Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil is perhaps one of the most famous cryptid creatures in the United States. Tales of his existence have been passed along for centuries by numerous New Jersey residents. Early Native American tribes in the area often referred to the Pine Barren woods as "the place of the dragon." Within this isolated stretch of woods is where most of the sightings of the devil have occurred.

According to legends, the Jersey Devil is thought to be the 13th child of Mother Leeds. Upon finding out of her 13th pregnancy she stated "may it be a devil." While bearing forth the child, she invoked the devil during painful labor pains. The child was born normal but within minutes of birth sprouted a horse-like head, a forked tail, wings and hooves. Immediately the creature struck, killing the mid-wife who had helped bring him to the light, than escaping into the barren woods.

The Jersey Devil has certainly left a lasting impression on the garden state. Famed Naval heroes have spotted the creature, and even fired cannon blasts at him. Brothers of World leaders have witnessed the strange creature while hunting. The mysterious monster has spurred many stories and is often blamed for many tragedies and accidents. It's been documented that when the Jersey Devil seems to appear to a large amount of witnesses within a few days, that world tragedies often occur shortly after. Lately the Jersey Devil seems to be traveling a little farther out of his area. While he has been spotted throughout the entire state of New Jersey, his presence has been appearing throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic region.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bigfoot in Pennsylvania

The most beloved cryptid creature in America seems to make his impression felt everywhere including Pennsylvania. The Sasquatch is quite frequently spotted in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, but there have been sightings of this mysterious creature in nearly every state.

Sasquatch or Bigfoot is usually described as a large ape-like creature who walks upright. Bigfoot has been deemed to range around 6' - 10' in height and weighing in at over 500 pounds. They are known to permeate a horrific stench, and are legendary for their monstrous footprints.

As early as 1879 there have been descriptions given of a hairy wild man roaming the woods throughout Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society has varied reports of sightings throughout every county in the state. A majority of the sightings appear in the central and northern parts of the heavily wooded commonwealth. But alarmingly a strange disproportion also occur within the suburbs of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Several witnesses have felt or spotted a strange ape-like man luring at them while hunting. Others have reported hearing odd inarticulate screams uttering from the woods. Seems if you're going to go out hunting for Bigfoot Pennsylvania may be a good place to start, just be sure you keep all your senses magnified.
Photo of Bigfoot sighting in Pennsylvania.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Raystown Ray

One of Pennsylvania's most famous cryptid creatures prefers to make his home in one of Pennsylvania's top tourist spots. Lake Raystown is home to muskies, catfish, and a giant prehistoric monster known as Raystown Ray.

Ray is thought to be very similar to the Loch Ness monster and is said to be a similar species of creature. While there have been numerous sightings of the monster in Loch Ness, Ray doesn't seem as bold. Multiple underwater divers in the lake have reported witnessing immeasurably massive creatures dwelling deep in the waters. Ray wasn't officially spotted though until April 2006 when a local man captured the above photograph. Since that time numerous stories and sightings of Ray have spread. Many doubt the validity of these stories and believe they are mainly used to attract tourists to the region. It's quite easy to dismiss these tales given the fact Lake Raystown is one of the largest man-made lakes in the country. What are your thoughts?