Most people have heard of cryptids and monster such as Bigfoot also known as Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster. Some people even a little more into creatures and monsters may have heard of other cryptids like the chupacabras , Jersey Devil , Mothman, and even Champ. But there are still several more lesser-known cryptids , creepy creatures , and mythical monsters that can be found in the United States. Here are five cryptids that you probably never heard of. Maybe one of these mysterious creature resides near you and you never even knew it !
1. Tahoe Tessie : location – California and Nevada
This lake monster is said to inhabit the waters of Lake Tahoe. Sightings of the creature go all way back to the 19th century where the local Paiute and Washoe tribes claimed the creature lived in an underwater tunnel. The creature has been nicknames Tessie. Sightings of Tessie still continue today and witnesses describe the creature as being anywhere from 10 to 80 feet long and a black or turquoise serpentine like body. Some believe that Tessie could very well be a Plesiosaur , Mosasaur, or Icthyosaur because fossils of these creatures have all been found in local area. Legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau allegedly emerged from a expedition in Lake Tahoe via a submarine and said “The world isn’t ready for whats down there” !
2. Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp : location – South Carolina
This creature known as the Lizard Man is said to live in the swamps of Lee County , South Carolina. Described as a 7 foot tall reptilian humanoid like cryptid its sightings go all way back to 1988. A eye witness report was filed by Christopher Davis who saw the creature while he was beside the Scape Ore Swamp changing a tire. Davis claimed he seen creature running toward him and got in his car to escape and the creature jumped onto the top of his roof and clung to it as he tried to get it off. When he returned home he noticed his side-view mirror had been damaged and he had deep scratches across his roof left by the creature. More these types of sightings and reports of lizard like creatures continued to be sent to local police. Local law enforcement was skeptical but did note that multiple reports from reliable people lead them to believe that something was indeed being seen although likely a bear. But some large three-toed footprints were discovered in the area in which plaster casts were made and the S.C. Marine Resource Department upon examining them said they were unclassifiable. A recent report from 2011 by a local couple claiming there car was attacked showed damage similar to the 1988 Lizard Man incident according to Lee County Sheriffs officer.
3. Pope Lick Monster : location – Kentucky
The creature is said to reside in Louisville Kentucky along the railway trestle over Pope Lick Creek. The creature is said to be a human-goat hybrid with a deformed human torso and a horned head with goat legs. There are several local legends linked to the origins of the creature from a reincarnated farmer who would sacrifice goats in order to obtain Satanic powers to a circus freak who escaped and vowed revenge on area because he was mistreated. Stories of how the creature claims its victims also vary with some who believe the creature uses voice mimicry luring trespassers into oncoming trains and others who believe that it slays its victims using an ax. The Pope Lick Train Trestle has become a destination for many including thrill-seekers because of these legends and there the location has seen a number of deaths.
4. Chessie : location – Virginia and Maryland
This lake monster sometimes called a sea monster is said to inhabit the waters of Chesapeake Bay. Sightings of the mysterious creature have been reported going back to the 1970′s. The creature has been described as being between 25 to 40 feet long with a finned serpent-like body. There was a video tape of what many believe may have been the creature in 1982 showing a large brownish object moving like a snake from side to side but it has never been fully substantiated. There was another notable sighting of Chessie in 1997.
5. Ozark Howler : location – Ozark Mountains
This creature is said to roam the Ozark Mountains through the states of Texas , Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The creature is described as a large black cat that has glowing eyes and horns. It gained its name from a very loud eerie howl that it makes as it travels through the mountains. There are many theories as to what the creature may actually be including some cryptozoologist who think it may be an unrecognized large cat while some evolutionists think it could be some type of hybrid or mutated mountain lion breed. Still many skeptics think that the legends and stores of the Howler were likely inspired by a British folklore called the black dog of death.