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Thanks to the marvels of modern society, it’s easier than ever to check out animals from all over the world, just visit your local zoo. Or that weird guy in every neighborhood who keeps God-Knows-What caged up in his backyard.
Better yet, log onto the Internet. It’s easier, and you won’t suffer creepy neighbor conversations or pushy salespeople twisting your arm to join some foundation you’ve never heard of.
Actually, the World Wide Web is the only place you’ll find the creatures on this list. Unless you’re lucky enough to see them in person, in which case we highly recommend NOT capturing them for backyard amusements.
Because we’re nerds for animals of all kinds, we here at SeaQuest scoured Google’s records for the most-searched mythical creatures in the USA, and the states where they live. Get ready for some serious homestate bragging rights, our top ten starts with…
American folklore is jam-packed with mythical monsters, but not all of them get the Google Love they deserve. Here are five that should:
3. Taku-He – South Dakota
Think of this dapper fella as a well-dressed bigfoot.
Physically, he’s almost identical: Seven to eight feet tall, looks like a giant ape, and leaves big footprints.
Stylistically it’s a whole different story.
Whereas Bigfoot wanders the woods in his birthday suit, Taku-He does so in an actual suit – usually a sports jacket and top hat. Why? Hard to say. Maybe it scored a great deal at an outlet mall? Maybe it’s perpetually waiting for dinner reservations? Or maybe South Dakota cryptids just hold themselves to higher fashion standards in general.
5. Dark Watchers – California
In case the name wasn’t obvious enough, the Dark Watchers are dark. And they watch things.
Usually seen from afar, the Dark Watchers are described as tall, featureless dark silhouettes, often with brimmed hats or walking sticks. Travelers along the Santa Lucia Mountains say these strange beings stand motionless along the horizon, staring straight ahead. Are they watching the travelers? Looking at something our mortal eyeballs can’t comprehend? Or simply staring off into space, wondering if they left the oven on?
Nobody knows since they disappear anytime someone gets close. Which leads many to speculate they’re ghosts. Others (those boring scientists) say they’re just optical illusions.
Whatever they are, they’ve been around for a while. First spotted (and painted!) by the Chumash People – who’ve lived along the California coast for at least 11,000 years, the Dark Watchers went mainstream in the 1960s when famously reported by a school principal. And people still see them today.
They’ve also made their way into Modern American literature by way of John Steinbeck and Robinson Jeffers. So keep them in mind next time you’re assigned a book report.
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