Okay, let's see. Generally speaking I have a hard time believing in most forms of cryptid, purely because of the fact that many of them have been
studied for decades with little or no results. That being said, I am aware of the fact that new species are being discovered all the time and that we
should not rule anything out. So:
Lake Monsters - I used to believe in Nessie and Champ and Ogopogo without reservation. Now, however, I have to say that I doubt they exist. As much as
I accept that we know little of what goes on beneath the water, these places are isolated lakes with a limited space in which a cryptid could hide. I
really think that if there were something there, we would possess more than the scant circumstantial evidence we have for their existence.
Bigfoot - I am more inclined to believe in Bigfoot than perhaps any other cryptid. I believe that some accounts, particularly those sightings that
took place in Northern Europe or Asia, may represent surviving populations of Neanderthal Man. Whilst unlikely, this theory is, to me personally, more
probable than the existence of some undiscovered primate. Furthermore, although many forest areas are frequently visited, tourists rarely stray off
the beaten track and sightings often occur in undeveloped regions (Northern Asia, Australia, Canada, etc.). Therefore, I tend to lean more towards
Bigfoot's existence than his being a myth or a series of hoaxes.
Thunderbirds - I think most sightings of 'thunderbirds' can probably be attributed to misinterpretation of known bird species by people unfamiliar
with them. I have noticed that, in the past, thunderbirds were often described in truly enormous terms - wingspans of 90 feet or more. Nowadays, that
figure has dropped to the point where most sightings hover around the 10-15 foot mark. Whilst still remarkable, this makes me think that past stories
were just that and that now we are seeing known species that observers are unfamiliar with.
Mokele-mbembe - Sorry, I just can't believe this one exists. Although we may not think that the Congo region has changed much, we must consider that
the whole planet has changed since the dinosaur's days - the oxygen content is different, solar radiation is different, plants and animals are
different. For a creature to have survived this long (65 million years plus) would be practically impossible. I also note that, while natives
supposedly identified mokele-mbembe as a saurapod dinosaur from pictures, certain features are inconsistent with this theory - size (usually described
as hippo-sized, whereas saurapods were typically larger than elephants) being the main one. I also recall how Siberian natives concocted stories of
contemporary mammoths to fool gullible Western scientists and wonder if this is not the case here.
Megaladon - Whilst I do believe in the probability of large, undiscovered sea creatures, I do not think that Megaladon still prowls the Earth. Why? We
are aware of many species of shark and observe them regularly. It just seems to me that we would have had at least a few reputable sightings were such
a shark to still exist. Having said that, the ocean is the best place to discover cryptids, given our ignorance of it. The famous
deep-sea monster noise is a good example of what we don't know about what lurks beneath
So that's my thoughts. Kind of skeptical, in the end, weren't they? Oh well. Retort, anyone?
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