10 Mythical Creatures That Were Actually Real!

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10 Mythical Creatures That Were Actually Real!

people see strange things that have been true for thousands of years early civilizations always trying to explain everything around them including strange animals giving rise to amazing descriptions of animals that can’t be considered anything else but mythical as it turns out some of these so-called mythical creatures actually did exist with most of the ancient descriptions often exaggerations of what the animal actually looks like today we’re gonna get to know some of the animals that were previously thought of as figment of someone’s imagination here are 10 mythical creatures that were actually real number one is definitely a prime example of this and is actually one of the most recent previously mythical creatures that were proven to be real stay tuned to find out just what that is with all that said and done

number 10 the duck-billed platypus

let’s begin shall we number 10 the duck-billed platypus when European naturalist first encountered this bizarre creature they were understandably baffled accounts described it as a venomous egg-laying a mammal with a duckbill and beavertail many prominent British scientists deemed it a hoax when presented with a sketch and Pelt that was back in 1798 even when offered corpse scholars suspected that it was an elaborate sewn together fraud today though this bizarre but the fascinating creature is known as the platypus one of only five living monotremes are egg-laying mammals while formally recognized by science it is no less unique today this semi-aquatic creature native to eastern Australia swims with webbed feet use electrolocation to hunt and possesses an ankle spur that in males can deliver a powerful injection of venom while it is non-lethal to humans this venom is excruciatingly painful and is not responsive to most pain killers

number 9 the Komodo dragon

number nine the Komodo dragon by the early 20th century Western science has determined that giant lizards were nothing more than a relic of the prehistoric past thus when pearl fisherman returned from the lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia with tales of monstrous land crocodiles their accounts were met with overwhelming scepticism an expedition from the buttons or zoological museum in Java produced a report of the creatures for the legendary dragons of Komodo faded into obscurity as World War 1 took precedence then in 1926 an expedition from the American Museum of Natural History confirmed that the tales of giant lizards were in fact true w Douglas Burke the leader of the expedition returned with 12 preserved specimens and two live ones the world was then introduced of the Komodo dragon a massive monitor lizard that grows up to ten feet making it the largest lizard in the world Komodo dragons possess massive claws and fangs with which they can kill almost any creature on the island including humans and water buffalos one the particularly bizarre attribute of these creatures are their venomous bite which has been attributed to bacteria-laden saliva or venom glands in the mouth

number 8 the Komodo dragon

number eight the okapi Central African tribes and ancient Egyptians described and depicted a bizarre creature for centuries colloquially dubbed the African unicorn by Europeans, it is known locally by such names as the Otzi or the ORP resembling a cross between a zebra a donkey and a giraffe despite descriptions from explorers and even skins Western science rejected the existence of such a creature they viewed it as nothing more than a fantastical chimaera of real animals determined expeditions uncovered nothing and it would seem the African the unicorn was just as mythical as its namesake this change in 1901 when Sir Harry Johnston the British governor of Uganda obtained pieces of striped skin and even a skull of the legendary beast through this evidence and the eventual the capture of a lion specimen the animal now known as the okapi was recognized by May extreme science the okapi is no less unusual today it is the only living relative of the giraffe sharing a similar body structure and its characteristic long blue tongue however the markings on its back end legs resemble that of a zebra stripes copies are solitary creatures that remain captivating to scientists although they’re not endangered there is so much to learn about their habitats as well as their lifestyle

number 7 the mountain gorillas

number seven the mountain gorillas first centuries tales of large eight men in East Africa have captivated explorers and natives alike numerous tribes have legends of massive heavy creatures that would kidnap and eat humans overpowering them with their ferocity and strength the creatures go by many names among them Nagila Magog II and n Jenna and the 16th century English explorer Andrew Patel spoke of man-like Apes that would visit his campfire at night and in 1860 explorer du challu wrote of violent bloodthirsty forest monsters up until the 20th century many of these tales were ignored or discounted in 1902 German officer Captain Robert van brine shot one of these man Apes in the Virunga region of Rwanda bringing it back to Europe with him he introduced the world to a new species of ape the mountain gorillas today mountain gorillas are known to be communal largely docile herbivores that live in the Virunga mountains in central Africa as well as in windy National Park in Uganda mountain gorillas are threatened by poaching and civil unrest elusive and often unseen in their activities no more than 400 remain in the wild today sadly one of the earliest written accounts of gorillas may come from Hannah the navigator a Karthikeyan Explorer who documented his travels along the African coast and 500 BC how describes a tribe of gorillas roughly meaning hairy people it is unknown whether Hana referred to guerrillas another speech of Abe or even humans nevertheless, his description served as the inspiration for the modern name gorilla

