William Roy Golden
19 September 2011
Lore, legend, and myths have been around as long as the human race, and are still a topic of interest. Some of the things that have been the main source of such controversy are the existence of creatures such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Chupacabra. All three of these supposed creatures have been reported in sightings throughout history and around the world.
The first mythical marvel that I will discuss is known to some as the abominable snowman, sasquatch, and Yeti. Known to most as bigfoot, this creature is usually described as 7 feet tall, bipedal, and ape-like. The reason why bigfoot is a controversy is because of the lack of hard evidence proving his existence. There have been many “sightings”, but the only credible explanation for bigfoot’s existence is a creature known to scientists as, Gigantopithecus. “A gigantic ape, measuring about 10 feet tall and weighing up to 1,200 pounds, which co-existed alongside humans about 300,000 years ago (Christmas)”. If Sasquatch did exist it would most likely be a subspecies of this now-extinct ancestor.
“The Loch Ness monster, which is thought to be some small group of remaining Plesiosaurs, is next to be discussed (Harmsworth)”. The earliest known recorded sighting was in the 7th century where a man had been swimming in the river Ness (flowing from Loch Ness in Scotland) and was attacked and killed. I believe the Loch Ness monster is a fake because the only known photographical image dubbed “The Surgeon’s Photograph” of it was proved to be a hoax in 1994 on the photographer’s death bed. All other evidence that lead to the proof of Nessie existing has either been proved false or is irrelevant to the Loch Ness’s intimidating history.
Lastly is the Chupacabra, “(roughly translated to Goat-sucker) which is commonly sighted in Mexico, South America, and parts of the southern U.S. This animal has been described as a 5 foot tall...
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