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April 23, 2000

Cryptozoology
by Royce Carlson

Sea serpents may still be living in our vast oceans unknown to modern science. We keep hearing reports of hairy hominids called Bigfoot or Sasquatch in North America and Yeti in Asia. Creatures long thought extinct may still be living in dense forests around the world. Cryptozoologists are collecting these reports and searching for proof that these animals exist.

The most famous sea serpent in the world, the Loch Ness Monster is only one of a class of reptilian creatures called lake monsters. Visit Loch Ness Live for info on Nessie. They have a live webcam aimed at Loch Ness just in case she shows up. There are reports of this type of animal in lakes around the world and they are given colorful names. Champ is the name of the creature or creatures supposedly living in Lake Champlain which lies between New York and Vermont. Gryttie lives in a lake in Sweden and there are several others.

The science of cryptozoology also includes the search for creatures that are thought to be extinct. There are reports of living Moas, huge flightless birds, in New Zealand and dinosaur-like creatures in Central Africa. Cryptozoologists are hunting down reports of animals much larger than modern biologists recognize. For example: in South America, Anacondas are known to grow as long as 30 feet sometimes. There are reports, however, of snakes as long as 60 feet although proof hasnít been found yet. There are organizations specializing in the search for elusive, hairy, human-like creatures on every continent. Besides Bigfoot, reported to live in the forests of North America, there are reports of similar creatures in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia.

For more information on Cryptozoology, visit Zenzibarís Cryptozoology category. A good site to visit for an overview is The International Society of Cryptozoology.

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