number 6 the giant squid tales of enormous

number six the giant squid tales of enormous squids have circulated throughout the world since ancient times perhaps the most famous legendary squid is the Norse Kraken a monstrous tentacle beasts as large as an island that devoured ships all prior to the 1870s the scientific opinion held such creatures as nothing more than ridiculous myths on par with mermaids or sea serpents and yet investigations into the existence of a legendary Kraken took place as early as the 1840s the Danish zoologist Johann Zepeda stream sub methodically researched and catalogue giant squid sightings and strandings eventually examining a beached corpse and designated the Beast scientific name Architeuthis even so fellow signs remain sceptical and continue to dismiss accounts that are until more and more carcasses washed onto the shore today we all know what a giant squid is we even know of its larger cousin however much is left unknown very little is known about its habits and lifestyle and it’s still unknown how large a giant squid can actually grow the largest specimen are between 30 and 40 feet long weighing over 100 pounds however, it’s close relative the colossal squid may grow too much greater sizes as evidenced by the size of sucker marks on sperm whales to this day the giant squid remains a legendary example of how fantastic animals on earth can actually be

number 5 the kangaroo

number 5 the kangaroo, early explorers to Australia describe bizarre creatures never before seen by Europeans they wrote of creatures with heads like deer that stood upright like men and hopped like frogs the creatures sometimes sported two heads on their shoulders and one on the stomach such accounts were understandably disregarded and ridiculed by fellow colleagues but that all changed in the 1770s when a dead specimen of this odd beast was exhibited in England as a public curiosity today this the creature is known as the kangaroo a widespread marsupial endemic to Australia well known for their leaping abilities and the female pouch for carrying young the Kangaroos re nationally recognized icon of Australia four species of kangaroo exists the red kangaroo the Western grey kangaroo the eastern grey kangaroo and the Antelope in kangaroo

number 4 the zippy Asst medieval folklore

number four the zippy Asst medieval folklore the zippy Asur waterfowl was a monstrous nautical creature set to attack ships in the northern seas it possessed the body of a fish in the head of an owl complete with massive eyes in a wedge-shaped beak Sophia’s meaning sword-like in Latin may refer to the beasts fin which was said to pierce the hulls of ships like a sword today the inspiration for the Zippy is known as Cougars beat whale a widespread species of beat whale also known as the goose beaked whale this the creature is found as far north as the Shetland Islands and as south as Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America it is the only member of the Genesis Cepheus which bears the name of its legendary identity some additionally attribute the inspiration of the zippy is the Orca at the great white shark but it’s on some depictions of the beasts is a predator two seals

number 3 the Banda gazoo

number three the Banda gazoo the Banda gazoo or men of the forest is a legendary ancestral spirit of the mone people in western Indonesia described as a tree-dwelling creature the Banda gazoo resembles a small man covered in black and white fur it is said to be a tree climber but often stands on the ground in a bipedal stance in the 1980s a photograph of the Banda gazoo was sent to Australian research scientist Tim Flannery who initially identified the creature as a young tree kangaroo however, in May 1994, Flannery conducted a wildlife survey of the area and discovered that the animal in the picture was new to science the Diggy so or Dendera loggers Mambazo as the creature is also known as a forest-dwelling marsupial with bold colouration that spends most of its time on the ground the dingy still remains a rare sight the first real evidence of the creature was only skins and to this day no other exist in captivity now it’s time for the day’s best big can today’s pick is a creature that has given sailors fears and nightmares for centuries find out what people thought it was and what it actually is next with

number 2 the sea serpent for centuries

number two the sea serpent for centuries the sea serpent persisted as the most captivating cryptozoological mystery in the entire world sightings of these mysterious and often frightening creatures have occurred plentifully throughout history even up until the early 20th century from northern European waters to Eastern North American coasts tales of serpentine aquatic beasts of colossal proportions dot the globe but their descriptions vary ranging from horse headed creatures to massive snakes cryptozoologist speculate the various misidentified animals can account for sea serpent sightings however one elusive species is a particularly likely source for many of these accounts the oarfish also called ribbonfish is a massive elongated fish found worldwide it is the longest of all bony fish the largest recorded being 56 feet in length poor fish typically dwell in the deep ocean butter occasionally washed ashore in storms and linger at the surface near death a life over fish was filmed for the first time in 2000 my man demonstrating its rarity and reclusive nature before we move on I’ve got a little challenge for you that I’ll take five seconds to complete so here’s the the deal he does leave a like on this video smash that subscribes button hit the notification bell and you will get 25 years of amazing life try it it really works

number one the devil bird

number one the devil bird the devil bird or uh llama is a frightening horn bird of Sri Lankan folklore this elusive the creature is rarely seen but is often heard in the form of its infamous blood-curdling screams its cries are said to resemble a wailing woman and are perceived by locals as an omen of death for centuries the nocturnal cries of the devil bird was the only evidence of his existence Western science wrote it off as mere superstition and in 2001 the double bird was identified as a new species of owl that is the spot bellied eagle owl or known scientifically as boo nibble ANSYS the largest of all Sri Lankan owls that we wouldn’t balances matches the description of the llama perfectly down to its characteristic screech and a tufted horns although some debate still remains to the true nature of the devil bird the spot bellied eagle owl stands as the most compelling source of inspiration for this mysterious creature do you know of any more mythical creatures that were proven to be real let us know in the comments section down below want to watch more videos about amazing animals click on any of the videos you see on your screen as always thank you all for watching and I’ll see you all next time later everybody

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