are said to exist, but cannot be proven. Some of these creatures – known as cryptids – are well known to the general public and some are not. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Chupacabra are undoubtedly the most famous examples, but they are not the only beasts which lurk in the shadows of our reality.

Below is a list of cryptids which I feel are the most popular and recognizable.

10) Jersey Devil

10

9) Beast of Exmoor

09

8) thylacine/Tasmanian tiger

08

7) Mokele-mbembe

07

6) Lizard Man

06

Refer to my book Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster for more info.

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5) Mothman

05

Refer to my good friend and colleague Ken Gerhard’s book Encounters with Flying Humanoids: Mothman, Manbirds, Gargoyles & Other Winged Beasts for more info.

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4) Chupacabra

04

3) Yeti – a.k.a. Abominable Snowman

03

2) Loch Ness Monster

02

And

1) Bigfoot

01

Read about each cryptid on the Monstro Bizarro blog here.

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Lyle Blackburn About Lyle Blackburn
Lyle Blackburn is an author and musician from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, "The Beast of Boggy Creek" and "Lizard Man," reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life 'monsters.' During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas. Lyle is a featured speaker at cryptozoology and horror conferences around North America. He has been heard on numerous radio programs, including COAST TO COAST, and has appeared on television shows such as MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA, FINDING BIGFOOT, and the CBS SUNDAY MORNING SHOW. For more information, visit Lyle's website at: www.lyleblackburn.com


2 Responses to “Lyle Blackburn’s Top 10 Cryptids”

  1. cryptokellie responds:

    Your #8 entry, the Thylacine is not a cryptid but a well known actual marsupial predator with skeletons, pelts and zoo footage readily available. Not at all a cryptid waiting to be recognized by science at large. A good #8 replacement would be the Orang pendek.
    A top ten list if animals not quite yet extinct with sightings still occurring could be;
    10. Megalodon
    9. Mammoth
    8. Moa
    7. Steller’s Sea Cow
    6. Passenger Pigeon (variant)
    5. Caribbean Monk Seal
    4. Honshu wolf
    3. Zanzibar Leopard
    2. Ivory-billed Woodpecker
    1. Thaylacine

  2. slick1ru2 responds:

    I would add Ropen and Wolfman/werewolf/. I am not too into the goat sucker. The canines they have been studied don’t seem to match the monster initially reported, upright, glowing eyes, etc. so not sure what is going on there. And the thylacine could get bumped out for the reason pointed out.

    The Ropen, in New Guinea, Destination Truth got some footage of a glowing airborne animal at night, which is a reported characteristic of that cryptid. New Guinea has no air traffic at night, its all grounded. That right there really needs to be looked at more.

    The reports of the dogman, or whatever, I find interesting. Yep, that footage that was so hair raising turned out to be a hoax but there have been other, older sightings, including in other states like GA that makes one question what is being seen.



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