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What’s Your Favorite “Celebrity Cryptid”?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 9th, 2010

Wireless Flash – FlashNews has taken on a new public persona, as evidenced by a story they have just published entitled “New Monsters Encroach on Bigfoot’s Turf.” (Routinely before, FlashNews was a subscription only service for radio station news directors, mostly. Now the subscription gives access to interviewee contact info, but the stories themselves are now visible to the public, with photos.)

In today’s story, FlashNews quoted me as saying:

No matter what new creatures are discovered, though, Coleman says nothing can shake the public’s fascination with “celebrity cryptids” like Bigfoot, Nessie, Mothman, and the Chupacabra[s]. He runs the world’s only International Cryptozoology Museum out of Portland, Maine, entirely dedicated to the famous monsters and their peers.

I was wondering what cryptids are the favorites of Cryptomundo readers? I pondered, after I said that, if there has been any shift in what cryptids are the “celebrity cryptids” among readers here?

What about it? Which ones do you like, personally? Leave your reply in the comment section below. Thank you.

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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

54 Responses to “What’s Your Favorite “Celebrity Cryptid”?”

  1. jethomp responds:

    Thylacine, hands down.

    I know it’s not a North American one but it’s one of the most telling stories of man’s complete asshattery with the added benefit that we may have failed in completely wiping them out.

  2. finfin responds:

    If extra-terrestrials count as cryptids… I would say the Jackie Gleason Alien viewing.

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    Just to clarify, it is not about “what” (human) celebrity has seen a celebrity, it is about the famous cryptids, which then are the celebs.

    And no, aliens do not belong in a cryptid list here. Maybe on someone else’s, but not here. :-)

  4. Dr Kaco responds:

    Well for me “Patty” aka Bigfoot is still #1 but not far behind is the “Jersey Devil” of the Pine Barrens back east. ;p

  5. Dib responds:

    Mothman, without a doubt.

    He, she or it was the first cryptid I was ever aware of. When I was a kid, I remember seeing news reports of the sightings on the West Virginia TV stations (which we could get in eastern KY). Mothman is responsible for my interest in cryptids.


  6. kyleglenn responds:

    Mothman is definitely my favorite cryptid out there; a close second is Bigfoot.

  7. Mahalo X responds:

    Being an Oregon native I have always felt an afinity for Hairy-CryptoHominids, no matter what specific title they get. I have seen strong evidence of “Bigfoot” in the mountains surrounding the Willamette valley, and maybe caught a glimpse of the creature hiking the Cascades. I am a believer, however the pursuit of “proof” does not interest me. If mainstream science does find hard evidence of “bigfoot’s” existence, I believe it would only be harmful to the creature. As humans we have a sad history of “studying” animals to death. I know where they might live, but with few exceptions, I would not show this place to people. My vote is for BIGFOOT!

  8. corrick responds:

    I’m with jethomp. The thylacine. Even own a life-sized bronze statue of one. Weighs 80 lbs which is even more than a real one ever weighed.
    Second would be Steller’s Sea Monkey although that’s a fairly obscure cryptid.

  9. springheeledjack responds:

    Always the USO’s: Nessie, Champ, Ogo, Cadborosaurus (not necessarily in that order), giant octopus, and any other water related cryptid. The White River Monster always intrigued me too:)

    I have to say, I’ve gotten drawn in on the BF hunt through Cryptomundo from lively and informative discussions!

    Also always had a soft spot for the oddball things like the deathworm, the original chupacabras, megalodon, and I’m getting hooked on the Japanese cryptids thanks to Mystery Man!

  10. sonofthedestroyer responds:

    Mokele Mbembe.
    Hands down.
    Closely followed by all other dinosaur/dragon like cryptids of land and water.

  11. Andrew D. Gable responds:

    Well, in the ‘most likely big-name cryptid to exist’, I’d have to go with the thylacine.

    Personal favorite? Mothman or Lizardmen.

  12. windigokid responds:

    I like windigo cause a family group lives in my area and I can study them but I also like mothman!

  13. PhotoExpert responds:

    Of course BF takes the cake as far as celebrity cryptids go. Since BF has been excluded from this list, I would have to pick the thylacine!

