Cryptobiology is the study of cryptids, creatures around which myths exist but whose current existence has never been verified. Some famous cryptids include bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and the chupacabra. Some cryptids are likely to remain only in the realm of fantasy and legend (e.g. the supposed nesting locations of dragons), whereas the existence of others have been confirmed biologically, often as "living fossils," e.g. the coelacanth and the giant squid.


Sightings of large ape like creatures have been reported all over the world.

Lake cryptids

Extinct animals that are maybe not

Wild animals dramatically outside their normal geographic range

Encounters like these were actually more common a century ago in the UK when wild animals from elsewhere in the world were imported as pets and then just released into nature when the owners couldn't keep them or didn't want them any longer.

Big cats

There are a number of stories of large cats in southern England, the most notable being the Beast of Bodmin and the Beast of Exmoor.


The little people

There are many European folklore stories about fairies, pixies, leprechaun and gnomes. The only visible sign you may find are fairy rings formed by dancing fairies as either a change in colour of grass in a ring shape of a few metres in diameter or if you are lucky a ring of mushrooms. (Be factual however these are formed by an expanding growth of fungi).

Here be dragons

North America

United Kingdom


Stay safe

As these creatures are out of folklore there are no proven cases of injury, although given their secretive nature, who knows? Many of these legend are based in remote locations with sometimes hazardous weather conditions so precisions and preparation with food and equipment may be advisable. Also public access to private land varies greatly around the world so check with the country and region article pages for details.

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