I’ve never had much of an interest in cryptozoology, and here’s why: we’re constantly discovering new species.
Just recently, scientists uncovered eight previously unobserved mammals in northern Peru. These are animals we’ve never seen before, hidden in the forests of the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary.
What this tells me — and what I think every time I hear about the discovery of new species — is that “cryptozoology” doesn’t always have to be mystical, magical, or paranormal. There are creatures on this planet, as explored and photographed as it is, that we’re simply not aware of. Yet.
Take Bigfoot, for example. Sure, there are hoaxes, and it’s highly improbable that we’d be unaware of a bipedal species of primate living within North America. But I’ve never found the idea all that outlandish, really — maybe there is an upright, ape-like species living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest that we just haven’t identified. I’d be surprised, sure, but I wouldn’t be shocked. It’s not impossible.
Believe it or not, the famous British primatologist Jane Goodall, known for her work with chimpanzees in Tanzania, Africa, also has an interest in Bigfoot.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, she said she was “fascinated” by the idea, despite the lack of any “authentic” evidence. But she can’t deny its existence.
Of course, some of the more otherworldly cryptids, like the Jersey Devil or West Virginia’s Mothman or ManBearPig, are obviously more difficult to believe. Others, though — like Bigfoot, the Himalayan Yeti, and even Scotland’s Nessie or Iceland’s Lagarfljót Worm, could very well exist as species we’ve yet to document.