    It was a close race between Chessie and the thylacine. I believe the thylacines still exist in small numbers. Chessie, the Loch Ness Monster of the Chesapeake Bay, is very interesting as a cryptid. There was a film taken by a family at Sandy Point Beach, which clearly showed an animate object, swimming, not far from shore. The tape was analyzed by scientists who could not tell you what kind of animal it was, but that it was an animate object. I don’t hear much about Chessie on the news any longer. But for a while, Chessie had his/her hayday in the press. And although the press has not reported the appearance of Chessie for years, many, many fisherman and waterman do report it, and with frequency.


  14. planettom responds:

    Well, for me it is bigfoot of course! Followed closely by the thylacine.

  15. Loren Coleman responds:

    WHO excluded Bigfoot from this list?

    I sure didn’t. It is one of the most prominent of celebrity cryptids.

  16. tropicalwolf responds:


    Period, full stop, end of discussion.

    (Okay, Mothman is a VERY close #2)

  17. Rob008 responds:

    My favorite crytpid is the Fouke Monster. Ever since I saw the Legend of Boggy Creek, I have been intereasted in Cryptozoology and it’s because of him that I enjoy monster hunting.

  18. SOCALcryptid responds:


  19. bigfootsdad responds:

    Bigfoot, of course. :)

  20. lukedog responds:

    If Mothman is allowed as a favourite Cryptid, Then I vote The Count[from sesame street]

  21. mikfoss responds:

    What no Ropen fans out there? I have multiple Pterodactyl skeletons over my bed, they are definitely my favorites but the Jersey Devil and Mothman would be a close second.

  22. Kopite responds:

    Sasquatch/bigfoot all the way for me.

    Second equal would be ‘similar’ such creatures in Russia or the Chinese Yeren.

    Third would be lake monster reports. Just what on earth are some people seeing (apart from otters LOL). Huge sterile eels??? Abnormal sized fish???? Something else?

    Fourth would be sea monsters/sea serpents.

    Everything after that has roughly a similar level of interest to me. I’ve never been overly interested in things like the thylacine. We already know they existed up until comparatively recent times so the discovery that they could be still around is nowhere near as exciting or as fascinating as something like sasquatch (in my opinion).

  23. red_pill_junkie responds:

    I’ve started this weird journey because of Nessie, so… 😉

  24. CoffeeKitsune responds:

    Personal favorites are any of the ‘living dinosaurs’. I have been interested in dinosaurs since I was a little kid, and even now it makes me sad to think of these majestic beasts being extinct. The chance that some of them may still be out there fills me with such a happiness :-)

  25. Mahalo X responds:

    I find the enthusiasm for the Thylacine very interesting. As a scientifically known species that is potentially now extinct, I question the Tasmanian wolf as a “cryptid”, no matter how “hidden” existing populations may be. I have the same thoughts about the Coelacanth, which may have once been a cryptid of angling legend, now a creature for mainstream biology. I certainly hope some legends can endure without ever being placed on the known species cladogram. Otherwise, no cryptozoology!

  26. jerrywayne responds:

    For me, the Abominable Snowman. Even recalling the name brings on memories of youth and the mysterious, a great combination.

  27. mefine responds:

    I would have to say Bigfoot is #1! #2 would be a tie between The Jersey Devil and Mothman. I became a Bigfoot fan way back in 4th grade (1972?) when we were taken to a movie theater as a field trip to see a nature documentary on the arctic. Before the main show we were treated to a short documentary on Bigfoot. Guess which movie grabbed our little minds? Back in the classroom we were asked to draw pictures of our favorite scenes and there were 20 drawings of Bigfoot and one picture of a polar bear…fighting Bigfoot. :-)

  28. Loren Coleman responds:

    I have made no secret that my answer to the “favorite cryptid” question can be devilishly complex. Sometimes, when reporters ask me, I say: “Well, it’s whatever one I’m studying right now.” Or “There are just so many, I can’t pick one.”

    Then I also have answered that, “In terms of original favorites, I must go with the Abominable Snowmen or Yetis, which first got me into this field in March of 1960, via the film, Half Human, originally released in Japan as Jujin Yuki Otoko (獣人雪男, lit. ‘Monster Snowman’), directed by Ishiro Honda, in 1955.”

