Mythical Monsters That Are Actually Real
From dragons on leathery wings to the half-snake, half chicken demons that spit death, history is littered with tales of monsters. These stories are nonsense, more often than not, with imaginative storytellers simply making things up. Other times, however, it just so happens that the stories turn out to be true.
Of course, the reality often doesn’t match up to the tale itself. Regardless, the monster mentioned is actually a living, breathing creature, even if it isn’t exactly what was spoken of around campfires.
Here are a few monsters of legend that turned out to be real.
The Lake Monster
You’d have to be pretty silly to still think that the Loch Ness Monster is real. After all, how could it possibly have gone unnoticed for so long? Well, the Loch Ness Monster isn’t real as far as we can tell, but there is one Lake Monster that was eventually uncovered.
A story dating back to the 15th tells of a Vietnamese emperor who was traveling across a lake. Suddenly, a monstrous turtle lunged from the waters, snatched away the emperor’s sword, and dove back into the depths. Poppycock, right?
In 1998 an enormous 6 foot Hoan Kiem turtle was discovered. Most incredible of all is that it had gone completely unnoticed while residing in waters 2 meters deep.
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The Super Bear
In 1860 the Smithsonian was informed about a so-called hybrid bear, yellow in color. A package even accompanied the claim, containing a yellow bear skin and unusual skull. But, given how the organization was flooded with hoaxes at the time, the package was put into storage and forgotten about.
Many years later in 1918, the box was uncovered, and a doctor dove in to have a look. It turns out that the skin and skull were real, with the culprit identified as likely being a polar-grizzly hybrid. It isn’t certain if such a super bear hybrid still exists, but it certainly did at one point in time.
Sometimes the most incredible things imaginable happen. Off the coast of South Africa in 1938, a form of fish has discovered that defied belief. The mutant fish appeared to have appendages that stood somewhere between fins and limbs. If real, the creature would prove once and for all that there was truth to the Darwinian stories about evolution. In other words; the monstrosity was hard evidence that fish, at some point, grew legs and started walking on land.
The fish is a coelacanth and has remained virtually unchanged since 65 million years ago. A second example of the creature was discovered in a fish market in Indonesia, 1998.
It Can’t Be Real
Lastly; it is a mammal with a beak, a beaver’s tail, and it lays eggs. We’re talking about the duck-billed platypus. The Smithsonian, understandably, laughed off this utterly insane creature for decades. But at some point, they had to accept that it actually existed, despite everything that nature has ever produced elsewhere in the world.