1. Loch Ness Monster – Scotland
For centuries, the murky waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness have laid claim to one of the world’s most infamous mysteries—the Loch Ness Monster. First sighted in the Highland lake in 565 A.D., Nessie is most often described as a sea serpent or a plesiosaurs—a prehistoric swimming reptile. Faked photos and hoaxes abound, but Scotland’s monster continues to capture the imagination—and tourist dollars—of her hardcore fans. So how popular is Nessie? A 2006 survey ranked the Loch Ness Monster above actor Sir Sean Connery and poet Robert Burns as the country’s most famous Scot.
2. The Mothman – West Virginia, U.S.A.
For several terrifying months in 1966 and 1967, a West Virginian city was terrorized by a freaky 7-foot tall winged being. Eyewitnesses in Point Pleasant saw a human-like creature with a 10-foot wingspan, fiery red eyes, and the ability to fly great heights at breakneck speed. At the time of the Mothman sightings, residents also reported chilling incidents of unexplained paranormal activity, vanishing pets and television interference. The fear factor reached a fever pitch on December 15, 1967 when the nearby Silver Bridge collapsed during rush hour, killing 46 people. Many citizens spooked by the torrent of eerie occurrences blamed the Mothman for this unexpected disaster.
3. El Chupacapra – Latin America
Puerto Rico, Latin America, Mexico and the United States are rumoured to be the violent playground of the evasive El Chupacapra. Reports of this bloodthirsty creature first surfaced in 1995 after savagely slaughtered farm animals were discovered in Puerto Rico. Eyewitness accounts tell of a hopping 5-ft tall hairless beast with long, skinny legs and an oblong head. Fangs, red eyes and a row of spikes along its back complete its description. Biologists argue that these fabled monsters are actually coyotes suffering from mange. Regardless of scientific opinion, believers still swear that this bloodsucking barbarian is real.
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