    In general, I have found that Bigfoot/Sasquatch are the all-time favorite cryptids because they most reflect onto humans another version of their own identity, and people tend to love them, for usually rather obvious reasons. We all love our own wild side.

  29. AlbertaSasquatch responds:

    Look at my name. Nuff said!

    Actually, I love all cryptids but Sasquatch is my number one.

  30. merlin88 responds:

    I’ve been visiting this site for about 2 years now and have been meaning to register, this post just gave me a reason to finally do it.

    It can be hard for me to name a favorite cryptid. Not just because there’s so many, but because I can’t remember a “first” for me that got me into the subject. Right now, my main interest has been in Thunderbird sightings (both the giant condor type, the more likely, and the pterosaur type, the more interesting).

  31. WeeBeastie responds:

    It would be a toss up between the Almas Man and Thunder Birds, but having had a few mystery cat sightings myself, maybe that should be my favorite. It’s too hard to chose just one favorite; every cryptid is fascinating in its own way.

  32. nikki123nd responds:

    1. Chupacabra
    2. Jersey Devil
    3. Gloucester Sea Serpent
    4. Tylacine
    Sorry, I had a tough time picking..

  33. Cryptidcrazy responds:

    For me, it’s definitely Ogopogo. I have a major soft spot for lake monsters and Ogopogo is real, as far as I am concerned. I also like some of the lesser known lake cryptids like the Skrimsl, Issie, Storsie, Selma and the Lake Tianchi Monster.

  34. SIRUPAPERS responds:

    Hmmmm…probably an honest politician, I know there’s no evidence lately but like the thylacine I hope that solid evidence will disprove their extinction…but no, seriously I love the Cadborosaurus. It has some of the best evidence of any cryptid and genuinely represents something that has a high probability of being caught…unlike my other favorite cryptid.

  35. Ferret responds:

    I have to say Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster was the first cryptid I heard about when I was kid and it is responsible for my interest in cryptozoology today!

  36. graybear responds:


  37. Loren Coleman responds:

    Interesting, isn’t it, when “graybear” likes Thunderbirds and “Ferret” likes Nessie, but “AlbertaSasquatch” likes Sasquatch and “windigokid” likes Windigo?

  38. evilangusyeti responds:

    I have browsed this site for 2 years also and this is my first post. I enjoy all of the comments as much as the stories. I have been into CZ since 1969 and have done field research but my fav cryptid got verified last year. As a child I wanted to be the first person to prove there was a Kraken, but a Japanese man beat me to it. So I must vote for the FORMER cryptid called the KRAKEN. Followed closely by Sasquatch or his brother the Yeti. I grew up on the reservation and he is not a cryptid to my people. It is funny how growing up Native American meant that BF was taken as a given and the Kraken was not, then later I find it is the other way around now.

    BTW I just want to say thank you to DWA and mystery man for giving me great comments to read. Your points of view are very stimulating to this researcher.

    PS, I grew up about 25 miles from where your brother resides Loren and went to college about 40 miles away from him also.

  39. SgtSaucer responds:

    My favorite cryptid is bigfoot! Which is why I’m wondering what you think of the “bigfoot audio” on this video clip:

  40. mefine responds:

    SgtSaucer, the audio didn’t pass the “cat scan” at my house. One day I was playing some “Bigfoot” howl audio and my cat absolutely freaked out. His hair stood on end, he arched his back, hissed and ran away. I thought that was an interesting reaction so I started to occasionally play other sounds like a wolf howl, cougar scream, etc. to see how he would react. The only sound he ever reacted to was the Bigfoot howls. His reactions are not so extreme now but he still gets up and moves away when I am playing some of the howls on the BFRO site. When I played him the audio you linked to he didn’t even open his eyes. Unscientific…yes… but interesting… to me anyway.

  41. hetzer88 responds:

    I have two, and an honorable mention. As much as I love anything Sasquatch and/or Bigfoot, the cryptids that have always piqued my curiosity the most are the Loveland Frogman and the Lake Worth Monster.

