A scary big black dog from England? Hmmm… Are we sure we aren’t talking about Sirius Black from the Harry Potter books? Apparently, big scary black dogs are pretty common in English folklore. Reportedly having glowing fiery eyes, the myth links them to death in one form or another.
The Barghest, has been supposedly sighted around Darlington in the 1870s, where people said it could shapeshift from a dog into a headless human or a white cat. Um, yeah, we want to believe, but we’re gonna chalk that up to whatever mushrooms the 1870s people had in their salad.
The first recorded sighting of the Orang Mawas dates to 1871. Reports describe it as a huge hominid, about 10 feet tall, covered in black hair. Living in the Malaysian jungle of Johor, it is said to feed on fish and fruit from local orchards.
Malaysia's Orang Asli people (a native local population) have been telling tales of the Mawas for generations! It has been suggested that the thing is a surviving Gigantopithecus (an extinct species of huge ape), which sounds pretty exciting. Another suggestion dismisses all the reports as misidentified sun bears, which doesn't sound exciting at all.
A name like that usually brings about a picture of a friendly dog fetching a ball. But this cryptid is just named after Lake Champlain, where it lives, and where it's been sighted more than 300 times.
Sure, there are those who excuse Champ as just a big sea serpent, but any photo/video/audio captured points in a different direction. One direction is a plesiosaur-like creature a-la Nessie. Another direction is a Beluga or a dolphin, though neither lives in that lake. The third speculation, based on gator-like tracks, suggests that Champ is a type of crocodile, sturgeon, or longnose gar.
Beast of Exmoor
While the Exmoor National Park labels this beast under "Legend", there are way too many people who claim to have seen it with their own eyes or blame it for the death of their livestock. Some even claim to have seen it trying to catch fish in the River Barle.
Despite big cats not being natural inhabitants of the area, eyewitnesses describe the Beast of Exmoor as similar to a panther or a puma. A pretty reasonable explanation is that there is a small regional population of big cats made up of previously owned animals that were released once it became illegal to privately own them.
Well, there you have it. You don't need more than the name to understand that this cryptid is a big hominid that could use a shower. Wandering in the swamps of Florida, the Skunk Ape has supposedly been around since the 1950s with sightings reported until today.
They all come down to a bigfoot-like creature with dark fur and a foul smell (for those who claim to have been close enough to smell it). Unlike many entries on this list, this one has lots of photos, though, of course, none is either close enough or properly authenticated.