The existence of mysterious tribes made entirely out of tall, blond Europoid individuals in the middle of the impenetrable Amazon rainforest makes the acurinis a worthy addition to this list. In modern times, the first contact with this elusive tribe occurred in 1977, near the springs of the Araguaya river,
According to legend, the Cherufe is a beast made of fire and rock that lives in the volcanoes of Chile. Twelve feet tall and shaped like a vaguely reptilian human, the Cherufe of myth is believed to be an actual creature—one that has evolved to withstand the normally lethal temperatures
Ri and Ilkai are the names given by tribes in Papua New Guinea to an elusive species of humanoid sea creature that is said to resemble mermaids. Although the existence of such a creature may be quite preposterous from an evolutionary viewpoint, the large number of reports coming from natives
The minhocão is a giant earthworm that’s rumored to live in the Amazon jungle. While the word “earthworm” may not exactly be nightmare fuel, “giant” in this case truly means giant—the minhocão is supposed to be somewhere close to 75 feet (23 meters) long, much larger than the deadly carnivorous
A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος lykánthropos: λύκος, lykos, “wolf”, and ἄνθρωπος, anthrōpos, “man”), is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or a therianthropic hybrid wolf-like creature, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (e.g.
The chupacabra or chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], literally “goat-sucker”) is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas, with the first sightings reported in Puerto Rico. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.