    The Frogman was even seen by cops, and seems so out of place that you just couldn’t make this stuff up. I mean, a 4 foot tall bipedal frog?? It gets me every time.

    The Lake Worth Monster is in a similar situation. Seen by many people, including police, was once running on top of a hill throwing debris down at dozens of onlookers, and it even threw an old tire(s) at them!! Again, so out of place, and could all of these people be wrong?

    Since I live in Wisconsin, my honorable mention goes to the Beast of Bray Road. Half man, half wolf, I lived in that area and used to cruise Bray Road with a camera at the ready, but I never caught a glimpse of the beast.

    And those are my personal celebrity cryptids.

  42. darkshines responds:

    Without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite crypto is Trunko. I have never heard of such a mysterious weird occurance, seen by so many people, and yet still completly unexplained.

  43. Artist responds:

    Well, Sasquatch, Abominable Snowman, Almas, Avian Mysteries, Bigfoot, Black Canines and Felines, Lake Champlain Monster, Chupacabras, Dover Demon, Giant Cryptid Reptiles, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Jersey Devil, Lake Monsters, Living Dinosaurs, Lizard People, Loch Ness Monster, Malaysian Bigfoot, Mapinguary, Merbeings, Mokele-Mbembe, Mothman, Mystery Cats, Ogopogo, Orang Pendek, Proto-Pygmies, Sasquatch, Sea Serpents, Skunk Apes, Swamp Monsters, Thunderbirds, Thylacine, True Giants, Windigo, Yeren, Yeti and Yowie, for a start… did I say Sasquatch?

  44. c.stark responds:

    Sasquatch may not be the flashiest, but he will always be king of the cryptids…

  45. BeastInTheLake responds:

    Like so many others I have a sentimental attachment to the cryptid, that got me interested in CZ in the first place, and in my case it all started with a childhood visit to Loch Ness, back in the late 60s, when the LNI was keeping watch all around the loch. So, Nessie all the way.

    From there I have branched out to a general interest in lake monsters – they also seem to be the only type of cryptids we get in Scandinavia (though, alas, not in Denmark where I live). I also quite like the sasquatch, but when you live on the other side of the pond, you cannot feel quite as lively an interest as those who share a continent with the big boy.

  46. sabretooth2006 responds:

    Loren, aren’t you supposed to be in Scotland right about now? What happened? Sorry to see you aren’t there. I’ll be there in about 3 weeks, myself – looking over the Loch. :)

  47. SgtSaucer responds:

    mefine, that’s funny– “cat scan!” I was thinking maybe it was the sound of a moose in heat or something.

  48. JMonkey responds:

    “ManBearPig” definitely. He is half man, half bear, and half pig and “Yes I know that is three halves.”

    All jokes aside. I am so interested in Swamp Ape and Bigfoot.

  49. CollinMaryland responds:

    i was out in the jersey pine barrens looking for the jersey devil before i was 10. Now that I’m older i can read about all the other cryptids, but the jersey devil will still always have a special place in my heart :3

  50. Imaginary Friend responds:

    I’ve always loved stories about the Loch Ness monster and of course Bigfoot.

    But now the things that really get my interest are Eastern Cougars (or the black panthers) and Ivory Bill Woodpeckers, creatures that aren’t supposed to be there but people see them regularly.

  51. MattBille responds:

    Hmm. Just one? Can’t do it. Best I can do is get down to four.

    For unknown species I think we will discover: what Edward Rowe Snow called “His Majesty, the Sea Serpent.”
    For possible rediscoveries, the thylacine (odds may be slim, but I don’t think they are zero, and so I hold out hope.)
    For my personal quest: the giant fish of Lake Iliamna, the most interesting cryptid most people have never heard of.
    And finally, for sheer, sentimental “I WANT it to be real” value: gotta be sasquatch. The Big Guy. The embodient of nature’s mysteries.

  52. Sasquatchresearcher23 responds:

    I’m going with Sasquatch on this.

  53. Cass_of_MPLS responds:

    The Owlman of Mawnan

  54. Troodon56 responds:

    My favorite cryptids are living theropod dinosaurs, which have been sighted in numerous different regions.

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